- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now9 hrs ago
There’s a tiny home located way up in the Swiss Alps that you have to see to believe. The studio house, dubbed Antoine, was designed by Bureau A, an architectural design firm. The concept came from the work of renowned Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, who died in 1947. In his novel “Derborence,” the main character, Antoine, lives through a landslide and survives seven weeks under the rocks of the Alpine valley. According to the designers, the home is meant to mimic the "strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them."
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now9 hrs ago
Knowing this, IKEA in Spain conducted a holiday experiment for its recent campaign. It gathered 10 families and asked the children from each to jot down two Christmas wish lists. The first was written to “The Three Kings,” which is the Spanish equivalent to Santa. The second Christmas wish list was for their parents. The difference between the letters is heartwarming.
The letters they wrote to the Three Kings are full of the usual requests of children for unicorns and extravagant toys. The letters they wrote to their parents, though, were for things that only a parent can give a child — love, attention and comfort. IKEA’s little experiment may show both kids and parents that what children really want to fill their home this holiday season isn’t necessarily found under a tree. It’s what surrounds it. A loving home, according to the children in this ad, is the best Christmas gift of all.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now1 day ago
Each day, dedicated crossing guards make sure the children in their communities get to school safely. But sometimes, they themselves need a little assistance.
Nathaniel Kendrick became a crossing guard years ago after he retired from a job with the city of Dallas. Every morning and afternoon, he helps the children of his community get to and from school safely. He then returns home to his ailing wife.
Due to the mounting expenses from his wife’s illness, Kendrick’s car was recently repossessed.
So local parents, who are grateful that Kendrick keeps their children safe every day, stepped in. A group of dads who are part of the Friends of Lakewood community group gathered to help him in his time of need.
In a video that has gone viral, the dads park a car in a school crosswalk, and Kendrick asks them to move it. "He's asking us to move the car, and I'm going, 'Well, it's your car... why don't you move it?'" said one father.
In the video, it is apparent just how speechless Kendrick is when he recognizes their kindness. You can hear someone say to him, “You deserve every bit of this.” The kind act is a true example of a community taking care of each other.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now1 day ago
Let’s face it. Some husbands are just better at making plans for their wives on special occasions. And there’s no better way to illustrate that point than to introduce you to Steven. The Atlanta native wanted to surprise his wife, Kelli, with something really big and different on their 10th wedding anniversary — boy did he deliver. The big event was captured by the wedding videography team at Iris Films.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now2 days ago
Improv Everywhere, a group based in New York City, always seems to have something fun up its sleeves. For the past 13 years, the crew has been recruiting people from the Web and organizing them to participate in stunts of epic proportions. You probably know them from their in-your-face antics, such as “Frozen Grand Central Terminal” in New York City, the food court musical, and the famous yearlyNo Pants Subway Day!Well this time, Improv Everywhere decided to spread some holiday cheer by surprising a family with an over-the-top Christmas carol display. The 20-person brass orchestra and 13-member choir rehearsed at a studio in Manhattan the day before. Then, the group invited the Schreiber family to a rented home in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., under the guise that they were having their Christmas photos taken. Mom was the only one in on the act. What you see from dad and the kids is as genuine as a Christmas morning surprise. The surprise was carried out with five different families, but the Schreiber’s video was picked to be a part of the video because of their enthusiastic reaction. Improv Everywhere, a group of prank masters who have pulled off more than 100 missions, was formed in 2001 by Charlie Todd.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now2 days ago
Licia Prehn suffers from a rare hereditary eye disease that causes near-blindness, but that doesn’t mean she’s putting her life on hold. She’s started a Web series to prove that “blind life is what you make of it.” The Pennsylvania-born woman, now living in Finland, has taken to YouTube to show the world how someone who is nearly blind can perform day-to-day tasks. Her first video tackles cooking, how blind people cook tortillas, to be precise. The video is part cooking lesson and part backstory into her eye disease and personal life, including her newborn, who is also afflicted with the condition. The video has only been up for two days and already has more than 40,000 views and many supportive comments, like this one from Blake Atkinson: “It’s hard for people who can see to cook, so keep being awesome. Good on you!” Before Prehn took on cooking, she posted a video to Reddit to show that people who are blind can still be part of the online community. Her original video garnered more than 100,000 views, but she took it down after receiving nasty comments. But when a group of Web developers reached out to her, expressing their support for her video, she reposted it and was inspired to show the world what else she could do. “Since these Web developers liked seeing how I used the computer,” Prehn told the Daily Dot, “I decided to show them how I do other things." In addition to her YouTube series, Prehn is using the crowdfunding website GoFundMe to help pay for her infant’s eye surgery in January. Until then, we eagerly await Licia’s next video, we can’t wait to see what she cooks up next year.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now3 days ago
Ryan Tricks has created somewhat of a magical public service announcement this holiday season.
