Phenomenal one-man, pipe organ version of the Star Wars theme music

March 30, 2014 | No comments

Jelani Eddington is an outstanding organist who played this incredible rendition of the Main Title from the Star Wars Symphonic Suite on a pipe organ about a year ago. If you love Star Wars but haven’t gotten into the pipe organ, let this be your introduction…

(via Like Cool)

Towering soccer player nails a goal from over halfway across the field

March 29, 2014 | No comments

At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Dutch midfielder Orlando Engelaar, who plays for the Melbourne Heart Football Club, is a dominant presence on the field. He reminded everyone of this recently when he saw that the opposing team’s goalkeeper had moved away from the net.

Seizing an opportunity that few other players would have been able to see, he went ahead and took a shot when he was still back on his own team’s end of the field…

Behind-the-scenes with one of those crazy Russians you see hanging off high-rise buildings

March 29, 2014 | No comments

Daredevil Kirill Oreshkin says he didn’t begin his high-rise adventures seeking a thrill. He just liked the views and spending time with his friends.

In the beginning, I was afraid of heights. I was even afraid to approach the edge of the building, let alone hang off of it. But now, that fear is gone.

In this interview and behind-the-scenes look at the making of Oreshkin’s hair-raising photos, it’s evident his fear of heights is definitely gone…

(via PetaPixel)

Helmet-cam captures ice climber’s “worst nightmare” as the ice under him gives way

March 29, 2014 | No comments

John Freeman is an avid ice climber with years of experience, but that experience doesn’t guarantee safety in a sport this risky. Two years ago, when climbing in Canada’s Banff National Park, a pillar of ice he was on gave way.

Freeman was sent tumbling several hundred feet down the mountain in an incredible fall that was captured by his helmet camera. Amazingly, he walked away from the harrowing experience without serious injury and was climbing again the next day.

The whole video is well worth watching, but if you’re pressed for time, skip to 2:15 for the final moments leading up to the fall at 2:45…

(via Business Insider)

40-year-old deaf woman breaks down as she hears another person speak for the first time

March 28, 2014 | 7 comments

Deaf since birth, Joanne Milne was given bilateral cochlear implants at 40 years old that finally allowed her to hear for the first time in her life. As you can imagine, it was a very emotional experience…

(via VVV)

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

March 27, 2014 | 10 comments

Daniel Hashimoto works in animation and digital effects for Dreamworks. He also has a young son.

Combining work and home life, he creates absolutely fantastic mini-movies featuring his son, Action Movie Kid. In each clip, his son does something completely normal — splash in a puddle or shoot a pretend gun, for instance — which then becomes truly incredible thanks to dad’s video editing skills.

I’ve posted eight here, which is a lot, but they’re only 10-15 seconds each, and once you watch one, you’ll want to see them all…

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There’s a forest in Minnesota shaped like…Minnesota

March 27, 2014 | 4 comments

If you happen to be in a helicopter or plane flying low over northern Minnesota, you might look down and see…a mini Minnesota…

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After a redditor noticed this remarkable oddity recently there was some speculation that the forest was Photoshopped, but a direct link to it on Google Maps proves otherwise.

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Babies’ corrective helmets come to life with fun, imaginative paintings [54 pics]

March 27, 2014 | No comments

Flat head syndrome, or plagiocephaly, is fairly common among infants and is easily corrected with plastic helmets that mold babies’ sculls into their normal shape. Most of these helmets are plain and boring, like the one on the left below…

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But as you can see from the helmet on the right, they don’t have to be boring at all. Paula Strawn has found a niche turning the plain, white helmets into amusing artwork that takes the edge off the sterile medical purpose the helmets serve.

It all started for Strawn when her friend’s granddaughter had to wear a helmet. Strawn’s friend asked her, “Please paint this ugly thing!” When the baby girl’s doctor saw the colorful transformation of the helmet, he asked for the artist’s business cards and fliers so he could refer other patients to her.

Over 12 years and 1,200 helmets later, Strawn has brought smiles to countless faces with the cartoon characters, childhood book characters, and classic paintings she’s recreated on these helmets. She shows no signs of stopping, saying, “I can hardly call this work. I am paid to have fun!”

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Stray dog comes back to desperately thank good Samaritan for saving his life

March 27, 2014 | 1 comment

After being carried from a reservoir where he would’ve drowned if left on his own, this dog didn’t simply race off to safety. Instead he waited around to say a very serious thank you to the man who saved him…

(via Reddit)