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When adventure junkie Felix Baumgartner set records and captivated the world Sunday afternoon, it was an amazing sight as he stepped to the edge of his spacecraft and made the big leap.

But what about Felix's view? What was it like to rocket toward Earth in excess of 800 mph - the first person to break the sound barrier in freefall? Thankfully, we can now get a taste.

Redbull Stratos has released an edit of the video captured by cameras on Baumgartner's cutting edge suit. You can get a taste for what it's like to be at the edge of Earth and feel the chaos as he spins out of control early in the dive.

Still, it was no Disney World moment for Baumgartner, who added his thoughts and perspective as he tiptoed to the edge:

"Sometimes you have to be up really high to see how small you are. I'm going home now."

Kinda makes your Sunday adventure seem a bit tame by comparison, no?

Floating Chicago - A collection of mirrored skyline timelapses from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.



Videographer Craig Shimala says on his Vimeo page that he had a bunch of timelapse bits and pieces of the Chicago skyline sitting around and decided to put them to good use.


What we get from his efforts is this trance-inducing clip of clouds and water and time flying past out city - in mirror form:


Through the past couple years I've shot a decent amount of time-lapses of the Chicago skyline. I figured why not take all of those and throw the same mirror filter that was warmly welcomed by a lot of people on this.


Shimala has a bunch of other interesting Chicago scenes documented, so check out his work.



Thanks Chicagoist for sharing.

Politics makes for strange bedfellows, sure. But the Illinois Senate Republican Leader quoting Wu-Tang Clan lyrical genius Raekwon? Genius on many levels.

This might be the most awesome Wu mashup since Chessbocin' met LEGOs.

And it's subtle, but when Christine Radogno drops the mic after dropping C.R.E.A.M. beats - Dolla Dolla Bill, y'all - it's the best throwdown moment since Eminem stopped throwing up long enough in "8 Mile" to win his battle. Who says fiscal conservatism has to be, well, conservative?

If this doesn't bring us together, what will?

Thanks to CapitolFax for digging this up.


Little Girl Plays With Dead Squirrel - Watch more Funny Videos

This is clearly a video shot with the hope of embarrassing a girl in her teenage years. Oh, mom and dad, something says you'll take care of that all by yourself.

Witness a cute little girl playing with her cuddly new furry friend - Mr. Corpsey.

Yes, that's a real squirrel. Yes, he's, to quote Monty Python, an ex-squirrel.

See how dad, or whatever passes for a male authority figure there, misses out on the instinct to slap the dead rodent out of said girl's hands and rush her off for a bleach bath. No, what's needed here in the parenting guidebook, clearly, is YouTube video.

And Ma, apparently, at least summons a look of revulsion, but does nothing about it.

Funny? Yep. Parental freakshow? You bet.

Good luck, kid. You have the rest of your life ahead of you. And, maybe one day, taxidermy school.

Thanks, COED Magazine's Parenting Fail blog.


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The saga drags on.

Even as Bill Zwecker and others were reporting that the producers of "Two and a Half Men" were eying Rob Lowe as a potential replacement for Charlie Sheen, Sheen himself was ramping up to respond to his dismissal.

Taking to his personal airwaves on Ustream, Sheen is promising to address the decision to release him from the show on his livestreaming video stream of consciousness.

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The world is rapidly dissolving into two camps: Those who can't get enough #tigerblood and those who want Sheen to disappear. But with control of his own personal broadcast network, the proponent of #winning and troll bashing shows no signs of slowing down. Next installment promised for 9 p.m. Central time.

And do beware before watching, there is salty language in the Korner. Plan better.



Aren't you a little sad to be a stormtrooper?


Chicago band Scattered Trees is about to drop their next album, Sympathy, due April 5. In fact, they've released the first single, Love and Leave.


But if you're off to see them tonight at Shubas, you may want to pack your ray shields. The video for that single brings a tortured love story from far, far away into the band's Chicago apartment, complete with some really sad stormtroopers and a withering Boba Fett.


The Force is strong in this one. So is the heartbreak.


Who knew stormtroopers were so emo?

 

Perhaps if it hadn't happened on a Friday, this sad tale wouldn't have come to pass.

As Rebecca Wells toiled on a risk analysis audit, she apparently passed away at her desk. Unfortunately, nobody noticed her body until the next day.

Co-workers described her as tireless. Always "working, working, working." Clearly so hard that none of those cube farm co-workers noticed she may not have been breathing when they left work.

While the Los Angeles County Coroner investigates the cause of death of the 51-year-old, one thing is clear: you may just be lucky if not noticing how hard you work is the only thing that escapes your officemates' eyes.

President Obama is no stranger to taking a shellacking at the polls. Or a beating in the press. Or even a tongue-lashing from the right.

But a flattening from a fish sandwich?

Such is the case from the KFC ad that ran, however briefly, in Hong Kong for a fish sandwich.

Two things are evident from the effort from Yum! Brands ad: 1) This clearly didn't deliver the message they wanted and 2) they serve lemon wedges with fish sandwiches over there!

The spot, a riff on the Obamamantra of "Change," was pulled before the fish had a chance to flatten KFC's image too much. But, before the presidential pardons roll out, consider some of the stunning dialogue:

"Change, not only for your mom, but for you, your stomach, for a better taste! Mmm, change is good."

Change. It tastes bittersweet. And lemony.

"It was meant to be a spoof and no disrespect was intended," a spokesman for Yum! Brands of the Hong Kong market spot thant ran when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the U.S. "It is no longer airing and will not be re-aired."

