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Competitive Eater Kobayashi Faces Off Against a Hungry Hungry Hamster

Tiny hamster, giant appetite

The Internet’s latest darling is a hungry, hungry hamster. First the hamster took on tiny burritos, then tiny pizza slices and then tiny breakfasts in a tiny mansion. Now the fluffy little rodent has turned its beady little eyes on a larger target — professional eater Takeru Kobayashi.

Kobayashi made a name for himself on the competitive eating circuit, taking down all comers at the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest. He is capable of eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes, but can he compete with a tiny hamster with giant mouth pouches who can tackle tiny fake hot dogs made out of hamster food in only a few dozen mouthfuls?

The only way to find out is it watch the latest installment of HelloDenzien’s adorable videos, but get on the edge of your seat now and brace yourself for a drama-filled face-off between the two eaters.

 

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Grab a Hanky and Watch This Video of “Sad Dads” at One Direction Concerts

It's what makes them beautiful.

In his memoir Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens wrote, “To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened.” This quote clearly applies to the experience of a good father, make that a really good father, taking his tween daughter to a One Direction concert.

Nothing encapsulates the lonely-in-a-crowd phenomenon so much as the face of a father staring in blank horror as the sound and the fury of a stadium packed with young women screaming the names of Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn at the top of their lungs washes over him. In a video with photos by The Spin’s Angelina Castillo, the faces on these fathers say it all — they’ve seen things and they are reflected in their blank, staring eyes, but they would do it again and again for their beloved daughters. In the words of One Direction, it’s what makes these fathers beautiful.

These dear old dads have put up with so much that they clearly deserve this moving tribute set to Gary Jules’s haunting cover of “Mad World.” Terrible beauty, indeed.

 

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Watch Professors Read Their Own Reviews on Rate My Professors

Don't call your professor "awefull," kids.

Taking a nod from Jimmy Kimmel, who likes to torment celebrities by making them read mean tweets about themselves, Lehigh University had some of their professors sit down and read some highlights (and some lowlights) of their reviews on Rate My Professors, a websites where students write their honest opinions of teachers. Not surprisingly, the professors seemed unmoved by evaluations accusing them of “rambling about relevant topics” or being “awefull”—yep, that’s how one student spelled it.

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The New iPhones and Apple Watch (in Two Minutes)

The rumors panned out pretty well: Apple rolled out two new iPhones and its first smartwatch.

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Watch Ducks Reenact the DuckTales Theme Song

By ducks for ducks

Life is like a hurricane whether you live in Duckburg or somewhere else entirely.

With all the race cars, lasers and aeroplanes, it’s a duck-blur that sometimes seems to go so quickly that you don’t even have time to sit and think about what you really need in life. Like, watching real ducks reenact the theme song to DuckTales. Thankfully, there’s the internet to give you the things you so desperately want, before you even know you need them.

In the video, the little ducks don helmets, ride ponies, hop in a submarine and, of course, do the Scrooge MacDuck backstroke through a pile of gold. There’s action, adventure and mummy-chasing in these tales of derring do-bad and good. These are not pony tales or cotton tales, no, they are DuckTales! Woo-oo!

Via Oh My Disney.

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Little Dog in Giant Spider Costume Freaks People Out in the Perfect Prank

12 legs and one long tongue.

Halloween is over a month a way, but it’s never too early to stage a scary prank.

YouTube prankster SA Wardega is terrifying millions of people with his viral video of a ‘spider dog.’ The Polish prankster dressed his dog up as a giant mutant spider that is terrifying, if you didn’t look too closely at the goofy dog face grinning underneath the costume. Wardega then set Chica the spider dog loose on the unsuspecting public and kept his cameras rolling.

While one would think a dog in a spider costume would elicit more laughs than screams, the prankster used the dark of night, an unsuspecting public, creepy locals, and an especially unsettling costume to transform the pup into a plus-sized tarantula with a giant side of NOPE. Throw in some prop body parts and a well-placed web and the results are pure terror …and some dog kisses.

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Teens React to the Nintendo Entertainment System in Hilarious Video

Starring Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams

Grab your controllers, because the latest installment of The Fine Bros. web series, “Teens React” introduces the raised-on-Wii kids of today what the past generation had to use to play Legend of Zelda.

The games themselves stumped some of the new players. While the tech-savvy teens had all heard of Super Mario Bros., thanks to the fact that it had been released for the Nintendo DS, Dragon Warrior 3 elicited confusion across the board, from “No, but it sounds rad!” to “No, I don’t LARP.”

The players were left to their own devices to figure out how to insert the seemingly giant cartridge into the console, but when trouble struck, the film makers instructed them on the fine art of blowing on the game cartridge. The teens were then allowed to play the first round of Super Mario Bros. and they all struggled to use the controller (“This is the least comfortable controller ever!”) while trying to collect coins and being chased by evil mushrooms (“I literally died the first time”) and gawking at the old-school graphics (“I feel like I’m in Wreck-It Ralph!”)

After getting versed in the history of the NES, the teens did take a moment to offer their respect to the classic console, thanking the little gray box for introducing the world at large to the joys of at-home gaming.

While the teens may have found the exercise slightly humiliating, the more insightful ones knew that it was pure karma. “I always make fun of my dad for not knowing how to use stuff,” noted one dejected teen. “Now he’s going to be watching this.”

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Ohio State Marching Band Pays Tribute to The Simpsons and Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, MASH and The Office all got the marching band treatment.

If you think walking and whistling is hard, wait until you see what the Ohio State University marching band can do.

During the half time show at OSU’s football game against Virginia Tech, the band played a montage of theme songs from classic television shows like MASH, The Munsters and Dragnet. Video from Lantern TV shows band members marching in a formation that showcases iconic images from television history, like a helicopter, the Munsters’ pet hand, Thing, and even the Batmobile from the ’60s television version of the Batman franchise.

To make the project more appealing to the audience at the game (and not just their parents), the band also included homages to The Office, Game of Thrones and The Simpsons, topped off with an impressive Bart Simpson skateboarding across the football field.

This isn’t the fist time the OSU band has entertained the crowd with an impressive tribute. Last year, they re-created some Disney classics on the field and their homage to Michael Jackson was quite memorable.

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