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Isao Machii

Japanese iaido master Isao Machii (a.k.a. “Samurai of Heisei”), who holds numerous Guinness World Records for his sword skills, recently got inside of a batting cage and quickly sliced a 100-MPH baseball in half. In the video shared by Oricon Style, Isao does an amazing job of showing off his incredible reflexes.


via Nerd Approved



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YouTube star pretends to blow up 3-year-old son in viral prank on girlfriend

YouTube jokester Roman Atwood has struck again.

The video-sharing star known for pulling extreme pranks on his gullible girlfriend took his hijinks to another level this week when he convinced his sweetheart that he blew up their son in an ATV explosion.

Footage shows the anguished mother cover her face in horror as she watched who she thought was her 3-year-old son, Kane, veer up a ramp and come crashing down in a fiery blaze.

But the boy was a dummy and the explosion was just a big pyrotechnics show.

When the unsuspecting mother dashes over to the save her son, she realizes she was the victim of yet another prank.


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OldNYC is a fascinating project that uses Google Maps to plot historic data from the New York Public Library‘s digital collection of Percy Loomis Sperr’s photographs. Each clickable red dot on the map offers a vast array of information about the specific location, the buildings and sometimes even floor plans of residences that once stood there. The people behind this project wanted to provide the public with an easy way to navigate this wonderful history.

This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL’s incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day. And, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even discover something about New York’s rich past that you never knew before!

The images all come from the New York Public Library’s Milstein Collection. While many photographers contributed to the collection, the majority of its images are the work of Percy Loomis Sperr, who documented changes to the city from the late 1920s to the early 1940s.

The Library retains the copyright for many of these images. For details, please read their Terms and Conditions page. The creators of this site did not collect or digitize any of these images — credit for that massive undertaking belongs entirely to the Library.


72nd Broadway

Little West 12th

Astor Place

33rd 12th

42nd Madison

images via OldNYC/New York Public Library

Thanks Jason Laskodi!


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[youtube] Kuma Films has captured footage in California of Los Angeles card illusionist Zach Mueller of Fontaine Cards manipulating a deck of cards in...