PETA responds to circus elephants being used to hold up tractor-trailer on side of Louisiana highwayMia Fitzharris at Trending Now23 hrs 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.”
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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!
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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.”
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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.”
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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!
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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.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
A professional snowboarder in California figured out a genius way to get closer to the slopes. Mike Basich built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. He told Laura Ling from “Going off the Grid” about how he built his new digs by hand. “It took me five years — two and half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock.” Not only is the little house off the beaten path, it’s also off the grid. That means no Internet, no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. Luckily for anyone wanting to take a shower or wash their hands, the property has two creeks that provide water for the home. The best part for Basich is the location. Not only can he snowboard on private trails, but the property even has its own chair lift that Basich built with the help of some friends. If you think this style of living is crazy, Basich is one of 180,000 Americans choosing to live off the grid. He says of the home, “I like to think of it as getting back to the basics of humanity. I like feeling connected to the earth more than I could with a 4,000-square-foot house.”
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Talk about a chilling experience — a skier in the Alps had to be rescued by his friends after the group was struck by an avalanche. And the whole thing was caught on camera. The helmet-cam footage shows not only the moment when the avalanche hit but also the group’s effort to find their friend James. He was spotted miraculously when the tip of his ski pole broke through the surface of the snow. James was buried underneath nearly 5 feet of snow, and it took almost an hour for his friends and the ski patrol to dig him out. “This story should serve as a cautionary tale for all who enjoy spending time in the mountains both in and out of bounds,” James wrote in a blog post. “Do not follow my path, always practice conservative decision making when in the mountains taking into account the local avalanche conditions.” Seems that James has learned his lesson and is doing his best to make sure that others stay safe when skiing.
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The Internet’s obsession with dad dance moves has gone as far as the White House (do we need to remind you of Obama’s moves?) And now one dancing papa has figured out a way to incorporate a treadmill into an embarrassing dad dance routine The video was uploaded on Tuesday to YouTube by David Greider. While it’s unclear what his kids think of this technical performance, one thing is for sure: He’s definitely got moves like Jagger, but we’re still not certain whether that’s a good thing. Think your dad’s dancing is more embarrassing than this guy’s? Prove it! Share your video with us on our Facebook page.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
Snow and ice might have been a nuisance for much of the country this winter, but a new video highlights the beauty and awe of it all as seen from the sky. It comes to us from a place that knows a thing or two about being covered in snow and ice thanks to a particularly harsh winter, Cape Cod, Mass. CapeCast, a video blog from the Cape Cod Times released it — take a look at the mesmerizing compilation. The videos were shot mostly from drones by Brian Switzer and Peter Traykovski, both Cape Codders. We spoke with Traykovski, a 48-year-old oceanographer who works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He told us, “I’ve taken a fascination with the flow and movement of ice and bodies of water that have strong tidal flows because of the winter we’ve been surrounded with in Cape Cod.” He finds it fascinating, but he hopes it vanishes soon and the cape can go back to being known for sand dunes and salty air.