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This One-Man Band Playing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ at Seattle Airport Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Killing time at the airport before the flight to your holiday destination? This video of a “one-man band” singing “Jingle Bell Rock” and marching through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will make you wish there was more of this kind of entertainment at airports nationwide.

Eric Haines, the dexterous guy behind the music, regularly entertains at the airport and throughout the Seattle area with a bass drum on his back and a banjo over his shoulder.

The YouTube user who uploaded the band video, “Matthew Morris,” also filmed a man dressed like Elvis riding a dual-wheeled unicycle. An “Elvis” has also been spotted doing a similar stunt at the Seattle Space Needle in years past.

 

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Here’s What Happens When You Boil an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola

You just can't stop watching it

In a video that will make everyone coveting an iPhone 6 cry a little bit, Ukrainian YouTube celebrity TechRax drops a supposedly “brand new” one into a pan of boiling Coca-Cola.

While you will not hear the voice of Siri crying out for help in this clip, you will see a fair amount of the phone’s material slowly melt away.

“The results made my house smell like smoke for 2 hours,” the tech blogger writes in the stunt’s description on YouTube. “I would NOT recommend trying this at home.”

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The footage has racked up more than 1.8. million YouTube views so far since it was uploaded a couple of weeks ago. Turns out this mad scientist-type blogger has also baked an iPhone 6 inside a turkey for four hours and drilled a hole into one with a power tool.

Although, we could see parents using this video as a threat to sons and daughters who will not stop texting during family meals over the holidays.

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Hero Monkey Revives Simian Pal Electrocuted in India

He performed C.P.Awwww

Passengers at a train station in India Sunday watched a monkey attempt to revive a fellow monkey that was shocked unconscious by electrical wires.

The simian rescue occurred after one of the monkeys was electrocuted while walking on high-voltage wires, according to Reuters.

In this video footage from Kanpur in India, the monkey appears to try to wake up the other monkey by patting it and dragging it into a pool of water, while ticket-holders standing on the platform just watched and snapped photos with their smartphones.

After about 20 minutes, passengers could be heard cheering when the unconscious monkey seemed to come back to life.

[Reuters]

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This Ad Featuring Pets Eating With Human Hands Is Terrifying

Isn’t it every pet’s dream to be able to eat at the dining room table alongside humans? This ad for pet food company Freshpet replaces the heads of 14 humans sitting around the dining room table with the heads of 13 dogs and one cat. The animals use their human hands to do what many humans do at dinner, play with their iPhones at the table or sneak a sip of booze from a flask underneath the table. The one thing they do not do is talk. Frankly, people watching this spot who have to have dinner with chatty relatives over the holidays might envy that part.

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Here’s What Happens When Two Male Coworkers Try to Recreate Famous Paintings

The fun's at the Squarespace office in New York City

Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, coworkers at the web design platform Squarespace, became every cubicle jockey’s heroes this week with their now-viral depictions of famous paintings the duo creates using only objects from their New York City office. “The only rules are that all props must be things found in the office and all editing must be done on a phone,” according to their Tumblr for the project “Foolsdoart.” A few examples of their creations, which are also on Instagram:

Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665):

"The Girl with the Pearl Earring" Johannes Vermeer, 1665

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René Magritte’s The Son of Man (1964):

"The Son of Man" Rene Magritte, 1964

A photo posted by @foolsdoart on

Frida Kahlo’s Thinking About Death (1943):

"Thinking About Death" Frida Kahlo, 1943

A photo posted by @foolsdoart on

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503-1506):

"Mona Lisa" Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-1506

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TIME technology

This 3D-Printed Wristband Will Sense When You Fall Asleep During a TV Show and Record the Rest of It

If such a device ever comes to market, then you'd never have to miss the end of late-night TV shows again

Ever try to watch television late at night before bed, but struggle to stay awake during the shows? Virgin Media says it is interested in developing a wristband that can sense when sleepyheads drift off in front of the small screen and then set a TiVo box to record the rest of the program.

According to a news release, the company is testing a 3D-printed wristband called KipstR, which “uses a pulse-oximeter to sense if the wearer is asleep or awake and then mimics the users’ TiVo remote control to pause, record or resume a show appropriately.”

The company says it has been developing the device with teenagers Ryan Oliver, 15, and Jonathan Kingsley, 14, from Manchester Creative Studios, a school for teens interested in careers in the creative and tech sectors.

Virgin Media has set up a website where people can sign up to be part of a trial of the device.

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TIME society

Watch an Insanely Cool Star Wars-Themed Holiday Lights Display

We recommend waving glowsticks—er, lightsabers—as you watch this video

An intricate lights display at a Newark, Calif., home features a 17-foot guitar, a 19-foot piano, all choreographed to songs from the Star Wars films.

According to the YouTube description, this design was orchestrated by Tom BetGeorge, a music teacher at Oakland’s Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Arts.

He writes, “If you look closely (especially during the Cantina song) the instruments are playing the real notes!”

If you cannot see it in person, it is supposed to be featured on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, in which families compete to put on the best Christmas lights display.

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Apparently Weird Al Does Magic Now

The floating orb is a mystery. Or is it?

In a 16-second video “the mysterious floating orb,” singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic looks like he is making a metal orb float. He makes “ooooh ahhhh” sounds while he shows off the trick, then reveals that he has been playing with an oversized soup ladle stuffed up his shirt sleeve the whole time. The description of the video on YouTube says he learned the trick from magician and comedian Justin Willman.

Still, if you can get a hold of one of these things, it will probably a fun trick to show off to relatives during the holidays.

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This Honest Trailer for The Hobbit Shows Just How Repetitive the Film Trilogy Is

"A nearly three-hour movie with the plot of one-third of a children's novel "

The YouTube channel behind the viral, snarky commentary for Love Actually and Guardians of the Galaxy is out with an equally cynical take on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), the second film in the Hobbit trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.

In a fake trailer for the movie, the comedians, known as “Screen Junkies,” argue the film is too long, describing it as “a nearly three-hour movie with the plot of one-third of a children’s novel that will have audiences everywhere saying, ‘oh my god, it’s STILL going,'” while saying “tiny sections of the book” are “stretched into hours.”

The video is pegged to the release of the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week.

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Watch a Quiz Show Contestant Get a Ridiculously Easy Question Wrong

Schadenfreude

A contestant on the Australian quiz show Millionaire Hot Seat is going viral because she had trouble answering one of the easiest game show questions one could possibly get.

The question: “Which of these is not a piece of jewelry commonly worn to symbolize a relationship between two people?”

Possible answers included engagement ring, anniversary ring, wedding ring, and burger ring (a snack food) and she chose “anniversary ring.”

She seemed to have overlooked the “not a piece of jewelry” part of the question because when the show’s host Eddie McGuire slowly repeated that key clause, she immediately realized that she should have said burger ring.

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