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  • A Florida judge is stepping down from the bench after a courtroom incident in which he allegedly punched an attorney.

    Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Harris said in a statement Tuesday that Judge John Murphy "has agreed to seek anger management counseling and treatment during a temporary leave of absence." On Monday, video of an altercation between Judge Murphy and Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock went viral online.

    "This isolated event in no way reflects the typical manner that courtrooms in Brevard and Seminole Counties are managed by the hardworking and conscientious judges in this circuit," Judge Harris wrote in his statement. "People come to court seeking justice and a peaceful resolution to their conflicts and they have the right to expect a much higher standard of behavior from our judges than was exhibited in court yesterday."

    The argument began when the assistant public defender refused to waive his client's right to a speedy trial.

    "You know, if I

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  • Oh, nothing to see here. Just a bunch of friends in Sweden throwing a bachelor party for the groom, complete with a panda costume, bonfire, and live chicken.

    We are really not sure what series of events led to this 17-second clip. Alcohol? A dare? Swedish tradition? Your guess is as good as ours. The video first made its way on to YouTube May 31. It was titled, "Tommys svensexa med hönan," or Swedish for "Tommy's stag with a hen."

    In the clip, a man presumably named Tommy is dressed in a panda costume. He spins around a stick, grabs a live chicken, and then walks through the bonfire. His leg immediately catches on fire, and he reacts by tossing the poor hen into the air. He then jumps into the river.

    Tommy or "Tommy" probably survived. His friends, or "friends," definitely got a kick out of the whole ordeal.

    YouTube removed the original video due to a violation of the website's terms of service. But on Sunday, another user uploaded the clip, and that post has since made its way to

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  • When you think of musical acts from Iceland, Björk is probably the first one that comes to mind. If you are more hip to contemporary music, perhaps you gravitate toward the indie rock group Of Monsters and Men. The band's song "Little Talks" became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard U.S. Alternative Songs chart in 2012.

    Fast forward one year later. The band Árstíðir was in a train station in Wuppertal, Germany, and decided to break into song. They sang a 13th century Icelandic hymn whose title translates to "Hear, Heaven Carpenter." The Icelandic quartet published a video of the impromptu performance to its YouTube channel back in September 2013.

    Just a month after the initial upload, it had accumulated more than 215,000 views. About 9 months later, the video is still gaining a lot of popularity online and has amassed almost 2.8 million hits.

    The latest push seems to come from a number of sources, including Michael Baker, whose Google + page has over 3 million views.

    "I dare you to listen to

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  • Chile is once again rallying around the miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days. However, this time, the 32 men who survived the mining accident are not asking for food or prayers, but rather for support for the country's soccer team as it heads into this year's World Cup.

    And "32 men" is not a typo. Thirty-three workers were rescued; however, one of them was from Bolivia and is not featured in a new commercial from Banco de Chile. The bank is an official sponsor of the Chilean team and published its new commercial on YouTube on May 27.

    The minute-and-13-second video is narrated and hosted by survivor Mario Sepulveda, who is no stranger to such tasks. Dubbed "Super Mario" during the rescue efforts, Sepulveda found himself in the spotlight for the commentary he would offer on the videos that the miners filmed underground. The clips were transmitted to the rescue team using a telecommunications system.

    "In this same place we were trapped for 70 days, the

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  • Did Lee Thompson take the most epic selfie ever? We will leave the final call to you, although let's face it: The photo is up there. Literally.

    Thompson runs the Flash Pack travel blog and recently went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to prepare for the upcoming World Cup. The city is home to the "Christ the Redeemer" statue. Thompson conceived the idea to climb to the top of the 124-foot-tall monument and document the experience with GoPro cameras. He then convinced the Brazil tourism board to allow him to make the mountainous ascent, a staggering 2,400 feet above Rio.

    "Twenty minutes into the climb I reached the heart of the Christ made from beautiful Mosaics," he wrote on his Flash Pack blog. "After what felt like an eternity of pressing heat and pitch darkness, we finally reached the small compartment in Christ's shoulder. I grabbed the rope and pulled myself along the smooth soapstone up into the head of the statue where we carefully opened the hatch. My heart was pounding with

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