The Oddest Things People Do In Their Sleep Will Shock You

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Everyone knows about sleepwalking and sleep talking. If you’re not one who does this in your sleep, more likely than not, you know someone who does.

But those aren’t the only sleeping disorders that exist. In fact, there are many other disorders that affect snoozers.

Sleep eating

Nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder is characterized by people sleep walking to their kitchens and eating. Often times, they have no recollection of it, and only realize when they discover messes and missing food.

Sometimes, the patient has severe weight gain and other health issues attributed to the disorder. 

Frequently, the foods eaten are high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Furthermore, people with the disorder create bizarre food combinations with the items they have access to in their kitchen. 

Acting out their dreams

REM sleep behavior disorder physically play out their dreams, moving their bodies or even getting out of bed.

Their dreams are so vivid and real, that during REM sleep, which normally restrains your muscles, your body still flails. 

Hallucinations 

It is possible to experience auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory hallucinations, as many times, the person cannot tell what is part of a dream and what is part of reality. 

The hallucinations often happen in the stages right before sleep (hypnogogic) or after sleep (hypnopompic). Hypnogogic can be associated with sleep paralysis and a fearful sensation. 

Hypnopompic is usually associated with dreams and ‘feeling a presence in the room’. 

Sleep sex

Called ‘sexsomnia‘, it falls under the category of parasomnia, the stage right before you fall asleep.

When a person has this disorder, they oftentimes engage in sexual acts with a partner or themselves, while asleep. They have no recollection of it. 

It is more common for people who normally are affected by other sleep disorders, or those taking sleep medications.

Sleep texting

Apparently, more and more people are sending texts in their sleep. 

“It is very common for people to do things in their sleep that they do repeatedly during the day,” said a neurologist in an article to BBC. 

Understandably, the texts make little sense to the person after they’ve woken up. 

Exploding head syndrome 

It occurs when you’re about to drift off into sleep, and suddenly a loud noise goes off in your head. 

Another parasomnia event, exploding head syndrome sounds similar to a clap of thunder or bomb. However, it sounds as if the noise could be heard by everyone, but in reality, it’s internal.

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Dog In A Wheel Chair Returned Four Times By Four Different Families, Now Works With Inmates

After being taken to Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Georgia as a stray, Bandit was taken from the shelter and moved to the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program.

After being checked by a vet — he was found to be heartworm positive and his rescuers started him on treatment. Unfortunately, Bandit went through very rare and severe side effects and as a result, ended up losing the use of his back legs. 

Image via Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

“At first we all assumed this was something acute or temporary,” a volunteer with the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program, Lori Cronin, shared with The Dodo. “We were wrong. His condition not only persisted, it got worse.”

And due to the rare side effects from the treatment, Bandit’s lower half of his body was completely paralyzed. His handlers had to help the dog do everything at first, that is until the organization that helps run the jail program, Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, saved up enough money to purchase Bandit his very own wheelchair

Bandit has spent the past four years with the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program and has been adopted four times by four different families. 

Image via Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

Sadly, each time he has been adopted, he has been returned as his families were not able to handle his disability. 

Founded in 2010, the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program pulls at-risk dogs from local shelters and houses them in jail with the inmates. Each dog is assigned to a primary handler and the handler is responsible for both caring and training said dog as long as they are in the program.  The dogs also sleep in the handler’s room. 

The inmates are taught on how to care and provide basic training to the doggos, along with information about general welfare practices by licensed trainers and animal professionals.  Now, the program includes cats who are housed with female inmates in a different unit. 

Image via Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

Despite being paralyzed, Bandit is adored in the program – with everyone saying the 8-year-old dog is one of the sweetest and happiest they have ever met. 

“He is probably one of the most happy-go-lucky dogs in the program,” Cronin said. “He has never met a stranger and gets along well with the dogs in his unit. When coming inside to the unit after his daily outings in the yard with his handlers, he will literally run to the deputy’s desk looking for a handout (treat)! His handlers say he is a great dog to work with. They have taught him some pretty unique tricks since he is in a wheelchair. He does just about everything the other dogs do, if not more!” 

While Bandit is able to get around in his wheelchair just fine, he does need lots of help going to the bathroom each day. It is said to be the main reason why he continues to get returned each time a family takes him in. 

Image via Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

“People don’t realize what it takes to accommodate a special needs dog,” Cronin said. “He doesn’t always know when he is [going to the bathroom], but when kept to a schedule his handlers know [when he has to go] and can get him outside during that time of day. Keeping him on a schedule is what works best for him. He weighs 40ish pounds and has to be lifted in and out of his cart throughout the day so that makes it difficult on someone that is unable to pick him up.” 

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After Son Plays Dress Up With Classmates, Mother Pulls Him Out Of Preschool

After claiming the school allowed her boy to wear a dress, one Kansas mother has pulled her son from preschool

Stay-at-home mother, Kayla Bedford, 24, withdrew her son, Zach, 2, from the private Christian school in Wichita, Kansas, Bethany Early Childhood Center  Center after her girlfriend allegedly saw the young boy “parading around in a dress” after she dropped him off that morning. 

Image via the Bethany Lutheran Facebook page

After saying goodbye to her son, Kayla’s girlfriend turned to see that the 2-year-old was putting on a dress. 

“She came back into the classroom and took off the dress saying, ‘We don’t do this’ in front of the teacher,” Kayla shared with Yahoo Lifestyle. “I am a lesbian, but I don’t push my son in any direction. Whatever he decides to do or wear in the future is his decision.”

