A Mom With Twins Was About To Get Kicked Off A Plane But Another Mom Stepped In And Stopped That

This article isn’t sponsored by Kleenex, but trust me it will be good have some nearby after you finish it!

It’s not everyday that you get to read about superheroes in real life. This mom that came to the rescue though is more heroic than Iron Man, Captain America and Black Panther combined!

The Facebook page “Love What Matters” posted this story on Facebook and it went viral. Mackenzie Murphy recounted what she saw on a recent flight she was on.

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“Well, yesterday’s supposed-to-be easy day of travel turned into an incredibly long day of travel home. This restored my faith in humanity. Yesterday, this woman on my flight had twin babies, probably under 6 months, not so sure of the age.

It was a very packed flight so they started taking carry on luggage to store under the plane. A gate worker took this woman’s car seat, meaning she would now have to hold both babies since they weren’t old enough to sit up on their own in a seat.

When she sat down on the plane, a flight attendant immediately told her she couldn’t hold both babies, and would have to leave the flight.

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A mother sitting in front of me, with permission from the other mother, volunteered to hold one of her babies for the entire flight. Keep in mind this was a flight that was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes.

We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours! Without a complaint this woman fed the other woman’s baby and burped him.”

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If you don’t think it could get better, it does! The Good Samaritan Mother’s daughter started to cry and she used it as a teaching moment.

Murphy went on to say:

“Her own daughter started crying. This mom, so calmly, went on to explain to her young daughter that ‘our job is to help other people. This mom is all by herself with no help, and really needs another mom to help.’

She then went on to hold him, sing him songs, and then he slept the entire flight without even a cry. My heart still feels fuzzy.”

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“Moral of the story is when you see people needing help, do the right thing and help them.”

Safe to say everyone went crazy over this story. It’s such a refreshing look at humanity when we have to listen to the garbage news everyday.

Here are some of the top comments from everyone:

“I had a similar experience on SW flight 179. I was traveling last week alone with my 3 month old and she had trouble with her ears/teeth. She screamed and cried for 30 minutes straight and a woman asked is she could help by rocking her, that she had 3 daughters.

Another passenger offered to help by holding her and another called to me as I walked the aisle, “we’ve been there so many times. You’re doing a great job!” I got teary -eyed being the recipient of such compassion. There were a lot of great human beings on that long flight from Baltimore to San Diego.” – Vanessa P.

“That is so true it takes a village and as decent human beings we are supposed to help” – Ashley S.

“I love how she explained that to her own child! Hopefully her daughter then got involved, too! It’s nice to see people helping each other, and it’s even nicer to see people teach such valuable lessons to kids in such a kind way!”

Humans can be pretty dang cool sometimes!

You’re About To Go Crazy For This 90s-Themed Cards Against Humanity Expansion Pack

Cards Against Humanity is like our generation’s bridge. You know that game ever grandma you know plays? Well I can’t wait to play it when I’m an old guy with all the people in the old home.

You know we are going to do it, it’s not like we are going to lose our first love of a card game and go to BRIDGE.

Well to keep the lovers of 90s pop culture loving Cards Against Humanity, they have unleashed a 90s nostalgia pack that is less than $10! It’s even available on Amazon Prime so you can have it ASAP!

Here are few examples of the white cards:

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Here are a few examples of the black cards:

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So what are you waiting for? Grab them now before Y2K happens again!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson

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1. He’s the most-awarded artist of all time. 

He won more awards than any other musician dead or alive, including 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys and 26 American Music Awards.

2. He’s made more money than any artist after their death.

In the first year after his passing, his estate made $1 billion.

3. Michael Jackson’s famous “Moonwalk” is modeled after the mime artist, Marcel Marceau’s routine.

4. He invented patented boots that allows the wearer to “defy gravity.”

He wore them to pull off his famous “lean” in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.

5. “Billie Jean” was the first music video by a black artist to air on MTV.

6. He bought publishing rights to most of The Beatles’ catalog for $47 million.

7. The costumes in the “Thriller” video all came from the Salvation Army.

8. He was the godfather of Lionel Ritchie’s daughter, Nicole Ritchie.

9. He won eight Grammy’s in 1984, the most ever won by one person in a single year.

10. His 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch has a theme park, zoo and movie theater and was valued at $100 million.

