- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now1 day ago
Usually, going to driving school is nerve-wracking for the student and just a normal day at work for the instructor. Well, pranksters at MaxMan.TV on YouTube have turned the tables and put a few driving instructors in the hot seat. Malaysian professional race car driver Leona Chin disguised herself and showed up for driving school with instructors who were on their first day on the job. First, she let the instructors think she was an amateur, as she appears to struggle with the stick shift. The instructors in the video appear to get impatient with the seemingly bad driver. Then, Chin puts the prank into overdrive. She starts driving out of control, and the instructors are completely shocked — and also scared for their lives. As Chin whips through a parking lot, one of the instructors screams, “You almost hit people.” One female instructor even clutches her seat belt for dear life. The driving school actually came up with the whole idea and pitched it to max man. Lucky for them because the video has been viewed more than 6 million times so far!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now1 day ago
After Dayna Rumfelt’s eight-year marriage fell apart, she didn’t want her wedding dress hanging around her closet — so she set off on a mission to not just get rid of the dress but to destroy any last vestige of it. With the help of her family and friends, Rumfelt spent the better part of seven months going all “Game of Thrones” on the dress, literally dragging it through the mud, jumping into a lake with it and wearing it to play paintball. “Jumping into a lake doesn’t screw your dress up quite like you’d expect,” Rumfelt told the Huffington Post. “It’s funny how when you’re getting married your wedding dress seems so fragile, but really when it comes down to it, those suckers are tough as nails. Outside of the smell, once the dress dried, it was fine.” But none of these things could take the indestructible dress down. After everything else failed, she burned the dress in a big bonfire. “I felt such a sense of relief watching it burn,” Rumfelt said. “Almost all my negative energy had transferred to the dress over time, and it had made me so sad to see it. I slept really well the night of the bonfire. The dress just had to go.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now2 days ago
Just when you thought there couldn’t be another “Uptown Funk” parody left to make, a new one emerges. This latest, Passover-themed cover of the hit song by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) was created by the Jewish singing group Six13. According to group member Mordy Weinstein, choosing “Uptown Funk” as their next song was “kind of a no-brainer.” “We’ve been listening to it nonstop. It’s the most popular song on radio and has been for awhile,” Weinstein said. You may remember this group from its viral hit last December, a Hanukkah parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” or last year’s “Frozen” Passover parody,aptly titled “Chozen.” We can’t wait to see what song these guys will parody next.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now2 days ago
Leave it to the jokers at College Humor on YouTube to call out people who make a big deal about quitting Facebook. In its latest video, the group compares such an event to leaving a party. A man enters a party and calls attention to himself with the help of a trumpet. Then he says, “Attention, attention everyone. I have an announcement to make.” Once he has all eyes and ears on him, he says, “I am leaving this party.” He goes on to explain that he is just different from the rest of the people at the party — special, perhaps — saying, “I do not like your conversations. The things you share are sensational at best.” He adds, “I will be a better person when I finally leave this place.” And finally, he makes his grand exit saying, “Goodbye people I kind of knew from high school.” After he leaves, a few seconds go by, and he returns holding a baby and exclaims, “Good news everyone… ,” illustrating the people on your Facebook feed who only come around when something good happens for them, like a marriage or the birth of a new baby. Commenters on the YouTube video love the realness of the comparison. One person wrote, “Finally! Something that visually represents how I see people who perform the ‘I’m leaving Facebook!’ spectacle.”
