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  • For one very talented ape, having no trainer and no assistance is no problem when it comes to making a favorite fireside snack.

    Kanzi the bonobo is not your average animal. The ape knows some American Sign Language, can create stone tools, and apparently cooks. That last trait is highlighted in a viral video from BBC One. The U.K. network's show "Monkey Planet" explores "your animal family as you've never seen it before." In the series, the characteristics that primates share with humans are explored. A shining example comes courtesy of Kanzi.

    George McGavin, the host of the show, narrates the video. In the minute-long clip published to the BBC's YouTube channel, Kanzi is shown building a fire. The bonobo breaks debris and wood before piling the pieces neatly. He then lights a match and uses a small branch to ignite the fire.

    Presumably it is what happens next that has sparked this video's popularity online. Kanzi proceeds to grab a few marshmallows, place them on the end of a stick,

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  • It is the weekend, and musician Dan Newbie will be utilizing a lot of wine glasses. However, he will not be standing behind a bar nor will he be pouring out any wine (at least not to our knowledge).

    About a month ago, Newbie began uploading YouTube videos that showed off his skill of playing songs by using wine glasses and other kitchen utensils. On the heels of covering "Let It Go" and "Happy," the musician turned his attention to another one of the Internet's favorite muses: Super Mario Brothers.

    "I never wanted this to be about me," Newbie told Fox 16 in Little Rock, Ark., following the success of his "Happy" cover, which was buoyed by a tweet from Pharrell Williams himself. "I wanted this to be about happiness. I wanted this to be about, 'Hey, you can be happy and not have a real reason to be happy.' Just like you can make music without using instruments."

    Newbie used 48 wine glasses, two pencils, a frying pan, seven microphones, two cameras, and tap water for the piece. Known

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  • Whether you are a tourist, a weekend warrior, or an every-day commuter, you probably at one time have sought out the best vantage point to take in New York City's skyline. You could make the case that the coolest view is on a rooftop or across a bridge. However, director Randy Slavin has a compelling counterargument. The proof is in his footage.

    The New York City-based photographer used a DJI Phantom drone and a GoPro Hero 3 camera to record some breathtaking views of the city that never sleeps. Slavin flew the drone in between buildings both in and out of Manhattan. He gathered the footage and edited it in to a two-minute compilation set to the song "Tell Me" by artists RL Grime & What So Not.

    The aerial shots that the small, maneuverable drone was able to provide could have never been accomplished by other aircraft. Because of its size, the DJI Phantom fit in a lot of places that a helicopter simply could not. Until now, only birds would have been able to see a moving perspective of

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  • A 4-year-old who died from an inoperable brain tumor received his final request earlier this month: a Star Wars-themed funeral.

    Jack Robinson of Hampshire, England, passed away on April 1. According to The News in Portsmouth, the 4-year-old was diagnosed with the tumor in January. When doctors gave him only a 5 percent chance of surviving, friends and family banded together to help grant some of the boy's final wishes. Singer and former U.K. "X-Factor" judge Gary Barlow visited Jack in the hospital. The 4-year-old also received a birthday video message from Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor in the BBC TV series "Doctor Who."

    "Thank you for your messages. I am totally speechless, my baby has gone but all I can do is cry," his mother, Marie, wrote on Facebook after her son's passing. "We will give my baby an almighty send off, the funeral of all funerals, he deserves the best."

    On April 10, the Robinsons came through on their promise. Jack's coffin was Star Wars-themed. It traveled via a

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  • Taylor Swift spent Saturday evening in New York City. With her friend and former tourmate Ed Sheeran performing on "Saturday Night Live," Swift was not only in attendance but also made a cameo during host Seth Rogan's opening monologue.

    But if you pegged the 24-year-old to stick around Sunday for a trendy brunch in the West Village, think again. Instead the songstress hopped aboard a plane, flew to Columbus, Ohio, and surprised a fan during her bridal shower.

    "There's this girl named Gena who's been coming to my shows for years, and she's been really, really dedicated and very loyal," Swift explained in a video diary she posted about the trip on her YouTube channel. "I was at the management office the other day, and we were going through fan mail and invitations and stuff. And I got this wedding invitation, and I noticed I couldn't make it to the wedding. But in the wedding invitation, there was a bridal shower invitation. And I've never been to a bridal shower. So we're going to

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