Police Sketch Of Eerie-Eyed Sexual Assault Suspect Goes Viral

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WTKR — Officers said the man was seen peering into apartments in Citrus Heights and also allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.

Since January, police have received at least nine reports of a suspicious man seen around apartment complexes near Fair Oaks Boulevard and Greenback Lane. The man allegedly follows the women to their apartment and peers into their apartment window.

Apartment resident Brianna Rowland told KTXL she is concerned about her safety.

“I don’t know. He looks really creepy,” Rowland said. “It’s kind of scary because I live in the very back [of my apartment complex], and it’s not very well-lit, so I’d advise our apartment building to maybe add more lights.”

An artist with Citrus Heights Police Department drew a composite sketch after speaking with one of the victims. Officers asked the victims if they recognized the big-eyed man depicted in the drawing and it was a match.

“They pretty much identified that the sketch was similar to the person that they saw,” Officer David Moranz of the Citrus Heights Police Department said. “The eyes, that’s been the main point.”

“They say looking into the eyes is looking into the soul of a person, and those eyes are way too scary for me,” Citrus Heights resident Andrea Duncan told KCRA.

Citrus Heights PD said they have exhausted all other leads and now need the public’s help to arrest him.

“If something you see is suspicious, and it is happening right there, please call us and we will come out as soon as possible,” Moranz said.

KTXL shared the police sketch on their Facebook page where it has been shared over 16,000 times and has over 5,500 comments.

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This Man Has Been Banned From A Hotel For The Past 18 Years Due To A Seagull and Pepperoni Incident

Sometimes we regret things our younger selfs did. For Nick Burchill, he regretted leaving a bunch of sausages unattended with a window open. Seagulls then got involved and he was eventually banned from the hotel he was staying at. 18 years later, he is trying to get off the banned list.

He wrote to them on Facebook and has since gone viral. Take a look at this unbelievable story that sounds like a Friends episode!

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“I officially applied to be allowed to stay at the empress hotel again. Here is my letter. Waiting for the reply. 18 years is a long time…Fairmont Empress

28 March 2018

Dear Empress Hotel:
This may seem like and unusual request, but I write to you today, seeking a “pardon”.

17 Years ago a string of unfortunate events led to my being banned from your hotel. I would like to explain the incident…”

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“In 2001, I had recently joined my current employer, xxxxxxxxx and I was also in the Canadian Naval Reserve. xxxxxxxxx was hosting a customer conference at the Empress and it was my first event with the company.

I told my Navy buddies that I was coming out West and I was asked to bring “Brother’s Pepperoni” from Halifax. It is a local delicacy. Because this was the Navy we were talking about, I brought enough for a ship. In a hurry, I had completely filled a suitcase with pepperoni for my friends. Some of it was wrapped in plastic, some in brown paper. I took whatever Brothers would sell me.

This is the bag that the airline misplaced.

The bag reappeared the next day. I knew that the pepperoni would still be “good”. It had only been at room temperature for a short time. It would, however, be quite some time before I could turn it over to my friends.
Just to be safe, I decided that I should keep it cool.”

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“My room was a nice, big, front-facing room on the fourth floor. It was well appointed, but it did not have a refrigerator. It was April, the air was chilly. An easy way to keep all of this food cool would be just to keep it next to an open window. I lifted one of the sashes and spread the packages of pepperoni out on the table and window sill. Then, I went for a walk…..for about 4 or 5 hours.

When I had covered enough ground, I returned to the hotel. I remember walking down the long hall and opening the door to my room to find an entire flock of seagulls in my room. I didn’t have time to count, but there must have been 40 of them and they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time.”

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“In case you were wondering, Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni does NASTY things to a seagull’s digestive system. As you would expect, the room was covered in seagull crap. What I did not realize until then was that Seagulls also drool. Especially when they eat pepperoni.

I’m sure you have an image in your head. Now remember that I have just walked into the room and startled all of these birds. They immediately started flying around and crashing into things as they desperately tried to leave the room through the small opening by which they had entered.

Less composed seagulls are attempting to leave through the other CLOSED windows. The result was a tornado of seagull excrement, feathers, pepperoni chunks and fairly large birds whipping around the room. The lamps were falling. The curtains were trashed. The coffee tray was just disgusting.”

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“I waded through the birds and opened the remaining windows. Most of the gulls left immediately. One tried to re-enter the room to grab another piece of pepperoni and in my agitated state, I took off one of my shoes and threw it at him.

Both the gull and the shoe went out the window.

By this time, I was down to one gull left in the room, but it was a big one, and it didn’t want to leave.

As I chased it, it ran around the room with a big hunk of pepperoni in its gob.
In a moment of clarity, I grabbed a bath-towel and jumped it. It stated to freak-out so I wrapped it in the towel and threw it out of the window.

I had forgotten that Seagulls cannot fly when they are wrapped in a towel.”

