"Real Escape Rooms," the Mind-Bending Puzzle Game, Comes to St. Louis (Video)

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Tom Carlson
This is Trapped: Volume 2's final puzzle: A locked box...that has no lock.
This week's Riverfront Times cover story delves into St. Louis' first "Real Escape Room," an attraction that places a team of wannabe Houdinis in a locked room -- with an hour to escape.

The first of these locked room experiences popped up in Japan in 2007. Here in St. Louis, a bio-medical engineer at Philips named Nir Chezrony concocted the fiendish puzzles of Trapped: A St. Louis Room Escape: Volume 2 and enlisted the help two fellow engineers and a high school English teacher to bring his vision to life.

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VIDEO: This St. Louis Vaudeville Performer Really Hates Dick Pics

Categories: Jesters, Sex, Video

Tom Casey
Gents, Sammy Tramp would like to have a word with you.
Hey dudes, it's quiz time: Let's say you like a girl and want her attention. Do you:

A. Buy her flowers.
B. Read a novel so you can offer intelligent-sounding sentences during conversation.
C. Send her a dick pic and a badly misspelled text message -- "nice titssss. fwb?"

Too many guys fail this test, says St. Louis vaudeville performer Kyla Louise Webb. So she wrote a song about it. The tune, titled "Don't Send a Dick Pic," is catchy as hell and contains strongly worded advice to guys who choose Option C.

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After a St. Louis Father's Tearful Plea, Facebook Makes Look Back Video for Dead Son

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John Berlin asks Facebook for his son's "Look Back" video.
Facebook will make a special Look Back video for a St. Louis father whose son died last year after his tearful YouTube plea went viral Wednesday.

John Berlin can't access the Facebook account of his son Jesse, who died at 22 on January 28, 2012. He doesn't have the password.

Without access to the account, Berlin can't see his son's Facebook Look Back, a new feature that encapsulates a user's Facebook history into a one-minute video in honor of the site's ten-year anniversary.

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KDHX's Chris Ward Shows the World What #FacebookIs10 Videos Should Really Look Like

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Courtesy of Chris Ward
When his #FacebookIs10 video wasn't good enough, Chris Ward made his own.
You've seen 'em. You probably can't escape them. You may even have one of your own.

The "Facebook Is 10" videos randomly compile moments from your online life into a sappy video montage in honor of the social network's tenth birthday.

But when Chris Ward, 88.1 FM (KDHX) marketing and communications director, let Facebook put together his mini-movie, it was mostly pictures of cats and Nicolas Cage. That's when he decided to make his own.

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New Yorkers Throwing Pizza on Joe Buck is the Funniest Thing You'll See Today

Categories: Sports, Video

Funny or Die
Joe Buck cannot believe that just happened.
New Yorkers really, really do not like Joe Buck.

In a spoof Super Bowl commercial released Thursday, Buck gets abuse (and a pizza!) hurled at him from New Yorkers who make it clear they hate his guts.

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How To Watch Construction Live During the St. Louis Gateway Arch Expansion

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The webcam's view of Walnut Bridge, live midday Monday.
Two cameras aimed at the construction under the St. Louis Gateway Arch went live this month, webcasting up-to-the-minute views of downtown and the waterfront.

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Sociopath Street: Local Starts Online Support Community for Sociopaths (VIDEO)

Categories: LGBT, News, Video

Tom Carlson
Jessica Kelly
Jessica Kelly is a sociopath. She is 28 years old, not a serial killer, works a white collar tech job and has identified as female since her early 20's. She has a blog. She says she experiences no remorse and "little to no effective empathy."

Just six months have passed since her diagnosis, and Kelly says she wants to "demystify" the condition and educate the public. Last week she launched SociopathStreet.com, an online forum she hopes will become a community of support for other sociopaths and those with antisocial personality disorders.

"I am outing myself because I think there is a lot of misinformation, and there is a lot of stigma," she says. "When people hear the word sociopath they run. I want to paint a somewhat humanizing picture of the condition."

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VIDEO: Rolla Police Make Teenage Cancer Patient's Baddass Wish Come True

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vimeo/justin renaud
"Aaron has dreamed of being a police officer his entire life."

So begins a heartwarming video that chronicles the day Aaron Settles spent as a police officer in Rolla, where officers went all out to make the teenager's dream a reality.

Settles, who is battling stage IV cancer, wasn't just given a badge a or chance to sit in the patrol car: He cuffed perps, joined a SWAT team, busted drug dealers and filled out paperwork. He did everything but get partnered with an ornery detective just weeks from retirement.

The full video is below, as well as some of our favorite moments.

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Watch This, Not That: 6 Amazing St. Louis Videos and Their Terrible Counterparts

Categories: Video

Tree 9 Films
Don't watch this.
It's easy to lose your way in the sea of videos that is YouTube, especially when looking for videos about the Lou.

Never fear, Daily RFT readers! We're here to guide you. Check out six St. Louis YouTube videos you absolutely have to watch and their horrible, wannabe opposites:

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St. Louis is Safe, We Promise! 5 Steps to Making a Viral Propaganda Video

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Explore St. Louis' video examines the reasons behind the Lou's high crime rankings.
St. Louis is a city where children beat immigrants for fun (unless our mayor swoops in and saves them like a superhero). In fact, there's so much crazy crime that we have our own newspaper, the St. Louis Evening Whirl, to cover it with headlines like: "Freaks, Chumps Ravish Da Lou" and "Crazed West County Chick Carves Up B.F. Like Turkey."

But crime is hardly unique to St. Louis, which gets an unfair rap for being one of America's most dangerous cities. The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation released a video this week hoping to explain away the complicated statistical anomaly that makes the Lou seem disproportionately murder-y, but the final product feels more like America's version of North Korean propaganda -- with lots of white people and tiny dogs.

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