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Like most kids, 6-year-old Christopher Kiezek sat on Santa Claus's lap and requested an Xbox One. But unlike others his age, he also asked Santa for fingers so he could play. Now, thanks to an online campaign, Christopher's request will become reality.
The Long Island, New York, native was born without part of his left arm. His mother, Christine, told radio station 1010 WINS that Christopher's old prosthesis does not fit him. Insurance will not cover the cost of a new one because it isn't considered necessary to the child's life. After hearing of the secret request that he whispered to Santa Claus, family friend Robert Jackson set up a GoFundMe campaign. The goal was to raise the $25,000 needed for Christopher's prosthetic arm.
"I cried," Jackson said to Fox TV station WNYW in New York after he learned of the boy's Christmas wish. "It's what Christmas is all about — raising money for someone in need. That's what we're trying to do."
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Travelers in Chicago's Union Station were treated to a little music recently as they walked past a piano without a player. What the passersby did not realize was that a hidden pianist was in fact tickling the ivories.
Rob Bliss Creative and Amtrak teamed up for the holiday surprise. When a person would walk up to or past the piano, musician Andrew Blendermann would begin playing the instrument via remote control. The Chicago-based artist responded to the environment of the piano. For example, when a little girl walks up and begins playing "Chopsticks," Blendermann adds a special touch. Commuters run to make a train, and the pianist plays "Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major." Musicians (who might have been given a heads-up about the piano) walk by with their instruments and begin to play along with Blendermann.
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A French Canadian teenager is gaining fame on the Internet for doing one of the last things you would expect a French Canadian teenager to do: Impersonate Elvis Presley better than men much older than him.
David Thibault mimics “The King” professionally. He even competed in an Elvis impersonator show and uploads his Presley covers to YouTube. But the 16 year-old reached a whole new audience when he performed “Blue Christmas” for pop music radio station CKOI in Quebec. As the teenager strummed the final notes of the song, the show hosts immediately exclaimed “Wow!” and showered him with compliments in French. Thibault repeatedly said, “Thank you very much” – not in his Elvis voice though.
Commenters on the YouTube video note that when they close their eyes – it really does sound like Presley singing. Others have voiced disappointment that another guitar-playing teenage Canadian, Justin Bieber, rose to fame and Thibault is still relatively unknown. The cover of “Blue Christmas” has almost 600,000 views.
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I owned a Super Nintendo as a kid, and one of the games that I would always play with my friends was Super Mario Kart. The racing game stuck out because multiplayer was a lot of fun. Each track had its own quirks, there were a number of power-ups and -downs to mess with opponents, and of course the characters were Nintendo icons.
The franchise resonated with a lot of gamers, thus the reason that the eighth installment of Mario Kart will be released next year on Wii U. But four Montreal residents decided to reincarnate the game in a whole new way. Using stop-motion animation, 3D artists Olivier Bolduc and Simon Lachapelle re-created Mario Kart in real life. The co-workers recruited Étienne Desbois and Louka Boutin to play the roles of Mario and Luigi, respectively.
Sure, there's no Rainbow Road — but there are plenty of banana peels, power-ups, and red Koopa shells to have you reminiscing. The soundtrack and sound effects are also authentic. Bolduc and Lachapelle took a few creative liberties, most notably not using karts for Mario and Luigi as they race to the finish line in a Montreal back alley.
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Elaborate Christmas light displays are no stranger to YouTube. Videos showing residential setups with soundtracks have received millions of views. The house with lights dancing to "Sexy and I Know It" went viral in 2011. Last year, video of a home with a display synced to "Gangnam Style" captivated nearly 4 million viewers.
This year, the attention is heading south of Fayetteville, Ga. Robert Burton usually sets his display to holiday classics such as "All I Want for Christmas," "Jingle Bells," and "O Holy Night." This year, the Auburn University fan created a light display that illuminates to the Auburn radio call of the Tigers' improbable last-second win over Alabama. The lights then kick in to overdrive as they dance along to "War Eagle," Auburn's fight song.
