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Trans Burlesque Star Spends $250K On Her Perfect Body: HOOKED ON THE LOOK5m58s

Trans Burlesque Star Spends $250K On Her Perfect Body: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

Burlesque goddess Cassandra Cass stuns audiences with her jaw-dropping performances and endless confidence – but her life has not always been so glamorous. The 33-year-old was raised as a farm boy by an overbearing father, and was disowned by her family when she revealed her desire to become a beautiful woman. When she was just 18, Cassandra packed up her car and drove 1,500 miles from Iowa to Florida, where she stumbled across the burlesque scene and decided to unleash her own inner diva. Her transition and subsequent plastic surgery cost over $250,000, and Cassandra has had almost every cosmetic procedure possible, including numerous breast augmentation surgeries and bum implants. Now a successful Hollywood performer and actress, Cassandra is encouraging other people to stand up to discrimination and follow their dreams. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Emma Pearson, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal, Jack Stevens

Fishermen Catch Thousands Of Sardines During Migration1m00s

Fishermen Catch Thousands Of Sardines During Migration

Teams of fishermen gather together for the catch of the day as thousands of sardines migrate from the Indian ocean to the African coast. Photographer Ahmed Mohamed Al Toqi captured the series of breathtaking images in Dhofar during the sardine migration, after spending many early mornings with the fishermen. Using several cameras, including a drone, Al Touqi photographed the teams of fishermen hard at work from above and close-up as they haul thousands of fish from the sea. Photographer: Ahmed Mohamed Al Toqi Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Jay Sohrabi

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Published: April 6, 2017206 viewsVirality: 2%
The Child Who’s Made Of ‘Glass’: BORN DIFFERENT6m30s

The Child Who’s Made Of ‘Glass’: BORN DIFFERENT

Fragile Zoe Lush has a rare condition which means her bones are so delicate they ‘break in the wind’. Zoe broke several bones whilst she was still in the womb, shattered her collarbone during birth and broke another 100 bones before her first birthday. Now Zoe, who is six-years-old, has broken almost every bone in her body and was almost internally decapitated after bones in her neck began to wear away. Zoe lives with her mum Chelsea Lush, dad, Curtis Lush, and three year old brother Felix, in Huntington Beach, California. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Emma Pearson, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Ian Phillips

Trans Model Gets Sugar Daddy To Pay For Surgery: EXTREME LOVE4m43s

Trans Model Gets Sugar Daddy To Pay For Surgery: EXTREME LOVE

A 21-year-old trans woman is finally able to have gender reassignment surgery, thanks to her 61-year-old sugar daddy boyfriend - who is also her ex-fiancé. Having dated for just over a year, Anastasia and her partner broke off their engagement at the start of 2017 but still date and are on such good terms he is paying for her surgery. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Jack Stevens

Living With BIID: I Want To Cut Off My Leg5m18s

Living With BIID: I Want To Cut Off My Leg

STANDING on one leg and balancing on crutches Nick O’Hallaron gives the impression of a man who was born without a right leg. But the truth is, this scenario is just wishful thinking for the 29-year-old from Edinburgh. He is actually a fully able-bodied man who longs to be an amputee. And he’s not alone. Nick, is one of the very few people in the UK known to be suffering from BIID - Body Integrity Identity Disorder - a rare neurological condition that makes people unable to recognise certain body parts as their own. Videographer / director: Rory Dunning Producer: Katie Mercer, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Down’s Syndrome Twins Are One In A Million: BORN DIFFERENT5m29s

Down’s Syndrome Twins Are One In A Million: BORN DIFFERENT

IN MATCHING blue jeans, white smocks and suede boots, five year-old identical twins Abigail and Isobel are not only impossible to tell apart - they’re also one in a million twins. Because while the chances of giving birth in the UK to a baby with Down’s syndrome is approximately one in 1,000, the odds of giving birth to identical twins with the condition is one in a million. Mum and dad Jodi and Matt Parry couldn’t be prouder of their daughters and say even if their adorable girls could be born again without Down’s syndrome, they wouldn’t wish for Abigail and Isobel to be any different. Videographer / director: Tom White Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: March 30, 20174,568 viewsVirality: 7%
My Albino Children: Black Brazilian Family Have Three White-Skinned Children4m09s

