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Here's Why 'Text Roulette' Is Riskier Than Russian Roulette

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 2:24 PM

As if texting weren't fraught with enough danger.

Now Elite Daily has created a game in which BFFs send random suggestive texts to somewhat random recipients on each other's contact lists.

Scroll the contacts, spin the wheel and, boom: "Me, you and some whipped cream tonight" is on its way to your soon-to-be-ex-boss.

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When Movie Villains Smile, It's Laugh-Out-Loud Creepy

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 12:54 PM

They grin. Audiences bear it.

Movie villains have been smiling diabolically for ages, but their frowns turned upside down never cease to give us the willies.

In the video "When the Evil Smiles" posted by Semih Okmn, watch baddies from Hannibal Lecter to the Joker to Lord Voldemort put on a happy face.

Yep, still creepy. 

H/T Design Taxi

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Newborn Goat Climbs Her First Rock And Breaks Adorbs Meter

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 11:33 AM

What did you do a few days after being born? Cry? Poop? Act all helpless?

Violet the goat isn't having it, despite difficult circumstance. Born prematurely on Jan. 25, she was rejected by her mother and had...

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Cockroaches Are Even Faster, Tougher And Ickier Than We Thought

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 11:17 AM

Some of the cockroach's most disgusting properties are now being used for good.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have harnessed the survival skills of the icky pests into a robot prototype that could be used to find victims in an earthquake or other disaster. The cockroach bot was described in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

But the living cockroaches who invade our kitchens are still gross. In a new video (above), the researchers put roaches to the test and discovered that they can withstand almost 900 pounds of pressure -- no wonder the little $$@@!! won't die when we step on them.

They can squeeze through one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices and skitter away at high speed, even when they're flattened in half.

At least all that indestructibility is pushing search-and-rescue technology forward.

Kaushik Jayaram, lead author of the paper who conducted the research while earning his PhD at UC Berkeley, designed a palm-sized robot that is capable of collapsing like a real roach. Named CRAM, or Compressible Robot With Articulated Mechanisms, it can be equipped with a camera and a plastic shield to mimic the roach's hard-but-flexible exoskeleton.

As CBS noted, CRAM looks more like an armadillo, but its properties are roach-like and may someday save lives.

"In the event of an earthquake, first responders need to know if an area of rubble is stable and safe, but the challenge is, most robots can’t get into rubble," Robert Full, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley and co-author of the paper, said in a statement. "But if there are lots of cracks and vents and conduits, you can imagine just throwing a swarm of these robots in to locate survivors and safe entry points for first responders."

CRAM is in the prototype phase, but it's grudgingly raised our opinions of cockroaches.

"It’s a nice lesson in humility,” Daniel Goldman, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology who was not involved in the research, told the Atlantic. "These animals are not simple in any way, shape, or form—and especially not in their shape or form."

Yeah, but they're still disgusting.

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Oh, Snap! Slow Mo Guy Puts Tongue In Mouse Trap, Regreths It

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:22 AM

Daniel Gruchy of the Slow Mo Guys placed his tongue in a contraption intended to smash vermin to death -- and we couldn't be more entertained.

At 2,000 frames a second we get to see every detail of his taster getting traumatized. This is one human who probably isn't looking to build a better mouse trap.

Double ouch.

H/T Viral Viral Videos

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'The Trumpening' Is Scarier Than Any Horror Film You'll Ever See

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 5:00 PM

No matter what happens in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Donald Trump remains one scary candidate for many voters.

Funny or Die's "The Trumpening," a mashup of the Republican hopeful's campaign with the...

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500 MPH Ping Pong Ball Destroys Diet Coke Can

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 3:11 PM

Normally a ping pong ball can't do much damage, no matter how hard it is hit.

But with scientific know-how you can turn the ball into one insanely swift projectile.

Watch Zeke Kossover of San Francisco's Exploratorium blast a ping ping ball through a vacuum cannon. Then watch watch the ball punch a hole in a Diet Coke can at about 500 miles per hour.

Without air resistance even the lightweight ping pong ball can reach jet-like velocity, Kossover explains to the guys at Tested in a "Simple Feats of Science!" episode.

But if all you want to is drink the Diet Coke, just pop the top.

And we thought our table tennis forehand slam was dangerous.

H/T Digg

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Key & Peele Comment On The Most Outrageous End Zone Celebrations

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 1:49 PM

While Jonathan Stewart's "hand jive" was one of the more creative scoring dances of the Super Bowl, he's got nothing on Key & Peele.

On "The Late Show" Sunday night, the comedy duo showed off their latest reel of excessive celebrations with Stephen Colbert. Who wouldn't want to see huge grown men in shoulder pads jumping in a bouncy castle after a touchdown?

Still, there are limits to the reverie. Like the man said, "You just cannot eat the ball at this level of play."

H/T Viral Viral Videos

 

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Goat's Balancing Act Is So Extreme, You Don't Know The Hoof Of It

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 11:50 AM

This goat trick would be hard to bleat.

Watch Rani balance all four legs on a tiny platform that her handler, Osman Ali, keeps building higher and higher in Karachi, Pakistan.

Check out this ta-da moment before watching the full video above.

According to Caters news service, Rani perched on the precarious poll-like structure for about two minutes.

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WATCH: Sidewalk Hero Trips Suspect So Cops Can Nab Him

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:21 AM

You don't need an "S" on your chest or martial arts skills to be a hero. Sometimes just a foot will do.

Watch this well dressed gentleman casually trip a drug-dealing suspect to the ground so cops can catch him in Kingston upon Thames, England, on Saturday.

We love how the good Samaritan, who's arm and arm with a woman, casually goes about the evening afterward.

