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Watch This TV Reporter Get Hit in the Head by a Flying Skateboard

Mike Amor will be wary of flying skateboards in the future

Mike Amor, the U.S. bureau chief for Australia’s Seven Network, was reporting from a skate park in Los Angeles when a rogue skateboard walloped him in the head. From the looks of the people around it was pretty painful, but displaying true antipodean pluck, Amor walked away with just a bump.

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4 Possible Explanations for That Mysterious Flash of Light Over Russia

A meteor, a military launch — or something much more sinister?

The sky above Russia’s remote Sverdlovsk region erupted in light last Friday, and despite it having been captured on numerous video recordings—particularly dashboard cameras, it seems—no one seems to know what the flash of light was.

Theories abound, ranging from the reasonable to the completely nonsensical. We’ve collected the most interesting, but first, some of the video footage:

1. Meteor

An explosion that took as long as the one captured on Friday (about 10 seconds) could have been a meteor burning up in the atmosphere, as one astronomer told 66.Ru, according to the Christian Science Monitor. “Looks like a falling bolide,” or meteorite, which evaded detection by the usual array of watchers before hitting our atmosphere, said astronomer Viktor Grokhovsky. Russia, of course, is no stranger to explosive meteors being caught on film. But meteorites usually explode white after streaking across the sky, and whatever this one was didn’t. Marco Langbroek of the Dutch Meteor Society told a meteor blog, “I doubt this one is a meteor.”

2. Military explosion

Was the military were behind the flash? A scheduled explosive ordnance disposal could have taken place,local city officials said, with ammunition lighting up the sky. It could have been a military launch too. Although there’s no launch vicinity in that immediate area, the region is reportedly in the flight path of a launch base. That means a rocket could have blown up en route; the brevity and brightness of the blast seem consistent with that. The Russian military has denied any involvement — but that’s hardly a surprise.

3. Chemical plant explosion

One local news site suggested that there’s an old chemical plant outside the nearby town of Rezhevskoy that could have exploded, causing such a bright light. But we’d surely have heard about such a disaster by now.

4. Aliens

Okay, so no one has seriously claimed that extraterrestrial beings are responsible for the blast, but some say that a UFO crashed in the Sverdlovsk region in 1969. And there’s grainy, ambiguous video footage to prove it!

Read next: This Insane Time-Lapse Video Shows Snow Blanketing Buffalo


Google Doodle Celebrates Corita Kent, Feminist Nun Turned Artist


It would have been her 96th birthday

Google celebrated what would have been the 96th birthday of artist Corita Kent on Thursday — also known as Sister Corita Kent.

In 1936, Kent started her career as a Catholic nun. She began taking art classes, and received a masters in art history — chairing the art history department at Immaculate Heart College. In 1968, she left the order and decided to pursue a full-time career as an artist.

Kent was known for her silk screens, and she often juxtaposed spiritual writing alongside symbols of consumerist culture. She was a well-known activist, fighting for civil rights, anti-war causes, and women’s rights.

She died in 1986.

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Watch a Comedian’s Spot-On Impressions of Celebrities Stuck in Traffic

She imitates everyone from Taylor Swift to Angelina Jolie to Sofia Vergara

In this video, comedian Lauren O’Brien shows off her impressions of 14 female celebrities by imagining how they’d act while stuck in traffic.

What really sold us was her Sofia Vergara, about 25 seconds in, when she yells angrily at someone in the street. (Really, the way she yells “Ay” is flawless.) Some of her impressions are of course better than others, but overall, this is a very solid effort. (Her Taylor Swift, for instance, is not the best, but her Olsen twins impersonation is pretty great.)

In some cases, she makes herself not only sound like the celebrity, but also really look like them, like her Angelina Jolie impersonation at the end of the video. It’s kind of uncanny.

Read next: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Nail 11 Celebrity Impersonations in a Minute


Watch Alabama Students Break the World Record for Largest Hip-Hop Dance Performance

Also probably the most people singing “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” at once

When the elementary school students from Dothan, Ala., look back on their school year, they might recall learning their multiplication tables or reading their first chapter books. But their most memorable memory will surely be gathering in their local civic center to set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest hip hop dance routine.

