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Punk’d: Years Later, People Still Believe These 5 Viral Ads Are Real (Watch)

Bruce Lee

*We’ve seen ’em a million times. An act done in a seemingly authentic setting; something that touches the heart, blows the mind, shakes the core of our very being — goes viral. And once something gets leaked online it lives forever.

Even if it was a lie.

What!? You mean that wasn’t …isn’t Bruce Lee nunchuckin’?

—Bruce Lee Ping-Pong
• What people think it is: Archival footage of kung-fu master Bruce Lee playing ping-pong with nunchucks
• What it really is: An ad for the Nokia N96 Bruce Lee Limited Edition
• Agency behind it: JWT Beijing
• Year created: 2008
• Views so far: 17.6 million on main YouTube clip

Here’s the video:

The Backstory: JWT Singapore created this viral masterpiece using a Bruce Lee look-alike, deceptively grainy visuals and some digital trickery. It was for a limited-edition Bruce Lee version of Nokia’s N96 phone. An original 10-second teaser featured only the fake footage with no mention of a brand, and it tallied more than 700,000 views in the first 24 hours. Nokia followed up soon with the full video and product reveal. To this day, many share the supposed nunchuck footage as real, and given Lee’s limitless talents, that’s not too hard to believe.

—Amazing Ball Catch by Girl

You’re kidding. I JUST saw this one for the first time and it blew my mind!

catch, girl runs up wall

• What people think it is: An impressive wall-crawling catch from a minor-league baseball ball girl
• What it really is: An ad for Gatorade
• Agency behind it: Element 79
• Year created: 2008
• Views so far: 6.1 million on main YouTube clip

Here’s the video:


The Backstory: Even the client was reported surprised that this video had gone viral. They expected it to be shelved after its creative responsibilities with Gatorade was over. But Element 79’s viral clip was leaked online, immediately blew up and remains a frequently passed around clip. Shot during and after a real game between the Fresno Grizzlies and Tacoma Rainiers, the ad used a simple wire-and-harness rig to create the effect of the ball girl climbing the wall. According to Snopes, the once-shelved ad ended up running during the MLB All Star Game in July 2008.

—Crash-Proof Motorcycle

Crashproof-pic• What people think it is: Slow-build news footage of a crash-proof motorcycle prototype
• What it really is: A U.K. road-safety ad for Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership
• Agency behind it: ST16
• Year created: 2010
• View so far: 3.2 million on main YouTube clip

Here’s the video:

The Backstory : It’s low-budget and a bit cheesy, but for some reason that only makes this regional motorcycle-safety video more effective. The message, that technology only goes so far when it comes to avoiding disaster on the road, is one with universal appeal, and everyone loves a good (albeit grim) fail moment. The creators considered the video a success, largely because of how much discussion it sparked on motorcycle forums.

Wait, there’s 2 more deceptive viral sensations you’ve got to see. Don’t feel bad. We were fooled too. :(


You Muther Phubber! Get Off Of Your Cell Phone!

cellphone addict

*Are You A Phubber?

With our ever-increasing affection for mobile “phones” — and they ARE so much more than phones now, aren’t they? — a new verb has arisen: “phubbing.” It’s been defined as the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the person you’re with.

I’ve been there. On both sides of that muther phubber. But increasingly, both sides are driving me nuts. And I’m not alone — has my back.

The site offers posters for free download, some of which would be great for restaurants, coffee shops and the like. They feature messages like “While you finish updating your status, we’ll gladly serve the polite person behind you” and “Attention Phubbers: No Tweeting, No Facebook, No Instagram, No Foursquare, No Sexting. Respect the food, the music and the company you’re in.” Continue reading

Wanna Sleep Good Tonight…Then Drop These 5 Before-Bedtime-Habits


*And I wonder why I have so much trouble sleeping. Not that you care, but the picture above might give you a clue. If you’re anything like me, you go to bed when you can no longer keep your eyes open. Seriously, you can hardly finish watching the movie because you are practically nodding. I know I’ve missed significant parts of some movies or TV shows I’ve recorded because during the last 15 minutes I managed to fall asleep on and off during commercials. So what do you do? Repeat after me: I finally decide to “stop and save.” Cut off the TV. And go to bed. But two hours later, I’m wide awake. WTF?

Now you’re going to find out exactly why that is.

You’ve gotten into some pretty bad habits doing certain things too close to bedtime. And it is those things that is redirecting your brain from its time to go nite-nite to major activity mode.

