- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now2 days ago
Charlie Kwentus knows that he won’t be around to dance with his two daughters at their weddings, but a local nonprofit is helping to grant this man his dying wish. “I won’t be able to walk them down the aisle at their weddings,” Kwentus, 42, told KSDK. “But, yes, I will get this.” Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 26, and he decided to stop treatment about two years ago. “I just decided, and my family backed me on it, that it was time to quit. You know, quality verses quantity,” Kwentus said. Since then Charlie and his family — his wife, Courtney Beers, and their two daughters, Maren and Zoe — have been getting in as much quality time together as possible, including a three-week road trip around the western United States. “We feel like we’re building a bank of memories that will last a lifetime,” Beers told KSDK, “They have to last a lifetime.” When they returned from their trip, Annie’s Hope, a local nonprofit organization that helps bereaved children, helped set up a night to remember for this family. The charity provided all-star treatment for the day, including a black-tie makeover and a private dinner for the family. But the main event for the evening was the father-daughter dance. Charlie danced once with each of them to make up for not being able to dance with them at their weddings. “We always talk about keeping me in their hearts. I am going to live on in their hearts,” he told the KSDK
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now2 days ago
Prom season is in full swing and that, of course, means adorable “promposals” popping up across the country — and you just have to see this one. Jacob Lescenski from Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas asked his best friend, Anthony Martinez, to the prom in the most adorable way possible. He tweeted a photo of a banner that reads “you’re hella gay, im hella str8, but you’re like my brother, so be my d8?” Anthony happily said yes! Jacob’s plan went into action when he learned that his friend didn’t have a date after Anthony tweeted, “I dont want to date you i just want a guy as a date to prom. I always help with dances it’d be nice to get asked to one.” Now both friends are feeling the love from Twitter. Here are a few of our favorite reactions: “Wow! … you are a prime example of who an ally is. Thank you!” And “takes a real man to do something like this for his best friend.” And “you guys are awesome! If only more people were open minded.”
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now3 days ago
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted twice on Wednesday for the first time in 42 years. Ash and smoke were sent about 6 miles into the air About 4,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the areas surrounding the volcano, which is located about 600 miles south of Santiago, the Chilean capital. Chile is home to more than 90 active volcanoes, and Calbuco is one of the largest, measuring about 6,500 feet tall. A time-lapse video of the remarkable scene was uploaded to YouTube by Rodrigo Barrera, and has been viewed more than a million times so far. In the video, ash billows out of the volcano, and even a few bolts of lightning can be seen in the red, smoke-filled sky.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now4 days ago
During the 1930s and 1940s, Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer at famous clubs like the Apollo and the Cotton Club. Back then, these performances were sometimes recorded and called “soundies.” The thing is, Alice, now 102 years old, had never actually seen herself dance. Researchers from Jazz on Film dug up the soundies and brought them to Alice, who now lives in a Brooklyn nursing home. Alice watched the clips on an iPad from her bed and recounted how her nickname during her dancing days was “Chicken Little.” After watching the footage, someone in the room asked Alice how it was to see herself, and she answered, “Making me wish that I could get out of this bed and do it all over again.” And then the crew came back with more footage to show Alice, who had this to say about seeing herself after all these years: “Its just fabulous! Fabulous to see these.” She added, “I used to often say to myself, I am being paid to do something that I enjoy doing, and I would do it for free because it just felt so good doing it.” If you like Alice’s work, you can send fan mail right to her nursing home: Alice Barker c/o Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home 835 Herkimer Street Brooklyn, NY 11233
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now5 days ago
From skydiving and lion hugging to pole-vaulting and swimming with sharks, we’ve seen intense and even dangerous GoPro videos from every angle. Well, this latest viral video may be the most intense thing captured on a GoPro — behold the thrilling adventures of one guy in his office! Edited in the fast-paced style of GoPro commercials, with pulsing music to match, the footage was shot by a Brazilian office worker who strapped a GoPro to his chest, capturing the mundane tasks he performs at his 9 to 5. The GoPro commercial spoof has become a viral hit, with more than 1 million views on YouTube after just one day online. This exhilarating video shows the man faxing documents, answering the phone, stuffing envelops, doodling and even making a trip to the bathroom. Very intense stuff!
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
Mother’s Day is almost here! So in addition to picking out the perfect gift and ordering flowers to show Mom that you love her, you can expect a few tear-jerking commercials to make the rounds. This one comes to us from the jewelry company Pandora. It brought in six mothers and blindfolded their precious little ones for an experiment. Would they know which woman was their mom, based on the way she felt and her touch alone? According to the heartfelt commercial, the answer is yes. The ad, titled “The Unique Connection,” has been viewed more than 5.3 million times on Pandora’s official YouTube page. Share your favorite Mother’s Day commercial with us on our Facebook page!
