Watch as tourist crosses glass bridge and panics when he thinks it's shattering

Watch as this unsuspecting tourist crossing a glass bridge freaks out when the glass begins to crack. Special effects that make the glass walkway look and sound like it's shattering were added to the bridge, which is 3,871 feet high and 873 feet long. The gag is meant as a "provocative" experience, but it's been so believable that the masterminds behind it gave an apology – but will continue to terrify people who dare to cross.

According to CNET:

The gimmick was so believable the East Taihang administration issued an apology assuring the public the cracks were just an "effect" to make the bridge experience more "provocative."

While the administration is "very sorry that people got frightened," the panels will not be replaced. After all, this sort of prank is to get more curious tourists out on the bridge to see for themselves how scary the sensation of cracking glass underfoot can be, especially when walking alongside a very tall mountain.

Here's another video of a tourist scared out of his wits by this provocative bridge.

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Devin Nunes tells Fox today that Trump never met with Papadopoulos, but photo shows he is lying

Rep. Devin Nunes, author of Friday's declassified dud memo, told a big fat lie on Fox and Friends this morning.

"As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who Trump was — never even met with the president,” Nunes said with a straight face.

Nunes was referring to the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, who is now a major witness in the Russia investigation.

But this isn't true. Papadopoulos did meet with Trump, and there is proof:

In the picture above, from Trump's own Instagram account, Papadopoulos is the straight-backed gentleman sitting third from the left, while Trump is to the right at the foot of the table.

According to Vox:

In fact, this specific meeting is quite important. According to internal Trump campaign emails obtained by the Washington Post, Papadopoulos offered to broker “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump.”

In other words, not only did Trump meet with Papadopoulos, but they literally discussed building a bridge between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Here's a video of Nunes fibbing to Fox, as Fox's Friends complacently sit there with mock serious expressions. Read the rest

An adorable look at the mechanics behind crawling

Learning how to crawl is a lot more complicated that most of us realize. But this baby walks, er, crawls you through it step by step. Kinesiology at its cutest. Read the rest

#DeleteHQ: Trivia players are angry with HQ since it's raising $15 million with Peter Thiel's Founders Fund

Last July, the daily live trivia show, HQ, launched as an app. Players have a chance of winning anywhere from $1,500-$15,000 or more, depending on the game's generosity of the day (although winners split the pot, so that amount can be much less). Twice a day HQ asks 12 trivia questions (sometimes 15) with three multiple choice answers to choose from, and players get knocked out of the game if they click on a wrong answer. When I first started playing a few months ago, there might be 200,000 to 300,000 players at a time. But the game caught on quickly and nowadays HQ fans play with over 1-million others per game.

But that number might start to fall.

Last night Recode reported that HQ is raising $15 million, and that Founders Fund, "the venture firm founded by billionaire Peter Thiel, is expected to lead the round..." After Recode's report came a Twitter backlash, and the hashtag #DeleteHQ was unleashed. Ashley Feinberg from HuffPost asked people to delete the app.

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Fidel Castro's eldest son commits suicide

The eldest son of Fidel Castro, 68-year-old Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide after a months-long treatment depression. Living in Cuba, Diaz-Balart, also knows as "Fidelito," was hospitalized for his depression but had been released for outpatient care. According to NBC:

He was known for studying how to develop nuclear energy on the island of Cuba, according to his official bio from the Academy of Sciences.

Diaz-Balart is the cousin of NBC News and Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart as well as current Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, who is a staunch anti-Castro figure.

His uncle, Raul Castro, has led Cuba since 2008 when he took over the role of president of Cuba from Fidel Castro — who ruled his island home beginning in 1959, antagonized 11 U.S. presidents and died in 2016 aged of 90.

The way in which he killed himself has not been disclosed. Read the rest

Flight carrying over 80 plumbers forced to turn back because of toilet problems

How many plumbers does it take to unclog a Norwegian Air toilet? Apparently, way more than 80.

A Norwegian Air flight was shuttling over 80 plumbers from Oslo to Munich for a trade event, but less than an hour after takeoff the passengers were informed that the plane had to return to Oslo. Why? "Toilets problems!"

But rather than the usual angry mob of passengers a flight crew usually encounters when there's a forced return landing, this plane was full of laughter.

