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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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: 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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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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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: 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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Gotta Watch: The perils of texting and walking
A teen walks and texts.
March 22nd, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Gotta Watch: The perils of texting and walking

We’ve all texted when we probably shouldn’t have. Maybe it was while waiting in line, walking down the street, or pushing a cart at the grocery store. The people below have suffered the consequences of texting while walking, too. They’ve done everything from dropping into a manhole to falling into Lake Michigan. Consider this a warning to avoid the same fate. Have you ever run into anything while texting? Post your stories in the comments below.

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Pier plunge

A Michigan woman was sending a text near Lake Michigan and didn’t realize how close she was to the water. She tripped and fell six feet into the water below. See what she did when she realized she was falling.

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Fountain fall

This video of a woman falling into a mall fountain while texting made a big splash online. But it was her behavior after the memorable moment that really sent Anderson Cooper over the edge.

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Manhole mayhem

After a New York teen fell into a manhole while texting, we found plenty of examples of other texting mishaps. Compare yourself to these people to see if you’re a “technosexual.”

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Gotta Watch: Wild antics on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'
Alana Thompson stars in TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.”
March 16th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Wild antics on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'

Alana Thompson is the 6-year-old known as “Honey Boo Boo Child” on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” Her huge personality and hilarious antics made her a favorite on the reality show, but she and her mother have also been the subject of several controversies this year. Alana has been seen using “pageant crack” and dancing on a bar. Yesterday, mother June Shannon defended her daughter on HLN. You’ve Gotta Watch this pageant family.

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Not a ‘sleazy bar’

Alana Thompson’s mom sets the record straight on the notorious video showing the little girl dancing on a bar for dollars. Learn why she defends the event.

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Bar dancing

If you missed the video that caused this controversy in the first place, we’ve got it for you. This YouTube video shows Alana dancing on top of a bar. You’ve got to see what she’s wearing.

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‘Pageant crack’

How do those tiara-wearing toddlers get so peppy onstage? Many of them inhale sugary Pixie Stix to get an energy boost. Watch to decide what’s in Honey Boo Boo’s mysterious “go-go juice.”

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Gotta Watch:  Stun guns in newest extreme sport
Stun guns are used in ultimate tak ball.
March 7th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Stun guns in newest extreme sport

Rugby wasn’t extreme enough for these guys. The latest craze in Thailand is a game where players jolt each other with stun guns. Would you play? Leave your comments below, and check out our most memorable stun gun moments through the years.

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Soccer, rugby, and stun guns

Ultimate tak ball is a sport developed in Thailand. It’s a mixture of soccer and rugby. The twist? Each player uses a stun gun.

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Sanchez stunner

In 2005, CNN’s Rick Sanchez was reporting on stun gun technology and volunteered to learn what it was like to be zapped.

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Don’t Tase me, bro

University of Florida student Andrew Meyer drew national attention when police Tased him at a John Kerry event in 2007.

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Outbreak of deadly tornadoes tear through U.S.
A car lies overturned in the parking lot of the Henryville school after a tornado ripped through Henryville, Indiana.
March 2nd, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Outbreak of deadly tornadoes tear through U.S.

A powerful storm system rolled across the U.S. Friday causing at slew of tornadoes from Alabama to Indiana. The deadly tornadoes left a devastating path of destruction behind. This is something you'll have to see to believe.

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‘Take it away from us’

A woman near West Liberty, Kentucky can be heard praying on camera as a huge funnel cloud forms over her house.

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'This was time to take shelter'

A WDRB reporter and photographer got caught in the storm as they headed out to cover the severe weather in Indiana.

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‘It’s heartbreaking’

Indiana was among the hardest-hit states.

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Well built homes 'wiped' to the ground

Video captures the heartbreak as tornado survivors try and pick up the pieces from what's left of their homes.

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Tornado captured on video ripping through Kansas
Storm damage in Harveyville, Kansas.
February 29th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Tornado captured on video ripping through Kansas

Last night, a system of devastating storms swept through the Plains states, leaving trails of destruction in Missouri,  Illinois and Kansas.  Take a look at some storm-related video that's come in from the region, including one of a tornado touching down in one Kansas county.

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Reno County, Kansas

Storm chasers capture footage of a tornado touching down in Reno County, Kansas. Watch the funnel cloud form and lightning flash in this nighttime video.

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Harveyville, Kansas

— The small town of Harveyville, Kansas, was especially hard hit. This video shows the devastating damage that the town faces the morning after a suspected tornado struck.

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Edgar Springs, Missouri

Residents of Edgar Springs, Missouri react to damage in their town. See a flattened burger shop and listen to one man describe what he did when he heard a tornado coming.

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Gotta Watch: Drive-thru internet shenanigans
Two customers sing their food order at a drive thru.
February 3rd, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Drive-thru internet shenanigans

What makes a drive-thru such an easy target for pranks? People love posting videos of their drive-thru mischief online, and we’ve collected some of the best. These videos just may give you a new appreciation for fast food drive-thru employees.

Sonic song – This musician sings for his supper at a Sonic drive-in. Giorgio Fareira freestyled his $34 order. The video has more than half a million hits on YouTube, and it’s not bad publicity for his band, The Interstate Life.


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Gotta Watch: Living without limits
Kyle Maynard trains to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.
January 26th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Living without limits

Today’s video of an armless Colombian man who repairs electronics inspired us. He says that he doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him. He’s in good company in these people who are doing great things despite their disabilities. Watch their stirring stories.

Climbing mountains – Kyle Maynard was born without arms or legs, but he hasn’t let that stop him from going for his dreams. CNN followed him as he trained to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Maynard reached the summit on January 15th, according to his website.

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