- Zain Meghji at Trending Now8 hrs ago
Usually, the only reasons a bank makes me cry are the outrageously high fees, but this video from TD Bank has given me the feels.
In it, TD Bank set up an ATM, or in this case, an "automated thanking machine," at various locations across Canada.
To express gratitude to its clientele, the company simultaneously gave out money and gifts that clearly required some thought and planning. Gifts included throwing out the first pitch at a Blue Jays game to player Jose Bautista, setting up registered education savings plans (RESP) for one woman's kids (smart product/service integration) and also sending them to Disneyland (because kids aren't going to appreciate an RESP yet), and the simple, effective surprise of a beautiful bouquet of roses. The segments that really got me are the ones of the mother whose cancer-stricken daughter is in Trinidad. Watch and weep.
- Zain Meghji at Trending Now1 day ago
How often do you get caught in a conversation that is going on and on to the point that you zone out? Then when you return from your little reverie, you don't know how to get back in. Or perhaps you don't have an answer to the dilemma that the other person is currently facing.
Nathan Pyle of BuzzFeed has some great suggestions on what to say in different scenarios to make it seem like you were listening the whole time. In " How to Win Friends and Influence People ," Dale Carnegie wrote "to be interesting, be interested." These tips will make you seem like the most interesting/interested person ever.
Citing a rogue puppy, subway commuter stress, and the highly sensitive topic of tablecloths versus place mats, we put some of his phrases to the test in our interview above.
Here's the entire list of his conversation tricks.
Geraldo Rivera Causes Controversy: 'What a Woman Brings to a Marriage More Than Anything Else ... Is Her Youth'Zain Meghji at Trending Now1 day ago
On Monday, Geraldo Rivera, no stranger to controversy, stirred things up again while appearing on the Fox News show "Outnumbered."
In a segment on what 20-somethings really want in a marriage, the talk turned to the concept of "beta marriages," in which the union can be formalized or dissolved after a two-year trial period with no paperwork or hassle, allowing partners to see if they want to continue beyond a short-term commitment.
Rivera, after noting that his current marriage is almost 11 years strong, acknowledged that he has been divorced four times, essentially having had his share of beta marriages himself.
Mentioning his three daughters, he went on to explain that he is against the idea of beta marriages, arguing that while men bring money to a marriage, women bring their youth, and that a woman's youth is precious.
- Zain Meghji at Trending Now2 days ago
, 16 years old, is a self-proclaimed "professional fatty" and "amateur Viner" from Tifton, Georgia.
He recently posted a vine with his unique approach to blocking out the haters.
Brandon got the idea to use the spoons from a fellow churchgoer, and in the video above he gives me a little lesson in hater blockin'. He says his secret to holding the spoons in place is duct tape, but I found that wedging a spoon in under my brow and then squinching my face works pretty well.
This young Southern gentleman puts forth a positive message, saying that blocking out the haters gives us one less negative thing to deal with, considering all that's going on in the world.
The video has encouraged a number of imitations:
Brandon has even posted a sequel of sorts to his original vine.
We had to do one of our own.
A follow-up video shows his love for minitacos, which even got its own remix.
He admits that he doesn't have a recipe for a minitaco; they come from a box. Someone hook this kid up.
As for follow-up ideas, Brandon tells me that he just leaves it up to his "ADHD mind." Let's see what he comes up with next.
Texas Dad's Invention That Fills 100 Water Balloons in a Minute Inspires Robust Kickstarter CampaignKo Im at Trending Now5 days ago
Summer after summer of filling and knotting water balloons was taking the fun out of water balloon fights. So one Texas family took matters into their own hands and came up with a way to save time.
After some experimentation, engineer Josh Malone and his kids came up with a of a prepackaged balloon set, which attaches to a hose. After a group of balloons with water simultaneously, they tie themselves before falling off — .
"We knew there had to be a better way," Malone tells Yahoo News.
Malone's page has already made a splash this week.
"We've been pleasantly surprised. We knew people liked it, but we didn't know how much," he adds.
