(Liz Klimas) The beauty of helicopters for use in emergency situations or military operations is their ability to land and take off virtually anywhere thanks to vertical lift. But just where a helicopter in Norway had to land is probably the last place you would ever think it could do so — right atop a highway guardrail.
The description of the video taken by John Øystein and posted on the social news site Reddit said the helicopter was dropping of a doctor at the scene of a crash.
A news article detailing the ordeal (translated via Google Translate) reports the skillful landing being executed by pilot Lars Amdal, who said that although it “might look spectacular … it was neither dark nor snow[ing],” which are apparently worse conditions for landing.
“I had to balance a little, but it was not a very hard landing,” Amdal said.
If that’s hard to believe, the original poster of the video on Reddit wrote these types of landings are relatively common in Norway.
“Similar landings will be executed on rock formations or on cabin roofs during mountain rescues,” nu5thetoad wrote.
Check out the footage (note: the audio is pretty loud so you might want to turn down your volume):
(By Amy Wicks)
It's that time of year when the fitting rooms at your local department store are full of girls trying on potential prom dresses. I don't know about you, but I have such wonderful memories of prom. I wore a vintage cream-colored dress (with gloves — I know) and dark blue Stuart Weitzman shoes that I have to admit, I still pull out from time to time. The whole look cost around $400. At the time, I thought that was kind of extravagant, but it turns out I have nothing on the girls who are attending prom this year. A new survey from Visa found that on average, families will spend $1,139 on prom this year. This figure is up 40 percent from 2011, when they spent $807.
That's not to say girls aren't spending more money on dresses and sometimes buying at least two pairs of shoes (one pair for the dance and one pair for afterward). But transportation and restaurant costs add up, too.
Do you remember how much you spent on your prom? Does this figure sound crazy to you? Discuss!
Get tested: Going to an allergist and getting skin tests will determine what specific allergens you’re more susceptible to and the best treatment options.
Grammy-nominated artist Hunter Hayes knows about "crazy"--the 21-year-old keeps nothing short of a crazy schedule all year long. When he's not out on the road, he's writing music--when he's not writing music, he's in the studio! "To go from one creative world to another, it's relaxing for me," he told us in December. "The cycle is weird and awesome, and I love it."
One other "crazy" thing in his life is the debut of his new video for the single "I Want Crazy." Hayes fans have been waiting for this one, and it's well worth the patience. In this fun clip, Hayes gets rowdy with a girlfriend--jumping into a deserted indoor pool fully clothed, riling up the cops by throwing things off rooftops, rolling around in shopping carts. Ultimately, however, Hayes and his lady love realize the craziest thing of all is simply the wonder of being in love.
Hayes is up for two Billboard Music Awards next month. He's also continuing his tour with Carrie Underwood--keep up with his schedule here.
Casey Cook - Oak Harbor
Matthew Morton - Clyde
Brook Wilber - Oregon
Sara Tecco - Rossford
Congrats guys! Have a great time at the show!
There’s no doubt teachers have a strong impact on their students, but for 8-year-old Nicole Miller, her kindergarten teacher may have just saved her life. Nicole, who is a first grader at Mansfield Christian School in Cleveland, OH, suffers from a genetic disorder that caused kidney malformation and other problems, which often left her too tired to go to school. But last week, Nicole received a new kidney from a familiar face – her kindergarten teacher Wendy Killian. Wendy offered to be a donor after a parent-teacher conference with Nicole’s mother.
17th annual Youth Fish Festival (for ages 5-13 with adult companion) on Saturday, 8-11am at Riverbend Recreation Area. (No catch & release) Sponsored by the Hancock Park District.