Massive fireball across Midwestern, meteor or something else? (video)
Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said.
The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee.
“The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to east,” said the NWS in the Quad Cities area, which includes parts of Iowa and Illinois.
“Well before it reached the horizon, it broke up into smaller pieces and was lost from sight,” the service said. “Several reports of a prolonged sonic boom were received from areas north of Highway 20, along with shaking of homes, trees and various other objects including wind chimes,” it said.
It said the fireball was seen across parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. CNN affiliate WISN-TV said that people in Ohio also saw it.
Video from WISN showed a massive ball of light exploding across the sky. The Doppler Radar from the Quad Cities weather service appeared to capture a portion of the smoke trail from the fireball at just after 10 p.m., the NWS said. It appears as a thin line extending across portions of Grant and Iowa Counties in Wisconsin.
There has been no official determination as to what caused the fireball, the NWS in Sullivan said.
However, it said there is a meteor shower called Gamma Virginids that occurs from April 4 to April 21, with peak activity expected on Wednesday and Thursday.
This is how slow you run compared to NFL players (video)
Check out this video clip from the “NFL Scouting Combine” showcase, showing how fast Jacoby Ford and other players runs the 40-yard dash compared to an average guy in a suit.
This is how slow you run:
In case you missed it: little Chinese boy that sings JUST LIKE Whitney Houston (video)
This Chinese boy could be the next Susan Boyle. Gawker points to a video that is quickly making the rounds on the Internet, showing reality show contestant Lin Yu Chun—“an overweight teenager with an awkward haircut,” writes Maureen O’Connor. Surprisingly enough, he does a dead-on Whitney Houston impression.
… and it’s freaky as hell.
Mystery hero helps save toddler that fell in river (video)
A mystery hero joined a dad as he leaped into the frigid East River to save his toddler daughter who slipped during a weekend ship visit in Manhattan.
Bridgitte Sheridan’s mom says she’d like to thank the unknown French man who jumped into the river, but he disappeared in a cab after her 2-year-old daughter was whisked safely away in a ambulance. The drama occurred as Bridgitte fell 20 feet off a gangway on the way to tour a ship with her pop at the South Street Seaport.
Dad David Anderson, visiting from California, yanked off his shoes and leaped after the girl, who was already underwater. “He jumped in like a scene out of a movie,” a witness told the New York Daily News. “He was pulling things out of his pockets as he was running down the steps. He didn’t hesitate.” He was quickly followed by the mystery hero as others gathered as close as possible to help lift the tot to safety. Video obtained by the News shows the father desperately holding his daughter as far from the 48-degree water as possible as he waits to be pulled out.
Meet Jaylin Fleming, the best 10-year-old basketball player in the US
Jaylin Fleming is the best 10-year-old basketball player in the country, and if you don’t believe that, just ask the legion of high school, college, and even NBA scouts circling him. “I’ve never seen a kid like this,” gushes the Knicks’ head athletic director. Jaylin’s already worked out with both the Knicks and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, and he’s visited more than one college. “He’s better than me—that’s what’s crazy about it,” Rose tells the Chicago Tribune.
Some wonder if it’s all moving a bit too fast. “It’s crazy,” says one high school coach. “The good thing is that he has a family that’s going to protect him. But think about the kids who don’t.” Illinois coach Bruce Weber says he wishes he didn’t have to scout 10-year-olds, but given the competition, “I don’t think I have a choice.” Jaylin, for his part, is taking it all in stride. “I’m a humble kid,” he says, “who’s trying to achieve a goal.”
In case you missed it: Bill Murray serving tequila at random bar (video)
Bill Murray stories have humored us for decades, recently he got bagged for driving everyone in Stockholm home from the bar in a golf cart and refusing a breathalyzer. Then a book almost came out claiming that he had a habit of handing out $20 bills to random people in the lobby of Four Seasons hotels, saying their shoes needed shining or “you look hungry, go buy a sandwich.”
Now reports are emerging of Murray randomly tending bar at SXSW, and there is video footage to prove it! Apparently people were asking him for all types of drinks, Bill only served them tequila (LOL)
(Please ignore the fucking hipster douche and fast forward to about half the video)
Robbers’ raid at poker tournament caught on video
At least four masked and armed men robbed an international poker tournament in Berlin, Germany on Saturday for more than $136,000, and German police said the four men remained at large Sunday.
A police spokesman in Berlin said four men wearing black motorcycle masks entered the Grand Hyatt Berlin, a fashionable downtown hotel, at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, where they threatened a cashier with pistols and a machete, while stuffing several bags with cash. The Grand Hyatt declined requests for comment.
A security staff member was lightly wounded after trying to hold down one of the men, police said in a statement. The European Poker Tour, which organized the tournament, confirmed the robbery in a video statement on its Web site.
“An armed robbery took place today,” it said. “Nobody was seriously injured. Most events restarted within a few hours; the $1,000 side event was canceled,” it said.
Kirsty Thompson, a tour spokeswoman, said the European Poker Tour works closely with all its venues to ensure that appropriate security is in place at all the events.
“We will continue to do so going forward, and step up efforts even further after this incident,” Thompson said.
Future tournaments will continue as planned. Police officials said the robbers appeared to be less than professional. Detectives said they are reviewing video of the heist, which they said shows at least one robber who failed to wear gloves.
Teen’s video tribute to dying mom goes viral, will make you cry
A London teen’s pitch-perfect, emotionally wrenching singing tribute to her dying mom has gone viral on YouTube, opening the floodgates for thousands of sobbing fans.
Sarah Phillips, 16, recorded the song Autumn by Scottish singer Paulo Nutini into her cell phone just hours before her mom’s death from cervical cancer at the age of 48. A friend later put music to it and Sarah found photos and film clips to make a video. A handsome Debbie Phillips is seen smiling, hugging her daughter and husband, balding from chemotherapy and traveling on family holidays.
“Now it’s quiet and I can’t hear you sing, ‘My little fish, don’t cry. My little fish, don’t cry,” Sarah sings. She told the Telegraph she decided to record the song before her mom died because she would have been too upset to sing it at her mom’s funeral. “I had this song in mind as something really appropriate because there’s a line that says: ‘You still live on in my father’s eyes,’” said Sarah. Her mom “was upset by what she would miss – weddings, having grandchildren,” Sarah explained. “She would have been an amazing grandmother.”