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Baby Orangutan That Was Rescued Two Years Ago And Could Barely Move Looks Unrecognizable Now

Poachers are the worse type of human beings. That’s saying a lot when you put them past telemarketers and used car salesmen. They are particularly the worst because of this story. I don’t care if you are Putin or Kim Jong Un, nobody should treat orangutans poorly, or any animals for that matter.

Rescuers found Gito back in 2015 and they weren’t even sure if he was alive at that point. He did not look good after poachers had gotten his mother. His hair had all fallen out, was laying in his own urine and he was curled up in a ball.

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The IAR wrote on their website:

“At first we thought he was dead. He was lying corpse-like with his arms folded across his chest and this, along with a lack of hair and grey flaking skin, made him look almost mummified in his cardboard coffin.”

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They rushed him to the nearest veterinary clinic to receive all the care he needed. He was just starting his long road to recovery. But now he’s looking a bit different…

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LOOK AT THAT FACE! Thank goodness that he was saved, because he had so much more life to live!

His hair is all back and his orange skin is back to normal. He is in IAR’s orangutan rehabilitation program and is living in a forest free of poachers now. They are there to understand what it’s like to live in the wild.

Baby orangutans usually live the first several years of their lives with their mothers so rehabilitators keep a close eye on all the young guys there.

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Lis Key, the communications manager at IAR said this to The Dodo about their rehab:

“At the rehabilitation center, the young orangutans are constantly monitored. As they grow in confidence and ability, they move from baby school, through forest school and then on to the pre-release island.”

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She continued onto say specifically about Gito:

“Out in the forest, Gito loves to climb high and explore. He usually takes his friends with him, but he’s also happy to play on his own. He is learning fast — currently on his list to learn is how to forage the forest for food. Then after that, it will be how to make a nest for the night.”

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Gito still has a lot work to do, but Key and the rest of IAR are confident he will be able to be released into the wild eventually.

She concluded:

“Behavioral data is gathered and analyzed to determine when each individual is ready for reintroduction into the wild.

This is the journey that Gito has already embarked on — which one day should lead him back into a safe, protected area of forest where he can resume his life as a wild orangutan.”

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9 Royal Wedding Mess-Ups That You Had No Clue About

For centuries, the Royal Wedding over across the pond in England has been a spectacle of grandeur. I bet if they had social media back in the day, we would have some great #ThrowbackThursdays.

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Who knows maybe the royal family would have had their own reality show like The Kardashians, aka the royal family over in the US.

But did you know that some Royal Weddings haven’t gone on without a slip up or two? They kept them secret at the time, but as time has passed, we’ve found out about the following times there was a hitch…at the hitching.

1. Princess Diana had a terrible headache at her ceremony

Somehow Princess Diana held it together at her wedding. It’s safe to say she is one of the most memorable Princesses in our lifetime, and her poise was a huge reason why. The headache came from the Spencer Family Tiara she had been wearing all day.

Her brother, Charles Spencer said:

“In the evening [after the wedding] we all went to a sort of semi-private party. And she was there and she seemed incredibly relaxed and happy and I just remember she had a cracking headache too, because she wasn’t used to wearing a tiara all morning”

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2. Prince William tore up the guest list, per The Queen’s request!

William had received his wedding invitation list and it had 777 people on it. It didn’t have one person he or his soon to be wife, Catherine, knew. So he spoke to The Queen and she said tear it up and start from scratch with the friends you want!

3. Diana screwed up Prince Charles name

There’s a lot of nerves going on at the altar, I get it. But when you’re Royal blood, you can’t afford mistakes! If you listen to the following clip, you can hear her say “Philip Charles Arthur George” when it was supposed to be Charles Philip!

4. King George IV got hammered at his wedding

I mean what can you do when it’s an open bar you are paying for! That would be the excuse for a normal person, but King George IV wasn’t normal. I bet the liquor was much stronger back in 1795 too. His groomsmen had to prop him up, Weekend At Bernie’s style, and he even refused to say his vows.

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5. Marie Antoinette’s wedding dress didn’t fit and was a mess

Every picture out there depicts Antoinette’s as a work of art but it was far from that. They tried everything to make it fit but in the end they had to cover up the holes with fabric.

6. Kate Middleton’s Ring Almost Didn’t Fit

Prince William chose to not receive a ring at their wedding but Kate Middleton definitely got her bling. She had gotten it sized after she lost a bit of weight and the ring got stuck at the knuckle. Awkward!

