Gotta Watch: Extreme demolitions
A tank drives through a house that is set to be demolished.
May 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Extreme demolitions

Ask any little kid. The most fun part of building something is knocking it down, right? One couple found that out firsthand when they demolished their own house.... with a tank. You've Gotta Watch these awesome demolitions.

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Tank take-down

Owners of this 150-year-old home decided to have some fun and tear it down with a tank. Watch the video to see it all come down. Plus, find out how the average person can get his hands on a tank!

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A year of implosions

Whether it’s a bridge, a building, or a stadium, we get a guilty pleasure out of seeing a giant structure get blasted to bits. Check out an entire year’s worth of dynamite in this video.

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Squashed stadium

In 2010, Texas Stadium was destroyed in seconds to make way for a new home for the Dallas Cowboys. Beyond what it looks like, what it sounds like is amazing.

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Man destroys (his own) house

When an Ohio man found out that his home was going into foreclosure, he drove his truck straight into it. Watch the video to see why his plan didn't have a happy ending like the tank folks.

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Gotta Watch: People who have survived falls
A man falls from a tower scaffold during a music festival in Sydney and survives.
April 30th, 2012
08:52 PM ET

Gotta Watch: People who have survived falls

Imagine the fear of losing control and falling unexpectedly to the ground - or even underground. CNN.com has compiled video of people who have survived such incidents captured on camera. You've gotta watch how they make it through their rough landings.

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Scaffold climber falls in Australia

A man falls from a tower scaffold during a music festival in Sydney and lives to tell the story.

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Teen survives fall off escalator

An 18-year-old sits on the handrail of an escalator, loses his balance and falls 20 feet.

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Teen on cell falls through sidewalk

A girl chatting on her cell phone in China falls through a sidewalk weakened by water.

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Gotta Watch: Rough plane landings
Some air travelers in Spain experienced windy skies and rough landings in Bilbao, Spain.
April 26th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Rough plane landings

Imagine being aboard a commercial airliner as it violently bucks and bumps through rough winds. Or, the feeling of terror as you realize the aircraft you're on has to make an emergency landing. You've gotta watch how some pilots handled intense moments like these - all caught on camera.

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Wind whips jetliner across runway

Planes landing in Bilbao, Spain, fight to land straight while flying in 50-60 mph winds.

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iReporter relives near-plane crash

In 2008, iReporter Dave Gering shared his experience of riding on a plane that nearly crashed in Germany.

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'We're gonna be in the Hudson'

The FAA released audiotapes of the US Airways flight that crash-landed in the Hudson River.

Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song
President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon in a slow jam.
April 25th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song

President Obama took time from his hectic schedule to unwind and share some laughs on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night. The president is well-known for singing in public, but last night he took on a slow jam with the late night host. You've "gotta watch" Obama's performance.

First lady Michelle Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are among the political figures who have also enjoyed some leisure time lately on the late night talk show circuit.  See how they've poked fun at themselves and others in front of a national TV audience.

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Obama slow jams with Jimmy Fallon

President Obama has sung before, but last night he and Jimmy Fallon team up for a special slow jam session on Fallon's late night talk show. Watch to see what they sing about.

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Romney's top ten: 'Gingrich? Really?'

Mitt Romney stopped by David Letterman's show to share the top ten things he'd like to share with the American people. Be sure to see number one on his list.

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First lady gets Leno spoof treatment

Jay Leno has a little video editing fun with some footage of First lady Michelle Obama. Check out what he has her do.

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Perry pokes fun of himself on Letterman

Gov. Rick Perry appeared on David Letterman's show to poke fun at his presidential debate performance. Watch how he smooths over his infamous "oops" moment.

Gotta Watch: Naked in public
A man stripped naked at Portland International Airport.
April 18th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Naked in public

A man in Portland, Oregon stripped naked in an airport last night to protest the screening process. Whether you think he's a hero or just plain crazy, he definitely tops our list of awkward TSA patdowns. He’s certainly not the first person to have an awkward encounter in a state of undress. You’ve Gotta Watch these uncomfortable moments in public nudity history.

