- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
Some traditions are meant to be broken... Just as the music started during the obligatory father-daughter wedding dance, Jim Mickunas had another idea. He preferred to play a game of catch with his daughter Kandice, the bride. “My daughter has always found her own path,” Jim wrote on YouTube. She played Flag football at 6. She hated wearing dresses. She wore a tuxedo to her first communion. She lettered in Soccer and Track. She then became an Engineer for the largest automaker in the world when she was 22.” To Jim, the traditional father-daughter dance didn’t reflect who he and his daughter are, so he came up with the idea of playing a game of catch instead. Will this be the start of a new tradition at weddings across the country?
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 days ago
Screen Junkies correspondent Nick Mundy has always had a weird relationship with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Nick somehow managed to bridge the gap between journalist/superfan and friend. Now their friendship has morphed into a full-on bromance. Because of their history, Nick thought nothing much of his next assignment to interview the Rock for his new movie, “San Andreas.” But little did Nick know that his co-workers had other plans for him: They arranged for the Rock to marry Nick and his fiancée in a surprise wedding! When everything was revealed, the look on Nick’s face was priceless. “It’s a pleasure for me to do this,” the Rock told a shocked Nick. “It’s an honor for me to do this. It’s completely legal — I am officially ordained by the state of California. Yeah! I go all out. Because you’re my bestie.” Have no fear — Nick’s fiancée, Dilara, was in on the whole thing. They even flew his parents in from Texas. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 days ago
An amazing new video has come out of Brussels featuring an elderly lady dancing with a beat boxer. Street performer Ammar Dafri, who goes by Power Beat, was in the middle of his beat-boxing harmonic routine when all of a sudden, a woman walking her dog crashed his performance. Much to the enjoyment of the crowd, the woman started dancing along to the music. After her performance, the woman and her dog just walk away like nothing ever happened. This definitely proves you are as young as you feel!
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now4 days ago
Are you obsessed with your smartphone? If you’re like most Americans, there’s a good chance the answer to that question is yes. Staring down at our mobile devices is something we have become used to as a society, and now there’s a rap anthem to really highlight that growing problem. The video comes to us from YouTube parody singers Key of Awesome, starring Todd Womack, and it already has more than 282,000 views. “Stare into the screen, look at your phone. It’s everything you need, look at your phone. So much better than a friend, look at your phone.” One YouTube commenter summed it up nicely by writing, “One of the greatest love stories of our time.” The catchy song will probably get stuck in your head, and if you can’t get enough of it, you can buy it on iTunes! Do you have any tips for how to resist the constant allure of these devices? Share them with us on our Facebook page.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
One man in Minneapolis has a new hat, and he’s trying desperately to make sure you know about it. Curt Oren, a quirky 23-year-old musician, has always used humor to express his fashion — including the time he got his face printed on a T-shirt. But once he bought a new hat that read “Curt’s New Hat,” he knew he had to up his game and let the world know. He started by changing his name on Facebook to New Hat. Up next, he had to pimp his ride with a “New Hat” license plate. And as if that wasn’t enough dedication to spreading the new hat awareness, Curt purchased a billboard that reads, “Do you know about Curt’s new hat? It’s possible that his hat tricks are not all fun and games, though. Curt’s friends set up a donation site that’s listed on the billboard. According to the site, “A vast majority of the donations will go to fund the Curt Oren Memorial Institute for Comedic Safety, a division of Public Space One, an Iowa City non-profit arts organization. The remainder of the donations will go towards Curt’s rehabilitation and prevention of future relapses.” This might be one joke that has been taken a bit too far.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now5 days ago
Raising kids is always an adventure, but what happens if your children also have superpowers? Daniel Hashimoto, the mastermind behind the YouTube channel Action Movie Kid, teamed up with YouTube’s Field Day channel to create a new video featuring the superkid family. Hashimoto — or, as he is known in the series, Action Movie Dad — is a DreamWorks animator who has been making Action Movie Kid videos for about a year now. But his latest video is the first to feature baby Sophia, Action Movie Kids’ powerful little sister. The short film also introduces a new villain from the Alpha Tots Academy. And the villain is played by none other than Brian Baumgartner, most famous for playing Kevin Malone on The Office. We hope they consider making the sequel into a feature-length film!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now6 days ago