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The YouTube channel responsible for viral lip dubs of President Barack Obama singing hit songs left viewers a gift this holiday season. “Barackdubs” uploaded its last piece of 2013, and it’s President Obama singing “Jingle Bells.”
From a production standpoint, the videos can be appreciated regardless of your political preferences. The mastermind behind the channel is 20 year-old Fadi Saleh. He finds parts of the President’s speeches where he says a lyric of a track, pieces all of the small clips together, and sets them to the instrumental of the song.
By far the most popular video is the lip dub of President Obama singing “Call Me Maybe.” This isn’t too surprising considering the original song became an infectious hit after Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and other teen stars joined forces to lip-sync the song on YouTube. The “Barackdubs” version has racked up over 40 million views.
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Usually, posting a picture of your significant other on the Internet with the caption "My wife looked like a 60 year old woman as a child" would get you in a ton of trouble. Instead, it has the couple — along with the rest of Reddit — laughing at the photo and the meme that it inspired.
The whole thing started Monday night, when redditor "Beerdrummer," a.k.a Clayton Prater, posted a photo to the site of his wife Lindsay with the aforementioned caption. The Internet collectively loved it and created "The 60-Year-Old Girl" meme. The text on the photos matches young and senior characteristics. For example: "Loses Baby Teeth — Gets Dentures" or "Gets a Dollhouse for Her Birthday — Covers All the Furniture in Plastic."
There are a bunch, and here are a few more for your viewing pleasure.
Prater took his Reddit account off of the post, but eventually started responding to comments again.
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Long before we saw Rhode Island native DJ Pauly D dancing and fist-pumping on "Jersey Shore", another Ocean State resident was showcasing his moves in the media. Meet Tony Lepore, a Providence traffic cop who is a R.I. celebrity because he dances while on the job. In the middle of the street.
The legend of "The Providence Dancing Cop" dates back to the '60s. Lepore served in the Vietnam War. After returning to the United States, he joined the Providence Police Department. Fast forward to 1981, when the department moved Lepore from night duty to the day shift. The officer would take turns with two other cops directing traffic on the corner of Westminster and Dorrance Streets in downtown Providence. Lepore carried out the task in a traditional fashion, until 1984.
"I was watching 'Candid Camera' back in the '80s and I got an idea to do some dancing the next day," Lepore recalled to the Boston Globe. "But I had to watch out for my bosses; I didn't know if they were going to like it."
It didn't matter: Lepore was an instant hit with the public. "The Providence Dancing Cop" was born.
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The class of 2016 at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine might be studying hard in an Ivy League setting, but that doesn't mean the future doctors don't know how to have a good time. The students put their vocals, dance moves, and medical knowledge on display in a new parody of the viral hit "The Fox" by Ylvis.
The video is called "What Does the Spleen Do?" and features on-camera contributions from 16 students. The Harvard students created the piece for the school's 107th Annual Second Year Show. Throughout the parody, the students sing about the use of various body parts, from the kidney to the lungs, while jokingly speculating about the spleen's purpose.
"If you can live without your spleen—can your spleen live without you?" the song asks, while suggesting that perhaps our spleen exists as a backup tongue or storage for extra teeth.
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What does your lazy Sunday involve? For me, it's usually yoga, brunch, and suffering through a Buffalo Bills loss.
Filmmaker Tu Uthaisri's low-key weekend usually includes a trip for coffee and some fancy brunch dish as well. Uthaisri, who has an MFA in design and technology from Parsons the New School for Design and works in Google's New York Creative Lab, decided to take his outing a step further one Sunday. Using Google Glass, the filmmaker shot 1,000 photos over a four-day period to create "Catch: A Handimation Through Glass."
Uthaisri and a team of 14 others joined forces to document what the Thailand-born producer calls "a little surreal moment" in New York City. The result, "Catch," is entirely stop-motion, documenting the appearance, disappearance, and reappearance of a phone number written on a hand in red marker. With a jazz score by Jeremy Turner, the two-and-a-half-minute video shows various animations moving in and out of a real-life setting through a first-person view.