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  • Long before we saw Rhode Island native DJ Pauly D dancing and fist-pumping on "Jersey Shore", another Ocean State resident was showcasing his moves in the media. Meet Tony Lepore, a Providence traffic cop who is a R.I. celebrity because he dances while on the job. In the middle of the street.

    The legend of "The Providence Dancing Cop" dates back to the '60s. Lepore served in the Vietnam War. After returning to the United States, he joined the Providence Police Department. Fast forward to 1981, when the department moved Lepore from night duty to the day shift. The officer would take turns with two other cops directing traffic on the corner of Westminster and Dorrance Streets in downtown Providence. Lepore carried out the task in a traditional fashion, until 1984.

    Tony Lepore in action

    "I was watching 'Candid Camera' back in the '80s and I got an idea to do some dancing the next day," Lepore recalled to the Boston Globe. "But I had to watch out for my bosses; I didn't know if they were going to like it."

    It

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  • The class of 2016 at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine might be studying hard in an Ivy League setting, but that doesn't mean the future doctors don't know how to have a good time. The students put their vocals, dance moves, and medical knowledge on display in a new parody of the viral hit "The Fox" by Ylvis.

     

    The video is called "What Does the Spleen Do?" and features on-camera contributions from 16 students. The Harvard students created the piece for the school's 107th Annual Second Year Show. Throughout the parody, the students sing about the use of various body parts, from the kidney to the lungs, while jokingly speculating about the spleen's purpose.

    "If you can live without your spleen—can your spleen live without you?" the song asks, while suggesting that perhaps our spleen exists as a backup tongue or storage for extra teeth.

    Spoiler alert: The song reveals at the end that the spleen filters blood, but then that notion is quickly dismissed. The video,

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  • What does your lazy Sunday involve? For me, it's usually yoga, brunch, and suffering through a Buffalo Bills loss.

    TuFilmmaker Tu Uthaisri's low-key weekend usually includes a trip for coffee and some fancy brunch dish as well. Uthaisri, who has an MFA in design and technology from Parsons the New School for Design and works in Google's New York Creative Lab, decided to take his outing a step further one Sunday. Using Google Glass, the filmmaker shot 1,000 photos over a four-day period to create "Catch: A Handimation Through Glass."

    Uthaisri and a team of 14 others joined forces to document what the Thailand-born producer calls "a little surreal moment" in New York City. The result, "Catch," is entirely stop-motion, documenting the appearance, disappearance, and reappearance of a phone number written on a hand in red marker. With a jazz score by Jeremy Turner, the two-and-a-half-minute video shows various animations moving in and out of a real-life setting through a first-person view.

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  • The Canadian company WestJet has many believing in Christmas miracles after a video showcasing the airline's generosity (and marketing savvy) went viral. In the five-and-a-half-minute piece, "Virtual Santa" asked unsuspecting Calgary-bound passengers what they would like for Christmas. The customers then boarded their flights from Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.

    The scenes to follow in the video capture the holiday spirit in motion. According to WestJet's blog, a group of 175 volunteers helped grant more than 250 guests their Christmas wishes. "Santa's helpers" scrambled to Best Buy, local malls, and department stores to purchase everything from socks and underwear to a flat-screen TV.

    If you have ever waited for luggage in an airport, you know the anxious feeling in your stomach when the siren goes off and the carousel begins moving. Your only concern is that the airline you flew with didn't lose your bags. For WestJet's lucky fliers, a pleasant surprise awaited: The gifts they asked

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  • The Internet's latest optical illusion comes via a professor at Duke University, and it's almost as shocking as witnessing the Blue Devils get defeated at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    The image is posted on the website of Dale Purves, director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. In the photo, two blocks are placed at an angle on top of each other. At first glance, the two territories look to be completely different shades of grey. However, after simply placing your finger over the part of the image where the two blocks meet, you see that… well, judge for yourself.

    Illustration by Dale Purves

    On Purves' website, the apparent difference at the center area is attributed to the Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet Illusion. The optical illusion was first described by Tom Cornsweet and is outlined in his book "Visual Perception," which was released in 1970. The idea is that a small area can affect our brains' perception of a large area. Cornsweet graduated from Cornell University and

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