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7. Queen Elizabeth’s tiara broke the morning of her wedding

Back in 1947 Queen Elizabeth had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction, nothing as bad a Janet Jackson though. They had to get a tiara fixed that was made for Queen Mary back in 1919. The tiara got a police escort to the official royal jeweler!

8. Prince Charles Vows

Back in 1981 when Diana and Charles got married, Charles said “all his goods” instead of “my worldly goods.” I think that’s fine slang, but maybe not when you’re about to be crowned?

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9. Alfred the Great learning of his bad fortune…

And finally we have Alfred the Great, and his Great kerfuffle. All the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong when he complained of a sharp pain. Historians think he suffered from Crohn’s disease when that wasn’t even a thing that people knew about.

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Don’t Sleep

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Whether it was because you were studying for a test or binge-watching a show on Netflix, we’ve all pulled all-nighters.

Yet, not sleeping can be very damaging to your health.

One study found that for every 24 hours you don’t sleep, your energy and performance decreases by 25 percent.

That’s because even though your body is awake, parts of your brain shut down and take their own nap.

Not getting enough sleep is the equivalent of being drunk. One researcher found only getting five hours of sleep a night or pulling an all-nighter is the same as drinking four or more drinks.

You’re also more likely to get sick. One study found that people who don’t get enough sleep at night are four times more likely to catch a cold.

And while one night of sleep is bad for your health, sometimes it happens. Things get steadily worse the longer you go without giving your body and mind a rest.

After four days of not sleeping, you might begin to hallucinate and become paranoid that someone is after you. Memory function begins to decrease and you start having trouble concentrating.

So even if that last episode on Netflix is calling your name, turn it off and get a good night’s rest.

Your body and mind will thank you.

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Here’s What Actually Happens When You Swallow Gum

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There are a lot of rumors about what happens to gum when you swallow it. Some say it sticks around in your stomach for seven years.

Well, don’t be afraid — it doesn’t stick around forever.

There are three basic components to digestion. You have to mechanically break down the food – e.g. chewing. Next, enzymes in your saliva help pull nutrients from the food. Lastly, acids break down the food in your stomach so it can easily pass through your intestines.

Since gum is made from a rubber base — it doesn’t break up into small bits through chewing.

After swallowing it, the whole wad is left in your stomach to be broken down by the enzymes and acids.

But again, the rubber base is resistant.

Eventually it passes through your digestive track as is — no harm done.

So while it won’t kill you and won’t stick around forever, give your digestive system a break and spit the wad out instead of swallowing.

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The Internet Can’t Believe That This Woman Had Her Mother-In-Law Be Her Surrogate

Starting a family can be one of the most difficult things a couple can do. It always seemed so easy right? You and your partner get “in the mood for love”, have a little sexy time, and nine months later, a child is born.

Take a normal couple like Kayla and Cody Jones.

The Jones’ were beyond ready to start a family once they had set their minds to it.

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Unfortunately, Kayla previously had a partial hysterectomy back when she was a teenager, barring her the natural ability to carry children. The couple, who hail from Arkansas, had been searching for their perfect and right surrogate since they got married back in the days of 2012.

After a few options didn’t work out, they took a very different kind of offer, and accepted an offer from Cody’s mom, Patty Resecker, who stepped up to carry their baby.

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Nope you didn’t read that wrong – the baby’s eventual grandmother was going to be the carrier for the gestational period.

For those of you playing at home and are unaware of what a gestational carrier actually is, well…its the proper term for a woman who carries a baby made from another woman’s egg. Meanwhile a surrogate is someone who carries a baby made from her own egg for another couple.

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Kayla, 29, told the website Love That Matters:

“At first I thought the doctors may think we were crazy, but as I researched I found other grandmothers who had been surrogates. After much testing, my mother-in-law was cleared to carry our baby!”

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The couple had an embryo transferred into Resecker’s uterus in March 2017, but it didn’t take, after undergoing an in vitro fertilization egg retrieval in October 2016.

In May 2017, they retrieved a second embryo. As luck prevailed, this time Resecker became pregnant at age 50.

Kayla and Cody were able to do the initial at-home pregnancy test themselves, stating:

“The day we found out was the second best day of my life (the first best day was the day Kross was born!).

Patty left a urine sample in a specimen cup on her porch before she left for work.

I picked it up and my husband and I tested at home. I cannot describe the feeling of seeing two pink lines!”

