Thursday, January 21, 2016

Video Round-Up: January 21, 2016

Comedian Alyssa Onofreo creators of “An Honest GoFundMe Video” parodying some of the tropes used to promote a Kickstarter campaign.

Baby Alpaca Struggles to Stay Awake - This fluffy baby alpaca, named Monty, tries his best to avoid succumbing to sleep after an exciting morning of playing.

Dog Uses Stream to Play Fetch with Himself  - Pedro Goncalves spotted this clever dog using water and gravity to play a never-ending game of solo fetch at Barton Springs in Austin, Texas.

Drone flies in crevasse - The Gimball drone by Flyability navigates a treacherous flight through a frozen glacier crevasse in Zermatt, Switzerland in a video released by the company. The drone’s resilient maneuverability, HD camera, and lighting system could make it a valuable tool in rescue operations in dangerous and difficult to reach areas.

First Look at the 2017 Wonder Woman Movie - Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns debuted the first look at the 2017 superhero film, Wonder Woman, during The CW‘s half-hour special DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League. The movie will star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), with Chris Pine playing the part of her boyfriend, and tell the story of how she went from being an Amazon princess to the powerful superheroine that we know from the comic books. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, is currently scheduled to release in theaters on June 23rd, 2017.

Inside the Incredible Visual Effects of “Star Wars” - Mike Seymour of Wired goes behind the scenes and takes a look at the incredible, Oscar-nominated visual effects used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Guy Attempts to Bathe in 500 lbs of Putty - An employee from Vat19 finds out what happens when you submerge yourself in a bathtub filled with 500 pounds of Liquid Glass Thinking Putty. Getting in is the easy part.

Monkeys Steal People's Belongings to Trade for Food - In a promotion for a new PBS Nature series Natural Born Hustlers: The Hunger Hustle, a group of highly-intelligent but thieving long-tailed macaques at the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia, are ready to surrender their ill-gotten treasures for a piece of fruit.

More Micro-Impressions of Hollywood Celebrities - Actor and impressionist, Ross Marquand, performs another round of super quick, spot-on impressions of male Hollywood actors doing random things, like Pierce Brosnan noticing his fly is down, Michael Caine struggling to open a jar, and Gary Busey trying to explain gravity.

Pilot Fakes Flight Emergency to Propose to Girlfriend - Pilot, Maynard Ogot, came up with a clever (evil) plan to propose to his girlfriend, Noriel Mandal, by faking a flight control malfunction as they were flying back from Catalina Island.

Man Can Control His Bionic Arm With His Mind - A man named Johnny Matheny lost a significant portion of his left arm to cancer, but thanks to Michael McLoughlin and a team at Johns Hopkins University, he has been given an advanced prosthetic arm that he can control with his mind through the aid of wireless sensors worn as arm bands. Matheny was the subject of a recent video by AJ+.

Two Grandpas Battle Each Other in New Short Film by Andrew McMurry - In filmmaker Andrew McMurray's latest short film, Elder Wars, two elderly men battle each other with weaponized canes, and magical knitting needles, when a friendly chess match turns violent.

Why Cats Reserve Their Unique Meows As a Means to Communicate With Their Humans - BBC Earth took a look at the behavior of domestic cats and found that while they make many sounds to one another, they reserve their meows (miaows) solely for communicating with the humans that take care of them. Veterinarian Dr. John Bradshaw of Bristol University explains that meowing is a practice learned from kitten-hood.

"Yub Nub" from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - musician Chris Nandor aka Pudge performed an amazing acoustic version of the now-deleted Ewok Celebration Song (“Yub Nub”) that originally appeared in the final scene of the original Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Not only did Pudge’s version sound really great, but he also nailed the tongue-twisting lyrics.

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