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Naked TSA patdown

When a 50-year-old man felt that TSA screeners were “harassing” him at the Portland International Airport, he decided to strip down in protest. See what the bystanders saw — if you dare.

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Naked car chase

This woman reached 128 miles per hour in her car before getting pulled over by police. When she stepped out of the car, police were stunned to find that she was mostly naked. See how she acts in the back of the police car.

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Naked on Wall Street

These performance artists tried “exposing” Wall Street with a naked protest. Their goal was to promote transparency, of course. Watch the stunt that shocked even the most hardened New Yorkers.

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Gotta Watch: TV news run amok
A CNN en Español anchor held onto his desk as an earthquake rattled the studio during a newscast in Chile.
April 17th, 2012
08:04 PM ET

Gotta Watch: TV news run amok

News anchors are trained to remain cool, calm and collected during a live newscast. But when things go wrong, some anchors handle the stressful situation differently than others. You've "gotta watch" how these journalists reacted live on the air when an earthquake rattled a news studio, weather graphics went amok and a raccoon invaded a morning show.

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TV anchor feels earthquake on air

A strong earthquake rattles a newscast on CNN's sister network, CNN Chile.

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TV news run amok

From cameras attacking anchors to random on-screen graphics, CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on TV run amok.

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Raccoon invades news studio

A raccoon makes its way into Michigan affiliate WEYI's studio, scaring the news anchors.

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Gotta Watch: Crimes under the influence
A man was arrested after attempting to hold up a convenience store with a pair of tongs.
April 17th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Crimes under the influence

Sometimes we get police and surveillance videos of transgressions that are truly bizarre. From strange weapon choices to animal thefts to downright wacky behavior, you've gotta watch these would-be criminals - who may or may not be under the influence.

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Armed with tongs

Here’s a new one: this man is seen on video trying to rob a gas station with hot dog tongs. The customers almost seem more amused than frightened. You’ve got to see what he does before the police arrive.

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‘Hangover’-style animal theft

Three men in Australia allegedly broke into a Sea World, swam with the dolphins, and stole a penguin. See what they did when they discovered the penguin in their apartment the next day.

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Jam session

This man is caught on dash cam video singing an a cappella version “Bohemian Rhapsody” in its entirety. He gets all of the lyrics right, and only ad-libs once. Listen to his witty improvisation.

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Gotta Watch: Extreme sand and dust storms
CNN iReporter Mujahid Latif captured images of this storm in Saudi Arabia.
April 16th, 2012
06:03 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Extreme sand and dust storms

Hold on tight as you watch these videos! Photographers had to battle strong sand and dust storms to capture these eye-popping clips.  Our first "Gotta Watch" video was captured by iReporter Mujahid Latif as he watched a wall of sand blow through Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

This meteorological phenomenon impacted a wedding in Arizona, too. See how the couple reacted when their wedding ceremony was suddenly covered in dust.

And a CNN reporter got a taste of one of these storms while shooting on location in Iraq. See him covered in dust as he tries to report from Camp Adder.

You've "Gotta Watch" these videos and more!

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Massive sandstorm outside Riyadh

iReporter Mujahid Latif witnesses a sandstorm outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Couple marries amid dust storm

An Arizona wedding ceremony is interrupted when a massive haboob sweeps dust all over the couple and their guests.

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Reporter caught in Iraqi sandstorm

CNN's Fred Pleitgen finds himself in a nasty sandstorm as he shoots for BackStory.

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Dust storm creates visibility issues

A dust storm makes its way across Arizona, reducing visibility to almost zero and causing headaches for motorists.

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April 14th, 2012
09:53 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Cory Booker, Newark's 'super' mayor

This week, Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker rushed into a burning building to rescue a neighbor.  That wasn't the first time Booker has gone above and beyond the standard mayoral duties for his constituents.  You Gotta Watch Brick City's leader at work.

