Our founding fathers weren’t messing around when they decided on red, white and blue. When it comes to planning a Fourth of July menu, neither should you. Three colors are more than enough to plan a five-star meal.
Below, check out some delicious recipes to help you celebrate our nation’s birthday in style.
If you didn’t already know that slow-motion effects make everything look way cooler, direct your attention to this mesmerizing video in which everyday stuff like water and metal vibrate at 1,000 frames per second (compare that to typical TV and movie shots, which are typically 24, 25 and 30 FPS).
The video was produced by Propadata Films for Fluke Corporation, a Washington-based manufacturer of electronic test equipment, and they’ve promised to release a making-of video — look for that on Fluke’s YouTube page in the near future.
Apparently they do high school graduation a little differently in Taichung, Taiwan. Instead of just throwing on ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and reading out a list of names, Ming-Dao High principal Albert T. Wang emerges onto a smoke-filled stage dressed in a full Iron Man costume and delivers a speech in not one, but two languages. His message: “Believe in yourself. You are also Iron Man.”
As cat owners know well, kitties like to curl up in any old warm spot: a ray of sunshine, the top of a radiator and, in the case of these curious cats, in the hoods and undercarriages of cars. Check out these auto-residing felines who made it out safely, thanks to some surprised mechanics.
Counting sheep is a relaxing way to fall asleep, unless you’re Ci the border collie, in which case it would most likely lead to frightening night terrors. Ci may technically be a sheepdog, but he’s also afraid of sheep, a fear that dates all the way back to puppyhood. According to his 54-year-old owner Jane Lippington, the sheep herding instinct is definitely present in Ci, but instinct can only take him so far.
Given how popular Santa and his reindeer are, you might not expect a deer dashing through a church to be such a big to-do. But security camera footage of a deer decking the crowded halls of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina has become such a sensation, it’s already made international news. This story of forced entry and on-hoof pursuit has piqued a lot of interest. Fortunately, the deer eventually found his way to the exit and went on his merry way without causing too much harm.
We don’t know what it is exactly, but Australia has been having its fair share of great news bloopers recently. This video of a streaker running behind a 9News weatherman as he reports on the bitter cold temperatures in the mountain town of Katoomba (about 60 miles west of Sydney) is no exception. Be sure to pay close attention though: It’s a quick streak and if you blink, you might miss it. In fact, given how cold it is, you might still miss “it” if he were standing there, stark naked, right in front of you. There’s also a part of us that wonders if most Australians would even bat an eye at this sort of thing because if you’ve ever seen one of those “World’s Funniest Commercial” specials, all the naked ones are from Australia.
Abandoned as a puppy when his owners fled their foreclosed-upon Nebraska home, Naki’o lost all four of his paws to severe frostbite after stepping into a freezing puddle in the home’s abandoned basement. He was rescued, but forced to crawl on his belly to get around. Happily, new owner and veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson successfully organized a fundraiser to have Naki’o’s two back legs fitted with OrthoPets prosthetics. When Naki’o enthusiastically took to his new hind-legs like they were the real deal, OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann decided to complete the set free of charge, making Naki’o is the first dog to ever be fitted with four prosthetic limbs.
Have you ever seen an overweight horse? Of course you haven’t. Horses know how to stay in shape; it’s in their nature. Strange then, that with all the weight-loss programs and fad diets that have come and gone over the years, no one ever thought to create an exercise program based on horse fitness…until now. Enter Horsebic, a Finnish workout routine comprised of exercises like trotting, cantering and show jumping in the field. With 15 new lessons coming down the pike every six months, how could you not sign up?
Margaret lives in Germany and Evan lives in Texas. They’re both in college, which means transcontinental trips are not generally in the cards. Lucky for the young couple, Margaret’s parents decided to fly Evan in as a birthday surprise. In this heartwarming video, which was viewed more than 70,000 times on the first day it was uploaded , Margaret spots Evan at the airport instead of the family friend she was expecting. For the family friend’s sake, we’ll assume that he or she would have been greeted with an equal amount of tears of joy.
When Aptos, California resident Peter Govaars went with his daughter to examine the the damage that a two-day storm had wrought on nearby Hidden Beach, he discovered the skeleton of a digital camera. It was beaten and battered by the ocean but, amazingly, the memory card was still intact. After opening and cleaning the card with rubbing alcohol to remove the salt and sand, Govars inserted it into his computer and found 104 photographs taken in nearby Santa Cruz during a two-week period in June of 2007. The images, he concluded, had just survived a possible and remarkable four years at sea.
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