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Pharrell Williams has the entire world dancing along to his hit song, “Happy.” Well, almost the entire world.
The World Indoor Bowls Championships were held over the weekend in Eastern England. For a point of reference, bowls is a sport that is in the same “family” as bocce. The men’s championships have been held since 1979. Competitions have since been added for women, men’s pairs, open pairs, and mixed pairs. For those keeping score at home, Scotland’s Darren Burnett took home the men’s title this year.
There is a part of last weekend’s event that is becoming very popular on YouTube, and it did not involve the competition. During a break in the action, the hosts thought it would be a good idea to play “Happy” in the venue to get the crowd dancing.
Other than the hosts, no dancing was involved. Thankfully though, the BBC captured the entire sequence and YouTube user Aaron Gillespie uploaded it for our enjoyment.
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Imagine waking up on the day of your engagement party to find out that you're actually getting married. For some brides, it might be their worst nightmare. For Carly Butler, it was a dream.
The Windsor, Ontario, native married Adam Verheyen last August in front of family and friends. Verheyen proposed in January of 2013, and the couple had previously set a date for this May. Butler and her groom made a list of what was important to her and what they absolutely wanted on the big day.
"We had a shared Pinterest board," Butler told us of how they prepared for the big day. "I wanted really nice hair. I know that sounds vain, but I did. I wanted a really good dance floor and a band. And we knew we wanted the day documented."
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If there's one thing Americans love to do, it's throw a theme party. From toga to black light to bring your own potato dish, if it can be turned into a reason for a celebration, chances are it will.
Overseas, people are drawing on inspiration from America's partying ways to throw bashes of their own. The Instagram photos from these get-togethers give us an interesting glimpse into how we might be portrayed overseas.
There is one constant in every American-themed party, and that is red plastic cups. Of course, country singer Toby Keith infamously released the uber-catchy "Red Solo Cup," but the plastic cylinders were popular at parties long before then. It might be because the cups can conspicuously conceal any liquid from the casual observer. The cups are also cost-effective and can hold a decent amount of liquid.
Regardless, the perception exists that Americans love to employ red cups partying, whether it be for drinking, pyramid-building, or playing a game of flip cup.
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It’s time for Ellen and her bevy of A-list friends to have a seat. This picture might be the self-portrait to end all selfies.
It started with an image released by the Royal Danish Air Force of a pilot flying a F-16. The photo was taken during an air-to-air training mission. The exercise involves the fighter pilot, Thomas Kristensen, firing a missile that has to hit a flare dropped by another plane. Danish fighter pilots are required to complete this task once every three years in order to keep their skills sharp.
Some speculated that the image was fake or altered, so the Danish Air Force responded by releasing the entire video of the mission. A GoPro camera captured the sky-high footage. The F-16 appears to fly so smoothly that at times, it looks as if the pilot isn’t even moving. Meanwhile, the camera is fairly steady throughout the minute-long clip.
The Royal Danish Air Force also uploaded a clip that shows alternative footage of the mission, including a perspective from behind the scenes. The videos have a combined view count of over 41,000.
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Over 200,000 people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. A new digital short interviews five of those prospective Mars astronauts to find out who they are and why they would want to become a part of history.
"Mars One Way" documents the thought process of Cody Reeder, Casey Hunter, Will Robbins, Katelyn Kane, and Ken Sullivan. The five applicants all come from different backgrounds but have one similarity: they are more curious about life on Mars than attached to their current living situation on Earth.
"How do you react when your husband says, 'Guess what? It's one way. I'm not coming back'?" asks Becky Sullivan. If chosen, her husband, Ken, would leave the family, including their two kids, behind. "I'm kind of in the 'It's not real' phase right now."
"There's a lot more drama in our relationship lately, about the reality of, are you choosing family or are you choosing Mars?" adds Ken. "My little boy Connor, if he just came up to me and said, 'Dad, don't go,' that would probably change my mind."
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There are many things that look very cool in slow motion. A hawk attacking a water balloon is definitely one of those things.
Earth Unplugged, a Web series for the BBC, captured the footage. In the minute-and-a-half clip on YouTube, a northern goshawk is seen flying toward a water balloon. Crew members affixed a piece of meat to the balloon in order to bait the hawk. The balloon bursts as soon as the hawk's talons touch it, and then the hawk flies away. Earth Unplugged shot the sequence with a high-speed camera at 4,000 frames per second. The clip plays in slow motion to show off the incredible detail of both the goshawk and the bursting balloon.
