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: Stay away from the webcam
January 6th, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Stay away from the webcam

Nowadays just about anyone can get a hold of a camera and upload videos online for the whole world to see… whether this is a good or a bad thing is still up for debate. Just yesterday a “web diary” from Casey Anthony was “leaked” online, receiving a lot of attention. This got us here at Gotta Watch thinking about the perils of webcams. Whether you shouldn’t be allowed alone with a camera, or you just can’t figure out how to work it, here is a look back some top webcam fails.

Casey Anthony’s web confessional – A video surfaced Thursday of Casey Anthony, sporting a new blonde hairdo and glasses, talking vaguely about the developments in her life since being acquitted of murder last year. Many people have criticized the “tot mom” video as being narcissistic and a publicity stunt, even though her lawyers claim it was unauthorized.

Is this thing on? – An older couple mistakenly became a YouTube hit after recording themselves trying to use a webcam.  These seniors may not have any idea what they were doing, but it sure is amusing to watch.

Leave Britney alone! – One passionate fan just couldn’t stand all the criticism Britney Spears was receiving from the media in 2007, so he decided to speak up on her behalf. While you may not agree or even care about the point he is trying to make, you can’t deny that he is pleading his case with fanaticism enthusiasm.

What are your thoughts on the proliferation of web videos these days? Share your favorite webcam moments and leave your thoughts in the comment section below… or better yet create your own video response here.

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Spain's Real Madrid signs 7-year-old
Leonel Angel Coira has reportedly signed a contract to join the Real Madrid youth system ... at age 7.
August 8th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Spain's Real Madrid signs 7-year-old

Spanish soccer powerhouse Real Madrid has made what is sure to be one of the most talked-about moves of the off-season, signing a 7-year-old Argentine to its youth system, according to an Argentine sports website.

The Spanish-language Ole ran an interview with Leonel Angel Coira in which the youngster said he had signed a contract to play in the Galacticos' youngest division.

Real Madrid had no word of the signing on its website, but reported that club spokesman Juan Tapiador confirmed the news Monday.

According to, Real Madrid snapped up the youngster to ward off attempts by other European clubs in the future - namely rival Atletico Madrid, which Ole said had already expressed interest in Coira.

Coira told Ole last week that he preferred making assists over scoring goals, that he can juggle a ball eight or nine times without dropping it and that his dream is to play for Real Madrid's first team, which is home to some of the world's greatest players, including Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.

His training with the under-9 players - or Benjamins, as they're known - begins September 6, he added. The team's Benjamin A squad is composed of 10-year-olds and one 11-year-old.


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Tuesday's intriguing people
Proceeds from "Weird Al" Yankovic's Lady Gaga parody will go the the Human Rights Campaign.
June 21st, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

"Weird Al" Yankovic

The man who is famous for his musical parodies has taken on one of the biggest names in music: Lady Gaga. Yankovic has redone Gaga's latest hit, "Born This Way," and the video for "Perform This Way" premiered on YouTube on Monday. The song was not without controversy, as Entertainment Weekly reported that Lady Gaga's manager initially told Yankovic that Gaga wasn't in support of the song. But after Yankovic took to the Internet to express his frustration, Gaga's manager admitted that the singer had never seen the video or heard the song.

On his blog, Yankovic wrote of the manager: "Even though we assumed that Gaga herself was the one making the decision (because, well, that’s what we were TOLD), he apparently made the decision completely on his own. He’s sorry." Proceeds from the single will go to the Human Rights Campaign.


On the Radar: Friday without 'Friday,' solar groundbreaking, Saudi driving
Rebecca Black's 'Friday' video had gotten more than 170 million hits on YouTube.
June 17th, 2011
06:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Friday without 'Friday,' solar groundbreaking, Saudi driving

Three things you need to know today.

Where's 'Friday'?: This will be your first Friday in, well it seems like forever, that you can't kick off with a Rebecca Black "Friday" video fix from YouTube.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the clip, which had more than 167 million views, has been pulled.

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black. Sorry about that” is what you'll read when you click on the link.

The website reports that the video was pulled in a dispute with Ark Music, which wrote the track's music.

Solar power plant: Friday is the official groundbreaking for what is billed as the world's largest solar energy facility.

The Blythe Solar Power Project is being constructed on 7,000 acres of public lands in the desert of Riverside County, California.

