Hang On, We're Going Downhill

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Take a ride with biker Geoff Gulevich as he takes what I’d call an extreme downhill run with a camera attached to his helmet. He calls it “taking it easy.” You might want to take a dramamine, or even a valium first. This POV video may make you feel a bit lightheaded, or possibly terrified. If you enjoy that sort of thing, watch it in full screen. This was recorded during a Red Bull-sponsored event in Utah last fall.  -via The Chive


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Man Makes 24 Animal Sounds

We all know what the fox says, but do you know what Finnish comedian and voice actor Rudi Rok says? He sounds like the following two dozen animals:

  1. Dog
  2. Cat
  3. Cricket
  4. Horse
  5. Cow
  6. Elephant
  7. Pig
  8. Velociraptor
  9. Frog
  10. Pigeon
  11. Bird
  12. Lion
  13. Cuckoo
  14. Bear
  15. Seagull
  16. Lizard
  17. Duck
  18. Woodpecker
  19. Lamb
  20. Monkey
  21. Rooster
  22. Monkey
  23. Wolf
  24. Fly

Color us impressed! The next time you need to impersonate a dog or a duck, Rudi's your man!


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Playing Jenga with Heavy Equipment

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One surefire way to get the internet’s attention is to take something that was already fun and make it so big that someone could get hurt. In this case, it’s a super sized game of Jenga, although for copyright reasons, they call the game “Stack.” The playing pieces are 600-pound blocks of wood. The players are operating five different pieces of heavy equipment (excavators and telehandlers, etc.) in this promotional video from Cat® Products (Caterpillar). When the stack finally tips over, you’d better get out of the way fast! There's a behind-the-scenes video, too. -via Viral Viral Videos


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The Family That Sings Together

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When my daughters were young, I invested in CDs of Disney song compilations to play in the car, both originals and instrumental versions. We sang and passed the time on long road trips, just like millions of other families. But I can’t carry a tune, and my kids were so young they didn’t know any better.

And now, the Rochelle Family has posted their very first YouTube video. If you’ve seen a lot of these “family singing in the car” videos, you might think it’s a lip dub, but no… they are singing a medley of Disney songs in the car. Bonus: it’s not just songs from Frozen, even though it begins and ends with them.  -Thanks, Yan!


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Father-Son Final Four Dance

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Two basketball fans, a father and son, dance on the big screen at the NCAA championship game on Monday. Your first thought is, hey, they’re pretty good! And your second thought is, what a great relationship these two must have, because not only are they at a ball game together, but they’ve obviously spent spent plenty of time dancing together.

The father is Rob Maiden, captain of the Mavs ManiAACs, an all-male dance team with the Dallas Mavericks. He took his 15-year-old son Trey to the Final Four with the dance ready to go.

“At first it was kind a nervous. My stomach was hurting and stuff, but after we did it I was feeling much better,” Trey said.  

The father-son duo decided to choreograph the dance over the weekend, just for fun.

“Sunday night, he and my other son and one of their buddies, we stood around and danced and played music, and I said, 'Let's put this together, let's make this funny, I think people will like it,'" Maiden said.

And like it they did.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Salut Salon

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We always like a little comedy with our classical music (see here and here and here). The German quartet  Salut Salon gives us just that, with a performance in which every player tries to one-up the next to a ridiculous degree. They don’t drop a note anywhere along the way, as they play Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" upside-down and backwards. All through this, I was waiting for someone to get poked in the eye with a bow, a la The Three Stooges. This is just a tad more civilized than that! -via Viral Viral Videos


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Circulus

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The new British acrobatic group Circulus chose an abandoned Victorian sail factory in London’s East End as the backdrop for their first video. Their act combines acrobatics and dance into a mesmerizing circus performance! The talents each performer brings to the group include “tricking, hand-to-hand, free running, dancing, juggling, tumbling, aerial hoop, cyr wheel, banquine, breakdancing, hand balancing, trampoline and more.” These folks just might go places! -via Viral Viral Videos   


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Airborne Circle of Life

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Families have singalongs on car trips to pass the time, and don’t you wish you could get something like that going on a bus or plane? Even if you could get people to sing along, they probably wouldn’t sound all that good. But sometimes you just get lucky.

