From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
The End of ‘Gangnam Style’?
Even Psy apparently is a little over “gangnam style.” The Korean rapper is reportedly ready to move on and prove he isn’t a one-hit wonder. The rapper, who turned 35 on New Year’s Eve, told MTV News his performance of “Gangnam Style” on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” could be his last. “The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period,” he said. “I’m really working hard on a new single right now, and I’m not saying ['Gangnam'] is ending on ‘Dick Clark’ — I still have a lot of invitations to perform it … I’ll be in Paris, and in February I got invited to perform in China, and I’ve still got to do promo. So let me say that in America I need a new single because ‘Gangnam Style’ got too popular, so I’ve got to write a new single.”
Len Goodman Weds in Surprise Ceremony
“Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman took a break from the celebrities to dance with his new bride Sunday. The judge married his longtime girlfriend Sue Barrett in London in a surprise ceremony that caught his friends and family off guard. Goodman told everyone it was just going to be a low-key lunch. The only person who knew about the ceremony was his 96-year-old mother.
Thousands of birds came out of nowhere and formed curious formations in the skies over Didcot Power Station in Oxon, England. The birds made a two formation and what looked like a bird. The man who captured the formations got his camera ready when the birds began to gather. As for the number two symbol, the villagers are stumped.
New Year Means New Laws
As people rang in 2013, new laws took effect across the country. Sorry Kansas cat lovers but Wellington, Kan., now restricts the number of cats in a household to no more than four. Daredevils in Illinois be warned, a new state law imposes a fine of $1,000 on anyone who pops a wheelie on a motorcycle while speeding. But motorcyclists in Illinois will now have a free pass to run a red light. In Florida, it is no longer illegal to flash your headlights to warn drivers about a speeding trap set by police. Kentucky has outlawed releasing pigs into the wild and anyone caught doing it will be slapped with a fine. Concord, Mass., is now the first town in the nation to outlaw plastic bottles. More than 800 laws will take effect in California including one that allows computer-driven cars on the roads, but a person needs to be in the passenger seat at all times. In North Carolina, it’s a misdemeanor to steal used cooking oil but it’s a felony if the value of the stolen grease – or the grease plus its container – is worth more than $1,000.
Shark Scare Closes Australia Beach
Swimmers got a scare New Year’s Day at Bondi Beach in Australia when a lifeguard reportedly spotted a “large shark” in the ocean, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. A shark alarm sounded, sending thousands of swimmers scrambling for the shore. Helicopters and patrol boats scanned for the shark as beach-goers watched from the shore. None was found and the ocean reopened after a half-hour.
Hugh Hefner Gets Married
It was a romantic New Year’s Eve for Playboy creator Hugh Hefner. The 86-year-old married 26-year-old Crystal Harris in an intimate ceremony at the Playboy mansion. The pair were first engaged in December 2010 but the playmate called off things just five days before the wedding in June 2011. The engagement was back on last month. This is Hefner’s third marriage.