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  • The Holderness family has had quite a year. You might remember the crew from Raleigh, N.C., from last holiday season’s viral hit video ‘Xmas Jammies.’  
     
    That YouTube video was viewed more than 15 million times! Since hitting it big, the Holdernesses have been releasing fun parody videos for most holidays. And while some families will choose to send out a written newsletter, this family opted to go a different route because that’s in the Holderness DNA. They released an overview of their exciting year, performed to their own version of R.E.M.’s hit “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).”  The video chronicles the best-of moments of 2014 from mom Kim, dad Penn, and their son and daughter, Penn and Lola. Highlights include Lola’s birthday party and little Penn’s love for kayaks and waterslides.
     
    All of this attention is not only fun for the family, but its good for business too! Kim and Penn run a digital marketing company called Greenroom, which has seen a recent

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  • For the past six years, John Couzens, who owns a roofing business, and his now 26-year-old son, Dan, have been working up to 12 hours a day in their backyard building a beautiful, luxury yacht.

    Dubbed Out of the Blue, the yacht is 38 feet long, weighs 8 tons, and is valued at more than $275,000. It has two bedrooms, a working head, and even two showers.

    However, the finished yacht was too big to simply wheel out of the backyard, so they had to pay to get a crane to hoist it out over their own home and that of their neighbors. It was quite the sight.

    The idea to build the vessel originally came from Couzens’s desire to give his son a project on which to focus his excess energy. Dan used to fix up cars, but he always finished in just a couple of days. The boat was intended to take two years, but six years later, they finally were ready to put it in the water.

    Couzens praised his son’s craftsmanship on the boat, calling it a “work of art.”
    After putting up with a boat in her backyard for

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  • How did you get to work this morning? Did you take the train to the bus, and then have a 10-minute walk? Must have been grueling. Well, take into consideration the commute that the residents of a mountaintop Chinese village make every day.  In order to leave the village of Yushan in Hefeng county, they must travel by a cable car that is suspended between two very high cliffs — 1,575 feet high, to be exact. Before the cable cars, the residents would have to make the journey by foot. Now it takes the villagers just a couple of minutes to ride the cable car about two-thirds of a mile. And they have been doing this for 15 years, ever since the car was made by hand and the cables were purchased from a European ski resort. The cables have to be lubricated once a week, a job that looks scarier than a New York City window washer's. And if you can believe it, there have been no reported accidents associated with the crazy cable-car commuting method, proving that even a treacherous cable

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  • If Santa’s watching, there is one woman in upstate New York who has definitely made the nice list this year.

    Jenny Karpen, a new employee at the Walmart in Rotterdam, N.Y., was working a cash register when an older man came to her to check out.

    She said, “He was an older gentleman. He was getting his groceries. Some of it was food, and some of it was for his pet.”

    When it came time to pay, the gentleman didn’t have enough cash, so he started to put some items back.

    Karpen wouldn’t have it, and took $40 from her own pocket to help him complete his purchase. She says that she didn’t want him, or his pet, to go hungry.

    After he left, the next customer in line offered to return the money to Karpen. She refused, saying she was unable to accept due to company policy.

    When Jenny’s manager heard about the incident, she was not disappointed, saying, “There should be more people like that in the world.… We just need to clone Jenny. We need to have Jennys one through ten.”

    The man remains a stranger

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  • Beware! The fogpocalypse is here! Actually, this is just Dallas, Texas, engulfed in a thick blanket of fog earlier this week.

    On Monday night at around 11 p.m., a simple fog bank began to roll into the city, and it grew thicker throughout the night. In fact, it grew so much that visibility dropped to nearly zero.

    People quickly leapt into action to document the phenomenon. Mike Prendergast took his drone out to photograph the fog, and others, of course, took to Twitter and Instagram to discuss the eerie miasma. One person on Twitter quipped, "Everything is bigger in Texas, even the fog."


    The FAA reports that a ground stop was issued for flights coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on Tuesday morning. Close to 50 departures were canceled by 10 a.m.

    Fog like this occurred because low-level moisture streamed into the region from the southwest while a high-pressure system

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