My Albino Children: Black Brazilian Family Have Three White-Skinned Children

When Rosamere Fernanda de Andrade first held her newborn baby she assumed there had been a mix up.  Rosamere and ex-husband, Joao, are both black - but their daughter, Ruth, had white skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. But it was no mistake - Ruth, suffers from a rare generic condition called albinism and has no skin pigment. Since then Rosamere, 31, has had two more albino children as well as three black kids. So stark is the difference between Rosamere and three of her children, she is often mistaken for their nanny. Albinism is a condition characterized by the absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes - which leaves sufferers exposed to a range of afflictions. The youngsters are so sensitive to sunlight that they need factor 100 sun block every two hours - and only allowed to play outdoors at night.  The family's neighbors have started to avoid them, saying they were cursed. Ruth, Estefani and Kauan have all been bullied at school for their light skin, the white hair and they way they squint at the blackboard, because albinism affects their eyesight as well. The lack of pigment in the irises (the colored part of the eye) sometimes may make them look transparent, because the irises can't block light from entering the eye completely. Videographer: Laurentiu Garofeanu Producer: Jack McKay Editor: Joshua Douglas / Ian Phillips

Underwater Cosplay Photography Creates Surreal Worlds: MAKING MAD3m04s

Underwater Cosplay Photography Creates Surreal Worlds: MAKING MAD

Some of the world’s best cosplay stars have teamed up with photographer Brett Stanley to create incredible dreamlike underwater images. Brett started working with cosplay and fantasy performers such as Ian Hencher and Hannah Mermaid in 2016, hoping that this latest project would create a setting worthy of their incredible costumes. Cosplay artists are known to create their own fantasy personas based on animated TV shows, pop culture or their own imaginations, creating the perfect subjects for Brett’s dream-like images. Videographer / director: Brett Stanley Producer: Crystal Chung, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: March 28, 2017Updated: March 29, 2017144 views
New Delhi Street Food Stall Serves Snacks On Fire: MAKING MAD3m14s

New Delhi Street Food Stall Serves Snacks On Fire: MAKING MAD

SOME people like their street food hot, but this paan stall in New Delhi is taking things to to the next level - by setting it on fire. Pradhuman Shukla's family has owned a food stall selling paan in Delhi, India for 20 years and they're changing the paan game. Paan comprises a betel leaf stuffed with areca nut and occasionally tobacco and is chewed as a stimulant and then spat out or swallowed. But Pradhuman, 31, has reinvented the traditional Indian snack and has been attracting hundreds of brave customers by lighting the paan on fire and forcing it into their mouths. Videographer / director: Shams Qari Producer: Haziq Qadri, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: March 27, 2017Updated: March 29, 201756 viewsVirality: 6%
Record Breaking Martial Artist Has Lightning Fast Punches2m53s

Record Breaking Martial Artist Has Lightning Fast Punches

Martial arts grandmaster holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest punch - performing 352 in a minute. Jayanth Reddy from Hyderabad, India has been practicing martial arts for the past 40 years and is an 8th Dan (degree) black belt Taekwondo Grand Master. Jayanth himself holds 15 Guinness World Records and 8 US Presidential Sports Awards, including breaking 34 8x4 inch cement blocks with spinning cartwheel kicks in one minute and 171 double roundhouse kicks in 60 seconds. Jayanth has trained hundreds of thousands of students across the country and many of his students are record holders themselves. He says: “It’s like internal medicine. A lot of people 60, 70-years-old are becoming so old that they can’t even walk properly. Whereas, I have seen the grandmasters who are 80, 90, 100-years-old and they are fit enough to walk, run and do all the things.” “My aim is to make everyone fit enough to be strong. As you know, the diseases are spreading and martial arts is something which we can contribute as the best fitness in the world. So I teach a lot of secrets, how to clean organs, how to strengthen your heart. This we learnt from great Grand Masters from all over the world.” finishes the grandmaster. Videographer / director: Chandra Sena Producer: Shatabdi Chakrabarti, Nick Johnson Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: March 23, 2017Updated: March 29, 201753,228 views
We Were Told To Give Up Our Autistic Twins: BORN DIFFERENT7m38s

