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  • Bullying continues to rear its ugly head in different shapes and forms – from the most recent scandal involving players of the Miami Dolphins to the countless stories of kids that are made fun of or beat up at school.

     

     Yousef Erakat, who has built a solid online following through videos that highlight everything from rapper Drake’s lyrics to pranks at the gym, is taking a stand. The comedian teamed up with actor Ali Amjad for a video entitled, “The Bullying Experiment.” In the clip, Erakat plays a bully who is beating up a student (Amjad) in front of innocent bystanders. Hidden cameras capture whether a person intervenes or simply turns a blind eye.

     

     “Why bullying occurs in America is because people like that don’t stop it when they see it happen right in front of their eyes,” Erakat yells at a hidden camera after two people not only ignore the student that is getting beat up, but then refuse to stop and speak to Erakat about the incident. Bullying is still an issue in the States, but

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  • The death of actor Paul Walker over the weekend elicited an outpouring of memories and photos from his peers who had worked alongside him on set. And fans of Walker's, who knew him from movies like "Fast and Furious," "Varsity Blues," and "Joy Ride," took to social networks to share experiences of meeting the star in person. Judging by the comments, it seems that everyone who came in contact with Walker left with a smile on their face.

    Twitter picture uploaded by Michael Raisch

    Twitter user Hanna Ochoa posted a shot of Walker in a Starbucks, writing in the caption that he was "such a nice person" and "called me sweetheart." Another Twitter user, named Kristina, from New Orleans, uploaded a picture of her with the actor, saying that he was her favorite and was a down-to-earth guy. A mother named Brandy uploaded a photo of Walker with her son, calling the fallen star both "a great guy and a role model."

    Fan on Twitter recounts meeting with Walker

    Rapper RZA also paid tribute to the actor, with a new song called "Destiny Bends." The Wu-Tang Clan emcee met Walker on the set of

    Read More »from Fans Share Personal Paul Walker Photos
  • You're sitting in a New York City Starbucks location, and more than 20 people in the place begin re-enacting an iconic scene from a film starring Kirk Douglas. Improv Everywhere took its "Movies In Real Life" YouTube series to one coffee shop and re-created the "I am Spartacus!" scene from "Spartacus." The group pulled off the stunt without a hitch, and the actors even received an ovation from both customers and workers at the store.

    The clip starts with an actor walking up to a barista and ordering a venti strawberry Frappuccino. The Starbucks worker asks for his name, and he replies "Spartacus." When the drink is served up at the bar and the name is called out, about 20 different men stand up claiming to be the gladiator. The range of reactions from customers runs the spectrum from unfazed to laughing to "Let me get my phone out and film this immediately." Perhaps unknowingly to some, cameras were already rolling.

    Eventually, an actor dressed as a Roman slave walks in, claims to be the

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  • Since its invention, language has gradually moved from being primarily a spoken medium to a text-based one, as in the words you're reading now. Communication by text has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, as people forego phone calls to text or instant-message. But, as Ben Crair notes in a recent article in the New Republic, a new phenomenon in how we communicate has been born: Punctuation that was once completely neutral is now seen as having inherent emotion. Take the period (like the one at the end of this sentence). It was one of the first punctuation marks, and its purpose was to note a definitive pause, as it was first used to mimic speech.

    Now, though, a period can make the difference between a message seeming calm or seeming angry. Crair uses the example of a boyfriend, tired from work, asking whether, instead of eating at a restaurant for his girlfriend's birthday that night, they can eat at home. Her answer of "we could do that" is laid back. The answer becomes

    Read More »from Why Has Using a Period in Text Messages Become Aggressive?
  • Are you a fan of Tom Hanks? Of course you are, who isn’t? Well one company in Philadelphia combined their love for the Oscar winner with their adoration of Thanksgiving. Ad agency Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners held their annual “Hanksgiving” potluck, where employees bring in dishes themed to Tom Hanks movies.

    "Hanksgiving" decorations

     

    They even roll a marathon of Tom Hanks movies all day for the occasion. As for decorations, there’s a rocket ship piñata called “Catch Me if You Candy” and lots of other “Hanksian” décor.

    "Hanksgiving" voting box

    Last year, “Turnovers and Hooch” won first place. Senior Account Manager Kristin Filipovits was crowned this year’s winner with her “You've Got Kale Salad,” beating out “A League of Calzone.”

     

    The company has reached out to Hanks’ people in the past to see if he might be able to do a “Google Hankout” to kick off the event. No answer from him yet, but there’s always next year Tom!  Tell us what your "Hanksgiving" dish would be in the comments section below or on Facebook.

    Employees at Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners enjoying "Hanksgiving"

     

     

     

     

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