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German Web Stunt Turns Deadly

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A German amateur stunt performer died instantly from head injuries after being thrown from a spinning playground carousel in a Jackass-style stunt gone awry in the Bavarian town of Oberviehbach.

The 20-year-old man, known only as Tobias, was part of the group known as the “Bavarian Dumbasses,” a gang of six young German men who gained notoriety for filming their shenanigans and posting them to the web via YouTube and Facebook.

Tobias was taped to the playground carousel and roped to a BMW by his three cohorts on Sunday, according to the Munchner Merkur newspaper. With the rope hitched to the car, the three other young men, who the paper said were 18-20 years old, then put the car in full throttle in attempt to spin Tobias as fast as possible.

As the car took off, Tobias was propelled by centrifugal force at an incredibly high speed – so fast that the tape tore off and he was sent hurtling six yards from the merry-go-round and head first into the ground.

Police are now looking at manslaughter charges against the friends, according to the paper.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Twitter File Suggests Obama’s Inauguration More Fun Than Putin’s

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- A video on YouTube comparing President Obama’s inauguration with that of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s on Monday is making the rounds on Twitter in Russia. So far it has been viewed nearly 44,000 times since it was uploaded on Monday.

The six and half minute clip juxtaposes images of smiling, cheering Americans attending Obama’s Jan. 20, 2009 ceremony on the National Mall with the vacant streets of central Moscow as Putin’s motorcade drove silently to the Kremlin for his swearing in. Those streets had been cleared by police to prevent any protests along his route, but they also ensured the streets were devoid of cheering supporters as well.

While Obama is shown smiling and waving as they walked along the parade route to the White House, Putin’s face remains serious, almost dour, as he strides into the opulent hall where he took the oath of office with similarly unflinching stare. When Obama’s family is shown waving to the crowd, the video includes a shot of Putin’s wife, who is rarely seen in public, who appears to be swaying nervously. Obama, meanwhile, is seen swaying with his wife Michelle during their dance at one of the inaugural balls.

The video also pointedly splices in clips of this week’s police violence as Moscow riot police have cracked down on opposition demonstrators. On Monday they raided restaurants and cafes, even a McDonald’s, looking for potential protesters. Several people have been arrested throughout the week simply for wearing white ribbons, the symbol of the opposition, as they walked down the street.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Former Saddam Crony Appears to Surface in New Video

Salah Malkawi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A frail-looking man with a striking resemblance to former Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri has turned up in a video posted on YouTube -- the most recent evidence to date that he possibly remains the highest-ranking member of the late Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime to elude capture over the past nine years.

Al-Douri helped Saddam rise to power in a 1968 military coup and remained a valued member of the dictator's inner circle until the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 displaced Saddam and sent the rest of his minions scattering.

Named the "King of Clubs" from a playing deck given to American soldiers to help them find Saddam and the Baathist fugitives, al-Douri has long been suspected of helping to finance and organize Sunni insurgents determined to take back the country from the Shiite-dominated government.

In the hour-long video, a man purported to be al-Douri dressed in military garb proclaims, "Our Baath (party), on its 65th anniversary, is in a major historic war.  I call on this...occasion for all the progressive resistance forces and all the national Islamic resistance forces to work for the liberation."

The speaker goes on to criticize Baghdad's alliance with a former sworn enemy, saying, "The political process today is...for the benefit of Iran, which is carrying the most dangerous project for the Persians, with the intention of taking over Iraq and then destroying the nation."

As evidence that the video was produced recently, al-Douri, or someone who looks just like him, supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on anti-government forces, criticizing Arab states for "calling for armies to invade Syria and erase its people, as happened in Iraq and Libya."

Responding to the video, an official with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a statement, saying, "Al-Douri wants to spread terrorism and sectarian violence under the pretext of resistance.  This will not affect the work of the government or the political process."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


‘Kony 2012′ Campaign Against Uganda Warlord Takes Over Internet

Sam Farmar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you logged onto Facebook at any point Wednesday, you may very well have found friends and others sharing “Kony 2012,” a 30-minute YouTube film on the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

The nonprofit charity Invisible Children Inc. uploaded the video Monday to bring attention to Kony and the rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army, which has terrorized central Africa for several years. The YouTube video currently has more than 7 million views.