We Were Told To Give Up Our Autistic Twins: BORN DIFFERENT

Parents of twins with autism so severe they were forced to contain them in a prison-like home have gone to great lengths to improve their behaviour. As Mark and Annie Montague walk arm in arm along the beach, with their 11-year-old twins chasing waves in and out of shore, they are the image of a perfect family. But their home in nearby Graveney, Kent tells a more complicated story. In this idyllic village, a detached ramshackle house stands surrounded by high fence posts and chicken wire. Inside, doors are bolted shut, telephones are hidden in locked wooden boxes metres from the ground and barring a table, few chairs and a sofa there is no furniture. No carpets line the floors and a lone painting is tightly screwed in place. This has been a way of life for the Montagues since their twins, Samuel and Jacob, 11, were diagnosed with severe autism when they were just two-years-old. Videographer / director: Jack Stevens Producer: Katie Mercer, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: March 23, 2017Updated: March 29, 201711,045 viewsVirality: 15%
Real-life Rapunzel Has 90 Inch Long Hair - Hooked On The Look3m49s

Real-life Rapunzel Has 90 Inch Long Hair - Hooked On The Look

Talk about serious commitment! Real-life Latvian Rapunzel Aliia Nasyrova has hair so long, her husband Ivan thinks of the locks as another member of the family. The 27-year -old took 20 years to grow out her 90 inch long, 4.5 pound heavy tresses. That thing is so long, it has it’s own space on the marital bed! Aliia’s hair takes a whole day to air dry and an entire hour to comb through fully. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that her mane attracts the stares of everyone in public, but her husband Ivan says he loves it and is proud of his wife for never cutting her hair. The Samara, Russia native uses about 22 pound of hair products to maintain the quality of her hair; this includes shampoos, conditioners and combs. The locks are so demanding, the couple even schedule their holidays around Aliia’s hair care regimen. Aliia got inspired to grow her hair long but her favorite female characters in fairy tales. She says: “I started to grow my hair because since childhood I liked long hair very much. And I was always attracted by long hair heroines from fairy tales.” The worst thing that has happened to the long-haired beauty was when she got chewing gum stuck in it and she had to cut off a chuck to get rid of it. Still, she dreams of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. Best of luck, Aliia! Videographer / director: Eduard Kolik Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Nick Johnson Editor: James Thorne

Aged 21 And Only 23 Inches Tall: BORN DIFFERENT2m41s

Aged 21 And Only 23 Inches Tall: BORN DIFFERENT

A MAN who is only 23 INCHES TALL and weighs 15lbs is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu god. Manpreet Singh is 21-years-old and is the same height and weight as a six month old baby and is believed to be one of the smallest people in the world. Since the age of 12, he has been worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu god by the local villagers and people visit him every day to be blessed. The young man from Punjab, India was born a healthy baby boy but his parents Jagtar Singh and Manjeet Kaur say his growth stopped when he was six months old. Videographer / director: Rare Shot Producer: Haziq Qadri, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: March 21, 2017392 viewsVirality: 7%
4-Year-Old Biker Has Insane Motorcycle Skills2m10s

4-Year-Old Biker Has Insane Motorcycle Skills

A four-year-old daredevil is tearing up the competition in Ukraine with his motorcycle skills. While most kids are just day-dreaming about riding a motorbike, Ukrainian Tima Kuleshov started riding a bicycle before he was two-years-old and graduated to a mini motorbike at just two and a half. Tima’s dad Alexander says that Tima started riding bicycles before he was two years old, and soon took part in competitions, just few months later he began riding motorbikes. About the time he was three years old he was taking part in children's competitions in Russia. “He loves speed and attention, just like every child, but he does not brag to anyone, Tima does not even say that he is a motorcyclist.” His insane skills will leave you speechless! The proud parents of this modest motorcyclist, Alexander and Victoria, say that their little thrill seeker can test their nerves, but they know that his need for speed and danger is here to stay. Even though his parents are worried that he is riding a motorcycle, bad thing could happen in life regardless of who you are or what you are doing! Tima’s fastest motorcycle reaches 72km or 45mph and he has participated in children’s motorbike competitions in Ukraine and in Russia, although he is struggling to find any real competition amongst his age group. Tima started participating in bicycle competitions since he was one year of age, and often takes first place. It is such a pity that Tima doesn't have competitors in Ukraine. Videographer / director: Alex Kuleshov Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

