September 25th, 2013
11:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Soldier shocks daughter on football field

13-year-old Bella Lund thought she was on the field during a University of Wisconsin-Madison football game as part of the team’s tradition of honoring a military family of the game during home games.

What she didn’t know was that her mom, Army Captain Jane Renee “J.R.” Lund, was returning home from a 6-month deployment in Afghanistan. Lund stood a few yards behind her daughter on the sidelines waiting to surprise her with a cheering crowd of more than 80,000 fans as an audience.

The reunion that followed is sure to warm any heart.

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April 28th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Best White House Correspondents' Dinner zingers

All presidents have to put up with a daily barrage of jokes at their expense, but it's not too often that they get to turn the tables. The White House Correspondents' Dinner, unofficially dubbed "nerd prom," offers one of those rare opportunities. President Obama finally got to let loose and make some jabs at a captive room of reporters, politicians, and celebrities. Check out some of our favorite zingers from the president and host Conan O'Brien.

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Obama rips on GOP

President Obama looked like he enjoyed turning the tables on his right-wing opponents from the election. Check out his jab at the GOP.

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Obama lets his hair down

First lady Michelle Obama's bangs seemed to get more publicity than the president got when she debuted her look in January. See the president hop on the bandwagon.

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Hollywood Look-alikes

Correspondents' Dinner host Conan O'Brien describes Washington's movie doppelgangers.

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Obama roasts himself

President Obama turns his jokes on himself, saying he's not "the strapping young Muslim socialist" that he used to be.

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Conan checks CNN

See Conan O'Brien rip into CNN.

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'Fierce Five' gymnasts show off skills
U.S. women's gymnastics team showing off their gold. London 2012 Olympics
August 16th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

'Fierce Five' gymnasts show off skills

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured America’s hearts with their gold-medal routines at the 2012 London Games. Gabby Douglas’ "flying squirrel" performance and McKayla Maroney’s near-miss on the vault have us interested in all aspects of their lives. Now they’re back in the U.S. making their news and talk show rounds. Check out these Gotta Watch moments.

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Colbert gives ‘Fierce Five’ task

See what task has the girls doing flips on “The Colbert Report.” Who sticks the best landing?

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McKayla Maroney is ‘not impressed’

McKayla Maroney has tumbled her way to the site tumbler for her signature scowl photo on the medal stand. Watch her react to photo shopped pictures of her next to Justin Bieber.

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Gotta Watch: Fast food fondlers
Some Burger King employees lost their jobs over this photo that went viral.
July 19th, 2012
06:52 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Fast food fondlers

Fast food service may not be considered “fine dining” but customers who frequent such establishments expect a certain level of sanitation. Unfortunately, in some cases that trust is misplaced.  Check out these videos of fast food workers with less than healthy manners.  Do their punishments fit their crimes?

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Fast food workers fired over food safety

Affiliate WKYC reports on the reaction to a viral photo of a Burger King employee stomping on store lettuce.

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2009: Domino's food tampering video

In 2009, two Domino's employees were arrested for filming as they allegedly tampering with food. Affiliate WCNC reports.

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2008: Employees bathe in store sink

In 2008, KFC fired multiple employees who photographed themselves bathing in the store's sink. Affiliate KOVR reports.

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Gotta Watch: Up-close shark encounters
An 18-foot great white shark appears off the coast of Sydney.
July 12th, 2012
10:58 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Up-close shark encounters

Forget “Jaws.” We’ve seen all sorts of real-life shark encounters in the last few weeks. Whether people are fishing, diving, or kayaking, sharks seem to be showing up everywhere. You’ve Gotta Watch these incredible videos. Have you ever had a close call with a shark? Let us know in the comments below.

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Swimming with a shark

Two friends who were spear fishing off the coast of Australia got a nasty surprise when a great white shark came between them and their boat. See how many times the sharks circled the swimmers.

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Dinner time

Fishers in South Carolina and Australia both had sharks appear out of nowhere to snatch a fish off their lines. It's hard to say what's better: the footage of the sharks or the reaction from the people fishing.

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Shark week

Multiple sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod have visitors worried. See the incredible shots of a great white shark stalking a kayaker.

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Rocking the boat

Fishermen in Sydney captured unbelievable video of an 18-foot great white biting the smaller blue shark that was on their line. You’ve got to see this huge beast shoot out of the water.

