Walking a tightrope and maintaining your balance in itself is an amazing accomplishment that takes tremendous skill and concentration. Ever thought about what it would be like to up the ante? That's exactly what 23-year-old Mich Kemeter does when he's highlining, which is similar to tightrope walking, but the rope is loose and bouncy, instead of taut, and elevated at extreme locations. Kemeter upped the ante even higher when he decided to highline without a harness at Yosemite National Park at 3,000 feet above ground. Kemeter walked 82 feet of rope three times with a safety harness attached to his ankle; he removed it on his fourth time. Midway through the walk, he even knelt to pray. Kemeter holds a number of world records, including walking on a 525-foot rope 25 feet above a freezing-cold lake in Austria. Kemeter told the Trending Now team that highlining is like "meditating" for him.
For our next story, McDonald finds a loophole. San Francisco is the first U.S. city to ban giving a free toy with a child's meal that does not meet nutritional requirements. Some people are speculating that this targets McDonald's popular Happy Meal. City officials say the ban's goal is to stop providing free toys with meals to entice children to eat unhealthy food. McDonald's has found a loophole that still allows it to offer the toy. Parents can donate 10 cents to the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that helps families with sick kids, and then pick the toy they want. McDonald's says that without the toy, the meal does not provide the same appeal. A company spokesperson told the New York Times that McDonald's plans to comply with the law, but it feels a responsibility to give customers what they want. The fast-food chain has taken steps to reduce the number of calories and amount of fat in its Happy Meal, but those adjustments did not meet the new requirements. On social media people are calling McDonald's tactics "crafty," "sly," and "sneaky." Some are even calling it the "McLoophole."