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A 6-Minute Supercut of 2014’s Best Videos

Tuesday 12.16.2014 , Posted by
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2014 was a banner year for viral videos, and Luc Bergeron (aka Zapatou) has put a gigantic sampling together for his annual supercut “Best of Web”. This year he’s stitched together a whopping 233 viral video clips to create 6 minutes of non-stop action. Here’s a video that will overwhelm you with the experiences of life, give you a gigantic smile and make you want to go out and adventure. [Read more…]

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A Secret Underwater Ballroom, Built For a Notorious Victorian Swindler

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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Walk far into the woods near the village of Witley in Surrey, England and you’ll find a hidden treasure. The directions go like this: Walk a mile and a quarter west, into the long neglected woods. Find the stone wall surrounding a kitchen garden. There you’ll find a small building with an arched doorway. Go inside, down the spiral staircase, and walk down the long teardrop-shaped tunnel to the end. There’s no “X” marking this treasure, but you’ll know you’ve found it. You’re now in a domed, glass ceilinged room, yellow light gently flickering through the water above. Welcome to Whitaker Wright’s hidden ballroom, submerged deep beneath a murky lake. [Read more…]

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Real Estate Broker Gives Tours of House… From a Hand-Built Roller Coaster

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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If you thought buying a house had its ups and downs, this real estate broker will really give you a ride. He built a miniature roller coaster through a house he’s selling in Ermelo, Netherlands, giving potential buyers a thrill filled tour of the house complete with recorded highlights of its features. They do say people buy on an emotional high… [Read more…]

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Would You Wear It? Bacon Belts and Noodle Necklaces Made Like Japanese Food Samples

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Walk into many Japanese eateries and you’ll see delicious food on display. It’s there to give you an idea of what’s on the menu, but don’t try to take a bite. The realistic food is completely fake. Food samples have been an iconic part of Japanese culinary culture for a long time, but now the artful creations are being turned into wearable jewelry and accessories. Would you wear it? [Read more…]

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For His Wife’s Birthday, This Husband Commissioned 23 Artists to Make Portraits of Their Baby

Friday 11.14.2014 , Posted by
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Husbands take note: this is master level gift giving! Chicago-based photographer Ernst Berlin (or Rezinatoriously on Reddit) decided to give his wife an incredible gift for her first birthday with their newborn son, Jacob. To create what he wanted he enlisted the help of the talented people at RedditGetsDrawn, where he commissioned 23 artists to make portraits of his 8-month-old son. He gave everyone 2 months to complete their work, and 40 photos to choose from. The results are truly magical. [Read more…]

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Watch This Swiss Cyclist Absolutely Crush a Ferrari on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Forget pedaling. Swiss cyclist François Gissy hit a blistering 207 MPH on his rocket-powered bicycle, setting a new world record. He performed the stunt November 7th at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, running a number of test laps on his lightly modified bike before going for top speed. His time to reach it? Just 4.8 seconds! [Read more…]

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A Human Catapult Launches Base Jumpers, Angry Birds Style

Wednesday 11.12.2014 , Posted by
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After news leaked around the web, the Flying Frenchies have released a quick teaser of their recent high flying antics. This time around they’ve built a human-sized catapult on the top of towering cliffs. Instead of “Angry Birds,” this should be called “Crazy Humans.”

A full-length film created with 30 people over 3 months will be coming soon… and they promise a catapult wasn’t the only thing they took up the cliffs. [Read more…]

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This Danish Orchestra Ate the World’s Hottest Chili Peppers Before Playing

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently played Tango Jalousie under the influence of one powerful substance: the world’s hottest chili peppers. Before performing the piece (by Danish composer Jacob Gade) each member downed one super-spicy chili: a Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend or a Ghost Chili. These professionals held it together impressively… almost to the very end (a lot more impressive than standing there, like that video of 1,000 people eating ghost chilies that went viral earlier this year). [Read more…]

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20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

Friday 10.31.2014 , Posted by
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For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve! [Read more…]

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What it’s Like to Spend 10 Hours Walking in NYC as a Woman

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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To truly understand someone, they say you need to “walk a mile in their shoes.” This shocking video certainly does that, bringing home the situation for women just about anywhere in Manhattan. Shoshana Roberts recently spent 10 hours walking the streets of NYC, being secretly filmed by Rob Bliss. The level of street harassment she endures is truly eye opening, and sometimes just downright creepy. [Read more…]

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