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An Abandoned Milwaukee Shopping Mall Is Turned Into A Magical Winter Wonderland For Local Kids

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Some even say they’re magical. A group of Boys & Girls Clubs members would wholeheartedly agree after the once-in-a-lifetime experience they just had courtesy of Samsung and YouTube sensation Casey Neistat. Samsung and Neistat teamed up to find an abandoned mall they could transform into a winter wonderland to give back in their own way. After scouting several locations, they landed on Northridge Mall in Milwaukee, and they reached out to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee with an invitation to participate. A select group of members from the Clubs’ video production and STEM programs were told they would have an opportunity to be part of a video shoot with Neistat, but most of the project’s details were kept quiet. Little did these youth know, they were in for an experience they would never forget.

The night before the planned video shoot, Neistat visited the Fitzsimonds Boys & Girls Club under the guise of providing an overview of the project. Their enthusiasm bubbled over as carts of gifts were wheeled in, and the youth learned they would each get to keep a Samsung Chromebook Pro, and the Club would be gifted a TV and 30 Samsung Note8s for use in programming. It seemed the excitement of this project had already peaked, but less than 24 hours later as school let out, two busloads of Club members were transported to Northridge Mall, which permanently closed in 2003. Neistat met them at the mall entrance and told them to have their Samsung Note8s ready for filming. In the middle of the mall was a winter wonderland right out of a child’s dream – fluffy snow, a giant, edible gingerbread house, an ice rink, train rides, sledding down escalators, a Santa bearing gifts, and of course, hot chocolate.

No doubt was this experience fun, but it goes much deeper than that. It was clear in that moment, in that space, their kids were special, and they felt it. Why else would people go to so much work to create this dreamlike experience? In the middle of an abandoned mall, these children could forget their problems, their worries, and be lost in joy.

While Neistat and Samsung hosted this experience, it was made possible by the contributions of hundreds of people who spent weeks creating this wonderland in a space with no heat, running water or electricity. It was a labor of love. And there were many more acts of kindness that took place when the Note8s were turned off. Some of the children participating did not own warm weather gear suitable for this experience. The production crew went out and purchased coats, hats and gloves for every participating child who needed them. And following the event, more donations of warm weather gear poured in from the crew, which have since been given to Club members in need.

You can make a donation to the Boys & Girls Club HERE.

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The Timmy Brothers – Water Makers

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A short look at the Timmy Brothers, Brooklyn–based makers of bespoke drinking water.

Bill and Terry Timmy are introducing handcrafted water to the world with an almost pathological attention to craftsmanship and a thirst for helping people become less thirsty.

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Director Paul Riccio said he wanted to show the silliness and pretentiousness of the culture surrounding “authentic” products.

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IKEA Singapore Parodies The Apple iPad Launch Video For Their New 2015 Catalog

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IKEA Singapore has parodied the Apple iPad launch video for their new 2015 catalog. The video specifically calls attention to the fact that the catalog is a physical item, and invites interested parties to “experience the power of a bookbook.”

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Magician Doug McKenzie

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Meet Doug McKenzie who has produced magic for the likes of David Blaine. He is one of the world’s premiere close-up magic artists. But Doug’s interest in the illusion goes far beyond typical street magic; he has made it his mission to incorporate new technologies into his work, making a seemingly mundane cellphone the key to a mind-blowing performance. Watch McKenzie surprise and delight passers-by on the streets of New York City.

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Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond

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Warner Bros. has debuted a new Batman-themed animated short celebrating the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. Directed by artist Darwyn Cooke, the short takes place in the fan-favorite world of “Batman Beyond” and features the return of cast members Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle to the characters they voiced in the 1999 series.

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Kevin Bacon Explains The 1980s To Millennials In Hilarious ’80s Awareness Video

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You think life is hard now? Back in the ’80s, you couldn’t even skateboard to a blockbuster without getting nuked by Russia–at least according to Kevin Bacon. In this video, the ’80s icon explains what the world was really like 30 years ago to hapless millennials who have a dangerously low awareness about life back then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09q04Dlh7r8&feature=youtu.be

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Marvel Kicks Off 75th Anniversary With New Video

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Get ready to celebrate 75 years of Marvel Comics with this special look ahead narrated by Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.

Marvel Comics #1 came out in 1939 and Marvel has some exciting things planned for the year starting with this video. There is a montage of the last seven decades and a peek at upcoming film/television properties.

Check out marvel.com/75 for future updates!

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An Animated Tribute To Etch A Sketch Inventor André Cassagnes

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Illustrator Christoph Niemann created this animated tribute to Etch A Sketch inventor André Cassagnes, who died on January 16th, 2013.

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Bored Game

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A parody commercial for Bored Game – the greatest game never made.

Starring 80’s games such as The Technodrome, Hot Shots Electronic Basketball, Boglins, a GoPro mounted to a slot car, Mall Madness, the TMNT Pizza Thrower, Power Glove, Toe Jam & Earl, Laser Tag, Don’t Wake Daddy and at least one thing you had in your room growing up.

A M ss ng P eces production. Written & directed by Dark Igloo. Some assembly required.

 

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