The Big Thrill is Really the Big Chill

I am not a thrill seeker by nature and I am always a bit surprised when I see certain “rides” that would appear to be more appropriate in a large-scale torture chamber than an amusement park. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my experiences on roller coasters, Ferris wheels and similar rides. I rode the Cyclone Roller Coaster in Coney Island, NYC when it was noted as the largest such ride in the United States and perhaps the world at that time.

There is a video circulating around the Internet that claims to show the Gyro Drop at Lotte World Adventure, South Korea.

 

 
After seeing this, I had to investigate a bit further because it was hard for me to believe that this was pleasurable. Would you want to be lifted, swung around and dropped like that? I just wouldn’t consider that fun!

Sure enough the popular video (above) appears to be significantly enhanced to make the ride more nightmarish than it is in reality. The two videos below purportedly show the actual amusement.

 

 

 

Mashable tells the story: Chill, that terrifying amusement park ride video is fake

 

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Vide – Ohs: Ditch This Sport – Canal Jumping

Our last video introduced the somewhat strange sport of Headis; well…maybe more than “somewhat” strange. Today’s post is about another unusual sport that has its roots in the history of Holland with all of its canals.

How far would you be able to jump? Would you even be able to get to the jumping part?

 

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Vide – Ohs: Headis??? Soccer Ball Ping Pong

OK, they got me on this one. I had never heard of this “sport,” but apparently there are enthusiasts around the globe. Headis was founded in 2006 as a combination of table tennis and soccer. The name is derived from a combination of head plus tennis, i.e. Headis. Read more about it HERE!

The video below is less than a minute long, but it will provide viewers with a sense and “thrill” of the game.

Another group from Germany has produced a Headis video with the ten best plays of the …AHEM… Headis World Championship 2015 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Who knew? The Internet is really something!

 

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Vide – Ohs: A Tribute to Ray Lambert & The Soldiers of Omaha Beach

Sam Elliott tells Sgt. Lambert’s story of the landing on Omaha Beach! It is hard to watch this and not get teary-eyed. Every American should be proud and honored by actions of the soldiers of WW II!

From the YouTube Page:

Sam Elliott pays tribute to SGT Ray Lambert on the 30th National Memorial Day Concert. Aired May 26, 2019 on PBS.

 

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Vide – Ohs: Animals Interacting with and Like Humans

Perhaps we, as a species, consider that we stand supreme among all animals, but then again, who are we to say? We have gained abilities to alter the earth’s environment and as such, I think we must assume the role of custodians and preserve the earth’s biodiversity.

The video below shows that other forms of life are precious, curious, emotional and they deserve to be honored and protected.

From the YouTube Page:

Animals make the world magic! Whether friendly encounters with a baby deer, flying geese, baby sea turtles, a whale or even a hug from a loving kangaroo, these magical moments are sure to brighten your day.

 

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Vide – Ohs: Saving a Pony & Foxes at Play

Mila – The miracle pony

We have a heartwarming story of a pony that was found very near death with little hope of survival, but then fate stepped in. Watch this inspiring video about the will to live and being grateful!

From the YouTube page:

This baby wild horse was so skinny when she was rescued — look at her now! | You can keep up with Mila and all of her adventures on Instagram, mila_the_mustang: https://thedo.do/mila. You can help Amanda, Jennifer, and the team at Healing Hearts Rescue care for more animals like Mila by donating to: https://thedo.do/hearts. You can also check out more of Nancy Loftis’ amazing photography on Facebook: https://thedo.do/nloftis. Special thanks to Nancy Harrison for sharing her footage with us!

Foxes Just Want to Have Fun

Who knew that despite their reputation for being sly, foxes like to have fun! Watch this cute and funny video of two fox cubs caught on camera playing on a trampoline – after sneaking into a woman’s garden.

 

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Dancing in the Streets and Everywhere!

There is no doubt that there are many discouraging events occurring in our world on a very frequent basis. Our modern era has spawned wars, terrorism, hatred and untold misery in many parts of the earth.

This video is the antidote to the negative occurrences we hear so much about. Let’s remember that there are opportunities for happiness, fun, laughter and brotherhood even amidst some of the most negative and gloomy events of our time.

 

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Vide – Ohs: NYC’s Largest Cat – Samson

From the YouTube Page:

MEET Samson, New York’s biggest cat – weighing 28 pounds and measuring an incredible four foot in length. The hulking feline is chauffeured around in his very own super-size carriage and spends his down time playing fetch – just like a dog. The four-year-old Maine Coon breed has now reached celebrity status due to his impressive stature -and has amassed over 104,000 followers on Instagram. The insatiable kitty eats six cans of food a day to feed his massive appetite.

For more information, visit https://www.instagram.com/catstradamus/

 

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Vide – Ohs: Old Dead Tree Reincarnated as Library

Through our travels we have seen a number of “little libraries.” These are sidewalk structures used to house a “give and take” book collection to help encourage reading and literacy.

Sharalee Armitage Howard turned her century-old dead cottonwood tree into a free lending library.


Sharalee Armitage Howard stands in front of her tree-stump library

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From the YouTube webpage:

This is an awesome project. A Coeur d’Alene artist found a unique way to repurpose an old and decaying tree in her front yard. She has turned the tree stump into a Little Free Library. It’s a free book exchange designed to encourage reading.


The century-old Cottonwood Stump Library

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Vide – Ohs: Carl Sagan on the Folly of Mankind

As we reflect on the religious holidays just passed and look forward to the celebration of a new year, a demarcation created by man, there can be no better time to reflect upon our humanity or lack of it!

The video below points out what a speck of dust in the universe our earth actually is and how, in the vast scheme of the cosmos, we and our actions are so very insignificant. While everyone on earth shares the same planet, our species acts so foolishly toward our global neighbors. As Rodney King so profoundly said: “Can’t we all just get along?

Watch the video and think about the message as we move forward to the beginning of new year.

From the YouTube webpage:

Carl Sagan gives the best speech ever about humanity and how foolish we behave. Pale Blue Dot is one of the most important and reflective speeches about the human condition and our place in the Universe. The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers from Earth, as part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images.

 

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