PETA responds to circus elephants being used to hold up tractor-trailer on side of Louisiana highwayMia Fitzharris at Trending Now3 days ago
When a tractor-trailer carrying three elephants from New Orleans to Dallas got stuck on the side of the highway, the driver came up with a larger-than-life solution. He enlisted the help of two of the elephants onboard, Jenny and Vicki, to hold up the truck and prevent it from falling into a muddy ditch. Photos and videos of the incident quickly went viral. The elephants were being transported to Dallas to appear in the Shrine Circus. Yahoo News spoke with Brittany Peet, deputy director of captive animal law enforcement at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an organization that has been leading the charge against the use of elephants in circus acts. She told us, “This was incredibly dangerous for the elephants and for the traffic going by. It was careless and reckless on the part of the circus. It’s just one more example of the reasons that elephants should not be used for entertainment. It really goes to show why it’s so important that Ringling Bros. recently made the decision to phase out elephant acts in their circuses by the year 2018. It underscores the urgent need for every other circus to do the same.” We also spoke with Bill Cunningham, the owner of Shrine Circus, who told us, “The elephants were never at risk. They are so emotional that they sense danger and stress, and it was amazing how these two elephants knew what they needed to do.” And as for the driver’s decision to pull the tractor-trailer to the side of the highway, Cunningham said, “We stand by the driver’s decision to get rest and get off of the major interstate. He did the right thing.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
For the past six years, Scott Worgan has been making videos for his partner, Caitlin, for her birthday, anniversaries, or if she’s had a bad day. So when she sat down to watch his latest video, Caitlin had no idea that it was going to end with a proposal. Scott wrote out a series of romantic signs leading up to the big question, and he enlisted their two daughters, Scarlett and Sienna, to help him hold them out. “You’re so amazing in every way.” “Everything you do for us.” “Everything you do for daddy.” “Makes us feel sooo special,” the cards read. Finally, one reads, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we were your flower girls?” Caitlin and Scott have been together six years, but Caitlin told the Daily Mail that she had “no idea” that the video was actually a proposal. “He makes videos for my birthdays and our anniversaries and when I’m having a bad day. He always picks me up with these little things, so he knew I wouldn’t catch on till halfway through.” The heartwarming proposal video was filmed in one take on a Saturday while Caitlin was at work. What Scott’s video doesn’t capture is Caitlin’s reaction after the “marry daddy?” “I was sitting on the couch in the lounge room, and he was sitting next to me and pulled the ring out,” Caitlin said. “He was shaking. I was shaking and crying and flicked the ring across the room.” Scott later picked the ring up off the floor, and needless to say, Caitlin said yes!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 days ago
OK Go is known for creating some pretty spectacular viral music videos, but its latest one is a little different. The rock band’s latest video is aimed at selling furniture in the biggest market in the world, China. The trippy video is actually a commercial for the Chinese furniture store Red Star Macalline, set to a remix of the band’s song “I Won’t Let You Down.” If the commercial looks familiar, it should. It was inspired by the band’s music video for the song “The Writing’s on the Wall.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 days ago
You might think a golden retriever would be excellent at, say, retrieving things… especially food. But Fritz the dog has made quite a name for himself doing exactly the opposite. The pup just can’t catch food in his mouth for the life of him. Fritz’s owner, Evan Ball, posted a video on YouTube of the dog failing to catch any food thrown his way — with one solitary exception you really have to wait for. The video has garnered more than 540,000 views. “While we all intently anticipate the day when Fritz masters the skill of catching food in his mouth, we also patiently embrace the journey,” Fritz’s owner wrote. Now before you call the ASPCA, Evan notes on YouTube that he never lets Fritz eat all the fallen food. “I actually intercept most of the food and give him just a little for his efforts. Plus, he only gets a food tossed to him about once a week,” Ball told the Huffington Post. “The rest of the time, he eats healthy dog food and gets regular exercise. He’s actually quite a specimen.”
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
Starting at the age of 12 through the age of 28, Mike Cohen from Buffalo, N.Y., secretly recorded conversations with his parents. Well, they were more like arguments. Now, years later, his friend Rodd Perry took one of those tapes from 1985 and brought it to life with the art of animation. This particular argument occurred while Cohen was home from college for a visit. In the animated video, his parents can be heard nagging him about a typical college-age issue — cleaning his room. The video was posted to Vimeo, where it has been viewed more than 270,000 times thanks in part to a posting on Reddit. In a Reddit comment, Perry said this was his first foray into animation; in case you’re wondering, he used Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. We think it’s safe to say this is not the last Cohen-Perry collaboration. Can’t wait to see what the second episode will bring!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now5 days ago
Don’t you just hate elevator small talk? Well, YouTube prankster Greg Benson decided to kick the usual elevator chitchat up a notch by breaking into a full-blown weather report, complete with a pull-down weather map. Because no weather forecast would be complete without tossing to sports, Benson did just that, with a sportscaster joining them in the elevator, too. The reactions from his unsuspecting victims were pretty priceless. We can only hope this happens to us the next time we get into an elevator.