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Gotta Watch: Parents fighting at children's ball games
Parents duke it out at their children's baseball game in Columbus, Georgia.
July 10th, 2012
09:09 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Parents fighting at children's ball games

Some kids may not be learning good sportsmanship from their parents.  We've obtained video of some adults losing control at their kids' sporting events by fighting and punching other parents.  See why these parents became so upset.

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Get Real! Parents brawl at Little League

A Little League game in Georgia got out of hand when a verbal fight turned physical.

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Parents throw punches at baseball game

Three parents face criminal charges after a youth baseball tournament turns ugly. KUSA reports.

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2006: Pee Wee football parents attack

Back in 2006, CNN affiliate KZTV captured video of parents at a Texas Little League game fighting with the referee.

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July 8th, 2012
06:19 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Lawmakers gone wild

In the U.S., there's a time on the political calendar pundits like to call "the silly season;" it's when the debate can get out of hand, and the weapons can come out, figuratively of course.  In some countries things get way out of hand, real weapons come out, and the only thing you can call is security.

Recently, a lawmaker in Jordan took such offense at accusations thrown at him by a rival, he threw his shoe, then pulled a gun, during a televised debate.  That's not the first time politicians have let the discourse turn from verbal blows, to physical ones.

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Jordanian MP pulls his gun on TV

A current member of Jordan's parliament pulled a gun on a former member during a televised discussion.

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Ukraine leaders brawl over language bill

A fight broke out in the Ukraine parliament over a bill to make Russian the country's official second language.

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Parliament gone wild

CNN takes a look at fiery brawls that have broken out in various international legislatures.

Gotta Watch: Bizarre fireworks celebrations
Fireworks explode over the Hudson River on July 4th, 2009.
July 4th, 2012
09:16 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Bizarre fireworks celebrations

Fireworks and the Fourth go together like peanut butter and jelly. But if you’re tired of the same old fireworks display year in and year out, we’re commemorating Independence Day by offering these unique fireworks festivities.

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Nearly naked fireworks

Bikini-clad women did a swift business selling fireworks in 2009. Learn what other “nearly naked” bikini stands the owner considered opening.

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Chicken launch

This Colorado town is offering a chicken “fireworks” show instead of the more traditional display. Watch chickens get launched out of a mailbox with a plunger.

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Fireworks and wetsuits

The Sydney festivities come with glowing wetsuits and surfboards. Watch these Aussies light up the night as they ride the waves in style.

CNN’s Matt Abshire contributed to this post.

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July 3rd, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Rednecks at play

Self-proclaimed "rednecks" gather across the country to enjoy some fun in the mud and we've captured them on video. Watch as some swim in a mud pit, hurl hubcaps and compete in beer-related contests. One woman states "what makes it so fun is that it's a bunch of rednecks getting along."

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'Redneck Resort' offers fun in the mud

The "Redneck Resort Mud Park" in Tennessee promises a good time for those who don't mind getting dirty. WVLT reports.

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Beer + cigarettes + mud = Redneck Games

Annual Redneck Games are held in East Dublin, Georgia. Mud pit bellyflops and hubcap hurls are among the games played.

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Maine town hosts 'Redneck Olympics'

Hundreds came out for toilet seat horseshoes and pigs feet bobbing in one town's alternative Olympics. WCSH reports.

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Gotta Watch: Impaled and alive
Doctors say the three-foot shaft somehow missed every major blood vessel in the victim's brain.
June 19th, 2012
06:44 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Impaled and alive

Medical "miracles" may have saved the victims featured in this "Gotta Watch." Check out the X-rays of these traumatic head injury survivors and find out how they got themselves into so much trouble.

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Teen survives spear through head

Doctors say a teen who had a 3-foot spear shot through his skull is recovering. WSVN reports.

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Toddler impaled by pressure washer

A 17-month-old boy survives after falling on a metal pressure washer wand. WRAL reports.

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Man survives pipe through head

A Las Vegas man involved in a car accident survived a pipe that went through his face. KVVU's Elizabeth Watts reports.

Gotta Watch: Politicians screaming, 'losing control'
Rep. Mike Bost yells "let my people go" during a tirade on Illinois' House floor.
May 31st, 2012
08:21 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Politicians screaming, 'losing control'

State Rep. Mike Bost lost his temper on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, flinging a copy of a new pension reform proposal in the air while screaming at the top of his lungs. His rant reminds us of other politicians famously screaming in front of the cameras, including former Democratic presidential candidate and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and Republican Phil Davison of Ohio. Watch as these men passionately make their mark in the history books and viral video "stardom."

