YouTuber’s Impersonations of French Open Tennis Stars Are Ace

Just in time for Friday’s French Open semifinals, a YouTube comedian’s smooth impressions of the tennis world’s biggest stars will leave you in stitches.

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The kid’s name is Josh Berry, and his impressions of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet are spot-on. Especially impressive is how he hands the imaginary mic from one player to another, creating a seamless narrative that spans a range of accents, comportments and mannerisms.

School Kids Play With Football Stars

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Manchester United and Netherlands star Robin van Persie hosted his annual football festival for kids recently in Rotterdam. At one point during the event, he and two other professionals — Karim Touzani and Tonny Vilhena — took some time for a quick game of keep-away with a few of the young players.  The result — the video, below — has become a hit on the web:

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The video has captured sports fans’ imaginations for two main reasons. First: van Persie’s jaw-dropping skills as he shows off and messes around in ways we don’t typically see in his more serious matches. Second, and perhaps even cooler: the joyful reaction of spectators and the kids at getting such an up-close encounter with one of their heroes.

Check it out for yourself above, and let me know what you think in the comments.

Paint Exploding in Slow Motion is Colorfully Spectacular

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The Slow-Mo Guys are at it again, but this time they are making a mess of rainbow proportions

They set jars of paint on fire and watched as they blew up, splattering colours everywhere.  They framed the explosions with a camera running at 15,000 frames per second — that’s 600 times slower than human vision in real time — to show us the slow motion bursts of colour

There were no special effects added, but you’ll still feel as if you’re watching a miniature fireworks show.

And we definitely wouldn’t recommend trying this at home, unless you were planning to repaint the ceilings:

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The Evolution of Music From the 11th Century to Today

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Have you ever wondered how music has evolved over the years? One YouTube video tries to answer that question by distilling 10 centuries of song into four-and-a-half minutes.

A quintet of singers, collectively called Pentatonix, start off with a haunting chant from the 11th century. They then move on to Pachelbel’s Canon from the 1600s, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 from the 1800s. The group eventually sings its way into the 20th century and finally the present day, which features hits from Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Check out the video’s full list of songs, here.

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What do you think of the evolution of music – has it improved music over time?

Watch Kid President’s Heartwarming Meeting With Obama

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Robbie Novak, the ten-year-old YouTube sensation better known as “Kid President,” got a chance to meet with actual President Barack Obama this weekend during the White House’s Easter celebrations — and you can watch the meeting of the presidents.

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Obama gave Novak, who also starred in the White House’s April Fools’ Day prank, a tour of the Oval Office, even letting him use the presidential phone.

“Let’s make sure not to cause an international incident,” joked Obama, who showed Novak other White House memorabilia, including a telegraph, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the emancipation proclamation.

The two also shared some advice: “You’re doing awesome,” Novak told Obama, who returned the favor by advising Novak and kids around the world to always treat others with respect.

“You keep on doing the great work that you’re doing, I’ll keep doing my best and between the two of us, maybe we can kind of get things going in a good direction,” added Obama.

Novak first warmed hearts worldwide with his inspirational YouTube videos, particularly his “pep talk” video which has racked up 17.6 million views:

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Ethos – video teaching for young adults from YFC

A ground breaking series of films for an emerging generation of young adults.

The number of young adults in church has been declining steadily now for quite some time. Whilst disillusioned with church, this missing generation pursue comfort and happiness like almost nothing else. They have a consumerist outlook yet crave real community. YFC passionately believe that God is the answer to their deepest needs so they’ve invested time, energy and resources in how they might make a difference. Their first response is Ethos.

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Ethos is a series of ground-breaking short films, available to watch free on the YFC site and YouTube, that speak creatively and authentically into the issues.  Ethos exists to help address the needs specific to this generation of young adults; to help inspire, stir, challenge and ignite discussion amongst so called generation Y.

Read the whole story on the YFC website.

YouTube Says It’s Shutting Down in April Fools’ Day Prank

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YouTube announced it will be shutting down after eight years in business and will no longer accept videos. The news comes, of course, just before April Fools’ Day.

The company teamed up with The Onion to create a YouTube-star-studded video explaining how the site was set up as part of a contest to find the best home video on the Internet.

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Tom Liston, communications director at YouTube, said in the video:

“We are so close to the end.  Tonight at midnight, YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it’s finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner.”

With hilarious cameos from YouTube: Antoine Dodson, David After Dentist and Charlie and his brother (from the video “Charlie Bit My Finger” video) — everyone in the clip is in on the joke.

“We are all storytellers — that is what pulled me into this contest,” said Dodson, known for the viral “Bed Intruder” Auto-Tune video. “I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight.”

YouTube said every video on the site will be reviewed by a panel of judges and it will take 10 years to watch them all. The winner will be announced in 2023, when the site finally comes back online.

In an attempt to make the prank more believable, YouTube added a live stream of two faux presenters announcing “Best Video” nominees, which will run on the site for 12 hours. Although the stream will start out with the feel of an Emmys or Oscars presentation, it’s expected to get a little bit kooky and stranger as the day goes on.