The Surrey Comet reports that a 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of intent to supply drugs.

After the incident was captured on surveillance video, local police did not let the good deed go unnoticed either:

Nice going, chap.

H/T The Mirror

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Man Shot Dead In Attack At Boxing Match Weigh-In

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:54 PM

Warning: Please note that while the chaotic footage below doesn't show anyone hit by bullets, it may be too intense for some viewers.

A weigh-in for a boxing match turned deadly Friday when gunmen dressed in police-style uniforms shot up the place, the BBC reported.

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Campbell’s Super Bowl Ad Pays Tribute To The Heroic Sports Mom

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 10:23 AM

Soup is supposed to warm up your insides, but Campbell's Chunky Soup is making damn sure you feel warm all over while watching its Super Bowl 50 ad.

It features Mom. Hard to go wrong with Mom, right?

Watch above as a very encouraging mother is seen through the face mask of her son as he grows from a pee-wee footballer into, well, just check it out.

Yes, that is a lump forming in your throat. What else but Mom and the Super Bowl could do that?

The ad, which is getting lots of play online, will air in the Green Bay market during the game.

We predict there will be tears in Wisconsin, even though the Packers aren't playing.

 

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At Least One Dead In New York City Crane Collapse

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 9:14 AM

A crane collapsed in New York City on Friday morning, killing at least one person and injuring at least three. None of those injuries are considered life-threatening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference.

Amid heavy snow and high winds, the crane smashed a line of cars parked on a street in lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood around 8:25 a.m. Workers were securing and moving the crane when it toppled over, de Blasio said. It stretches about two city blocks, according to CBS New York.

David Wichs, 38, has been identified as the man killed by the crane collapse, The Associated Press reports. De Blasio previously said the victim was in his car at the time, but police say Wichs was walking along the road when he was struck, according to the AP. 

"It looked like an avalanche -- or that the roof was caving in from the snow," witness Jesse Natale, who was stopped at a red light during the incident, told the New York Daily News. 

One of the people injured in the collapse was inside a vehicle at the time and had to be extricated by firefighters, according to the Daily News. 

Several buildings in the area were evacuated, the AP reports.

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Jerry Rice In Disguise Catches Lyft Passengers Unaware

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:19 PM

This wouldn't be the first time he gave people a lift.

Watch Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, who thrilled 49ers fans for 16 seasons while winning three Super Bowls, go undercover as a Lyft driver in San Francisco.

Lyft posted the video to coincide with Super Bowl 50, which kicks off Sunday in Santa Clara, California.

Props to Rice for the line he told a passenger about his dancing. "If I'm doing the worm, I think like a worm."

Much like his catching skills, this is pure gold. 

H/T Viral Viral Videos

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Adorable Beagle vs. Rabbit Puppet

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 1:04 PM

Maymo the beagle gets into all kinds of silly adventures, but this time we get to see a feistier and still quite adorable side. Watch the pooch take on a puppet rabbit. Yeah, you wrestle that carrot away, Maymo.

H/T Laughing Squid

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Look Who's Playing A Mad Marilyn Monroe In This Super Bowl Ad

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 11:36 AM

Millennials' sweet tooth be damned. Snickers appears to be courting older viewers of the Super Bowl with an ad featuring 60-year-old actor Willem Dafoe as a grumpy Marilyn Monroe.

As Snickers did last year with Danny Trejo mixing it up with "The Brady Bunch," this year's commercial spotlights the candy's ability to cure crankiness as part of its "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign. Marilyn (looking like Dafoe) complains about her iconic flying-skirt scene from "The Seven Year Itch." But all it takes is a bite of Snickers to get her back to being, well, Marilyn. Film history saved.

 

 

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Bruce Springsteen Checks Off Woman's Bucket List, Dances With Her Onstage

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:07 AM

Check!

A Bruce Springsteen fan brought her bucket list to The Boss' concert in Newark, New Jersey, Sunday -- and got the rock star to sign off on one last critical item: dancing with him.

Spotting the poster of her bucket list, which also included "Just Married" and "Preggo W 1st Baby," Springsteen called up Connie Schwab Hoch from the audience during "Dancing in the Dark" -- just as he did to Courteney Cox in the original music video and with concertgoers of all ages through the years. He proceeded to check off her "Dance W Bruce" line and then, they danced.

He even gave her a twirl.

“The first thing he said was congratulations, and asked how far along I was," she told CBS New York.

"It was all a blur," the lucky fan said to Lehigh Valley Live. "I think I may or may not have promised to name the baby Bruce. We'll see."

When the couple tweeted the video, Springsteen retweeted it.

Glory days, indeed.

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This 99-Million-Year-Old Erection Is Making Penis History

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 1:54 PM


He was well-hung and well-preserved. A fossilized relative of modern-day daddy longlegs was found in Burma sporting an erection 99 million years old.


Researchers say the poor guy was discovered by a tree, with his penis in a full state of...

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Skiing Nuns Make Winter So Much More Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 1:00 PM

Looks like someone's been praying for snow.

Check out two nuns cross-country skiing near Sloan's Lake in Denver on Tuesday.

These sisters have skills.

Laura Hagen, who filmed the duo, told 9News, "I did a double take ... It was hysterical."

According to the station, the nuns belong to the New York-based Sisters of Life order.

Hey, it's always great to see nuns working out religiously

 

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Model's Suspiciously Long Penis Is Star Of New Music Video (NSFW)

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 9:56 AM

Shaun Ross, a fashion model known for his striking albino appearance, is now captivating the Internet with what appears to be a suspiciously long penis.

Ross stars in Braves' new music video "Dust," and if you can't focus on the music, you'd be forgiven. The video...

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