The Forté Handbell Quartet

The handbell choir at my church has been shorthanded since my kids left for college. Last week they were down to four people, and the pastor jokingly called them a quartet. They played a simple song, nothing like the Hallelujah Chorus. The Forté Handbell Quartet shows that it can be done, if you are in good physical condition.

The Forté Handbell Quartet adapted Michael R. Keller’s arrangement of the piece to fit in with their strap-line ‘Rethink Possible’ – a mission to test boundaries and question the norms around classical music.

Weaving between each other, darting here and there to grab the correct handbells, the Forté Handbell Quartet do just that.


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Besides the running and risking knocking each other down, there's the difficulty of not seeing the sheet music as you scramble for the next note. I am impressed. -via Metafilter


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Hang On, We're Going' Downhill!

Antoine Bizet participated in the 2017 Red Bull Rampage, which I assume is a bike race, with a GoPro on his helmet. The course looks completely insane from this angle. It packs in quite a few terrifying moments in little over a minute. Make sure you have something to hold on to while you watch.

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You couldn't pay me enough money to try biking down such a narrow trail at that speed. But Bizet flips, he jumps, he flies through the air, and he won the People's Choice Award for his run. -via Geekologie


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How Jackie Chan Gets Over Fences

This supercut shows how movie star Jackie Chan surmounts obstacles: fences, walls, buildings, and other barriers. He does it in style.

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It's no wonder his films always feature a chase scene on foot! The word "climb" doesn't really do it justice. It's more like he dances over obstacles. In one minute, Chan gets over over eleven barriers, and makes it look effortless. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Women Are Awesome

In this edition of People Are Awesome, we see many women (and a few girls, and a even a baby or two) show amazing strength, skill, agility, grace, and overall athleticism. In other words, they are awesome.

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Yeah, I'm impressed …and maybe a little bit envious, although I realize that these women have put in many hours, or even years, of work and practice to achieve these things. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Skateboard Parkour by Jose Angeles

In an epic showcase of strength, skills, balance, and bravery, Jose Angeles demonstrates what happens when you combine parkour and skateboarding. There are stunts where he defies the laws of physics, but to head off any accusations of shenanigans, there's a sequence in the middle showing some falls. You don't get this good without making a lot of mistakes along the way.

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This video was produced by Devin Supertramp, with an obvious sponsor. The music is "Queens and Kings" by MALAKAI (Featuring Fingazz). -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Mr. Marshall Trolls His 6th Grade Class

Nathan Marshall banned bottle-flipping in his 6th grade class, because after all, that kind of thing is distracting. But what his students didn't know was that Marshall was determined to master the sport. At the end of the school year, he showed this video to his students.

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He certainly got the bottle-tossing skills down! However, his Photoshop skills could use some work. As an aside to the students -Marshall did all this in his spare time, not during class.  -via reddit


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Bowler Gets 300 in a Hurry

Ben Ketola had the bowling alley to himself, and rolled twelve strikes in a row for a perfect game …in only 86.9 seconds! That's a world record.

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Ketola, of Cortland, New York, bowls about 50 games a week. He's been practicing this stunt to get his time down.

"It was fun to do. I honestly wasn't expecting to do it," said Ketola, a 225-average bowler who works and bowls at 281 Bowl. "I just wanted to see how quickly I could get across the house and get strikes."

While there is no official speed category in the official United States Bowling Congress' record books, Ketola wanted to attempt the unusual feat after watching a 2015 YouTube video posted by pro bowler Tom Dougherty. In the video, Dougherty fired 12 strikes over 12 lanes for what was billed at the time the world's fastest 300 game in 1 minute, 50.99 seconds.

In case you're wondering, he used eight of his own balls and two alley balls. -via SB Nation 


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The Harp Twins Do "Iron Man"

The 1970 Black Sabbath song "Iron Man" is a heavy metal classic, no pun intended. Or maybe it was intended. Anyway, you can't get any further from the popular concept of heavy metal than the angelic music of the harp. So of course, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as The Harp Twins, had to play the song on harps.  

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In case you're wondering about the fascinating backdrop, this was recorded at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois. See more videos from the Harp Twins. -via Digg


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Evan Nagao Takes European Yoyo Championship

Oh yeah, it's easy to tie your yoyo string in knots. The real challenge is to get it untangled without dropping the beat! The European Yoyo Championship was held over the weekend in Bratislava, Slovakia. American Evan Nagao took first place in the open finals division, and deservedly so.