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now6 days ago
You’ve probably never seen a photobomb that left you in happy tears. When Army Cpl. James Bass returned from duty in Kuwait, he came up with a creative way to surprise his son. Eight-year-old Joshua was having his photo taken for picture day at Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham, N.C. Joshua smiled for the camera while his father made a silly face behind him. Then, the photographer showed him the photo and pointed behind him. Joshua ran into the arms of his dad for a precious surprise reunion. A happy event with a photo that’s worth way more than a thousand words!
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now6 days ago
Meet Mackenzie Moretter, a 10-year-old from Shakopee, Minn., who almost had a very lonely birthday party. When none of Mackenzie’s classmates RSVP’d to the invitation for her 10th-birthday party, Mackenzie’s mom, Jenny, decided to take a different approach to get people to attend. Jenny wrote a heartfelt Facebook post asking other moms of girls Mackenzie’s age to stop by the party or at least wish her a happy birthday. “She is incredibly loving and wants more than anything to have friends,” Jenny wrote. “As a mother, it is heartbreaking.” Within a few hours the post went viral, and suddenly hundreds of people were promising to come out for Mackenzie’s birthday party. When Mackenzie was 1 year old, she was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome (cerebral gigantism), a genetic disorder that causes excessive physical growth during the first two to three years and also delays social and intellectual skills. Her parents say this has made it harder for her to make friends. “Kids are friendly to her, but she doesn’t have friends. No one calls and talks to her. I’ll show up at her school and she will be playing alone,” her father, Matthew Moretter, told NBC affiliate KARE. Mackenzie’s previous birthday parties have been smaller affairs, with just family members, but this year she told her mom that she wanted a “big-girl party.” Thanks to her mother’s viral Facebook post, she was able to have the party of a lifetime. “I honestly thought it would be a matter of a few other moms out there who I touched their heartstrings,” Jenny said. More than 300 people turned out on Saturday for the birthday bash, which was moved to a local park to accommodate the longer guest list. Volunteers pitched in to set up and provide music, and local businesses donated food to the event. “I’m overwhelmed with emotions, my heart has been touched by so many stories similar to mine or just people wishing her a Happy Birthday. I will never be able to thank you all enough for your kindness,” Jenny wrote on the event page on Facebook. There were also a few special guests in attendance, including Vikings player Charles Johnson and a woman who came dressed as Elsa from Frozen. To top it all off, the mayor of Shakopee, Brad Tabke, proclaimed April 18, 2015, Mackenzie Moretter Day. “I have a hard time making friends in school, but thanks to all of you, my voice was heard,” Mackenzie told the party crowd. “I love you all.”
- Gwen Breitstein at Trending Now9 days ago
If there are exceptions to the rule against reporters becoming part of the story, this is it. WCCO reporter Ashley Roberts was in the middle of a segment about wedding costs, when all of a sudden, her boyfriend walked on set and popped the question! Ashley’s This Morning co-workers were in on the proposal plan and started sharing their own engagement ring stories and discussing the cost of rings. “Guys are under a lot of pressure to treat the woman to a nice big rock,” Ashley responded. A fellow anchor then introduced a fashion expert to discuss ring styles further, and the expert turned out to be none other than Ashley’s boyfriend, Justin McCray. Ashley could barely contain her excitement, as Justin walked on set in a white suit, holding a ring box. She even did a happy dance when he got down on one knee. We are happy to report that Ashley said yes!
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now9 days ago
We never thought we would laugh so hard at a grown man stuck in a seat belt, but a video going viral on YouTube and Facebook has proved us wrong. Clint Chadbourne from Maine was having a pretty difficult time with the safety device while pulled over at a rest stop on Interstate 95 on his way home from Massachusetts. In the video, Clint playfully calls his wife Bonnie “Mom” as she tries to assist him out of the seat belt which he appears to be stuck behind. The other voice and laughter heard in the video is Clint’s daughter, Kelly. While trapped in the constraints, Clint says “I’m getting hydrophobic.”
Bonnie posted the video to Facebook, where it was shared more than 600,000 times. His wife also posted an update that, yes, Clint did in fact make it out of the seat belt. And, for the record Clint, hydrophobia is the fear of water, not getting stuck in a seat belt, which we don’t think is an actual clinical fear.
The video was also posted to YouTube, where one commenter summed up how we feel about the clip: “I think I just pulled a muscle laughing...”