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

August 26, 2014 | 1 comment

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.

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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.

UPDATE: USC is investigating this story after receiving calls from people disputing the original account. We’ll update the story as we learn more.

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

All these lovely people agreed to get tasered for an art project

August 26, 2014 | 5 comments

You can tell by the nervous faces of the people at the start of this video that they might be starting to regret the decision they made to participate in photographer Patrick Hall’s “Taser Photoshoot.”

And then the tasering begins, and all that nervous regret is confirmed…

To capture the following portraits, as you see in the video above, Hall gathered over a hundred subjects and zapped them with a stun gun in his studio…

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Then he photographed them at the exact moment they were tasered….

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Taser Photoshoot

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Football fan loses BIG in Twitter bet he can’t pay. Michael Sam bails him out and everybody wins…

August 26, 2014 | No comments

Betting and sports don’t mix, but that doesn’t stop people from making absurd wagers on everything from the final score to…well, this…

When two of the NFL’s most talked-about rookies met in a preseason game on Saturday night, people paid a lot more attention than they normally do to games that are relatively meaningless.

And when one of those rookies, St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, sacked the other rookie, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, Sam had a little fun with it…

Johnny Manziel — perhaps better known as Johnny Football — has a trademark celebration where he rubs his fingers together in a money sign. As the video above shows, Sam playfully mocked Manziel with the gesture after sacking the controversial quarterback.

All of this was humorous enough without a curious Twitter bet that had been made earlier in the day by New Yorker Fisher King

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Billy Crystal remembers Robin Williams’ profound and hilarious friendship at the Emmys

August 26, 2014 | No comments

At the Emmys last night, Billy Crystal got a chance to briefly commemorate Robin Williams. He shared several stories of how the man combined deep friendship with ridiculous humor…

(All proceeds from our “Robin Williams” posts are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.)

This 10-second audio illusion doesn’t seem like a big deal…until you replay it

August 25, 2014 | 1 comment

You can’t always trust what you see, but what you hear is less deceiving, right?

Maybe not.

Named for cognitive scientist Roger Shepard, a Shepard tone has ten sine waves with frequencies that are separated by octaves. When played in a sequence the tones comprise the Shepard scale and produce an effect that is like an audio version of the infinitely rising spiral of a barbershop pole.

The Shepard scale in this video is just 10 seconds long but when you replay the video, you’ll hear the intriguing and seemingly impossible illusion…

(The video will replay automatically.)

Related… These astounding audio illusions prove that you can’t trust your ears

How to get right up in a stranger’s face and take their picture even if you’re shy

August 25, 2014 | No comments

Street photography results in some of the most intriguing photos that exist. And sometimes you’re left wondering how a photographer was able to get away with snapping photos of strangers like that. It seems like it could be really awkward as soon as someone realized they’re being documented without their permission.

But here’s a simple trick to get rid of all the potential discomfort of simply pointing your camera at a stranger and snapping their picture…

Now, no matter how shy you are, you too can be a total creep…I mean street photographer.

This tribute to Robin Williams (featuring him singing and rapping) will get stuck in your head

August 22, 2014 | No comments

Taking some of Robin Williams’ best moments, musician Melodysheep tastefully but thouroughly applied autotune and turned them into a catchy pop song, complete with a hip-hop bridge…

(All proceeds from our “Robin Williams” posts are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.)