Michael Grandner, PhD, a psychiatry instructor and member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania says, “When people suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it’s often because of something they’re doing, probably unintentionally, when they should be preparing for rest.”

So rest is something we have to PREPARE for?

Yes it is.

So if you want to get some decent shuteye at night, here is 5 MAJOR things you might want to avoid.

That last glass of wine for one.


“Alcohol tricks you into thinking you will sleep better, because it often makes you drowsy and makes it easier to fall asleep,” according to Dr. Rosenberg. “But as your body begins to metabolize the alcohol, REM sleep, the period where our sleep is most restorative, is reduced.” Impaired REM sleep often leads to waking up tired and unable to concentrate, he adds. And a University of Missouri study done in 2014 points out that alcohol is a diuretic and may make you have to go to the bathroom throughout the night. The good doctor advises: For most people, it’s okay to have a drink or two with dinner, —but skip the nightcap or the glass of wine on the couch right before bed.

Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak May Be Close To Reality, Researchers Say


*Would you be interested in a piece of fabric that could render your physical…um, imperfections…invisible to the naked eye?

Don’t front.  You know you would.  So peel off those spanx, EXHALE, and check THIS out!

According to the Huffington Post and the journal Science, we’re on the verge of being able to wrap an invisibility cloak around us a la Harry Potter. And at least one researcher believes that magic fabric of the future should be able to hide bellies, behinds and all KINDS of sins!

Scientists have successfully tested an ultra-thin fabric made of tiny rectangular gold blocks. They wrapped the fabric, only 80 nanometers thick, around small objects with bumps and dents. Its surface rerouted light waves around the object, rendering the objects invisible to the naked eye. Continue reading

With Pictures: Timing is Everything! Here’s 10 Amazing Photos!

Obama holds the sun

*Ever wish you could take a picture that catches a star just at the time it shoots across the sky? How about a drop of water, just as it drips but before it touches? The following photographs are mind-blowing.

First up: The President of the Free World, Barack Obama. We’ll call this, Making a wish while grasping the sun.

Jaylen D. Bledsoe, Teen CEO Of A $3.5 Million Global Enterprise, Talks About His ‘Dream GPS’ (Watch)

Jaylen Bledsoe
Jaylen Bledsoe

*Many people have learned to run their mouth incessantly, and some of them actually talk a good game. But few of the mouth-runners actually have something to show for all that talk. So don’t even bother listening to the next broke-ass individual that tries to tell you how to go about  making money.

I just had to get that off my chest before I  introduce ( or re-introduce) you to Jaylen D. Bledsoe. Yes people, it is possible to learn about the road to success from a 17-year-old. Especially one who is a successful entrepreneur whose company, Bledsoe Technologies, LLC, is valued at $3.5 million dollars!

His tech company now employs 180 people around the country and in the video below, he successfully uses the metaphor of a GPS to break down the concepts of win and fail or just “recalculate.” Continue reading

‘Startup Weekend’ (9/25-9/27) Gives Teens Crash Course in Building a Start Up Business



*Does your teen want an opportunity to learn about building a business? Does he or she aim to be an entrepreneur one day?

Is this weekend too soon?

This sounds like an amazing opportunity for them to start work on that dream business. Over a three-day period your teen will get a crash course in building a startup in Los Angeles; along with the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of business owners.

And it all begins on Friday, September 25.

“I think everyone has ideas. I think everyone to some degree is an innovator, says App founder, Ronan Levy, a successful entrepreneur with several businesses of diverse natures. “But an entrepreneur is someone who takes that idea and acts upon it and tries to execute upon it.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says, ‘OK’ to ‘Dislike’ Button…Finally! (Watch)


*Facebook family, there’s news just for you. For years you’ve been clamoring to express your ‘dislike’ of a post by the click of a button. After all, you don’t always have the time to use your words. But FB CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, wasn’t having it. He feared you would misuse such a button, and in turn, cyber-bully anyone or anything you didn’t care for.

So all this time his answer was Nah.

But it appears he, too, has evolved in his thinking. And in turn, is giving you more credit. Bravo all around! Mr. Zuckerberg has decided to step up and give you your ‘dislike’ button. He is hopeful that the button will serve more as an ’empathy’ tool. His reasoning is that people are not necessarily going to misuse it. That there are some posts that a ‘like’ is simply not appropriate for. Continue reading