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  • The big story today on social media is the passing of celebrated comedian and movie star Robin Williams. He died Monday at the age of 63 in his home near San Francisco from an apparent suicide. According to a statement issued from a representative, he had been battling severe depression of late.

    Williams had a devoted following that is evident from the sheer number people who took to social media to remember him.

    In the six hours after the news broke of his passing, he had 7.5 million mentions on Twitter.

    Originally, the response was of disbelief, but as word spread, celebrities and fans alike shared their sentiments, many citing quotes from their favorite films.

     

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  • It was a pretty colorful surprise for a Kansas City Police detective when his colleagues covered his Ford Taurus with 4,000 Post-it notes as a prank to mark his 50th birthday.

    Detective Stuart Littlefield, a 20-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department, admits he deserves this as he is a serial prankster and often the first to cause trouble.

    His reaction was pretty upbeat. "Yup, they got me good this time. This was supposed to be a low-key birthday. When you're 50, you don't want anyone to know about it. That kind of blew up in my face," said Littlefield. "I can't tell you exactly what I said, but the gist is, 'Golly, they got me.'"

    The pranksters' handiwork is a lovely work of art: color blocking, pink tires, peace signs, and a smiley face.

    Littlefield adds, "'Creative' is a word. I can think of another word I can't say on camera since we're talking to the public."

    No one has confessed to the prank, and Littlefield has yet to investigate who's behind the prank, but he promises

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  • It was a sunny Sunday afternoon at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York City, when an unexpected visitor spun its way through — a whirling dervish of dirt, technically known as a dust devil.

    Several people took out their smartphones and recorded the sight, posting pictures and video to social media.

    We spoke to "Good Morning America" meteorologist Ginger Zee to clear some things up for us:

    "Dust devils typically form on a hot, calm afternoon when the land heats quickly. That hot air rises quickly The decrease in heat with height is dramatic and this causes the air to spin. Dust is picked up and we see the rotation." 

    One eyewitness at the park posted to Twitter:

    Zee said that although a dust devil is not a tornado, you should stay away from one if you see it. It is still a strong rotating wind that can pick up debris,

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  • Remember the Slinky? It first hit the scene in the 1940s. It's a spring that can do tricks, including traveling down a flight of stairs.

    Do you have fond memories of playing with this toy? Well, this video might turn those into nightmares.

    The video shows a human-size, multicolor slinky with four limbs undulating and being slung across the stage to a nonstop techno beat in the background. It's trippy.

    The colorful creation is the work of Ioan Veniamin Oprea. He lists a wide range of accomplishments on his website, humanslinky.com, including having performed at multiple NBA games, and being featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Oprea has been donning the slinky since at least 1997. His exploits found a new audience in the past couple days with web-users, especially those constantly on the lookout for the bizarre. Its recent surge in popularity can be traced back to radio personality Eduardo Sotelo, also known as Piolín (Spanish for "Tweety Bird"), who posted the video to his show's

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  • Ed Ball, a 33-year-old Seattle resident, has started a petition on Change.org calling for "Weird Al" Yankovic to headline the 49th annual Super Bowl halftime show in February 2015 at Arizona's University of Phoenix stadium. More than 60,000 people have already signed the petition.

    Fans of Weird Al say he would be a perfect blend of nostalgia and current pop relevance. They say he's been dominating online video with his #8Videos8Days campaign and his latest album, "Mandatory Fun" — his 14th in his 30-year career — became his only No. 1 album and the first comedy album to debut at the top of the charts since an album by Bob Newhart did so in 1954.

    The signers of the petition add that unlike the somewhat puzzling pairing of Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the last Super Bowl, Weird Al's parodies are ripe for collaborations —  his newest tracks could allow for appearances from Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Lorde and Iggy Izalea — plus, there are all his older, classic parodies.

    We

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