The latest in the People Are Awesome series has clips from videos uploaded in 2014. These people are doing awesome things, dangerous things, things that made me cringe. I’m a Mom, after all. Don’t try this at home. Well, try watching the video. No one gets hurt in it, although there were probably lots of injuries getting to point of perfection. -via Tastefully Offensive
Zapatou (Luc Bergeron) is back with another mesmerizing compilation of the crazy, scary, and amazing things that people (and animals) do, culled from 233 viral videos of 2014. It’s not only the action that amazing, it’s also the new way we get to see them, as this collection is heavy on POV and mounted cameras, so we are extremely close to the action and can even put our feet in someone else’s shoes. Take that as a warning that some these clips may induce vertigo. You’ll recognize a lot of them. Zapatou has a list of the source videos here. -via Time
See also: more from Zapatou.
Wherever this man wants his slinky to go, it goes. It's not telekinesis (presumably), but the work of a master juggler. He can move his slinky so quickly that his performance looks like a special effects light show.
In contrast, Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama needs to practice his routine a bit more.
Some people say the definition of insanity is repeatedly taking the same action time and time again, expecting a different outcome. After seeing this video, I think there may be a new definition. This clip is from the new film Days of My Youth, which follows skiers and their love of the sport. In the clip, professional skier Cody Townsend skis the narrow, nearly vertical drop that made Powder magazine's "Line of the Year." -Via Gizmodo
Ma Yan Yan performs on the talent show Amazing Chinese 2014. You think she’s going to dance, and she does, but as it turns out, this is mainly a magic show. Oh, you know some sleight-of-hand tricks? Can you do them en pointe? Can you even do them without sleeves? It’s a weird combination of skills for an act, but I’m impressed. -via Bits and Pieces
Eric Hunter got a Cyr wheel, which looks like a lot of fun. But you have to learn to use it: stay in contact with the wheel at all times, control your center of gravity, don’t fall, and whatever you do, don’t roll over your fingers! All it takes is practice. You know and I know that putting in that practice, every day, without fail, can be exhausting -but it’s the only way to become good at something. And he did just that! -via Digg
(Photo: Barcroft Media)
He's hurtling toward death, but he is at peace within himself. This is Gugulotu Lachiram, 40, of Khammam, India. Barcroft Media reports that he’s found a unique way to get attention. He's long enjoyed yoga and riding motorcycles. 6 years ago, after watching daredevils perform stunts on television, Lachiram decided to combine his two passions.
Lachiram hopes to take his local show on a national level, traveling and performing these stunts for at least another 10-15 years.
The Copenhagen musical group The Bottle Boys play us a tune we all know and love, and let us in on one of their secrets to making bottle music look so easy -when we all know it’s not. From the YouTube page:
Sometimes people say, that it’s impossible to play that fast on bottles when they see our videos, because they are looking at just one persons head movements. But if you look closer you will see, that we share all the melodies by two persons. So if Philipp plays one part of the lead melody, Kaspar plays the other half, which combined gives you the complete melodic part that you all recognize:-)
We decided to shoot this video in our own studio, since it’s too cold outside here in Denmark and since we wanted it to have a more cosy look, without too much else going on in the frame. In that way you can really focus on what’s being played. We chose to play Y.M.C.A because it has some fast melodic parts and some really cool secondary melody lines.
Rocky Byun, a wizard and performance artist, can balance any object on any other object. In performances, he commonly balances heavy objects precariously on rocks, such as a washing machine on a corner or a motorbike on the tip of its kickstand.
Sometimes, to make his tasks even more demanding, Byun balances objects while wearing rollerblades! How is this possible?
Hunn isn’t sure why he’s able to burp louder than anyone else. But he does have a couple tips on how you can improve your burps. Surprisingly, you should not eat before you need to burp. But you should breathe in and swallow as much air as you can.
So start practicing. You could be the next Burper King.
Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, offered $10,000 in tuition for performing an amazing basketball stunt: sink a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds. Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a soccer player for the Lions, won the opportunity to try it. Tamayo grew up in England, and never played on a basketball team. Watch him rush through all four shots, ending with a Hail Mary toss from half court -and the crowd goes wild!
"It's just football [soccer], that's all I do," he said. "And I had a broken finger on my left hand."
