The great thing about paragliding, parachuting or being in the air in any way, shape or form, is that you've got a lot of space to work with. It's the opposite of being stuck in traffic or driving bumper cars. There's seemingly no need to look over your shoulder. Which is what makes this intense moment in the air all the more remarkable.

A Russian paraglider is soaking up the view, feeling the wind rush around him and basking in sunlight, when out of nowhere, two very large birds come out of nowhere and create an uncertain, adrenaline-packed tumble to the earth:

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Thankfully, both man and bird (it says it's an eagle, but we have no ornithologists on staff to confirm) emerged from the near disaster with just a few bumps and bruises, and you know, an improbably intense heart rate. The sequence certainly didn't lack drama or expletives (understandable).

You remember this the next time you go for your weekly paraglide, OK? Keep your eyes peeled for incoming birds, always pack a reserve parachute and for the last time – never text and glide.

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The year of college football fan synchronized stunts continues, and it made might have helped Penn State win over the weekend.

In the final seconds of Saturday's game, down 10-7 to the Nittany Lions, Illinois had a chance to tie the game with a field goal. Enter the Penn State student section, which took a cue from basketball and did everything it could to become a distraction behind the goal posts, converging around 25 percent of the lower bowl into two sections directly in the view of Illinois kicker Derek Dimke:

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The only thing missing was a dude dancing in a Speedo, but it would have just been window dressing. (Granted, it would have been absolutely awful window dressing.) The kick smacked the upright and fell to the turf with a thud. Did the fans make a difference? The next mob of fans to try it will surely hope so.

The only question now is what next week will bring to college football crowds. We already know there will be too much gumbo at a certain tailgate, but that will only kick off a day of possibilities. Here's hoping we see something like Iowa's card trick meets an elephant walking across the section behind the LSU goal posts.

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What happens when you tell 1,500 skaters to hit the streets of New York City, with the goal to bomb down Broadway like a wave of chaos on wheels?

Besides the obvious traffic mishaps and jams, you get a pretty incredible sight to behold, as skater after skater weaves between other skaters, cars, buses, street lamps and traffic signals. Caught from every angle imaginable, the video from the event on Oct. 8 does a decent job of portraying the good and the bad that come with such a stunt:

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The best moments from the video have to include the father-toddler longboarding duo, the "Inside Trader Hater," and...Mickey Mouse? And how can you not love the soothing tones of Black Cobra as the soundtrack? OK, maybe soothing isn't the word. But this was a Broadway Bomb! The music had to convey a sense of apocalyptic agitation.

Which is probably how many of the taxicab drivers felt as these skaters whizzed by.

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Josh Sundquist makes a habit of being perpetually awesome.

Sunquist, whose left leg was amputated at age 9, is a Paralympic skier that spends the rest of his times pushing his body's limits. Sometimes, it's a tremendous challenge that tests not only his body, but also his mind. And sometimes, he finds clever athletic ways to reincarnate awesome soccer tricks you rarely see by world class players with two legs. Just take a look at Sundquist's Scorpion Kick:

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Seriously, try to do a Scorpion kick in your backyard right now. You'll be lucky if you manage to not kick yourself in the head during your attempt.

Sundquist made it look easy. After being given a 50 percent change to live following a bone cancer diagnosis, Sundquist lost his leg but beat the cancer. He has spent the last 13 years living life more fully than most people with both legs. He's a bestselling author, motivational speaker and is clearly unafraid to take on every athletic adventure possible.

Surely, the Bicycle Kick is next, right? We're not betting against him.

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If you've never caught a New Zealand All Blacks rugby match, the one thing you're missing in life is the meanest rendition of a Haka in existence.

The All Blacks have popularized the Haka, a traditional war dance from the Maori people of New Zealand, and it has migrated across oceans. Texas high school football power Euless Trinity performs the Haka before every game.

The Haka is so pervasive now that during the parade to celebrate the All Blacks' 2011 Rugby World Cup title, the New Zealand Army Band broke into its own rendition. If you want to see something that is simultaneously jarring and awesome, check this out:

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There's something absolutely arresting about a normally intimidating dance being performed by a group that looks like extras from a military version of "The Music Man."

But in all seriousness, celebrations of national pride that come with World Cup titles are tremendous to observe and participation has to be euphoric. This parade had no shortage of enthusiastic participants.

Besides, say what you want about marching bands, this has to be among the last you'd challenge to a fight. Especially after the Haka.

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Three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is the new face for the spring 2012 men's line from UGG Australia.

