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.)

Cheri Oteri auditions for Chicago Bulls dance squad…but she’s worried she might be too sexy

August 21, 2014 | No comments

When you think of Cheri Oteri, this is what you might picture…

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But now she’s trying out to be a cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls. And, while she’s a bit nervous about whether she’ll get a spot on the team, she’s also concerned that she might just be sexier than they can handle…

This intensely heartfelt speech after a devastating loss is what coaching kids is all about

August 21, 2014 | 1 comment

After a heartbreaking loss to Chicago that sent Rhode Island home from the Little League World Series on Monday, Rhode Island coach Dave Belisle gave his team a post-game pep talk that now has the thousands watching it online holding back tears.

This is what coaching youth sports should look like…

Romantic Disney World visitor proposes to all the princesses there…and one villain

August 20, 2014 | No comments

When Blaine Gibson visited Disney World recently, he wanted something different than the standard photos of the Cinderella Castle that he and his friends were taking. So, he made a trip to Walmart, bought a cheap ring, and spent the next day proposing to all of Disney’s princesses.

There was Cinderella…

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…and Ariel.

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There was Jasmine (with a very jealous Aladdin)…

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