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  • A couple from New Zealand are finally getting some good news a year and a half after an earthquake shattered their world. Newlyweds Fen Jeremias and Martin Burley had just returned from their honeymoon in February 2011 when a massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit their home in Christchurch.

    The quake forced the couple to flee their badly damaged home, and in the process, Burley dropped their camera somewhere outside and couldn't recover it at the time. The camera contained images from their honeymoon and wedding, which they assumed were lost forever. In fact, the couple say they felt "gutted" when they lost the camera.

    Everything changed last week when the pair returned to the rubble that was once their home and noticed something poking out of the mud. It was the camera they had lost. Even though the camera itself was beyond repair, the memory card inside was still intact. After many hours of tedious dirt removal, the 2.5 gigabytes' worth of pictures on the card were saved and

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  • There are 30 bridges over the Seine in Paris, and French design firm Atelier Zundel Cristea just came up with a whimsical design for one more. Instead of driving, walking, running, or biking across this bridge, travelers would bounce their way to the other side. AZC's concept calls for three giant inflatable rings with a netted trampoline in the center. Each ring would measure almost 100 feet across and be filled with 3,700 cubic meters of air.

    Although it sounds like a great morning commute, it's unlikely the bridge will ever be built. As Business Insider notes, it could pop or people could fall off. Plus, the insurance alone would likely cost a fortune. As one commenter put it, "Tons of fun. They would just need paramedics at either end for all the broken bones." Paramedics might also be needed for the new concept architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill proposed for New York City: a hovering pedestrian "doughnut" over Grand Central Station.

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  • It's not just for status updates and photo sharing -- social media has become an important outlet for patients in desperate need of organ donors. Debra Karby, a 37-year-old mother from Vancouver with a rare and aggressive form of liver sarcoma, is hoping that she can increase her odds of receiving a liver by sharing her story online. Karby's cancer is curable only with a transplant, but because of how rare her cancer is, she's not eligible for the transplant list. What she needs is a live donor, someone to give her a piece of his or her liver, which could then regenerate in her body. It's pretty amazing that that's even possible.

    The Karby family started a website asking for live donors, and then Karby shared her plea with Facebook. Potential donors must be between 18 and 60 years of age, in premium health, and have O blood type. There is some hope for Karby. In January, Amit Gupta, a Leukemia patient from San Francisco, found a perfect bone-marrow match using Facebook and Twitter.

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  • The world may end at the end of this year, or at least that is what a number of people are fearing because of the ancient Mayan calendar that does not go beyond December 21, 2012. Some people even fear that the end of the world could come in the form of a zombie apocalypse. If you're a doomsdayer or know someone who is, a California-based company has a new solution for you.

    [Related: Mayas prophesized, but not end of world]

    Atlas Survival Shelters, whose slogan is "Better prepared than scared," offers survival chambers made out of 32x10-foot metal tubes. The chambers are designed to be installed 20 feet underground, far away from the possible crumbling of the world above. The survival chambers would be accessible from a hatch in the backyard of the survivalist.

    Atlas's website says you can stay safe in one of their shelters in the event of "pandemic outbreak, civil unrest, malicious mobs and biological, nuclear fallout or attacks from home grown terrorists or other nations." Not every

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  • Yahoo! editors have selected this video as a favorite of 2012. The original video surfaced in October and eventually earned 22 million YouTube views.

    The Trending Now team would never recommend that you go out and film yourself involved in a risky stunt. Let's just make that clear. However, it's our job to keep you up to speed with the latest viral videos on the Web, and today's viral clip just happens to involve a stunt gone wrong.

    In the video titled "Catch the Ice Dude," a young German man in freezing weather plans to cannonball into a pool that he believes is covered by a thin sheet of ice. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. The young man jumps and then lands hard on his back instead of crashing through the ice and into water. What he thought was a thin layer appears to be much thicker than he imagined, and it does not break. He slides across the ice in agony --both pain and embarrassment -- and lies there for a few moments. He and his friend who is recording the video,

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