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  • Sunday night at the Academy Awards, host Ellen DeGeneres joked about the rain that was depressing Southern California. There was probably one restaurant in Santa Barbara that didn’t find anything funny about the storm and the high surf that came with it.

    According to KNBC TV in Los Angeles and multiple YouTube videos, customers of Moby Dick Restaurant in Santa Barbara witnessed and filmed a scary incident Saturday. Due to the winter storm, a group of giant waves came up so strong that they smashed through the building’s windows.

    Forrest Buchanan was inside eating breakfast. He noticed the waves and figured the pier would be shut down.

    “The dining room was filled with the sound of glass shattering and people screaming as a wave of water rush over the dining room carpet,” Buchanan wrote in the description of a YouTube video he uploaded. “I then looked at the manager and asked, ‘Do you mine (sic) I don't pay for my breakfast and move on?’”

    Breakfast was on the house, or the ocean

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  • When we called Steve Fugate, he was organizing his materials in a friend’s garage. The 67-year-old is in the midst of his eighth walk across the United States. He started on March 23 of last year. Unlike previous treks, Fugate is  zigzagging across the lower 48, reaching both coasts while setting foot in every state. How much progress has he made so far? 21 down with 27 to go. The miles and stories he has accumulated are unfathomable yet have all actually happened.

    In 1999, Fugate lost his son to suicide. A few years later, his daughter died due to a drug overdose. The tragic events prompted the Vero Beach, Fl. resident to give up his business and begin walking across the country. It started as both a form of therapy and a means to raise awareness for depression and suicide. At one point, Fugate also set-up a non-profit organization. But 14 years and 34,000 miles later, any time someone attempts to post a PayPal link to help him, he asks for it to be removed. His journey has grown in

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  • If you thought the worst thing that could happen when power lines went down was your cable or Internet going out, then watch this video.

    In Norway earlier this year, a snowstorm caused damage in an area that is popular with people who like to go sledding. A man by the name of Steinar Midtskogen was there and captured footage of a downed power line. The scene created a visual straight out of a sci-fi movie.

    "An ordinary ski with child," translates one of the Norwegian subtitles. "Forest's tranquility."

    Video is shown of a family pulling a sled and skiing. After a photo of the snow-covered trees is shown, more text appears.

    "Suddenly a sound in the forest," it reads. "Wind, heavy snow, and trees go bad with power lines."

    That could be quite the understatement if that translation reads true. The downed power line perhaps hits a tree and creates a crazy jet of fire lightning. According to the person who uploaded the video, it lasted for about five minutes.

    The video is titled "Spenning på

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  • There were two common themes in some of February's biggest viral videos: the Sochi Olympics and Super Mario Bros. It is only fitting that on the final day of the month, we cover a video that combines both.

    Australian-based filmmaker Michael Shanks imagined what speedskating at the Olympics would look like if Mario Kart rules were allowed. With a few CGI and sound effects as well as commentary and video game music, he created "SOCHI 2014 — Speed Skating Double Dash Final." It has over 3 million YouTube hits and almost 23,000 likes.

    The video takes a men's 500-meter race and adds in everything you remember about the classic game. Even the opening slate to the competition is reminiscent of how the races would start on a gaming console. The rink, named Baby Park Stadium, after one of the tracks in the game, is littered with item boxes that feature shells, banana peels, and power-ups. Shanks even edits the skaters themselves, making it seem as if they are hit by said shells or shrunk

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  • Sugar Metropolis might be the sweetest design project that you've ever laid your eyes on.

    A couple of sculptors from Ireland and England, Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, respectively, are collaborating on the community-based project. Jamison has become known for creating art with sugar cubes. Some of his work is even displayed in the British prime minister's house. But his latest piece may be his largest undertaking yet. It started for the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts in Belfast. Every visitor to the Ulster Museum was invited to contribute to the sculpture made out of sugar cubes. About 5,000 people and 500,000 pieces later, the Sugar Metropolis rose.

    In an interview with BBC Radio, Jamison explained why sugar cubes are his contemporary design material of choice.

    "It offers a multisensory experience, so the viewer doesn't just actually see the sculpture," he said. "They can imagine the taste of the sugar dissolving on their tongues."

    Jamison and his chief collaborator, Revels, have

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