Nearly 2,000 third, fourth and fifth grade students bested the standing record, set by 1,000 Japanese students. Performing simple choreography to jazz-infused, kid-friendly beats, the children were joined off-camera by their younger classmates, who danced in their classrooms. According to a local newspaper, the dancers spent eight weeks practicing for the big day. The initiative was part of Patti Rutland Jazz’s outreach program, an arts education curriculum that supplements classroom learning in a state whose school districts are historically underfunded.

No word on whether the kids plan to keep on dancing, but they would certainly make for an adorable flash mob if you find yourself in southeastern Alabama looking to stage an elaborate proposal.


This Unaired SNL Sketch Shows That Magical Things Happen When You Reach 10,000 Tweets

“You turned absolutely nothing into tweets”

Much has been made of our tendency to use social media as a megaphone for the most banal, boring and bland events of our lives. A cut sketch from last week’s Saturday Night Live imagines what happens when we bless the world with a milestone number of such trifles.

A Twitter user, played by Aidy Bryant, realizes she’s reached her 10,000th tweet with a remark about how early it gets dark these days. Before she knows it, a troupe of sequined dancers is singing her praises, as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her seventh grade crush and a white-haired God played by Woody Harrelson extol the significance of her contribution to the world.

She even gets a kiss on the lips from a surprise guest star on set to promote Birdman (hint: it’s not Michael Keaton).

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Watch Canadian Hockey Fans Help Finish the U.S. National Anthem After the Singer’s Mic Fails

This is sure to warm even the iciest hearts

At a Toronto Maple Leafs game Tuesday night, singer Michelle Madeira was partway through The Star-Spangled Banner when her mic cut out. She continued singing, but of course, the crowd couldn’t hear her. Without missing a beat, the entire crowd picked up where Madeira left off, completing the U.S. national anthem in unison.

Fans kept up the enthusiasm and sang O Canada right after.

See? Hockey fans aren’t just drunken and rowdy and prone to fighting. They’re also sometimes really awesome.

(h/t Daily Dot)

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Watch the Totally Aca-Awesome Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer

The Bellas are back, and this time they're going for world domination

Unfortunately, we have to wait until May 2015 to see Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 hit about a college women’s a cappella group. That feels like forever. Luckily, though, we now have a full-length trailer to tide us over.

The Barden Bellas are back, and this time they’re heading to an international a cappella competition. No U.S. team has ever won, because, as Elizabeth Banks’ character explains, the “whole word hates us.” But of course, that won’t stop the Bellas from trying.

Fun things in this trailer include: a new a cappella arrangement of Anna Kendrick’s hit song “Cups,” Anna Kendrick making fart noises, gleeful pillow fights, Rebel Wilson being Rebel Wilson and more. So much more.

Read next: Anna Kendrick May Be a Princess, But She’s No Damsel in Distress

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Re-Create Raiders of the Lost Ark With Face-Melting Toht Candle

But you'll have to fill in the screams yourself

Now Indiana Jones’ fans can re-create one of the more grisly scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark with a melting Toht candle.

As the flame burns, the wax face of ruthless Nazi Major Arnold Toht slowly melts off, reports Gizmodo.

In Steven Spielberg’s 1981 movie classic, Major Toht, a sinister SS agent, tries to recover the Ark of the Covenant. But he is ultimately thwarted during an excruciatingly gruesome scene where his face oozes off amid blood-curdling screams in one of the world’s most-famous movie deaths.

“Just light the wick to set the glorious melting process in motion — there’s no need to seek out the Ark of the Covenant and unceremoniously release its supernatural powers,” the candle’s creators Firebox say on their website.

At $31.29, the Major Toht candle comes complete with a black jacket, fedora and glasses.


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This Honest Little Mermaid Trailer Takes the Disney Movie to Task

“If by love you mean acting like a clueless mute brat so an older guy will make out with you”

Disney doesn’t exactly have a reputation for making forward-thinking, feminist movies, although some would argue they’re making strides to correct that. And The Little Mermaid, which turns 25 this week, has inspired arguments on both sides of the debate (it’s feminist because Ariel is Eric’s savior, it’s anti-feminist because it praises young, beautiful women while vilifying old, ugly women). This new “honest trailer” lands squarely on the anti-feminist side, taking the movie to task not only for its prioritization of vanity, but also for being “whimsically fascist” and bastardizing the very notion of love.

Renaming the film “The Little Waistline,” the parody joins dozens of others by Screen Junkies meant to “tell you the truth about your favorite movies and TV shows.” They’re more likely to make you laugh, but they just might make you reconsider exactly what it is you’re nostalgic for.

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