Would they have done this when Rahm was still running the White House?

Week in WTF?!

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By which we mean, of course, "Wow, that's fascinating!" Because during the last few days -- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday -- what tom-foolery has taken place out on the Interwebs. Here's a look at the things that have caused us to say, "Whee! That's funny!"

Coo-Coo for Sponge Bob

Watch as these kids go absolutely bonkers over a Sponge Bob straw. I wish I could muster up half this much enthusiasm for anything in life.

Ricky Gervais' secret past as an '80's pop star

How is this only surfacing now? Am I the last one to find this out? Does this mean David Bowie has just been Gervais in disguise punking us this whole time? So many questions! My mind has officially been blown.

So if you are what you eat...

Then this woman will probably turn into a couch any day now. The show says she is addicted to eating couch cushions and has eaten seven couches and two chairs in her lifetime. Seven couches!? This makes my addiction to bacon suddenly seem healthy.

Terrified of pickles and mustard

So while one woman eats couches, this woman runs away from mustard. While you can't help but wonder what caused these women to have these fears, what I really want to know is how long it took them to squeeze all that mustard onto that plate.

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Finally!!!

You have no idea how long I have been wanting to make a Rahm/Ramen pun headline. Whoever made this Rahmen Emanuel website is my personal hero.

It's well-documented that Kanye West provides some of the best content that Twitter has to offer.

Now, when you add the music of Josh Groban, like Jimmy Kimmel Live did, well, Kanye's tweets get even better.

The language for this video is straight outta New York. Fugghedabout playing it loud at work.

Chicago is a town that appreciates clean streets after a snowstorm. In fact, mayoral careers have risen and fallen on the ability of the Department of Streets and Sanitation to pull a Mr. Plow and get the white stuff packed away.

The good folks of the Big Apple have been whipping themselves into a blizzard frenzy as New York struggles to get anything done following their big snow over the weekend. "Where are the plows?!?" they cry. "When will the snow be cleared?!?" they demand as the situation becomes critical and, in some cases, apparently deadly.

And along comes a city worker to answer their question with a resounding "be careful what you ask for."

Investigations and lamentations ensue after a front-loader, apparently stuck in the snow, is dragged out by a tow truck repeatedly into a parked SUV - with the angry screams of the apparent owner in the background and a semi-gleeful videographer capturing the whole mess.

Indeed, a supervisor may not be enough to fix this as it seems like shoveling teens may not be the only ones hitting the rum out there.

Paging Michael Bilandic: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some questions for you ...

Are you on the naughty list? Expecting coal this year? License plate read HUMBUG? Don't trust the Defense Department?

Then this is not for you.

It's time again for NORAD and Google to tema up to tell us exactly where Santa is in his delivery cycle. No, they're not tracking him with Patriot Missiles. It's a service for the parents of the world to convince the kids to get to sleep before the Big Guy shows up in town.

Google has an iGadget available to watch the Jolly Old Elf and crew as they jet around the world at 650 feet per second.

You can also follow the trip on Twitter and via Google Maps Mobile - search for Santa.

Week in WTF?!

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By which we mean, of course, "Wow, that's fascinating!" Because during the last few days -- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday -- what tom-foolery has taken place out on the Interwebs. Here's a look at the things that have caused us to say, "Whee! That's funny!"

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
Donald Trump's toupe (er, hair?) blows rather unnaturally in the wind at a recent football game. That toupe is fired! I just can't seem to look away. It's so mesmerizing.

Not what Sting had in mind
Somehow I doubt the red light Sting was talking about was the same one Rudolph has for a nose. If it was then Roxanne has got some explaining to do.

Scientific fun
These scientists pull a prank on a co-worker that he will not soon forget. I'm sure his chiropractor is happy though.

If only our telemarketers were this dedicated to getting a subscription
So do I need a computer to see the graphics? No, they're in the newspaper! A man manages to keep a telemarketer on the phone for a ridiculous amount of time. Only her boss knows how many actual sales she could have made in the meantime.

George Costanza's hands were better
This hand model is freaking us out a little. She claims she doesn't cook, clean, pick things up, or do anything with her hands. Sounds to us like it's just a good excuse to lazily sit around all day waving her luxurious hands.

Well, hopefully we've left you wondering -- WTF!? Check back next week for more ridiculousness.

As it turns out, Lebron, Cleveland has an answer for for the question following The Decision.

In a word ... well, OK, maybe we can't use that word. Or that one. Or even that one. But suffice to say, the non-NSFW word is "stuff it."

So these Cleveland fans, Lebron, so it's not "what should you do," so much as "what have you done?"

Ahh, the fan-athlete relationship. So fragile. Built on greed, anger, mistrust and blind allegiance. All things which never lead to a happy ending.

In case you've missed it, the original question when Lebron asked, "What should I do?"

Charlie Chaplin is regarded by many film buffs as a visionary. A man perhaps ahead of his time in many ways.

But did he document cellphone technology in 1928?

Irish filmmaker and Chaplin fan George Clarke has his questions.

Upon buying a box set of Chaplin films he ran across a few seconds in "The Circus" - see the whole movie here - that certainly appears to be an older person strolling behind a zebra holding what appears to be a mobile to his or her ear.

And that, friends and neighbors, is how a meme is born. The Internets blew up with people speculating as to what it could be and just why this person would be having an apparent conversation into it. Are they just a loon out for a walk through a movie set? Or a time traveler demonstrating the art of oblivious phone zone to the past?

And if it's an iPhone, how many bars did they get?

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