Watch how this adorable hummingbird makes friends with a human

Not only is this the calmest hummingbird I've ever seen, but the bravest as well. Read the rest

Watch anchor's great response after viewer tells her to "dress like a normal woman"

After Portland's NBC reporter Maggie Vespa wore high-waisted pants last week, a viewer didn't approve of her wardrobe, saying via Facebook that she looked ridiculous in pants. Read the rest

Judge who sentenced rapist Brock Turner to only 6 months now a high school coach for girls

Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford rapist Brock Turner to a mere six months in jail (for which he served only three), is now coaching a girls tennis team at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California.

This is the same man who said that Turner, who raped an unconscious young woman with a foreign object and left her undressed behind a dumpster, "will not be a danger to others.”

Of course, the residents of Santa Clara County, who had the judge recalled last year, are not happy.

According to HuffPost:

A petition to remove Persky from his coaching position at Lynbrook has already been created.

“We as a community should be so disappointed in my alma maters the decision to hire recalled Judge Aaron Persky as their new Tennis Coach for the girls’ JV team,” the petition reads. “Survivors deserve better. Our community deserves better. We can, should, and ought to do better. Fire Persky from Lynbrook High, now.”

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Penske truck lands on the roof of a house in freak accident

This is a maneuver that would be hard to replicate. A Penske truck is headed down a highway in Ontario, Canada when it hits a ditch, crashes into a utility pole, and then somehow leaps up to the roof of a house. The video was caught on a dashcam from a driver headed home from work.

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Toddlers are overjoyed to spot each other on the street and give an awesome hug

Maxwell and Finnegan are besties, so when they spot each other on the street, it's sheer exuberance. They've only known each other for a year, but in toddler years that's half a lifetime. Pure joy.

Click here to see the video.

Via ABC News

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Driver takes video of another driver sleeping behind the wheel of a self-driving Tesla

Someone in another car spotted this couple sleeping in a self-driving Tesla that was zipping along the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to NBC on YouTube. The person honked, trying to wake the driver up, but "it didn't work at all." Read the rest

Another Harvey Weinstein accuser speaks out: "He tried to rape me"

A former Miramax employee, Rowena Chiu, accused Harvey Weinstein on The Today Show this morning of trying to rape her in 1998. She had waited until now because of an NDA, which she says she was finally ready to break.

Although this is the first time she's spoken out about it publicly, journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor talk about her experiences in their upcoming book, "She Said."

Via HuffPost:

Chiu’s story first appeared in journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s upcoming book, “She Said,” which tracks the reporting that led up to the Me Too reckoning in the fall of 2017. “She Said” hits stores this week.

In the book, Chiu describes struggling with depression and a suicide attempt in the 20 years since the assault. She told “Today” that she decided to break the non-disclosure agreement now because she simply hadn’t been ready to speak up about her experience earlier.

“The NDA asked us to keep a secret about something that happened to me while I was working for 20 years, and that in itself was a very difficult thing to do,” she said. ”...When this story broke in the press about two years ago, I wasn’t ready. ... I felt intimidated. I felt terrified. I didn’t know what the repercussions would be both legally and personally, and so it really has taken all of two years to square some of those things away both in terms of my own personal life, in terms of coming forward and speaking to my parents, speaking to my husband, speaking to my closest friends.”

In the clip below, she describes a horrifying scene between her and the pig, and says, "He tried to rape me."

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Watch this amazing Jimi Hendrix cover of Voodoo Child on a Korean gayageum

Luna Lee does't just play the gayageum well, she's spectacular. This cover of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child is absolute perfection.

For more, watch her play David Bowie's Man Who Sold the World (from our 2017 post).

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Video: A furious woman at Walmart calls cops on a man because he "looks illegal"

A Glendora, California woman is about to blow a gasket because she spots a man in the Walmart parking lot who "looks illegal." That's the reason she tells police that they have to come and arrest him. "There's a guy illegal here," she insists. "The other guy behind him might snap my neck." She babbles on, irate as hell, and even gets into a heated argument with another guy, in his car, who calls her a racist. The only thing askew is that it's a sunny day and she's not wearing her MAGA cap. Read the rest

American Airlines mechanic intentionally damages plane about to take off

An American Airlines mechanic who wanted overtime was arrested yesterday for deliberately damaging a plane ready to take 150 people from Miami to the Bahamas.

According to CNN:

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani has been charged with "willfully damaging, destroying, disabling, or wrecking an aircraft, and attempting to do so," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Alani allegedly tried to damage or disable the aircraft's air data module (ADM) system, which reports aircraft speed, pitch and other critical data, on July 17.