Tamayo is a senior and his tuition is already paid, so he will take the prize money in cash. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
As long as I live I will never forget the premier of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. I was young. So young in fact, I was not allowed in the room. Mind you, like any cunning kid, I slid up behind the couch and watched with one eye. The lesson I learned that day was that dancing zombies are only a little less scary than regular zombies. It also helped reiterate that there was a time when Michael Jackson was really cool. I know he got weird, but one thing that never changed, his talent. He was undeniably talented. Nothing reminds people of that quite like Thriller.
So I thought, what better time than Halloween to bust out some classic making-of Thriller footage? I owned this on VHS, so there is a real sense of nostalgia here. It is amazing to see how one of the greatest music videos of all time came to be. It could also be said there is a real sense of tragedy behind the childlike wonder you see in him here, only because we all saw how he ended up.
Laughing Squid put together a list here of some street art that artist A.L Credo ended up animating, and it is stellar. While the works themselves are remarkable, seeing just a dab of animation added to them seems to breathe even more life into the already staggering work.
They are small touches in every piece, but just enough to breathe a little life into them all.
Makeup artist and painter Lucia Pittalis is a chameleon by the virtue of her own talent in makeup application. The way she looks sans makeup disguise is in the photo above. Her incredible transformations from herself to Hollywood and music icons are in the photos below. Can you imagine her lucky children and relatives who get such fantastic makeup jobs for Halloween? The FBI should hire her to aid them in their witness protection program!
See more of Pittalis' fantastic makeup jobs on Instagram and Facebook. -Via Viral Nova
Angela Lansbury / Murder, She Wrote
My dad taught me while I was very young that there are two ways you can accomplish things. The easy way, or the hard way. He also told me the hard way was often the "right" way. After watching this insane video of how these men transport sand between floors, I realize, what my father taught me was a lie. I am sure it was not his intention, but there is clearly a step in between the easy and the right way that can incorporate both. I only know this because the following video proved it to me.
While this may be a very odd question, have you ever seen anyone transport sand as efficiently? They somehow make this look like a fun job.
Now the real question is, when did Spiderman start hauling sand for a living?
Many 12-year olds like to spend their free time playing video games. But Mikey has no interest in them. He has a more low-tech hobby: throwing ping pong balls. And he is a master of it!
Mikey throws the balls against hard objects, bouncing them off to land in cups. Sometimes he throws a few balls off several objects and lands all of them right on target.
As the video progresses, Mikey's shots get more complicated. The final minute is astounding.
-via 22 Words
The one thing about ballet that seems predominant anytime you see it is the consummate professionalism of everyone involved. Usually, it is a well choreographed, well oiled machine. But such is not the case of one background dancer that someone caught on tape during the performance you are about to see.
Seems this person was getting a little into it, and ballet moves was turning into funk moves real quick. It may start slow, but watch the dancers in the back and you will figure out pretty quickly who to keep an eye on.
Just a little back story so it makes more sense. It was a performance for Moscow children, and the background dancers are allowed to get a little more "hip" so the kids don't get bored. How awesome is that?
The sad fact is, you WILL need a spoon one day, and you wont have one. Best case scenario, you just need a spoon for some ice cream or something. Worst case scenario, you need a spoon to save the life of your best friend (not sure how this would happen, but just go with it for a second).
So what do you do when you need a spoon, yet you can only find ten thousand knives (bad reverse Alanis Morissette joke there)? You just make one. You may think you DON'T know how do to make a spoon, but guess what? By the time this video is done, you will, and YouTube User DaveHax shows you just how easy it is. It may not be as cute as a "kitten tackles something" video, but the kitten video cannot save your life during the *impending Ebola outbreak*. This information can.
So how do you feel now knowing you may never feel that struggle for a spoon again? Powerful, right? Me too.
*Please not the impending Ebola outbreak part was a joke. Kind of.
For some people, art is an act of extreme patience. Certain master's works can take months and even years to finish. There are some other artists who seem to found ways to streamline the entire process down from Weeks to days, from days to hours, and finally, from hours to minutes.
Take, for example, this street artist in Rome. While it may look like he is starting with a simple rainbow, what he ends up with with will amaze you.
