First there was the Harlem shake.
Then came the ALS ice bucket challenge.
What’s the Internet’s newest trend? The #CondomChallenge.
No it’s not raising awareness for any health issues, other than disproving the age old lie that, “it doesn’t fit.”
Nevertheless, the #CondomChallenge has gone viral across Vine and Twitter.
Success??? #condomchallenge pic.twitter.com/heyRxCp0GC
— Kat Roberts (@Kat_Meow21) November 23, 2015
So what’s the plan? Fill a condom with water and drop it over your friend’s head without it breaking. It creates a weird fishbowl affect around the participant’s head and causes uncontrollable laughter for everyone else.
According to Tech Insider, the trend started in Japan with this video catching fire on the Internet.
Caution: If you want to try the challenge, make sure to not have the plastic cover your face for too long. Incidents have already been reported and could there be a more embarrassing way to die than this?
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No Internet, Casey Anthony Is Not Dead
Facebook has been awash in shares of a story about the death of Casey Anthony, the woman who in 2011 was found not guilty of murdering her young daughter in a trial that grabbed international headlines.
Could it be really true?
Well it is according to two so called “news” websites- Breaking13News.com and Now8News.com who posted identical stories.
From the two sites:
“According to “Unconfirmed reports coming out of Warren, Ohio state that the body of Casey Anthony was found in a rest stop near I-71, bludgeoned to death. At 1:37 PM on Monday, a traveler noticed a body in the back of a pickup truck abandoned in a grassy field about 20 yards from the parking area as he was walking his dog. The man said as he approached the vehicle, there was a horrible stench in the air. He was shocked to find a young female, in her late 20’s to early 30’s, partially dismembered.”
The tale of Anthony’s untimely demise has been shared thousands times on Facebook and has been popping up on people’s news feeds for a few days now.
But Internet fact checker Snopes.com has called foul on the report, deeming it to be untrue and little more than an attempt to make money with click bait headlines.
“This report is false: Casey Anthony has not died. Breaking News 13 is one of many fake news sites on the Internet that mimic the appearance of local television news outlets and publish fictitious stories masquerading as real news accounts in order to lure in readers and thereby generate social media shares and advertising revenue — and because of her controversial stature, Casey Anthony is a favorite subject for eyeball-grabbing headlines.”
Rise News called a number listed on the BreakingNews13.com website to allow the operators a chance to respond, but it did not seem to be connected.
Button line people: start paying closer attention to the sources where you get your news from.
H/T to Inquisitr.com for first reporting the existence of Now8News.com.
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Did This Astronaut Just See A UFO From The Space Station?
File this one to crazy things people say online.
American Astronaut Scott Kelly is currently embarking on an impressive feat- staying in space for nearly a year, 342 days to be exact.
Everyday, he sends out at least one tweet showing amazing views of the Earth from the International Space Station.
He did the same on Nov. 15 as he was above southern India.
Day 233. Once upon a #star over Southern India. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/ipT4AsDDir
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) November 15, 2015
Just a normal tweet. Beautiful light, wow so pretty. OH DEAR GOD IS THAT A UFO IN THE UPPER RIGHT?
Yeah probably not, but some people are taking this pretty seriously.
“Scott Kelly likes to send out photos of the view from the windows of the space station…and they look cool,” Scott Waring, an editor of ufosightingsdaily.com wrote according to CBS News. “This one however has a cigar shaped glowing UFO with a metallic body in it. The UFO is about 25 meters long and 150-200 meters away. It looks like Scott was trying to hint at the existence of aliens. Message received Scott, and thanks.”
This video talking about the alleged UFO has nearly 300,000 views.
What do you think? UFO or not? Tell us in the comments below.
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Beyond Viral: The Actually Touching Story Behind The Drunk Guy In The Barney Costume
Brandon Priest is an unassuming 23 year old. From Brunswick, GA, Priest works at a Ebay call center and is still a kid at heart who still loves to watch cartoons and does some cartoon animation as a hobby.
He’s in a local band named Midwayer too. And oh yeah, he also has a 4 year old daughter who takes up the rest of his time.
Trust me, this is important background info.
You see, Priest is a bit of a celebrity now- well at least an online celebrity. A photo of him has been circulating around the Internet close to light speed with thousands of shares on Facebook and other social media sites.
The only problem? Priest is in a Barney the Dinosaur costume and you have no that its him in there and you certainly don’t know the great life lesson that he learned by being goofy.
It just really went to show me how much you actually miss out on when you say no to opportunity and I think it was an amazing life lesson for myself.
Here’s our strangely poignant interview with Brandon Priest, the dude who dressed up as Barney and played pool at a Georgia bar.
Rise News: What is the story behind the viral photos?
Brandon Priest (Barney): Friday I had watched the Jim Carrey movie, Yes Man – the movie where he has to say yes to anything, and lately I hadn’t been getting out of the house at all. I had been just staying inside playing video games and turning down offers from hanging out with friends and the movie really reminded me how much I actually say no to things that might have ended up being fun so I basically made a post on facebook saying that I wanted to start saying yes to more crazy things and hanging out with more people that I wouldn’t normally hang out with.
Rise News: Why did you decide to dress up as Barney?
Barney: A friend of mine Mercedes actually immediately hit me up and said she had found a Barney outfit in her attic from her kids birthday party a couple years ago and asked if I would be down with wearing it around town and I just went for it haha.
I really enjoyed it. I spent the first part of the day just hugging kids and taking hundreds of pictures, riding around on the tour bike on St Simons island. I think I made a lot of people happy by just dressing up in a silly costume and that was awesome.
People kept buying me free shots and drinks when I hit up the bars and I ended up getting really drunk and some guys talked me into playing pool. I was so wasted I think I only managed to get one ball in (its also really hard to play pool when you’re in a suit that doesn’t have fingers).
Rise News: Did you post the photo on social media or how did it start to go viral?
Barney: I believe a guy named Kyle took the picture and put it on his reddit.
Rise News: What do you think about how viral it has gotten?
Barney: I had no idea I’d wake up the next morning and the picture would have 5 million views and all the facebook shares. So many sites and stuff have been hitting me up and I personally think its great. It just really went to show me how much you actually miss out on when you say no to opportunity and I think it was an amazing life lesson for myself.
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