Eric Calderone plays metal versions of songs that folks request. This is his full-time job. He says he’s received a ton of requests for “Let It Go” from the film Frozen. Always willing to oblige, he rocks out to the Disney tune in this video, and everyone who asked for it thinks he did it just for them. -via Viral Viral Videos
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Can you scoop a coin off the floor with a fork lift? This guy can! And if you think that was impressive, watch what he did next ... Forklifts don't come to mind when most people think about precision machinery, but in the right hands, they sure can be!
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
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
"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.
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.
There's a reason they say to stay on the trail when skiing downhill. French pro skier Candide Thovex and Aziz Benkrich bring us GoPro footage as they shuss through the woods and miss the trees. Mostly. Remember, these are professionals -do not try this at home. Watching this video may cause disorientation and vertigo. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian teenager Raul Oaida teamed up to produce a full-size car made of LEGO bricks -and drive it down the street! The engines run on compressed air, which makes it silent (but deadly if it doesn't hold together).
- The engine is made from standard Lego pieces and runs on air!
- The engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons.
- More than 500,000 LEGO pieces.
- Top speed around 20-30km (We drive it slow as are scared of giant lego explosion)
- Built in Romania and shipped to a secret location in Melbourne.
- It's a Hot Rod design, mainly because hot rods are cool.
Before you say "shut up and take my money," you should probably stop and consider that you don't have that kind of money. -via Viral Viral Videos
Dancer Gabriel Valenciano and his father, Filipino pop star Gary Valenciano, dance together in this high-energy acrobatic video of generational fusion. The music is "Separate Ways" by Journey. In case you're wondering (and I know you probably were): the son has the mustache. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
This video is labeled "David and Steph Teeterboard training," so I guess we can assume that Steph is short for Stephan or Stephen, although I don't know which athlete is which. I watched and kept expecting one of them to hit the ceiling. It would be so easy for something to go wrong here! Kids, don't try this at home, only in a gym after years of practice and proper training. And this is the first instance I've seen in which a portrait orientation on a phone video is altogether appropriate. -via Viral Viral Videos
At the last home game of the season Saturday, the Ohio State University marching band does a tribute to the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. They play songs of the Civil War era while making impossibly complicated formations and animated figures. The University Glee Club also makes an appearance. The actual show is not as long as the video would indicate, as they also have a recognition of the senior band members in their final show. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
An array of over 100,000 dominos was set up by the group Austrian Domino Art with help from HLUW Yspertal students (the fall took place at the school). Five months of preparation and four days of setup went into this stunt.
Last Thursday, for Guinness World Records Day, they were all pushed over. The world record was broken for the tallest domino structure, which was over 6 meters tall and consisted of 11,465 dominoes! The performance includes the "guy setting up dominos at the last second" trick, which always lends a little tension. That job takes nerves of steel. -via Viral Viral Videos
The latest extreme sports video from Devin Supertramp features Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, a "Professional Hardcore Sitter," as he calls it. Watch him tackle vertigo-inducing (for you) inclines and new stunts that sometimes end up in falls -all part of the job when you do this at the elite level.
Fotheringham was featured previously at Neatorama when he achieved the world's first double backflip in a wheelchair. That video might make you dizzy, too.
-via Viral Viral Videos
Yesterday, a new world record for the longest basketball shot was broken by Harlem Globetrotters rookie Thunder Law. From up on the stands on the opposite end of the arena at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, he lobbed a basketball 109 feet, nine inches in front of representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records -and plenty of cameras. Three points! You have to wonder how many shots were tried before one connected. The stunt was part of the annual Guinness World Records Day, in which events are held in many locations. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Darren Drouin of Toronto, Ontario can do amazing things with his hands. You may be able to snap your fingers, but can you work them like musical instruments? Mr. Drouin can. He’s also figured out a clever way to use his fist as a variable drum. Watch him use snap and clap like an entire percussion section. You can skip to 1:20 in the video to see him in action.
-via 22 Words
Broadway hoofers perform "The Cups Song," led by Christopher Rice of The Book of Mormon. It's an accomplishment when you learn how to perform the cup routine made famous by Lulu and the Lampshades and later featured in a movie, but try doing it with your feet -and then try doing it exactly the same as the the rest of the chorus line!
Or you could just put all that aside and enjoy the dance, the song, and the joy of the performers. The song is not nearly as long as the video indicates, but then you get to see each dancer show off a little in the credits. -via Viral Viral Videos
The latest video from Devin Supertramp follows a group of adventurers as they BASE jump from a tall bridge. But that's not enough! Next, they go up in a hot air balloon for even more insane stunts. THe POV shots may make you a little woozy, but stay with it.
You might notice the cars they get into are unnaturally clean for such an outing. That's product placement. -via Viral Viral Videos