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Mayor Cory Booker's 'superhero' moment

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker rescues his next door neighbor from her burning home. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

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2011: Mayor Booker's door-to-door warning

Mayor Corey Booker of Newark, New Jersey, explains why he went door to door to encourage residents to seek shelter.

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2010: Newark mayor digs out

Mayor Cory Booker helps citizens dig out of the snow in Newark, New Jersey.

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2009: Changing 'Brick City'

Forest Whitaker has a new documentary about Mayor Cory Booker and his efforts to turn around Newark, New Jersey.

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Gotta Watch: Former child stars against Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron is stirring up debate due to his views on homosexuals.
April 13th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Former child stars against Kirk Cameron

Several of Kirk Cameron’s fellow child stars are now lashing back for comments he made about homosexuals. In March he told CNN’s Piers Morgan that homosexuality is unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to many of the foundations of civilization. He also stars in newly released  documentary where he speaks out on the topic. In a new Funny or Die clip, members of a group calling itself Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron, or CCOKC, try to poke holes in Cameron’s theories.

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Cameron: 'Homosexuality is unnatural'

Kirk Cameron says homosexuality is unnatural.

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Former child stars lash back at Cameron

Child Celebrities against Kirk Cameron, or CCOKC, do not support the star's stance on homosexuality.

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Comments on homosexuality spark debate

George Takei and Stephen Baldwin square off on Kirk Cameron's comments on homosexuality and the gay marriage debate.

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Gotta Watch: Extreme ad stunts gone viral
Stuntmen participate in an unusual ad campaign in Belgium.
April 12th, 2012
10:59 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Extreme ad stunts gone viral

Every once in a while, an ad campaign is so creative or unusual that it stands out from all the other commercials we're bombarded with every day. A lot of times these cool ads go viral, such as one fun promotion in Belgium that caught our eye. You've Gotta Watch these memorable ad stunts.

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Pushing buttons

This ad campaign invites passers-by to push a button to “add drama” to a town square. The mini show starts with an ambulance and a woman in lingerie and escalates from there. You’ve got to see how this ad for CNN’s sister network TNT ends.

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Flying people

These unidentified flying objects puzzled onlookers in Manhattan. An unusual campaign for a movie featured flying “people.” Watch them buzz around the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks.

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Trick shot

At an ad shoot for Gillette, tennis star Roger Federer knocked a ball off of a staffer’s head while displaying his serve. This got a lot of people wondering if it’s real. Watch the incredible shot and decide for yourself.

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Gotta Watch: Heroic crimestoppers
A transit bus driver and teen motorist help to stop a getaway after a hit-and-run.
April 10th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Heroic crimestoppers

If you witnessed a crime happening right in front of you would you have the nerve to stop it? It's easy to say yes, but think about it. You'd have to be pretty brave to just jump in to try and thwart an evil-doer.

Recently, a hit-and-run suspect was caught on camera striking a bicyclist on a bridge in Pennsylvania. You've gotta watch how the would-be culprit was stopped by the quick thinking of a transit bus driver.

And check out how these other crime stoppers mustered up their nerve and made the split-second decision to answer the call of duty.

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Bus blocks hit-and-run driver

A Pennsylvania teen and a bus driver are being called heroes after stopping a suspected hit-and-run driver.

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Clerk stops fast-food robbery

A female clerk at Burger King stopped a man who jumped through a drive-through window to allegedly steal cash.

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Two MMA fighters foil robbery attempt

Two MMA fighters helped disarm a would-be robber at a L.A. hotel last week. One of them joins Brooke Baldwin by phone.

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April 5th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Emergency plane landings

The U.S has entered an unprecedented era of safer skies, according to industry experts, but not every plane landing has been perfect.