Yes, UGG, as in the company that makes those super comfy boots women love to wear inside and out. Turns out the Australian brand sells men's products too. In fact, UGG (founded in 1978) originally made footwear for male surfers only. It wasn't until later that the company branched out, making both men's and women's products.

But over the years, the UGG brand has become synonymous with "UGGs" -- the classic women's boots.

That's why it has turned to Brady.

The company wants to avoid having its brand become too much of a generic description. That has benefits for certain trademarked brands -- Kleenex for tissues, Xerox for copies -- but not so much for UGG when it has an entire men's line.

Brady's commercial, titled "Steps," is an effort by UGG to show men the comfortable yet manly side of the company. It has an UGG-ed out Brady showcasing his football footwork while walking around in different settings until he finally reaches his locker room.

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It premiered during the Patriots-Dolphins game on Monday Night Football. The immediate reactions on Twitter were mixed, according to UGG Assistant PR Manager Lindsey Di Cola: Some were pleased and impressed, while others took the opportunity to describe Brady using certain unpleasant and derogatory terms.

The line is set to go on sale in January. Then we'll discover if Brady is "man" enough to change the UGG image. Even if he's not, perhaps the sponsorship deal included some nice UGGs for Gisele.

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The biggest costume competition in America goes on at this time every year. And at the halfway mark, we've already found a frontrunner that will be hard to beat, standing up on Rocky Top.

This little fan has got University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley down pat. We're not sure what's best: The orange pants? The headset? Or the the little touches, like the Blackberry-like transponder on his belt. It's both precious and perfect.

Sadly, and predictably, not everyone is pleased. You needn't go any further than the Volunteer fan forums to find criticisms of this awesome attire, where you'll see things like "Hair's not good enough" and the blasphemous "Looks more like Muschamp than Dooley."

What is wrong with people?!

We'd actually draw the hair comparison to what appears to be its likely inspiration: Elvis. And what's more Tennessee than Elvis? Nothing. So there's no issue here. And honestly, toddlers look a lot better in orange bottoms than football coaches. Got that, Coach Pumpkin?

We'd like to see how picture perfect all those commenters' Halloween costumes are. In fact, we'd be willing to wager they're the kind of people that don't even dress up for a Halloween party, but then sit on the couch channeling their inner Project Runway judge as everyone walks by.

Take a page out of Big Dooley's playbook, Little Dooley: Forget the critics. They've got no idea what they're talking about.

If the haters don't like it, threaten to pull out the Phil Fulmer costume next year.

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If ever there were some sort of cat athletic competition, a number of obvious categories would make sense.

For instance, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see a tree climbing competition. The same could be said for a most-batted-birds-on-a-string or timed attempts to destroy a couch.

When it comes to a more refined competition that requires deliberate grace and motor skills, however, this cat would have a spot on the medal stand. Just try to find a cat that, repeatedly on command, does a perfect somersault.

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Just give the gold to the black and white cat from Russia. At least, the YouTube title looks Russian. (The judges are probably Russian, right?) Either way, this cat has a gift. One so rare that you might even call it the cat of a generation.

OK, maybe that's getting carried away. But seriously, there should be a cat olympics. Followed by the Puppy Bowl. Just try to find a primetime lineup that can beat that.

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OK, you bleed Silver and Black, your IM handle is IAmTheAutumnWind and your dogs are named Lamonica and Matuszak. But you draw the line at getting the face of Al Davis immortalized with a leg tattoo like this guy.

So you're looking for a more textured tribute but one that still leaves no doubt that you're paying homage to the Greatness of the Raiders.

We might have your answer here.

Check out this T-shirt from an Oakland-based apparel company named, appropriately enough, Oaklandish.

From the product description: "Coach Davis's black-and-silver shades were just part of his personal uniform -- and one more intimidation tactic in his vast arsenal."

Notice the silhouette of Al in the left lens of the glasses. Nuanced but powerful.

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A brief moment of dread and mild anxiety always follows a marriage minister's request for those with objections to "Speak now, or forever hold your peace."

Most of the time, these anxieties are quickly vanquished by perfect silence. But sometimes, the wrong person opens their mouth. And at other times, that person is a professional wrestler who also just happens to be the bride's ex-boyfriend. As you can imagine, chaos ensues.

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Fine, so maybe it wasn't an actual professional wrestler. And maybe the wedding party and their objector are part of an improv group. Do you really care? No. Is it still awesome? Yes. Any objections? If you're not a large masked wrestler, keep it to yourself ... or find a mask.

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