- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now1 hr ago
Citizen's arrests date back to medieval times. They are arrests made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official. Generally, citizens are encouraged to be mindful of unlawfulness and to take action when they see it. In an attempt to bring attention to the issue of unlawful traffic stops by police impersonators, Gavin Seimof Washington state flagged down a police officer. The former Republican congressional candidate and self-proclaimed "liberty speaker" stopped a Washington state police officer last week because he was driving an unmarked vehicle.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now3 days ago
Seriously — are 11-year-olds taking over the world of dance? It certainly seems that way. After being wowed by the amazing talents of Taylor Hatala, an 11-year-old with some crazy cool hip-hop moves, we now introduce you to Adilyn Malcolm, aka "Audacious Adi," and her dubstep moves. This 11-year-old from Littleton, Colorado, is the newest YouTube dancing star. Adi’s dubstep style has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. The most amazing thing about her is that she has not taken one single dance class. She is self-taught and has been dancing for only about six months. She used YouTube videos to teach herself her unique moves. She is getting a lot of positive feedback on the video. Commenter Ryan Mayer wrote, “She's awesome! Keep up the great work!!! Crazy impressive.” You would think that all of that dedication to something would mean dancing is Adi’s favorite hobby, but nope — she says dancing is a close second to motocross on this cool girl's list. Who do you think the next dance phenom will be? Do you know of any local talent? Share some videos with us!
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now4 days ago
At this point, you have probably seen at least one of the many variations of a selfie in your social media feed. There is the "I'm at the gym" selfie, the "I'm in the car" selfie, the "I'm in the car with my dog" selfie, and also, the still mind-boggling "I am at a funeral" selfie. Say hello to the donut selfie. No, it is not a new way to document fried dough. This new photography trend captures the entire 360-degree environment of its subject and brings the selfie game to the next level. This brand-new take on the selfie was introduced to us just yesterday by Karen X. Cheng, who is a bit of a pro at making videos that go viral. You may remember Karen from her website, Give it 100, which encourages people to post videos of 100-day challenges they have given themselves. Yahoo News spoke to Cheng who told us she got this innovative selfie idea with her friend by playing around with her camera adding, "we were doing sweeping camera motions around the head trying to make optical illusions. I did one that was from one side of my head to the other - made a donut around my head - and the video started looping and woahhhh that looks cool. Soon enough I was running all around the city trying to get cool shots, playing with slo mo effects and iPhone lens attachments, and this is the result!" So, how exactly does a donut selfie work? So glad you asked! The donut selfie involves spinning your phone's camera around your head (in a donut shape) to show your surroundings. You collect these "donut shots" and edit them together to create a short video clip that you can send to your friends and family. This is basically a modern-day version of a vacation slideshow. To make sure everyone crafts their donut selfie correctly, Karen has even set up a website, where you can find tutorials and examples of the perfect donut selfie. But honestly, we are pretty sure that this doughnut donut selfie from our Yahoo friends in Canada has probably already won the donut selfie game.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now5 days ago
Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, but that large sum of cash often comes with overwhelming attention. In China, they have come up with a quirky albeit effective solution. A lucky winner from the Shanxi Province provided an entertaining press conference when he picked up his winnings, the equivalent of nearly $85 million, in a bear costume. While it might seem a little wacky, it's common for lottery winners in many countries to want to remain anonymous. We get it — once people hear of your newfound wealth, you'll likely be bothered by exes, long-lost "friends," and questionable relatives claiming to be financial experts.
If you win the lottery in the U.S., only five states (Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, and Ohio) allow you to legally remain anonymous by keeping your name off public records. In China, though, where press conferences showing the prize handoff are televised across the country, citizens have the option to choose anonymity. Winners playing dress-up to hide their faces are not unusual.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now6 days ago
Nobody puts Baby — we mean Charlie — in a corner! The 8-year-old boy from Knoxville, Tenn., has become a viral sensation after his mother posted a Facebook video of him dancing along with Patrick Swayze in her favorite movie, 1987's rom-com hit "Dirty Dancing." BuzzFeed chatted with Charlie's mother, who said he has seen that movie about 10 to 12 times at this point. And it's not just this classic that gets Charlie's hips moving. If anything has dancing and music, he just can't seem to stand still, she said. One day, if ever asked, Charlie may consider his greatest dancing influence to be Michael Jackson. The King of Pop died when Charlie was only 3 years old, but the boy had begun to watch all of his music videos and replicate his moves. Charlie's mother previously posted a video to YouTube for friends and family to check out his "Thriller" moves. Charlie's dance moves have now been seen by more people than most Broadway actors', with over 8 million views of the Facebook video. We really hope the nickname "Charlie Swayze" sticks with this kid.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now7 days ago
Brendan Jordan does not know the meaning of the term camera-shy. The Las Vegas 15-year-old stole the show during a live newscast last week and raised the bar for videobombers everywhere by dancing like everyone should be watching him. During a local KLAS broadcast, Brendan decided to unleash his moves behind anchors reporting on the long-awaited opening of the Summerlin Mall. Brendan's self-assured moves and his face with attitude have drawn attention from around the Web. Many are talking about him on social media, showing their admiration for the teen's self-confidence. Bravo's Andy Cohen of "Watch What Happens Live" has even mentioned the video. Patranya Bhoolsuwan, the anchor who was caught between Brendan and his spotlight, seems to be supportive of the news-crash. Bhoolsuwan told Yahoo News, "This kid was supersweet.... [He] asked to take a [picture] with me, then says all he wants to do is be on TV. I have been news-crashed plenty of times before, but this one was by far the most entertaining and fierce!" Live news is never predictable, and from the looks of it neither is Brendan Jordan. We should all take a lesson from him: When the cameras' lights are shining on you, show the world what you've got!