“Seldom has there been more laughter in an airplane . . . when the reason given is ‘toilet problems,'” one of the plumbers on board told the Washington Post. “Even the flight attendant came and told me that she has never done a U-turn with that many passengers smiling on board,” he said. “We are still smiling.”

And actually, jokes aside, it would normally take less than 80 plumbers to deal with a faulty Norwegian Air toilet – but these toilets need to be fixed from the outside of the plane.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Nancy Pelosi: "I think she should smile a lot more often"

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fancied herself an expert on etiquette this morning during an interview on CNN. While discussing Trump's State of the Union Speech, CNN's Chris Cuomo said that the room was "grossly divided," and that he'd never seen House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's face like that before, referring to Pelosi's look of frustration.

"I think Nancy Pelosi looks like that all the time," Sanders responded. “I think she should smile a lot more often. I think the country would be better for it. She seems to kind of embody the bitterness that belongs in the Democrat Party right now.”

Interesting that she thinks Pelosi should smile when Pelosi doesn't feel like smiling, but doesn't point to Bernie Sanders (not known for his smiles) or any of the other unsmiling people in the room last night, shown in the video below:

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Naked mole rats do not die of old age according to research

With its pink hairless body and huge incisors hanging out of its mouth, the naked mole rat isn't a particularly handsome creature. A rodent that is neither rat nor mole but the only species currently classified in the genus Heterocephalus, the nearly blind, nearly hairless naked mole rat lives in almost complete darkness its entire life. It has also recently been discovered that these rodents live to around 35 years, as opposed to a "regular" rat's six years, and the naked mole rat doesn't seem to actually age before it dies.

According to Phys Org:

A team of researchers at Google-owned Calico Life Sciences LLC has found that the naked mole rat defies Gompertz's mortality law. In their paper published in eLife, the group describes their study of the unusual-looking rodent and describe some of its unusual traits.

Naked mole rats are very nearly hairless. They evolved that way by living in a harsh underground environment. They are also almost ectothermic (cold blooded). And now, it seems they do not age—at least in the traditional sense. Reports of long-lived mole rats prompted the team at Calico to take a closer look—they have a specimen in their lab that has lived to be 35 years old. Most "normal" rats, in comparison, live to be just six years old, and they age as they do so.

The team collected what they describe as 3,000 points of data regarding the lifespan of the naked mole rat, and found that many had lived for 30 years.

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Gentleman steals over 1,000 pounds of mail while working as postman

An Italian postman has had a hard time parting with other people's mail. The 56-year-old gentleman, from Vicenza Italy, has been hoarding mail in his garage – mail that included letters, bills, statements, and pamphlets – that go as far back as 2010.

He had stashed over 1,000 pounds of mail in yellow plastic containers that belonged to the post office – 43 of them in all. But he now must part with his collection, as a recycling company discovered it when they came to clean out his garage.

The Vicenza post office promised to deliver all of the mail - even if some of it is eight years too late.

Via Reuters

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Watch speeding train crash into FedEx truck, slicing it into two pieces

A passenger train crashed into a FedEx truck, smashing it right in half during a snow storm last Saturday in North Salt Lake, Utah. With such dramatic dashcam footage, it's a wonder nobody was hurt.

According to CNN:

In a statement to CNN affiliate WJW, the transit authority said the crossing gates weren't working properly because of the weather conditions. Nor were the flashing lights and bells that warn of an approaching train. Onlookers said the crossing arms didn't come down until after the train was coming through.

"In the event of a power outage or lack of signal, crossing gates are programmed to default to the 'down and active'position as a safety precaution." the statement said. "Preliminary information indicates the gates were affected by the severe ice and snow conditions at the time and were in the default 'down and active' position, as they are programmed..."

A spokeswoman for FedEx told CNN: "We are aware of the incident in Salt Lake City and are grateful that no one was seriously injured. We worked with authorities during their investigation to quickly clean up the scene and minimize the impact on customers."

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Watch Davos woman have fun jumping from fourth floor into deep snow

With the heaviest snowfall in Davos, Switzerland since the year 2000, this Swiss woman decides to have some fun. "Holy shit," someone says as she stands on the ledge of a fourth floor window. "Shit that's high." Someone else - sounds like her son – asks her to go head first, but to that she says "No." And then she does it with a Swiss "Yahoo!" landing safely in the white fluff. Read the rest

Snake swims around wearing head of decapitated fish

Why is this garter snake swimming around wearing a decapitated head of a trout? It certainly doesn't look like fun.

