16 December, 2015
This is What's Trending Today.
Cast of Star Wars in "a capella" video
Everyone is excited for the new Star Wars movie coming out on Thursday night.
Cast members like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are making appearances on all the TV shows.
The group teamed up with comedian Jimmy Fallon, the host of "The Tonight Show," to record an "a capella" using the music from Star Wars. An "a capella" performance means the singers are performing without being accompanied by instruments or recorded music.
Fallon's show is known for producing these amusing concerts with singers like Adele and Mariah Carey. The Star Wars actors, storm troopers and famous robots like R2-D2 joined Fallon and his band, the Roots, to sing "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."
The Star Wars "a capella" received over 500,000 views during its first day on YouTube.
One Direction, too!
Not to be outdone, British comedian James Corden made his own video with the boy band One Direction.
Corden hosts "The Late Late Show," and is known for a routine called "Carpool Karaoke."
In the routine, Corden and a celebrity drive around Los Angeles singing along to songs on the car's radio.
In the past, Corden invited Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Iggy Azalea and others to ride along.
On Tuesday's show, he asked the four members of One Direction to join him.
The hashtag DCarpoolKaraoke was the top trending item on Twitter during most of the day Wednesday.
Check out band members Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles singing along with Corden.
Panda Bei Bei Makes His Debut
There are only about 2,000 giant pandas in the world. The black-and-white creatures from China are one of the world's most famous endangered species.
Four giant pandas live at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
The panda cub Bei Bei was born in August. His parents are Tian Tian and Mei Xiang.
After four months, he was introduced to the media on Wednesday. Bei Bei weighs about 8 kilograms.
The zoo showed Bei Bei to get people ready for the giant panda exhibit's re-opening next month.
If you can't wait until then to see the baby panda, check out this video.
Spiders in a hole
Halloween was back in October. But everyone has time for a scary video, right?
That's what one blogger for the TV channel "Animal Planet" must have thought when she posted a video Tuesday.
A video titled "Crazy Scary Spider Hole" has almost three million views on YouTube, and most of them came in the last couple days.
The video shows children investigating a hole in a rock wall.
They're saying "it's not poisonous. They're not poisonous."
And then one of the kids' fathers says "stand back, I'm going to pull them out" and reaches into a hole and pulls out a handful of insects that people call daddy longlegs.
People think they are like spiders and poisonous. But they are not. The mass of insects drops to the ground and scatters.
And the kids shriek with delight.
If you look at the video, we think you will, too.
And that's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.
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Words in This Story
galaxy – n. any one of the very large groups of stars that make up the universe
karaoke – n. a form of entertainment in which a device plays the music of popular songs and people sing the words to the songs they choose
shriek – v. to make a loud, high-pitched cry
outdone– v. to do better than (someone or something) : to be more successful than (someone or something)
routine – n. a series of things (such as movements or jokes) that are repeated as part of a performance
celebrity – n. the state of being famous or celebrated