A teenager taking a selfie next to a train track this week was met with a fate we can only wish all selfie-takers had to endure: a swift kick to the head.
The unnamed adolescent was standing dangerously close to an approaching train as he tried to snap a picture of himself. As the train passed, the conductor took drastic measures to get the boy to back away from the track: he stuck his foot out the door and landed a nice kick to his head.
“Wow! That guy kicked me in the head,” the teenager says after the blow. “I think I got that on video!”
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday with the caption “I messed up.”
Yes you did, sir. And now you’re being laughed at all over the internet.
Check it out:
Police have arrested three teens they say randomly attacked and robbed a man in Dayton, Ohio last month.
According to reports, the attack happened on March 7 when the high school students from Stivers School of the Arts videotaped themselves randomly assaulting the man, 51-year-old Ronald Baird.
"Oh that's me right there, definitely. He's sneaking up, I didn't even know he was coming,” said Baird while watching video of the attack. “I didn't even see that coming. I was like what the heck.”
The teens were able to take $3 from Baird before running off. A teacher at Stivers notified police of the incident after seeing the video on a student’s phone.
"They were emulating something they probably saw before online,” said Dayton Police Detective Nathan Curley. “It doesn't really make a lot of sense. You would think what are they trying to gain from this? They didn't get a lot of money. Didn't get a lot of property. They were looking for some kind of level of respect from their peers. Some street credibility for robbing random people filming it and showing the video. It is sad."
Baird was reportedly treated for minor injuries, and now, all three teens are in juvenile detention facing charges.
"It's terrible," said Baird. "It's petty, I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else. I hope these guys learn from what they did."
Officer Curley says he hopes other teens will learn from this and realize that what they’re doing is not funny.
“I think that this is kind of a copy cat thing,” said Curley. “They’re seeing other people online, on YouTube, doing this and they think it’s cool. Obviously, there is a victim in this crime who was injured and hurt, and I would say would you like someone to do this to your relative?”
Officials are reportedly attempting to try the teens as adults.
Heads up, America: you’re not the only ones who run on Dunkin. Apparently rats do too.
YouTube user pjayone posted a video this week showing a plump New York City rat reportedly feasting on Dunkin Donuts.
"At two-thirty [in the morning] every [day] the workers load the shelves with the mornings wares,” pjayone writes. “Shortly thereafter like clockwork the rats come out and party."
Here is pjayone’s footage of one of the rats testing out your morning croissant:
When asked about the restaurant’s rat problem, one employee bluntly told the Gothamist “I haven’t seen anything like that.”
Though the Dunkin Donuts location said to be pictured here earns an “A” safety rating from the city’s health department, records show the restaurant received a citation in November 2013 saying “facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist."
Dunkin Donuts released a brief statement on the video, saying "We take this matter very seriously. Immediately upon learning of the situation at the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at 265 West 37th Street, a certified Operations Manager inspected the restaurant to ensure that all appropriate Dunkin’ Donuts food safety standards are being followed."
A recent investigation has uncovered numerous disturbing YouTube videos in which school-aged children give tutorials on how they got their teachers fired.
One video was posted by a student who explains how he got his teacher fired by falsely accusing her of things she didn’t do.
"So I had this teacher, right, Ms. Keller, and I just didn't like her. So you know what, I said, let me just get her fired," said the boy in the video. "So I went to the principal, and instead of saying I was molested, you need to play the victim."
Another video shows two young boys describing how they got a teacher fired just because they didn’t like that she made them follow a color-coded classroom management schedule. The boys explain that they used hidden cameras to create evidence against the teacher, even going so far as to start a petition aimed at getting her fired. The teacher left her job, but not before the two students went to the principal to make their claims. In the video, both students proudly boast about what they did.
"I don't think at the age those students are they realized the can ruin a person's home life," said Gaye Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, to My Fox Houston. "Their family often turns on them, they ruin their career, they ruin their reputation in the community."
Chris Tritico, a Houston lawyer who regularly represents teachers, calls the videos “disgusting” and says that teachers should refrain from having personal interactions with students if possible.
"Students are not your friends," said Tritico. "This is a professional relationship, and you should always treat it that way."
The videos are relatively easy to find, and as one YouTube user points out, all he had to do was search “how to get my teacher fired” to help him figure out a way to do just that.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Google to remove an anti-Muslim video from YouTube, according to Reuters.