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The pregnancy went well and Kross Allen Jones was born on Dec. 30 via c-section.

The son’s mother said that carrying her own grandchild for her son and daughter-in-law was a “privilege”, as well as being one of the single-most rewarding experiences of her life. “This is something that has blessed not only me and my family, but also Kayla’s family,” she said.

A child is a lifetime commitment and I knew there weren’t two more deserving people than them. To see them with Kross and see the parents they’re already becoming thrills my soul.

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Just over a month old, the newborn Kross is thriving, as the now very close family reports. The couple’s mother/mother-in-law recovered from her pregnancy and surgery and is apparently enjoying her newfound role as the mother and grandmother of a child named Kross.

Gus Kenworthy Is A True American Hero After Rescuing Over 90 Dogs From A Korean Meat Farm After The Olympics

As far as skiing goes, Gus Kenworthy, silver medalist at the Sochi Olympics, has more on his mind that the slopes.

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After medalling in the Winter Olympics in Russia four years ago, Kenworthy made time between his grueling workouts and training to rescue three dogs from homelessness. Mamuchka, and two puppies, Mishka & Jake, now live with the Olympic skier’s mother.

This year, Kenworthy attended the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, but his goal was much different.

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On Saturday, along with his boyfriend, Matt Wilkus, they visited a dog farm, and with the help from team members of Humane Society International (HSI), they rescued 90 dogs that were next on the chopping block, to be butchered for the local meat trade.

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The dogs found at the farm were found barely alive in the harsh winter weather. During an interview with The Dodo, Kelly O’Meara, vice president of companion animals & engagement at HSI, told the website:

“The dogs are freezing and exposed to all of the elements, in their metal cages or makeshift wooden boxes.”

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She continued:

“In addition, they are overcrowded in their cages, barely able to move around, or tied so closely to their boxes that they can only move forward and backward

They often bark and scramble at the front of the bars of their cages or end of their chains as we walk by, just to get a moment of attention from humans”

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Later on Instagram, Kenworthy wrote

“I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in ‘good conditions’ by comparison to other farms.

The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions.

When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes.”

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He continued to write:

“Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade.”

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Surprisingly, the owner of this canine slaughter farm had actually contacted HSI about closing the farm due to a change of heart; HSI were more than happy to help that happen. Even though the owner had been farming dogs for over 10 years, he had enough and wanted to close down this nightmare for good.

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Despite his past actions, he was eager to see this slaughter farm be gone forever.

“He did not want to send his dogs to slaughter, so he reached out to HSI to help him close the farm, rescue the dogs and transition to a new livelihood of mushroom farming,” O’Meara said.

The HSI is already preparing to transport all 90 dogs to Canada, to help them find permanent & loving homes. Kenworthy even decided to take in one of the rescued dogs himself – a little puppy named Beemo.

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5 Reasons Drinking Milk Is Bad For Your Body

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1. It has lots of hormones

Dairy cows are kept on sex hormones for their entire lives, so they can produce milk the entire year-round.

When you drink milk, you also consume the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which can affect your own normal hormonal function.

2. It increases the risk of cancer

Exposure to estrogen in milk increases the risk of cancer.

A Harvard study of women age 26 to 46 showed that those with the highest intake of dairy also had the highest risk of breast cancer.

For men, multiple studies have showed a strong link between milk consumption and prostate cancer.

3. It may actually make your bones weaker

Milk has long been associated with strong bones.

But a study by the British Medical Journal showed that women who drink three or more glasses of milk a day have a 60% increased risk for a hip fracture.

Other studies show milk may increase women’s risk of getting osteoporosis.

4. It gives you acne

Milk produces and stimulates hormones linked with acne.

Dairy products and products with high glycemic levels are the leading acne-causing foods.

5. You’re probably lactose intolerant

You may not have had a formal diagnosis, but 3 out of 4 people lack the enzyme for digesting cow’s milk.

One study reported 33% of people suffering from either migraines or asthma.

Having their conditioned improved significantly after removing milk from their diet.

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Heroic Dog Saves His Family From A Robbery As He Jumps In Front Of Bullets Like A Movie

A German Shepherd, named Rex, who lives with his family in Washington state is being called a hero since last week. Rex, the adorable canine savior, put his puppy-life on the line to save his 16-year-old sibling, Javier.

It is this act of doggy-courage that is rightly earning Rex his heroic accolades.

