Instant Index: Dustin Hoffman Got Real

By ABC News

Jul 10, 2013 11:02pm

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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.

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Dustin Hoffman Gets Real

An emotional interview with Dustin Hoffman from the archives of the American Film Institute is ricocheting around the Internet. Speaking about his gender-bending role in “Tootsie,” Hoffman said Tootsie was an interesting woman but not beautiful. A woman he likely would have ignored at a party, and that’s when Hoffman had an epiphany. “There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed. … That was never a comedy for me,” he said. The reaction to the video has been overwhelming.

Pothole Crusader

There is a crusade against potholes in Jackson, Miss. The potholes are being fixed by a kind of Robin Hood who borrows asphalt from the city with the only added cost being gas and spray paint – and he plans to send the city a bill. Now that he’s reached his goal of 100 potholes fixed, he has revealed his identity. His name is Ron Chane, owner of Studio Chane Screen-printing, and after learning his name, local officials say they won’t go after him. Chane says he wants to inspire other citizens to action…and provide a smoother ride to work.

Serenade That Seal

Music may be able to soothe a seal’s soul. Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in Australia conducted an experiment in which staff sent a saxophonist to play for an unusual audience. Casey – a leopard seal – was serenaded and she was captivated after just a few notes. Then the saxophonist played for the elephants who unfortunately weren’t too enchanted. Leopard seals are musical by nature and even sing to their mates.

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