Welcome to this week's "Max's Cool Beans" column in which we pause for a moment to take a deep breath (hold it... hold it... now exhale), slow down, relax, and start winding down in preparation for the weekend. As part of this exercise, I've gathered a few choice diversions for your delectation and delight.
Max's Cool Beans (Max is the "has-bean" on the right).
This week's humble offerings are as follows:
No. 1: We're going to start with what I think is the best "feel good" video of all time. Even if you've seen this 100 times, it's still worth another look. And if you haven't seen it yet, then you are in for a real treat. It involves a young lad called Matt Harding who toured the world performing a silly little jig in each country he visited. The result -- backed by the most amazing soundtrack -- is nothing short of uplifting; you simply cannot watch this without thinking happy thoughts and realizing that the world is truly a wonderful place. Click here to feast your eyes. Make sure your computer's sound is turned on.
No. 2: Next we have one of the best pranks I've ever seen. Imagine you are leaving the office on your way home from work when you suddenly hear screaming and... All I can say is that I so want one of these dinosaur costumes! Click here to laugh out loud.
No. 3: Speaking of pranks, someone just posted a link to an amazing video in a comment to this week's Week in Review blog. This is a very technical prank that makes it look as if the floor is falling away from under the people in an elevator. I cannot imagine what I would think if this had happened to me. Click here to see more.
No. 4: Arrggh... Now I've got pranks on the brain. The previous prank was highly technical, but you can create the illusion of reality in many ways. I am, of course, thinking of the classic "Bathroom Mirror" prank. Click here to see "double trouble."
No. 5: I have to say that I love watching these funny videos. And, speaking of funny videos, I was recently introduced to one of the funniest cat videos I've ever seen. It's in French (with subtitles), which, for some reason, just works incredibly well. Click here to enjoy a "purrfect" break.
No. 6: Of course, as soon as someone says "cat video," I immediately think of the "Cowboys Herding Cats" video -- the script is laugh-out-loud funny. Click here to be transported to a different time.
I tell you, I could keep this up for hours. I have so many interesting websites and videos to share, but I donít want to tire you out, so just make sure to keep your eyes open for my next "Cool Beans" column.
Meanwhile, which was your favorite item out of this week's offerings? And, as usual, if you know of any interesting sites you'd care to share, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in a future "Freaky Friday" column.