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Lawmaker screams, curses, throws papers

Illinois lawmaker Rep. Mike Bost gets passionate speaking about pensions. CNN's Lisa Sylvester has more.

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America's angriest politician?

Phil Davidson's impassioned speech for county treasurer has some calling the candidate "America's angriest politician."

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2004: Howard Dean's infamous yell

Howard Dean never become president but the Democrat gained plenty of notoriety during a 2004 Iowa campaign event.

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Gotta Watch: Kid feels dizzy, hilarity ensues
Matthew Russell went into the hospital to be treated for a broken arm and left as a YouTube sensation.
May 30th, 2012
06:37 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Kid feels dizzy, hilarity ensues

A few years ago, 7-year-old David DeVore Jr. became a YouTube sensation after his father posted a funny clip of him recovering from a trip to the dentist. The video has been watched more than 100 million times. Now, a newcomer named Matthew Russell is attracting the same type of attention with his post-anesthesia "hilarity." Watch how these kids have become viral video stars.

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Kid on anesthesia: 'I feel dizzaaay'

A child is filmed after receiving anesthesia makes everyone in the hospital room laugh with his reaction to the drug.

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2009: Dad defends loopy kid's vid

"David After Dentist" is a YouTube smash. In 2009, David's dad talked to CNN's Eric Lanford about his son's instant fame.

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Gotta Watch: Bear invades pool, TV news set
Two sisters were shocked to find a bear taking a dip in their family's backyard pool in Monrovia, California.
May 29th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Bear invades pool, TV news set

Bear sightings caught on video!

We expect bears to wander through the wilderness or even parade inside a zoo. See what happens when the "unexpected" happens and a bear is caught wading in a family's pool. We've obtained video of bears crashing a TV news set and bumping into an unexpected man texting on his phone, too.

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Bear takes dip in family's pool

A bear in California decides to "cool off" and take a dip in a family's pool.

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Bears walk on set during newscast

Four bears walked into WNEP's outdoor weather set seconds before the start of a live forecast.

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Texter 'ran for life' when he saw bear

A California man comes face to face with a 400-pound black bear scouring a busy neighborhood in search of food.

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May 29th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Gotta Watch: What you missed this weekend

A lot of you were distracted over Memorial Day weekend by sun, fun and good food, so we thought we'd wrangle some of our favorite videos from the last few days to ease you back into the work week. From a cool lip-dub proposal to dreams of pole dancing at the Olympics, you've Gotta Watch them all.

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Guy's 'lip dub' proposal goes viral

It was the ultimate public display of affection. A guy gets dozens of friends and family members to lip-sync and dance for one romantic marriage proposal.

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Pole dancing in the Olympics?

It may be the only Olympic event that could be done in heels, but the man who wants pole dancing in the Olympics says stilettos will have to stay home. Watch the video to hear his pitch and see the dancers in action.

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Homemade arcade makes kid famous

You may remember the story of Caine's Arcade. The filmmaker recently told CNN that the whole thing started with the need for a new car door handle. Watch the video to find out why.

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Dying grandma lives to see grandson born

A woman dying of cancer is days away from death, but she held on to see the birth of a grandchild. Watch the video to see Becky Moran meet the the baby for the first and only time.

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Olivia Newton-John still gets 'Physical'

We all know Olivia Newton-John as the iconic singer and actress from "Grease" and "Xanadu," but there was a time when she had completely different career aspirations. Watch the video to find out what she could have become.

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Gotta Watch: Military homecomings
A father and son hug after dad returns home in 2011.
May 27th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Military homecomings

On Memorial Day this Monday, the United States will remember troops who died serving their country. The holiday originally started in Waterloo in 1866 to honor those who died in the Civil War.

The last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in December. Just days ago, NATO agreed on a withdrawal of U.S.-led international military forces from Afghanistan by 2014. In honor of the contributions that U.S. troops have made to the country, watch some of our favorite military homecomings.

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Welcome home

Military homecomings bring out lots of feelings among family members. This compilation of reunions will tug at your heartstrings. Which one is your favorite?

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School surprise

When a soldier returns after being in Iraq, he shows up at his children’s elementary school to surprise them. See the son’s emotional reaction at :25 and the daughter’s response at 1:20.

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Walking to dad

A boy with cerebral palsy was told that he wouldn’t walk, but he surprises his Marine dad by walking to him at his homecoming. The son had been working on it for months, but the family kept the new ability a secret from his dad.

