- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now8 hrs ago
In the wake of Tropical Storm Marie, which is currently off the coast of Baja California and stretches more than 100 miles, many are feeling its negative effects. But one community has found immense pleasure in the force of Mother Nature's winds and waves. Many surfers in the Malibu area and other parts of Southern California flocked to the seaside to ride waves that reached 15 to 20 feet, presenting once-in-a-lifetime, extremely risky sporting conditions.
Over the last few hours, amazing footage has been uploaded to various social media sites, including video of 50-year-old surfing legend Laird Hamilton. His reputation as a master of big-wave surfing remains untarnished as he puts on a show of death-defying action. And that's putting it lightly. But Hamilton's surfing isn't the only thing that will keep you in awe. Aerial footage of the surfers and the shoreline taken from cameras attached to quadcopters is astounding, shot from a distance that offers a refreshing perspective.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now11 hrs ago
If you drive a car, you've seen roadkill on occasion. But how often do you actually see a "road rescue"? This save from danger might be one of a kind.
A couple driving along a on the Olkhon Island of Russia discovered a cute and chubby prairie dog in need of some immediate assistance. It was unable to push itself out of a hole in the middle of the road. Now just to clarify, a prairie dog is not a canine but a rodent that feeds on grass, roots, and seeds. It lives in small burrows with entrances ranging in size from 4 inches to 1 foot in diameter. Prairie dogs also use up to six entrances to navigate across and around their territories. And it seems as if this little guy was stuck trying to get out of its tunnel system, perhaps because of damage to the entrance made by passing traffic.
The traveling couple liberated the animal by using a little elbow grease and a small blue towel to pull it out of the opening. Judging by the large rodent's reaction — a lack of gratitude upon being yanked from its dusty enclosure and its hasty departure to the roadside bushes — it just might have been a little traumatized.
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One day into a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, information about the past few months of violence is surfacing. In a new video recently posted by a pro-Israel, anti-Hamas YouTube channel called 'Sin,' an unknown Israeli town is shown under attack. While warning sirens alert the area, men, women, and children scatter for shelter. What is loosely seen in the footage, which already has more than one million views, is the efficiency of the Iron Dome, which intercepts and destroys 15 separate steel artillery Qassam rockets launched by Palestinian militants. The Iron Dome is Israel's all-weather, mobile, short-range missile defense system consisting of a three-piece unit which includes a radar system, a battle management system, and a rocket launcher that fires interceptor missiles. The system cuts off missiles and artillery shells fired from a range of 2 to 40 miles, and also ensures that debris doesn't fall on populated areas. It has a reported success rate of 90 percent. There's speculation that the rockets were launched all at once, in the hopes that at least a few would reach their desired target. It's not every day that you see an occurrence like this as a civilian — or maybe it is, depending on where you live. But it's definitely unbelievable.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now1 day ago
One of the biggest events in the life of a family is the arrival of a new child. It's almost always a very big deal for the expectant mother, as well as the friends and family members around her. Usually the announcement of the pregnancy is met with congratulatory feedback. But in the case of Shanee Gibson Hart, from Fort Lewis, Washington, telling her young son, Tré, and toddler daughter, Amaya, was more of an ordeal than a big deal. Filming the announcement to her children in the privacy of a car, Hart broke the news, and her little man was none too happy yet quite hilarious.
In the back-seat breakdown, Tré voices his unhappiness at having to share his parents' love with yet another sibling. His disgust even has him delivering big words, saying the idea is "exasperating." When was the last time you pulled out that word to describe anything, let alone sibling angst?
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now2 days ago
Depending on whether or not you had a loving father, after screening this viral video you might feel inspired, jealous, or cheated in your own youth. But you're still probably mature enough to feel warm and fuzzy about one man's fatherly love. And this dad happens to be awesome.
