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World Traveler Solves Rubik’s Cube By Asking Strangers to Each Make One Turn

84 people in 11 countries helped him solve it during the two-month trip

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Around the world isn’t just for yo-yos any more. A Rubik’s Cube made the trick it’s own in this new viral video.

Nuseir Yassin graduated from Harvard College in May 2014, and like many of his peers, he wanted to take some time off from studying to travel the world. His trip was unique because he took his Rubik’s Cube along and challenged strangers to help him solve the brainteaser. As he touched down in Russia, England, Thailand or Sri Lanka, he would invite people to help with the project. With cameras rolling, each person (and the occasional animal) moved the toy one turn.

By the end of his trip, he had visited 11 countries, where people (30 women, 54 men) made 84 moves and helped solve the infernal puzzle, according to his description of quest on YouTube. Out of all those people and countries, he claims to have had only one rejection.

It’s an impressive feat, but still not as impressive the guy who solved a Rubik’s Cube in a wind tunnel.

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Kansas City Cop Starts a Dance-Off With Kids

Watch him try to hold his own in this adorable video

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Out of Kansas City, Missouri, comes a video of a police officer busting a move with some of the local kids in an eastern Kansas City neighborhood. NBC News affiliate KSHB reports that after officer Jeffrey Krebs spent Sunday morning dancing in his patrol car, his partner offered Jolly Rancher candy to some kids in the neighborhood if they would throw down their best moves in a dance-off with the officer.

The kids and Krebs delivered, each offering up some moves, including one Krebs dubbed “The Octopus” (which the unseen camera operator reacts to with a quiet “Oof.”)

Krebs told KSHB he hopes the friendly competition will help him work better with the community in the long run: “I feel like if we build rapport with them, then they’re more likely to call us when they need us.”

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This Muppets–Beastie Boys Mashup Is ‘What’cha Want’

You want this mashup

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In the wake of a dark news cycle, sometimes you just want to escape into the comfort of a heartwarming viral video filled with excited puppies, surfing pigs or, say, rapping Muppets.

Today, the Internet gods or hamsters or whoever it is that runs the pipes and tubes of the World Wide Web looked down, smiled, and gave the world this minute-long video of the Muppets “performing” the Beastie Boys hit “So What’cha Want.”

Starring the Swedish Chef, Animal, and Beaker bravely stepping into the shoes of MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D, this mashup by heaven-sent YouTuber Mylo the Cat is everything you need to feel a little bit better today.

Watch while you can, though, because the Beastie Boys won’t allow their music to be used in commercial endeavors, probably not even by Muppets.

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Watch a Dog Just Lose His Mind Meeting The Family’s New Kitten for the First Time

The dog looks pawsitively smitten with the new cat already

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Read any baby book and there will be probably be a chapter on introducing your new baby to your beloved family pet. Tips usually include something like bringing home a baby blanket so the dog can sniff it and get used to that new baby smell and learn to love the tiny creature to which it belongs.

In this YouTube video uploaded by Tom Shukis, Kip, the “dorky year-old rat terrier,” meets the tiny grey tabby on his girlfriend’s sofa in Cherry Valley, New York. He quickly gets a little over-excited to meet his new housemate, and in a fit of unbridled enthusiasm, starts spinning in gleeful circles on the couch unable to contain the shock of the new kitty. Watch and smile.

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2 Chainz Makes a Baby Stop Crying

She stops crying and starts dancing

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Some babies are soothed by the dulcet tones of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” or Nine Inch Nails’s “Copy of A.” Now, playing 2 Chainz is all it takes to get a baby girl to stop crying in this new YouTube clip.

Just two notes into the rapper’s song “I’m Different,” you can see her dancing for joy as high as her little legs and her baby jumper will let her.

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Watch President Obama “Sing” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”

It's not real, but it's still spectacular

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President Obama is so fancy, but he already knows, he’s in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo and he sings all about it in this “cover” of Iggy Azalea’s hit, “Fancy.”
 
The YouTube Channel BarackDubs has taken snippets from the President’s speeches and weaved them together into a tapestry that mirrors Iggy Azalea’s flow. In the past, the viral video stars have made Obama look like he’s singing hits likes Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
 
It’s a fun clip, but it lacks the of sly-eyed elan of their previous venture, Bill Clinton singing “Blurred Lines.”
 
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This Little Piggy Can Surf

SURFBORT

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The latest surfing animal to go viral is Kama, an adorable pig who hangs ten better than most people.
 
Kama developed his skills on the surfboard after the orphaned piglet was adopted by a human family. When Kai Holt saw the baby pig fall into the family’s swimming pool and immediately start swimming like a porcine Michael Phelps, he realized the pig was a water fanatic. After Kama got acclimated to swimming pools, Holt, an avid surfer, decided to test the waters, literally, and take Kama out to catch some waves at one of Oahu’s famed beaches. As Holt says in the video, if the pig can swim, he can definitely surf. Sure enough, the pig was a natural, digging his hooves into the front of Holt’s board and soon Kama and Holt were out riding the waves together with Kama standing tall while Holt paddles.
 
Thanks to GoPro cameras strapped to the board and Kama’s head, the entire internet can get a pig’s eye view as he heads out on a surfing safari.
 
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TIME viral

Here’s What Happens When Pranksters Turn the NYC Subway Into a Spa

Improv Everywhere's latest prank

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Ask any New Yorker and they’ll tell you: While summer in the city has some perks (see the Lovin’ Spoonful for verification), commuting on the subway in the summer is miserable. As the temperature rises, even the shortest subway trip can turn a rider into a sweaty hot mess as the heat turns stations into saunas.

For their latest subway prank, Improv Everywhere have taken something that every New York City commuter knows and taken it to its next logical step. They transformed the 34th Street subway stop into an actual sauna, complete with fresh towels, relaxing music, ice water steeped with lemon slices and hot stone massages. After all, if the subway station is a sauna, you may as well get a facial.

As with most of the Improv Everywhere pranks, the reactions of the passersby are the best part with jaded commuters smirking and shrugging while tourists gawk at the crazy city they are visiting.

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