Kayla said she came into the school later that day to speak with the teacher and says that as she walked into the classroom, she saw that her son was putting on the dress again as the teacher stood over him. 

Image via the Bethany Lutheran Facebook page

“I pulled his teacher aside and explained that I don’t condone my son wearing a dress at school,” says Kayla. “She just laughed and said, ‘He’s only two!’”

Kayla then phoned Malcolm, her father, to meet her at the school.

Malcolm then approached Zach’s teacher, recording the interaction on his cellphone while kids played nearby. 

“My daughter called and said she had an issue with my grandson being in a dress, I’m trying to see what the issue is.” he said. 

Image via the Bethany Lutheran Facebook page

The teacher then said Malcolm should talk to the school director, to which he responded saying:  “We don’t do the transgender [thing].

“He’s two,” the teacher shot back in the video.

According to pediatrician Jack Maypole, MD, dress-up is a very common pastime for kids, including young boys. Dr. Maypole also shared how it is a helpful tool in exploring one’s gender identity, he told Parenting

This type of play also helps children develop both empathy and creativity and regardless of the child’s gender or sex, there is nothing bad about playing and exploring gender-bending. 

So if your child is interested in being a pirate over a princess, do not sound off any alarms! 

Image via the Bethany Lutheran Facebook page

But Kayla says her requests were not addressed and there was no reasoning behind why here son wore a dress on two instances. 

Kayla also fears that because her son is the only African-American boy in the class that he may face discrimination. She also mentions how the school lacks dress-up clothes for boys. 

In a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, a school representative shared: 

“At Bethany Early Childhood Center we put our children first and foremost. We encourage our children to play in a Christ-centered atmosphere that we hope will allow them to gain confidence and learn to interact with others in a positive way. Our primary responsibility is to our children and part of that is protecting their privacy, because of this we are unable to comment on specific incidents involving a child in our care.”

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These NBA Dancers Share The Dark Truths Of Their Job, Including Low Pay And Eating Disorders

Lauren, a dancer for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2013 to 2014, shared with Yahoo Lifestyle how her year as a NBA dancer affected her negativly on every level. 

“My coach would make me sit in there before games and think about if I was doing everything to be able to lose weight, you know, basically like a child in time-out.”

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Lauren shared how exactly she faced being bullied by her coach according to interviews with her lawyers. 

The Bucks informed Yahoo Lifestyle how they take each allegation “very seriously” but “have found no evidence to support these claims.”

This is not the first time Lauren has spoken out against the mistreatment. In 2015, she brought a class-action lawsuit against the Milwaukee Bucks regarding how the dancers were paid as much as $3-4 an hour after being expected to cover beauty routines like spray tans and manicures. 

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That same  year, the Bucks had brought in $87 million in revenue, and “strongly denied” the claims. 

Ultimately, the Bucks ended up settling and paying out a total of $250,000 in lost wages to 40 dancers

Lauren had shared with the press at the time how weight restrictions caused her to be dehydrated and starving just to fit into the uniform. 

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And to pay the bills, Lauren would waitress at Ruby Tuesday. 

This comes as a shock to many as what happened behind closed doors clashed greatly with the seemless public image the NBA created when it came to their beautiful dancers. 

But Lauren’s story – much like the lawsuits filed by NFL cheerleaders as of late – point that something so grand and gorgeous is actually not at all what it seems – including claims of unfair paygender discrimination and sexual harassment.

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And while it is unknown what the effect the lawsuits will be on the NFL, it represents a huge cultural change happening. 

With 15 women who have danced for the NBA, Yahoo Lifestyle conducted interviews from those who worked for the NBA from 1997 to 2018. 

Most of the women had to regularly participate in weigh-ins, body-fast assessments or both. Of the women interviewed, nine of them talked about “weight probation” or “weight warning,” which is what happened when dancers looked to be a few pounds over their “goal weight.” And as you can imagine, this led to unhealthy and disturbing methods to stay skinny. 

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“We got weighed monthly; that’s what messed with me most,” shared one dancer for the Utah Jazz from 2009-12, Sydney Sorenson. “[So] the week of weigh-ins, I came up with all these methods to weigh in smaller, like not eat anything solid for a week. … One year they weighed us after Thanksgiving, and a girl had gained weight and couldn’t perform,” she recalls. “Point blank, I would say that I definitely had an eating disorder — especially the last year.” 

“My teammates would regularly take laxatives before performances just to be able to eat regularly and still fit into this image,” one anonymous dancer who danced for the L.A. Clippers from 2011 to 2012 shared with Yahoo Lifestyle. “I did it a few times because it was regular, which is really sad. But it seemed so normal.”

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But out of such dire circumstances, many women have reported that the warped image of how bodies should look at the NBA caused them to chose a career as either a trainer or a nutritionist to help stop the unhealthy body image trend. 

“One of my biggest goals is to empower women about their bodies,” says Chenelle Young. Young danced for the Utah Jazz from 2010 to 2013 and currently directs the NBA’s international team. 

“I don’t think everyone thinks a tiny, 90-pound girl is sexy. … So I don’t understand why [the NBA] thinks everyone needs to be that.”

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This Grandpa Works Out Everyday Dressed As A Leopard

Workouts come in all shapes and forms.

But for one Chinese grandpa, his workout takes the form of a leopard.

Youren Mi, a 68-year-old from the town of Jinan in northeastern China, calls it “leopard fitness”, and it means just that: each day he puts on a leopard suit and adopts the movements of the big spotted cat in public squares around town.

