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  • Bettina Banayan just wants to bring New Yorkers closer together, figuratively. It’s almost impossible in the literal sense. So the culinary school student decided to hop on the subway, ice a cake, and serve it to strangers.

    In true New York fashion, as she tried to explain to one passenger why she did this, the train’s conductor started yelling over the intercom to keep the doors clear.

    “New Yorkers aren’t very personable with each other,” she explained, after he finished. “We’re constantly in people’s private space, especially on the subway. I think it’s important to have some kind of community.”

    She also accurately notes later in the video, “Everyone likes cake, you know?”

    At first, commuters were reluctant to accept a slice from Banayan. There was an audible laugh in the car when she first asked if anyone wanted cake. But then she revealed her intentions. Fellow subway goers not only asked for a piece after hearing from the student, but also offered to pass some around to others.

    “I

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  • Update: After close to 24 hours, the @555uhz Twitter account is functional, though it hasn't tweeted since Tuesday, and some images are unable to display because of copyright claims.

     

    If you're thinking of paying tribute to your favorite film by tweeting about it one frame at a time, don't bother. The movie studio will issue a copyright complaint, your Twitter account will be suspended, and the time you spent will yield no results.

    Such was the case for Twitter user "@555uhz." The person behind the account updated it every hour with a couple of images and quotes from the 1986 film "Top Gun." In a month the Twitter handle built up about 7,000 followers and more than 1,500 updates. But Paramount Pictures caught wind of the account, and its lawyers asked Twitter to quickly abort the mission.

    "It has come to our attention that a user of your website, @555uhz, is distributing the Top Gun film, frame by frame, via your website," the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP writes in the

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  • A lot of GoPro camera videos become viral sensations because the footage usually offers a unique, never-before-seen perspective. That could be said of the latest piece from the device uploaded yesterday.

    In "KICKFLIP BS LIPSLIDE," Dean-Paul Denniston skates around a park with a GoPro camera attached to the underside of his board. The clips were filmed in California on Feb. 4. Another skater, Doug Des Autels, edited and uploaded the footage to his "amskater" account on YouTube.

    For most of the minute-and-20-second clip, you see what the world looks like from underneath Denniston's skateboard. He skates quickly around the park, executing a number of tricks in the process. Audio of the wheels moving and hitting objects accompanies the video.

    Toward the end, the camera angle switches. First, you see Denniston perform a trick. Then, you see the same trick from the skateboard's perspective. It's interesting but a bit nauseating as well.

    "I can tell you why I like it," Des Autels said to

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  • A creative husband and wife figuratively made lemonade out of lemons: They turned potholes into works of art.

    Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca have collaborated on a number of projects. Luciano works as a photographer, while Ficca is a food stylist. The two have combined to shoot series such as Gourmet Mouse Traps (fitted with bait "for the pickiest mouse") and Meals Interrupted (dining tables disrupted by various events).

    Claudia Ficca/Davide Luciano

    In 2011, the couple re-created a number of scenes around potholes in four cities. Photos from New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto transform the dreaded road nuisances into ice coolers, ponds, grape buckets, and much more.

    "This project started as a humorous way to expose the ridiculous pothole problem in our hometown," Luciano told us via email. "Along the way we realized that sometimes we can't change things that frustrate us [like potholes], but we have the power to change our perspective toward those things. This is what this project is really about."

    Claudia Ficca/Davide Luciano

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  • A German supermarket commercial is gaining worldwide attention, and it has nothing to do with any shoppers' club discounts or products offered in the store.

    Edeka is a large grocery chain in Germany. For its new advertisement, the store enlisted the help of 58-year-old Friedrich Liechtenstein. In 2013, the German entertainer was featured in a song by Der Tourist called "Supergeil." Playing off of that hit, Liechtenstein reworks some of the lyrics and randomly pops into various scenes of people preparing or eating food.

    The song continuously repeats the word "super," to the point where it becomes borderline supercatchy. A translation of the lyrics unveils quite a bit of double entendre. Even the word "geil" has a dual meaning of both "cool" and "horny."

    Throughout all of it, Liechtenstein offers up one bizarre scene after another. He dances in supermarket aisles, parties in a kid's bedroom, smokes a hot dog as if it were a cigar, and bathes in milk.

    And those are just a few of the

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