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  • If you are compiling a montage of 2014's best news bloopers, here are two nominees for the final cut.

    The first comes courtesy of KTLA in Los Angeles. Reporter Courtney Friel was on the scene of a brushfire in Rancho Cucamonga. As she was interviewing a person off camera, a man without a shirt approached her. Friel asked the bystander if he lived around the area. The man answered her but also had an inquiry of his own.

    "Yeah," he responded before asking, "Wow, you're super pretty. Wanna go on a date sometime?"

    Friel quickly informed the man that they were on live TV. He simply replied, "Awesome."

    Undeterred, the reporter actually continued to question the man. She finally moved on when he told her that he thought the brushfire was "pretty cool."

    Friel clearly did not give much thought to the man's proposal, but her producers definitely took notice. Unlike most bloopers, which are uploaded by TV viewers, KTLA actually put this on its own YouTube channel Wednesday. It already has more

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  • It does not take much to captivate the Internet audience. In the latest instance of this, the only things involved are a hamster and mini burritos.

    Comedy group Hello Denizen began publishing videos online this month and its second upload is a massive hit; more than 507,000 views in less than 24 hours.

    The 1-minute-23-second clip simply features a hamster eating a couple of tiny burritos.

    "Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos - Episode 1" starts with chef Farley Elliott preparing the hamster's fine cuisine. While he appears to be chopping up human foods, the people at Hello Denizen assure viewers that all of the burrito's contents were deemed safe for hamsters.

    The hamster then walks over to a makeshift, miniature dinner table in a setting that resembles a restaurant. A mini-burrito is placed in front of him. He grabs it with both hands, and chows it down. Followed by another, and another.

    And that is how the Internet was won.  One commenter summed it nicely, writing, "I have no idea

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  • New York City-based Improv Everywhere usually elicits shock, awe, and laughter with its stunts. But the comedy group's latest performance caused a much different reaction; one that involved a 911 call and the New York Police Department.

    While the latest Improv Everywhere video involves a trip to the Gap, the idea came from a visit to a different clothing store.

    "About a month ago I wandered into the brand new Uniqlo store on 5th Avenue. While browsing I was struck by how many mannequins they had in the store," wrote the found and creator, Charlie Todd on the Improv Everywhere website. "While giving one a closer look, I realized how much they looked like humans wearing white Morphsuits."

    Todd began to plot out a stunt in which a flash mob invaded Uniqlo dressed as mannequins. But to his dismay, Todd returned to the store just days later and saw that the white mannequins were replaced with clear ones.

    Uniqlo's loss would be Gap's gain — at least in terms of human mannequins.

    After

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  • The demand for faster Internet connections has grown proportionally to the rising popularity of FaceTime, video chatting, and other means of real-time communication. But with some Internet service providers (ISP) in certain areas, a connection lagging real time by a few seconds is inevitable.

    Dealing with a delay of three seconds or fewer in an Internet connection is simply a First World problem. Dealing with that same lag in reality is a real problem. This is evidenced by a Swedish broadband provider's experiment.

    Umeå Energi is an electric company in Sweden. To demonstrate how Internet lag translates in the real world, the ISP outfitted four volunteers with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, noise-canceling headphones, and a webcam. The four pieces of technology combined to take each volunteer to a new world, where they would see everything, including their own actions and reactions, three seconds after it actually happened.

    The results

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  • The friendliness of seals is on display for all to see thanks to scuba diver Jason Neilus and underwater GoPro cameras. About five months ago, Neilus uploaded a video titled "Seal of Approval" to his Vimeo channel. Scored to the upbeat tune of Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World," the clip shows the U.K.-based videographer and Sovereign Divers visiting the Farne Islands in Northumberland, England. There, they find some of the sweetest marine mammals in the world.

    "We've been visiting here for the last six years to say hello to the seal pups and we've never had this much interaction before — they were everywhere and all over us!" the diver wrote in the video's description. "After a nightmare drive there with the worst traffic coupled with the imminent arrival of the St. Jude's storm we didn't think this trip was going to be worth the effort but once again the seals made every second worthwhile."

    The seals are not shy at all, swimming right up to both the divers and their encameras.

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