Coleen Rooney Launches McDonald's Football Mum Of The Year3m24s

Coleen Rooney Launches McDonald's Football Mum Of The Year

COLEEN ROONEY has returned to her roots to find some of the UK’s most dedicated and grassroots involved football mums. Visiting Mossley Hill Athletic FC Under 10’s boys team in Merseyside, Liverpool, Coleen met some of the hardworking mums who go above and beyond sacrificing their own free time for the sake of their football-mad children. As mum in one of the UK’s most famous footballing households, Coleen knows first hand the sacrifices family and friends have to make. She was meeting the women as part of her work judging the 2017 McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year award. To nominate a deserving football mum for the 2017 McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year award go to: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/awards Credit: McDonald’s

Badass Female Biker Challenges Gender Stereotypes In India2m55s

Badass Female Biker Challenges Gender Stereotypes In India

A YOUNG woman is challenging gender stereotypes in India by riding the streets of New Delhi on a motorbike. Roshni Misbah has been turning heads as she speeds past on her CBR Repsol and Royal Enfield bikes wearing a leather jacket, high heels and a headscarf. Riding a motorbike isn’t the regular mode of transport for women in India, but Roshni has had a passion for motorbikes since a young age - and she wants to encourage a more female riding culture. Videographer / director: Shams Qari Producer: Haziq Qadri, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

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Published: March 13, 201797 viewsVirality: 21%
Baby With Swollen Head Hopes For Life-Saving Surgery: BORN DIFFERENT1m50s

Baby With Swollen Head Hopes For Life-Saving Surgery: BORN DIFFERENT

A MOTHER hopes for surgery for her baby boy whose head has swollen to TWICE its natural size. Born a healthy baby boy, Mohammad Hasan’s head started to dramatically swell when he was just 16 days old. Now 18-months-old Hasan’s head measures an astonishing 69cm in circumference and is so big he is unable to support the weight of it. Videographer / director: Rehman Asad Producer: Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: March 10, 2017988 viewsVirality: 51%
Gigantic Volcanic Cloud Charges Down Mount Sinabung1m57s

Gigantic Volcanic Cloud Charges Down Mount Sinabung

Dramatic footage captures large pyroclastic flows charging down the sides of Mount Sinabung. Devouring the farmland below, the flows charge down the sides of the the mountain, which is located in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Sinabung volcano began erupting in 2010, but the lack of professional quality footage inspired video producer James Reynolds to travel there himself to shoot it in 4K in 2015. Videographer / director: SPL, James Reynolds Producer: Hannah Stevens, Nick Johnson Editor: Joshua Douglas

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Published: March 9, 2017197 viewsVirality: 1%
From Porn Star To Pastor5m41s

From Porn Star To Pastor

A mum quits her porn star career and lavish lifestyle to become a small town church pastor. Three years ago, Crystal Bassette was a successful porn star, featuring in over 100 films and was earning around over $300,000 a year. But after 10 years in the industry, Crystal from Clay, New York, turned her life around after finding God and marrying a pastor. Videographer / director: Jeffrey Anderson, Ruaridh Conellan Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

The Mystical Shamans of Peru1m02s

The Mystical Shamans of Peru

Dive into the rich and diverse traditions of Peruvian shamans. Photographer Diana Abagnoli decided to find out more about shamans - or Curandero’s - and their intricate traditions after the Mayan “end of days” prophecy for December 2012 sparked worldwide intrigue. During June and July of 2015, Diana travelled to three different locations to track down true shamans and document their practices. Photographer: Diana Abagnoli Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

The Mother With 1,400 Children5m22s

The Mother With 1,400 Children

IMAGINE being a mother to over 1400 children, having 282 sons-in-law, 49 daughters-in-law and hundreds of grandchildren. Sindhutai Sapkal is known as the 'Mother of Orphans’ in her town of Pune, Maharashtra and is the matriarch of this large family. The 68-year-old has transformed the lives of over 1400 orphans by giving them a home, support and love that they deserve. With the help of her daughter Mamata and the first child she adopted, Deepak, Sindhuta runs four orphanages - two for girls and two for boys. She works closely with all of them and is constantly supported by her large family, which is still growing. Videographer / director: Nagesh Ohal Producer: Shatabdi Chakrabarti, Nick Johnson Editor: Ian Phillips