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“This is all happening fairly quickly and this is mid-afternoon. The Empress hosts a very famous and very popular “High Tea”. I suspect this is where the large group of tourists was heading when they were struck by first my shoe, then a bound-up seagull (the seagull was unharmed, by the way).

Let’s go back to my little housekeeping issue. The room was BAD. There was a lot of damage.

I was new to my company and I was really trying to make a good impression at this important event. I decided that I would carry on for now and handle this whole thing later. I then realized that I had only a few minutes before an important dinner and that I only had one shoe.

I made my way to one of the side doors and recovered both the shoe and the towel that were laying in some wet soil bear the walking path. The shoe was a mess. I took it back to the room. By this time, I had close the windows and the air was becoming quite ripe with the smell of digested pepperoni and fish.”

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“I went into the washroom and rinsed the mud off of my shoe. It cleaned-up nicely, but now I had one wet, dark shoe, and one dry, light coloured shoe.

In retrospect, I should have just wet the dry shoe. Instead, I choose to dry the wet shoe using the little hairdryer. It was actually doing quite well. I had the hairdryer jammed in there and the shoe was drying quite nicely. Then, the phone rang.

I walked into the next room to answer it and the power goes off. It turns-out that the hairdryer had vibrated free of the shoe and fallen into the sink full of water and the GFI didn’t seem be 100% functional. I don’t know how much of the hotel’s power I knocked-out, but at that point I decided I needed help.

I called the front desk and asked for someone to come help me clean-up a mess. I can still remember the look on the lady’s face when she opened the door. I had absolutely no Idea what to tell her, so I just said “I’m sorry” and I went to dinner. When I came back, my things had been moved to a much smaller room.
I thought that was the end of it all until I was told that my company had received a letter banning me from the Empress. A ban that I have respected for almost 18 years.”

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“I have matured and I admit responsibility for my actions. I come to you, hat-in-hand to apologise for the damage I had indirectly come to cause and to ask you reconsider my lifetime ban from the property.

I hope that you will see fit to either grant me a pardon, or consider my 18 year away from the empress as “time served”.

Thank you very much for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Nick Burchill”

So he had to wait…and while he waited he went really viral. The post has over 5K shares and it’s still growing! They did respond to him too!

“After reviewing my application for a pardon with the Empress staff; Ryan, the manager has notified me verbally that I will once again be welcome as a guest. I bet it was the pound of Brothers Pepperoni that I gave them as a peace offering that did the trick.”

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And like the ban was lifted! Let’s hope he’s really learned his lesson about open windows, sausages and seagulls…

Office Lunch Heist Goes Viral After A Co-Worker Tweeted The Hilarious Scandal

I’m really glad I get to work from home. I can make whatever is in my fridge and don’t have to worry about crazy people aka my co-workers stealing my food. I guess my dog steals a couple of wheat thins here and there, but anyway that’s a tale for another day.

Today we are talking about Zak Toscani’s epic story of a co-worker and how they lost their lunch within 30 minutes of putting it in the fridge. It’s really a job for Sherlock Holmes, you know the Robert Downey Jr. version for sure. Just have that in the back of you mind as you read it.

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It all started with one tweet…

Look how many dang retweets and favorites it has! Now strap in and get ready for a ride!

If there’s any other thefts in Zak’s office, we will update so check back!

You’ve Been Carrying Your Wallet All Wrong, Study Shows

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Do you usually stuff your wallet into the back pocket of your jeans as you’re running out the door? If the answer is yes, you may want to reconsider where your wallet goes, according to new research. You may guess it’s because you’re at a greater risk of being pickpocketed — but in fact, science shows you’re at a bigger risk for something else entirely.

A study by Men’s Health shows there are some serious health complications that stem from sitting on your wallet. Carrying it in your back pocket while you’re standing up doesn’t pose a threat, but the real problems start when you’re sitting down either in a chair or in a car.

Stuart McGill, Ph.D., professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, says that sitting on a wad of cash can put extreme stress on your hip joint and lower back, which often leads to chronic back pain. He further explained the lopsided bulk under one side of your body tilts your pelvis and misaligns your spine, causing long-term discomfort.

He shares your best bet to minimize stress on the body and alleviate pain is to remove your wallet from your pants entirely when sitting or driving. He continues that you should also consider switching to a money clip or slimmer wallet that only holds the essentials to avoid trouble from your back in the future.

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The 9 Of The Best Things To Buy At Aldi

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Aldi, the German-based supermarket chain with over 10,000 global locations, is slowly but surely taking over America. Kiplinger reports the company expects to have close to 2,000 stores nationwide by 2018.

The booming retailer provides a minimalist shopping experience with tons of bulk offerings — but the best part? Undeniably inexpensive products.

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Some of Aldi’s quirks include renting a cart for a refundable quarter, bagging your own groceries and a simple store layout. But while Aldi’s amenities may pale in comparison to its high-end competitors like Whole Foods, there’s no question the retailer’s low-priced, high-quality items are worth the tradeoff.

