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Funny YouTube Comment

Let's face it, there are more bad videos than good on YouTube, but sometimes, you'll watch a popular video just to read the comments in search of gems like the one above. With that said, did you know that in 2007, it was estimated that YouTube used as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000? That's right, the video site has become such a cultural phenomenon that a college course was devoted to it. Pitzer College in California offered a course called "Learning from YouTube." The teacher wanted students to think about YouTube's place in society. Continue reading for more.

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17x17x17 Rubik's Cube

According to Oskar van Deventer (above), Over The Top is a world-record 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube, with many intricate patterns. It can take many, many hours to solve, yet one YouTuber who goes by RedKB has managed to do so, recording the entire process. Oskar says: "The puzzle was first presented live to the world at at the New York Puzzle Party Symposium, Saturday Feb. 12th." Continue reading to watch the entire 7.5-hour non-timelapse video as well as the product link to where you can buy your very own 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube.

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Pyro Board

Sune Nielsen, a masters student in physics at Denmark's Aarhus University, has become an internet star, thanks to his homemade "Pyro Board", which uses fire to represent music visually. It's essentially a sealed metal box that allows flammable gas to mix with sound waves. On top, gas flows out of 2,500 perforations to create 2,500 individual flames synchronized to the music being played below. At certain frequencies of sound, the device reveals standing waves, which appear as an unmoving pattern of flame resembling a sine wave. Continue reading for more.

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Planets as Close as Moon

What if Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn were as close as our moon? YouTube user Yeti Dynamics shows us just how these planets would look from Earth. In the video you're about to see, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn (in that order) replace the moon, which measures 1,738km in radius. Mars, for comparison, is about twice the size, with a radius of 1,080 miles (3,397km), and Uranus is about 25 times larger at 15,882 miles (25,559km) in radius. Continue reading for the clip and more information.

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Vimeo PRO 2

Now that you've seen some of the coolest Vimeo PRO features, it's only fitting that we show off some of the service's top users. Just to recap some of the features, you'll get priority when uploading video content, and this is crucial if your video is time-sensitive (news, film premiere date, etc.). Next, there PRO users have the ability to embed un-branded videos on their site. Yes, you have absolute control over how the player looks to ensure that it fits perfectly with your site. Save 15% on Vimeo PRO - Just use PROMOCODE: TECHE15PRO. Offer Ends 12/31. Make sure you sign up here. Continue reading to see five stunning videos from PRO users that have been awarded "Staff Picks", which have all been hand-picked by employees who work at the company.

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BBC Reporter Drugs

Quentin Sommerville, a BBC Middle East correspondent, struggled to finish his broadcast as he got high by standing a bit too close to a stack of burning drugs. He starts the report off fine, but as he started to say: "Burning behind me is eight and a half tonnes of heroin, opium, hashish and other narcotics," a tiny giggle becomes full-blown laughter in just seconds. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Viktoria Modesta Amputee Pop star

Viktoria Modesta's leg / hip were dislocated during her birth and she endured 15 surgeries before persuading surgeons to amputate her leg, but that didn't stop her from becoming a world famous pop star. This Latvian-born star moved to London in hopes of better treatment, and the rest is history. She said: "I didn't get here by wishing that the world just accepted me, I got here by working really, really hard and believing that the script that was written for me wasn't the one that I was going to live." Continue reading for her music video, more pictures and additional information.

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King Herod's Palace

Built roughly 20-years before the birth of Christ, excavations of a colossal fortress built by King Herod the Great have unearthed its grand entrance way, which leads to a vestibule or lobby covered with colored frescoes. This palace was built after Herod defeated the Parthians, originally from Iran, and decided to build a town and palace on the site 10 miles (16km) south of Jerusalem to celebrate his victory. Hebrew University archaeologists, Roi Porat, Yakov Kalman and Rachel Chachy, said: "The corridor was built as part of Herod's plan to turn Herodium into a massive artificial volcano-shaped hill, a vast and impressive monument designed to commemorate the architect-King." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information

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Kim Jong Un Death Scene

This scene from Sony's The Interview in which North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is caught in a fiery helicopter, has leaked online. As many already know, this film was pulled by Sony after the studio received threats of violence from North Korean hackers who call themselves Guardians of Peace. Kim Jong-un, played by actor Randall Park, is shown dying in an explosion after a missile hits the helicopter the leader is hanging on to. In the background, you can hear a slowed-down version of Katy Perry's Firework. Continue reading to watch.

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Stepping on Lava

Have you ever wondered what really happens when you step on molten lava? Neuroscientist Alex Rivest decided to find out on a recent vacation to Kilauea, Hawaii, when his tour guide offered to step onto a pool of the 700°C to 1,200°C molten rock. Rivest says, "While this may not be surprising (it is liquid rock), I think that many people think of lava as more of a hot-watery-like substance. You would never fall into a lava lake the way you would a swimming pool, the molten rock is much more dense, so you would simply land on it, sink a little, and be burned." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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