- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now22 hrs ago
On Tuesday, first responders tried to save the life of a man in Manchester, Connecticut. Miroslaw Dobrowski, 57, suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow off his roof. Unfortunately the teams weren’t able to save Dobrowski; he died later at the hospital. But the story doesn’t end there. Later in the day, members of the emergency medical service, fire and police departments showed up to finish the job Dobrowski started. The team removed the snow from Dobrowski’s roof as well as the rest of his home. Ryan Bilodeau from the Manchester Fire Department said, “That’s why I got into this field in the first place. None of us do it for the money.” He added, “It’s all about serving people in the best capacity that we can, and I really love doing this job.”
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now1 day ago
We can always count on Reddit to give us awesome things that we didn’t know we needed. Today’s topic: babies who look like old men. If you head over to “Old Babies” subreddit, you can get your fill of adorable little ones who look years beyond their age. Thousands of moms and dads have posted photos.
One redditor posted this viral video of a baby with an evil laugh:
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- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now1 day ago
2015 is the year of the “Uptown Funk” parody video. In just the past few months, we’ve seen multiple covers of the hit song go viral, including “Suburban Funk,” “Oldtown Funk,” and even “Downton Funk.” The latest version of the Bruno Mars song to go viral is “Cartoon Funk.” YouTuber and impressionist Mikey Bolts recreated the song using the voices of popular cartoon characters from “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “Futurama,” and more.
Mikey's fans love it. "Just woke up, first video I saw. Day instantly made, go back to bed," wrote one commenter. All right, Internet artists, we can’t wait to see how you’ll parody the song next!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now2 days ago
While sitting on the beach in a small seaside town in New Zealand, a Scottish backpacker named Sarah saw a cute, shirtless guy playing with his dog by the water. Instead of running after him, Sarah posted a hand-drawn sign in an attempt to track him down. Her sign reads: “Is this you? I was sitting on the grass on Friday watching the sea… you were playing with your dog. You ran past me and smiled. Would you like to go for a drink/coffee/walk??? I’m in Wellington just now, my ferry arrives back in Picton on Tuesday 3rd. I’m in town for 1 night only… But let’s see how things go… On the off-chance you are single, remember who I am and would like to meet for a drink/coffee/walk. I’ll be sitting on the grass, watching the sea from 1-1.30pm onwards on Tuesday… Maybe you’ll run past again?!?” Her note, complete with an illustration of the man and his dog, asked the stranger to meet her at the same spot when she came back into town on Tuesday. And just in case someone wanted to tear down her sign, she made a plea to the community to not remove it, in the spirit of happy endings. The note became a viral sensation thanks to Facebook, and many people in the community were anxious to see how the story would play out. On Sunday, a man named William Chalmers came forward and said he was the person mentioned in the note. When the big day rolled around, there were crowds and television crews by the meeting spot to witness the couple’s first rendezvous. Sarah was sitting in the agreed-upon location, but was shy and embarrassed about the situation: “I hate cameras and being the center of attention.” Lo and behold, the stranger from the beach showed up and introduced himself to her. Chalmers walked over to where Sarah was sitting and said, “Hello, I’m William. You know, you could have just asked for my number. Let’s go somewhere and have a drink, away from everyone.” The pair walked away, while the crowd clapped and cheered. Hopefully, they will live happily ever after.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now2 days ago
One woman on YouTube kissed her job goodbye, thanks to a lucrative vlogging career that has gone to the pigs — well, guinea pigs, that is. Laura Mellors is a 29-year-old former account manager from England who is raking in the dough with guinea pig videos. The former account manager started creating videos of her furry little friends’ daily lives for YouTube in 2010 on her account “PiggiePigPigs.” Yes, you really did just read that. Mellors says she started the vlog out of boredom. It now has more than 55,000 subscribers and, collectively, more than 10 million video views. The hobby turned into a business when she started making about $3,000 a month off advertising on the videos and guinea pig products sold through her shop. The online store sells such items as fleece hideouts, cage decorations, and feeding products. She says of her unusual success story, “People seem to love the videos. It’s a joy to do something for a living which is also a passion.” Her fans can’t get enough of the guinea pig clips. One person writes on a recent video: “Your vlogs bring a smile to my face and always relax me.” Laura and her husband, James, live in Nottingham, in central England, with their seven guinea pigs, Gizmo, Billy, Bobby, Fozzy Bear, Brian, Bo, and Alfie.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