To call attention to — and to generate a bit of compassion for — the plight of those who will be spending this holiday season on the streets rather than in a warm home, the London-based magician took to the streets to spread some holiday cheer using his craft.
In this video, which is a collaboration with LAD Bible as well as a promotion for his new show, “The Power of Magic,” Ryan approaches two people panhandling on the street to deliver a special gift of holiday wonder.
He removes change from the hat they are using to collect donations, and with sleight of hand, the hat is suddenly filled with many bills.
The couple is as overwhelmed as they are shocked. It just serves as a reminder that any bit of help can be magical to someone who is in need.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now3 days ago
With the end of every year come many year-in-review stories, but French director Luc Bergeron has placed the year 2014 in a video time capsule.
Squeezing 233 of the most clicked videos of the year into one almost 7-minute compilation, he has created a sizzle reel of all the videos that we found interesting and shared with one another over the past 12 months.
The video is broken up into categories such as daredevil stunts, dancing and entertaining animals. Bergeron posted the video to his YouTube page, but a Reddit posting, which has links to each individual video in the compilation, has really taken off.
A video compilation is a perfect way to remember the year that was and all the links that we sent each other.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now4 days ago
A social media campaign has been gaining momentum, reflecting the hope of many to maintain solidarity in the community which has been shaken by terror after the dramatic hostage situation that occurred at a café in Sydney. In an effort to thwart any intolerance toward Muslim Australians, residents have shared the hashtag “#illridewithyou” with the intention of spreading tolerance and supporting the safety of those in their community who fear that they will be the target of hostility. Tessa Kum, a TV content editor and writer living in Sydney, is credited with starting the hashtag. She told the Guardian Australia that she was inspired after seeing a powerful Facebook post by commuter Rachel Jacobs. After noticing a woman remove her hijab, Jacobs encouraged her to put it back on and offered to accompany the woman. Twitter users have joined in the gesture, offering up their support and assistance in coordinating with Muslims who may not feel safe commuting because they fear backlash. In a further display of how the hashtag is uniting the community, #illridewithyou has officially surpassed the #SydneySiege in Sydney Twitter trends, and many have tweeted about how the how the swell of the social media trend has made them proud to be Australian”
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
The Holderness family has had quite a year. You might remember the crew from Raleigh, N.C., from last holiday season’s viral hit video ‘Xmas Jammies.’ That YouTube videowas viewed more than 15 million times! Since hitting it big, the Holdernesses have been releasing fun parody videos for most holidays. And while some families will choose to send out a written newsletter, this family opted to go a different route because that’s in the Holderness DNA. They released an overview of their exciting year, performed to their own version of R.E.M.’s hit “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” The video chronicles the best-of moments of 2014 from mom Kim, dad Penn, and their son and daughter, Penn and Lola. Highlights include Lola’s birthday party and little Penn’s love for kayaks and waterslides. All of this attention is not only fun for the family, but its good for business too! Kim and Penn run a digital marketing company called Greenroom, which has seen a recent boom thanks to their viral hit videos. The company was also recently picked to be a part of a reality show! Did your family do something unique to mark the holiday season? Did you take a funny photo? A cute video? Share it with us on our Facebook page!