- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 hrs ago
A new social media challenge is going viral, and this time around it involves teens trying to look unattractive for the camera. Smearing makeup on their faces to create fake acne, uni-brows, and scars, the teens re-emerge after quick blackout to reveal their true, beautiful, meticulously made-up selves. The #DontJudgeChallenge started with good intentions — it was supposed to be a social media campaign against body-shaming — but it has since drawn a lot of backlash. The point of the campaign is to not "judge a book by its cover," but critics say the challenge only continues to reinforce stereotypes of what is beautiful and what is ugly. At the same time, the videos mock people who do have these "flaws." Many of the critics have started a counter-movement, #BeautyInAllChallenge, where all faces are embraced, no transformation needed. As for the #DontJudgeChallenge, maybe it should be renamed: #Don'tJudgeMeI LookBeautifulWithMakeup — but that's probably not the best hashtag.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now5 hrs ago
A homeless man in Florida is being given a chance for a new start after a video of him playing a public piano went viral. A video of the ex-Marine playing Styx’s ‘Come Sail Away’ went viral early this month, garnering more than 6.8 million views. A GoFundMe page was started on his behalf to give him a second chance at life. Donald, who also goes by Boone, has been homeless off and on for seven years. And he can do more than just play the piano. “I went into the Marine Corps, played clarinet, went all over the world. I was in a symphonic band. But like I said, after the Marine Corps, I took a couple years off; had to go to work somewhere,” Donald said. “But then I decided to go back to college, so I learned how to play every instrument, from the piccolo down to the tuba.” Thanks to his viral video and fund-raising campaign — and the national attention that goes with that — Donald’s fortunes are on the rise. Spring Arbor University is offering him a full-ride scholarship to help him finish up his degree in music theory. And to top it all off, “Inside Edition” gave him a makeover — new clothes for his new life, and his first haircut and shave in 18 months. Donald even played a paid gig at a local Sarasota restaurant. “Before, they look at me with the scruffy face, they’re like, “Who is the raggedy homeless-looking man?’ But here, I just walk in like a pro. And no flak whatsoever,” Donald told “Inside Edition” after the performance. Now, Donald is hoping to get in touch with his son, a reunion he has been dreaming of for 15 years. “After this, now maybe he’ll get in touch with me,” he told “Inside Edition.” Best of luck to Donald!
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now6 hrs ago
Another day in the UK, another member of the Queen’s Guard annoyed with a pedestrian.
But not so fast! While this video appears to be an addition to the growing collection of documentation of the Queen’s Guard slipping from their disciplined focus, the Internet is calling this one a hoax.
The man dressed as a guard appears to be wearing a replica uniform, which does not include a white belt or a strap from the bearskin hat across the chin. Also, he is standing without his bayonet-tipped rifle!
While the video has gathered more than 70,000 views, we can really relate to videos of the queen’s disgruntled employees only if they’re real.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now7 hrs ago
In case you hadn’t heard, Princess Charlotte’s christening was last weekend, and everyone continues to fawn over the adorable pictures.
Royal watchers are asking one question that has piqued our interest: “Is the nanny of the Prince and Princess of Wales Mary Poppins??”
Not quite. Meet Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo — the real-life version of Mary Poppins.
Sharply dressed in a bowler hat, crisp white gloves, and a professionally monogrammed dress, she seems “practically perfect in every way.”
Maria probably is perfect, given that she is a Norland nanny , a caretaker produced by the Norland College, England’s most prestigious nanny training school. She trained three years for the gig.
Word is that Will and Kate are so confident with her, they don’t plan on hiring another nanny.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now1 day ago
Joining the elite league of junk food we could probably do without but would never turn down is — the french fry burger taco. In this crazy concoction, created by theVulgar Chef, the french fries serve as the taco shell to keep the burger in place. Sounds delicious, but also extremely messy. According to the chef, creating this french fry shell is not as daunting as it seems: “The fries are prepared the same as with the other fry recipes. I chop up some fries, mix them with shredded cheese, nuke them in the microwave for a good 30 seconds, form the fries into the desired shape I need. “For the fry shells, the desired shape is a circle. The easiest way to go about this is to lay the nuked cheesy fries out on a flat surface and let cool slightly.” This plus a deep-fried Big Mac is everything we never knew we wanted.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now1 day ago
It’s summer, and the heat is on.
The cute pup in this video has discovered that the best way to cool down is a car’s air-conditioning vent.
The footage was posted on Reddit and has since gone viral, attracting thousands of views and lots of adoring comments.
There’s no confusing this pooch for a hot dog — he’s unmistakably chill.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now1 day ago
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Shark Week is here!
In celebration, we plan on watching hours of dramatic shark videos. One that has already gone viral is a diver’s dramatic encounter with a great white.
During a dive in South Africa, the diving cage was attacked by the 11-and-a-half-foot beast.
Unbelievably, the shark was even closer than he appears, according to the video’s description, posted to YouTube by Hillary Rae.
From the sounds of the screaming, we will stick to the television for our shark fix.
The 28th Shark Week kicked off this weekend on Discovery Channel, with a record amount of programing dedicated to the topic.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now1 day ago
This girl clearly couldn’t wait for her tooth to come out on its own. When one stubborn baby tooth just wouldn’t come out, Alexis Davidson decided to take matters into her own hands — and pretty extreme measures at that. The 11-year-old used a sling bow to remove the tooth in question. We definitely recommend not trying this method of tooth extraction on your own. Alexis’s dad, alligator wrestler Jason McDonald, was on hand and recorded the whole thing. “We were trying to think of a neat way to help her pull her last few remaining baby teeth,” McDonald said. “Alexis is a special kid. She does a lot of crazy stuff with me, like walking the slack line over a pool of alligators.” Extreme tooth removal seems to be a trend — remember the dad who pulled out his daughter’s baby tooth with a javelin?
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now6 days ago
We have tried to make libations a guilt-free pleasure for years, but the fact remains: Beer is just a bottle of empty calories. Luckily, HoneyMoon Brewing, in Santa Fe, N.M., is trying to provide a solution. A healthy beer alternative? HoneyMoon is working on perfecting a beer made from kombucha, which is a fermented tea thought by some to have health benefits. The beer will be a low-sugar and gluten-free option with an alcohol content of 5 to 6 percent. It is designed to be an innovative alcoholic beverage that will cater to the palates of both craft-beer drinkers and health-conscious consumers. Other brewers have experimented with kombucha as well, but the trend hasn’t spread much so far. HoneyMoon recently initiated a Kickstarter campaign to fund additional research and marketing. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is conducting research for the company, is where the first atomic bomb was built. Guess that’s the place to go to get “bombed.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now6 days ago
There is never a dull moment when Shia LaBeouf is around. While visiting Mount Rushmore, Shia seemed to be overcome by a raging bout of patriotism. The shirtless, rat-tailed actor was seen running around the base of the monument screaming, “America!” Perhaps he was so overcome by the faces of presidents past, he felt the need to shout how much he loves America from the rooftops? We hope he knows that presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln can't hear him. Shia just can’t stay under the Internet radar anymore. Earlier this week, a clip of the actor — once again shirtless — rapping freestyle also went viral. We can’t wait to see what he does next!