The original goal of $10,000 was quickly met and eclipsed by the $316,000 the campaign has raised in pledges in just a few days. The August and September deliveries sold out in 24 hours. Other backers will have to wait until next spring or summer to get their hands on the insta-water balloons. It's expanding into a full-time gig, and Malone says he's grateful for the online support, feedback, and buzz.
- Henry Baker at Trending Now6 days ago
German astronaut is midway through his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Gerst has tweeted a number of stunning images of the ISS, as well as of Earth as seen from space.
The image he posted on Wednesday was by far his , and its subject was grim.
Captioned "My saddest photo yet," the image shows an aerial view of Israel and Gaza, where ongoing tensions have turned deadly in recent weeks. He adds, "From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel." The photo has been retweeted more than 27,000 times. Web viewers have also stepped in to provide context for the photo.
Redditors overlaid maps and text noting the boundaries and cities involved in the conflict. One disputed the idea that anyone could see rockets or explosions from space, much less the photo. He surmised that the lights were more likely flares used to brighten dark areas in Gaza. Regardless of whether the photo was lit up with explosions or flares, Gerst captured the conflict from a rarely seen perspective.
- Ko Im at Trending Now7 days ago
Joanie and Chachi are hoping for happy days — together.
Joanie, a pit bull mix, was found last week in Savannah, Georgia, carrying Chachi, a Chihuahua mix, in her mouth. Chachi suffers from an eye infection; Joanie even licks Chachi's eye lovingly from time to time.
Unfortunately, veterinarian staff at Metro Animal Control have been unable to cure the infection, but officers are hoping the pooch pals can get adopted together — since no one has come forward to claim either dog. There's already a lot of interest from around the world.
"We do have some people we prefer locally so we can follow where they're going, since everyone has so much interest in this story," Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department Officer Christina Sutherin .
A local Animal Control officer says she hasn't witnessed doggy-duo devotion like this before, adding, "they truly appear to be soul mates." Viewers have shared the original picture of Joanie and Chachi more than .
They belong together, right? Show us the best animal bond you've seen, on and .
- Ko Im at Trending Now8 days ago
A six-month-old Bornean orangutan is taking small, sweet steps with his new, surrogate mom.
Kecil, which means "little" in Indonesian, was born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio then transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where he still wasn’t able to adapt. He ended up at the Brookfield Zoo, connecting with 53-year-old Maggie, who has been a surrogate before. The two met Sunday and have been arm in arm.
"It takes this whole zoo community and all their combined experience to make this type of situation work," said Jay Petersen, curator of primates and carnivores at the Chicago Zoological Society in a video on YouTube.
The multiple moves don't seem to have discouraged or negatively affected the baby orangutan, who seems to be more settled, now comfortably nestling in Maggie's arms.
"We are all hoping that Brookfield Zoo will be his last move for a while," Petersen said.
- Ko Im at Trending Now9 days ago
When people are passionate about their position on politics, a debate can get very heated... Maybe turn into a hot enough brawl that chairs are thrown, and more.
A live back-and-forth on Jordanian TV channel Josat put outspoken journalist Shaker al-Johari on one side of the spectrum and pro-Syrian regime activist and lawyer Samih Khrais on the other.
After sitting down to discuss the Syrian civil war, al-Johari threw a water bottle at his opponent and then hurled a chair. The moderator had to play monkey in the middle before a producer stepped in to stop the hot-tempered talker from using a pen as a dart.
The journalist has wildly acted on his disagreements before. He previously verbally sparred with another newsman, Al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi editor-in-chief Mohammed Al-Jayousi, on another channel. Then the tables were turned (lifted actually) and the set came apart.
- Ko Im at Trending Now9 days ago
These snapshots might have been their last. Cellphones and the Web have been tracking the lives of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in eastern Ukraine last week:
• Fifteen-year-old Gary Slok and his mother, Petra, were going on a dream vacation and snapped a photobefore departure.
• In one video, there's audible preparation forliftoff from Amsterdam.
• A picture of the Boeing 777 on the runway quickly went viral after it was uploaded to Facebook. Dutch musician Cor Pan joked about its possible disappearance, referencing missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. He and his florist girlfriend, Neeltje Tol, were supposed to go on a trip together. Friends and family had sent their well-wishes on the online post.
Social media have also been active in the aftermath of the tragedy: