- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now3 hrs ago
As a four-alarm fire tore through a three-story building in San Francisco’s Mission District Wednesday night, one 13-year-old was forced to make a dramatic exit. Alessandro Gonzales never heard his building’s smoke alarms, just the screams of neighbors. “I opened the door, and smoke came through inside the house, and I couldn’t see nothing,” Alessandro told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was dark, dark.” He quickly grabbed his dog, smashed a window, and made his way down the fire escape. “I couldn’t get the window open, so it took me a few pushes and I accidentally shattered the window,” said Gonzales. “I went down to the second floor down the ladder. That’s when I had to jump.” Before jumping to safety, Gonzales first saved his pup. “They were like, ‘Throw your dog first,’” he told KPIX 5. “At those times you don’t think, you just do.” The fire has left 54 people, including Alessandro and his mom, homeless. An online campaign started by neighbors is taking donations to help those displaced by the fire get back on their feet. The GoFundMe campaign has already raised more than two-thirds of their $60,000 goal.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now1 day ago
A weather reporter in Phoenix kept his cool when a digital weather map malfunctioned during his segment of a live newscast. Cory McCloskey from Fox 10 in Phoenix was delivering area temperatures when he noticed that a few of the numbers on the map did not add up. Like 1270 degrees in Ahwatukee, 2960 degrees in Cave Creek, and 2385 degrees in Wickenburg. No, this was not a sign of global warming. It was indeed a graphics glitch. McCloskey handled the snafu like a real pro. He used comedy as a way out of an awkward moment. “Now, I’m not authorized to evacuate Ahwatukee, but this temperature seems pretty high… Frankly, Wickenburg is a total loss… Surprise is starting to heat up as well at 1300 degrees… Again, I’m not your dad, but I would get out while you still can.” The station uploaded the segment to YouTube, where viewers have been loving it. One commenter wrote, “This is perfect! This guy deserves a raise!” McCloskey’s colleagues probably agree. Along with the video, the station posted on YouTube, “Technology doesn’t always cooperate, but luckily Cory knows how to handle the “heat!” This reminds us of another quick-thinking weather forecaster whose weather report went to the dogs back in October.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now1 day ago
It seems even President Obama can’t help but sing along to “Uptown Funk” — well, sort of. In a new viral video, YouTube user baracksdubs spliced together parts of Obama’s speeches to make it sound as if the leader of the free world is singing along to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s hit song. This isn’t the first time the president’s speeches have been edited together to a pop hit. Barackdubs has created more than 20 videos of the commander in chief breaking it down to your favorite songs. Obama’s sing-along is the latest video featuring the Ronson and Mars hit song to go viral. Earlier this week, a video of a teacher and his students performing an epic dance routine to “Uptown Funk” went viral, with more than 6.9 million views. At this rate, we won’t have to wait too long for the next viral video featuring “Uptown Funk.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now2 days ago
Get ready to see San Francisco as you’ve never seen it before. GoPro employee and filmmaker Ryan Truettner attached a GoPro to a custom-made rotating mount and took a spin around the city. The short film that resulted,“GoPro: Retro Revolution,” was his response to a challenge posed to the GoPro media department: Each employee was given a GoPro Hero4 and 48 hours to create anything he or she wanted. “I built a cheap, revolving-arm rig and planned to shoot a series of scenics around San Francisco. More than anything, I just wanted to experiment with the concept and see what came of it,”Truettner wrote in a blog post. Truettner’s experiment paid off: The video has been viewed more than 137,000 times since it was posted to YouTube Jan. 19. “Next time I definitely want to do more,” Truettner wrote. “I believe this technique could be really powerful if applied to high-action sports for example.” We can’t wait to see his next piece.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now2 days ago
Depending on where you live, you were either blasted with heavy snow by the recent blizzard in the Northeast, or you were let down by inflated weather reports. Instead of complaining about the winter storm, some people and animals are turning snow into snow cones with viral videos. The first one comes from Matthew Philips of Pittsburgh, who strapped a GoPro to a dogsled and set out late at night with his pet huskies for a two-mile dogsledding adventure. Before the blizzard, we got to see another dog-meets-cold-weather video, except this pup is a little less graceful than her huskie pals. T.J. Parker uploaded this slow-motion video to his Instagram account featuring his Bernese mountain dog named Quinn. She’s seen in the video running across an icy road at the Loon Mountain ski resort in New Hampshire. The slippery ground didn’t stop the pup from attempting the run several more times, and according to Parker, she was in pure bliss the whole time. If you’re a fan of Quinn, you can follow her daily antics on her very own Instagram account.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now3 days ago