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Canine love

Humans aren’t the only ones who miss military members while they’re away. Watch how macho soldiers are reduced to baby talk with their dogs.

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Gotta Watch: Unconventional weddings
A twister touches down near a Kansas wedding.
May 22nd, 2012
07:41 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Unconventional weddings

Saying "I do" under unusual circumstances – Most wedding ceremonies are predictable and filled with special traditions and customs. However, we've found a few unconventional weddings off the beaten path, and they are worth a look!

See how a tornado, mermaids and one man's surprise plot played a role in these weddings.

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Tornado touches down during wedding

Caleb and Candra Pence exchanged vows as a tornado touched down near their outdoor wedding ceremony in Harper, Kansas.

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This underwater wedding has mermaids

Two couples in China held their wedding ceremonies underwater in an aquarium.

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Unsuspecting woman gets surprise wedding

One woman was shocked when her boyfriend surprised her with a proposal, immediately followed by their wedding.

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Gotta Watch: Dramatic firefighter moments
Bangladeshi firefighters control a blaze at a slum in Dhaka on May 16, 2012.
May 18th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Dramatic firefighter moments

Firefighters regularly put themselves in harm's way, but what happens when situations arise even they aren’t prepared for?  Below are three dramatic moments caught on tape where firefighters were forced to act quickly or possibly suffer themselves.

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Firefighter plunges through burning roof

As firefighters work to stop a massive apartment building fire, watch what happens after one rescue worker gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Fireman: Roof under him 'just dropped'

Watch as training, quick thinking and teamwork all come into play for three firefighters caught standing on a building’s collapsing roof.

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1999: Atlanta crane fire rescue

In 1999, a massive building fire in Atlanta traps a lone employee on a crane above. Check out what one firefighter has to do to save the desperate man.

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Gotta Watch: Animals swim miles offshore
Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol rescued a horse found swimming in the ocean more than two miles offshore on Tuesday.
May 17th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Animals swim miles offshore

A horse, a deer and a dog don’t belong in the water but, in these unusual cases, they were spotted miles from land. The people who helped them had to figure out some tricky logistics to save them. You’ve gotta watch these animal rescues.

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Horse in the Pacific

A 7-year-old horse got spooked at a photo shoot in Southern California and ran into the ocean. The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol spotted it two miles offshore. Watch how they towed it back in.

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Deer in Lake Huron

It started out as a normal father and son fishing trip, but it had an unusual ending. They spotted a drowning fawn two miles from shore. See how the ordeal changed the dad’s outlook.

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Dog in the Gulf

A kayaker went fishing in the gulf and ended up catching a dog named Barney. Sadly, this mystery has an unhappy ending. Learn why the dog was in the ocean in the first place.

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Gotta Watch: Best commencement speeches
Conan O'Brien delivers advice to Dartmouth graduates in 2011.
May 15th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Best commencement speeches

It’s graduation time, which means high-profile celebrities and politicians are delivering commencement speeches at some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. First lady Michelle Obama cheered the Hokies at Virginia Tech’s 2012 graduation, while President Obama encouraged the 2012 graduating class of all-female Barnard College in New York to shape their destiny.

Graduation time reminds us at CNN.com of some of the funnier commencement speeches that we’ve seen over the years. Here are some of our favorites.

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Conan leaves speech writing to late night

TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien’s Dartmouth speech from last year has been called “The Greatest Commencement Speech Ever”. Watch and see if you agree.

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Cooper sheds his serious persona

Listen for Anderson Cooper’s rare risqué advice to Tulane graduates back in 2010.

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Harvard could learn from Will Ferrell

Watch ‘SNL’ alum Will Ferrell get emotional at 1:00 in his commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2003.

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Gotta Watch: Dangerous jobs
Calling all alligator hunters - the state of Texas needs you!
May 2nd, 2012
08:41 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Dangerous jobs

There are some men and women who don't fear danger or even risking their lives at work. For some, the adrenaline rush of pushing themselves to the edge keeps their jobs interesting and rewarding.  CNN.com has collected video of some of these risk-takers putting their lives on the line. Watch as an alligator hunter, firefighter and window washer are caught in precarious positions that will put a chill up your spine.

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Need a job? Texas needs gator hunters

Texas officials say the state needs more alligator hunters to provide his or her services.

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Fireman: Roof under him 'just dropped'

A life and death moment for Michigan fighters caught on tape, as a roof collapsed under them. WXYZ reports.

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Window washer saved from fall

A Seattle man is safe on the ground after hanging from a building. KOMO reports.

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