On any given day he can be seen crawling around on all fours, running down stairs, or testing his flexibility and balance.

He can also be seen lying down, resting, as cats tend to do.

Mi says he has been practicing leopard fitness for nearly 20 years, adopting the unique workout when he was 50.

But of all the animals, why a leopard?

Although the big cats make a great fitness inspiration due to their ability to run more than 35 miles per hour and leap more than 20 feet, Mi says his revelation came from a program he saw on TV.

“The reason why I created leopard-style fitness is that I was curious about the African leopards chasing antelopes when I watched Animal World on TV.”

While Mi does his fitness routine for his own health, it’s an added bonus to entertain tourists and onlookers.

“I do leopard fitness in the squares and parks wherever I go. And people like me very much.”

Still, if it takes channeling a leopard to be this fit at age 68, I say don’t hang up your spots now.

What do you think, is leopard fitness the cat’s pajamas?

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Meet The Fly That Decapitates Ants From The Inside

Meet the decapitating ant fly.

These guys live up to their name because they do just that: remove the heads of ants… from the inside out.

Making it one of the animal world’s most skilled predators.

Here’s how it all goes down.

Female flies will hover a few millimeters from their target ant.

Once in position, they swoop in and inject the ant with their egg.

The fly has a special hypodermic needle-like ovipositor that deposits the egg in the ant’s membrane right between its legs.

Eventually the egg hatches, and the maggot squirms its way through the ant’s body to its brain, where it lives off of its host’s bodily fluids for weeks.

Oh, and the maggot has total control over the ant’s mind.

And it’s pretty sophisticated about it.

When an ant is invaded by a parasite, the colony typically notices its unusual behavior and the ant is exiled.

But ants invaded by this maggot act pretty normal, likely because the maggot needs the ant to keep eating so it can keep living off of it.

Normally, when ants die, they go to a hot, dry place to do so in order to prevent fungi and other pathogens from hurting other ants.

But not so with this parasite.

When the larva is ready to make its debut, it makes the ant go to an area of high humidity so it can properly develop when it emerges.

Once in place, the larva releases a chemical that dissolves the ant’s membrane

And the ant’s head eventually falls off.

The larva eats away at the tissue and membrane until the head is hollow, and begins to pupate inside.

A few weeks later, a new ant-decapitating fly emerges.

Talk about a dramatic entrance.

But it’s actually a pretty smart and sophisticated strategy when you think about it.

Life, uh, finds a way.

These horrifying flies were discovered over twenty years ago by an entomologist named Sanford Porter.

Porter was in South America studying fire ants when he noticed that their population was significantly lower than the ones in North America.

He gathered some dead ants and later found maggots in their bodies.

And after about 2 weeks…

Pop!

Their heads fell off.

Exposing a pupa inside.

This gave Dr. Porter an idea: what if we introduced these flies to the U.S. as a way to curb the fire ant population here?

In 1997, he got approval to release the first species of South American ant-decapitating fly in the U.S., and has since released four more batches over the years.

And guess what?

Preliminary research shows a 10 to 20 percent drop in invasive fire ant populations.

So as terrifying as these flies may be, they might be our best defense against destructive fire ants.

Which, by the way, can swim; in case you didn’t know.

So as long as it means I can keep my head, I’m cool with these tiny flies.

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After Taking Half A Million Dollars From Tuition Fees And Donations, These Nuns Gamble In Sin City

After embezzling half a million dollars from a Catholic school and then blowing it all on a gambling trip to Las Vegas — two California nuns need to start repenting and stat. 

At St. James Catholic School in Torrance, CA, parents shared how the nuns took the money from student tuition fees and donations over the course of ten years — while the sisters stressed how the school was working off a bare-bones budget. 

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Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Lang, the two nuns, will not be prosecuted and not-so-surprisingly, retired so that they cannot be fired. 

They have apologized but it is not clear whether the money was returned or not. 

As you can imagine, Twitter delivered on one-liners and zingers and it would only be appropriate to share them here below for your viewing pleasure. 

“*deep movie voice*In a world where the people have lost faith, two sisters of the cloth are about to let the chips fall where they may. From Paramount Pictures comes a story straight out the convent. These nuns have taken vows to be… ALL IN.”

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“This story has everything! Two nuns embezzled $ from a Catholic school then used their ill-gotten gains to gamble in Vegas. If you tried to pitch this as a script, no one would buy it. They’d say it’s not believable! #twonunswalkintoacasino”

“As alumni of Catholic schools from 1st through 12th grade having had many nun teachers, I am thoroughly amused by this headline. #notmad”

“What they do with their money in Vegas is nun of our business.”

“The heroes we need and deserve.”

“Maybe it was one of those weird comedy movie plots where they stole the money to gamble for more so the school could afford to keep the friendly janitor or prom? Along the way, they learn about sin, friendship, and enjoying life. Two Nuns in Vegas coming to a theater near you.”

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“SFAM is canceled. Come back Monday for my new comic, ‘Jeez Louise,’ a slice-of-life comedy where we follow wayward nun Sister Louise (Mary Louise Parker) on her quest to save the souls of all of Las Vegas.”

To become a nun according to A Nun’s Life Ministry, a few things have to happen in case after reading this article — you feel this life is calling you. 

You must be a Catholic woman with no dependents, single , healthy, 18-40 years old and no outstanding debts. 