On Thursday, investigators interviewed Alani and he "admitted that he accessed the ADM" and that he "inserted a piece of foam into the ADM's inlet where the line connects and that he applied super glue to the foam so as to prevent the foam from coming off," the complaint says.

Alani told investigators that he meant no harm to the passengers — he was hoping the damage would allow him to work more hours and get overtime.

The plane had actually started its flight, but after picking up speed on the runway, received an "error related to the ADM system," so the plane turned back to the concourse. None of the passengers were injured.

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Incredible catch: man on high-speed rollercoaster saves stranger's phone

As if zipping along a track at speeds up to 83 mph is no big deal, a man riding PortAventura Park's Shambhala rollercoaster in Spain also had enough wits about him to grab a stranger's phone that was flying through the sky. Amazing reflexes, to say the least. Read the rest

Kitchen doubles as parking garage for Smart car

With Hurricane Dorian threatening a Florida man's property in Jacksonville, he didn't want to take any chances with his Smart car. Although he had a garage with space for one car, his wife, Jessica Eldridge, already had her car parked in that spot. Worried that his tiny vehicle would blow away — and up for a challenge — he made a cozy spot for it in the kitchen.

According to AP:

“I said there was no way he could. He said he could,” Jessica said. “So he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit. He had it in with no problems.”

Images by Jessica Edridge

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Watch: After bears attempt to save cub from dumpster, cops come to the rescue with one simple tool

Usually cops use ladders to save stranded kitties from trees (at least that's the myth), but last week they used one in Lake Tahoe, California, to save a baby bear. After one cub stands on its mother's back, trying to open the top of a dumpster to free another cub who is trapped inside (who knew bears were that clever!), a couple of deputies come to the rescue with said ladder. If only all cop stories were this wonderful.

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An angry Pete Davidson tells student audience they're "f*cking retarded"

Pete Davidson seemed to hate the students at University of Central Florida during his stand up performance last night. The Saturday Night Live comedian was triggered by students who were recording him on their phones.

“I don’t have to be here. I can just give them their money back because I don’t give a fuck,” he yelled. He called the students "privileged little assholes," "idiots," and "fucking retarded." The audience laughs at first, but the room seems to get tense as his rant goes on.

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50-year-old man paddles his way from San Francisco to Honolulu

Antonio De La Rosa, from Spain, just paddled his way from San Francisco to Honolulu. It took the ultra-endurance athlete 76 days in his stand-up paddle boat, celebrating his 50th birthday by himself along the way.

According to AP:

He ate dehydrated food, using heated water, and sometimes fished. He paddled eight-to-10 hours daily and slept every night. But he was always tired because he woke up hourly to check on his gear.

He said he was disappointed to see fishing gear refuse every day of his voyage — including nets and line

He used a tracking device to record every minute of his journey and called it a record because he believes no one has ever done what he accomplished. It’s a record because “I certify it,” he said with a laugh.

Here's a video of him approaching Waikiki:

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Police in Spain hand out survivor kits to nudists whose clothes have been stolen from the beach

The Barcelona area has beautiful beaches, including some that are nudist-friendly. But skinny dippers beware — robbery is common when people leave their stuff on the sand to swim (more than 850 thefts so far this summer), and many of the victims are naked, who come back to their spot on the sand without a stitch of clothing to be had.

Thankfully, the local police are stocked with clothing replacement kits just for the occasion, which include "a T-shirt bearing the city council logo, a pair of shorts, flip-flops and a metro ticket," according to The Guardian.

The kits handed out by officers of the city’s Guàrdia Urbana have saved the blushes of 174 bathers since this year’s summer season officially began on 27 May. The number given out has increased each year since they were introduced in 2016.

If you plan on swimming au natural in Spain, or anywhere for that matter, you might want to bring a buddy to guard your belongings. Actually, this goes for suited swimmers as well.

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Video: Transgender women forced out of LA bar by hostile security

Security at La Perla, a downtown bar in Los Angeles, aggressively forced out at least two transgender women and "several gay men," according to CBS.

Cellphone video of the incident shows Jennifer Bianchi, one of the women, repeatedly saying, “Don’t touch me like that.”

A friend of hers is shown being pulled off a chair and carried out the door.

“I think it was really wrong and humiliating,” Bianchi says, “Hurtful.”

The group at the bar was comprised of staff and volunteers from a local nonprofit, Bienestar Human Services who were there to support DTLA Proud, an annual two-day festival held in Pershing Square that celebrates the LGBTQ community.

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