On Monday, 2,000 feet above the ground in Wisconsin, an 80-year old woman was forced to land a twin-engine Cessna after her pilot husband lost consciouness. You've "gotta watch" how this gutsy grandmother landed the plane.

Her successful landing reminds us of other daring attempts pilots have made during emergency landing situations. Watch how commercial pilots recently landed their impaired planes in Arizona, New York and Poland.

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Elderly passenger lands plane

In Wisconsin, an 80-year-old woman takes over the controls of a plane after her pilot husband falls unconscious.

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US Airways jet crash lands

Video from the Coast Guard shows the US Airways jet crash-landing into the Hudson River.

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Hole forces a Boeing 737 to land

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the Southwest flight that made an emergency landing because of a hole in the fuselage.

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Emergency landing in Poland

CNN's Hala Gorani reports on the LOT Polish Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Warsaw, Poland.

Texas tornadoes captured on-camera
A funnel cloud touches down in Texas.
April 4th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Texas tornadoes captured on-camera

Rescuers are searching the Dallas area for survivors a day after at least half a dozen tornadoes touched down in north Texas. The pictures of destruction are harrowing, but so far, the Dallas and Arlington mayors say there are no reports of deaths. This appears even more astounding as tornado victims submit videos of the twisters and the damage. Here’s a look at some of the powerful videos that CNN has received.

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Big rigs are tossed like toys

Listen to CNN meteorologist Chad Meyers' awestruck description as he watches video of tractor-trailers getting thrown hundreds of feet into the air in a Dallas County tornado.

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Tornado near an elementary school

Storm chaser Jason McLaughlin knew that there was something different about these two tornadoes. Hear his emotional reaction as he watches a funnel cloud come close to an elementary school.

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Twister moves through a neighborhood

In Lancaster, Texas, a man begs God to let the tornado spare his house as it flies over his neighborhood. Watch to see what path the tornado takes.

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Gotta Watch: Superhero run-ins with the police
This 'Batman' was arrested in Bar Harbor, Maine.
April 3rd, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Superhero run-ins with the police

Batman and Spider-Man have loads of fans around the world — just check out your local movie theater and comic book store. But when fans dress up as their favorite characters or try to pull off the same stunts, life doesn’t always imitate art. You’ve Gotta Watch these moments when "superheroes" get into legal trouble.

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‘Bar Harbor Batman’ arrested

A man from Bar Harbor, Maine, who often dresses up as Batman made an unfortunate April Fools’ Day Facebook post on his Batman page. Hear his explanation of the situation.

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‘Route 29 Batman’ pulled over

This Maryland Batman posted a bat symbol instead of the legal tags on his Lamborghini “Batmobile.” See what police said to each other over the radio.

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'French Spiderman' arrested

Alain Robert, the man dubbed the “French Spiderman,” is famous for scaling skyscrapers around the world with no harness. Here you can watch him climb a 57-story tower.

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Gotta Watch: Narrowly escaping with their lives
A school bus was lodged in a building in Henryville, Indiana after being tossed by a tornado earlier this month.
March 31st, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Narrowly escaping with their lives

We've recently received lots of videos of narrow misses and people barely avoiding catastrophes. They faced everything from natural disasters to auto accidents, but these lucky people managed to get away without serious injuries. You’ve Gotta Watch these great escapes.

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Tornado throws bus

A bus driver carrying a busload of children must decide what to do to save them when she sees a tornado touch down. Watch the shocking surveillance video from inside the bus.

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Fireman: Roof under him 'just dropped'

Three firefighters in Michigan were fighting a fire at a dry cleaning business when the roof collapsed underneath them. See how they use teamwork to save their partner, and their reactions once they saw the tape.

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Car swerves toward biker

This video out of Texas shows a motorcyclist barely avoiding a car that is spinning out of control. We debated about how many inches this biker was from the sedan. Watch and decide for yourself.