In a 2-1 decision the panel of judges rejected Google’s claim that forced-removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims” amounted to prior restraint of speech and violated the company’s constitutional rights.
The plaintiff in the case, Cindy Lee Garcia, filed the lawsuit after learning that the creators of the video used a clip she had been told was being used for a different movie. The clip was dubbed over and Garcia appeared to be asking in it, “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”
The actress said she had received death threats since the video first aired on Egyptian television. The film sparked protests across the Muslim world in 2012 and, for a time, was thought to be the impetus of the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Garcia claimed she had repeatedly asked Google to take the video down but was denied. In her lawsuit Garcia argued that YouTube’s popularity gave the film a broad audience and she had a right to have it removed because she was misled by the director and retained copyrights to her work.
Google responded that taking the film down now would serve no purpose as it had already been circulated around the Internet. Furthermore, they argued, Garcia added to her own notoriety by filing the lawsuit. One judge dismissed that claim as “preposterous” according to a San Jose Mercury News story.
Google “strongly disagrees with this decision and will fight it,” said a company spokesman. Google can ask the 9th Circuit to rehear the case with the full 11-judge panel.
The ruling has sparked legal debate among experts. Julie Ahrens, director of copyright and fair use at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, called the decision stunning.
"The idea that copyright is a tool that's going to be used to censor speech we don't like ... that's very dangerous,” she said.
Garcia said, in a statement, that she considers herself a strong supporter of the First Amendment but that she does “have the right not to be associated with this hateful speech against [her] will.”
Garcia’s lawyer, M. Cris Armenta, called the decision a “David versus Goliath victory.”
Whether through the trash section of our email inboxes or the comment sections of websites, we’re constantly being told by shady strangers how easy it is to start making thousands of dollars.
But what if I told you that all you need is a camera, an Internet connection, and maybe a sense of humor for you to be a millionaire? You don’t have to buy or sell anything. Just record yourself saying a few insightful or interesting things and voilà – you could make up to $6.7 million a year.
You’re probably rolling your eyes just as you did at that woman who assures you she made $7,000 a month sitting at home. Don’t throw me in your spam box just yet.
What is this mystery money maker I’m referring to? YouTube.
People with lots of followers and channel views on YouTube make money. Lots of money.
According to YouTube analytics site Social Blade, the highest-earning YouTube user, BlueXephos, made $6.7 million dollars on the site in 2012. Two more users made over $5 million. 13 users made over $2 million. The top 25 highest earning YouTube users all made over $1 million in 2012. Who knew prank jokes and makeup advice were such lucrative callings?
Users make money by becoming YouTube partners. Becoming a YouTube partner isn’t easy – you’ve got to have a loyal following of subscribers before applying to become one. But if YouTube’s team thinks you have what it takes to bring traffic to the site, you can make some serious money. YouTube partners share revenue generated from in-video advertisements. In 2012, YouTube generated over $3.4 billion in ad revenue.
This top 25 list is just people whose earnings top the million-dollar mark. If you’re content making, say, a lowly $90,000 a year, you’ll find a good crowd of people who’ve done so.
So, what are you waiting for?
(You’re welcome, YouTube)
A Youtube prankster learned a painful lesson after trying to kiss a club bouncer in a Valentine’s Day-themed “First Kiss” prank.
After filming a video with women’s reactions, the Youtube user “AverageBroTV” decided to film how men reacted.
“This is when I approach 2 bouncers at the wrong time,” the description of the video reads.
When the Youtuber leaned in for the “first kiss” with the bouncer, the bouncer responded by throwing a punch, which knocked the Youtuber off screen.
The now-viral video was uploaded on Tuesday and has since accumulated over 250,000 views.
Imagine living almost 30 years as a lone sibling only to find that not only do you have a long lost sibling, but you have a twin.
This stunning realization is precisely what happened to Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman last year.
Futerman and Bordier were separated at birth and adopted by different families. They lived their whole lives without a clue of the other’s existence.
In February 2013, Futerman received message on Facebook from someone named Anais Bordier. Bordier had seen one of Futerman’s YouTube videos and couldn’t help but reach out to her.
“[The message] said she had seen me in a YouTube video, then after looking my name up online, saw that we were both adopted, and born on the same day, in the same city,” Futerman said. “When I saw her profile, it was crazy. She looked just like me.”
