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Badass UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus pulled off a must-watch floor routine.

Even if you're not a fan of gymnastics, you need to see her wow this crowd.

"I think right now my main goal is to become part of the floor lineup."

That was UCLA senior gymnast Sophina DeJesus' goal last year. As UCLA Athletics' "Bruin Banter" interviewer Samantha Peszek noted, Sophina was already a great dancer at the time.

GIF from UCLA Athletics/YouTube.


It's a year later, and guess what? Sophina reached that goal — and the Internet has reason to be thankful.

Not only did one of her floor routines include impressively powerful traditional tumbling like this:

GIFs from NastiaFan101take12/YouTube.

But it also included moves like this:


And this:

And she made the crowd do this:

Sophina's hip-hop-influenced routine immediately went viral, racking up millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

"I wanted to end my senior year with a bang," she told the New York Times. Well, yeah, she certainly did that. The judges were also pretty impressed with her new routine, giving her a score of 9.925 out of 10 and helping UCLA beat rival Utah by just 0.025 of a point.

It's not every day that a gymnast finds a way to incorporate the Quan, the Dab, and the Whip/Nae Nae into a traditional routine. So there's reason to get excited. The whole thing was genuine, unapologetic, and just plain amazing.

We could sit here all day trying to describe how awesome her routine was, but you really just need to see it for yourself.

Check out the video below.

A map of the United States post land-ice melt.


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Considering the two largest ice sheets on earth — the one on Antarctica and the one on Greenland — extend more than 6 million square miles combined ... yeah, we're talkin' a lot of ice.

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Toronto-based animator and video wizard Kevin Parry has gone mega-viral for his mind-boggling collection of videos where he turns himself into random objects.

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A brave fan asks Patrick Stewart a question he doesn't usually get and is given a beautiful answer

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Chloé was born at 32 weeks.


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In Canada, about 29,000 infants are born prematurely each year, roughly 1 in every 13. But in the United States, around 400,000 to 500,000 are born early. That's about 1 in every 8 to 10 babies born in the U.S.!

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Teacher tries to simulate a dictatorship in her classroom, but the students crushed her

"I’ve done this experiment numerous times, and each year I have similar results. This year, however, was different."

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I run a simulation in which I become a dictator. I tell my students that in order to battle "Senioritis," the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has "been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success." I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is "Senioritis."

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The MC Hammer dance though.

Father and daughter dances are a traditional staple of weddings. They tend to range somewhere between tearfully sweet and hilariously cringey. But sometimes, as was the case of Brittany Revell and her dad Kelly, they can be so freakin’ cool that millions of people become captivated.

Brittany and Kelly’s video, which amassed, I kid you not, more than 40 million views on TikTok, shows the pair grooving in sneakers (Brittany’s were white because, hello, wedding dress) to their “dance through the decades.”

It all began with Young MC’s “Bust a Move,” to give you a clear picture. And bust a move, they did.

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