Shia LaBeouf’s New Role as Actual Cannibal?

Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook, you name it; it seems you cannot go anywhere on the internet without hearing the reference of “Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf” from some corner of the globe.

However, the reference has nothing to do with a new film role Shia’s booked for the upcoming year. It also has nothing to do with Shia’s personal dietary habits. Where the reference comes from actually
is from the delightfully twisted and hysterical new song written by songwriter Rob Cantor, entitled “Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf”.

Originally posted on SoundCloud, Cantor’s little diddy tells the story of the listener getting lost in the woods, where they are attacked by actual cannibal Shia Labeouf. The listener then engages in a series of dramatic steps in an attempt to escape the woods safely. The song is absolutely hysterical, with just a touch of an absolutely frightening quality to really make the listener respond to the song, positively or negatively.

And trust me, there is no in between with this song.

The song has taken off with tremendous speed. Fans everywhere are posting pictures to go along with the song, as well as videos of reactions, dramatic readings, even getting celebrities like Josh Groban to promote the song on Twitter.

Here’s one of the fan made videos made by a tumblr user:

Shia Labeouf has responded to the song with the utmost confusion, taking to Twitter as well to inquire why everyone thinks he’s a cannibal.

The song is available for purchase here and you all can follow Rob on twitter @Robcantor!

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Viral Video Exposes the Secret Behind Shocking Body Transformations

Vlogger Furious Pete seems so have solved the mystery behind those unbelievable before and after photos we have seen so many times on infomercials for weight loss products and training programs.

In this hilarious four minute video, which has received over 3 million hits on YouTube in only three days, Pete demonstrates how to make your body go from flab to fabulous in five hours. His secret? Starting with the after photo.

After pumping iron in the gym, tanning himself to a crispy golden brown, and setting up some lighting in his basement Pete transformed his body to look exactly like the countless number of after photos we have seen on television and in magazines. With a little help from photoshop, Pete’s body seemed flawless.

To prepare for the before video, Pete chugged two litres of soda, crushed a carton of chocolate milk, and snacked on a bag of potato chips, bloating his stomach to extreme proportions. Pete snapped a photo of himself and the illusion was created.

The vlogger kept time on the CNN website throughout his video to prove the entire process only takes about five hours.

Check it out below!

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Proposed Law Could Ruin YouTube Experience for Us All

Alright, whether you are a Belieber or not, do you think it’s fair to put Justin Bieber behind bars for up to five years because he got his start singing songs by other people on YouTube? No way!

But a new bill that’s getting passed around Congress, S.978, would make it a felony to post videos that contain copyright-infringing music. It’s not just Bieber who has been a party to this trend, but thousands of aspiring musicians and even just kids having fun.

Still, Bieber is certainly the biggest star these days who has his career thanks to YouTube, but if the bill had been passed, he could have faced jailtime for singing songs like Chris Brown’s “With You” on the internet. Hence, the name given to the efforts to stop this bill is “The Free Bieber campaign.”

Copyright law is so out of control that just singing someone else’s song in public could count as infringement. And considering the videos he and his mom posted on YouTube were crucial in advancing his career, it counts as commercial infringement, which under S.978 would be a felony!

This bill is a result of the music and movie companies who see more money in such extreme laws. Sure, there are still problems with pirating, but jailtime for singing a song is absurd. Bieber’s videos all identify they aren’t his original songs, so we liken this to improper citation in a paper. Just think, you forget one comma on your Works Cited and, bam!, five years in the slammer.

Other online “crimes” that could get you some time in jail? Simple things like videos of a school play, a professional baseball game or just a video with incidental background music. Oh, and by the way, “Happy Birthday” is copyrighted, so those videos could get you in trouble, too. Yeah, it’s ludicrous.

The Free Bieber campaign aims to rally support and signatures to pass along to Congress and show them how many people are standing opposed to this. If you want your voice to be heard – in Congress and on YouTube – head to their site and add your signature!

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Petworking, the Newest Trend

For those of us with cats, it may not come as great of a shock considering a cat’s propensity to sit on laptops or put their paws on a keyboard resulting in many unintended messages like “sssssssssssdfjl,” but according to a study published today by PetPlan insurance, one in ten pets in the UK have their own Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account.

That’s right, 10 percent! Animals have infiltrated the social networks in a trend deemed “petworking.” Boo, an absolutely adorable dog on Facebook, has his own page and is liked by nearly 1.4 million people. Beast, the dog of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has more than 146,000 “likes.”

The study even suggested that some “animals are more popular than celebrities on Facebook and other social networking sites.” It is, for instance, relatively likely that you’ve come across a video of Maru the cat on YouTube as readily as you would stumble across the video for a major recording artist. Maru’s adventures boast over 6 million views and 140,000 subscribers.

Due to the success social networks have found with the petworking trend, more sites that are pet-centered like Critter, Catster and Doggie Dating have also begun to appear. Some companies have even dedicated websites to their pets, raising money for rescue centers and animal welfare charities in the process. Romeo, a cat from New York, and his owner have raised over $50,000 in two years and have almost 10,000 followers. Sockington the cat has nearly 1.5 million followers on Twitter with nearly 8,000 tweets to his name.

I’ve got admit that it does seem somewhat strange and silly, but at the same time, I am friends with Stanley, my friend’ s dog, on Facebook and when I looked up Boo, it was hard not to “like” the cute little pup myself.  But why?

Social media specialist Stephen Davies thinks he has the answer. “As social networking plays an increasingly important role in our lives, it’s only natural that our pets become part of the phenomenon, too. We use sites like Facebook and Twitter as an extension of our real-world selves, and when we think of our pets as part of the family, we want them involved too.”

So, what do you think? Do you “like” pets? Follow them? Are you friends with your cat on Facebook? Either way, petworking seems to be a growing trend.

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