It is also noted that any professional experience is encouraged such as a college degree or a previous career. 

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If you are toying over the idea of becoming a nun,  A Nun’s Life Ministry suggests first praying about it, followed by meeting other nuns. From there, talking with a mentor is a great next step to see if being a nun would be a good fit for you. 

And if everything seems to be a good fit after this last step — contacting a religious community and working with a vocation director to place you in the right community are the last and final steps. 

And if you are still nunnnn-sure, pray about it. Because being a nun doesn’t mean you can get away with embezzlement, okay?

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How The Late President Bush’s Service Dog Was One Of His Most Loyal Companions

Last Friday, the former president George H. W. Bush passed on to his next life at the age of 94.

And while Bush had many roles, he is remembered especially by a yellow Lab by the name of Sully. 

Image via Instagram 

Earlier in the year after the death of his wife Barbara, along with the former president’s declining health and limited mobility, Bush was matched with a service dog trained by the nonprofit America’s VetDogs.

And with open arms, Bush and Sully quickly became fast friends. 

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Sully is able to open doors, turn on lights and retrieve far away objects.

You could say she is one skilled pup!

But of all the gift Sully gave to Bush, the best gift of all was that of companionship. 

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And Sully was loyal and supportive til the very end. 

This past Sunday, Jim McGrath, the Bush family spokesperson, shared a photo of Sully’s admiration for his dear friend. 

The touching photo reveals Sully lying next to Bush’s coffin with the caption, “Mission complete.”

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One user commented underneath the post saying: 

“Respect. Love it. He was an amazing president. I’m truly grateful for everything he has done to make our lives better. He was outstanding, smart, and a very sweet man. Tbh, he was probably one of the best president’s we’ve ever had! That’s my opinion.”

While another user said: 

“I balled when I saw this. Such a sweet pup. He will bring so much joy to another person as he brought to George H.W. Bush. “

Image via Instagram

“Sully, you are the gift that just keeps on giving! Thank you for your service. Thank you for taking care of our beloved 41.”

Sully was so loved by many that he even had his very own Instagram account where loyal fans could keep up to date on all of his activities. Many commented how they hope the unofficial Instagram page will be kept up as they would love to follow what the sweet and loyal dog is up to. 

The 41st president was laid to rest this past Thursday in College Station, Texas. 

He was buried next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who passed away in April, along with their daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3. 

Image via Instagram

Though Sully lost a dear friend, he will continue to honor his legacy of service for many years to come. 

Son George W. Bush posted online, sharing how Sully will be helping veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland. 

“As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we’re comforted to know he’ll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41.” 

Image via Instagram

Sully, you have touched the lives of many and we sure do hope this is not the last we hear from you. We hope you bring many smiles to your new friends at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 

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Prince Harry To Prince Charles After Diana’s Death: ‘Is It True That Mummy’s Dead?’

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Despite reports that Queen Elizabeth II told her grandsons to stop “soul-baring,” Prince William and Prince Harry have recently begun speaking out more about the effects of their mother’s untimely death. And now, a new documentary on Channel 5, “Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors,” is shining a light on the immediate aftermath.

According to the Daily Mail, biographer Tina Brown reveals that Prince Harry, 12 years old at the time, couldn’t wrap his head around the tragedy. Because the royal family went on as usual for the sake of the young boys — even going to church only hours after Diana had passed — Harry felt he had to confirm that the unthinkable had indeed happened.

“Prince Harry actually asked his father, ‘Is it true that Mummy’s dead?'” Brown discloses in the program.

His confusion also seemed to stem from the fact that the late Princess of Wales wasn’t even mentioned at the Sunday service. While some say Queen Elizabeth made that decision so as not to upset her grandsons, others say it echoed the “cold detachment” Princess Diana felt from the royal family throughout her life.

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Betty White’s Secret For A Long Life Is Quite Surprising

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Betty White turns 96 on January 17!

Whether you’re 20 or 80, chances are, you’ve got a crush on Betty White. The Hollywood icon has been stealing our hearts for decades, from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Golden Girls” and “The Proposal,” all the while making us laugh with her sarcastic and humorous take on life itself.

Well, she’s still got it.

A reporter from Parade recently asked White about her secret to longevity, when the icon offered the most Betty White-answer possible. Vodka and hot dogs, were her response, “probably in that order!”.

Where were these sage words when 2016’s #SaveBettyWhite campaign frightened us all?

On a more serious note, she advises to “enjoy life.”

“Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look,” the star maintained.

Amen.

Happy birthday, Betty!

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If You Have A Real Christmas Tree, You Need To Read This If You Want To Be Safe This Season

It’s the most magical time of the year!

Presents, decorations and of course, Christmas trees — a staple of the holiday season.

And if you are a real stickler about your tree being the real deal for the holiday season, we have some tips that could actually save your home and maybe even your life. 

In a clip released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the footage shows two real trees beside each other. Harmless, right?

Not quite. It then shows how quickly a fire can start with one that has not been watered, compared to one that has. 

Image via YouTube

And folks, it is alarming to say the least. 

The video shows how just in a few moments — the dry tree ignites in flames. Not even a full minute goes by and the whole tree has become engulfed — and in a disturbing turn of events, takes over the rest of the living room. 

And just like that, in less than two minutes — the home is completely destroyed. 

You can see for yourself right here below: 



The caption beneath the video reads:

“According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In this video, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs. a dry Christmas tree.”