Meet Scot Pankey, a theater arts teacher who has come up with a novel lesson plan: Learning can be fun. As part of a class assignment, Pankey led his students in a choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. The dance, which was filmed by students, was completed in a single take. “We are a project-based school… and that means you give the students a project, put them in teams, and they have to come up with solutions.” said Pankey of A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas. “They had three weeks to work on it, then present as a group what they learned.” Since being posted on YouTube and to Pankey’s Facebook page, the video has been viewed more than 334,000 times. One YouTube user commented, “I want to go back to school! Where were these kind of teachers when I was in school?!?” “So proud of my kids,” Pankey wrote on Facebook. “This is a great example of how a bunch of technology students dropped their fears, trusted their teacher and got down to Uptown Funk!!!!” Bravo, Mr. Pankey! We can’t wait for the next music video.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now4 days ago
What happens when a dog and a seal meet? A whole lot of cuteness. In a new viral video, a friendly seal meets a yellow lab on the beach for the first time, and it is an instant friendship. The seal just can't stop cuddling with his newfound friend! YouTube user Elise Frebourg captured the sweet moment, and it has been viewed over 146,000 times since it was posted on Jan. 16. Commenters love the pair: Petar Karabatić wrote, “Oh my god, this is too cute <3” Janis Cortese commented, “We always knew seals were Dog-Mermaids, now we have proof.” And dnamy wrote, “like the little mermaid but with dogs” We hope this seal and dog will meet again soon!
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now4 days ago
With a historic snowstorm targeting much of the Northeast, it makes sense that the white stuff is the star of our story today. The Bartz brothers from New Brighton, Minn., have been wowing the Web with photos of their epic front-yard snow creations for some time now. There was the shark … the walrus … the puffer fish … and now they may have outdone themselves: Behold their gigantic sea turtle: You have probably picked up on their under-the-sea theme. The three Bartz boys, who range in age from 16 to 20, released this video on their YouTube page showing the progression of the sea turtle build from start to finish — it took about 300 hours. The final structure stands 12 feet tall, 37 feet long, and 31 feet wide. According to Austin Bartz, they are pretty pleased with the outcome: “The turtle is our favorite; there was a lot of detail to be done, and it turned out better than we expected in the end.” Hey, Frosty, you have nothing on these guys!
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
So, you made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, and you have already given up on it? This is an all-too-familiar story. We found a video that might just give you the motivational boost you need. Check out 23-year-old Brendan from Australia. He not only runs on the treadmill, but also he simultaneously drums to the beat of Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman” without missing a beat. Brendan describes himself as an obsessed marathon runner and out-of-work drummer. He says he’s not particularly good at either but that combining the two makes for a good laugh. Since 2013, he has uploaded six videos of himself treadmill drumming to some of his favorite tunes, including “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence and “Break Me Shake Me” by Savage Garden. He recently sold his treadmill, but since his YouTube channel has seen a boost in treadmill-drumming interest lately, Brendan says he may pick up another treadmill so that he can continue to give his fans what they want.
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now7 days ago
Ever wonder what happens when you mix rock climbing and ballet? Well, wonder no more. Dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber of the Bandaloop dance troupe donned climbing gear to perform a beautiful routine on the face of a cliff. The pair secured themselves to the Red Rock Beach cliffs in Northern California to dance this gravity-defying routine. This isn’t the first time the duo has performed an aerial dance. Back in August, the two danced on the facade of the City Hall building in Oakland. Bandaloop specializes in this form of vertical dance, and we can’t wait to see where this brave pair performs next!