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Gotta Watch: Rescues caught on video
A crew working to rescue a man trapped in mud at a construction site almost needed rescuing themselves.
March 27th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Rescues caught on video

An Atlanta Fire rescue crew saves a man from drowning in mud. You "gotta watch" how they pulled him from more than 4 feet of mud near a construction site. In Oregon, see how a team used a rope and pulley system to save a quarter horse from a septic tank. And watch how a Good Samaritan saves a man from drowning in Oregon's Willamette River.

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Man almost buried alive in the mud

An Atlanta Fire Dept. batallion chief explains how crews saved a man from being buried alive in thick mud near a construction site.

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Good Samaritan saves drowning man

A man drowning in Oregon's Willamette River was saved by a good Samaritan.

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Horse rescued from septic tank

Portland firefighters were able to rescue a 34-year-old horse named Roxy after she fell into a septic tank.

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Gotta Watch: Is that mic on?
President Obama’s candid conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was caught on an open mic.
March 27th, 2012
02:27 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Is that mic on?

President Obama is taking heat after his candid comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were picked up by reporters’ mics. He’s hardly the first public figure to unknowingly have private comments become very public. We’ve gathered the best caught-off-guard moments.

In 2000, then-presidential candidate George W. Bush made a “major-league” gaffe when he was overheard bashing New York Times reporter Adam Clymer on the campaign trail. You’ve got to see what running mate Dick Cheney said in response.

In 2009, President Obama was overheard talking about Kanye West rushing on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Obama’s pop culture comments got him in trouble.

Remember Rev. Jesse Jackson’s headline-making open mic moment in 2008? Using some colorful language, he was seen talking to a fellow guest on Fox News about how presidential candidate Barack Obama was “talking down to black people.”

President Ronald Reagan did it, too, but he wasn’t talking to just one person. During a sound check before a radio address in 1984, President Ronald Reagan joked about bombing Russia. Check out all these moments and even more favorites in the video below.

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CNN looks back at some infamous open mic gaffes in politics.

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March 26th, 2012
08:46 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Queen Elizabeth surprises

Queen Elizabeth II: a woman of mystery? A couple in England may be pinching themselves after the queen surprised them at their wedding. You gotta watch how the palace's secret plan unfolded. Queen Elizabeth II and First lady Michelle Obama also shocked Royal watchers back in 2009 when the women briefly embraced at Buckingham Palace.  See how the British media called it everything from a breach of protocol to an extraordinary show of affection. And finally, see how a meeting between the always unpredictable Lady Gaga and the queen played out in front of cameras.

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Queen drops in on wedding

The Queen of England unexpectedly drops in on a wedding at Manchester Town Hall.

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First lady's surprising hug

Charles Mosley talks about the significance of Michelle Obama putting her arm around Queen Elizabeth II.

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Gaga meets queen

The queen greets Lady Gaga and neither gags nor goes gaga over her latex outfit. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Gotta Watch: Shocking singers
March 26th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Shocking singers

If you're a fan of TV talent shows, then you'll know the moments I'm about to describe. It's the moments that make you, at home, stand up and cheer. You're cheering because you're moved, you're moved because it's that human moment of identifying with the underdog, and you're hooked because you get to see the once-jeering judges eat humble pie. And then there's the amazing singing that follows suit. In today's Gotta Watch, we look at key moments in reality singing shows that have captured the imagination and spirit of fans.

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"The next Pavarotti"

Jonathan Antoine's booming opera voice leaves judges on "Britain's Got Talent" pronouncing him the next Pavarotti.

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2011: Meet South Korea's answer to Susan Boyle

Move over Susan Boyle, "Korea's Got Talent" has found its next global talent sensation.

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2009: First 'Got Talent' star speaks

First "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts looks back on his win 2 years later.

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2009: Singer wows 'Idol' judge Cowell

47-year-old Susan Boyle's performance on "Britain's Got Talent" leaves the audience stunned and brings one judge to tears.

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