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  • Even though it used to be spoken throughout most of Europe and Asia, the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) language is no longer spoken by anyone. That is partly because it was in use mainly between 4,500 and 2,500 B.C., and also because in the modern era we simply haven't known how to pronounce ancient languages correctly. But thanks to decades of research, there is now an audio example of how the language might have sounded.

    Andrew Byrd, from the Linguistics Department at the University of Kentucky, recorded himself reading a parable written in PIE and published it to SoundCloud. We gotta say, it sounds at once weird and a tiny bit familiar. And it should sound familiar — it is the common language that birthed English, Farsi, and many other world languages. The speech was taken from a written example that German linguist August Schleicher created in 1868 as an experiment with writing in PIE. The text tells a parable of sheep and horses, appropriate material for 4,500-plus years ago.

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  • Beyoncé fans come in all shapes and sizes — and ages. Today we want to introduce you to one of the youngest and possibly most talented fans of Queen B. She is 2 years old, and her name is Heaven. She is the star of a YouTube video in which she dances with her mother, choreographer Tianne King from Atlanta. Check out the video here. Heaven also stars in another video on her mom's YouTube page in which she breaks it down with a team of other dancers. Hey Beyoncé, if you're reading this, I think you need to add a little bit of heaven to your next tour!

    Does your kid have some great dance moves? Share them with us on our Facebook page, or by following us on Twitter at @YahooTrending.

  • Sometimes it takes a moments of high tension and potential danger to remind us just how good people can be, even to those they've never met. Such was the case in Boston on Wednesday, when a man's tumble onto subway tracks gave way to a harrowing rescue scene. 

    In Beantown's North Station, on the Orange Line, a man seemingly accidentally walked straight onto the train tracks, falling unconscious as a result of his scary plunge. But immediately, the waiting crowd sprang into action. After failing to get the man's attention, two people jump onto the tracks to pick the man up. Another person enters the frame from the opposite platform to give the final helping hand needed to get the lackadaisical man out of danger. 

    According to the MBTA, a bystander alerted station crew with enough time to halt trains that might have entered the station, but those good samaritans who leaped down to help could never have known. It was clear these people had risked their own lives to save another. 

    As for the

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  • Jimmy Fallon is known for taking his late-night show in silly directions, playing charades and even beer pong with guests. But this week has been particularly fruitful for "Late Night," as Fallon released two online clips that have just gone crazily viral.

    The first, posted Monday, featured frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake having a "Twitter chat" with Jimmy. They proved that yes, it would be truly awful if people started using hashtags in real life. (But hey, hashtags can be annoying on Twitter as well.) The video has over 7.5 million views and, of course, many adoring fans. 

     

    Tuesday saw another instance of an online Fallon sensation, as actors Stephen Merchant ("Hello Ladies") and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Don Jon") participated in a "lip-sync-off" with Jimmy. That, too, was awesome.

     

    The question is: With Fallon quickly approaching the "Tonight Show" takeover and Leno's exit, how will the material translate to the 11:30 p.m. slot? If the popularity of his segments online is any

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  • Remember the Tom Hanks movie "Big"? In the film's iconic scene Hanks's character plays a giant piano on the floor at the FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City. Well, a video on YouTube showcases an even cooler version of that giant piano … and this one is alive! It's called Le Piano Vivant, which means "The Living Piano" in French. The video was released by French-Canadian educational and cultural site TFO. The giant 12-note human piano was set up in a park in Quebec. Each singer carries the specific tone of each key, and when a participant steps on a key, the human "piano string" sings that note.

    The stunt was put together in collaboration with the Quebec opera festival, and the part of each string was actually sung by an opera singer. The purpose of Le Piano Vivant was to bring opera to the people by inviting the public to engage with a new, interactive, and never-before-seen instrument. Bring on more giant human instruments — sounds like music to our ears.

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