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We might not know exactly how intricate these tricks are, but the crowd is full of yoyo experts and fans, and listen to how impressed they are! -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Flying Teenager

The 2017 WindGames were held in Spain last weekend for competition in indoor skydiving. The winner of the freestyle category was 14-year-old Kyra Poh of Singapore, who was competing against adults for the first time. Here's her winning performance. 

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While the acrobatics were amazing, that ending was super-impressive. Poh also won the solo speed category, in which competitors must complete a series of specific moves in the fastest time possible. You can see her solo speed performance here. -via Metafilter


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People Are Awesome: The Best of 2016

People Are Awesome looked back at all the great videos of folks doing impressive things over the past year and put them all together together for you. These athletic young people show off amazing skills while having the time of their lives.

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The activities themselves are pretty offbeat. There are two guys playing ball while skydiving. A fellow hits a golf ball, aiming for his buddy's mouth. Several people, unaware of each other, use inner tubes as targets of one sort or another. Some I can't figure out what they're doing, but they are all awesome. -via Tastefully Offensive


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World Record Basketball Toss

These guys traveled all the way to Switzerland to throw basketballs. But it paid off when they landed a basket from 493 feet above and set a new world record! Australian trick shot artists Brett Stanford, Derek Herron, and Scott Gaunson, together known as How Ridiculous, took turns tossing a ball from the top of Mauvoisin Dam in Valais, Switzerland in September. Herron had the third shot, and it went in the basket at the bottom of the dam!

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How Ridiculous had actually held the world record twice before for the highest basketball shot, but were outdone by Dude Perfect last year. Now that they've reclaimed the title, it will be hard for anyone else to find a place to even attempt to break it. Read more about the stunt at the Guinness World Records site. -via The Daily Dot


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The Art of Yosegi-zaiku

In his workshop in Hakone, Japan, a master craftsman shows us the art of Yosegi-zaiku. You really should watch the video before you read the Wikipedia article on it, because you'll enjoy discovering what it's all about as he goes through the process.

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Also, the video itself is beautiful and soothing, with lovely music. If you spot any finished Yosegi-zaiku products in a shop, or maybe in a friend’s home, you’ll be glad you can explain what goes into it.  -via reddit


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Two Handed Snake sings "Trust in Me"

Mike Phirman does a snake puppet that lip-syncs (if a snake had lips) to the song Sterling Holloway sang in The Jungle Book. Actually, he doesn’t even have a puppet -he’s using just his two hands!

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It’s a trick that’s as mesmerizing as the animated sequence, simply because he’s so good at it. -via reddit


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Real Life Tarzan Runs Straight up a Tree


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This guy is amazing! He doesn't need rope or hooks. He moves so quickly up the enormous tree that his method looks more like running that climbing. And since he's been caught on camera doing it, he'll have to submit to the government in keeping with the Mutant Registration Act.

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"Hey, Pass Me a Beer" -- The Summer Edition


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The Packard Brothers are simple men. All they want on a hot summer day is an ice cold beer. So they turn to each other and say, "Hey, pass me a beer." Then they deliver cans of beer in extraordinary ways.

We've previously seen their acrobatic beer passing. Now they're back with more trick shots featuring a summer fun theme to promote Old Milwaukee Beer.

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Street Cook/Wizard Moves Food with His Mind


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At least I assume that this gentleman in China is using telepathy or magic. It's got to be one of the two. He flips what appears to be cookies over and into patterns with phenomenal skill. Each one moves precisely where he wants it to. Like many street cooks, he's as much a performer as a chef.

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Tape Face

America’s Got Talent is going through the audition round for their new season. This guy comes out with tape over his face, so they can’t talk to him. He’s a mime. There’s not a lot of market for mimes these days, but he puts a clever twist to what he does, and he does it well.

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It’s a real hoot, but it's one of those acts that delight you when you see it -once. You have to wonder how he’s going to step it up to remain competitive over time. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Syncopated Ladies Salute Prince

Today is National Tap Dance Day! You might think tap is an obsolete form of dance, but the troupe Syncopated Ladies puts a modern twist to their routines.

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Here they dance to Prince’s song “When Doves Cry.” They dance in perfect rhythm with very little repetition in the routine. This had to take some real work to learn.

Want to see more tap? Check out these 12 famous tap dance routines.


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Playing Jenga with a Whip


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When you want to meet a woman who knows how to use a whip, go to April Choi. I mean, she has an entire wall full of whips, some of which she uses while cosplaying as Catwoman. She makes them herself, so you know that you're dealing with an expert.