The hashtag #stopkony has been trending worldwide on Twitter.

On its Facebook page, Invisible Children says it “uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.”

The charity came about after three Southern California filmmakers returned from Africa and released a documentary on the children forced to fight under Kony’s leadership.

In October, President Obama sent 100 troops to Uganda to help regional forces battle the LRA and capture or kill Kony.

During that announcement, he said that for more than two decades the LRA had been responsible for having “murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women, and children in central Africa” and continues to “commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.”

On April 20, the group is asking supporters to cover their hometowns with posters calling for Kony to be brought to justice. On its website, supporters can sign a petition and contribute to the cause by buying T-shirts, posters and bracelets.

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Social Media Day: Guinness Releases New World Records

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Just in time for global "Social Media Day," Guinness World Records on Thursday released the latest social media world records.

Dan Barrett, Guinness World Records community manager, noted the high interest in social media records.

"Social media records are some of the most asked about by our fans and readers," Barrett said.  "Along with the world's tallest, smallest and heaviest, record fans want to know who has the most comments on Facebook, followers on Twitter or views on YouTube."

Barrett adds that what is perhaps most appealing to fans is that they can "be a part of a world record just by 'liking' a post on Facebook or watching a video on YouTube."

Here are some of the standout social media records noted by Guinness:

-- Most Likes on a Facebook Page: Facebook itself achieved this record with 47,194,601 likes.  Rounding out the top five are the pages for Zynga's Texas Hold'em Poker (45.78 million), rapper Eminem (42.05 million), YouTube (40.44 million) and Lady Gaga (39.49 million).

-- Most "Disliked" Video on YouTube:  The music video for Justin Bieber's song Baby holds the record with 1,490,076 "dislikes."  However, the same video also carries the record for the "Most Viewed Video Online" with 575,118,703 views on YouTube.

Twitter wasn't left out of the running either. Charlie Sheen was the fastest to reach one million followers on the micro-blogging site, doing so in just 25 hours 17 minutes in March 2011.  The former Two and a Half Men star was the subject of several trending topics and hashtags, including Sheen's catchphrases "winning" and "tiger blood."

Lady Gaga currently leads Twitter with the most followers at 11,259,372.  Gaga was the first to surpass 10 million followers on May 15, 2011, Guinness says.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Video of 'Dead Alien' in Russia Goes Viral on YouTube -- A YouTube video of a so-called "dead alien" found in Russia is quickly becoming an Internet sensation. The video, posted to YouTube on Sunday, has attracted nearly 1.5 million views and is now making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook.

Uploaded by All News Web, which calls itself "The World's Only Inter-Galactic News Service," the video's description says it shows a "dead alien" found in Russia's Republic Buryatia, at a site not far from an alleged UFO event one month ago in Siberia.

The fuzzy film, apparently shot as two Russian-speaking men walk across a snowy countryside, features a close-up of what is appears to be the shriveled up body of a tiny extra-terrestrial being. Like the aliens of pop culture, the dead creature in the YouTube video has an enlarged gray head and huge, dark eyes.

"We found him over there. ... We found him around two hours ago. ... It must have been lying here for days", the translation beneath the video says.

But UFO believers shouldn't get their hopes up too high. Benjamin Radford, a paranormal investigator and managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, said the video is most certainly the work of pranksters.

The first "big red flag" is the way the video was shot, he said. Instead of just stumbling upon the alien, the camera man gives the viewer a wide-angle so-called "establishing shot" of the landscape before zooming right onto the alien as he and his friend find it.

"This is film-making 101. We see this in sitcoms, we see this in virtually every film in order to establish a place and scene for the viewer," he said. "It makes sense in the context of a fake film but it does not make sense in the context of someone suddenly finding this alien creature."

Radford also said that the so-called "alien" looks too much like the "little green man" of our favorite sci-fi films.