Joseph Colangelo may not have had a hill in his backyard, but he wasn’t going to let that stop his kids from going sledding. He took the aphorism “Necessity is the mother of invention” to heart and built his kids an amazing custom luge track in his yard. It’s not quite as intense as an Olympic luge course, but his kids certainly love it. And the award for coolest dad goes to ... Joseph Colangelo!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
Skydiving is scary enough, but imagine having a seizure while in free fall. That’s what happened to Christopher Jones, who described it as the “scariest moment” of his life. While skydiving at 9,000 feet, Jones had a seizure that left him unable to pull his ripcord. He spent 30 seconds unconscious in free fall before his fast-acting skydiving instructor, Sheldon McFarlane, was able to save the day — and it was all caught on camera. The video was posted to YouTube on Sunday, and the terrifying two-minute clip has had more than 4 million views in just 24 hours. This wasn’t Jones’ first time skydiving — the 22-year-old was completing stage five of his accelerated free fall program. He had been seizure free for four years and had been given the all-clear by his doctor; McFarlane also knew about Jones’ condition. McFarlane told Daily Mail Australia, “He had all the documentation and had been to his doctor; he had been seizure-free for a number of years and believed he had it under control.” “I remember up until the point I blacked out and then waking up underneath the parachute at about 3,000 feet,” Jones told ABC. “I think I’m fairly lucky.” McFarlane had no idea that Jones was suffering from a seizure in the air, but he acted fast to make sure his student landed safely. “At no time was I worried he was going to hit the ground without a parachute, but given the circumstances and where we were, I thought it would be better to get him under parachute earlier than later,” McFarlane said. Many are hailing the skydiving instructor as a hero, but McFarlane insists he was just doing his job. This amazing rescue is one for the books.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now6 days ago
This is far from the first “Uptown Funk” cover we’ve come across, but nothing may top this latest remake of the hit song. Singer Alex Boye recruited dancing seniors to re-create Bruno Mars’s music video in a version aptly named “Oldtown Funk.” Those seniors have some serious moves and definitely give Mars a run for his money. Featured in the video are Jean Elliot’s Golden Girls, also known as the Dancing Grandmas. The ladies are well known for their half-time dances at Utah basketball games. According to the YouTube description, the grandmas and grandpas, who are all between the ages of 65 and 92, did their own stunts. That’s pretty impressive, considering that one woman does the splits! The video has gone viral, with over 1.1 million views since it was posted on Feb 24. “Oldtown Funk” may be the best “Uptown Funk” yet — don’t believe us, just watch!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now6 days ago
A New York man has become an Internet celebrity in China, all because of a stolen iPhone. BuzzFeed Editor Matt Stopera lost his iPhone in a New York bar over a year ago, and somehow the stolen phone made its way to China. Stopera realized something weird was going on when pictures of a Chinese man and orange trees began appearing on his photo stream. After an emergency trip to the Apple store, Stopera learned his stolen phone was still linked to his current iCloud account, which is why the mysterious pictures were appearing. The editor wrote about his lost phone saga, and the story, much like his lost phone, made its way to China, where it started trending on the Chinese social networking site Weibo. A Weibo user translated the BuzzFeed story and posted it on his account, and suddenly Stopera and the Chinese man known as Brother Orange became Internet sensations in China. “They said it was like a fairy tale and perfect for the Chinese Spring Festival,” Stopera wrote. Thanks to the Weibo community, Brother Orange was tracked down, and both he and Stopera have been able to chat online using Weibo — with fans of the two translating the messages. Later this month, the two are expected to meet in person! Maybe they’ll share an orange?
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
A wedding video is going viral, and not because of a cleverly choreographed bridal party dance or a flower girl throwing a tantrum. The part of the video that stole the show is the groom Brian Scott’s vows to his bride Whitney Kay’s young daughter, Brielle. He said, “I promise to always hold your hand and skip with you down the street and bring comfort to your life. I vow to make you say your prayers before you eat. I promise to read you stories at night, to always tuck you in real tight. I vow to show you how a man should treat a woman in my relationship with your mother. And above all else, I vow to protect you, care for you, and love you forever.” Not surprisingly, there was not a dry eye in the house. The video was shot and edited by the wedding videography team at Pen Weddings. It was posted to YouTube a year ago but just recently started to go viral.