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Man Detained, Choked and Thrown to the Ground by NYPD – For Dancing Behind A Cop

“What are you dancin’ in the street for? What the f**k is wrong with you?” barks the NYPD cop as he assaults a man for dancing.

New York, NY — A harmless and humorous dance challenge by TV personality Ellen Degeneres, goes brutally awry after the NYPD gets involved.

Ellen’s #DanceDares have brought humor and laughter to so many people, until now.

The premise for the #DanceDare is simple, dance behind someone without them noticing.

Most of these interactions simply make people smile, or at worst walk away. However, when YouTube personality, Alexander BOK attempted this playful stunt behind an NYPD officer, he was accosted and assaulted.

Accosted and assaulted for dancing in the street on Christmas Eve.

In what looks more like a gang bullying than a police detainment, BOK is immediately thrown up against the NYPD van while a hand clinches his neck – for dancing.

During his detainment he was both physically and verbally assaulted by the heroes claiming to protect and serve him. After realizing that they could not arrest him, because he had committed absolutely no crime, BOK is thrown to the ground like a piece of trash.

This type of brutal behavior by the NYPD is exactly why there are tens of thousands of complaints a year and a lawsuit is filed against them every 2 1/2 hours. 

When the police look more like schoolyard bullies than public servants, there might be a problem.

In case anyone thinks that BOK was targeting police in order to solicit a reaction, the full video of all of Alexander BOK’s attempts at dancing is below.


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We Tried The Mysterious, Upscale McDonald’s That Just Opened In Australia

McDonald’s has quietly transformed one of its McCafe outlets in Sydney into a restaurant called “The Corner” with a new menu, new look, and new service style.

The company confirmed to Business Insider Australia that the cafe was a “learning lab” where it was “testing completely new and different food and beverages never before seen in our restaurants.”

It’s an encouraging sign from the fast food chain, which has long suffered from image problems amid declining sales.

The menu at The Corner includes “salads featuring Moroccan roast chicken breast, chipotle pulled pork, brown rice, pumpkin, lentil and eggplant salads, sandwiches and barista-made quality coffee,” a spokeswoman told us.

She wouldn’t share the next steps for the concept, but Paul Colgan, the editor-in-chief of Business Insider Australia stopped by on a recent morning to try the new McDonald’s cafe. He shared his photos with us; captions are his own.

 

‘The Corner’ is on Missenden Road in Sydney’s Camperdown neighborhood, just a few kilometers from the city center and across the street from a major hospital. No golden arches or familiar branding anywhere. Is it really a McDonald’s?

'The Corner' is on Missenden Road in Sydney's Camperdown neighborhood, just a few kilometers from the city center and across the street from a major hospital. No golden arches or familiar branding anywhere. Is it really a McDonald's?

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

Aha! Look closely and you’ll see a little ‘McCafe’ at the bottom of the sign. Let’s go inside.

Aha! Look closely and you'll see a little 'McCafe' at the bottom of the sign. Let's go inside.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

It doesn’t feel like a McDonald’s. The furniture’s different and there are no big backlit signs with colorful menus. It’s all a muted brown.

It doesn't feel like a McDonald's. The furniture's different and there are no big backlit signs with colorful menus. It's all a muted brown.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There’s also a huge long table with plenty of space near a big window. I’m going to sit there. But let’s look around first – there’s a lot to see.

There's also a huge long table with plenty of space near a big window. I'm going to sit there. But let's look around first - there's a lot to see.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

It’s around 9am, and the staff are pretty busy even though there are only about 10 customers. It is Christmas Eve after all, and people are off getting ready for the big day tomorrow.

It's around 9am, and the staff are pretty busy even though there are only about 10 customers. It is Christmas Eve after all, and people are off getting ready for the big day tomorrow.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

Here’s the barista coffee station. The yellow colour is a bit more reminiscent of McDonald’s. If you look in the bottom left, you can see an iPad which is used by floor staff to keep track of orders after they’re placed.

Here's the barista coffee station. The yellow colour is a bit more reminiscent of McDonald's. If you look in the bottom left, you can see an iPad which is used by floor staff to keep track of orders after they're placed.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There’s a selection of toasts – from plain white to full-on ham & cheese toasties.

There's a selection of toasts - from plain white to full-on ham & cheese toasties.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There are some salads as well – tofu with vegetables, and brown rice with quinoa. I’m not a tofu or quinoa kind of person, though many people are, especially around this part of Sydney.

There are some salads as well - tofu with vegetables, and brown rice with quinoa. I'm not a tofu or quinoa kind of person, though many people are, especially around this part of Sydney.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There’s also soy bean & cannelini snacks – not what you expect at a McDonald’s outlet. Interesting, but again, not for me. Maybe the chipotle chicken, if it was after 11am.

There's also soy bean & cannelini snacks - not what you expect at a McDonald's outlet. Interesting, but again, not for me. Maybe the chipotle chicken, if it was after 11am.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There’s fresh fruit and muesli pots alongside some kind of chocolate mousse product. I’m not sure these go together – but this is a ‘lab’ after all, so experimenting is to be expected. And the fruit looks good!

There's fresh fruit and muesli pots alongside some kind of chocolate mousse product. I'm not sure these go together - but this is a 'lab' after all, so experimenting is to be expected. And the fruit looks good!

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

Ah, here we go. Gingerbread Ronald McDonald hands with icing, teddy bear cakes, and brownies. Everything looks pretty good. And kids around hospitals often need treats.

