Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Charles Ramsey, the man who discovered missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight imprisoned into his neighbor’s home.
Charles Ramsey, 43, instantly became famous across the internet after he gave a descriptive and opinionated interview to another local Cleveland reporter Monday evening.
Cleveland’s NBC affiliate WKYC scored an exclusive sit-down interview with Charles Ramsey, the man who discovered missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight
Now, he said he’s just glad the three women got out of captivity alive and rejects the “hero” label that WKYC’s anchors and others have been affixing to him.
Charles Ramsey says he knows he did a “good deed” but he’s finding it difficult to live with the fact that the three girls were being held against their will next door to him for so long. After retelling the story he originally relayed the night before, Charles Ramsey reacted to the internet sensation he has become, with the anchor asking him what it’s like to be “hashtag Charles Ramsey.”
“I don’t even want it,” Charles Ramsey said of the attention.
“They keep saying I’m a hero. Let me tell you something, I’m an American, and I’m a human being. I’m just like you. I work for a living. There was a woman in distress, so why turn your back on that?”
South Korean rapper Psy, whose song Gangnam Style became an internet sensation, has apologized for taking part in anti-US protests several years ago.
Psy issued a statement after US media reported he had performed in concerts protesting against the American presence in South Korea and Iraq.
The singer said he would “forever be sorry” for any pain he had caused.
Psy is due to perform at the annual Christmas in Washington TV special.
President Barack Obama and his family are expected to attend the concert.
Psy’s hit song Gangnam Style is the most-watched video ever on YouTube, with more than 900 million views since it was uploaded in July.
Psy, whose song Gangnam Style became an internet sensation, has apologized for taking part in anti-US protests several years ago
However, at a concert in 2002 protesting against the US military presence in South Korea, Psy smashed a model of a US tank on stage.
At another concert in 2004, Psy performed a song that described killing “Yankees” who had tortured Iraqi prisoners and killing their families “slowly and painfully”.
The lyrics were from the song Dear American by South Korean metal band Next.
“While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted,” Psy wrote in the statement.
“I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words.”
Psy, who attended college in the US, said he understood “the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world”.
He added: “I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months… and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology.”
The singer’s participation in the protests was no secret in South Korea but unknown in the US until recently, AP news agency reported.
The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama and his family will attend the charity concert on December 21st at which Psy will perform.
Valeria Lukyonova, a Ukrainian model, is making waves in the US, not for her natural good looks however, but for her cosmetically-enhanced Barbie looks that have turned her into a living doll.
Valeria Lukyonova, 21, became an internet sensation after a video was released about the epic plastic surgery procedures she allegedly underwent to transform into a real-life Mattel doll.
Now Valeria Lukyonova has posed for V magazine’s latest “Girl Power” issue, with her doll-like proportions taking center-stage.
The model, who calls herself “the most famous Russian woman on the Russian-speaking internet” in the interview, has overly enhanced body proportions which aim to emulate that of Mattel’s doll, Barbie.
In the new issue, which goes on sale November 15, she describes her average day for those fascinated fans.
“In the morning I work on my face and I get a massage, then I spend some time on the Internet,” she says.
“I meditate and travel in my astral body, and after that I work out at the gym. I go for a walk with my best girlfriend, I get home, and I make dinner for the man I love.
“Then I spend some more time on the Internet, do some reading and meditating, and go to bed.”
Valeria Lukyonova is making waves in the US for her cosmetically-enhanced Barbie looks that have turned her into a living doll
While many people were skeptical of Valeria Lukyonova’s porcelain looks, wondering if she was a simply internet Photoshop creation, V magazine was able to track her down through an anonymous source.
The magazine writes: “Our source also claimed that the Security Service of Ukraine is having Lukyanova’s activities monitored. <<Be careful>>, we were warned. <<We’re worried for you and do not want you to suffer from her>>.”
Valeria Lukyonova, whose spiritual name is Amatue, tells V magazine that her “real job” is “a teacher at the School of Out-Of-Body Travel… an international school in which our instructors show students how to leave their physical body and travel in their spiritual body, where you can visit any place on the planet and in the universe”.
She adds: “I know that this is the future of mankind.”
Colonel Meow has won tens of thousands of admirers – but just how many of them would be brave enough to try to stroke him is anyone’s guess.
Colonel Meow is a furious-looking feline whose sourpuss expression has made him an internet sensation.
Despite a rather fluffy coat, the black smoke Persian cat appears anything but cuddly thanks to his evil stare and a face that seems to be fixed in a permanent frown.
Fans have nicknamed him the “world’s angriest cat” and have compared his hostile demeanor to that of an evil dictator.
But while even the most ardent cat lover might be reluctant to get too close to Colonel Meow in real life, his Facebook page has attracted more than 32,000 “likes” from around the world.
