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April 26th, 2013
08:53 AM ET

MUST-SEE VIDEO: Walk into a NYC subway...get serenaded by Michael Bublé? Yup it happened

Singer Michael Bublé surprised fans with an acapella performance in a New York subway after his show was canceled.

Filed under: Viral video
April 26th, 2013
08:30 AM ET

VIDEO: Cops mock homeless in '86 training video, causes controversy decades later

The interim Seattle police chief apologizes for a 1986 video mocking homeless people to the tune "Under the Boardwalk."

Filed under: Viral video
April 11th, 2013
06:04 AM ET

VIDEO: See store owners fight off armed robbers

All caught on surveillance video: Two Chicago shopkeepers fight back when two men tried to rob their store at gunpoint.

Filed under: Viral video
March 20th, 2013
07:29 AM ET

CNNTrends: Girl Scout cookie-inspired beer & teen's viral video asking Kate Upton to prom

Poppy Harlow and Zoraida Sambolin take a look at the top CNN Trends this morning.

A creative concoction mixing Girl Scout cookies and beer takes the cake. Five new cookie beers are flowing at San Francisco's "Cerveceria De Mateveza". Flavors include a peppermint porter inspired by Thin Mints, a salted chocolate stout with peanut butter inspired by Peanut Butter Patties, and a Belgian dubbel with coconut and cocoa nibs  inspired by Samoas. There are no actual cookies in the beers but each beer is served with the cookie that inspired it.

And a video of a California high school senior, Jake Davidson, makes some compelling arguments why supermodel Kate Upton should be his prom date has gone viral. Even better, it’s caught her attention. She tweeted her response to Jake: "You can call me Katie if you want! How could I turn down that video! I'll check my schedule."

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Filed under: Girl Scouts • Trending • Viral video
July 19th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

Sailing solo around the world: Alex Thomson on why you need a little 'instability' to make the attempt

Why would anyone want to spend three months alone on a boat, sleeping no more than 20 minutes at a time and dealing with perpetual dampness, not to mention the constant threat of death and disaster?

"I think you have to be a certain type of person," says 38-year-old Alex Thomson, a sun-kissed, blond-haired Brit who lists his profession as an aspiring "single-handed, around-the-world sailor." He has made it his mission to sail around the world—the entire world—all alone without stopping.

"When you put it in perspective, something like 3,000 people have climbed Mt. Everest. More than 500 people have been out to space," Thompson reasons. "But less than 100 people have sailed single-handed non-stop around the world."

Thompson is not yet one of them. In his majestic 60-foot racing yacht sponsored by Hugo Boss, Thompson is gearing up for the Vendee Globe, the premiere solo around-the-world yacht race, which take place every four years. It's his third try; the first two he didn't finish.

In 2006, his keel snapped and his boat capsized. "I though I might die," says Thompson, who had to abandon ship and was ultimately picked up by a competitor.

That experience taught him a lot. Despite all the challenges going on outside, what counts is what is going on in your head.

"You know when you're out there on your own in the southern ocean, where [you're] going to spend five weeks in wind chill factors minus 20, and there's no one to help you…your brain is telling you you're going to die and you've got to control that emotion. You've got to be able to sleep, you've got to be able to eat, you've got to be able to do your jobs and sail the boat. That takes some mental strength, also mental instability," Thomson says.

That's right, he said mental instability. It admittedly takes a special sort of person to pull the stunts Thomson has. YouTube nearly exploded with a wildly popular video that seems to defy physics, where Thomson is standing on the keel of his boat, fully dressed in a Hugo Boss suit as the yacht races through the water.

Photo courtesy of AlexThomsonRacing.com

That image, on the $4 million yacht, looks death-defying and glamorous. Much of his life at sea? Not so glamorous.

His bathroom is a bucket. His food? Dehydrated like an astronaut. And the real hardship: he sleeps no more than 40 minutes at a time.

No wonder he had second thoughts in his first attempt around the world.

"When all the spectator boats are gone and I found myself on my own…I ended up in the fetal position in the cockpit wondering why I was doing it," Thomson says.

Now a seasoned pro, he doesn’t wonder any more.

"I've traveled all the way around the world. I've seen some of the best places, and that’s the way to travel - by water," says Thomson. "That's where you get to see everything."

July 13th, 2012
03:09 PM ET

Must-watch video: Driver goes airborne as he runs red light

A car sped through a red light, clipped a car and went spinning through the air. The driver sustained minor injuries.

Filed under: Viral video
July 13th, 2012
07:17 AM ET

Viral video: Motorcycle joyrider records 185+mph ride

Police are looking for a motorcyclist after he posted a video of his 186mph ride on the Trans-Canada highway.

Filed under: Trending • Viral video
July 12th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Viral video appears to show employee abusing resident at group home

Editor's note: Warning: Video is graphic and depicts a woman being physically abused.

(CNN) - A Connecticut group home employee has been put on administrative leave without pay after a video that appears to show her abusing a woman resident with an intellectual disorder was sent to the operators of the group home, the state and CNN affiliate WFSB.

The video appears to show the caretaker at the group home kicking the woman in the gut, whipping her with a belt and kicking and dragging her across the floor by her hair.

The DVD was titled "The Perfect Employee" and labeled as having been shot at an East Hartford group home. It was sent anonymously and came with no other details.

Options Unlimited Inc., the privately held nonprofit that operates the home under contract with Connecticut's State Department of Developmental Services, said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened and appalled by this incident. As soon as we became aware of it, we took prompt action and placed the employee on unpaid administrative leave."


Filed under: Viral video
June 22nd, 2012
11:11 AM ET

Huge outpouring of support on web for bullied school bus monitor – Reddit.com's Alexis Ohanian on the benevolent power of the web

It was a feeding frenzy of cruelty. On Thursday, we brought to you the video of Karen Klein, a school bus monitor who was so brutally verbally abused by middle school students that it brought her to tears. The 68-year-old grandmother also happened to lose her son to suicide 10 years ago.

Reddit.com, an online community where millions of users vote on content that they like or think is important, set up an online fundraising site for Klein through Indiegogo.com. The goal was to give Karen a vacation, but the site has now raised almost $500,000.

This morning on "Early Start," Reddit.com's Alexis Ohanian explains how the internet can often be used as a 'level playing field' for the average person to support people who were wronged or to correct an injustice.

Filed under: Viral video • Web power
June 21st, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Kids bully elderly bus monitor with profanity in viral video, and web responds by raising money for her vacation

(CNN) - A profanity-laced video of middle school students in upstate New York verbally abusing a bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers worldwide rally to her side.

In the video, the students taunt Karen Klein, 68, with a stream of profanity, insults, jeers and physical ridicule.
Some boys demand to know her address, saying they want to come to her house to perform sexual acts and steal from her.
The bullying continues unabated for about 10 minutes in the video, reducing Klein to tears as a giggling student jabs her arm with a book in one instance.

"Oh my God, you're so fat," one says.

Klein, a bus monitor for the Greece Central School District, said she tried her best to disregard the harassment. The students involved attend Greece Athena middle school.

A web fund has raised over $100,000 for Klein to take a vacation.


Filed under: Viral video
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