But what about the tree that was well watered? Aside from a very small flame that sparked in the center of the trunk and a little bit of smoke — the flame was quickly extinguished. 

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But do not fret friends! Thanks to the National Fire Protection Association website, there is plenty of advice on how to protect your loved ones and your home without sacrificing your handsome spruce. 

It says: “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer.”

And do not forget to ‘add water to the tree stand, daily’.

But beyond keeping your tree hydrated, the NFPA has a few other tidbits to keep you and your loved ones safe.

The NFPA website continues, saying:  “Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

“Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.”

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Folks commented underneath the video that has over 200K views, saying: 

“Scary, esp in today’s homes with all the flammable materials used in furniture, carpeting, etc. things burn so well now,” as well as “I am so glad I never have a Christmas tree in my home.”

But just because Christmas will soon be over, doesn’t mean you are still safe exactly.

They added: “Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

“Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.”

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American Trophy Hunters Are Slowly Making Giraffes Extinct

Due to American trophy hunting — giraffes may be closer to extinction than we think. 

The American tourists have been credited with the 40% drop in the giraffe population of sub-Saharan Africa, compared to the population recorded in the last decade

Only 100,000 giraffes are said to be remaining. 

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Multiple environmentalists have urged the United States to declare that giraffes are an endangered species to prevent them from going totally extinct. 

In the last ten years, 21,402 giraffe bone carvings have been said to be imported to the United States, along with 3,008 pieces of skin as well as 3,744 other additional hunting trophies. 

It was also estimated that 3,7000 giraffes were slain by trophy hunters in the last decade. 

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“When I was doing research on giraffes in Kenya a few years ago, they were quite abundant and no one questioned that they were doing well,” regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Jeff Flocken,  shared with the Guardian.

“Only recently have we looked at them critically and seen this huge drop, which has been a shock to the conservation community. This is an iconic animal and it’s in deep trouble.”

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A specialist with the Humane Society, Masha Kalinina also agreed, sharing with the paper:

“Currently, no US or international law protects giraffes against overexploitation for trade,” she said.

“It is clearly time to change this. As the largest importer of trophies in the world, the role of the United States in the decline of this species is undeniable, and we must do our part to protect these animals.”

Now, a collective of wildlife charities have started to draft up legal proceedings against the Trump administration to force their hand to help save giraffes from extinction. 

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The Centre for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States as well as Natural Resources Defence Council have each filed a federal lawsuit. 

They claim the government did not respond to a petition that reached the federally-mandated limit that the government must respond to.

“The Trump administration would rather allow its rich donors to mount giraffe trophies on their walls than protect giraffes,” said deputy director of the Natural Resources Defence Council’s Wildlife Trade Initiative, Elly Pepper. 

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“Giraffes are headed toward extinction, in part due to our country’s importation of giraffe parts and trophies. It’s shameful – though unsurprising – that the Interior Department has refused to protect them under the Endangered Species Act, and I hope the courts will agree.”

Other solutions according to the Africa Wildlife Foundation include educating local communities in conservation. This will help those who reside near giraffes understand the sustainable methods for both agricultural and settlement growth. 

In addition, the Africa Wildlife Foundation believes reforesting key areas will help provide more food to the giraffe (specifically acacia tres in West Africa) to allow it to expand its habitat. 

If you feel led to help save the giraffes from possible extinction today, you can chose to donate here.

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Judge Tells Mom How He Could Care Less About Her Children When She Tries To Be Excused From Jury Duty

In Fresno, California, a mother of three was shamed by a judge after not having childcare. 

Along with shaming another mom, the judge did not hold back when speaking to the stay-at-home mother.

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Holding a PhD from Princeton along with her children all being under the age of 7, Christa Pehl Evans says that “being a mother is the hardest job I’ve ever done.” 

Evans breastfeeds her youngest as well as home-schools her two other children. 

On November 20th, she reported for jury duty, requesting to be excused from serving to take care of her kids — when Judge James Petrucelli made an offensive and insulting comment about being a mother. 

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In a Facebook post, Petrucelli informed both Evans and another woman who was also pregnant how he did not care about their kids as well as questioning why they did not have access in the first place to childcare according to court documents the Sacramento Bee, states. 

“Yesterday I was selected to be a member of the jury on a trial that would continue for the week after Thanksgiving. I am a homeschooling mother of three, including a 16-month-old nursing baby that I have never left for an entire day, much less over a week. I do not need to defend the importance of motherhood—we have known for hundreds of years that the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of us as adults depends largely on the care and nurturing we receive in these early years. (Want to know more about that in the 18th century? I address it in my PhD thesis.)

When I asked to be excused because I need to care for my children, these are things Judge James Petrucelli (Dept. 61, Fresno Superior Courthouse) said to me:

“I don’t care about your children.”

“Who is going to take care of your children when you get hit by a mack truck?”

“What do you do when you are sick?” I replied, “I take care of my kids,” and he shook his head at me with a disgusted expression on his face.

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“What do you do when you have to do something?” I replied, “I take my baby.”

And then, obviously directed at me and the other very pregnant mother of a 20 month old:

“I just don’t understand these people with no childcare.”

His conversation with me went on and on in front of the entire courtroom.

There were almost 300 people at the courthouse called to serve jury duty, and Judge James Petrucelli chose to berate two mothers of young children. In contrast the man in the room asking to get off the jury because he needed money from his job to support his family was not questioned. Judge Petrucelli simply nodded his head in agreement with him.