When it is completed, the solar power plant will produce electricity to power 300,000 single-family homes for a year, its backers say. Using the plant's solar-generated electricity rather than fossil fuels will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million tons a year.

During construction, the plant is expected to create 1,066 construction jobs and almost 300 permanent jobs.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joins other state and local officials for Friday's groundbreaking.

Saudi driving: Saudi women are being encouraged to challenge the status quo and get behind the wheel Friday.

Though there are no traffic laws that make it illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts are often interpreted as a ban against female drivers.

The day is expected to be a test of wills - and authority - between police and the campaign, which has been publicized by Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

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May 5th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

President Obama heads to the World Trade Center site in New York today to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.  Watch Live for coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

9:45 am ET - Exiting Afghanistan briefing - Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, what does this mean for the U.S. military's presence in Afghanistan?  Two House lawmakers will unveil legislation calling for the president to submit a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from the country.


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Thursday's intriguing people
Moussa Koussa fled to London on Wednesday and said he had resigned as Libya's foreign minister.
March 31st, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Moussa Koussa

Libya's foreign minister and its former intelligence chief shocked the diplomatic world Wednesday with his sudden defection to the United Kingdom.

According to CNN homeland security analyst Fran Townsend, Koussa played a key role in planning and executing the Pam Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. He also was integral in negotiating the dismantling of Libya's weapons of mass destruction program.

"Koussa is one of the most senior figures in [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi's government, and his role was to represent the regime internationally," a British government official said in a statement, "something that he is no longer willing to do."


Rolling Stone on Wednesday published the most revealing interview with singer Rihanna since her 2009 battery incident with then-boyfriend Chris Brown.

In a risqué photo spread, the singer defined her self-imposed boundaries with Brown, despite agreeing to end a restraining order that she feels has hurt him professionally.

Most eye-opening however, was the singer's acknowledgment that she is prone to masochism in her sexual relationships, and via her multiple tattoos and piercings. She attributed it to verbal abuse from her father and the stress of her career.

"It's not something I am proud of, and it's not something I noticed until recently," she told Rolling Stone. "I think it's common for people who witness abuse in their household. They can never smell how beautiful a rose is unless they get pricked by a thorn."

Gregory Hollister

The retired U.S. Air Force colonel has obtained what he believes is a copy of President Barack Obama's draft documents from 1980 by impersonating the president to the Selective Service Office.

According to a news report in the Colorado Springs Gazette, which was originally reported in the blog Gratewire, Hollister used a private investigator to obtain what may be the president's Social Security number, and then impersonated Obama to obtain the documents.

Further buoying Hollister's suspicions are reports that the Social Security number obtained begins with 042. That, says Hollister, would mean Obama was born in Connecticut, not Hawaii as long stated.

While critics say Hollister has violated many federal statutes, he maintains his innocence.

"I was very meticulous and made sure everything I did was compliant with the law," he told the Gazette.

Alye Pollack

A YouTube video posted March 14 by the 13-year-old from Westport, Connecticut, in which she speaks out about bullying, has gained nearly 50,000 views.

During her plea, Pollack says that name-calling is a large part of the problem. She emphasizes her point by writing the vulgarities on paper with crayon and showing them to her audience.

"I used to be really, really confident," Pollack says in the video, "and now, not so much because people use these words."

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Wednesday's intriguing people
Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants California voters to decide if tax extensions are the way to cure the state's budget ills.
March 23rd, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Jerry Brown

California’s governor used YouTube this week to discuss the state’s budget woes. He is calling for a special election for voters to decide between tax extensions or cuts in state services. “This is a matter of we the people taking charge and voting on the most fundamental matters that affect all our lives,” Brown said in the YouTube video.


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Thursday's intriguing people
Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford says there's an urgent need for solutions to gridlock.
March 3rd, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Bill Ford

The chairman of Ford Motor Co. is calling for an end to "global gridlock." During a presentation at the annual TED conference Wednesday, Ford said that as many as 4 billion automobiles will be on the earth by the year 2050 — extending traffic jams, delaying food provisions and stalling health care delivery. He's calling on a collective group of transportation officials, manufacturers and policy makers to develop a global solution to gridlock. "[Without it] our quality of life will be significantly compromised," he said.