There are tons of great finds at the discount store, including your go-to grocery staples like eggs and milk, and an expanding collection of organic offerings, as well.

Kiplinger recently conducted a study comparing Aldi’s prices of everyday goods to its major supermarket competitors — Giant, Harris Teeter and Target. The company found eggs, white bread, peanut butter and milk to be the best steals at the store. Check out their results below:

Dozen Grade A eggs

  • Aldi: $0.39
  • Giant: $1.99
  • Harris: $1.39
  • Target $1.49

Loaf of white bread

  • Aldi: $0.85
  • Giant $0.99
  • Harris Teeter: $0.97
  • Target $1.64

Jar of peanut butter

  • Aldi: $1.49
  • Giant: $2.19
  • Harris Teeter: $2.29
  • Target: 41.79

Gallon of Milk

  • Aldi: $1.49
  • Giant: $3.49
  • Harris Teeter: $3.59
  • Target: $2.98

See the full list below of the best things to buy at Aldi:

Almond milk

 Yogurt

 Canned goods

 Peanut butter

 Eggs

 White bread

 Milk

 Condiments

 Pasta

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This Puppy Was Abandoned In An Alley And He Was So Small People Thought He Was A Rat

We will never know the bad part of this tiny puppy’s story, but that doesn’t matter because that part is behind her and she’s on the road to love and happiness now.

It all started when a boy in Washington DC saw something scurry underneath a fence towards her. At first, the boy thought it was a rat and he jumped on the fence to get away, but then he realized it was a tiny, sick puppy.

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Eventually named Pumpkin, the puppy wouldn’t have made it much longer on her own. The boy’s family took her in, but couldn’t keep her for long. They started to text friends to see if anyone would take her in. I wish they had texted me, look how dang cute little Pumpkin is!

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Alicia Mathis was the person to answer the call for help for Pumpkin and once she saw pictures of her, she knew her and her husband needed to see the tiny puppy.

She told The Dodo:

“When we got there, and we both saw her, we were shocked at how small she was. I was expecting a normal-ish size puppy, but she was literally the size of a rat. She just buried herself into me with all her might, and I knew she was never going to the shelter and she would always be by my side as long as she lived.”

I don’t know about you but if you haven’t had one of these experiences, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. When you know, you know, and Mathis knew that Pumpkin belonged in her life.

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The couple brought Pumpkin home, but she was very very sick and they knew they needed to do something to save her. Mathis said that, “She was just this tiny helpless creature who had been abandoned and left to die in a freezing cold alley, and I didn’t want her to feel fear or loneliness ever again.”

They worked on getting Pumpkin to the vet as soon as possible, and the prognosis was that she was very malnourished, and only weighed 3.9 pounds. She also had many parasites that needed to be taken care of.

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The vet continued to say that if they hadn’t found her the day they did, Pumpkin might have not lasted much longer. Once they got her the proper medicine she needed and fed her heartedly, she began to regain strength. She was also assisted by her big sister Laila, a boxer (I’m really hoping they named her after Laila Ali because of the boxer correlation).

Mathis continued onto say:

“Laila was very gentle and patient with her at first. I think she could tell she was sickly and in need of nurturing. Pumpkin LOVED Laila (still does) and completely latched onto her. Because she was so young — too young to be separated from her mom and littermates — Laila took the place of both.”

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Mathis concluded with:

“I think having Pumpkin has inspired me to do more to advocate for animal welfare, especially the welfare of pit bulls who are widely misunderstood and disproportionately treated.”

Are you still feeling all warm and fuzzy from Pumpkin’s adoption story?! Well head on over to ASPCA’s (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) site and find out how to adopt your own four-legged friend!

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Trans-Woman Has Spent Over $50,000 To Transform Herself Into…A Dragon?!

People can be anything they want to be in 2018. Men can be women, Cheetos can be President of The United States and it looks like people can transform into dragons. The latter is the most outlandish transformation we’ve heard of in recent memory. A woman from Bruni, Texas is doing just that.

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Meet Eva Tiamat Medusa, a trans-woman who claims she is the “most modified transgender person in the world.” She has dished out over $50,000 for all her modifications to her body and she isn’t done yet. She wants to be a dragon and nothing including money seems to be stopping her.

She used to be a vice president of a bank several years ago, but since then she has quit that and has gotten scales before having her nose re-done, her ears were removed and the whites of her eyes were stained green. I didn’t even know half of those modifications were a thing!

Eva was abandoned by her parents when she was just five years old. She says she’s had a “born again” experience though, when a “western diamondback rattlesnake took her under its wing” according to Unilad.

Before identifying as a dragon, or even a woman for that matter. Eva was a man that was diagnosed with HIV. At the time, he didn’t want to die as a human.

