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.
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.
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.