We all know smoking is bad for you, but seeing it like this is staggering

August 29, 2014 | No comments

Researchers inflate healthy lungs and the lungs of a smoker. The difference is astonishing…

And the fact that horrible images like this don’t motivate most smokers to quit just speaks to what a powerful and terrible vice it is…

Airplane, lightning bolt, and rainbow collide for a stunning accidental photograph

August 28, 2014 | 2 comments

German pilot Birk Möbius was snapping a few photographs of an incoming Boeing 777 near Leipzig on Sunday when a spectacular rainbow appeared. Möbius asked a colleague to help him count down to when the plane crossed the path of the rainbow and at that moment, he took a photo.

Capturing a plane crossing the path of a rainbow would have been a great photo on its own, but Möbius told a German newspaper, “I looked at the screen and immediately got goose bumps.”

The amateur photographer realized he had captured a bolt of lightning that he didn’t even noticed occurring when he took the photo…

Lightning Rainbow Plane

Incredibly, not only had the bolt of lightning run exactly in line with the rainbow, it actually struck the plane.

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Jet skier shoots through narrowest possible canyons on water so still he seems to be flying

August 28, 2014 | No comments

This video provides equal parts happiness at how awesome this is and sadness at how we’re just watching it on a screen while someone else is actually doing it…

Fat prairie dog gets stuck in its hole… Awesome human to the rescue!

August 27, 2014 | 2 comments

A prairie dog digging its way out into the open, tried to clamber through its hole before the opening was quite big enough. Fortunately, this particular tunnel terminated in the middle of a road and some passing motorists saw the chubby prairie dog’s plight…

Indians add one letter to “Ice Bucket Challenge” and make it infinitely better

August 27, 2014 | No comments

In a twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge, many people in India are saving water and serving their community one bowl of food at a time. Instead of the Ice Bucket Challenge, they’ve modified it to the Rice Bucket Challenge. Thousands are participating in this simple and wonderful adaptation.

The movement’s new Facebook page, describes their version of the challenge…

Rice Bucket Challenge

Manju Latha Kalanidhi, the woman whose idea this was, describes where it came from…

[P]eople dumping water on themselves, shrieking, taking videos, the whole idea sort of went over my head…. I felt that as Indians we could not connect to it at some level.

The Rice Bucket Challenge is her effort to keep the charitable momentum that is happening all over the world going in India, too, but in a way that Indians might relate to more.

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What it’s like to be targeted by 15 Hamas rockets…then watch your missile defense system work

August 26, 2014 | 12 comments

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in a war zone where you’re under constant threat of attack, this is a small slice of daily life for those caught in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

An Israeli on the ground captured fellow residents running towards bomb shelters as warning sirens blared. When 15 rockets are fired by Hamas simultaneously, residents are left to hope Israel’s Iron Dome defense system works…

Tiny dilapidated space becomes 4-year-old’s “secret treasure room.” Best birthday present ever!

August 26, 2014 | 5 comments

When Sarah Goer and her husband moved into their house two years ago, they discovered a secret room attached to their toddler’s bedroom…

Secret Room 2

The door into the room was just 2 by 4 feet, small enough for Sarah to conceal with a dresser so her son didn’t even know it existed.

The old room had 7 by 12 feet of floor space, but was made even more cramped due to the steep pitch of the roof where it stood. Left in a state of neglect for years, the old wood paneling on the walls was beginning to fall apart, leaving a useless space that wasn’t safe for a young child to be playing in…

Secret Room 3

Secret Room 4

Secret Room 5

Last year, Sarah and her husband decided to turn the space into a play room for their son’s 4th birthday. They hired a contractor who tore out the linoleum and wood paneling, replacing it with wood laminate and drywall…

Secret Room 6

Then, Sarah added her own decorative touch to the space…

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Football star injures both ankles and risks his entire career to save his nephew’s life — UPDATED

August 26, 2014 | 2 comments

UPDATE: John Shaw now says he lied about the story. It seems he did fall from a balcony, but details are still unclear. We’re leaving the original below here for reference.

Saturday night was a big night for University of Southern California cornerback John Shaw, who’s expected to be as high as the second-ranked cornerback in the 2015 NFL draft. The senior had just been named team captain for the school’s football team, with high expectations to lead a squad ranked number 15 in the country going into the season.

John Shaw USC

Later that evening, Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment when he noticed his 7-year-old nephew struggling to stay afloat in the swimming pool. Knowing his nephew couldn’t swim and seeing nobody else who could help, Shaw had one major problem with getting to his nephew — he was on a second floor balcony with no stairs down to the pool.

Undeterred, Shaw made the jump to the concrete floor below, immediately falling to the ground in pain. He crawled to the pool where he managed to get in and bring his nephew to safety before pulling himself out of the water with his upper body.

After ensuring that his nephew was safe, Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two very painful high ankle sprains. He’s unable to play football for a while but tells usctrojans.com,

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew. My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

College football could use a few more leaders like John Shaw.

Little kid can do literally anything (since his dad is an awesome CGI artist)

August 26, 2014 | No comments

In a new compilation of “Action Movie Kid,” animator and digital effect artist Daniel Hashimoto brings his and his son’s imagination to life in wonderfully “realistic” action scenes…

Previously… Dad makes awesome 15-second action movies with his 3-year-old and impressive CGI

When this violinist practices, her neighbors LOVE it. Oh, and her neighbors are elephants…

August 26, 2014 | 1 comment

Eleanor Bartsch plays for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She also happens to live next door to two elephants. She recently needed to warm up for a concert and decided to do so outside.

To her happy surprise, she discovered that her neighbors really love music…