Just speaking from experience, if I were to try and duplicate that, it would take me sixty-three months. Just trying to put it in perspective just how impressive this guy is.
Image Credit: netalloy
Everyone these days wants the right to say they are a published author. It is very en vogue in the same way that being a "foodie" is very hip right now. Whilst the truest writers will use that passion to help them fight their way into the industry, some people just want to scream "buy my e-book!" at everyone who walks by them. Seems writers are only in two schools now. Well, this post will appeal to both.
Thankfully, we have a cheat sheet for you that will teach you how to bust out your own E-book on Kindle in just hours. It honestly isn't so much a cheat sheet, as there is nothing nefarious involved, as it is just a handy guide put together for those who want to understand the process of what it might take to get some of their writing out there.
Or you can use it to flood the world with your psuedo-erotic Twilight fan fiction. That call is yours to make.
I have always admired people who can dance really well. There is just a grace and fluidity to good dancers, no matter what genre they dance to. Even in cases like this, where some people may not like the type of music, the dancing makes it enthralling to watch. Like this video.
I also like the fact that whole thing is clearly taking place in a suburban shopping mall. Just proves that those Step Up movies must be steeped in accuracy. Suburbia is a breeding ground for the world's best dancers.
Oh, and anytime someone dressed like a robot does the robot, an angel gets its wings.
Check out Noster's YouTube Page for more awesome dance vids like this one.
When you think of "metal" music, you imagine it playing in some crowded arena or pumping into someone's headphones while they work out. What you don't imagine is someone shredding amazing riffs while getting some dental work done, or tearing it up in the shower. What you don't expect is the following...
Presenting, playing metal at inappropriate moments, by YouTube user Rob Scallon.
The guy can shred, and somehow, his riffage comes across as even more intense while bellowing through a quiet library.
Here’s a dance battle with a difference! The Lindy hoppers on the left show off their street dance moves, and the street dancers on the right give their best shot at swing dance. You have to give both teams credit for stepping out of their normal genre, although both have a tendency to revert to familiar steps at times. Overall, I’d give more style points to the street dancers in the crossover. Then about halfway through the video, both teams go back to the music and dance style they do best, which is not as funny, but is much more impressive. A good time was had by all. This happened at the Montreal Swing Riot 2014 competition in July. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
"Trials riding is an extreme test of bicycle handling skills, over all kinds of obstacles, both natural and man-made. It now has a strong – though small – following worldwide, though it is still primarily a European sport. Skills taken from trials riding can be used practically on any bicycle for balance, for example controlled braking and track standing, or balancing on the bike without putting a foot down. Competition trial bikes are characterized by powerful brakes, wide handlebars, lightweight parts, single-speed low gearing, low tire pressures with a thick rear tire, distinctive frame geometry, and usually no seat."
Now, if all of that adds up to "a sport in which insane people use bikes to traverse mountain paths where most wouldn't dare set foot" then it's right on target. This video shows MacAskill using his bike to make amazing moves and jumps as he weaves in and out on a winding trail at death-defying heights. This man has as much courage (or crazy) as he has athletic prowess.
Marc Martel sings "Nessun Dorma" while doing his Luciano Pavarotti impression, then switches to singing the song as Freddie Mercury! This was done in one continuous take with two cameras, except for the last part where the two characters sing together; that required an overdub. The impressions are accented by his unique shave. I think he did a lovely job, don’t you? Martel calls the one-man duet The Mercurotti. -via Viral Viral Videos
Even those who aren't particularly fans of marching bands will likely appreciate this excellent Wizard of Oz tribute performed by the Ohio State University Marching Band for the September 27 Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati halftime show. While playing a medley of music from the film, the band rapidly switches formations to create the shapes of Dorothy, Toto, the twister, the Wicked Witch of the West and more. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Via Viral Viral Videos.
Sometimes, a picture just speaks for itself. I feel like I could sit here and tell you all about a thousand reasons why the above example works so well, but the people who will love it will love it right away, and the people who don't get it, wont get it no matter what I say.
So rather, I will just tell you this is a piece of street art from London street artist JPS, and his work is some of the best and funniest stuff out there right now. While many street artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairy make a lot of statements about society and politics through their art, often, JPS' work will muster a laugh first, which is nice.
After all, it's not that serioius.
It's just life.