Evan spoke to The Wizard Of Odd TV and said this:

“For me, my transformation is the greatest journey of my life, there are profound reasons and deep meanings about my transformation and why I’m doing it.

I have two mothers: one is my original birth mother and my second birth is to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes.

My big thing though was I didn’t want to die in this world looking like a human.”

“As much awesomeness and goodness there is in humans, compared to other species they are the most destructive and hateful.

I decided at that time, that it was time for a change in my life, so I wanted to look like something that wasn’t human.”

Other modifications that Eva has completed are a total of eight horns in her head, tattoos all over her face and her tongue has been bifurcated (I trust you can decipher what that means from the pictures).

Due to all the modifications, Eva doesn’t identify as a human anymore and she says she is “trans-species.”

She went on to say:

“I would like for there to be an open dialogue about the world of body modification and understand what it was like to live as a gay-man for 53-years and now as a transsexual woman.

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what it means to be transsexual and then further than that – something that I’m introducing – the idea of trans-speciesism.

I consider myself not just to be human anymore; I’m human and reptilian. My greatest desire in life is to continue my body modification until my metamorphosis is complete.”

“This is what drives me – this is the reason why I get up every day and live.

I hope that my story will help other people – not only those who have gone through hard times, but also people who have lost hope.”

Maybe think twice next time before you tell your child they can be anything they want to be when they grow up.

There’s A Way You Can Buy Groceries At Costco Without Being A Member

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If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to walk through the glorious Costco warehouse doors that lead you into the much-loved shopping mecca, it goes without saying that having a membership to the store is definitely a worthwhile investment.

But not everyone is fortunate to live within a reasonable distance of a Costco store, and for some, the annual membership price might not be justified if they’re only making a couple of trips to the retailer a year.

Luckily, there’s a way to beat the system.

No membership? No problem! You can still shop at Costco without paying the members’ fee — and without even having to leave your house.

Food delivery services are growing in popularity, with stores like Amazon and Walmart offering store-to-door grocery delivery for customers.

Some stores, however, outsource to larger delivery services that will send a personal shopper to pick up your groceries at stores of your choice — all you have to do is pay a delivery fee and tip your shopper.

One of these services, Instacart, conveniently works closely with Costco, allowing users of the service to order groceries from the warehouse regardless of their membership status.

If you’re willing to eat the fee for delivery and tip, it might be a well worth it way to get those bulk products you need every once and a while.

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If You Own A Copy Of This Famous Mark Twain Book With A Typo, You Could Be Sitting On $160,000

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If you’re a grammar nerd or someone who pays intimate attention to detail, there can be nothing as irksome as incorrect grammar – be it a spelling error, improper punctuation or a harmless typo.

Aside from being a pain and total distraction to the reader, major typos can actually result in major costs for the book manufacturers if the book is a bestseller or an all-time classic.

This, in turn, means that owning one of these famously misprinted books could have you owning an extremely valuable collector’s item – And you might not even know it!

One of the most valuable misprints can be found in the original 1885 edition of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, the classic tale of friendship and mischief along the Mississippi River that served as the sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s comrade)

In the first printed issue of the novel, the word “Decides” was misprinted as “Decided”, and the word “saw” is mistyped as “was” on page 57.

And those two seemingly minuscule mishaps translate into big dollar signs for those who own a copy with the typos in tact – versions of the novel with these mistakes are fetching over $13,000 online, with signed copies going for over$162,000!

Who knew a couple of simple keyboard slips could be worth so much?

These two Twain typos are well-known in the world of rare book collectors – But what if there were more that haven’t been caught yet?

If you own a copy of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, you better go check!

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9 Of The Best Cameos That Have Ever Happened On “The Big Bang Theory”

There’s no denying that The Big Bang Theory is one of the most polarizing shows on the planet these days. Let’s take a look back at some of the best cameos on the show!

1. LeVar Burton

LeVar has been in a couple of Sheldon’s web series “Sheldon Cooper Presents: Fun With Flags.”

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2. Elon Musk

Elon came on a Thanksgiving episode and Howard meets him while they are both serving Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless.

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3. Bill Gates

In this cameo episode, Gates meets Penny to potentially partner his company along with Penny’s pharmaceutical company.

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4. Leonard Nemoy

Here, Nimoy plays a Spock (of course) action figure. Here he helps Sheldon figure out how to deal with guilt after breaking a valuable toy that was given to Leonard.

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5. Buzz Aldrin

This was one of the minor cameos, but Buzz Aldrin shows up in a Halloween episode handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

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6. Steve Wozniak

Sheldon kind of meets Steve when Sheldon is using his “Shelbot” to get around. He then asks guy that co-found Apple to sign his Apple II.