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Q13 Fox News reports that on Wednesday afternoon, Rex and Javier were all alone, when two thieves broke in.

Terrified, Javier ran upstairs and hid in a bedroom closet while he phoned the local police. Meanwhile, super-doggo Rex refused to back down in the name of fear. For Rex, his owner’s life was more important than his own in the moment.

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Javier’s aunt later wrote online, that Rex confronted the intruders, who retorted by attacking the defending pupper. Rex then sought strategic retreat, though he was far from backing out of this life and death battle.

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According to Susy Cadena, Javier’s aunt, ”Rex stormed back to the upstairs floor all beat up and bloody from the beating to check on his master who was still hiding in the closet.

Soon, the burglars proceeded to the upstairs floor and trashed all the bedrooms. As they entered the room where my nephew was hiding in the closet, Rex came out with the little strength he had left in him and threw himself at them as he knew my nephew was in danger.”

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The thieves proceeded to shoot at Rex, striking him at least three times before they cowardly fled the scene, leaving Javier unharmed. However, as the fight in the house ended, Rex, the hero dog, was entering into a new fight, the struggle for his own life.

As soon as police arrived on the scene, authorities rushed the brave canine to the BluePearl Veterinary Clinic in the town of Renton.

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Rex was sedated and stabilized, but an expensive surgical procedure was needed in order to save his life, and Rex’s family couldn’t afford to provide the crucial care he needed on their own. So facing financial struggle and Rex’s sweet little life, hundreds of strangers responded to the call for assistance almost immediately.

Javier’s aunt started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000 to cover Rex’s stifling medical costs. Just a few days later, more than $60,000 in donations had been collected to go towards saving Rex’s precious life. On Friday, Rex underwent the vital surgery that would help save his life for good. Happily, the surgery was an amazing success and Rex’s life was saved.

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That following Sunday, Rex was released from the veterinary clinic with a clean bill of health. Rex is now back home with his family, surrounded by all the tender and loving care his bruised and beaten little body requires.

Rex’s family spoke with The Dodo not soon after:

“Thanks to God, Rex is doing much better. It’s going to take a lot of therapy, time and lots of love from all of us for him to go back to being the sweet dog he used to be.

But don’t doubt for a minute that we will do everything in our power to help him get there soon.”

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This Clown Motel Has Been Deemed The Creepiest Place To Stay In America

Have you grown disenchanted with your sleep schedule and you crave a severe lack of sleep? Is getting a good night’s rest beginning to grow old for you?

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If you answered yes to both and care very a little about your REM cycles, then hop on over to Tonopah, Nevada, because The Clown Motel is ready to invade your cognitive gears and further disrupt that comfy part of your brain that digs a good doze.

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Have you craved a more head-on experience with the disturbing feelings left by last summer’s hit killer-clown movie, It? Does the hazy vision of an illuminated juggling clown, beckoning you to the hotel guaranteeing “clean rooms” (a seemingly minor endorsement) and “single beds for 39.50”? Again if you answered yes to both questions, then you have to get your twisted buns over to Nevada’s premiere The Clown Motel!

The lobby of The Clown Motel, is strewn with giggling, face-painted circus demons, including a life-sized clown sitting in a chair, cradling a number of smaller clown dolls in its lap, like something out of an 80’s horror movie (mostly thinking of that doll in Poltergeist).

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Beyond the comparisons to something like, I don’t know, Killer Klowns From Outer Space (look it up, if you can) ever room is…clown-themed!

All the doors come with clowns adorning them, while the rooms’ walls are littered with portraits of famous clowns, such as Bozo and, I guess other famous clowns?

In the words of George Costanza, there is no clown more famous than Bozo, so I don’t know where they’re sourcing these other historically-relevant clowns from.

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Is all this not creepy enough for you? Do you need a second shot of abject bizarreness and terror on relatively subtle level? According to residents in neighboring cities, Tonopah is widely considered to be a “ghost town”.

Are you ready to ramp the creepiness-level up to a whopping 11? Then prepare for this fact-drop: there is a cemetery dating back to 1901, right out behind the Clown Motel. Oh, you read that right: a cemetery dating back to the turn of the century.

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What was going on around that time?

Well, even though Tonopah currently holds a meager population of close to 2,000, it used be around 10,000 and was a major mining-town back in the day, providing home to thousands of prospectors, miners, and frontier explorers; it was the second-largest discovery of silver in the history of the state of Nevada.

