Give Justin Fiddler a hammer--specifically, a Stiletto brand hammer--and step back. He slings that hammer around like an acrobat. It flies through the air with ease, as though Fiddler is controlling it with his mind.
When he's done, Fiddler slides the hammer back into its holster in a single, smooth motion. Nailed it!
The concept of “Hey, y’all, watch this!” has been elevated to an art form. Luc Bergeron (Zapatou) gives us a 21-minute compilation of the best internet videos from 2015. It’s absolutely beautiful, and breathtaking.
The first seven minutes are extreme human stunts that may leave you dizzy. Starting at about seven minutes in, you may become verklempt. At 8:15, it become adorably cute. Then animals jump in. We also see some great special effects. At 12 minutes in, the stunts start again, with a fast-moving sequence of vehicle videos. At 15 minutes, we see the art of video. At 16:30, the dancing begins. At 18 minutes, we see the beauty of places. And more stunts. These videos would not be possible -or be as good- without GoPros, drones, high definition, and video stabilizing technology. And a bunch of fearless people. -via Viral Viral Videos
Ase Marie Nordhagen, 90, of Norway loves soccer, especially the task of "keep ups." This is keeping a ball in the air by bouncing it off one foot continuously. She's been practicing since she was a little girl, once performing 1,000 without dropping it.
Now she's good for about 50 keep ups at a time, thanks to up to an hour of practice per day. Nordhagen loves it so much that, she explained to a Norwegian newspaper, "I can't go past the ball in the hallway without picking it up and performing a few tricks."
Kumar, 65, is a chef in New Delhi. When he was young, he saw his father, from whom he inherited the restaurant, casually dip his hands in pots of boiling oil. Kumar tried it himself and found that he could do it, too.
Now people visit his shop not only for the fish, but for the amazing show he puts on. On request from his customers, he'll dip his hands in the oil.
The New Conformity is a trio of jugglers who perform with Cause & Effect Circus. They start off with synchronized juggling, which is nice to see. Then they start juggling each others’ balls. A nicer term for that would be tandem juggling.
He calls it handskating--no, extreme handskating. And it is. Mirko Hanßen possesses extraordinary coordination, balance, and upper body strength. While wearing rollerblades, he can flip over from hands to feet and back again, all while moving at high speed. He can perform jumps, use ramps, and weave through obstacles upside down with skates attached to his hands.
You think driving your RV to a state park is camping? Try hanging a hammock over a gorge in the Alps! These highliners set up 17 hammocks for 26 people to sleep in under the stars at Monte Piana, Italy, and over the scenic gorge in the Dolomites where 18,000 soldiers died in battle in World War I.
This sport appears to be a combination of trampoline and tightrope walking. The final competitors are Estonia and America. They give it their all as fast as they can to impress the crowd and the judges at the Globetrotter World Slackline Masters meet in Munich.
Daredevil Primož Ravnik rode his bicycle down the nearly vertical wall of a Slovenian dam and captured the nearly 200 feet (60m) plunge on his GoPro camera. The stunt was part of a contest by GoPro and biking website Pinkbike to find the most outrageous stunt, with a top prize of $20,000.
If that's not extreme enough for you, here's a compilation cut of more death defying stunts from Pinkbike:
Maud Le Car, a professional surfer, is currently ranked the 15th best in the world. She wanted to show that although her sport is physically demanding, it can be glamorous at the same time. So Le Car made a short video with Almo Film (auto-start video) showing her enjoying a gourmet meal with wine while wearing a formal dress, then immediately strapping on some high heeled shoes for an afternoon of surfing.
It's called artistic cycling. It's a sport invented in the 1950s and is currently most popular in Germany. The sport is similar to floor gymnastics, except that performers ride bicycles during the whole event. This woman, Nicole Frýbortová, is incredible at it. As the video progresses, her physical feats become only more amazing. It's like she can fly!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Visit this Cold Stone Creamery in Doha, Qatar, and you’ll get a tasty treat and a show! Watch the server flick a scoop of ice cream around like he’s telekinetic. I’ll take a double scoop of chocolate, please.
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
His superpower is wielding a steel tape measure. With it, he can flip switches from across the room, snatch objects, or use a Porta-Potty. He could probably even cure a rainy day and resolve buried childhood anxieties. He's Tape Measure Man!
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.
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.
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.
Andrei Dragunov is a deaf Russian dancer. He dances with his hands, which is called finger tutting. There are elements of sign language here, some even Americans can understand, but the difficulty and the creative fluidity of the movements is what’s really impressive. -via Boing Boing
Kuma Films calls them the "Dynamic Diabolic Duo." They're a pair of yoyo masters in Taipei who have amazing control over their instruments. The yoyos fly through the air flawlessly, moving exactly where these men want them to.
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.