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7. Stan Lee

Penny tries to make it up to Sheldon that they missed the autograph signing so they go to Stan Lee’s house. He eventually gets the autograph but it’s sadly on a restraining order…

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8. Bill Nye

One time Professor Proton went to Leonard for advice instead of Sheldon. That was a poor move because Sheldon got revenge by hanging with Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

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9. George Takei

George shows up in a dream of Howard’s along side Katee Sackhoff (bonus cameo!) as well! In the dream Howard comes to the realization that he still has feelings for Bernadette.

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10. Stephen Hawking

He made a number of appearances on the show before his death. Once he appeared it was well known that Sheldon viewed him as a mentor and looked up to him. Didn’t we all?

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11. James Earl Jones

Of course this pop culture icon comes into the nerdiest tv show around. Sheldon runs into Jones and they become way too good of friends and eventually ding-dong ditch at Carrie Fisher’s house.

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Village Comes Together To Help These Frozen Birds In The Most Amazing Way

I’m not sure where you are in the world, but the general consensus is that it’s getting warmer. Thank goodness because I don’t think I could handle much more cold weather.

It seems like these birds in Bulgaria (good band name?) were getting a bit too chilly and they might have regretted not flying more South for the winter. They were freezing to death but these kind Bulgarians didn’t let that happen.

It was so cold in Bulgaria that these wild storks couldn’t even fly because their wings were icy. Unlike Southwest Airlines they didn’t have any de-icer so the next best thing was to get to shelter.

That’s when this village hopped into action.

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It all started with Safet Halil, a 53-year-old maintenance worker that knew he had to help. He told a news report:

“I found five frozen storks near the village road the day before yesterday. I took them home, lit a stove to warm them and fed them fish.”

You know, just what any normal Bulgarian would do, right? Once the town heard of what he was doing on social media, others did the same. Safet started a movement of people bringing in storks into their homes.

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In a video posted on Facebook, shows a man and his family just hanging out with storks. It shows him helping one stork get ice off it’s wings with others huddling around for warmth on a blanket and the surrounding couches. Even the man’s child is just hanging out with the storks.

It seems like the that Safet’s generosity really caught wind in the village of Zaritsa, Bulgaria. Their news reported that over 40 birds received shelter from people around the village. Someone even gave up their bed for these beautiful storks?! Maybe the people of Bulgaria need to show America how to be kind.

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All these heroic acts basically saved these stork’s lives. Hristina Klisurova, a spokesperson from the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center said that these birds are used to a warmer spring. She said to AFP, “It’s the first time that we have seen so many storks in distress in Bulgaria.”

She also stressed to make sure that the people should only take in birds that are sick or injured and to release them as soon as possible so they are able to stay wild.

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The good people of Bulgaria aren’t the only heroes in this story, the great men and women from the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center have been out in the snow looking to help the storks as well.

Safet said that, “I already received two or three beak pinches on the arms,” but he’s still keeping them for a bit longer. Apparently the weather isn’t getting any better.

If you were inspired by this amazing story, you can donate to Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center so they can keep the heat on for the storks!

Budget Better: Things You Should Never Buy At The Dollar Store

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We brought you the best items to get at the dollar store, but these are common Dollar Tree purchases we think you’re better off skipping.

Although they may be only $1 a pop, you may be throwing money down the drain by investing in these low grade items. You can sometimes risk substandard quality, missing components and smaller packaging.

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It’s best to err on the side of caution for some dollar store deals like cables and toys that may not meet safety requirements or are prone to breaking. Consider skipping over potential medicine and vitamin knock-offs that risk inferior quality to a drugstore version, or opting for Costco for some bulk buys.

When shopping for these 9 everyday items, you’re better off scoping out wholesale stores or the clearance aisle at retail stores if you’re on a tight budget.

I'll buy that for a dollar!

Avoid being short-changed, and check out our list of products you should skip at Dollar Tree and shop for elsewhere.

Electric cords

It’s best to err on the side of caution when buying cords and cables at the dollar store. Some merchandise may not reach safety requirements or may be prone to breaking.

Toys

Toys run the same risk as cords, so consider buying toys from the clearance aisle at a retail store if you’re on a tight budget.

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Tools

Tools at the dollar store are typically of substandard quality, so you may want to find a discounted set at a hardware store instead.

Medicines

Medicines at the dollar store may be missing ingredients, so you’re better off buying at a drugstore to ensure the highest quality.

 

Hot item at the Dollar Store…

Vitamins

Similar to medicines, we recommend purchasing vitamins at your local drugstore.

Pet food

In addition to medicines and vitamins, you run the risk that dollar store pet food is missing ingredients and of lesser quality.

Soda

Soda at the dollar store is often packaged in only 1L bottles, so you’ll most likely find a better bargain at a grocery shop or wholesale store.

 

When I go to the 99 Cent Store, I always try to guess which brand of soda Shasta is ripping off…

Chewing gum

Similar to soda, gum is often sold in smaller packaging at the dollar store, so you’re better off buying in bulk at wholesale store.

Batteries

You risk knock-offs to name brand versions that are less efficient.

