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  • Don’t you just hate elevator small talk? Well, YouTube prankster Greg Benson decided to kick the usual elevator chitchat up a notch by breaking into a full-blown weather report, complete with a pull-down weather map.

    Because no weather forecast would be complete without tossing to sports, Benson did just that, with a sportscaster joining them in the elevator, too.

    The reactions from his unsuspecting victims were pretty priceless.

    We can only hope this happens to us the next time we get into an elevator.

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  • A professional snowboarder in California figured out a genius way to get closer to the slopes. Mike Basich built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. He told Laura Ling from “Going off the Grid” about how he built his new digs by hand. “It took me five years — two and half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock.”

    Not only is the little house off the beaten path, it’s also off the grid. That means no Internet, no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. Luckily for anyone wanting to take a shower or wash their hands, the property has two creeks that provide water for the home. The best part for Basich is the location. Not only can he snowboard on private trails, but the property even has its own chair lift that Basich built with the help of some friends. If you think this style of living is crazy, Basich is one of 180,000 Americans choosing to live off the grid. He says of the home, “I like to

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  • Talk about a chilling experience — a skier in the Alps had to be rescued by his friends after the group was struck by an avalanche. And the whole thing was caught on camera.

    The helmet-cam footage shows not only the moment when the avalanche hit but also the group’s effort to find their friend James. He was spotted miraculously when the tip of his ski pole broke through the surface of the snow.

    James was buried underneath nearly 5 feet of snow, and it took almost an hour for his friends and the ski patrol to dig him out.

    “This story should serve as a cautionary tale for all who enjoy spending time in the mountains both in and out of bounds,” James wrote in a blog post. “Do not follow my path, always practice conservative decision making when in the mountains taking into account the local avalanche conditions.”

    Seems that James has learned his lesson and is doing his best to make sure that others stay safe when skiing.

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  • The Internet’s obsession with dad dance moves has gone as far as the White House (do we need to remind you of Obama’s moves?)

    And now one dancing papa has figured out a way to incorporate a treadmill into an embarrassing dad dance routine

    The video was uploaded on Tuesday to YouTube by David Greider.  While it’s unclear what his kids think of this technical performance, one thing is for sure:  He’s definitely got moves like Jagger, but we’re still not certain whether that’s a good thing. Think your dad’s dancing is more embarrassing than this guy’s? Prove it! Share your video with us on our Facebook page.

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  • Snow and ice might have been a nuisance for much of the country this winter, but a new video highlights the beauty and awe of it all as seen from the sky. It comes to us from a place that knows a thing or two about being covered in snow and ice thanks to a particularly harsh winter, Cape Cod, Mass. CapeCast, a video blog from the Cape Cod Times released it — take a look at the mesmerizing compilation.
     
    The videos were shot mostly from drones by Brian Switzer and Peter Traykovski, both Cape Codders. We spoke with Traykovski, a 48-year-old oceanographer who works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He told us, “I’ve taken a fascination with the flow and movement of ice and bodies of water that have strong tidal flows because of the winter we’ve been surrounded with in Cape Cod.”  He finds it fascinating, but he hopes it vanishes soon and the cape can go back to being known for sand dunes and salty air.  

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