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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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  • Have you seen people dumping ice water over their heads on your Facebook and Twitter feeds? It's not just a way to cool down in the summer heat — it's also raising awareness of ALS.

    The #IceBucketChallenge was started by Peter Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. The 29-year-old and his family have made it their mission to spread the word about the neuromuscular disease and what they're doing to help find a cure.

    Here's how the challenge works: You fill up a bucket of ice water, and get your camera. You inform everyone about the cause, and pour that bucket over your head. You then challenge someone else to complete the same challenge. They have 24 hours to post a video of themselves taking an ice water shower before passing on the challenge to others. If they opt out, they donate $100. Post the video using the hashtag #icebucketchallenge on all your social media accounts with a link to donate to the ALS Association.

    There are a

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  • You know those "mind the gap" signs at train stations that warn riders of the dangerous space between the car and the platform? Well, one man didn't take heed, but luckily his fellow passengers came to his rescue.

    This video shows a man getting stuck in the gap while boarding a train at a Perth station during the tail end of the Wednesday morning commute to work.

    Transperth spokesman David Hynes explains to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation News, "He stood in the doorway and as he was sort of taking up his position there, one leg slipped outside the door, slipped outside the gap, and he was stuck."

    The driver was alerted to make sure the train didn't move. Other commuters started to gather, and then they banded together to push the car, tilting it up just enough so the man could free his leg and get on the train.

    Hynes added, "It was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury."

    What did you think of this real-life example of superhero teamwork?

    Let us know

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