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  • So when I say "drone," you say ... government secret? Cover-up? Military strike? Even if none of these is the case, the answer "breathtaking views" probably wouldn't make it onto the "Family Feud" survey board. But if you're not already in the know about all the good things drones can do, this cool video may change your perspective (no pun intended) on the pilotless planes.

    Filmmaker Eric Cheng strapped a GoPro HD camera to a DJI Phantom Quadcopter and used a remote monitor to capture footage of Steamer Lane, a popular stretch for surfers in Santa Cruz, California. Using footage from seven flights, each four minutes long, and an hour of editing time, Cheng highlights the scenic coastline while showcasing some very cool technology.

    The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter sells on for $679, with the GoPro mount and remote included. It comes ready to fly, so you can take it out of the box, attach its propellers, and send it off. In addition to cruising around, the drone also

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  • Allow the story of Marty Daniels to bring a little light, and probably a few tears, to your day. The 78-year-old war veteran has been dancing for over 60 years. His partner on the floor, his wife, Mariah, passed away after a second bout with breast cancer three months ago. Daniels told filmmaker Michael Lei that he began ballroom dancing because of her.

    "She pulled me on to the dance floor; dragged me out of my shell," the Korean War vet said. "I've been dancing ever since."

    Daniels proposed to Mariah before he was deployed for duty. The couple promised each other that they would learn the Viennese waltz for their first dance as husband and wife. Despite the distance between them, they both practiced the dance alone.

    "Every moment when there was a little peace and quiet, I would run through my steps and my rhythm," Daniels recalled. "This was a source of great amusement to the other guys. They never let me hear the last of it."

    But to the man who has since been waltzing across dance

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  • These days, society is great at providing moments so depressing that all you can do is laugh. After watching a video of an actress portraying a slave and responding to actual tourist questions ... well, you might just find yourself laughing.

    Azie Mira Dungey formerly worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate as a historical re-enactor. The actress and comedian has played the roles of different black women who lived in the Washington, D.C., area in the 18th century. In a post on her website, Dungey explains that playing a slave for a living, especially while President Barack Obama was seeking reelection, invoked a series of emotions.

    "Talking to 100s of people a day about what it was like to be black in 18th Century America. And then returning to the 21st Century and reflecting on what had and had not changed," Dungey wrote of her daily routine. "So, I wanted a way to present all of the most interesting, and somewhat infuriating encounters that I had, the feelings that they

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  • Greg Packer is probably one of the most popular names in print that you've never heard of. The Huntington, New York, native has been quoted over a hundred times in various news outlets on subjects ranging from the Super Bowl to the iPhone to the pope.

    Packer is a retired highway maintenance worker. In an interview with the New Yorker, he reveals his media placement strategy.

    "It's always been a case of right place, right time, knowing where reporters are going to do their jobs for the day," Packer explained. "My strategy would be to be in the front row — just be myself, show how happy I am to be in the front row. That usually attracts the attention of not only the crowd around me but especially reporters themselves."

    The first time Packer saw his name in print was when his new hobby took on a life of its own.

    "I couldn't believe that I made a major newspaper," he recalled of the moment, in which he told the Tampa Tribune in 1995 that "Jewish people are fans of Pope John Paul II." "That

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  • A record was broken in Manhattan over the weekend for the fastest lap driven around the borough. No, the new time was not set by a cabdriver — at least the person behind the wheel wasn't in a cab.

    Not much is known about the driver, and that's probably because he might have broken a law or three while completing the 26.5-mile lap in a mere 24 minutes. The route begins on the FDR Drive at 116th Street, moves downtown, goes over the Henry Hudson parkway, and then returns to 116th Street.

    For a bit of perspective on just how ridiculous this record is, just traveling the stretch on the Hudson or FDR alone can take up to a half-hour. But as seen in the video, this driver makes a typical cabby seem tame.

    Throughout the lap, the stock 2006 BMW Z4 is seen weaving through lanes, passing on the right-hand side, and cutting off unsuspecting drivers. While the roads were relatively empty, by no means were they deserted. At no point during the video can you hear how loud the engine was or if the

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