Daniel Hashimoto just wants his kid's dreams to come true, at least a little. Earlier this year, we first saw James, aka Action Movie Kid, in a hit viral video created by the wizardly dad who's an After Effects artist at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles. The first installment of "Action Movie Kid" included stunts and themes from science-fiction and superhero movies such as "Star Wars," "Batman," and "Iron Man." The video quickly gained momentum after its debut and even garnered international media attention. To date, "Action Movie Kid: Volume One" has had more than 2 million views on YouTube and will probably have a whole lot more.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now2 days ago
After what has been called the worst earthquake in the Bay Area in 25 years, the altered topography left by the 6.0 magnitude temblor that devastated residents in and around Napa and Sonoma in California last Sunday is being "torn up" by local skateboarders — but not in a destructive way. For decades, the skateboarding culture has been to riding and ripping on almost anything, whenever and wherever possible. Some enthusiasts of the sport might even call this damaged area in Northern California a street skater's paradise.
The environmental twists and newfound turns of residential walkways and roads have skateboarding youth using buckled pavement as miniramps for tricks like 180-degree spins and various hand-grabs, while the fractured sidewalks serve as obstacles to "ollie" or jump over.
Obviously this isn't the first time we've seen skaters perform tricks in unbelievable terrain and weather, but this is definitely a new spin on a skate park — one made by Mother Nature in one of her worst moods.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now3 days ago
After his self-imposed hiatus from the entertainment industry, comedy legend Dave Chappelle has recently returned to the spotlight, performing at selected shows. He even went back to the Oddball Festival on Aug. 23 in Hartford, Conn., where he stunned audience members last year as he exited the stage during his set, upset by ongoing heckling and constant crowd noise, choosing never to return to the Connecticut city.
While finishing up his own set on stage, comedian Louis C.K. introduced Chappelle to a happily roaring crowd. Chappelle apologized, saying, "I did not think I would ever come back to Hartford again. It was a year ago tonight. I had 364 nights to think about that fatal night, one year ago ... I was really immature about what happened." He even thanked the audience for not booing him.
After he apologized, Chappelle continued his set by poking fun at North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, President Barack Obama, and a tryst with a much, much older woman. If you're a fan, you'll appreciate this 16-minute clip of off-the-cuff and unrehearsed material.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now3 days ago
Some women might tell you that pregnancy is a wonderful experience. Others might argue that it's a life-changing experience that's no fun at all. But a San Francisco couple decided to illustrate the glory of their pregnancy in a Vine video.
Vine video artist Ian Padgham filmed his wife, Claire Pasquier, over the course of nine months, creating the six-second, time-lapsed clip that coolly documents her pregnancy from the beginning to the introduction of their newborn. Padgham professionally creates Vines for various brands and is a fan of the time-limiting challenges the video app presents. His passion for his new family and his love for Vine have made this one of the most viewed Vines of all time, garnering more than 9 million views and growing. Commenters on the quick maternity video are impressed with Padgham's creation, writing things ilke "that's patience" and "this is when you wish that vine was just a few seconds longer."
- Zain Meghji at Trending Now6 days ago
Man, it was a rough night for this koala bear.
It got hit by a car. Then fell from a tree. And then had to get CPR.
Emergency crews in Melbourne, Australia, received a call on Thursday night about an injured marsupial. The koala had been hit by a vehicle while crossing a road and then scurried up a tree and passed out.
So that the koala could be treated, a firefighter threw it from an elevated platform in the tall tree to rescuers below, who caught the little guy in a blanket.
The rescue team started to massage the koala's chest to get some movement in the heart and some air into the lungs.
A woman from Wildlife Victoria, who had previous experience reviving a dog, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before the team administered oxygen.
The koala started grunting and growling and ... the rescue was a success.
While it was initially thought the marsupial was Sir Chompsalot, a well-known local koala, he has been named Sean, after the fire brigade captain who assisted in the rescue. He is now recovering in a local shelter.
- Zain Meghji at Trending Now7 days ago
"I like big buses I cannot lie!"
Neither can the Holderness family as they rewrite the lyrics to Sir Mix-a-Lot's " Baby Got Back" and make it about going back to school: buying supplies, filling up backpacks "round and big," and "making that healthy lunch."
Former news anchor and TV host Penn Holderness, who has started his own , last went viral with his family back in December with their hit video
They're sure to do it again with The fun video has a nice shout-out at the end: "Dedicated to the amazing teachers who take care of our kids all year and don't make enough money."
Unlike Nicki Minaj's video for , which came out this week as well and also samples " , " this version is suitable for watching at school.
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