There were 164 skydivers jumping out of seven planes over Chicago. Plus photographers. They managed to latch onto each other to set a new record in aerial formation. Don't bother counting them, just enjoy the beauty of the video.
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Surfing is difficult enough, but these folks had to go and add ballet and gymnastics to the sport!
Chuck Inman and Lauren Oiye are champion tandem surfers. I guess if you’ve developed the incredible balance necessary for surfing, you may as well harness that balance further. See several more of their videos at Daily Picks and Flicks.
A pair of New York street dancers prepare to tumble and breakdance for the crowd at Washington Square Park. But when they turn the music on, instead of hip-hop, the strains of Tchaikovsky’s "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" came out! What to do? There was nothing to do but dance!
It soon became clear that these guys knew what they were doing. They are professional ballet dancers, as were the two women they pulled out of the crowd to dance with. This is the latest stunt from Improv Everywhere, which they performed several times for the changing crowds that afternoon. Read the details of the caper at their website. A good time was had by all. -via Buzzfeed
A thousand Italian singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers under the name Rockin1000 got together to play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. Watching that many people play and sing together -well- is spine-tingling.
The stunt, a year in the making, is intended as an invitation to Dave Grohl and the band to come and play in Cesena, Italy. Do you think they will?
Update: The Foo Fighters have responded.
In English, that means "See you soon!"
Update #2: Dave Grohl just uploaded the Foo Fighters’ response to YouTube.
Hi Cesena! I'm Dave. Hi. I'm sorry, I don't speak italian... just a little bit! This video... it's amazing! Such an amazing thing... thank you! We are coming. I promise. See you soon... Thank you so much. I love you! Bye
What these Indian girls are apparently doing is manipulating in their minds and with gestures an imaginary abacus. This technique helps them keep the numbers in the man's rapid-fire math questions straight. He can barely keep ahead of them with his electronic calculator.
-via Daily of the Day
Don’t park in the bike lane. Seriously: Don’t. Park. In. The. Bike. Lane. It’s not for you and this beefy cyclist will prove it to you. If your car is in the way, he’ll pick it up and move it out of the way. That’s a courtesy. A less polite response from him might be to throw the car out of the way.
-via Twisted Sifter
Kevin Libertowski is a basketball trick shot artist, but even he was astounded that this one worked.
I made this shot from a trampoline over 60 feet away from the hoop I was shooting on. The shot starts off with a ball in my hands and another in between my legs. I then back flip releasing the ball in my hands towards the hoop, then go immediately into a front flip while exchanging the ball from my legs to my hands, then wait to rotate around a bit and shoot the second shot at the hoop while still in my front flip. Each shot reaches the hoop at the exact same time colliding inside the net for a double swish.
It would have been tragic if any of the cameras had failed on this one shot. Yes, he made many attempts before getting it just right. -via Uproxx
There is a ton of trees in the 365 feet between the disc golf basket in the woods and the place from which the shot originates. But that didn't stop disc golfer Dave Feldberg as he competed in the Maple Hill Open in Massachusetts. Fredberg, with the help of a fortunate bounce off the ground near the basket, made this most unlikely hole in one. His final score was -12; he tied for seventh place, taking home $1,175. Via Uproxx
Adrian Gonzalez, a first baseman for the Dodgers, leaned over the railing to catch a ball as it arced toward the stands. He almost got it. But spectator Keith Hartley snatched it barehanded right above Gonzalez’s glove. He did this while leaning over a railing and holding and bottle-feeding his 7-month old son.
The batter was ruled out due to fan interference and the Cubs went on to beat the Dodgers 1-0.
If you’re tired of hearing “Uptown Funk,” then just turn down the volume and watch this lady dance. Shirley Clements is a teacher at Panorama Ridge Secondary School, in Surrey, British Columbia. She’s organized and staged a local dance contest for 19 years, and this past January was her last such show. This special performance was in honor of her retirement.
Clements is 60 years old, but she boogies, shimmies, and even break dances like someone a quarter of her age. -via The Daily Dot
Matt Bray of Project One Life did a video last year in which he learned the Napolean Dynamite dance in 100 days. He’s pretty well perfected the dance, and in this video, he’s doing it in 100 different places! And he only changed clothes about eight times. The video is mesmerizing. It’s a tribute not only to his dance skills, but also the editing that made the transitions so smooth. What it once for the choreography and editing, and then a second time for the locations. -via Viral Viral Videos
If you play guitar, seeing one on a shelf in any store naturally draws your attention -even in a toy aisle. You say to your buddy, “I wonder how hard it would be to tune that thing?” One thing leads to another, and soon you’re jamming for an iPhone video. This is Clay Shelburn and Zac Stokes performing Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy” in the toy department at Walmart. -via Metafilter
Many things seem like a good idea as long as you don't actually put much thought into them. These adorable hamster cup accessories certainly fit into that category. After all, hamsters are simply precious and watching one climb into a cup is cute as all heck -but that doesn't mean you want to drink out of a glass adorned with a rodent. If the deeper concept doesn't bother you and you simply must have the cute, they can be yours for a very reasonable $2.50 each -though shipping from Japan can add up quickly.
The Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, wanted people to be inspired by its online collection, the Rijksstudio, so they started a design competition. To enter, you simply had to create a new design using something found in the Rijksstudio and enter it in their "Make your own Masterpiece" contest.
The winners of the 2015 Rijksstudio Award for "Make your own Masterpiece" are Lyske Gais and Lia Duinker. They created this amazing Rembrandt Book Bracelet which is inspired by De steniging van Stefanus, a circa 1635 artwork of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri recently broke a national archery record in India. At the age of 2, she became the youngest person in the country to earn at least 200 points at an archery competition. She's definitely ready to join Team Arrow!
Dolly comes from a family of archers. Her father runs an archery school and trains her in that art for 2 to 3 hours a day. It's already paid off. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Dolly scored a total of 388 points. She began by firing 36 arrows at a target 15 feet away, then shot 36 more, this time from 21 feet.
The young record-breaker was being set up for bow and arrow stardom “when she was in the womb itself,” Cherukuri Satyanarayana, Dolly’s father, told AFP. Light carbon arrows were made so she wouldn't struggle with their weight when training.
-via The Mary Sue
Carson Dean has quite the skill -he can dance even when the floor is moving underneath him! Watch him get down to “Uptown Funk” without losing his balance even the slightest bit. Don’t believe me? Just watch! If that were me, I'd have my frontward and backward confused in no time at all. That would look more like this. -via Viral Viral Videos
Taiwanese performer Su Chung Tai (蘇仲太) is a master at the art of soap bubbles. In fact, he entertains crowds with his show called Be Fantasy, and is known as the “Bubble Performance Master.” There probably isn’t a lot of competition for the title. The show is mesmerizing, as he constructs complicated yet ephemeral bubble configurations, with bubbles inside bubbles, bubbles moving in strange ways, and bubbles changing as he pleases. Mr. Su has broken three Guinness World Records, although his website doesn’t say what exactly those records are, or whether he broke any of his own records. -via Viral Viral Videos
Benny the Bull is the mascot of the Chicago Bulls basketball team. He was named the top sports mascot in America by Forbes magazine in 2013.
Inside the suit is Barry Anderson, who earned the position after embodying Monte for the University of Montana. In his job, you’ve got to be a dancer, actor, acrobatic, basketball player, and comedian -all at the same time while wearing a hot and heavy suit that obscures the vision. Enjoy this montage of Benny the Bull’s highlights of the 2013-14 season. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
They call him Khaki Shorts. No one knows his real name, for he is a creature of the night. Also the arcade. With both hands, he throws one basketball after another into the hoop. Smoothly, the balls slide through the net, much faster and more accurately than his two competitors.
Having played with this child's toy long enough, Khaki Shorts aims for the basket on a different console! He banks the shots, sending the basketballs through the net.
Then Khaki Shorts strides off casually, disappearing into the sunset. He shall return again when we need him the most.
-via Rocket News 24
How do you take ballet into a new dimension? Do it while freefalling! An alternate but more likely question behind this stunt is “How do we raise the difficulty level of our skydiving?” Watch two Russian skydivers, identified only as Aleksander and Mikhael in this GoPro ad, dance as they descend over the beautiful backdrop of Dubai. The cameraman is not identified at all, but deserves a pat on the back for capturing the performance. -via Buzzfeed
You could call them insanely good. This combination extreme sport and art form is called Xpogo, and it looks terrifying. At least these guys are wearing helmets. That only makes sense, as the best practitioners are well aware of how many falls it takes to achieve this level of competence (otherwise they'd be dead). This compilation is brought to you by the folks who do the People Are Awesome series. -Thanks, Dan!
Like the bricklaying video I posted a couple years ago, there's something calming and appealing about watching someone become, through practice, the master of a skill you might not think of. This employee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transportation District can plug pylons into holes made for them along the Golden Gate Bridge. He does so while the truck he's travelling on is moving at considerable speed.
He never misses a single hole throughout the video.
-via David Thompson
Lars Andersen, the fastest archer in the world, is back with a mesmerizing video showing his apparently superhuman abilities with a bow and arrow. He has revived centuries-old techniques in positioning, such a holding the arrow along the right rather than the left side of the bow. Andersen describes them at length in the notes to the YouTube video below.
He can jump, catch an arrow, and shoot it while in midair.
He can shoot down an arrow flying through the air.
He can catch an arrow shot at him and shoot it back.
-via Boing Boing
French professional skier Candide Thovex (previously) gives us his point of view as he jumps, flips, and schusses down Le Clusaz mountain at terrifying speeds. Do NOT try this, at home or anywhere else. The video shoot was meticulously planned, staged, and edited. A normal skier trying this would at least be banned from the slope, if he didn’t die or break every bone in his body. If you’re wondering about the title, the previous video is here. -via Metafilter