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  • Our story today seems more like a Jason Bourne movie plot than a real-life account. Michael Boatwright was found unconscious at a Motel 6 in Palm Springs back in February. When he awoke, he did not know his name, recognize himself in the mirror, or remember how to speak English. Luckily, he had identification and a few personal items on him, including five tennis rackets, a change of clothing, two cell phones, and photos of family and friends. Boatwright's records show that he served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1973.

    One important clue to the mystery is that he taught English in Japan for 10 years and in China for 4. Boatwright flew from Hong Kong to California on February 24, the date on which his Chinese visa expired. He was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and on March 13 was diagnosed with transient global amnesia. Now doctors at the hospital are desperately trying to find out more about him. His parents lived in Florida but according to records are both

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  • Immediately after the jury's not-guilty verdict was announced in the George Zimmerman trial, people were already wondering what the nation's reaction would be. The saga, which began with the death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012, became a charged national debate covering a multitude of controversial issues, including race, gun control, and self-defense laws. Many were worried that the not-guilty verdict would bring with it not just anger, but also violence. As is expected these days, people were able to get up-to-the-minute news, thanks to social media.

    The reaction to the verdict was filled with pieces of original content made for the Internet, as well as photographic evidence from the protests that sprang up around the country. One such piece that made a big splash was an image of Martin Luther King Jr., altered to be wearing a hoodie, which became the lightning-rod clothing item that activists used to show their support for Trayvon Martin. It was created by artist Nikkolas

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  • Time-Lapse Video Shows Woman Learning to Dance

    The internet is littered with videos of people dancing. Whether it was the 'Dougie", the "Harlem Shake," or "Gagnam Style," if there was a big dance craze someone on the internet made a video of their interpretation of the dance. But how did these people learn to dance? How long did it take them to learn to dance? How long does it take to learn any new skill? There's no set answer to that, but it's well-accepted that the more you practice, the better you'll get. That's the basic concept behind a new viral video that's been viewed close to two million times in the last few days. In the time-lapse video "Girl Learns to Dance in a Year," Karen Cheng, a graphic designer at a San Francisco startup, documents how her dance skills improved over the course of a year. The video covers everything from her awkward, stilted first few weeks, her improvements after a few months, and culminates in a bravura public performance on a subway platform on Day 365.

    On her blog where the video was first

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  • Losing a wallet is a pain. Whatever cash it may have held is gone, and tons of paperwork is required for replacing an ID and credit cards. It might even have contained something cherished like pictures of loved ones. Clarence Van Dyken lost his wallet, and he was lucky enough to get it back, but there was one small catch: He had to wait 54 years.

    The story began when Aron Schut was doing some work on the insulation in his house after a flood. He discovered within the wall a leather wallet. Schut said, "What a strange place for a wallet. ... There was an I.D. in it and I recognized the name, it sounded familiar. ... So through a couple phone calls I was able to locate his son." Schut got in touch with Clare Van Dyken through his church. Clare confirmed the wallet to be his father's, and all that was left was the reveal.

    Cameras were rolling as Clarence Van Dyken was given back the wallet he had lost over five decades ago. Amazed, he said, "Well, I'll be cow-kicked." Naturally, a wallet

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  • It is unfortunately a common scenario. You click a link to watch a video, and immediately your heart sinks. Whoever shot the video on his or her phone didn't turn it 90 degrees to film horizontally. Yes, it is, shudder, a vertical video. It is a nuisance that many of the Web's video fans have dealt with since phones were first able to capture video, but now the movement to stop it has grown.

    Enter Jonathan Mann and his "Song a Day" project. For each day of the year, Mann releases a song. "Turn Your Phone (Vertical Video PSA)" is the 1,647th song in his series, and it tackles the issue of vertical videos. In it, he sings, "If you film with the phone upright, it looks like this, and this ain't right. If you film with the phone all straight and tall, it looks like this not right at all." One commenter wrote on YouTube, "Hopefully this will go SUPER viral and make everyone realize how wrong it is to film vertically." So remember, next time you take out your phone to capture some video,

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