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Tuesday
Apr162013

Patton Oswalt's Inspiring Message Goes Viral

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, people everywhere have been trying to wrap their minds around how someone – or a group of people – could commit such a senseless act of violence. But comedian Patton Oswalt took to Facebook to remind his fans that good does exist in the world, even when evil is present.

“I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem,” the King of Queens actor wrote. “But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet.”

Oswalt wrote that when the September 11th attacks occurred, “my reaction was, ‘Well, I've had it with humanity,’ but I was wrong.’” He continued by saying that the lesson he’s learned is that the majority of the world’s population “stands against that darkness, and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and more importantly, the damage they wreak.”

After pointing out that “if humanity were inherently evil, we’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago,” Oswalt concluded by offering a piece of advice for those looking for support.

“When you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye,” he wrote. “Think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan092013

‘CutforBieber’ Hashtag Goes Viral on Twitter

DISNEYLAND/MARK ASHMAN(NEW YORK) -- A hashtag urging Justin Bieber fans to cut themselves went viral on Twitter on Monday but it turns out it was just a prank.

The hashtag, “cutforbieber” was started in response to published photos of the “Boyfriend” singer smoking what appeared to be marijuana.

Some Twitter users posted photos of their supposed self-mutilation along with the hashtag while others called the trend “stupid,” “disgusting” and “disrespectful.”

But many of the tweets of self-mutilation photos appeared to be fake. One fake account tweeted, “I cut because you use drugs. This world is meaningless.”

A representative for Bieber declined to comment.

The hashtag was reportedly started as a prank by members of a 4Chan message board, which is known for being offensive.

Miley Cyrus fought back against the hashtag, tweeting, "If people are really saying they are gonna cut themselves cuz Justin Bieber could’ve smoked some weed the world really is coming to an end!”

Bieber has been the target of Twitter pranks before. Last fall a “baldforbieber” hashtag went viral after a false report that the Biebs was diagnosed with cancer. The rumor was reportedly also started by 4chan.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug182011

Anderson Cooper's Gigglefest Goes Viral

Jordan Strauss/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- CNN's biggest star is suddenly a viral sensation and it IS a laughing matter.

Anderson Cooper, host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, developed a serious case of the giggles on live television Wednesday night while he was delivering a segment called "The Ridiculist."

The topic of Wednesday night's "Ridiculist?" French actor Gerard Depardieu, who made news earlier in the day for urinating in the middle of a grounded Air France airplane after he was denied access to the loo.

[WATCH ANDERSON COOPER BREAK INTO A LAUGHING FIT ON CNN'S 'AC360']

"All I can say, they should thank their lucky stars it wasn't Depar-two," Cooper joked.

And that's when the CNN host lost control: "You always see this sort of thing on YouTube and you don't think it could actually happen to you."

But indeed, the video went viral, lighting up Facebook and garnering thousands of responses -- and laughs -- from Twitter users.

"Watching Anderson Cooper lose it while reporting on Gerard Depardieu is the funniest piece I've ever seen," one person wrote on Twitter.

"Just had a giggle fit while watching @andersoncooper having a giggle fit on live TV!" another said.

A third person wrote, "i love @andersoncooper and his adorable laugh."

Cooper took to his own Twitter page Thursday afternoon to react to all the attention.

"It's a goofy laugh, but I'm stuck with it," the AC360 host wrote.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun132011

Cone-ing? Ice Cream Prank Goes Viral on YouTube

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Aussies are at it again. Trending this week is a video on YouTube that has collected over a million viewers in less than seven days. The video shows a young Australian man ordering an ice cream cone at a drive-thru and when served, grabbing the ice cream instead of the cone.

This odd bit of behavior has been labeled cone-ing, and it is blowing up all over the Internet. People from different countries are filming themselves doing it and posting it on YouTube. These "coners" are then inducted into the online Cone-ing community.

Where did this silly fad come from, viewers ask. And who started it?

He has been called a "legend" and a "genius" on the Internet. His name is Alki Stevens, and he has titled his new viral video, "CONE-ING IS THE NEW PLANKING!!!!"

Remember planking? Also a 2011 Aussie hit in which the participant lies face-down, expressionless, and points his fingers and toes. It may seem boring, but there have been plankers who have planked on camels, clotheslines and police cars. The hype of planking got out of hand, as young people around the globe tried to up the ante. It ended tragically with the death of a 20-year-old man who lay down on a seventh-story balcony in Brisbane, Australia, and fell to his death.

Cone-ing has only caught on in the last few days, and many have expressed relief that, goofy as it is, it's safer than planking. The only worry (or maybe the payoff) is that it can upset the salesperson at the drive-thru.

One Facebook follower, Alexander Scaron, wrote, "Happened twice tonight 3rd time my manager through [sic] the cone at the person…"

Was cone-ing created to start a trend or to make a few thousand bucks? Stevens has made it to the top ten of the Unhatched viral video competition. Grand prize? Ten grand!

Will you be cone-ing to cool down this summer? Or will it be the trend that cools down once the competition's over?

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