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  • Who says Spanish class homework can't be fun? Well, not Julie Bryan. When her professor assigned a project that would demonstrate the students' knowledge of the language, most chose to write a song. Bryan went the route of soap opera. With a little help from Reddit users, her telenovela is going viral to the tune of half a million views on YouTube.

    In the video, Bryan and her friend Adam Elliff co-star in a sultry tale of twin brothers who eventually find out that each other is involved in an affair — with twin sisters. If your knowledge of Spanish isn't too strong, you'll probably end up paying more attention to the subtitles, along with various product placements for a perfume and Taco Bell — complete with the fast-food chain's trademark "gong."

    "There was no rubric to this project. She just gave all the students the options of a verbal interview, or singing a song," Bryan wrote on Reddit. "My husband is a wiz with the camera and I immediately thought to make a movie. My husband and my

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  • The holiday season is in full swing. Office party invitations require your RSVP and vacation days need to be accounted for. It might be necessary for you to finish your gift shopping (or in my case, start). Of course, there are decorations to be placed, and family meals to be planned, and maybe an in-law or three to be ignored.

    With so much to do – how are you supposed to find time for all of the great movies that mark this time of year? From classics like, “A Christmas Story,” to modern favorites like “The Santa Clause,” the fact reminds that there are only so many hours in a day. Thankfully for you, for me… for us, the fine folks at Screen Junkies have a resolution.

    The same group behind the hit YouTube series, “Honest Trailers” created “The Ultimate Christmas Movie – Supercut.” It is exactly what you think it is, and if nothing else, it must have taken a lot of time to create. Clips from 34 different holiday films were edited together for one tidy package that will only take up two

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  • There is no easy way to discover the news that a loved one has died. However, the way that Caran Johnson found out about the death of her husband seems unfathomably hard.

    The chain of events started yesterday when a newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., alerted its Twitter followers about an accident in the southbound lanes of I-205, an interstate that serves Washington and Oregon. Johnson, who regularly tweets information heard on the scanner, began sending updates out about the emergency response to the collision. From the get-go, she wasn’t a fan of that particular stretch of the interstate.

    “i hate that section of I205 S,” Johnson tweeted. “too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”

    About a half-hour after the Columbian first reported the accident on Twitter, Johnson began to worry.

    “I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home,” she posted. “he's not answering his phone.”

    According to a later tweet, Johnson’s husband was feeling faint and decided

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  • In what has become an annual tradition since 2007, DJ Earworm released his mashup this week of America’s biggest songs for the past year. The list is determined using the most popular hits from Billboard’s weekly Hot 100 chart.

    This year’s track, entitled “United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy), is reflective of a slightly-different tone in pop music this year. While the mix has its moments of celebration in songs like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” the overall vibe is a little slower. Songs like Imagine Dragons’ hits “Radioactive” and “Demons” along with Lorde’s breakout single “Royals” lend to this. Of course Miley Cyrus (who also topped our year-end overall searches list) is featured with her tracks “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.”

    There are three Justin Timberlake songs in this year’s production. The pop star’s “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors” are featured in the mix. Timberlake also sang the chorus of another top hit, Jay Z’s “Holy

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  • As Emily Graslie, host of the YouTube channel "The Brain Scoop," points out, she holds down a rare space on the Internet. Not many women host video channels dedicated to science, technology, education, and math.

    All too common, however, are users on any platform leaving comments that stray from the content's subject and instead serve to bully, discriminate, or humiliate. As a woman, Graslie has read her fair share of this kind of feedback and is not pulling any punches in her latest video, which tackles the subject.

    The chief curiosity correspondent for Chicago's Field Museum is going viral with a piece called, tongue in cheek, "Where My Ladies At?" In the six-minute clip, the first problem that Graslie highlights is the lack of female hosts with popular channels on the Internet. A stat that she drops: 7 of 13 male-hosted channels have over a million subscribers; only 4 channels hosted by women have more than 160,000. Graslie then shines a light on what she believes one of the main

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