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Japan’s underground bicycle garage is awesome

Walking around San Francisco, I often see parked bicycles with their front wheels missing — the result of all too common bike thefts.  That’s why Japan’s automatic underground garages are seriously awesome.  Not only does the ingenious urban technology save a ton of ground-level space, but it also keep your two-wheelers safe from predators.  You gotta watch how it works in the video below.  I love how the system just sucks in your bicycle and takes it into what looks like a sci-fi cave!

Ahmed Angel, the real life Blue Steel

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Sometimes we come across human beings who are simply gems, a cut above the rest of us mere mortals.  Meet Ahmed Angel, an 18-year old from Iraq, who has recently been popping up all over the internet — and no wonder, what with that disarming “Blue Steel” pose (a la Zoolander), perfectly gelled hair, and immaculate airbrushed makeup.  He’s got a treasure trove of photos on his Facebook, and apparently a rapidly growing fan base.

Sure, the title of his YouTube video, “Ahmed Angel is Planet,” doesn’t really make sense.  But after you watch it, you’ll realize that making sense really isn’t the point.

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Japanese schoolgirls start “Hadouken” photos trend

Remember a couple years ago when we came across the Japanese “floating girl” pictures?  This might be even more awesome.  In Japan, it’s a photo trend among schoolgirls to re-enact Street Fighter’s “hadouken” superpower move.  One person unleashes the imaginary explosion, which totally blasts the other people away.  It’s a hilarious meme, and I’m even starting to see people here in the US doing these poses in their pictures!

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Happy Holi! (And why you should do the Color Run)

Happy Holi!  This week, thousands of Hindus around the world will celebrate Holi, the festival that welcomes the new season of spring.  According to Hindu legend, Lord Krishna  visited the city of Barsana, where his lover Radha lived, and teased her with colors.  The word “Holi” comes from “Holika,” the name of a Hindu deity known for her special gift of being able to withstand fire.  During the festival, people also celebrate by burning bonfires.

These beautiful photos show how freakin’ awesome and joyful it is to get completely doused in color.  I’ve never had a chance to celebrate Holi, I just did the Color Run and it was AWESOME!  It’s a 5k race, and every kilometer is a different color…by the end, you’re completely covered in brightness.

Celebrate spring the Holi way and sign up for the nearest run near you!

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Gangnam Style returns as flipbook animation

Even though the Gangnam Style craze has slowly died out, there are still some fanatics out there with a lot of time on their hands. If you’re not sick of the catchy song yet, check out this epic flipbook animation of the entire music video. I’m impressed with how realistic the dance moves look, and who doesn’t love the elevator scene?

Super trippy animated art helps you chill out

Remember those “magic eye” pictures that you’d stare at to see the 3D image within?  I think I’ve just found today’s version of that.  Croatian digital artist, Paolo Ceric, is known for his animated GIF art — super trippy designs that get you staring into the soul of your computer screen.  I just found my zen while falling into this donut hole.

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How to watch a movie in India

In America, there’s usually an announcement played before a movie reminding people to turn off their phones and refrain from being loud during a movie. But based on this clip of a crowd of movie-goers, it seems to be the opposite in India.

The audience is hysterically jumping, screaming, and throwing confetti as they watch the action film. It’s almost as if the scene was actually happening in front of them. One person hilariously commented, “Hopefully everyone turned off their cellphones before the movie. Would be so disruptive.”

It’s also interesting to see how the movie culture in India is. As another viewer said, ”This reminds me of when I went to see Paranormal activity in theaters. A group of guys in front of me were basically doing this when it was night, cheering every time the time was fast forwarding and screaming and jumping around and hugging each other when it slowed down.”

Now I really want to watch a movie in India!

(Thanks, David!)

Meet China’s real life Edward Scissorhands

I seriously think this guy is a genius, possibly paving the way to affordable prosthetic limbs.  Sun Jifa, a farmer in China, lost his hands when he was making a fishing explosive.  He couldn’t afford the prosthetic arms at the hospital, so he found another solution — he built his own.  Made of scrap steel, the metal arms use wires and pulleys controlled by his elbows.
Sun said the only downside is that it gets quite hot in the summer, and the metal can be quite heavy.  Check out the amazing pictures below of his highly functional hands.  ”‘I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing,” Sun said.  ”There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune.”

 

“Gangnam Style” horse-riding dance move is the new “shuffle”

To be honest, when I first saw this video by Korean-pop rapper, PSY, I immediately stopped watching it thinking it was just plain weird. But a few hours later, I found myself re-watching the video, and now it’s been on repeat ever since. There’s just something about the quirky randomness that makes the video so entertaining. Best of all are the dance moves. Not many singers can choreograph a dance that looks like you’re horseback riding and make it go viral. Even I’ve secretly tried to learn the dance in the privacy of my room, although I’m not sure how well it will fly if I bust it out in a club.

The video has over 15 million views and even T-Pain and Justin Bieber have tweeted about it. Apparently the 34-year-old Korean artist raps about his ideal girlfriend– one who is a classy and smart by day, but sexy and bares all at night. “Gangnam” is a wealthy district in Seoul. Put it all together and you have Gangnam Style!

I tried to figure out why this video has become internationally popular and I think it caught on for the same reason LMFAO’s shuffle dance in “Party Rock Anthem” became so widely loved. Like LMFAO, Psy isn’t your typical cookie-cutter pop-star image. He’s funny, weird, and just doesn’t give a crap about what others think of him. The lyrics are simple and catchy, and the dance moves can be learned by everyone.  I guess that’s the recipe for an viral video!

Awesome: Playground made of crocheted yarn

Crochet, the knitting-like hobby, just got way cooler thanks to a Japanese artist named Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.  She’s the mastermind behind the seriously awesome playground made of yarn in Sapporo, Japan.

Apparently, these crocheted playgrounds started accidentally when, during one of her art exhibits, two kids asked if they could play on the her displayed “Multiple Hammock No. 1.”  Suddenly, her piece had come to life as the little rascals crawled and swung on the yarn.

If you’re in Japan, be sure to check out the playground`at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.

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