Modern technology affords us many luxuries. In every line of work, efficiency and productivity are given a boost by the gadgets and gizmos that revolutionize the way we function. But sometimes, these luxuries can be abused, pushed to their limit, and then they turn ugly.

That was the case for Cricket cameraman Joe Previtera, who took a tumble off his Segway during the Australia-India test match on Dec. 27 in Melbourne. And all it took to bring him crashing down was a bowler's helmet.

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What impact will your life have on the world? Who will remember your story when you're gone? And if you know you'll be gone someday, what message are you leaving now?

Faced with the devastating truth about his terminal disease, 18-year-old Ben Breedlove, stricken with a heart ailment called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, decided to tell his story while he could.

The same condition that often cuts down young athletes without warning is one that almost ended Breedlove's life three separate times during his childhood. After surviving his third heart attack earlier this month, he posted these two videos on YouTube. The boy from Austin, Texas, who loved to wakeboard and be out on the water, bared his soul with a smile.

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It's fair to say you've never heard of Dean Potter, we're guessing. But what you're about to watch the extreme outdoorsman do will have your heart trying to find a way out of your body.

Potter is known for BASE jumping and a number of other mountain and elevation-related exploits -- the kind that are extremely risky, release comically insane amounts of adrenaline and make you all the more thankful for a desk chair in a building with four walls. After all, you wouldn't rather be highlining (the modern form of tightrope walking) over a 3,000 foot gorge in Yosemite, would you? Potter most certainly would.

That video is all kinds of "Nope." Potter takes two steps over the gorge, and our fingers are already out, testing the wind for the slightest shift in direction. No way, no how, would you ever find any of us even standing on the ledge looking over, let alone walking out. We applaud you if you were even able to watch the whole video without hitting pause.

Don't believe it's real? It's not the first time Potter has tempted fate. His exploits have been chronicled by many, including the New York Times.

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Is it legal? And as far as we can tell, this is not forbidden in Yosemite National Park. The rules steer visitors away from defacing any natural elements of the beautiful park. But Potter has always insisted he never does that. If you're looking to us for an endorsement, we say: No. Not at all. Ever.

You can breathe again, by the way.

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Every great master of martial arts starts to hone his or her craft from a very young age. The instincts and fast twitches are programmed into their muscle memory and mind before they can even execute the demands of the art, as displayed in this video. Also displayed in this video: how silly that looks when it starts as a toddler.

These two future ninjas dance around more than Sugar Ray Leonard. And the mom filming is no help whatsoever. She's far too amused by the spectacle to even mind that it doesn't come close to resembling the skills the toddlers were taught. Really, who could blame her?

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If the next belt level is awarded for hopping, it's a lock that this duo will graduate at the top of the class. It doesn't appear that any blows actually landed, so perhaps the only way to determine a winner is by the number of attempts to land said blows? They're both winners in our book, mostly because that's the most entertaining inaction we've ever witnessed. Now that, is a true art form.

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Critics of soccer in America are constantly looking for ways to make the game more exciting. Not enough happens, they say. There aren't enough goals and the game plods along too slowly.

Well, Scandinavians are quite fond of soccer, and generally have no qualms with the sport. But that hasn't stopped a Norwegian television show from adding a little spark. Former professional players (and most importantly, the referee) were outfitted with shock collars built to train dogs. You can imagine how ridiculous this gets.

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How Norwegians beat us to this, we'll never know. This is the kind of innovation that would have kept the XFL alive for at least two more seasons. The inspiration for the idea totally makes sense, too. As a fan, if you haven't ever wanted to shock the opposing team, well, you're probably doing it wrong.

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The next gruff, snarling voice you hear shouting at the local football game may not be directed at the coaches, players or referees. As this video demonstrates, a cheerleading mom may steal the show in the stands with her powerful roar.

At the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Cheer and Dance Competition on Dec. 3 in Lake Charles, one of the Archbishop Hannan High School moms took supporting her squad to another level, producing octaves that would intimidate NFL offensive linemen.

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The holiday-themed ensemble of a green and red plastic hula skirt and an elf hat almost certainly appeared harmless to others as they passed the mom during the competition. Little did they know it was an elaborate ruse to hide the drill sergeant demeanor underneath.

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Auto racing of any kind is quite often criticized for the monotony of the oval, the length of the race and the sheer repetitiveness of it all. But you can't say it doesn't build suspense, often tumbling toward a crucial moment that will be decided in a nanosecond, but took an hour to develop.

The cars screech, rattle, rumble and hum into corners, and every now and then – each other. But it's the finite window at deadly speeds that truly makes the spectator gasp in both terror and excitement, and it's even more dramatic from a POV camera on the car (Mazda MX5 in this case). Enter the clip below. For about 35 seconds, it's pure racing footage. Impressive, arresting, but not terribly captivating. And then out of nowhere, insanity.

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You thought it was impressive that one time you were at the go kart track and squeezed between your buddy and a railing at world-blurring 25 mph. But you're also not borderline insane enough to think you've got what it takes to squeeze between two cars in a Lamborghini. There's nothing wrong with that. Self preservation is a fine quality to hold on to, even if it won't earn you YouTube fame.

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Mike Tyson has made himself a nice little post-fighting career as an entertainer, and given his penchant for coming unhinged back in his heyday, this softer, self-deprecating side is the perfectly appropriate juxtaposition.

He's made numerous appearances in movies and perhaps most notably Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he's made the most progress as an actor and singer. His latest effort, though, came on a Brazilian show, and he crooned out a classic.

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You can crack on Tyson for going after easy money grabs now that the big boxing paydays aren't coming down the pipeline, but the apologist in us truly hopes that these last few years of venturing into new territory is a genuine attempt to diversify and expand life avenues. Or at the very least, an attempt to get a cheap laugh. We'd be fine with that, too.

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Cheerleaders take a lot of heat for a lot of reasons, most of them coming from an envious place. Well, this video isn't going to make you envy cheerleaders any less.

An LSU cheerleader wore a GoPro POV camera during the Tigers' Nov. 25 home win against Arkansas. A flyer on the team, she gets some major air, providing some killer perspective in the process. Not only is the view from the stadium turf mesmerizing -- there were 93,108 purple and gold fans in attendance who witnessed a 41-17 Tigers win -- but the moment right before the team runs out on the field is the perfect crescendo to the pre-game build-up of hype and atmosphere in the SEC.

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As tough as it is to admit, that video makes cheerleading look pretty awesome. Well, except for the part where you're watching Les Miles back toward you with his rear end. The rest of it is pretty cool, though.

Can't wait 'til we see the video perspective of Mike the Tiger.

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For every guy that has taken a yoga class strictly for the scenery, there are dozens of women who've had to tolerate this tactic. Some guys might be more subtle in their execution, but the intent remains blatant: "Do you want to, uh, meditate with me?"

The creative team at Fog And Smog has nailed this stretch-breath-and-ogle dynamic from both perspectives with its "Yoga Girl" music video.

The Fog And Smog crew has earned bonus props from the yogi community for capturing the sensibility of the sub-culture and properly pronouncing all the insider lingo.

If the vibe of this video is familiar, it's probably because you've seen the group's previous hit "Whole Foods Parking Lot."

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