Here’s the full message Bordier sent to Futerman after seeing her:
The women both agreed they looked uncannily like one another. They decided to dig up some information about their pasts and, sure enough, they were born on the same day in the same hospital.
To prove concretely what they more or less already knew, Futerman and Bordier took DNA tests. When the results came back, it was official: they were twins. Just like that, the self-proclaimed “twinsters” started their new lives together.
The women have captured over 42,000 moments on film together in the year following their discovery. They launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make a documentary about their experience. So far, the campaign has raised almost $80,000.
One year later, the joy of finding a long-lost twin is just as strong as the day they met.
Futerman said the feeling of knowing her sister is like “…that feeling on Christmas when you open up the presents, the one you were asking for, it's that - that pure feeling of joy - that's how I always feel.”
Mulholland Drive has long been known as one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the Los Angeles area. The street, made infamous by David Lynch’s 2001 film of the same name, weaves its way around the Santa Monica mountains. The road offers amazing views of Southern California, but also terrifying twists and turns that can be harmful to unsuspecting drivers and motorcyclists alike.
A new Wired article profiles The Snake, a section of Mulholland Drive that has proved particularly difficult for people on motorcycles. Towards the end of The Snake is a section of the road referred to as Edwards Corner, where the street makes a 180-degree turn that many motorcyclists cannot handle.
The area has quickly turned into a YouTube phenomenon due to the frequent crashes that happen there. A search on the video website for “Mulholland Drive” returns tons of clips with titles like “scooter crashes into guardrail” and “Ducati Crash in Front of Cop.” According to Wired, these videos are typically captured by a group of bystanders that bring cameras to The Snake, waiting for the inevitable to occur.
One such videographer, Ken Snyder, says many motorcycle riders are aware of their actions when they lose control around Edwards Corner.
“Riders treat the Snake like a skate park for motorcycles. Most who crash are inexperienced and pushing themselves. Even though they have seen countless crashes, it seems everyone learns the hard way,” Snyder said.
A rider named Adey Bennett agreed with Snyder’s sentiments, claiming that Edwards Corner isn’t actually that difficult to maneuver.
“The reason why most people crash on this turn is because they don’t know how to assess the type of corner they’re riding on. It’s such a simple turn when you see it done well, but people make it so complicated,” Bennett said.
Although the road was designed in a manner that makes it difficult for many riders, there are no city or state plans to renovate the highway. According to LA Mountains, the highway was constructed in 1924. Law enforcement officials these days, however, are watching more and more YouTube videos involving crashes on the street. This has caused them to increase the amount they patrol the area.
“We estimate that at least 60 to 70 percent of [motorcycle crashes] are unreported. We look at the videos ourselves, and there were two months where I saw a bunch of crashes on YouTube and looked at our collision states and didn’t see any reported,” said local Officer Leland Tang.
Imagine coming home one day to a Facebook message from a stranger telling you they might be your long lost twin sister. Well, that actually happened to 26-year-old actress Samantha Futerman, and now, the two are turning their story into a documentary.
Futerman says that on February 21, 2013, she received a message on Facebook from a girl named Anais Bordier. In the message, Bordier said she discovered her in a YouTube video and was struck by how similar they looked. Upon further investigation, Bordier says she was shocked to find out that Futerman was adopted like she was and that they had the same birthday, so she wanted to ask one more question to confirm her suspicions.
"So...I don't want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well...but...how to put it... I was wondering where you were born?" asked Bordier, who was adopted as a baby and raised in France.
Well, as it turned out, Futerman was adopted on the exact same day as Bordier and was born in the same town in South Korea.
"We both share a twisted sense of humor, a love of cheese despite any & all lactose intolerance, flatulence as a result of said lactose intolerance, & an apparent napoleon complex to name a few," writes Futerman after determining that the two were long lost twins.
Futerman, who was raised in New Jersey, is known for her roles in Memoirs of a Geisha, The Big C, and Kroll Show. Her twin sister Bordier is a fashion design student living in France. After months of messaging and Skyping, the two were finally able to meet in May of 2013, and now, they are planning the release of both a book and documentary about their unique story.
“Our incredible twist of fate can lift one to rejoice that anything is possible, and the biggest boundaries in life are the ones we set for ourselves," said Futerman. "There are so many possibilities and so many crazy things that happen in a lifetime, and it is a gift to embrace them all. All I know is I have an innate, unconditional love toward this relative stranger."
The twins launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that completely funded their documentary. Check out the trailer below.