- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 hrs ago
A hitchhiking robot trying to make its way across the U.S. learned the hard way that you can’t always depend on the kindness of strangers. Only 300 miles into its journey from sea to shining sea, hitchBOT was found decapitated in Philadelphia. HitchBOT was created by a team of communications researchers from Ontario and was designed to be a talking travel companion. The bot was immobile on its own and relied on strangers to pick it up and pass it along to other travelers or leave it in a place others may notice. “We want to see what people do with this kind of technology when we leave it up to them,” Frauke Zeller, one of the creators, told the AP. “It’s an art project in the wild — it invites people to participate.” Last year the bot successfully hitchhiked across Canada in 26 days. Unfortunately things did not work out so well this time around. HitchBOT was found beaten to a pulp on Saturday outside the City of Brotherly Love, just two weeks into its cross-country journey from Marblehead, Mass., to San Francisco. “We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over,” the robot’s creators said in a statement. It is still unclear why the robot was destroyed and who committed the crime. HitchBOT was able to tweet out its final goodbye: “Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on with all my friends. Sometimes bad things happen to good robots!”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 hrs ago
Australian stunt rider Robbie Maddison seems to have done the impossible by surfing a giant wave … on a dirt bike! A video produced by DC Shoes titled “Pipe Dream” features Maddison catching some serious waves in Tahiti on his bike. The bike was specially modified for the trick, complete with skis, allowing him to ride on top of the water. And don’t think this death-defying stunt was successfully executed on the first take: It took two years to pull off! Maddison has also called it “probably the scariest thing that I have ever experienced.” Maddison nearly drowned while filming the stunt, he told Rolling Stone: “There I was on a motorcycle, with the worst thing that could possibly happen. I turned out from the wave, and it crashed down behind me, chasing me down. I was picked up and thrown, and my bike landed on my back, knocking all the air out of me. It was the most violent ride I’ve ever been on, tumbling beneath the surface in full gear. Over the next four or five minutes, I only had two split-second moments when my head broke the surface and I could take in a fast breath, only to be yanked back down and tumbled with my bike. Everything was going white. I became completely limp and was prepared to take in a full breath of water when I finally popped up. I could see the helicopter and Jet Skis and had a quick moment to wave my arm so that they could locate me.” The video already has more than 3 million views on YouTube, and it’s only been up one day. “It’s the gnarliest thing I have ever been through. I was so relieved to be alive and to have accomplished what we did in Tahiti,” Maddison said.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
The mysterious “Pied Piper of Los Angeles” has been spotted again! Alex Gross was stuck in traffic in L.A. when he spotted a man rocking out in his car, while playing the flute. He recorded him and posted the video to YouTube. The “Pied Piper” was spotted a few weeks ago, jamming out at a red light to “La Grange.” We can't wait to see where he turns up next. Think he'll start taking requests?
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
The iconic “Up” house in Seattle will not be demolished after all. The Edith Macefield house has stood in Seattle since the turn of the 20th century and has been targeted for demolition for at least a decade. But now, thanks to a nonprofit group, the house will remain standing but will be relocated. According to broker Paul Thomas, more details about the relocation will be released next week. “The house really will float away, but not by air,” Thomas said in a press release. “I can’t possibly imagine a more wonderful ending for this chapter of the Edith Macefield story.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 days ago
What do you get when you combine Titus Burgess, Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski? One flawless lip-sync. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess posted a lip-sync rendition of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” accompanied by his co-star Jane Krakowski and show creator Tina Fey. And we can’t get enough of it! All right, everyone stop posting your lip-sync videos, because we’re not sure if anyone can top this.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 days ago
Ask the Internet for something and you shall receive! On Wednesday night, Fox29 Philly tweeted out a beautiful picture of the full moon and asked its followers, “Let’s see your moon pictures.” As you can probably guess, that’s not exactly what they were sent. From pictures of mooning to Warren Moon, moon pies and moonwalking — the good people of Twitter responded with as many moon puns as they could think of. Bella luna! Be careful what you ask for!
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now5 days ago
We all have our off days. Whether there is a lot on our minds — like work, apartments, dating — or we are just in an off mood, generally we can move on from a bad day.
Unfortunately for 19-year-old Maddison Keeney of Australia, whatever was on her mind distracted her in front of a world audience, and her off day was televised for all to see.
Keeney recently competed in the FINA World Aquatic Championships, which are the global tournament for sports including swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.
During a dive with a high degree of difficulty at 3.2, her nerves seem to have gotten the best of her and led to this disastrous performance.
She fell from fourth to 12th place — which is still amazing when you consider it was a world competition.
We really wonder how many points our belly flop would have gotten.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now5 days ago
A local television reporter in Dallas got his revenge on the woman who stole his identity … by revealing hers. It all started when Fox 4 consumer reporter Steve Noviello received a fraud alert on one of his credit cards. The alert showed that somebody had used his card to pay for a room at the Hilton Garden in Richardson, Texas. Noviello contacted Visa and then called the Hilton to ask if anyone had checked in using his name or credit card number. He was told that Farah Parks had checked into room 239 using his credit card number. At check-in she presented a card that had her name on it but was linked to Noviello’s account. When the magnetic strip wouldn’t swipe, the card’s number was entered manually. After learning this, Noviello contacted the police and then went along to the hotel to track down the culprit. Noviello could not get permission from the police to officially meet with Parks, but because her arrest was happening in a public space, he was able to film everything on his iPhone. He went up to the room that was paid for with his stolen number and waited for Parks to come out. And then as Parks was being led out in handcuffs, Noviello was able to confront her face-to-face. “Good morning. Did you use my credit card number to check into your room?” Noviello asked Parks. “Are you Farah?” “I am Farah, but I did not use your credit card. I used a card with my name on it,” she said. Parks declined to speak to Noviello, despite his questions, but did apologize. “I’ve just made some bad choices in my life. I’m aware of that, and I apologize,” Parks said as she was being led out of the hotel in handcuffs.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now6 days ago
A day care field trip took a tragic turnfor two boys, ages 5 and 7, in Vinita, Okla. According to their mother, Shaunna Broadway, the boys suffered second- and third-degree burns after spending the day at a water park while on a day care trip. The boys’ mother says her sons were in tears from pain when she picked them up from day care on Friday. Broadway claims that the boys were outside all day and were not given access to sunscreen. The heat index that day was 118 degrees. Her fair-skinned children have been to multiple hospitals since the incident, and the family has filed a report with the local police department. Broadway is in the process of finding an attorney while authorities investigate the incident. Meanwhile, the boys have been pulled from the day care.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now6 days ago
Watch him whip... Now watch him Nae Nae. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt knows he is pretty terrible at doing the Nae Nae. (Please see his awful touchdown celebration from last fall.) So a group of kids at a Houston YMCA decided to remedy his weak Nae-Naeing skills by giving him a lesson. “People tell me I’m terrible at the Nae Nae,” Watt told the kids Eventually the football player fell to ground, though it’s unclear whether it was from laughing or dancing too hard. And the kids just keep on Nae-Naeing!