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I am more than happy to serve on the jury when my children are older, but my most important duty to this country at this moment is to raise loving human beings, a job that consumes me all day and many nights. Caring for Sylvia has been more challenging for me than graduate school ever was.

We can #metoo all we want about sexual assault, but until we respect mothering as a valid and important occupation, we have a major sexist problem. Paid work is not the only work that matters.

After being verbally assaulted for mothering my children, Judge Petrucelli wants me back in three weeks to serve jury duty again.

We don’t need more laws, people—we need more love.”

At first, Petrucelli first denied the comments in Evan’s Facebook post but after going over the court transcripts, he stood by what he said in an interview with the Sacramento Bee.

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And in regards to the Mack truck comment — he claimed, “I have said that to people before, to make a point about what happens if there’s an emergency,” saying, “I do have a tendency to get people’s attention.”

Petrucelli did not apologize for his comments, truly believing they were not offensive nor hateful.  

“Why wouldn’t somebody call me and have me apologize if they’re offended? It is not my job or thought process to offend anybody. I do this every day. We have thousands and thousands and thousands of jurors come through,” he shared. “I mean, I have so many people come up to me away from court and tell me what a wonderful experience it was to be in my courtroom and so on.”

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According To This Yale Psychiatrist, People’s Love For Trump Is Based On Behavioral Patterns That Should Be Outgrown By Age 5

Professor Bandy X, a Yale Psychiatry professor, recently shared in an interview with Raw Story why exactly Donald Trump supporters display overly enthusiastic support for a president who has on more than one occasion, lied to and betrayed them

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Lee explains how Trump communicates on a purely emotional level, saying: 

“This grandiose omnipotence that he displays seems appealing to his emotionally-needy followers. No matter what the world says, he fights back against criticisms, continues to lie in the face of truth, and above all, is still president. What matters is that he is winning, not whether  he is honest or law-biding. This may seem puzzling to the rest of us, but when you are overcome with feelings of powerlessness, this type of cartoonish, exaggerated force is often more important than true ability. This is the more primitive morality, as we call it, of ‘might make you right,’ which in normal development you grow out of by age five.”  

Lee continues on to say that usually “strongman types” of personalities are attracted to those who are normal folks under stress — especially during periods of socioeconomic unrest. These particular people look to Trump for help without comprehending that he is just telling them exactly what they want to hear. 

Lee also notes how Trump’s behavioral pattern is more so that of a follower than a leader — which is why he suddenly shrinks before “more successful strongmen, such as Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Un, or Rodrigo Duterte,” and also why when he senses “those who will never go along with his pathological methods—that is, healthy people,” he will immediately drop them.  

“That is why we see him desperately clinging to an ever narrower base with increasingly fringe ideas,” she says. This can be seen when Trump supports Neo-Nazis and other groups that share both violent and hateful conspiracy theories. 

Trump also displaces qualities in himself that he cannot tolerate onto others — the psychological term is coined “projection.” This can be seen on the president’s Twitter account as well as at his rallies. So when Trump “calls legitimate news ‘fake’ and news agencies ‘the enemy of the people,’ he is unconsciously telling us that he himself is ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the people.”

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But the scariest part of all? Lee predicts that as we move forward, Trump will only continue to pull any and all attention away from helpless groups as well as minorities “in order to distract from his billionaire cabinet, tax breaks for the rich, and trade wars that hurt his base the most.”

“There will likely be no limit to the violence he is capable of, since destroying the world would be nothing compared to the shame and humiliation he might suffer,” she says.

Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, Lee’s observations are a reminder on how words are important and even more importantly — those in power reveal their intentions behind each word chosen. 

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This Poor Dog Is Dropped Off With All Of His Toys Along With His Bed At Shelter

After being adopted from a shelter by a family — one very sweet dog was left with his bed along with his toys right back at the same shelter he was originally adopted from.

The six-year-old Lab mix was all alone and very puzzled as he could not understand why his family was bringing him back to the shelter he had come from three years prior.

The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) had Wall-E in 2015 back when he was just three years old.

And in September of this year, the Lab mix was found at this very same Arizona shelter along with his supplies, according to The Dodo.

In two plastic bins were both his toys and bed — the dog’s previous owner allegedly cried as he said goodbye to the dog.

The family, unfortunately, could not give Wall-E that care that he needed and decided not to keep him.

On MCACC’s Facebook page, the shelter made a post with a picture of Wall-E along with an explanation about how he came to be there.

The post read:

“This guy deserves a forever family who won’t give up on him. Please don’t bash his previous owners though. We don’t know the whole story.

What we do know is the owner was heartbroken and crying. It was hard to finally help them leave. The staff was crying with the owners. We don’t believe this decision was taken lightly.”

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Jordan Bader, who runs the page for MCACC’s adoptable dogs, shared with The Dodo:

“He was surrendered by his family because they did not have enough time for him. He was very scared. In his kennel, he would bark and bark.”

And though his family included all of Wall-E’s belongings into a few bins — the dog was not able to have all of these things with him in his kennel and he became withdrawn.

Potential adopters then would overlook the sweet dog because of his understandably defensive nature.

Jordan shared:

“Because of his kennel presence and evaluations, he was passed up by many people. [But] with volunteers he was very sweet and playful and loved doing zoomies.”

And after two months, Wall-E became more and more withdrawn with folks overlooking him.

But then, Jordan had an idea.

He decided to post Wall-E’s story to Facebook — and his idea worked!

His story was seen by many and Wall-E has since been adopted and has found happiness in a forever home.

