Watch F-35B Fighter Jet Take Off Using a Ski Ramp

British fighter pilots are combining Top Gun with the X-Games when it comes to taking off from aircraft carriers.

According to fighter-jet-maker Lockheed Martin, the Brits have been using what is known as a “ski jump” takeoff mechanism from its aircraft carriers for 30-plus years instead of the catapult-method seen in action on U.S. ones. The jump is meant to push the aircraft up and forward at the same time—and makes for shorter takeoffs (and therefore shorter aircraft carriers).

The aircraft manufacturer, in partnership with U.K.-based BAE Systems, built its fleet of F-35B fighter jets to have that capability, along with vertical landing. (Per Wired, the entire F-35B program has been estimated to cost around $350 billion.)

But enough with the minutia. You want to see this baby in action, right? Watch the video above.

Have You Seen the Greatest Eclipse Video of All Time?

The video of a solar eclipse recorded from Alaska Airlines Flight 870 has over 2,300,000 views on YouTube alone. The video has an “otherworldly view” of the moon’s shadow and the narrator is practically giddy with excitement. Atlas Obscura writes about how it all came together.

The year was 2016, and a total solar eclipse took place on March 9, but it was only visible from a handful of the islands of Southeast Asia.

Mike Kentrianakis is a longtime eclipse chaser, and he is the one you hear yelling “Prominences!” in the recording. A colleague told him about a commercial flight that might pass through the shadow of a solar eclipse while going from Anchorage to Honolulu.

“I’d never seen one from a plane before,” Kentrianakis said to Atlas. His friend Joe Rao, a meteorologist and umbraphile, figured out there was an Alaska Airlines flight that would come very close to the eclipse’s path of totality over the Pacific. However, they needed to convince the airline to change the departure time of the flight.

“We went through the gauntlet of questions, and suspicions,” said Kentrianaki to Atlas. “I think they thought we were a little bit crazy at first, and they really didn’t believe it.” But this wasn’t the first time Rao had tried to change a flight schedule in order to view an eclipse. In 1990, Trans Air America agreed to delay their flight by 41 minutes.

He was successful in 2016 as well, and Alaska Air eventually changed the departure time of the flight by 25 minutes — though the airline was worried that passengers damage their eyes by looking straight into the sun.

About a dozen people were on the flight to see the eclipse. Kentrianakis had dinner with one of the pilots — who was also super excited. Alaska Airlines Flight 870 flew out over the Pacific Ocean and right into the shadow of the eclipse. You can hear Kentrianakis describe everything he saw very, very excitedly.

“I went berserk because it was just an unbelievable eclipse,” he said to Atlas. “I’d never seen anything like that. The contrast, the perfection, the symmetry. The clarity of the shadow, the circular form. It really magnified it to see it in a wide-angle view. The shadow was coming straight at us. It was enormous! It looks like doomsday, but yet, there’s no fear.”

He sent the video to some people after the flight but never expected it to go viral. Since it was so successful, Alaska Airlines is offering a special flight for the August 2017 eclipse path. Kentrianakis won’t be on this one, because he plans on viewing the 2017 eclipse from Carbondale, Illinois.

Tina Fey Has a New Suggestion on Protesting After Charlottesville

University of Virginia alum Tina Fey joined weekend update to react to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend, and talk about how further protests.

Fey said that there are more neo-Nazi protests planned for cities across the nation this weekend, including New York, and that a lot of people are probably feeling anxious.

“What can I do? I am just one person,” Fey asks the crowd. She urges people this Saturday to instead of participating in the screaming matches and violence, to find a local business, order a cake with the American flag on it, and just eat it and scream all your emotions into the cake — like the anger you feel because peaceful Standing Rock protestors were hit with rubber bullets but the Klansmen walked down the street with no issue.

And when you start to feel powerless? Dip a grilled cheese into the cake.

Watch the full clip for more.

Four Sets of Identical Twins Play Prank on NYC Subway

It was just like any other day on the New York City subway, someone was walking up and down the cars asking riders for money to build a time machine. Riders giggled at the odd request, but then another man — who looked a lot like the first — boarded the train and announced that he was the inventor’s future self, writes Gizmodo. The second man begged the riders not to give any money because “time travel will ruin everything.”

This might sound like a movie plot, but it was, in fact, an elaborate prank by the group Improv Everywhere. The two men entering the subway was just the beginning: as the train keeps going, more and more “time travelers” — four sets of identical twins in total — convene on the subway, “surprising the random commuters caught up in the middle.”

The group did the scene five times in total, all on the N train.

This isn’t the first time the group has used identical twins in their pranks, Gizmodo says. In a prank called “Human Mirror,” they filled a subway car with not just four sets of identical twins, but 15. And back in 2013, two sets of twins dressed as Marty McFly and his girlfriend from the movie, Back to the Future. Time travel seems to be a theme in their identical twin pranks.

Check out the video to see the full show.

Jimmy Kimmel Reads Mean Comments He’s Received From Trump Supporters

Jimmy Kimmel is known for his popular “Mean Tweets” celebrity segment, but last night he took it to a new level, reading mean tweets that Trump supporters have sent him on social media.

Messages were sent from both Facebook and Twitter. They come a day after Kimmel addressed Trump supporters who don’t want to admit that the “smug, annoying liberals” were right about Trump.

Kimmel told Trump’s supporters on Wednesday that deep down, they know they made a mistake: “You picked the wrong guy.”

And he feels he really made a breakthrough, according to EW. On last night’s show he went on to say, “I base that on all the thoughtful responses I got on Twitter and Facebook from people like Thomas, who wrote, ‘Why don’t you go somewhere else like a different country if you don’t like our president and stop you’re crying on tv snowflake.’”

Watch the full clip from the show above.