"You look at it and it's not badly done -- it took somebody probably a couple of hours to make," he said. "There's probably a butcher shop somewhere missing some pieces. ...It's no alien."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Czech President Vaclav Klaus Steals a Pen, Ends Up on YouTube

Martin Divisek/isifa/Getty Images(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus may be in the middle of a government crisis, but he's bringing the laughs thanks to a video that's become a YouTube hit.

The video, which was uploaded Monday, currently has more than 83,000 views. It shows Klaus stealing an official pen last week during a visit to Chile.

Viewers don't have to know Spanish or Czech to get the idea. Red circles and arrows -- accompanied by comical music -- catch Klaus in the act as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks during a news conference.

"All I have to say, it is not a pen but just a stylus," Klaus said Monday, adding that he takes things all the time. Klaus said he has a pen from October's NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, and a notepad from the Latvian Parliament, among other souvenirs.

"It is what people do regularly. They keep notepads and pen from such events," he said.

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Social Media Fuels Protests in Iran, Bahrain and Yemen

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MANAMA, Bahrain) -- More than 10,000 protesters swarmed the Main Square in the capital of Bahrain Tuesday, one of the largest political demonstrations ever seen in this nation's recent history. And a protester was killed by police when a funeral procession for another protester killed Monday escalated into new clashes.

In Iran, after the biggest mass protest since the 2009 elections, members of Parliament gathered for a deadly chant, shouting that key opposition leaders "must be executed."

And in Yemen there was a fifth straight day of uprisings, with demonstrators calling for the ouster of the authoritarian president.

Behind all this was the power of the Internet, with protesters galvanized by a social media revolution.

Despite the attempts of governments to block it, a Facebook page calling for "solidarity demonstrations" is creating a cyber wildfire. Hundreds of hits on the website, turning into thousands, turning into upwards of 12 million -- 90 percent coming from Iran.

The call is specific: "We encourage you to join the thousands on the street right now," the page says.

The call spread through cell phones, smart phones and through people like Internet activist Omid Memarian outside Iran.

"I think this time the [Iranian] government really underestimated the power of social media," Memarian said. "They thought because of the severe crackdown that we witnessed after the election that people would not dare to go to the streets."

In Bahrain, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, protesters photographed the funeral of a demonstrator, and had it on YouTube instantly, inspiring even more to join the call for democracy.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


YouTube Orchestra: Online Auditions Now Open

Photo Courtesy - YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Practice, practice, practice may get you to Carnegie Hall, but these days, the Web, Web, Web will get you worldwide fame.

Building on the success of its first global online orchestra, which performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2009, YouTube Tuesday announced the launch of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.

At events in New York and Sydney, Australia, YouTube, the video-sharing site owned by Google, said it was taking its second internationally crowd-sourced orchestra to the land Down Under, to perform at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011.

"This is such a great way to connect and inspire people and show how YouTube can unite people around the world," said Ed Sanders, senior marketing manager at YouTube.  "It's wonderful to see an example of where technology brings people together in the virtual world and the real world."

From Oct. 12 through Nov. 28, musicians around the world can upload audition videos to show off their abilities.  A panel of judges from top orchestras around the world will then select a group of semifinalists.  In December, YouTube users will get to vote for their favorite musicians online.  The winning musicians will be announced on Jan. 11, 2011.

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Video Shows Israeli Soldier Dancing Around Blindfolded Palestinian Woman

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(JERUSALEM) -- The Israeli army is investigating a video posted on YouTube featuring a male soldier performing a belly dancing routine beside a blindfolded female Palestinian prisoner.

The clip has apparently been on the site for two years, but was aired on Israeli Television Monday night.

It is the latest embarrassing clip of this kind to cause controversy and force the army onto the defensive, but this would be the first to target a Palestinian woman, a particularly inflammatory issue in Arab society.

The Israeli Defense Force said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the incident.

"The IDF condemns this kind of activity and has worked and is working to eradicate it via briefings to soldiers....The clips do not depict the norm, but rather are anomalies," said an IDF statement.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the video.

"This is a disgusting illustration of the sick mentality of the occupier. This is not an isolated incident. With the advent of easy-to-use media like YouTube, the truth is coming to light of a culture of humiliation of the Palestinians," the Palestinian Authority statement said.

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