Ah, here we go. Gingerbread Ronald McDonald hands with icing, teddy bear cakes, and brownies. Everything looks pretty good. And kids around hospitals often need treats.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There’s also a big range of toffee apples and a freckle jar which looks sold out. But there’s one more intriguing part of the service counter…

There's also a big range of toffee apples and a freckle jar which looks sold out. But there's one more intriguing part of the service counter...

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

… here it is: the salad, soup, and meat station. You can get sandwiches, or meats with salad or rice. It’s not open yet, but it’s still early and not many people want Moroccan chicken at 9am.

... here it is: the salad, soup, and meat station. You can get sandwiches, or meats with salad or rice. It's not open yet, but it's still early and not many people want Moroccan chicken at 9am.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

Here’s a look at the menu, which again is very different from typical McDonald’s fare. There are instructions for how to order sandwiches and salads.

Here's a look at the menu, which again is very different from typical McDonald's fare. There are instructions for how to order sandwiches and salads.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

The rice dish comes with a sauce, while the salad comes with coleslaw. Definitely interesting – maybe enough to come back and try some time. OK, time to eat.

The rice dish comes with a sauce, while the salad comes with coleslaw. Definitely interesting - maybe enough to come back and try some time. OK, time to eat.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There are a selection of coffee blends. I’m going to take a McCafe blend large flat white, and a bacon and egg roll. And waffles. With ice cream.

There are a selection of coffee blends. I'm going to take a McCafe blend large flat white, and a bacon and egg roll. And waffles. With ice cream.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

You don’t grab things from the counter, but are handed a number and asked to take a seat. And there’s none of the kerfuffle of beeps and alarms that you normally associate with ordering at a McDonald’s. It’s all rather civilized. Bonus: the staff are attentive and smile – something also often lacking in a McDonald’s.

You don't grab things from the counter, but are handed a number and asked to take a seat. And there's none of the kerfuffle of beeps and alarms that you normally associate with ordering at a McDonald's. It's all rather civilized. Bonus: the staff are attentive and smile - something also often lacking in a McDonald's.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

There it is: actual table service at a McDonald’s-owned restaurant. The food looks appetizing.

There it is: actual table service at a McDonald's-owned restaurant. The food looks appetizing.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

I chose a brioche roll for my sandwich but could have had panini, too. And the coffee is made by an experienced, well-trained hand.

I chose a brioche roll for my sandwich but could have had panini, too. And the coffee is made by an experienced, well-trained hand.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

The roll is presented on one of those little chopping boards. Fancy. It also looks healthier than a typical Sydney bacon and egg roll.

The roll is presented on one of those little chopping boards. Fancy. It also looks healthier than a typical Sydney bacon and egg roll.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

And the verdict – it’s pretty damn good. The coffee passes the test, and everything is freshly cooked – the egg’s nothing like those scary stewed things you get in a McMuffin. However, the bread has a distinctive combination of sugar and salt that is recognizably McDonald’s.

And the verdict - it's pretty damn good. The coffee passes the test, and everything is freshly cooked - the egg's nothing like those scary stewed things you get in a McMuffin. However, the bread has a distinctive combination of sugar and salt that is recognizably McDonald's.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

Here’s the waffles and ice cream. The presentation isn’t quite as good here, but it tastes OK. The ice cream again has that distinctive saltiness to it.

Here's the waffles and ice cream. The presentation isn't quite as good here, but it tastes OK. The ice cream again has that distinctive saltiness to it.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

Time to go. As you can see, the hospital is literally across the street – so it’s a perfect location to try a healthy options menu.

Time to go. As you can see, the hospital is literally across the street - so it's a perfect location to try a healthy options menu.

Paul Colgan/Business Insider Australia

22+ Hypnotizing Rice Fields That Look Like Broken Glass

Rice is a staple of half of the world’s population and has been instrumental in our efforts to prevent potential famines, but that’s only part of what makes it such a beautiful plant. The flooded rice paddies that stretch across the Far East and other areas that cultivate rice are stunningly beautiful, lending their landscapes a unique beauty that at once structures and blends in with the natural landscape.

Rice technically doesn’t have to be flooded, but it does require a lot of water to grow, and flooding it makes it harder for weeds to take root and for vermin to eat the precious grains.

Luckily for landscape and travel photographers, these flooded paddies also give them wonderful photo ops! Take a look, add your own if you’ve got them, and vote for your favorites!

21+ Brilliant DIY Ideas How To Recycle Your Old CDs

Remember the days when we had shelves full of CDs with music, movies, and back-ups of our more-important-than-life files? If you haven’t thrown them away yet, this list is for you!

From one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments to glamorous plates and mirrors, this list will show you a few of the greatest ways to recycle that pile of your old CDs.

If you liked these DIY ideas, be sure to check out our list on how to creatively repurpose old stuff.

h/t: viralnova

Happy Holidays: FDA Moves to Ban Cake, Donut ‘Sprinkles’

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Early next year, the FDA is expected to finalize a new regulation intended to eradicate even trace amounts of partially hydrogenated oils, known as trans fats, from our diets.

Although the amount of trans fats Americans consume has declined significantly in recent years, the FDA’s quest to completely eliminate a particular type of trans fat threatens to eliminate the noble “sprinkle,” used to decorate holiday treats and donuts. Even a small amount of joy is suspect in the FDA’s brave, new, food-monitored world.

In recent years, research has determined that consuming large amounts of trans fats is harmful to the heart. Trans fats have been in the American diet since the 1950s, but recent awareness of its health risks have pushed food companies and restaurants to minimize its use. Today, Americans consume just 1.3 grams of trans fats a day, around 0.6% of total caloric intake. No research has shown this level of consumption to pose any risk.

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