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Canadian MP Plays Air-Guitar During House of Commons Session [VIDEO]

Canadian Member of Parliament Graham Evans was caught on camera playing a little air-guitar in the House of Commons as Canada's Defense Secretary was presenting a speech on military cuts.

Evans denies strumming on an imaginary axe, and instead claims he was  "just tapping" his fingers on a rolled up program.  Read on to judge for yourself.

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Foldable, Electric-Powered Bicycles Just Might Be the Wave of the Future
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Foldable, Electric-Powered Bicycles Just Might Be the Wave of the Future [VIDEO]

If you've got $3,600 to spare and don't mind folks gawking at you from behind the wheel, it might be time to invest in a "YikeBike." Conceived as a faster and lighter alternative to the Segway, the YikeBike is a foldable electric bicycle that was ranked by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2009.

It looks kind of like a unicycle with a training wheel, but its inventors say it could change the way we get around. What do you think — wacky invention or wave of the future? CNN's full video story on the YikeBike is after the jump.

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NASA Captures Massive Solar Flare on Camera
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NASA Captures Massive Solar Flare on Camera [VIDEO]

It’s an amazing sight — and something you’ll never see it on this planet. A 90-minute storm on the surface of the Sun was captured on video by NASA last week.

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History of Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras Around The World [VIDEO]

Did you think Mardi Gras was strictly a New Orleans thing? Think again.

In Belgium Mardi Gras is the most important day of the year. Belgians celebrate the Carnival of Binche in the city of Binche, which features lots of music and dancing.

Sweden celebrates Fettisdagen, translating to "Fat Tuesday."

In Canada Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the country, especially in the french-speaking Quebec, where the Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the most iconic of Canadian festivals.

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Supercut Alert ‹ A Short History of Product Placement
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Supercut Alert — A Short History of Product Placement [VIDEO]

Product placement has been a part of TV and movies since their beginnings, and finally someone's put together a video montage of laughably obvious placement moments  — for historical purposes, of course. Fred and Wilma Flintstone split a pack of Winstons while Bugs Bunny unironically urges the children of America to drink the Kool-Aid.

They're not all really product placements — some are just ads — but it's still a cool and creepy trip through the history of subliminal (and not so subliminal) marketing.Check it out after the jump:

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Mardi Gras
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Know Your Mardi Gras History [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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Police Officer Escorts Ten Lost Ducklings Across Busy Road
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Police Officer Escorts Ten Lost Ducklings Across Busy Road [VIDEO]

Ten confused ducklings in Fort Myers, Florida found themselves caught in the middle of a busy intersection.  Luckily, police officer Glenn Eppler spotted the tiny tykes.

With the help of an animal-loving passerby, Eppler was able to round the ducklings up and escort them to their mother, who was in a grassy area close to the road.

The rescue was captured on Eppler's dashboard camera.  Read on to check it out.

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Homeless Man Finds Lost-Lost Daughter Through Twitter [VIDEO]

Daniel Morales, a New York City homeless man, got more out of 140 characters than he ever expected when an initiative called Underheard in New York supplied him with a pre-paid cell phone and access to Twitter -- he got to reunite with his estranged daughter. Underheard aims to give a (digital) voice to those often ignored by society, their website states:

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See How a Foley Artist Creates Movie Sound Effects
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See How a Foley Artist Creates Movie Sound Effects [VIDEO]

When a Hollywood movie is shot, the microphones are only focused on picking up the dialogue. This means most of the background noise is lost, and it is up to an artist called a "Foley artist" to go back and recreate this background noise in post-production.

In this clip, Foley artist Gary Hecker, who got his start working on "The Empire Strikes Back," demonstrates the unexpected techniques a Foley artist will use to make movies sound right.

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Parents Arrested For Trying To Scare Daughter By Leaving her at Police Station
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Parents Arrested For Trying To Scare Daughter By Leaving her at Police Station

Annette Gerhardt's daughter Enalya had been misbehaving, so she decided to scare the 6-year-old by taking her to the local police station and telling her that this is where bad girls end up.

But when the Staten Island, New York woman tried to get the police officers to play along, she was the one who got the fright.

Annette and her fiance Gerardo, who was also in on the ruse, were both arrested for misdemeanor child endangerment once they left their daughter in the station. Police suspect they may have been actually trying to ditch their child, and only pretended it was a scare tactic after they were arrested.

Read on to hear their story.

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