Meet the man with ALS who started the Ice Bucket phenomenon…and grab a tissue

August 20, 2014 | No comments

You’ve definitely heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but you probably haven’t heard of Pete Frates. He’s the guy who started it all, though until last week, he’d never actually taken the challenge himself.

This story covers how the challenge got started and more importantly, it tells Pete’s story. It’s a story you don’t want to miss…

Insanely lucky motorcyclist survives like a superhero

August 20, 2014 | 2 comments

Weaving around traffic, this biker was taking it for granted that all the cars he was passing would just stay in their lanes. Of course, that’s not how driving works. Fortunately for him he didn’t die as he learned this lesson.

And not only did he not die, he was accidentally really awesome…

Man finds a HUGE surprise in an old preschool photo of himself — His wife!

August 19, 2014 | 1 comment

When Jason and Jessica Roth first met each another as Florida State University students, they had no reason to think they’d ever seen each other before. Jessica grew up in Lakeland, Florida, 235 miles from Jason’s home in Miami.

A few months after they began dating, Jason’s aunt met Jessica and recognized her as a past student at the preschool she ran in Lakeland. Jason, too, had attended the preschool briefly during a six-month stay with his aunt.

Then, a year and a half into dating, Jason was going through old photos when he spotted this picture from the Lakeland preschool’s Halloween parade…

Preschool Couple 1

Jason picked up the phone and called Jessica, asking if she had dressed up as a genie for Halloween in preschool. She had, and they realized the stunning coincidence. Jason, wearing a superman shirt and cape, is standing just steps to the right of Jessica, who’s dressed as a genie in a maroon vest and pink dress.

A year later, the couple was engaged, and they reused the old photo for a fun wedding announcement…

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Show your kids how to measure the speed of light with a chocolate bar (Yes, they can eat it after.)

August 19, 2014 | No comments

Deducing the speed of light may seem like a measurement that would require a laboratory and perhaps some kind of a science degree. In fact, all you need is a microwave, a ruler, and a regular bar of chocolate.

Try this experiment with your kids…and then at the end there’s candy. That’s education at its finest…

4-year-old plays piano like you’ve never seen. He’s amazing…but not how you expect him to be

August 18, 2014 | 5 comments

Little Hovan just turned four. He has been fascinated by music since he first watched the Vienna Philharmonic when he was one, and lately he’s really been wanting to be able to make more music himself.

So this past month, his dad has taught him how to plunk out a few of his favorite tunes on the piano. He took to it quickly, memorizing about 15 songs. And then yesterday, he decided to take things to the next level.

Did that mean adding in a second hand with some chords or harmony? Nope, he skipped right past all that…

Trucker selflessly approaches blazing car, saves baby and grandma from the fiery wreckage

August 18, 2014 | 14 comments

When a car t-boned a semi truck on I-10 in Biloxi, Mississippi, last Monday, it punctured the truck’s fuel tank, generating a massive fireball in a terrible accident that was captured on truck driver David Fredericksen’s dashcam.

Fredericksen and his passenger assumed any occupants of the car were probably dead, but he grabbed his fire extinguisher and sprung into action anyway.

Incredibly, both the grandmother driving the Lincoln Town Car and her 1-year-old granddaughter were still alive, but the grandmother had a broken leg and was unable to open her door.

Fredericksen suppressed the flames just long enough to open the passenger door and rescue the granddaughter while fellow passersby pulled the grandmother to safety. Shortly after, the car burst into flames, but incredibly, everyone involved in the horrific accident was alive…

Later, Fredericksen would say he doesn’t think he acted heroically. Of course, he’s absolutely wrong. He disregarded his own safety to save two people who were helpless to save themselves. He is, in fact, the definition of a hero. The world needs more people like him.

Jellyfish stab you with millions of venom-loaded hypodermic needles. Finally, there’s footage…

August 18, 2014 | No comments

We all know that contact with Jellyfish causes an immense amount of pain. But do you know how, exactly?

Here’s the short version: Their tentacles are equipped with hypodermic needles, activated by contact, that shoot venom into whatever they touch. How many of these needles does a jellyfish have? Oh, only about 800,000 per square centimeter.

Travel with Destin of Smarter Every Day to see animal venom expert Jamie Seymour in Cairns, Australia. Together they watch a tentacle in a way that no one else ever has — through a microscope using a high-speed camera.

What you’re about to see has never been recorded before…and it will make you even more certain than you have ever been to stay far away from jellyfish…

Airplanes dodge thunderstorms over world’s busiest airport. It’s choreographed insanity…

August 15, 2014 | 1 comment

Last Friday, a thunderstorm in Atlanta wreaked havoc on the comings and goings at an airport that sees more than a quarter of a million people pass through its gates each day.

Watch this timelapse of the hours during the storm as the incoming planes were maneuvered by the air traffic controllers around thunder clouds like characters in an old video game until they can sneak through the storm and safely land. Incredible…

(via Reddit)