The Australian cast of The Lion King flew from Brisbane to Sydney, and a substantial number of them were in the same section of the same Virgin Australia plane. The other passengers were treated to a live and up-close version of “The Circle of Life.” That would be a flight to remember! It makes you want to grab the nearest baby and show him to the heavens. -via Buzzfeed


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The Happy Trombone Loop

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Christopher Bill, a 21-year-old student at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, not only performs Pharrell William’s “Happy,” but also demonstrates the magic of looping by computer. He goes from a simple beat to sounding like a full orchestra in no time at all! If you enjoy this, there’s a ton of other Christopher Bill videos, including trombone lessons. -via reddit


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Something Good/Happy Together

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If you enjoy 1960s pop music and/or barbershop harmonies, you’ll love this. Even of you don’t like those things, you’ll probably love this anyway. Baltimore singers Katie Gillis, Ali Hauger, Amanda McNutt, and Katie Macdonald are known as GQ, or Girls' Quartet. This arrangement of "I'm into Something Good" (made famous by Herman's Hermits) and "Happy Together" (a smash hit by The Turtles) shows what they do, and they do it well. -via Metafilter


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Suor Cristina on The Voice

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This Singing Nun has her Sister Act together! Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old nun from Comiso, Sicily, sang Alicia Keys’ hit song “No One” on the Italian version of the TV show The Voice. All four celebrity judges liked what they heard enough to send her to the next level. When they turned around to see her, they were just as surprised as you’d expect. The audience loved it.

The song is in the first two minutes, so don’t be intimidated by the length of the video. But if you understand Italian, you may want to watch it all. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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The Greatest Roadside Sign Spinner Ever


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In some parts of the United States, it's common to see people standing by the side of the road, holding, shaking and spinning signs to attract drivers to nearby businesses. You may call them sign spinners, but marketing professionals call them "human directionals."

Sign spinners typically earn $9-20 an hour. That's what spinners for AArow Advertising in North Hollywood, California make. It's not a bad wage, but their top spinners have to master a wide array of performance techniques. Caitlan Carroll of Marketplace reports: 

AArow's sign spinners don't just wiggle the sign around. The spinners perform more than 300 wacky moves that are all carefully cataloged in the company's so-called “Tricktionary.”

 “The helicopter spin is a real crowd pleaser,” says Kenny. “The sidearm toss is a great one that people like to do, but I think the all-time favorite crowd pleaser is called 'the rowboat.' That's where you put the sign down just like a boat and you start rowing.” 

YouTube member cowmoocher spotted the one in the video above at the corner of Centennial Avenue and Stelton Road in Piscataway, New Jersey. He's magnificent. Whatever he's earning, he deserves more.

-via 22 Words


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Dancing Detective Gets Down at Mardi Gras

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Detective Winston Harbin normally works on cold cases for the homicide department of the New Orleans Police Department. But when you work for the city of New Orleans, you know you’re getting pulled for parade duty during Mardi Gras season. Still, there’s no reason not to have a little fun! Forty-nine-year-old Harbin was recorded jointing in a group doing a line dance called the Wobble during the Endymion parade on Saturday. Despite the vertical video syndrome, his dance with fellow detective Decynda Barnes and parade-goers is a real hit! Harbin was also spotted doing the Dougie and the Cupid Shuffle, which you can see at the Times-Picayune. -via Time Newsfeed


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Why Trust Is Worth It

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Ze Frank explains the nature of trust over a demonstration by Alya Titarenko and Gael Ouisse of Cirque Du Soleil. You can’t do what they do (even if you had the strength and grace to do it) without complete trust in each other, and in each other’s strength and grace. Trust of any kind is difficult to achieve, especially after you’ve been disappointed. But when you find someone you can rest your trust on, like resting your tush on a sturdy chair, you can relax and focus on other things. -via Digg  


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Extreme Ice Skating

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In the winter, extreme skaters trade in their rollerblades for just blades. It’s as easy as covering a concrete skate park with a layer of freezing water! Well, easy of these ice cross skaters, not for you or me. Sooner or later, this will be another new sport added to the winter Olympics so Americans can win more medals. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Human Loop the Loop with Damien Walters

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We've seen Sonic the Hedgehog run loops in his video game. We've done it ourselves with Hot Wheels cars when we were kids, and not so long ago, a real car did a loop-the-loop. But can a human on foot ever get up the speed to do it?

