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  • New Year’s resolutions are usually predictable: lose weight, quit smoking, find a significant other, or maybe budget money more effectively. A Seattle woman went on a diet but took the task a step further, testing her will to see if she could limit her food consumption to just one outlet.

    That one “restaurant” is coffee chain Starbucks. That woman is named Beautiful Existence. Yes, that is her real name.

    Existence spent 365 days eating and drinking exclusively at the coffee store and Starbucks-related restaurants. She spent $500-600 dollars per month, and did not impose the restrictions on her two children – although she would bring them treats from time to time. Existence claims she both lost weight and feels great after the diet.

    When contacted via Twitter, she explained why Starbucks was her choice.

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  • Just in time for Marty McFly's return in 2015, it appears that Japanese scientists have discovered a new method to levitate an object.

    Don't preorder your hover board just yet: The research has led to the levitation only of lightweight particles, small creatures, and water droplets. A YouTube video titled "Three-dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation" shows how this works. Researchers use four speakers that are set up to face each other on the four sides of a square. An ultrasound beam is used along with localized ultrasonic standing waves that the speakers create, acting as a force that allows the objects to move three-dimensionally.

    Among the items that are levitated in the video are a wood piece, a match, a screw, and a piece of plastic.

    The technique moves only very small objects, and the focal point generated by the waves is at an arbitrary location. Still, the new discovery in object manipulation is a step up from the previous research, which resulted in moving objects in only

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  • An intricate crop circle in California no longer exists after the owner whose land it was on ordered a crew to plow it under. But the Internet is still abuzz with whether the circle's construction came via a group of pranksters or something more inexplicable.

    Scott Anthony owns a ranch just outside of Chualar, Calif. , about two hours south of San Francisco. When he returned from vacation earlier this week, he discovered that someone had plowed a design into his field. The Monterey Herald spoke with a security guard at the field, who said the circle appeared either Sunday or Monday morning. Spanning about an acre, the pattern appeared to contain the numbers 1, 9, and 2 in Braille, according to KSBW-TV.

    The crop circle in Chualar

    Visitors began flocking to the site after a video was uploaded to YouTube Monday of two people driving by the field. Flashes of light are seen in the distance of the clip, shot before sunrise Monday morning. The cameraman and his friend pull the car over and head onto the farm,

    Read More »from Mystery of California Crop Circle May Never Be Solved
  • With the Internet and more specifically YouTube, local news is no longer restricted just to the municipalities that it serves. It is easier than ever for someone to capture a funny clip from television and upload it online. If you’re bored on the Internet searching for these clips – rest easy. A YouTube user did the heavy lifting for you, compiling 2013’s best local news bloopers in to one 15-minute super cut.

    The video begins with Kerryn Johnston, an anchor for a local TV news service in Australia. Johnston, reading off the teleprompter in Ron Burgundy-esque fashion, says, “Good evening. Tonight I’m going to sound like drunk.”

    The Australian blog TV Tonight claims that the WIN News anchor was probably rehearsing, unaware that she was live. That is a theme that plays out throughout these bloopers.

    You only have to wait two more clips to see the infamous F-bomb dropped by A.J. Clemente, who also didn’t know that he was on air. The West Virginia University graduate had just started as an

    Read More »from All the Best News Anchor Bloopers of 2013 in One Glorious Supercut
  • You remember how the old advertisement went right? “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Well, a street vendor that serves the treat in Turkey has customers up in arms for the frozen dessert. But if the people want to cool down with their favorite flavor, they’ll have to do more than simply pay him.

    In a minute long video posted to YouTube, a man in Istanbul scoops ice cream on to a cone for a regular customer. But instead of simply handing the cone over, the vendor uses a combination of multiple cones, his utensil, and napkins to play tricks with the patron. First he places the cone in the guy’s jeans and then quickly removes the ice cream that was attached. What follows is a scene you would expect to play out on “The Three Stooges” or “The Honeymooners.” The vendor twirls the ice cream cone around the customer’s head, in and out of his hand, and even uses the cone for a kiss on his cheek.

    The tricks are impressive, but equally impressive is the patron’s patience. He must

    Read More »from Ice Cream Salesman Serves Up Tricks with His Scoops


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