In this video, Choi demonstrates her remarkable skill. She plays Jenga by slapping one piece at a time out of the stack using just her whip.

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Led Zeppelin-Beethoven Mashup

2CELLOS are back with a little number that blends Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with “Whole Lotta Love” from Led Zeppelin. By the time they are finished, it’s four cellos.

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Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser were once rivals for the title of hottest best cello player in Croatia, and then teamed up to form 2CELLOS. Which was a great move. Hear more of their music in previous posts at Neatorama.

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Skateboarding Like You’ve Never Seen

Richie Jackson is a different kind of skateboarder. Rather than going faster, higher, or longer than the next guy, he looks at the possibilities of using his skills to do odd tricks that other skaters never think about.

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Jackson’s tricks are not only impressive, but downright entertaining. How does he do it? With years of practice, risk-taking, and well-waxed shoe soles. -via the A.V. Club


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The Onion Ninja

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You're impressed, but the Master is just bored. This is nothing to him. In fact, he doesn't even need a knife to perform this feat. He can use just his mind. But he knows that makes the other cooks uncomfortable.

Teach me, Sensei.

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Man Solves 3 Rubik's Cubes in 20 Seconds While Juggling Them


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YouTube user MarcoRubo created this video of him juggling 3 Rubik's Cubes and successfully solving all 3 puzzles in just 20 seconds! That's amazing!

But it doesn't impress everyone. The Telegraph notes that some people on the internet think that the video is fake:

"It's definitely being played in reverse," says Reddit user TarmacFFS. "The throws are too effortless and the catches have too much force. You don't just open your hand and something flies out of it, and you don't yank objects out of the air. […]

The theory that the video is played backwards appears to be the most popular – with other critics suggesting that the sound effects were dubbed in afterwards. One commenter even notes that viewers conveniently can't see the mouth of anybody speaking.

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UPDATE 3/24/16: It's fake.

Is this video real?



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Teen Pulls off Incredible Jenga Move


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The task of the game of Jenga is to remove blocks from the pile without collapsing the stack. 16-year old George Hirst of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, UK had the onerous task of removing the only block on the very bottom of the pile. This means that the entire stack would be completely distabilized.

Amazingly, when George pulled out the block, the stack neatly dropped down completely intact! You can read more at the Telegraph (auto-start video).


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First Tee-Off at New Course is a Hole-in-one

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The Playgrounds is a new golf course designed for kids and families at the Bluejack National Country Club near Houston, Texas. Tiger Woods helped design the new course. He was there when it was inaugurated by the very first players. First up was11-year-old Junior PGA member Taylor Crozier, who scored a hole-in-one! A good time was had by all. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Japanese Split Racing

Step 1: get into a split position.

We'll get back to you once you've accomplished that task.

Now, step 2: move to the finish line 10 meters away before anyone else does.


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Kazumi Kawahara, who I think is the victor in the contest above, is also the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest 10-meter split mover. She completed it in 16.90 seconds and, as you can see in the video, does so with a bold swagger.

I'd like to think that in a better future, international disputes would be settled through split contests like this one.

-via Atlas Obscura


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Candide Thovex: One of Those Days 3

French professional skier Candide Thovex (previously at Neatorama) returns to give us a POV thrill as he does impossible, or at least illegal, things while sliding on snow at terrifying speeds.   

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Watch out for that tree! And the pond! And the helicopter! Thovex really went out of his way to raise the wow factor from the previous installment in this series. The overall effect is that of a human Rube Goldberg device on snow. You have to wonder how many broken bones must one endure on the way to becoming this good. -via Digg  


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Incredible Trick Basketball Dunk


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S.O.A.R. Dunk is a ministry team at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The members perform amazing acrobatic feats with basketball equipment. Last week, the team demonstrated what they can do in a performance at Central Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia.

In this phenomenal display of coordination and teamwork, seven members of the team jumped off a trampoline, handing off the basketball in midair, before dunking it at the end--and shattering the church's backboard.

Oops!

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Centriphone

Swiss professional freestyle skier Nicolas Vuignier has been experimenting with point-of-view photography. In this video, he swings his iPhone 6 on a string, around in circles over his head. While skiing. This excellent video came after almost two years of experimenting, so if you try it, the first result will not be as good.

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It didn’t even harm the phone! Vuignier promises a making-of video soon. -via Viral Viral Videos


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