 

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This Real Life Optical Illusion Gets More Confusing The Longer You Look At It

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A photo of a seemingly impossible construction site is making waves on the internet. The photo was first posted by Reddit user zibin in 2015, but has popped up again on social media.

 

Accidental Esher

The photo has been named “Accidental Escher,” after the Dutch artist M.C. Escher who is known for his mind-boggling optical illusions.

The photo shows two construction workers working on a bridge, but the angle of the photo makes it seem impossible that the machine the workers are standing on could reach underneath the bridge.

While the picture is confusing and could take hours to discover what’s actually going on, the answer is quite simple.

The construction lift that the workers are standing on has a crane arm that can move horizontally and vertically. In the picture, the crane is positioned towards the camera in a way that makes the bizarre illusion.

If you still don’t get what’s happening in the picture, one Reddit user created a simple drawing to help explain the illusion:

 

The happiest picture i have ever seen

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Police Officer “Accidentally” Steals A Burrito From A Gas Station And His Reaction Was Hilarious

It all started out so innocent!

“Police don’t seem super well liked on reddit but what the hell. This happened a few weeks ago.

I woke up one morning at 5:00 A.M. tired as fuck. I put my uniform, checked my gear, kissed my sleeping wife, and slowly walked to my patrol car parked in front of my apartment building, probably looking like a stereotypical zombie in a police uniform that you might see on TV or in a video game.

I started my normal routine: Got in the car, turned on the radar, checked on duty, and started playing music from the best “prepare for a police shift” album of all time: “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim OST”. Now for my 15 minute commute to the city.”

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You know it started out like any other day…

“My vehicle was getting low on gas so I stopped at my favorite gas station to fill up, and went inside for my daily breakfast burrito. I went in, put my Sausage, Egg, and Cheese burrito in a paper tray, and grabbed all the needed hot sauces. Then I grabbed a cup and filled it with water, just like I do as the beginning of every shift. After this, still in zombie mode, and went back to my patrol vehicle with the goodies and continued on with my day.”

I assume he looked something like this:

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…or this…

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“At about noon, I get a call from my Sergeant, who simply said “I need to talk to you at the department.”

Oblivious as to why he would need to talk to me, I began heading to the police department. Millions of thoughts rushed through my head, all wondering what he would want to discuss with me. Upon my arrival, I was directed to my Lieutenant’s office. When I walked in, I heard a stern, “Close the door”. At this point I knew this wasn’t good. I sat down, disturbed as fuck, being stared down by my Corporal. Sergeant, and Lieutenant.”

Safe to say he wasn’t like Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street…

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“After a preface from my Sergeant, he says, “Tell me everything that happened this morning, especially at the gas station.

I didn’t say anything, just sat there and thought about it again. “Aaawww…….shit. I forgot to pay for my burrito.” Then I just heard “Guess what, that’s theft.”

After a “Come to Jesus” moment with my superiors, I left, went straight to the gas station, and paid for my burrito. They didn’t want to press charges.”

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“Although nothing really came of this incident, the shitty part of this is I can’t go back and fix what that looked like to the other customers. All they saw was what looked like an entitled cop not paying for a burrito.

On a lighter tone, Now other officers have nicknamed me “The Burrito Burglar” and jokingly ask for tips on how to steal stuff when I see them.”

People on Reddit were laughing out loud real hard. Most commenters conferred with him saying they had done the same, but also it never happened again.

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Someone Realized How Ridiculous People Look When They Are Trying To Sell Mirrors Online And I Can’t Look Away

Have you (or your grandma) ever tried to sell a mirror online? There is a certain way to take a picture of a mirror but it seems most people haven’t realized how to do it. You know maybe if you don’t take the image right in front of the mirror? There are things called angles and they work!

But it seems like Twitter user SilviuMajor found that this is a common problem. His thread of tweets has gone viral and since then people have been adding other images to the thread. Some people try to get away from the mirror and some just love the full on shot. It’s like they are selling themselves too!

Some of the images towards the end of the thread got a bit NSFW and I don’t think they are trying to sell a mirror.

So without further delay, let’s take a look at all these funny people.

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Also if you were doubting that this was a thing I just looked on Craigslist and found these gems.

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Killer Perks Of Working At Starbucks

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The company that brought you the Frappuccino has been making headlines recently. From announcing plans to open locations in Italy by Spring 2017, to a new roll-out plan that tightens the company’s reward program rules, there’s no question that Starbucks is amid a company facelift of sorts.

In recent years, Starbucks has also made big changes in the realm of employee perks and benefits. We must say, working at this company seems like a pretty sweet deal, whether you like your coffee with sugar or not.

Here are our top 5 perks that the coffee enterprise offers:

Free stuff

Each week, employees are allowed to choose either a pound of coffee beans (whatever blend they prefer), a box of K-Cup® Pods or a box of their favorite flavor of Tazo tea, to take home. Employees are also entitled to a 30 percent discount on all Starbucks food and drink.