Is this recalling enough episodes of Scooby-Doo or comparisons to movies like House II or My Bloody Valentine?

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How about The Fog, the classic John Carpenter movie where the ghosts of vengeful ghosts from the early 1900’s sought revenge on the town’s current population? Well don’t worry if your lodging generally consist very little of the idea of roaming ghosts out back, this motel has you covered.

Literally, it is the backyard to the motel.

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Instead of a view of rolling hills and lush countryside, you get a dusty old cemetery full of dead prospectors, in case you need to get away from the looming creepiness of the Clown Motel for a bit.

They also provide “free Wi-Fi & mini breakfast”.

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Circuses Are Finally Banning The Use Of Wild Animals By 2020

Finally, it has officially happened!

The British Government has announced that circus animals will be banned from all future circus performances and shows. Following a public consultation, in which 94.5% of the public said they would wholly support such a ban, Westminster has FINALLY followed in the steps of their neighbors, Scotland.

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The Scots officially banned the use of circus animals last year, with the move is hoping to combat the widespread abuse, neglect, & maltreatment of animals confined to the punishing world of the circus.

From startling unsanitary conditions, to brutally enforced labour through punishment, starvation and incarceration, the vast majority of its citizens had enough of the arcane and primitive use of animals in a dying form of entertainment.

However, outside of animals that have been rescued on a more widespread basis, like elephants and lions, there remains many animal still cruelly entertaining crowds of British circus-goers, such as six reindeer, four zebras, three camels, three raccoons, a zebu cattle, a macaw and a fox.

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Well over half of UK local authorities have already pledged their commitment to back the refusal that bars circuses from utilizing animals to perform in their boroughs.

World-wide, more than 40 different countries spanning the globe, including most of Europe, Latin America and several Asian countries, have outlawed the old and musty notion of enslaving animals to entertain grinning and jeering patrons of the circus.

Thankfully, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) have finally followed in those countries footsteps. In 2012, according to The Welfare of Wild Animals In Traveling Circuses (England) Regulations, their provisions read:

“The Government intends to ensure a legislative ban on the use of wild animals in traveling circuses is in place by the time the Regulations expire in January 2020.

The Government does not intend to renew the regulations as it intends to ensure that a legislative ban is introduced by then. The regulations will then be allowed to expire.”

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A spokeswoman for DEFRA said in a written statement:

“We remain absolute in our commitment to banning wild animals in circuses and intend to introduce the ban prior to the regulations expiring in January 2020.

Until we are able to achieve this, we will impose the strictest possible standards to ensure the welfare needs of these animals are met.”

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The ban will only apply in England and not in Northern Ireland or Wales, as the issue devolves over time.

Speaking in terms of history, wild animals were caught and tamed in the most horrible ways for circuses throughout the 20th century, from the racist and cruel P. T. Barnum’s “Greatest Show on Earth” to the Ringling Brothers’ circus which gave its final performance, that involved an out-of-touch 12 minute tiger act, back in the halcyon days of May 2017.

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Sparking a maelstrom of controversy, their head trainer credited the circus with raising and caring for eleven generations of big cat (not unlike the great unveiling of the hidden & inhumane practices at Sea World) others were very happy to see the practice end for good.

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Hopefully this marks the end of the cruelty being brought to many animals in the world.

Maybe we will stop also supporting artistic hatchet job movies like The Greatest Showman, since they do nothing to help advance the world as it is today, and instead promote a false-history and a series of lies.

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The world is changing for our fellow animals, and we’re glad Britain is finally doing something about it.

Science Says That You Can Never Hold Your Baby Too Much

You’ve heard the advice, “Don’t hold your baby too much because it’ll impact their future development.

Despite the oft-repeated claim, new research says: no need to put that baby down, because apparently, you can’t hold your baby too much.

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What’s more is the more you cozy up to your little baby, the better off they’ll be in the future.

In a baby’s development, the importance of touch cannot be overstated enough. This recent research suggests that holding your baby is more crucial to brain development than previously thought.

Conducted at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, this research centered on 125 full term & premature infants.

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While studying the effects of babies and touch, the researchers wanted to see how the infants reacted to gentle touch. They found that premature infants were less likely to respond to touching than full-term babies.

They also found that premature infants who had been exposed to painful medical procedures previously, were also less likely to respond to gentle touching.

