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  • Patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta dreaming of a white Christmas witnessed their dream come true earlier this month.

    Atlanta is far from the Snowbelt, but that didn't stop the children's hospital from turning its three campuses into a winter wonderland with an hourlong snowfall. Zigmont Magic F/X, a company that provides effects services to movies and live events alike, manufactured the snow. The workers used 31 snow machines to create a white substance that looked just like the real deal but felt similar to cotton or the foam from soap.

    "We just thought it'd be great to try and add a little magic and excitement to our kids' day here," Dr. Jim Fortenberry said to Fox 5 in Atlanta. "We thought, ‘What better way to do that than to add some snow?'"

    As families gathered for a prebilled party, children made snow angels and staged snowball fights. Others simply went outside in their wheelchairs to experience the sight firsthand. Patients who couldn't leave their rooms watched from

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  • Jason Lord proposed to his girlfriend Jackie Prater in quite the dramatic fashion, helping out a great cause in the process. Lord enlisted the help of close friends, an inside joke, and actor Aaron Paul to pop the big question. Prater said yes.

    Paul’s wife, Lauren Parsekian, co-founded a charity called the Kind Campaign. The movement aims to raise awareness to bullying issues through school assemblies, a documentary, and other methods. The “Breaking Bad” star helps his wife’s non-profit by donating his time and other experiences. Paul recently raised $1.8 million for the charity around the series’ finale, complete with a trip for one lucky winner and a guest to watch the final episode with the cast.

    Lord donated money to the Kind Campaign and won a personalized video message from Paul. The Chicago resident gathered up friends, and set-up a band to play Mr. Big’s “To Be With You.” The couple sang the song together on one of their first dates, and the tune became an inside joke. Almost

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  • Cy Kuckenbaker is back to reorganizing mobile objects by color — and this time he's shifting his attention from airplanes to motor vehicles.

    The filmmaker's first video in his "San Diego Studies" series received more than 3 million views on YouTube and Vimeo combined. The clip showed four hours of departing airplanes in less than 30 seconds. Kuckenbaker kept the real-me motion of the planes but placed them closer to each other. The final piece looks surreal; 70 planes are shown landing at San Diego International Airport in a continuous stream.

    "I had no idea that it would get the response that it got," the adjunct professor told the Vice Creators Project in a video on YouTube. "You know, it's just one of those situations where it's like, 'OK, this works. So let me see how far I can take it.'"

    Kuckenbaker then focused his camera on San Diego's oldest freeway, State Route 163, for a mere four minutes. The documentarian used the same special-effect technique, chroma key, to condense the

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  • The weather outside is frightful, and you don't need to explain that to one man in the Middle East or a cat prone to failing.

    First up in our set of winter-themed videos that should break up the monotony of your Tuesday, meet Mohammed Alobaidan. We won't question the Saudi man's iPhone video skills (note: turn the phone horizontal when you film!) because of this hilarious contribution to YouTube. Saudi Arabia experienced a snowfall last weekend. The Middle Eastern country doesn't see this type of weather often. You could surmise this by what Alobaidan's friend does in the video, appropriately titled, "This is why we don't have snow in Saudi Arabia."

    The video has more than 380,000 views. Although laugh-worthy, the YouTuber's friend does stick the headstand nicely.

    The person overseas is much more graceful in the winter weather than Waffles the Terrible. Waffles received his nickname because, as the video uploader put it, he "fails a lot." You can probably guess the outcome of the pet's

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  • A new video from filmmaker Casey Neistat shows that Hollywood movie budgets can aid in charitable efforts across the world. Thanks to a $25,000 promotional allotment from the forthcoming film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the 32-year-old director helped the recovery efforts from the recent typhoon in the Philippines.

    "Give me the budget," Neistat told 20th Century Fox in response to the studio's email asking him to make a video about living one's dreams. "I'll go to the Philippines and spend every penny helping people in need."

    Neistat bought food for over 10,000 meals and tools for 32 villages with the money. He also delivered basic medicine to local organizations. While the almost seven-minute YouTube piece displays a great amount of charity, it also provides heartbreaking visuals of people who are literally still attempting to pick up the pieces from Typhoon Haiyan.

    At one point, as lines of people seeking the prepackaged food items grow, Neistat turns to the camera and says, "I

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