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May 31st, 2013
09:36 AM ET

13-year-old Arvind Mahankali wins 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee: 'I still haven't really fully understood what has happened'

Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali beat out 281 participants in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee last night, earning his place as this year’s national champion along with $30 thousand in prize money.

Mahankali talks about his big win with John Berman and Christine Romans on "Starting Point" this morning. He says, "I still haven't really fully understood what has happened."

Talking about placing third in the competition the past two years Mahankali says, "I didn't feel any pressure because I didn't think about any of that when I was going to the finals."

Next year Mahankali says he plans to participate in the Math Olympiads and Physics Olympiads.

Filed under: A little fun • Education • Spelling Bee
May 20th, 2013
01:07 PM ET

Grizzly Bear chomps down on photographer's camera

Ever wonder what it would be like to be eaten by a grizzly bear? One fame-hungry cub in Alaska gave us the chance to find out when she came across wildlife photographer Brad Josephs' go-pro camera and decided to chomp down. Josephs is on 'Startin Point' talking with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin about how he got such amazing footage.

Her bite generated some incredible footage and amazingly, left the go-pro undamaged! Josephs posted the video on YouTube video, and it has more than 600,000 views.

Filed under: A little fun • Grizzly Bears • Wildlife
May 20th, 2013
01:03 PM ET

High School Senior asks Dwyane Wade to prom

High School senior Nicole Muxo sent a pretty creative invitation to "Miami Heat" guard Dwyane Wade over twitter, asking him to her senior prom.

Nicole got the surprise of a lifetime when Dwyane Wade actually showed up! She was in complete shock.

The lucky girl herself is on 'Starting Point talking with Zoraida Sambolin about a night she will never forget.

Filed under: A little fun • Basketball • Prom • Sports
May 17th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Teen Catches 800 lb alligator in Texas

Braxton Bielski and his father Troy are on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about this Texas teen's amazing catch.

Braxton Bielski caught the alligator that was 14 foot, 3 inch and 800 pounds! It turns out the brave teen broke a record. This alligator is the largest ever caught in Texas.

Braxton claims that the trick is to use raw chicken to catch a gator.

Filed under: A little fun • Alligators
May 16th, 2013
12:58 PM ET

USC Student Greg Karper creates viral video that shows him giving homeless Abercrombie & Fitch clothes in response to its CEO's comments

Greg Karper is on 'Starting Point' talking to John Berman and Christine Romans about the video he posted of him giving the homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles Abercrombie & Fitch clothes. The video has gone viral, and has over 4 million views so far.

Karper says the comments made by Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO that have now re-surfaced are 'unacceptable.' He says that if he could talk directly to the CEO and top executives at Abercrombie & Fitch he would say 'Stop being such jerks.'

He hopes that this video will ultimately bring awareness to the homeless in society, and reduce the stigma against them.

Karper is shocked at the response this video has gotten, and he jokes that he thinks that last video he uploaded 'got 71 views.'

Filed under: A little fun
May 15th, 2013
12:02 PM ET

Georgia Couple thinks they have Coca-Cola's top secret recipe

Cliff and Arlene Kluge are on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about a recipe they found in a box of letters they purchased at an estate sale. According to Cliff, 'Arlene collects paperwork.'

He claims that the person who typed this letter 'saw the original document' for Coca-Cola's recipe.

The couple currently has this document listed on eBay with a starting price of $5 million.

Filed under: A little fun
April 4th, 2013
12:52 PM ET

Actor Jeremy Irons rules 'The Borgias,' talks legacy of his iconic roles

Actor Jeremy Irons talks about his hit Showtime series "The Borgias," and the legacy of his iconic film roles.

Filed under: A little fun
April 3rd, 2013
12:42 PM ET

ESPN anchor's first novel focuses on women's relationships in face of adversity – Mike Greenberg explains why

Fans know him as one-half of ESPN's popular "Mike & Mike in the Morning". Now the sportscaster is adding title to his resume, that of novelist.

Mike Greenberg's first novel is titled "All You Could Ask For". Chances are sports fans will be surprised by the story, which focuses on the relationships of women during time of adversity.

Greenberg talks with John Berman and Brooke Baldwin on "Starting Point" about his book, and explains why he has decided to donate 100% of the book proceeds to fighting cancer.

Filed under: A little fun • Books
April 2nd, 2013
11:51 AM ET

ABC's 'Castle' celebrates 100th episode – Actress Stana Katic reveals secrets to the show's success

On ABC's hit show “Castle,” actress Stana Katic plays detective Kate Beckett who investigates crimes in New York with novelist Richard Castle, portrayed by Nathan Fillion. The show focuses on the romantic tension between the two and their passion for solving crimes.

Actress Stana Katic joins “Starting Point” to discuss the hit series and the recent celebration of its 100th episode.

When the show first began “we were starting off and just trying to make it through our days,” says Katic. “We work many long hours… but that was it you just kind of make it one step at a time and then all of sudden we turn to a few weeks ago and it’s oh wow we’re filming the 100th episode.”

Katic says when the network first saw the pilot for the show, executives asked that the romantic relations between Katic and Fillion’s characters be pulled back some because “they look like they’re about to get together in episode two.”

"I think that bounce and that chemistry was there from the start. Otherwise I don’t know that we would have had a show,” she says.

“It’s been really fun kind of navigating what does it mean to work together and be in a relationship… it also plays into kind of the comedy and drama of this story because it’s not easy and the two characters have a point of view and most times the point of view is on opposite ends,” Katic adds.

ABC aired the 100th episode of "Castle" Monday, April 1 on ABC. You can also catch the latest episode on

Filed under: A little fun • Entertainment • TV
March 29th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

New sci-fi thriller 'The Host' from 'Twilight' saga author hits theaters – Actors Max Irons and Jake Abel on making the film

If you like the blockbuster "Twilight" series, then you may love "The Host." It's based on a novel by the same author, Stephenie Meyer. "The Host" is about humans who are invaded by an alien race seeking to occupy their bodies.

Actors Max Irons and Jake Abel talk with Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" about their new sci-fi thriller and being part of a Meyer project.

Filed under: A little fun • Entertainment
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