Priceless Stolen Painting, ‘Woman-Ochre,’ Resurfaces After 31 Years

An iconic painting by Willem de Kooning entitled, “Woman-Ochre,” has finally returned home — 31 years after being stolen from a museum.

 In 1985, de Kooning’s painting disappeared from the University of Arizona Museum of Art, reports CNNPolice suspect a couple cut the painting from its frame.

But finally, in August, the owner of an antiques store called the museum to say that he had found it at an estate stale. It is expected to go back on display once it is slightly restored.

“We returned something that was stolen, and that’s something everyone should do,” David Van Auker told The Arizona Republic. “It absolutely had to come back.”

He told the paper that he deduced the painting was the stolen one after a neighbor commented that the appeared resembled a de Kooning work, a remark that spawned a web search and an article about the heist.

The value of the painting is unclear, but a similar work in de Kooning’s “Woman” series sold for $137.5 million ten years ago, according to the newspaper.

Charlottesville Victim’s Father Says He Forgives Man Who Killed Daughter

The father of a woman killed after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, told Florida Today that he “forgives the guy that did this.”

“My daughter was a strong woman that had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone — and she tried to stand up for that,” Mark Heyer said of his daughter, Heather, in a moving video message. “With her, it wasn’t lip service. It was real.”

He added that James Alex Fields Jr., the man allegedly behind the wheel of the car, was just 20 years old and therefore “doesn’t know” any better.

“People need to stop hating, and they need to forgive each other. And I include myself in that, in forgiving the guy that did this,” Heyer said. “He doesn’t know no better. You know, I just think of what the Lord said on the cross. Lord forgive him, they don’t know what they’re doing.”

Take a look at the moving video above.

Jimmy Kimmel Wants President Trump to Be King

After President Trump refused again on Tuesday to directly condemn white supremacists and violent neo-Nazis who rallied last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel says he has a solution that all voters can get behind: Instead of impeaching the president, make him king.

“England has a queen. She lives in a palace, everyone makes a big deal when she shows up, she has no power at all. In the morning, they put a crown on her head, she stands there and waves, she goes back to bed — that’s it,” Kimmel said. “The queen could be completely bonkers — it would make no difference at all. She’d still be queen, it would still be fine. That’s what we need to do with Donald Trump. We need to set him up in a castle, maybe in Florida, lead him to the top and then lock the door to that castle, forever.”

Kimmel went on to urge conservative voters who backed the president to acknowledge that his failure to condemn white supremacists was crossing a line.

“You don’t want to admit to these smug annoying liberals that they were right,” Kimmel said. “But the truth is, deep down inside, you know you made a mistake. You know you picked the wrong guy. And it isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse.”

Take a look at the clip above.

Man Modifies GoPro to Capture Hummingbirds in Slow Motion

Hummingbirds flap their wings at about 80 beats per second. So the human eye has zero chance of catching much more than the blur that they are when they touch down to imbibe at a bird feeder.

But videographer Jim Ciarico pulled off some movie magic by using a “macro lens”—or in technical terms, a modified 37 mm 2x zoom lens—to slow hummingbirds down to the point where we can all enjoy them stopping, sitting, and guzzling at the feeder … in total awe, of course.

Watch the video above.

Former Miss America Winner Is Running for Illinois Attorney General

Erika Harold, a former Miss America and unsuccessful congressional candidate, is expected to announce a Republican bid for attorney general in Illinois.

She will be challenging four-term Democrat Lisa Madigan, according to the Chicago Tribune. In a video announcing her candidacy, Harold, 37, said that it is nearly impossible to “find opportunity and live out your dreams” in Illinois. She thinks that career politicians have made it a “nightmare” for many people and families in the state.

“You deserve a state government that works for the people, not the powerful,” said Harold, of Urbana, in the candidacy video. “Changing the status quo is never easy. And I need your help to do it. Together, let’s defeat the special interests and send the politicians packing.”

Harold received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2007 and is currently an attorney at the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign. She won the Miss America pageant in 2003 and used her platform to start a program to combat bullying in schools.

Harold is a conservative. She was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 2004 and spoke on stage on behalf of the faith-based initiatives of a re-election seeking President George W. Bush, according to Chicago Tribune. 

She ran for Congress in 2014 and lost a primary challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney David of Taylorville by about 7,000 votes. Her platform opposed abortion rights, same-sex marriage, legalized marijuana and supported gun-owner rights and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Tearful Jimmy Fallon Calls President Trump ‘Shameful’ For Charlottesville Reaction

 A dismayed and somber Jimmy Fallon fought back tears Monday night in his opening monologue as he addressed Saturday’s deadly clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters in Virginia.

“What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting,” Fallon said. “I was watching the news like everyone else, and you’re seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists, and I was sick to my stomach.”

He revealed his struggle to explain racism to his two daughters, aged 2 and 4, and directly called out President Trump for taking so long to condemn white nationalists.

“The fact that it took the President two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful,” Fallon said. “And I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something.

“It’s important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this,” he said. “Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it.”

Fallon, who some believe goes too easy on the president, reiterated that The Tonight Show isn’t political, but that he felt it was his “responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism.” Take a look at the clip above.

Anthony Scaramucci Says He Would Fire Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon would be out if it were up to Anthony Scaramucci.

The former White House communications director stopped by Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on Monday night to talk about his brief time in the president’s inner circle — and since his honest opinion of his colleagues was fully exposed following a profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker, in which he failed to ask for off-the-record privileges, the Mooch held nothing back in front of Colbert’s audience— including the fact that he thinks President Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is currently leaking information to the press.

“If it was up to me he would be gone,” Scaramucci told Colbert. “But it’s not up to me…that’s up to the president.”

Take a look at the tense clip above.