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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,

    Read More »from Icy Pool Jump Video Skyrockets to Viral Infamy
  • After last night's debate, you may still be wondering who to vote for. Well, a group of children from Harlem's Democracy Prep School have some advice for you, and they put their encouragement in the form of a song. In their video, "Vote for Somebody!," uploaded to YouTube by the school, the children sing to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." The chorus of the song says, "Vote for Obama or Vote for Romney. It's your civic duty. Vote for somebody."

    The fourth-graders may not be old enough to vote, but they make some valid points about why it is important. Commenters on YouTube are praising the young scholars for getting the word out, with one person calling them "awesome scholars" and another writing, "Love these kids."

    In 2008, a similar singing campaign of sixth- and seventh-graders from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta became a huge hit. They jammed on 'Vote However You Like' to the tune of T.I.'s 'Whatever You Like.'

    With the election only a few weeks away, the message

    Read More »from Prep School Kids’ “Vote for Somebody” Video is Right On Time
  • "Gangnam Style" is a worldwide sensation that has inspired countless parodies, tributes, and downloads, and a whole lot of radio play. While most people who enjoy the song imitate the now-infamous dance associated with Psy's tune, not everyone is happy about it, especially when it involves their parents.

    Connor McKenna, son of Rob McKenna, Washington's attorney general and a gubernatorial candidate, is embarrassed by a video on YouTube featuring his dad dancing to Psy's "Gangnam Style" with members of Washington's Korean Women's Association. In Connor's YouTube video titled "Connor's Appeal," he says that his father's dancing has "brought shame and embarrassment" to him and his siblings. Connor continues, "I feel the only way to make my parents stop is to pay my parents to never dance in public ever again." Connor defiantly states that he's taking a different approach now and making an appeal to everyone who's ever been 12 years old and embarrassed by his or her parents. At the end of

    Read More »from Embarrassed Kid Begs for Donations After Dad’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Dance
  • Playing basketball well requires a certain level of skill, hand-eye coordination, and athleticism. People usually reach their peak performance level pretty young, but an elderly Chinese woman is proving that age is just a number when it comes to the love of the sport.

    Zhu Shumei, who stands just five feet tall, is known as the "Basketball Grandma" by a beloved group of young people in China who, until recently, just knew her as a frequent visitor to Zhejiang Normal University in China. Shumei has been seen running 400-meter laps, climbing poles to stay fit, and hooping it up on the court. One day, Son Huating, a student at the university, noticed Shumei playing basketball and wanted to get to know her. Huating discovered Shumei's story of becoming a single mother after her husband divorced her when she was 54. Shumei was left to take care of her developmentally disabled daughter all on her own.

    Time magazine recently did a story on Shumei, detailing her life's struggles and how she got

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  • When we're kids, we all dream of making an amazing discovery that we can tell the world about. Unusual rocks, strangely shaped fallen branches, twigs and seashells seem remarkable in our eyes and in the eyes of those who love us, but they're hardly a find of epic proportions. But no matter a person's age, out-of-this-world discoveries do happen, and two citizen scientists have their own planet to prove it.

    Robert Gagliano of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Kian Jek of San Francisco found a new planet that has four suns. In fact, it is the first known quadruple-sun system of its kind. It is believed to be a gas planet with a radius more than six times that of Earth -- making it even bigger than Neptune. Gagliano and Jek are volunteer members of Yale University's Planet Hunters, a program that enlists the public to review astronomical data from NASA's Kepler telescope. The telescope is valued at $600 million, and its data is made available to the public online.

    While reviewing the information

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