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  • The restaurant Ai Pioppi can be found just an hour north of Venice, Italy, and to find it, just follow the screams — which happen to be coming from the people who are powering the very rides that are prompting their squeals of delight.

    Behind the restaurant lies a giant, human-powered, theme-park playground, which was built over the past 40 years by the restaurant’s owner, Bruno.

    With ride names like Wheel of Death, you would think that people would stay away, but think again. Last weekend, Tom Scott and his friend Paul took on the kinetic-art theme park and filmed their experience.

    “I’ll be honest: I sort of thought it was a myth.” Tom wrote in the YouTube description, “The idea of unattended, huge kinetic ride-on sculptures was surely false?”

    The pair tackled almost all the rides and even managed to do a somersault on the Bicycle of Death.

    But the two didn’t come away unscathed; Tom injured his face on a piece of metal after a fall and had to be taken to the hospital, where he received

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  • Dove is back at it with yet another powerful and viral video. As part of its new “Choose Beautiful” campaign, it traveled to San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London and São Paulo to see how women perceive themselves. In all the cities, the team set up two entryways into the same building. One was labeled “average,” the other “beautiful” — giving the women the choice of which would best fit them. The results may or may not surprise you. Most of the ladies who were given the choice picked “average”; one woman explained that choosing beautiful was “out of reach.” A mother in the video is seen leading her daughter toward the “beautiful” door.

    Dove said of the message in the ad: “Women make thousands of choices each day — related to their careers, their families, and, let’s not forget, themselves. Feeling beautiful is one of those choices that women should feel empowered to make for themselves, every day.” The video on YouTube has already been viewed more than 700,000 times in just one day.

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  • GoPro videos of skydivers in free fall are all the rage, but this latest skydiving video is a little different.

    It starts off normally enough, with a group of skydivers preparing to exit a plane. But then midway through the jump, the GoPro is kicked off a skydiver’s helmet.

    The GoPro then continues the jump solo — spiraling about 10,000 feet before hitting the ground!

    The camera and the footage miraculously survived the fall and were recently found in a field in Sweden.

    YouTube user Kristoffer Örstadius’ says his father found the camera and speculated that it could have been in the field for years.

    Örstadius uploaded the video to YouTube on April 3, in hopes of finding the camera’s owner. Over just a few days, the video went viral, with more than 1 million views.

    But the story doesn’t end there! The GoPro owner, Tobias Persson, a resident of Everod, Sweden, came forward just one day after Örstadius’ post and has been reunited with his camera.  

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  • A high school basketball player is getting a lot of good attention off the court for a supersweet gesture. Prom-posals are all the rage these days, and Trey Moses from Lousiville, Ky., took to Twitter to share his. He tweeted photos of himself and his date along with the caption, “Decided to ask my best friend to prom.”

    The girl in the photos is his pal and fellow Eastern High School student Ellie Meredith, who has Down syndrome.

    Ellie’s mom said of her daughter’s prom date, “You don’t expect high school seniors to have that much thought about a kid with special needs.”

    Moses’ original tweet has gotten a lot of love, with more than 7,000 favorites. He said of the newfound Internet fame, “Wasn't expecting the publicity with this, but since I have it I hope everyone else starts to work with special needs, it’ll change you.”

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  • It was a heartwarming reunion between a mother and daughter who had not seen each other in four years.

    At 3 years old, baby elephant Me-Bai was taken from her mother’s side and sold into the Thai tourism industry. But after the trauma and stress of giving rides to tourists made Me-Bai too weak to carry them, she was released to Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park.

    Once she was there, the park employees set out to find this little elephant’s mother, Mae-Yui. Within a matter of weeks, they were able to locate her.

    After a three-day journey, the mother and daughter were reunited on Friday.

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