The 19th Annual Webby Award Winners Have Been Announced

The winners of the 19th annual Webby Awards have been announced. Comedian Hannibal Buress, who will host the Webby Awards ceremony on May 19th, 2015, announced that the winners have been posted in a Funny or Die parody video. In the video Buress hosts the Deep Webbys, a much darker version of the awards, with categories like “Best Graphic Design in a Blackmail Letter,” “Fakest IDs,” and Buress’ clear favorite “Leakiest Wiki.”

The winners for the Special Achievements category are:

Webby Lifetime Achievement: Louis Rossetto & Jane Metcalfe
Outstanding Comedic Performance: Chelsea Peretti
Best Actress: Ellie Kemper
Special Achievement: Jerome Jarre
Best Actor: Tituss Burgess
Webby Breakout of the Year: Tinder
Special Achievement: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Webby Agency of the Year: Leo Burnett Toronto

Chinese Student Piggybacks His Disabled Friend to Class for Three Years So He Wouldn’t Miss Out on His Education

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For the past three years, Xie Xu, an 18-year-old student at the Daxu High School in Xuzhou City, China, has selflessly taken it upon himself to help out his friend Zhang Chi, a classmate with muscular dystrophy whom he piggybacked to and from class every day because he was concerned that Zhang would miss out on his education due to his disability. The headmaster of the school commented about the incredible bond that has formed between the two students.

The story of the two students is so inspiring and touching. They aren’t family, but [Xie] has been doing this for three years. He’s the most beautiful student. He also exerts positive influence on other students, who readily help Zhang. With their assistance, Zhang has never missed out on one single class.

According to Shanghaiist, the boys will be parting ways soon, with Xie hoping to go to Nanjing Polytechnic Institute and Zhang sitting for college entrance exams later this year.

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At Lunch In Class

In Yard On Stairs

images via Weibo

via Tencent News, Shanghaiist, The Independent

Comedians Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key Perform at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Comedian Cecily Strong hosted the 101st White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 25, 2015. Strong gave a joke-filled speech that poked fun at both the President, the press, and how American culture treats women. The event also featured President Barack Obama performing a speech of his own at the expense of the press in attendance. Obama’s speech even featured an appearance by comedian Keegan-Michael Key who reprised his role of Obama’s “anger translator” from his Comedy Central series Key & Peele.

Jason Alexander Re-Records Kat Dennings’ ‘Seinfeld’ Voicemail Greeting as George Costanza on ‘The Late Late Show’

On a recent episode of The Late Late Show, Jason Alexander re-recorded Kat Dennings‘ funny Seinfeld-themed voicemail greeting as George Costanza. Her original greeting was a recording of Costanza’s musical answering machine greeting, which she took from a YouTube video.

The original scene from Seinfeld featuring George’s answering machine greeting:

Louisville Grade-Schoolers Perform a Rousing Version of ‘Crazy Train’ With Percussion Instruments

In 2012, the 4th to 6th grade group of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists performed a rousing version of the classic Ozzy Osbourne song “Crazy Train” using various percussion instruments. The Leopards are a non-profit group that provides extracurricular musical opportunities to children in the Louisville, Kentucky area for little to no cost. Donations are welcomed and can be made to help offset costs for the program.

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano.

A group of 2nd and 3rd graders performed “Mo’ Better Blues” in 2013.

via reddit

How to Turn a Less-Expensive Apple Watch Sport Into a Gold Apple Watch Edition

Filmmaker Casey Neistat (previously) has created a simple “How To” video demonstrating how to turn a $399 Apple Watch Sport into a much more expensive gold Apple Watch Edition with just some tape, knives, and spray paint. Neistat shows the watch working after his painting process, but caution should be exercised when attempting to modify an expensive device as it may void any warranties.

Neistat also posted a making-of video about the project.