Salman Khan

When the former hedge fund manager began posting humorous math tutorials on YouTube for his young cousins, they not only loved it, but it quickly earned a grass roots following. Today, the Khan Academy offers 2,000 such tutorials, ranging from basic addition to vector calculus - for free. Khan conducts all the tutorials for his audience of 1 million students. This past year, a northern California school district began using a Khan-developed curriculum that uses data analysis and self-paced learning to help its teachers better work with students individually. Following Khan's rousing presentation at the annual TED conference Wednesday, Khan supporter Bill Gates told the audience: "I think we've just gotten a glimpse into the future of education."

Peter Hatas

The homeless veteran has raised $20,000 toward converting the St. James hotel in North Toledo, Ohio, into a home for military veterans. An engineer by training, Hatas told Toledo's WUPX news that he needs just $55,000 more to make the project a reality. He has reportedly received e-mails of support from CSX railroad system, as well as the Veterans of the UAW. The building will give homeless veterans a place to eat, sleep and work, Hatas said. "A lot of these men and women on the streets have phenomenal skill traits," he said. "They are carpenters, brick layers, cement finishers, iron workers." He believes these contributions will keep the building in perfect condition.

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Gotta Watch: 2-story snowman; viral millions; old school CNN
A Reno, Nevada, father built a two-story snowman outside his home.
March 1st, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Gotta Watch: 2-story snowman; viral millions; old school CNN

Coolest dad ever - A dad in Reno had a lot of snow in his backyard and apparently a lot of time on his hands. He spent more than 50 hours building a two-story snowman complete with a slide for his kids and their friends.

Don't quit your day job - There's a new get-rich-quick scheme out there, and all you need is a camera and a computer. Partner up with YouTube and toss some ads on that snoring cat video and you just might make millions. CNN's Jason Caroll shows you how.

TV the old-fashioned way - CNN opens its archives to give you a rare glimpse at how the sausages are made. It's tough to picture how a network made the jump to 24-hour news when even creating a simple graphic was such an arduous task.

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November 22nd, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Eric Cantona

During his heyday, “King” Eric was known for shredding the backs of soccer nets and toppling the occasional teammate, fan or opponent.

Now, the French icon and Manchester United player of the century wants to deal out the same treatment to his nation’s banks.

Responding to the austerity protests in his homeland, the 44-year-old downplayed the effectiveness of picketing and suggested that, instead, protesters should spark a revolution by divesting banks.

“I don't think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us - unless you live in a pod,” he said in a recent interview. “Nowadays what does it mean to be on the streets? To demonstrate? You swindle yourself. Anyway, that's not the way any more.”

Cantona, however, was quick to dismiss violence as a way to effect change, which might be interesting to soccer fans who saw him karate kick a Crystal Palace fan in 1995.

“We don't pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution,” he said, according to London’s The Guardian, which reported on his interview with a French-language newspaper. “The system is built on the power of the banks, so it must be destroyed through the banks.”

The idea is not Cantona’s, by any means. French activists have been calling for a December 7 bank run since at least October. A few Facebook groups have popped up in support, including one called StopBanque.

If you can stand a little naughty language and the English captions, you can watch Cantona explain the idea and the need for social and economic revolution on YouTube. But some say his prediction that mass withdrawals could bring down banks is a bit lofty. One economic expert told the BBC it’s not likely to work.


October 23rd, 2010
07:52 PM ET

Top 25 videos make up 'ultimate YouTube playlist'

A juried selection of 25 YouTube videos that represent "the most unique, innovative, groundbreaking video work" online in the past two years debuted this week at four Guggenheim museums and on YouTube.

The selected videos were among tens of thousands submitted in the global contest, YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video, a collaborative effort between YouTube and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to highlight talent from the digital realm, "regardless of genre, technique, background, or budget," to create the "ultimate YouTube playlist."

Selected by an 11-person panel of big-name artists, including director Darren Aronofsky, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and indie-rock band Animal Collective, the winning submissions come from across the globe, including South Africa, Australia and Brazil, though the majority come from North America and Europe.

The selections represent a vast array of storytelling forms and digital mediums, from "deuce," a stop-motion animation that portrays an awkward encounter between a man and a woman, to an Academy Award-nominated animated short that uses an interview with John Lennon as the soundtrack called "I Met the Walrus."

The top videos, which were revealed Thursday at the Guggenheim Museum in New York , can be viewed on They also will be shown at the Guggenheim museums in New York; Bilbao, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Venice, Italy, through Sunday.

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