Photos uploaded to the page by his owner Anne Marie Avey carry tongue-in-cheek captions on Colonel Meow’s behalf, such as: “Behold, minions! I have learned to touch my nose with my tongue. Now honor my great achievement . . . with treaties and scotch.”
Another reads: “I WANT to plan my world domination . . . but I also wanna get drunk and eat treaties.”
Like many dictators, Colonel Meow had a troubled upbringing – the profile discloses that he was found by the roadside after being abandoned in Seattle, Washington.
But his softer side is also revealed in a brief biography where he admits that he has a fear of birds which might hamper his ambitions to conquer the world.
Anne Marie Avey, who adopted Colonel Meow from an animal shelter, now hopes to take him to Los Angeles and make him a star.
And perhaps world domination isn’t too far away, as Facebook users have posted dozens of pictures of themselves pulling sour expressions in tribute to the grumpy pet.
Bub the dwarf cat became an internet sensation after her owner dedicated a YouTube channel and Facebook page to her.
Bub, who was born with several genetic mutations, will remain looking like a kitten for the rest of her life.
But her owner, who describes her as a “happy accident”, is keen to declare that she was not bred to be a “perma-kitten”.
Because of her condition, Bub’s limbs are disproportionately small compared to the rest of her long, serpent-like body and she struggles to walk.
Her tongue often hangs out as she has no teeth and she was born with extra toes, meaning she has 22 claws.
But her unique characteristics have struck a chord with the public. Bub has more than 8,000 Facebook fans and video of her have attracted almost 280,000 hits on YouTube.
Bub the dwarf cat became an internet sensation after her owner dedicated a YouTube channel and Facebook page to her
“I could seriously cuddle you for hours. No joke,” one Facebook user posted.
“You are the most amazing, adorable, courageous cat I have ever seen or heard of and I am in love with you…!!” added another.
“Despite her weird looks and numerous <<deformities>>, BUB is a healthy, happy cat. She may not be able to jump on and off stuff, but she manages by climbing using her 22 claws. She also can’t quite run or walk very well… but she is a fantastic waddler,” Bub’s owner writes on the cat’s Facebook page.
“Even though she has no teeth, she has a fierce appetite, and can take down half of a bowl of dry food without any problems (the other half winds up scattered on the floor).
“Just like other cats, she poops and pees in the litter box, likes to chase bugs and is always cleaning her luxurious coat and sometimes even her dude’s beard.”
A photograph of a woman recovering from a lung operation has gone viral after hundreds of thousands of viewers are clicking on to see Rachel, whose surname is not known, because she is ridiculously photogenic.
Rachel, 28, posted a photo of herself in hospital on the “Ask Me Anything” section of Reddit.
The young woman is pictured in bed in the ICU at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, after 60% of her lung was removed.
The army wife was diagnosed with congenital emphysema after contracting pneumonia.
Over 400,000 have seen the picture in just two days and it has been shared thousands of times.
In the image, Rachel is clutching a big fluffy heart that says “Lose 60% of her lung…wins 100% of my heart”.
Rachel, 28, posted a photo of herself in hospital on the “Ask Me Anything” section of Reddit
Rachel, who uses the tag WhosThatGirl_ItsRach, says she is flattered by all the attention.
“People have been saying so many nice things about me the last few days,” Rachel told Yahoo.
“I’ve never felt more beautiful,” she said.
The attention is a boost to the patient who only a few days before the picture went viral was speaking openly about the pain she’d been experiencing on the website’s message board.
“They stopped my epidural for awhile [sic] yesterday. I wanted to die. My incisions and tubes and lungs were on fire. I wanted to scream but moving and making noise made it worse. I thought I was going to pass out from holding my breath. I’m scared right now,” she wrote.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m just SO afraid. It’s making me cry thinking about it. I feel so helpless right now. Yesterday was agony.”
Now Rachel is enjoying replying to more positive posts.
“Damn, I wish I had looked this good after my surgeries,” says one comment.
“As a woman my first thought was <<Fake. No one looks that good after surgery!>>. You are beautiful! Good luck with the recovery :)” said another.
Rachel’s ability to look fantastic despite the odds has her in good company.
The story is just like that of Zeddie Watkins Little who meant nothing to the average American until a picture of the 25-year-old was posted on the web as he ran a 10k run in March.
Next thing Zeddie Watkins Little, who is from Charleston, South Carolina, knew he was on morning television as “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy”.
“I find the humor in all of it, it’s funny. I feel honored to be part of a joke that’s in good spirits because the Internet can be a little vicious,” he said on the television show.
His photo was viewed on Facebook 1.25 million times in the two weeks after it was posted on the social networking site on March 31.