Blog Posts by Claudine Zap

  • Comedian carried like a baby

    Comedian Mark Malkoff looked at all the babies being carried around in BabyBjörns by their parents in New York City and had one thought: Get me into one of those.

    "Everywhere you go in New York City," Malkoff told Yahoo! Screen over the phone, "Whether it's the subway or the street, you just see parents with the BabyBjörns." He added, "I wanted to experience it."

    He needed two things: A harness to fit a smallish man (Malkoff is 5'7" and weighs 130 pounds) and someone who could handle the heavy lifting. Literally. The lightweight comic was able to team up with the 7-foot-tall Grizz Chapman, who was game.

    A friend helped Malkoff to "MacGyver" a Björn-esque harness for him, and the two headed out to the streets of New York's Upper West Side neighborhood, which Malkoff described as "parents galore." The video shows even the most jaded New Yorkers — and their kids — staring in disbelief.

    The coolest part for Malkoff was the leg up he had over most people. "I was instantly 6'4"," he said,

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  • Baby chimp, tigers, and a wolf cuddle up at the zoo

    At the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, the laws of the jungle do not apply.

    An adorable video shows playtime for a baby chimp, two tiger cubs, and a wolf pup, who are all being introduced.

    If they are natural enemies, nobody got the memo here: The animals all pile on each other. There are hugs. There is some jumping. There is lots of cuddling.

    "Growing up together in the animal world any kind of species can and will get along," Joe Schreibvogel, entertainment director for the zoo told Yahoo! in a statement.

    Schreibvogel, who lives on the zoo grounds, sees this kind of thing first hand. It’s the home of a video that Yahoo! featured recently of a dachshund named Milo giving a tooth cleaning to a tiger named Bonedigger. The two are best friends who eat and play together, after having been raised together by Schreibvogel.

    The video of the lion and the dog has brought worldwide attention to the Oklahoma zoo, which suffered about $18,000 worth of damage

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  • The way in which a Dunkin' Donuts employee endured a customer's racist tirade has led the company to reward him and another employee involved for handling the situation with patience and politeness.

    The woman, identified as Taylor Chapman, begins to record her complaint as a belligerent customer citing a store policy that she says promises her a free meal since she didn't get her receipt for a previous purchase.

    The eight-minute video was meant to expose the employees, but instead it backfired in a big way. The racist tirade, which has been viewed over half a million times on the Web, caused an outpouring of outrage — directed at Chapman.

    The employees, shown in the video, manage to remain calm as Chapman launches a string of obscenity-laced insults, including a bizarre threat to blow up the planet from Mars, and racist barbs.

    Dunkin' Donuts praised the employees on Twitter, posting, "We're proud of how r crew member handled this situation. The franchise owner of the restaurant plans

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  • The story behind the video of a dog cleaning a lion’s teeth

    It's a video the Internet loved: A dachshund named Milo cleaning the teeth of a lion named Bonedigger. The unlikely pair, who took the Web by storm, have an even better story to share.

    The lion and the wiener dog have been buddies since they were babies. When the lion was just a cub, he came to the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Okla., with a bone disease that made it hard for him to walk.

    Joe Schreibvogel, the zoo's Entertainment Director, who lives on the zoo grounds, took the lion cub into his house and raised him, along with his litter of dachshund puppies. As the video shows, the two learn to get along at an early age. And it's adorable. The two played together, ate together and, now, spend their days together.

    The video of the lion and the dog has brought worldwide attention to the Oklahoma zoo, which suffered about $18,000 worth of damage when a recent tornado struck nearby.

    Despite that, the zoo opened its gates to animals, "domestic and exotic," which

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  • ‘Harlem Shake’ Takes Over at Wedding Ceremony

    The "Harlem Shake" craze is pretty much over. So chalk up this buzzy video of the dance making its appearance at a wedding ceremony as the necessary "something old," maybe?

    The video taken at at the First Friends Church in Salem, Ohio, shows the happy couple being pronounced husband and wife and sharing a first kiss, with the groom even making a victorious fist pump.

    Then … queue music and one very flexible groomsman. Suddenly, the wedding party is doing the "Harlem Shake," including, by the way, a game pastor who gets his groove on.

    As suddenly as it starts, it stops, and the wedding ceremony introducing Nate and Abby as "Mr. and Mrs. Netti" continues.