Bader shared:

“We knew this picture would be heartbreaking and would get a lot of attention, but we had no idea it would blow up like it did. We had so many people interested in him.”

Lynn Lee, a woman who saw the post, immediately found her way to the shelter to meet Wall-E, taking the doggo home and becoming good friends.

Wall-E’s story was shared online for only one day before Lynn decided to adopt him.

And Wall-E could not be happier!

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After Dad Finds Out His 10-Year-Old Bullied Others, Makes Her Walk 5 Miles To School

Early in the week, the internet broke after an Ohio dad posted a now-viral video to Facebook of his 10-year-old daughter walking to school as punishment for bullying

The Swenton, Ohio, dad — Matt Cox is a father who is not afraid to teach his kiddos a lesson the old school way.  And after Kirsten, Cox’s daughter was suspended a second time from riding the bus due to her bullying another child — Cox decided to make her walk to school for five miles to help her reflect on her actions. 

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“This lovely lady is my 10-year-old daughter, who has for the second time this school year been kicked off of the school bus due to bullying another student,” Cox says in the video as he accompanies his daughter walking from in the car.  “Friday when my daughter brought home her paperwork for her bus suspension, she said, ‘Daddy you’re gonna have to take me to school next week.’ As you see this morning, she is learning otherwise.”

The video has been shared over 3K times and is littered with over 75K comments. And as you can imagine, Kirsten walking her five-mile punishment in 36-degree weather has caused parents to share their opinions. 


“You did the right thing, Dad, if the other parent were to take this step and let their child know bullying is wrong it would not be out of [controlled] as it is now. And children are [dying] because of this. [I] was a victim to bullying and in the end, [I] ended up being depressed, thank God [I] am okay now so thank you dad you are a great parent.” said one user. 

While another commented, “1st time – talk to child about her actions. But – 2nd time – this is exactly what a child needs because apparently, she didn’t learn her lesson after the first time. I applaud you Dad! We need more parents out there just like you.”

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But not everyone was on board with the punishment.

“It’s a good concept because children need consequences. But I’m not a fan a shaming your children on social media.” said one user. 

While another asked, “May be it’s more important to ask yourself, why is my child a bully?”

As well as “Walk of shame, lol. Although, this punishment addresses the privilege of the bus, it doesn’t address the reason for bullying. Hope there was a talk about why she did it in the first place.”

Cox expressed that not everyone would be for his style of lesson-learning “but that is alright because I am doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and to stop her from bullying.”

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Cox shared with WTVG how the five-mile walk was actually broken up throughout Kirsten’s three-day bus suspension. Cox also expressed how he hopes his discipline with Kirsten will make both parents and children to take bullying more seriously. 

“I just want the kids to know that words truly do hurt; they cut very deep and have lasting effects,” Cox shared. “And I hope that parents hold their kids accountable.”

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Hugh Hefner’s Chef Reveals Secrets From The Playboy Mansion Kitchen

This article originally appeared and was published on AOL.com

The world lost the legendary media mogul Hugh Hefner, a trailblazer of all things style, entertainment and relationships.

The 91-year-old icon, who died peacefully surrounded by family, was often criticized for his unconventional work — but when it came to food, Hefner did not mess around.

According to reports, the Playboy Mansion featured 12 full-time chefs who cooked for both Hefner as well as the Playmates. It was Hefner’s goal to make the girls “feel at home,” explained the director of food at the mansion William S. Bloxsom-Carter in a 2011 interview with Haute Living.

Hef loved home cooked meals so much that he often brought prepared foods from his chefs to restaurants. The models “pick from the menu, but I have lamb chops and a baked potato sent in from the mansion, so [my meal] is set,” Hefner explained in 2007 according to the Telegraph.

Lamb chops and grapefruit were some of his favorites, amongst fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Sticking to his Midwestern roots, Hef had his chefs replicate his mother’s fried chicken. Revealed the chef, “He’s a Midwestern gentleman, so he enjoys those kinds of foods.”

But life inside the Playboy Mansion wasn’t all that pop culture made it seem. “It really annoys me when people say I have a cushy job. They think the girls are in lingerie and six-inch heels standing by my desk and waiting for my next commend,” explained Bloxsom-Carter.

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There May Be A Huge Sexual Benefit To Back Dimples

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Dimples: Chances are, if you don’t have them, you want them.

Looking at the celebrities smiles of Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Garner, dimples seem to be a facial feature many wish they inherited. We’ve even heard stories of people using makeup or biting the insides of their mouths in hopes of achieving the popular look.

Dimples can be described as natural facial indentations — some scientists attribute dimples to the
“shorter muscles near the cheeks,” according to Bright Hub. Others believe it’s due to variations in the “Zygomaticus major muscle.”

But some people want dimples so badly that they are willing to go under the knife for it.

“Dimpleplasties” have been on the rise for years, and involve plastic surgeons taking “chunks” from the insides of their patient’s cheeks.

As facial dimple surgeries continue to rise, so do dimple surgeries on the lower back. A sign of a “healthy” body, “Venus dimples” sit right at the base of the spine. And just like facial dimples, people are flocking to the plastic surgeon to replicate the indentations of Kendall Jenner and other models.

Dimples on the lower back don’t just mean you’re healthy, but they are also “indicators of good health and a screaming sex-life,” according to The Sun. The publication explained that dimples help “facilitate good circulation,” and thus make it easier for women to orgasm.