People are showing some leg on social media in solidarity for a girl who was banned from taking a law exam in Algeria because her skirt was too short. The dean of the University of Algiers’ Faculty of Law stands by the decision. He told news website TSA Algérie, “Wearing a short skirt is not authorized inside the university. It’s their job to uphold the rules of the faculty. It requires a decent outfit, for both girls and boys.” Angered by the university’s decision, a fellow student, Sophia Jama, created a Facebook page, the name of which roughly translates to, “My dignity is not in the length of my skirt.” Sophia invited people to post pictures of their bare legs — leg selfies if you will — to protest the school’s ban and dress code. “Setting up this Facebook page was like a reflex for me,” Jama told France24. “What happened to the young girl is very tough. She was humiliated, and I didn’t want her to feel alone. It’s also a way of supporting those women who have already had similar experiences, because it’s a frequent problem in Algeria.” This unnamed student who was turned away from the exam is certainly not alone. The posts on the Facebook page have been pouring in, from both women and men, to support her.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now6 days ago
When Bill Devaney decided to pop the question to Breanne Clark, his girlfriend of seven years, he picked the scene of their first date — Lake Michigan. On Saturday, May 10, he rounded up Breanne’s entire family and headed to the scenic spot under the guise that they would be taking a group photo. Bill told Yahoo News that everyone was in on the plan, except for Breanne and her mom, Eva. It was supposed to not only be a surprise for the future bride but also a Mother’s Day gift for Eva, who had been bugging Bill to propose for years. Bill was hoping that Breanne would be distracted by the group photo, and boy, was she ever! In the video posted to YouTube, as Bill is about to get down on one knee, Eva is seen in the frame tripping and face-planting right into the sand. Bill told us he wasn’t bothered by what happened in the least: “She’s a character — always laughing. She was laying on the ground for so long because she was laughing so hard.” Although Eva wasn’t injured in any way, her future son-in-law tells us her ego was bruised a bit. He said, “She was embarrassed and concerned she stole our thunder. I told her I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Breanne and I both found it hilarious, and it’s something we’ll never forget.” The couple plan to marry next spring or summer.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
Do you have a personal item like a jacket or handbag that you love? How about one that you’re in love with? Well, one woman on Instagram is chronicling her love affair with, of all things, a pink JanSport backpack. Genevieve Blau from New York has been documenting her relationship on the social media app for about a month. It all started with one photo with the caption: “Guys, my JanSport and I have been friends for 10 years now. We finally decided it was time to take things to the next level. It’s our first official date!!” Using the hashtag #JansportDate, Genevieve and her pink bag have had some pretty romantic dates. Taking in a show, having some margaritas, watching a hockey game, even a stroll in the park.
A photo posted by Gen Blau (@heresthedoodle) on Apr 16, 2015 at 3:40pm PDT
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now7 days ago
Talk about shaking it off. Two years ago Ronnie Brower weighed a staggering 675 pounds, and his doctor told him if he didn’t make some drastic changes he would be dead within 10 years. But now, thanks to hard work, harder workouts, a dedicated teacher, and some inspiration from Taylor Swift, Ronnie has dropped down to 250 pounds! Ronnie’s friend and former teacher Joe Bufano promised Ronnie that he would take him to see Taylor Swift perform after he lost 400 pounds. Ronnie listened to Taylor Swift throughout his weight loss, and now, to celebrate reaching his goal weight, he will see her perform live. “He told me in his darkest days ... he would often listen to Taylor, and it was the messages in her music that kind of gave him some source of joy and happiness. It kept him buying into life,” Bufano told the Daily Dot. Now that Ronnie has met his weight loss goal, Joe has another goal — to have Ronnie meet the pop icon herself. Joe posted a video chronicling Ronnie’s transformation set to the Taylor Swift tunes that inspired Ronnie throughout his weight loss journey. Joe asks the pop star if she will meet Ronnie when the pair attend her concert on June. Taylor Swift fans have been tweeting the video using the hashtag #ronnieweightloss. We hope that Ronnie gets the chance to meet her!