 

Stocks on Stocks

Employees are entered in to the company’s “Bean Stock” program, which offers them shares of the company through Restricted Stock Units (which become actual company shares over time).

So long as employees stay employed for one full year (fully, without breaks or prolonged absences), they’re eligible to receive the first 50 percent of the stock grant after that first year, followed by the second half after their second year working for Starbucks.

Once the employee owns the full share, they are permitted to do whatever they want with them.

“Partners”

Partially having to do with the stock ownership and partially in an effort to make everyone in the company feel more united and equally as valued, Starbucks management refers to their employees as “partners”.

Reaping the benefits (package)

Starbucks offers extensive benefits packages that are customized for each employee, called “Your Special Blend.” Options include things like bonuses, 401 (k) matching plans, health/medical/dental plans, and even adoption assistance. The best part about the packages? Both part-time and full-time employees are eligible.

Get educated

Starbucks will pay their employees’ college tuitions. Yes, you read that correctly. Through 40 different online programs at Arizona State University, employees who are juniors and seniors in college can earn their Bachelor’s degree on the company’s dime, while freshmen and sophomores are eligible for their tuition to be partially paid for.

There really isn’t a catch, as employees are not required to stay with Starbucks after they earn their degree. Plus, employees that are already in pursuit of a degree at another online institution can apply to transfer their credits to Arizona State and be eligible for Starbucks’ program.

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Here Are All The Best Ways To Save More On Amazon

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Everyone knows and loves Amazon Prime, whether they personally have a subscription or not.

The subscription program is full of benefits for the avid Amazon user, from discounts on selected products to free two-day shipping. If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, it would only be to your advantage to use the service.

The website itself is known for always having great prices and deals across the seemingly never-ending categories of products that it sells.

But while Prime may take the spotlight for the best savings program that Amazon has to offer, the website lists and offers so many other deals and programs daily and weekly that offer equal, if not better benefits.

Take a look at these 11 deals and programs that Amazon offers that aren’t Prime:

Subscribe and Save program
Get up to a 15 percent discount and ship a specific item to you on a set schedule of monthly intervals

Friday sale
Special discounts on certain items every Friday

Trade-in program
You can trade-in used and old items for cash, and the site will evaluate how much you’ll be paid for the item(s) before you send them in

Lightning deal
Offers savings on one item for just four hours

Warehouse deals
Discounts on open box and used items

Amazon Mom subscription
Program that gives same benefits as prime, plus additional discounts on items like diapers and wipes

Today’s Deals
Page of all special and regular discounts occurring on the site that day

Price guarantee
If the price of an item you purchase through the site drops within seven days of your purchase, Amazon will refund you the difference (as long as the seller and shipper of the original item is Amazon)

Goldbox deal
Showcases one item that Amazon offers an extra discount on every day

Amazon Student subscription
Program that gives you six months of Amazon Prime for free and half-off membership price after the six months

Free Shipping
If your order is $25 or more, or you have an Amazon Prime subscription

Whether you’re trying to save on a specific item or sign up for a program that’s going to get you great deals and benefits monthly, chances are Amazon probably has something that’ll work for you.

After all, you don’t just become the world’s largest online retailer by chance!

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After Being Abandoned At The Vet, This Baby Bulldog Became Their Newest Employee

Originally this tiny puppy named Huck was bought from a breeder. But there was something a little bit off about him. He was able to get potty trained but it wasn’t even his fault.

His family at the time thought there was something much more off about him so they tried to take him back to the breeder but he didn’t take any returns. He did give the family a second bulldog pup so now they had two dogs, but didn’t know what to do with Huck.

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That’s when they brought him to Harbor Point Animal Hospital. It’s a local vet and the family hoped they would know what to do with Huck. They originally brought their second puppy to the vet to get him checked out (why wouldn’t they take both?) and they mentioned Huck and his odd behavior.

Dr. Jamie Laity is the vet on duty and she said to bring Huck in and she’d take a look at him. After a thorough exam and x-rays, Dr. Laity thought that Huck had spina bifida.

According to the Mayo Clinic, spina bifida is:

“A birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly.”

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The family sadly didn’t want Huck and surrendered him to the animal hospital. Dr. Laity wanted a second opinion so she kept Huck over the weekend but during that time she couldn’t get enough of Huck. This is the reason why I could never be a vet, I would want all the animals.

She got the second opinion and her prognosis of spina bifida was correct. Next she made it official and adopted the fun loving Huck.

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Amy Laity, Jamie’s wife, is the manager at Harbor Point and she told The Dodo:

“Dr. Laity couldn’t resist Huck and she and everyone at Harbor Point fell in love with him instantly. She couldn’t give him up and risk that he would end up in a home that couldn’t properly care for him, or even worse, end up euthanized.”