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now10 days ago
Sometimes we all need a little reminder to take baby steps. Little Lucy Turner's father documented a reminder for her, of her first baby steps and her journey toward walking, in a very heartwarming time-lapse video shared on YouTube. Like all of us, Lucy stumbles and tumbles and even gets pushed down a few times … but with practice, she learns more and more each day. In the video, Lucy's family members cheer her on — holding her hand when she needs it and letting go when she is ready. A great part of the video is when they take time to appreciate a small triumph: They applaud Lucy when she learns to stand and clap — at the same time! Finally, Lucy figures it out, like we all do, and her father shows how her walking progressed into running into the world. Dad made sure to end the video on a reminder for Lucy that her big sister Alice will always be there to keep her in check. We have a feeling that with a family like hers, Lucy's footsteps will lead her in the right direction.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now11 days ago
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably witnessed or heard about the incredible talent of dancer Taylor Hatala. The 11-year-old is known for impressively strutting her stuff with choreographer Laurence Kaiwai in a video that went viral on YouTube a few weeks ago in which she breaks it down to a remixed version of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda." That YouTube video is currently at over 8 million views. Taylor even got to perform her famous dance steps on the "Ellen" show, where DeGeneres exclaimed, "They're amazing. I love that so much. That girl is so good. Give anything to dance like that ever in my life." Taylor was blown away by the experience, saying, "It was a dream come true. I'm so blessed." Now Taylor is back giving her fans what they want -- a fresh dance routine. In a new video featuring a different choreography partner, Matt Steffanina, the tiny dancer breaks it down to a remix of Meghan Trainor's catchy hit "All About That Bass." The new video has been viewed more than 500,000 times so far. If you're looking to get dance lessons from Steffanina, this YouTube channel is filled with tutorials. Does this new dance video live up to Taylor's first hit? What do you think? Is Taylor the real deal? Let us know on our Facebook pageor you can tweet us at @YahooTrending.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now12 days ago
Dr. Martens, plaid shirts tied around the waist, a "Boy Meets World" reboot ... it's official: The '90s are back, and so is the popular Rock the Vote campaign, which left a lasting impact on pop culture and the way youth participates in electoral politics. This time, the get-out-the-vote campaign is using an updated anthem to call a new generation of young voters to the polls for the upcoming midterm elections. Everything about the campaign mirrors the way this new generation operates. Rapper Lil Jon (the name on his ballot is Jonathan Smith) has repurposed his 2013 summer anthem "Turn Down for What" into a celebrity-filled parody music video, "#TURNOUTFORWHAT," appropriately employing a hashtag to encourage millennials to post, tweet, and share the video with their peers. The video begins with Lil Jon on the phone with his "aunt" Whoopi Goldberg, whom millennials may know only as one of the voices from "The Lion King." Lil John tells Aunt Whoopi that no, he is not watching "Dancing With the Stars" — it's Nov. 4, and he is heading to the polls for the midterm elections. And then we are hit with a barrage of celebrities who are bound to make anyone not voting for the first time in this year's midterms feel very old. Lena Dunham of "Girls," a voice of her generation whom millennials likely watch on their shared HBO GO accounts, says that she is voting for reproductive rights. Fitness entrepreneur Tracy Anderson, BFF of Gwyneth Paltrow and creator of patterned workout leggings, appears alongside Dunham. Then "the beat drops," and the video shifts to a series of young celebrities dancing and explaining why they are turning out to the polls. Among them: "Glee" star Darren Criss is turning out for education. "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" star E.J. Johnson is turning out for marriage equality. "Orange Is the New Black" star Natasha Lyonne is turning out for prison reform. Singer Devendra Banhart is turning out for an end to deforestation. Lil Jon himself is turning out for the legalization of marijuana. And Fred Armisen, formerly of "Saturday Night Live," says he will be turning out to the polls so that he can impress his friends. The original Rock the Vote video in '89 was geared toward Gen X. Madonna, parodying her song "Vogue," encouraged young voters to not "just sit there" but, rather, to "get down to it, speak your mind, there is nothing to it." During the 2004 elections, Diddy offered himself as the face of Rock the Vote, emphasizing the significance of voting with the slogan "Vote or Die." Rock the Vote is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages youth participation in American elections. Their campaigns combine pop culture, politics, and technology. The millennial generation is the largest in our country's history — bigger even than the baby boomers — so getting them to the polls is no easy task. According to