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This Guy Just Pulled a Really Weird Karaoke Prank and No One Noticed

Somebody once told me the world is gonna troll me

Anyone who likes karaoke has a go-to song. At first glance, it appears the guy in this video going viral on Reddit is going to sing Smash Mouth’s “All Star” whether anyone wants to hear it or not — even if the sound system is blasting John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The crowd does not seem to care though, as people are cheering and singing along to the chorus even as the words on the overhead screen are displaying the lyrics to the late Beatle’s classic.

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Watch an 8-Year-Old Basketball Player Sink a Last-Minute Shot From Across the Court

It's the buzzer beater of a lifetime

Redditor Frank DeNigris of Morris, Conn., has uploaded a video of his eight-year-old son Derek sinking a shot from almost the other end of a basketball court in the fourth quarter of a game. While he wrote on Reddit that it was not enough to win the game for the team, it will surely be the part people will remember the most.

If you want to see another epic basketball shot that was not made by a professional athlete, take a look at this slam dunk by a high school basketball player in Seattle.

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This Mashup Proves Taylor Swift and Nine Inch Nails Were Made For Each Other

You'll have a hard time shaking this one off

There is a new, catchy mashup you will be listening to on repeat this weekend: Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Nine Inch Nails’s “The Perfect Drug” via Canadian artist Isosine.

It is kind of perfect to hear “The Perfect Drug” repeated over and over as Swift sings what has become one of the catchiest pop songs of the last few months.

Other mixes of Taylor Swift’s music that have worked include one with Aphex Twin and another that mashes up her songs “Blank Space” and “Style.”

Listen quick before she wages war on all of the covers.

 

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6-Year-Old Boy’s Family Pretended to Kidnap Him Because He Was ‘Too Nice,’ Police Say

He was allegedly told he would be sold into "sex slavery" during the incident

Police say the family of a Troy, Mo., six-year-old boy arranged for him to be kidnapped because he was “too nice” and needed to be taught “a terrorizing life lesson,” according to a statement from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

His aunt Denise Kroutil, 38, allegedly enlisted co-worker Nathan Wynn Firoved, 23, to “lure” the boy into his pickup truck after the youngster got off the school bus.

While in the vehicle, the man allegedly showed the boy a handgun and threatened to “nail him to a shed” and keep him away from his mother — all while binding the boy’s hands and feet with plastic bags to prevent him from seeing and escaping.

Per police, the six year old was then taken to the basement of a house where Kroutil allegedly took off his pants and said he would be sold into “sex slavery.”

The boy’s mother, Elizabeth Hupp, 25, and grandmother, Rose Brewer, 58, were in touch via cell phone during the approximately four-hour incident, according to police.

“Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The four “kidnappers” were arrested and charged with felony kidnapping, felony abuse and child neglect.

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Watch a 2-Year-Old Recite the Alphabet Like a Heavy Metal Rocker

She gives Gene Simmons a run for his money

Most school children learned some version of the alphabet song growing up. In a minute-long video uploaded by YouTube user “cb6652,” watch as a toddler performs a metal remix of the educational tune after bath time. Held up by one of her groupies (presumably), she has to start the song over a few times because of technical glitches. By the time she finally gets through it, she appears exhausted, in the sense that all she can say is “I want mommy.”

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Watch Tom Hanks Reunite With His Beloved Wilson

The "blood-stained" volleyball from Cast Away, that is, at a hockey game Wednesday night

Today in celebrity reunions: During the New York Rangers-Boston Bruins game at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, actor Tom Hanks held up a volleyball that looked a whole lot like Wilson, the blood-stained piece of sporting equipment that kept his ship-wrecked character company in the 2000 movie Cast Away.

In a clip of this moment, the actor looks uncomfortable as he realizes he is on camera and waves a little bit at the crowd. Then his eyes light up when the prop is tossed to him. He introduces it to fans, and starts to cheer with it.

ICYMI at the #NYR game last night Tom Hanks and Wilson were finally reunited! #BFF

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The Rangers beat the Bruins 3-2.

 

TIME Food & Drink

Couple Accused of Stealing 57 Blocks of Cheese From Walmart

Police are unclear as to why they wanted so much

A couple from Chattanooga, Tenn., has been accused of stealing 57 blocks of cheese from a Walmart.

WRCB TV reports that police say Joshua and Erika Caldwell, both 21, face theft and drug charges, after authorities found marijuana in their car and several other stolen goods from the Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., store, like laundry detergent and clothes. It’s unclear why the couple wanted so much cheese, almost $300 worth, which officers found stuffed beneath the floorboards of the vehicle, the news station reports.

The two were taken to Catoosa County Jail and were “bonded out,” WRCB TV said via police.

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See a Stunning Work of Art Made of 20,000 Tea Bags

The artist created 10 shades of brown by steeping bags in varying temperatures

A Malaysian artist Hong Yi, nicknamed “Red,” created a portrait of a man pouring teh tarik, a hot milk tea drink popular in the country.

It took the artist two months to make this work of art, which was on display at the end of January in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum was taking place. As the artist explained her process on YouTube:

The teabags were stained by steeping the bags in hot water — the lesser and hotter the water, the more they were stained – and the darker tones were stained with brown food dye. All these bags were stapled and attached onto tiles of wiremesh, then hung off a wooden frame.

 

 

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Here’s the Official LEGO Version of Chris Pratt

Everything is awesome when Chris Pratt is a LEGO

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Good news for fans who wish they could have Chris Pratt all to themselves. Now you can — sort of!

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the actor revealed the LEGO version of Owen, the character Pratt plays in the upcoming film, Jurassic World. Pratt famously starred in last year’s The LEGO Movie. The figurine is part of a Jurassic Park-themed video game tied to the film’s release on June 12. For the first time, gamers will be able to play with LEGO dinosaurs, according to a news release.

Read Next: Catch a Glimpse of the Terrifying New Dinosaur in This Jurassic World Trailer

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Watch the Coast Guard Rescue a Dog Struggling to Stay Afloat in Icy Waters

The story has a happy ending

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Frankfort, Mich., rescued a labrador Tuesday morning that had wandered into a waterway between Betsie Lake and Lake Michigan, MLive.com reports.

The two rescuers struggled to wade through the ice chunks, but were able to rescue the animal, which was having trouble staying above water, in about twenty minutes.

Petty officer Tim Putnam told ABC News the dog was “shook up and shivering” when they took it to the Benzie County Animal Shelter. The owner later showed up to claim the dog, who is named Bailey.

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