Saturday, July 6, 2013

Firework Mishap, Shin Soo-ji, The Desolation of Smaug, and a Cool Water Trick Make My Top 5 YouTube Videos for the Week Ending July 6, 2013

Something about the 4th of July holiday complicated me figuring out my Top 5 YouTube videos for the week.  This was an interesting week to say the least, and my “Best of” list contains some interesting things and one unfortunate tragedy.  So without further delay, here are my Top 5 YouTube videos for the week ending July 6, 2013.

The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug


First things first, since I missed the debut of the trailer for the upcoming “The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug” it had to be included in this week’s list.  Of course, everybody is going to be asking why Legolas is in this movie, but my answer would be why not?  Just because he’s not in the book, doesn’t mean kids and adults can not bask in the imagination of being an immortal elf warrior again.

Amazing Water Trick


This is a cool video, and I can imagine kids (and probably a lot of adults too) trying to duplicate the feat in their kitchens to no avail.  Unless there is some sort of mystical rule of physics I’m missing, this video is a hoax, albeit a clever one that is entertaining to watch.

Rhythmic Gymnast Shin Soo-ji’s First Pitch


There are a lot of amazing athletes in the world, and gymnasts, especially rhythmic gymnasts, probably don’t receive their fair amount of due.  So when Shin Soo-ji tosses out an amazing first pitch at a baseball game, granted it wasn’t a strike, but I think we can let that slide.

Measuring Your Dumbness with a Ruler in Slow Motion


Ever wonder how fast your brain moves?  Well the folks behind this video, Distort, took the challenge to illustrate just how slow some brains actually work and how fast others do.  It’s an insightful video, and a longer one, but entertaining all the same.

Simi Valley Firework Tragedy (original)



Hey, everybody loves fireworks and very few people really recognize the danger that comes with these awe striking displays.  This past 4th of July in Simi Valley some spectators got to witness firsthand just how fast things can go from fun to complete terror.  28 people were injured when a wood platform tipped over sending fireworks in the direction of the crowd.  Take a look:

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