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Published: March 3, 201754 viewsVirality: 6%
Hairdresser Creates Crazy Hairstyles For Charity: MAKING MAD4m01s

Hairdresser Creates Crazy Hairstyles For Charity: MAKING MAD

A HAIRDRESSER with an eye for wacky and creative hairdos is ridding the world of conventional haircuts while raising money for charity, one head at a time. Myke O’Halloran, 25, from Melbourne, Australia, has raised more than $20,000 (£14,000) giving volunteers brightly coloured hairstyles. The experienced hairdresser, who has been doing hair for a decade, recently travelled around the east coast of Australia offering his unique skills to daring punters. Myke’s first foray into the world of quirky hairstyles came about a few years ago, when a friend who was suffering from cancer wanted to dye her hair rainbow-coloured. Videographer / director: Myke O’Halloran Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: March 2, 2017263 viewsVirality: 19%
Chef Cooks Flippin’ Great Pet Pancakes: MAKING MAD1m54s

Chef Cooks Flippin’ Great Pet Pancakes: MAKING MAD

AS PANCAKE DAY has creped up on us once again, a Japanese chef has combined our favourite things; cute animals and sugar. Keisuke Inagaki has been a chef at his restaurant La Ricetta in Zama City, Japan, for the last 18 years. He rose to Instagram fame from his Pokemon and anime pancake art, and this time around he’s created a lifelike animal series. The 46-year-old chef began making pancakes in 2011 to raise spirits after the devastating nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Videographer / director: Keisuke Inagaki Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

Epic Volcano Eruption At Ethiopia’s Gateway To Hell2m21s

Epic Volcano Eruption At Ethiopia’s Gateway To Hell

In a scene resembling the depths of hell, a surge of magma escapes volcano Erta Ale in Ethiopia resulting in a dramatic flood of lava. Such an incredibly rare moment as this has never been witnessed before, and was a result of the tectonic plates in the area rifting apart, and great timing from the volcano tour group. The Volcano Discovery tour group were led across the volcano by an experienced geologist in January 2017, and all wore gas masks and heat-resistant boots. In a scene resembling the depths of hell, a surge of magma escapes volcano Erta Ale in Ethiopia resulting in a dramatic flood of lava. Such an incredibly rare moment as this has never been witnessed before, and was a result of the tectonic plates in the area rifting apart, and great timing from the volcano tour group. The Volcano Discovery tour group were led across the volcano by an experienced geologist in January 2017, and all wore gas masks and heat-resistant boots. Videographer / director: Paul Reichert Producer: Shannon Lane, Ellie Winstanley Editor: Ian Phillips, Marcus Cooper

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Published: February 27, 2017229 viewsVirality: 5%
America’s Millennial Anti-Abortion Group: RISE OF THE RADICALS15m55s

America’s Millennial Anti-Abortion Group: RISE OF THE RADICALS

A MODERN pro-life church who believe that women should get the death penalty for intentionally aborting their babies are looking to change the face of the anti-abortion movement in the US. With his immaculately groomed beard, tattoos and Aviator sunglasses, the Red Door Ministry’s telegenic pastor, reformed drug addict Jeff Durbin, 38, looks every inch the young, modern-day American hipster. But the group’s views are resolutely old school - they say abortion is ‘worse than the Holocaust’ and regularly enlist children as young as two to picket Planned Parenthood clinics, armed with signs reading 'Babies are murdered here’. Based in Tempe, Arizona, the ministry is run by the Apologia Church, a militantly pro-life group campaigning to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that gave women a constitutional right to an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The church’s critics accuse it of intimidating women seeking an abortion, but with US president Donald Trump pursuing an aggressively pro-life agenda, pro-choice campaigners fear the right to a legal abortion in the US may be under threat. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Tom Midlane, Nick Johnson Editor: Marcus Cooper