Dr. Amanda Wong-Powell, from London, explained the aesthetic reason behind the surgery.

“The lower back has always been championed as a beautiful region of the female body. However, with the rise of aesthetic surgery of the buttocks, many people are realizing that lifted buttocks only look good if paired with a sexy sculpted lower back – one fails to look good without the other,” she said to The Sun.

But surgery to replicate the diamond-shaped indents come at a hefty price — beginning at £4,900 (over $6300). Ouch!

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After Police Post Mugshot Of Wanted Man To Facebook, Man Comments And Hilariously Turns Himself In

Social media is not just for your extended family to post vacation pics or for that one chick you went to high school with to post about her recent larping escapades.

Police departments have also utilized social networks to help the public catch criminals.

And recently, the Richland, WA Police Department posted a wanted poster for a criminal for “failure to comply.”

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Little did they know, they wouldn’t be needing any civilians to help on this one — because the wanted man himself helped.

After the department announced they were searching for one Anthony Akers for failure to comply — Anthony commented on their post.

Anthony, 38, commented on how he was going to turn himself in.

And to make it even easier for Anthony, the department responded with business hours.

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They even offered Anthony a ride to the station if he needed one.

Sounds like someone is getting a beaming Yelp review.

But it wasn’t smooth sailing just yet.

He shared how he needed to “tie up a couple of loose ends” before he could turn himself in.

And while we are not sure what that entails exactly, it left the department asking questions.

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And Anthony was truthful in his answer. Saying:

“Dear RPD, it’s not you, it’s me. I obviously have commitment issues. I apologize for standing you up, but let me make it up to you. I will be there no later than lunchtime tomorrow, I know you have no reason to believe me after what I did to you, but I promise that if I don’t make it on my own by lunchtime tomorrow, I will call for a ride to assist me with my commitment issues. Thank you in advance to your response if you are patiently giving me another chance with us, I know I don’t deserve it. P.s. You’re beautiful.”

And if you are not already cry-laughing, the department took it one step further and issued a public statement saying how they just got ‘ghosted’ by Anthony.

“Morose Monday. Dear Anthony, is it us? Last Wednesday, we reached out to you as “wanted.” Your replied and even said you were going to turn yourself in. We waited, but you didn’t show. After you stood us up, we reached out again – this time, offering you a ride. You replied and said you needed 48 hours. The weekend came and went. We are beginning to think you are not coming. Please call us anytime and we will come to you.”

But Anthony finally did turn himself in.

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The post has since gotten over 1,000 likes along with 300 shares and counting.

Comments included:

“FREE ANTHONY,” “GoFundMe for Anthony,” “Legend,” “Golden,” “How do I put money on his books?” and my personal favorite, “Cannot believe he stood you up, he looked so trustworthy in his profile pics.”

So does this mean his sentence will not be as long?

I mean, you have to admit — this was all pretty funny if you ask me…

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Guy Who Has Huge Crush On Girl Tells Her Joke, She Ends Up In The Hospital And He Almost Loses Job Over It

One man recently shared how he told a joke to a girl he liked and she laughed at it

After telling a joke to his crush, one girl liked it so much — she laughed.

No issues there, right?

Wrong.

The girl had to be hospitalized due to asthma.

Read on for the cute story!

[SPOILER ALERT/UPDATE: this guy asked the girl out and they are now dating!]

“So there’s this girl I like at work, and we’re really good friends. We’re having lunch and we are making those ironic depression meme jokes as most friends do. For some reason, I (in my unknowingly-stupid way to get her to laugh) got the idea to say ‘Well hey, you know what’s just one letter away from sad? DAB?’ And promptly did the deed.

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Also, I have the ability to cry on demand so I just stared stone-cold her and let two tears fall down.

She finds it funny. Extremely funny. So funny she drops to the floor and starts laughing her a** off.

After a good thirty seconds, she starts grabbing her chest and coughing. I asked if she was okay when she begins to convulse a bit. Freaking the f**k out and thinking she’s having a d**n seizure, I start to reach for my phone.

And in the exact second, my manager randomly decides to come in and sees this big guy towering over this poor little girl on the floor. I only manage to cut off her impending rage by saying I think she’s having a seizure and I’m calling 911.

Fortunately, I was able to explain to her what happened when the ambulance arrived.

Turns out, she has asthma, and my joke caused a flare-up, and was waving her arms to try and tell me to get her inhaler. Whoops.

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TD; DR. Made a joke with a girl that ended up causing an asthma flare-up, manager walked in when it happened. She ended up in the hospital and I almost lost my job.”

Thankfully, the girl turned out just fine.

One user commented how that her laughing was a good sign that she liked him.

He replied back, saying how he was actually planning on asking her out on a date.

Another user commented, saying how he had a “great in” at this point — but he needed to take it easy on the dab jokes unless she wanted to be back in the hospital.

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Other clever comments, included:

“Okay but imagine actually dying laughing at a dab joke.”

“And kids, that’s how I nearly killed your mother with a dab.”

And my personal favorite:

“Tell her that you can guarantee that the date will leave her breathless.”

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But for folks with asthma — it is no laughing matter.

One user commented on how he appreciated the story but warned of an ugly truth.

“As a side note, from a guy who also has asthma, when you get those laughing fits, it really only takes 30 seconds until you can’t control your breathing anymore, and you feel like you are suffocating.”

He goes onto say that those around people with asthma should know the limits of said people.

It gives “I’m dyin’ over here,” a whole new meaning…

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