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Since Dr. Laity is well you know, a vet, she was totally equipped with the skills to take care of Huck. He wears a diaper around and doesn’t seem to care at all. Honestly I think he sports it with class.

The staff at Harbor Point loves him, and he hangs out in the reception area during the day saying hi to everyone that comes through the door.

Amy continued to say:

“He loves trying to hop into the bathtub and seems to really enjoy the water. He has quickly learned to stand and hold still for his frequent diaper changes, and is a really good sport about wearing all of the silly outfits we put him in!”

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He is currently in doggy day care, learning all the right skills to be a good boy. People that come in to the vet love him and they take selfies with him because he’s so dang cute!

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Amy concluded:

“You really wouldn’t know anything was wrong with him if he didn’t have his diapers. He is a happy, healthy, playful puppy!”

Are you still feeling all warm and fuzzy from Suzi’s adoption story?! Well head on over to ASPCA’s (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) site and find out how to adopt your own four-legged friend!

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19 April Fools Pranks That Won’t Make Your Friends And Co-Workers Totally Hate You

Now I know this says that’s it’s for April Fools day, but for me April Fools is like Christmas. It can be year round if you want it to be!

1. Hide a penny a day for the whole month of April in the same spot…or at least until they go crazy.

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2. Put googly eyes all over everything in your apartment

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3. Hide a walkie talkie in their closet and make animal or ghost noises in the middle of the night.

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4. Or hide battery powered alarm clocks all over the house.

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6. Leave a note on their car about damaging it…but obviously don’t actually hit their car.

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7. Print this out and leave it near the printer or copier, then sit back and watch Karen yell at the printer.

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8. Fill a mayonnaise jar with vanilla pudding and bring it to lunch in public.

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9. Screenshot their phone and delete all their apps and see how they handle life afterwards.

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10. Replace their entire closet with the kitchen supplies and put their clothes in the kitchen.

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11. Change a few words to different ones in the settings of their phone. To do this, follow:

Settings –> General –> Keyboard –> Text Replacement

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12. Basically anything to do with Nicholas Cage is a good April Fools prank, but leaving his face at the copier is equally terrifying and hilarious.

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13. Send them an image of the typing bubbles to drive them crazy for a few minutes.

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14. Sign their number up for text services like this Daily Llama image service.

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15. This one is pretty meta, just go buy a bunch of delicious donuts and put a “Happy April Fools Day” sign on them and watch as people try and figure out what you did to them.

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16. Hide a play snake in your fridge, or at the grocery store if you are feeling really crazy.

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17. Or bugs work too!

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18. Or maybe even go back to those donuts and fill em with ketchup after they figured out that they were fine to eat, DOUBLE WHAMMY!

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19. Finally just slash your enemy’s tires!

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Autistic Man Learns Law By Himself And Successfully Sues Gym After They Called Him Stupid

It seems like everyday we are peppered with negativity in the news so it’s always nice to see some negativity turned into positivity!

So for this story we find ourselves at the gym. Now if you are at the gym you’ve already made the decision to make yourself better at life. We’ve all had that New Year’s Resolution to get back to the gym and I’ve tried many times and failed just as much. So when someone gets their ass to the gym, they should automatically get a round of applause.

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Ketan Aggarwal is one of those amazing people that actually went to the gym. He was at a Virgin Active club spin class in London when he was the victim of a hate crime. Ketan is actually autistic and staff members at the gym actually had the audacity to call him “stupid.”

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So instead of being sad about being called names, what did Ketan do? Oh you know he just did what any normal person would do, he went and learned law to sue them…and THEN HE WON!

It all began when Ketan and another classmate at the spin class said that the music was too slow for the routine they were doing. Then the instructor yelled:

Don’t tell me how to do my job.

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This wasn’t all though, the instructors continued with the class and shouted at Ketan a few more times using the word “stupid.” Ketan followed his appointment with a formal complaint to Virgin Active but no action was taken against the employee.

Since nothing ever happened, Ketan decided to keep the fight up and sued Virgin Active for disability discrimination. Normally, Ketan worked as an Office Administrator but in his free time he would go to his local library and read up on the law on disability discrimination.

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It took him two years but he didn’t stop and he eventually won the case. Virgin Active was ordered to pay him costs, compensation and to formally apologize. I would have gotten the apology on video but Ketan is probably not that petty.

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This is what he had to say:

“He called me stupid twice. Calling someone with a mental disability ‘stupid’ is similar to mocking a guy in a wheelchair.

If I was that stupid I wouldn’t have been able to successfully pursue the claim against a solicitor of a billion-pound company. It was two years coming and it was hard work.

I’m not a legal professional and I had to do a huge amount of paperwork. I had to live in the library, picking up law from the books and getting templates for submitting paperwork from the internet.

It was worth it though. It wasn’t about the money it was about the principle.”

Isn’t that awesome?! He did it because of the principle! Amazing!

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