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Marina Shifrin worked long hours for the Taiwanese animator, Next Media Animation, and when she decided to quit her job, she thought a viral video would be the most appropriate way to do it.
During a particularly late night when she was still at the office at 4:30 a.m., Shifrin set up cameras and started an epic one-woman dance party to Kanye West’s “Gone.”
“My boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets,” she says in scrolling text over the clip, representing the media industry’s larger challenge to find the right balance between producing great stories and scoring lots of page views.
Since the clip was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, it has garnered more than a quarter million views and has been picked up by Gawker, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph, inspiring downtrodden cubicle jockeys everywhere:
Bats are invading Officer Don's Helicopter! For some reason, they keep coming back for rides!! Unfortunately, Officer Don now thinks he is Batman!!!;)
Photo & Story Credit:CBS THIS MORNING
No, this cane toad has not sprouted wings.
It apparently tried to swallow a bat, according to the Web site for "Rainforest Expeditions," a Peruvian ecotourism company.
The photo was taken by a park ranger, Yufani Olaya, at Peru's Cerros de Amotape National Park, the Web site said.
It appears the bat flew too close to the ground, and as described by Olaya, "out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open."
Christopher J. Raxworthy, an associate curator of herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, told CBSNews.com that cane toads can eat live mice, and would likely try for a bat if the opportunity arose.
"Cane toads are large and powerful predators, and will eat almost anything that moves, that can fit in their large mouths," Raxworthy said.
But he noted that bats roost off the ground, and said it was unlikely that the toad had caught the bat as it was flying. Perhaps the bat, maybe a vampire bat, was feeding on the ground, or had somehow been stunned briefly, he said. By sticking its long wings out of the bat's mouth, it can prevent itself from being swallowed.
Which, according to the Web site, is exactly what happened.
According to Olaya, the toad finally gave up and spat out the bat.
"While Olaya at first thought the bat was dead, he said it slowly recovered and was able to fly away," the biologist Phil Torres wrote on the site.
photo credit:Colton Romeny Facebook
Why is this Fort Campbell, KY Soldier crying?
He is stationed in Afghanistan and was watching the birth of his twin girls via Skype!
Our military servicemen women and their family's sacrifice so much to serve our country. We thank them for all they do.
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Taylor Swift let someone crash her party at the first of three Nashville shows on Thursday (Sept. 19). Her special guest was none other than Luke Bryan, who pretty much owned the stage, much to the delight of Swift’s fans.
“You didn’t think I was going to show up here without a surprise for you,” Swift teased with a cheshire cat-like grin. “And it’s a really, really good one. I think you’re really going to like it, since this an artist everyone really, really likes.”
Bryan is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, so Swift nailed it with that intro.
Wearing a black Grand Ole Opry tee tucked into her red hot shorts, Swift welcomed another of country’s own. He ran down the steps, high-fived the ‘Mean’ superstar, and they launched into a performance of his hit ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’ for the capacity crowd. While Bryan delivered the verse, Swift jumped up and down with him and joined him for the chorus. He even let her take a verse all her own!
Swift and Bryan’s version made the song feel like one that they were meant to sing together. Two of country music’s finest sure have palpable chemistry. We’re glad Swift — who has been inviting pop singers to join her onstage for much of the 2013 Red Tour — went country at her first of her Nashville shows.
Swift actually revealed to the crowd that Bryan flew across the country on his only day off to surprise Swift fans and to perform with her. It was that big of a deal for both artists.
-Taste of Country
From: Taste of Country
There was a collective gasp in the country music industry when Zac Brown ripped Luke Bryan‘s new single ‘That’s My Kind of Night.’ Now, Justin Moore has weighed in, admitting he wouldn’t have taken too kindly to Brown’s comments.
“You know what, everybody has their opinions and I don’t have a problem with people having their opinions, but where I do have a problem with it is when you call out somebody in your fraternity.”
“Do we all like every song on the radio? The fans like every song on the radio? No — music’s subjective,” Moore continues. “There’s never going to be a song that everybody loves; there’s never going to be a song that everybody hates.”
“But that said, Luke’s a friend of mine and a great guy, great husband, great father, etc. And I wouldn’t have took too kindly to it if I was him,” he furthers.
The ‘Point at You’ hitmaker makes his point clearly and concisely without adding offense. “I don’t see the upside to it,” he offers, as if giving advice to Zac Brown. “You can never make yourself look good by trying to make someone else look bad.”
Of course, he’s not the only one speaking up about the negative comments, as Jason Aldean came to Bryan’s defense in a very outspoken way. Although Brown’s critique must have stung, the ‘Crash My Party’ singer can rest assured that his buddies (and fans) are right there to soften the blow.
“The first tour I ever did was Keith’s, and I was in awe,” she tells CMT, recalling her opening slot during his Alive in ’05 Tour. “As a new artist, I learned so much watching him every night onstage…”
Lambert recently had the chance to work with Urban again — this time, in the studio, recording his newest single, ‘We Were Us.’ The catchy and upbeat song highlights both singers, and the songstress couldn’t have enjoyed it more. “Being in the studio and working with Keith on the ‘We Were Us’ duet was an awesome experience … To see how he takes that same passion and artistry into the studio was really cool,” she explains.
She opened for us a lot of years ago. She is just the real deal,” he spills. “I just love her. I love her artistry. Her voice is awesome. She would get up and play with us when we were touring with her, and I just felt like our voices went together really well … I was hoping I could find a song for us one day.”
The two artists seem to have a mutual respect for each other, both being a little bit in awe of the other’s talent. Hopefully this means there will be more Urban-Lambert duets in the future!
Justin Moore tends to do things a little differently sometimes, and doesn't apologize for it! This weekend, the singer led the way with over 20 rainbow and brown trout caught along the White River in northern Arkansas. The fun was part of his 'Off the Beaten Path' album release celebration, in which he invited several dozen industry insiders and friends to go camping.
We say, way to go Justin!