    We may have thought that the "Harlem Shake" was dead, but don't tell that to the Web. The video which was posted on Sunday, has already received over 53,000 views, and counting.

    David Seymour, an usher seated at the back of the room, was filming the ceremony and put his video on the Web.

    "I placed my camera on a small tripod back on the ledge

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  • Deployed Dad Surprises Daughter at School

    A central Florida first-grader got a happy ending at story time: a surprise visit from her dad.

    Madison Bonnichson had no idea that her dad, Sgt. Ryan Bonnichson, was home for a short break. The little girl had been without her father during his yearlong military tour.

    On his way home, Bonnichson made a special stop at Apollo Elementary School in Florida’s Brevard County for an emotional reunion.

    Madison’s mother and teachers planned the big surprise during story time with her class. But nobody could measure the happiness of the young girl seeing her dad after a yearlong separation. His unexpected arrival was caught on tape: "Daddy!” she said, before jumping into his arms. "Daddy!"

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  • Man Hides Millions in Treasure – and Wants You to Find It

    Need motivation to get outdoors more? How about a treasure hunt for a hidden chest filled with gold? We thought that might get your attention. The Web certainly took notice after a story about New Mexico multimillionaire Forrest Fenn announced he had hidden just such a box three years ago. And here's the cool part: The treasure map is a poem.

    The 82-year-old's goal is "The Thrill of the Chase," as he calls his self-published autobiography. The art collector's hope is that the promise of riches will get couch potatoes off their duffs and on their feet to enjoy the outdoors. That's the real prize.

    Of course, if you find the chest, it's yours to keep. The octogenarian says the trove weighs 40 pounds and is filled with millions of dollars in gold coins, diamonds, and other gems that he's collected over the years.

    Crazy, right? People from around the world have flocked to join the modern-day treasure hunt, which has foiled all seekers so far. Here's the full text of the poem.

    As I have

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  • The Rock gets milk in Super Bowl ad

    Need milk? Get the Rock. The Got Milk? campaign got the Rock for its first Super Bowl ad. The 30-second spot, which is already buzzing on the Web, features the action star Dwayne Johnson in a kitchen with three kids at breakfast … with a milk jug that's nearly empty.

    [ Related: Amy Poehler's Best Buy ad ]

    One look at the horrified kids and the muscled man jumps into action mode, ignoring a kitten stuck in a tree, a bank robbery in progress, and a woman trapped by a lion to run down a milk truck for his refill. Yes, the Rock saved breakfast before leaving the house to save the world. Priorities.

    Watch the buzzy Super Bowl ads:
    Supermodel Bar Refaeli kisses super-nerd
    Clydesdale, trainer in emotional reunion
    Backlash over Calvin Klein ad

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  • How the World Could End

    "Electric City"

    Predicting the end of the world has practically become a spectator sport. From movies like "Deep Impact" and "2012," to the Mayan prophecy, there are plenty of suggestions of how life on Earth could disappear. On closer inspection, not all of them pan out.

    Here are some of the more popular predictions.

    Asteroids: Scientists believe that a six-mile-wide asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, leading some to want to keep a close eye on flying space debris that could be headed toward Earth. There have been plenty of near misses: Last summer, a rock the size of a bus buzzed Earth, passing the planet a mere 7,500 miles away.

    In November 2011, an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier came within 201,000 miles of the planet, wowing scientists and worrying end-of-the world types. And except for those in sci-fi flicks like "Armageddon," the last asteroid to cause damage to Earth was back in 1908. The impact from a meteorite over a remote region of Siberia flattened a

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  • How to Prepare for the End of the World

    "Electric City"

    A massive meteor strike, a super volcano, or global warming: There are plenty of theories of how the world could end. Doomsday predictions of what will push humans to the brink of extinction have been around since at least the time of the Mayans, who prophesied a catastrophic event would occur at the winter solstice -- December 21, 2012.

    However you imagine the world might end, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a checklist for you. Its job isn't to predict apocalyptic mayhem, but it does want to make sure we have our emergency kits ready.

    The CDC says on its website, "Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur." (The government agency has proved this by issuing instructions for a zombie apocalypse and as well as a wedding survival guide.)

    Here, tips for everything you'll need to face the end of

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