Other slowed-down clips on the series' channel include wet animals shaking, butterflies flying, and crocodiles attacking. The web series started uploading videos to YouTube in November 2012. Earth Unplugged's goal is to "reveal amazing animal facts, share the latest wildlife news and leave you breathless with our beautiful slow motion videos."
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Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” won Best Original Song at The Academy Awards last weekend. We’ve seen everyone from kids to traffic reporters both cover and parody it. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots even gave it their trademark classroom instruments treatment, complete with Menzel singing.
But short of John Travolta singing the song under the Adele Dazeem pseudonym, the parodies really should cease. It appears this whole thing has jumped the shark after a father posted a new parody pleading others to “Let It Go.”
Musician Scott S. Kramer wrote “A Frozen Father” because as he wrote in the video‘s description, “he’s fed up with ‘Frozen’!” Joshua Elliot performs the parody.
“It's in my head, it's in my dreams, this freaking song is haunting me,” he confesses to the tune of “Let It Go.” “I've had enough, this has to stop. Please make it stop.”
With that he launches in to the chorus singing, “Let it go! Let it go! “Can't hear it one more time.”
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Matthew Vandeputte captured a world’s first on a flight in Australia recently. Using a Canon 5D camera, the photographer snapped a sunset hyperlapse from the airplane. He then uploaded the stunning footage to YouTube in 4K quality.
A hyperlapse is similar to a time-lapse but with a lot more movement. The footage was stabilized in Adobe After Effects.
“Last week I was about to fly back from Coolangata airport (Gold Coast, Australia) to Sydney when I noticed the sun was about to set with some great cloud coverage,” Vandeputte wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. “Knowing that I'd have a big chance of shooting some great stills, I loaded up my Canon 5D MkIII with a fresh battery and two empty memory cards, ready to shoot.”
The scene changed for the better after capturing the footage. About 20 minutes later, Vandeputte was 30,000 feet in the air with an even better perspective of the clouds and sun setting. The plane angled itself towards the setting sun.
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The sitcom “Seinfeld” continues to live on in a number of incarnations. However the latest involves transporting in to a virtual world.
Developer Greg Miller is behind Jerry’s Place, a recreation of Jerry’s iconic Upper West Side apartment. Miller used the VR headset and platform Oculus Rift to bring the "Seinfeld" set back to life.
“I started by scouring the Internet for screen shots of Jerry's apartment but that didn't yield much,” Miller wrote on jerrysplacevr.com. “Eventually I resorted to screen-capping streaming episodes so I could get detailed images of the various items around the set.”
Miller did not miss a lot of details. The framed Yankee Stadium photo, 12-cent checks on the table, the bike and the Superman figure are a few of the many details that avid fans will notice. Miller notes that there are at least 11 direct references to the show throughout his VR apartment.
YouTube user Pancho Joshi owns an Oculus Rift and downloaded Jerry’s Place. In his video demo, he walks through the apartment and can’t use the adjectives awesome, incredible and awesome enough.
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At Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, even the police officers know how to have a good time.
For years, partygoers have witnessed Detective Winston Harbin bust a move on the dance floor. According to The Times-Picayune, in 1990 cameras from a travel show caught the 17-year veteran dancing in front of a New Orleans hotel. Last year, a video uploaded to YouTube of the Detective dancing received over 36,000 views.
But the latest clip of Winston partaking in the celebration is gaining national attention. Facebook user Ginger Morris filmed the dancing Detective doing “The Wobble,” a popular dance to a hip-hop song, and posted it on her page. More than 200,000 people have shared the clip. It also made its way to YouTube, where it has 370,000 hits.
“I was raised in the 9th Ward and learned to dance at all the Halloween parties,” Detective Winston told the New Orleans newspaper of his dancing origins. “I'm subject to the Wobble at any moment. I was walking down the street… and the song was on. I asked my partner, 'Should I Wobble?'”
Spoiler alert: he did. Winston also showed a little variety in his repertoire. Yesterday, cameras caught him dancing along to the “Cupid Shuffle.”