A snake expert tells Inverse how the garter might have gotten into its grotesque predicament.

Exactly how the snake got into this situation is unclear, but snake experts have a few ideas. While it might appear that the snake could be trying to finish the last bite of a fishy meal, herpetologist Emily Taylor, Ph.D., the director of the Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Lab at California Polytechnic State University, tells Inverse that this is impossible.

“I can tell you that the snake definitely did not eat the rest of the fish. First, that fish it too big for the snake,” she said in an e-mail. “Second, snakes don’t take bites — they eat their meals whole.”

"Someone caught the fish and cleaned it, and threw the head back in the creek,” he said in an e-mail to Inverse. “The snake investigated the cut-off head, and may have found some loose bit of tissue (such as a gill) that it tried to eat but can’t separate from the rest of the head.”

She adds that perhaps the snake got stuck inside the head, but says that gruesome scenario is unlikely. Read the rest

This bizarre anti-masturbation video can't be real, but it is

This is such a creepy video that at first I thought it had to be a parody. But no, the cuts in this strange Jehovah Witness anti-masturbation training video are apparently real, leaked from Watchtower, the JW religious magazine. This video is edited by Lloyd Evans, an ex-Jehovah's Witness writer and activist, from two induction videos, one for women and one for men, meant for "bethelites," or JW workers. Evans himself was trapped in the JW cult for decades, as he explains on his Patreon page:

Ever since realizing at the age of 30 that I had wasted decades of my life in a harmful, abusive cult, I have tried to channel my anger and frustration in positive ways - by creating content that can help those struggling with Jehovah's Witness indoctrination begin thinking for themselves (preferably more quickly than I did)!

And on his YouTube page he has this to say:

Presented by Governing Body helpers Ralph Walls and Gary Breaux, the videos perfectly illustrate the extent to which Witness sex lives are policed, and give a glimpse of the religion's growing paranoia about homosexuality.

The rebuttal for these videos is in production, and will be released on Saturday, January 27, 2018. There will also be an article about the videos on JWsurvey.org.

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Watch: Burger King explains Net Neutrality with Whopper sandwiches

Although Net Neutrality – or its repeal if certain somebodies get their way – is an issue that affects everyone, not everyone is clued in to what it actually means. Enter Burger King's faux "social experiment" that explains Net Neutrality with a currency everyone understands: the Whopper sandwich. Want a Whopper for the regular price of $4.99? Fine but you'll have to get a "slow-access Whopper pass" and wait in the slow lane for up to 20 minutes. But no worries, if you're in a hurry you can still have it in a few minutes – it'll just cost you $26. This is the best explainer video I've seen in a long time. Read the rest

Ex-GOP chair tells Trump-supporting evangelicals to"‘shut the hell up!"

Evangelicals love a president who cheats on all of his wives, brags about assaulting women by grabbing their pussies, and pays hush money to a porn star to keep her from talking to the press about his sex affair with her. Tony Perkins of the right-wing Family Research Council, said Trump gets "a do-over" because evangelicals "were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists." But Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chair, has one thing to say to evangelicals about their unwavering support for the unfaithful Trump: “I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again,” he said on MSNBC.

“After telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter, the grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter, the outright behavior and lies don’t matter, just shut up!” Steele blasted.

“They have no voice of authority anymore for me,” Steele concluded.

But in his heart, Steele knows the truth: Trump's sanctimonious base has made it clear that they will support Trump no matter what he says or does, and they'll never stop scolding everyone (but Trump) about family values, either. Read the rest

Watch this new robot move so fast it becomes a blur

This new origami-inspired robot, "milliDelta," created by Harvard researchers, moves so quickly all you can see is a blur. In fact, moving at 70 motions a second, it's the "smallest, fastest, and most precise of its kind," according to The Verge. The robot can be used in assembly lines as well as as assisting in delicate surgery. Read the rest

Sicko parents who tortured their children renew their vows in this creepy 2015 video

David and Louise Turpin, the monsters who starved and tortured their 13 children, had a cheesy renewal wedding in 2015, which featured a bad Elvis imitator as their poor children, all dressed in matching church fashion, are forced to watch and then dance on stage in mock joy. This video has the same effect as a David Lynch movie, except it's real. Read the rest

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