In this video, freerunner and stuntman Damien Walters (previously at Neatorama) manages to run a loop-the-loop on foot. Is this even possible? Only if you are Damien Walters, so don’t try this at home. You’ll just hurt yourself. It's a Pepsi ad, which naturally sparked jokes about the role of caffeine in the stunt. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Thunderstruck by 2CELLOS

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It’s gotten to the point that when I see two guys with cellos, I know it’s going to be some outrageous rock ’n’ roll. These guys are Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS. There are clearly more than two cellos in this recording (see comments), but no doubt just the two cellists. Their version of AC/DC’s  "Thunderstruck" is available at iTunes. You can also see them perform some AC/DC live in the videos "YouShook Me (All Night Long)" and "Highway to Hell."  -via Viral Viral Videos

Previously: More music from 2CELLOS.


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Alphabet Insanity

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Mac Lethal devotes a verse of this rap to each letter of the alphabet in order. It’s mostly nonsensical, but it’s amazing that he can do it -and it gets faster and faster as it goes! He admits that it took 67 takes to get through it. I bet his tongue is twisted into knots by the time the recording session his over. Some lyrics may be NSFW. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Highlining Between Hot Air Balloons

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The Skyliners are a group of “flying Frenchies” who participate in highlining, basejumping, mountainering, and other utterly dangerous pursuits to get that adrenaline fix. Filmmaker Seb Montaz dreamed up a stunt for them like no other. Balloonists from Globus Kontiki took them up in two hot air balloons and the thrill-seekers strung a highline between the two -and then went out on it like it's just another tightrope walk. Will they make it from one balloon to the other? Watch and see. Yes, they are wearing parachutes. I couldn’t stand to watch otherwise. -via Laughing Squid


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The Way Table Tennis Should Be Played

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Chuang Chih-Yuan and Jean-Michel Saive play table tennis like they’re the Harlem Globetrotters or something. Saive is all over the place, like a wrecking ball. At one point, they “turn the tables” so to speak, and the line judge has to duck down to keep from being hit! She gets back at them, by putting a second ball in play. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

What you see here are highlights from their exhibition match at the 2014 Tai Ben Invitational earlier this month in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The full match is nearly an hour long and can be seen here. -via Metafilter


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How to Open a Wine Bottle with a Shoe


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"Have you ever been in this position: really nice bottle of wine, no corkscrew?" A representative of Mirabeau Wine, a winemaker in southern France, asks this question. Then he shows an ingenious solution to the problem.

I took a different approach. When my corkscrew shredded the cork instead of gripping it, I used my electric drill and largest bit (1/4 inch) to drive a hole through the cork. Of course, this left a lot of cork bits in the wine. So I filtered the wine through the basket of my coffeemaker, thus removing the cork.

The wine tasted terrible anyway.

Richard Gray of the Daily Telegraph describes Mirabeau's technique as a "disarmingly simple way of taking the cork out of a bottle without a corkscrew that will become your new party trick this year." I predict many broken bottles and a lot of spilled wine.


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Amazing Driver Balances on 2 Wheels


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The stunt driver in this car has nerves of steel and a steady hand. Watch him take his car from a dead stop to driving in circles all while doing a side wheelie. Joey White of Twenty-Two Words writes, "I’m pretty sure this skill set has no practical purpose, but I’m impressed." 

On the contary! He can fit inside very narrow parking spaces. And as we saw in The Dukes of Hazzard, a documentary about life in the South during the 80s, side wheelies could help honest citizens escape from tight spots with the law.


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