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However, this is not all bad news: researchers also discovered that the premature babies who experienced an increased amount of gentle touch, responded more positively than babies who were held or touched less often.

This appears to show that the increase in responsiveness to gentle touching, such as rocking and/or skin-to-skin contact, can really help develop an infant’s brain.

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The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Nathalie Maitre, said it’s not too late for babies who aren’t already receiving adequate touch time; you cans till gain benefits from this new research.

Previously, studies conducted on everything from worm larvae to rat pups have displayed similar results: crucial to a baby’s development is their familiarity with touch.

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While advocating for hospitals to get more involved with the important benefits that this contact can create in infants, Maitre has also been vocal about the benefits ability to provide lifelong positivity and development within the babies.

“When parents cannot do this, hospitals may want to consider occupational and physical therapists to provide a carefully planned touch experience, [which is] sometimes missing from a hospital setting,” Maitre explained.

Otherwise known as “kangaroo care”, facilitating this kind of intimacy between newborns & parents has become standard in many hospitals around the country.

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This is of course excluding the profoundly sad cases where in the premature babies are not able to be held for a variety of health concerns and crucial reasons.

This handy prescription for close contact with infants isn’t just squarely targeted at mothers; fathers are also able to get in on the so-called “kangaroo care”, and in some cases, other close relatives will as well, such as brothers and sisters, even grandparents.

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While many parents inherently know that advice that “too much intimacy will spoil your baby” isn’t true, there is a load of beneficial research to prove it, with essentially no negative effects.

So next time you take your baby close to you, just remember that your intimacy is backed by the good name of science.

This Optical Illusion Of A Man Walking On Water Has The Internet Freaking Out

This article originally appeared and was published on AOL.com

No, it’s not Photoshop. And no he’s not Jesus.

A photograph of a man taking a stroll on a super-clear frozen lake in Michigan has gone viral.

Andre Poineau, 63, has ventured onto Lake Charlevoix while frozen before. It’s right next to his cottage at Springwater Beach in Boyne City.

He thought the lake would have a good freeze last Saturday, but when he went down to have a look, he found the lake completely frozen, and eerily clear.

The lake was so clear, in fact, that Poineau said when he took a shovel on his walk to test the ice, there were no bubbles or cracks to indicate thinner areas within the ice sheet.

By chopping a hole in the ice, Poineau was unnerved to find it was 2 inches thick.

He then took to Facebook where he shared a photo of him standing on the ice.

And for Poineau, the most puzzling part of the story is the overwhelming response he’s received from the internet since posting the photograph.

“The most interesting part is how quickly it’s gone completely viral,” the 63-year-old architect told MLive. “I posted it on my Facebook and I have a hundred or so followers. Next thing I know, it’s on Reddit, and from there it went to Physics-Astronomy.com’s Facebook.”

“To this minute, it keeps rolling at like 1,200 shares an hour.”

The photo has since been shared over 50,000 times on Facebook and Reddit.

“There’s so many comments on Reddit that are saying it’s Photoshopped,” Poineau said. “People are taking my image and playing with it. Initially (with the commenters) it was astonishment, but then they settled into conspiracy theories.”

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Poor Kitten Born With A Rare Extra Set Of Ears, Finds The Best Forever Home For Him

I’m not a huge fan of cats, so please don’t @ me, but this one is actually pretty cute. He looks like he doesn’t want to kill all the humans and that’s the only type of cat I trust.

Meet Frankie, a kitty-cat from Geelong, Australia, which is just outside of Melbourne. He was a kitten lost in the world until rescuers found him and his brother in an abandoned house. When they saw Frankie, their mouths dropped.

Frankie had an extra set of ears as well as a deformed eye, but he still was the sweetest kitten.

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Frankie and his brother arrived at Geelong Animal Welfare Society with a whole bunch of fanfare. The word grew quickly about Four-Ears, and everyone wanted to see him. One of the volunteers, Georgia Anderson, was especially curious about him.

She told The Dodo:

“I’d heard that a kitten with four ears had come in and was in the vet clinic waiting for surgery to remove his eye, so I went up to have a look at him.”

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The two instantly clicked. When she went to pet him, he purred and rubbed his face on her. She was expecting opposite, especially after the traumatic event that he had just gone through.

She also said:

“He would have been in a lot of pain, but the first thing he did when I picked him up was purr and rub his face on mine. I told the girls in the vet clinic that I would foster him for recovery after his eye removal.”

She told the clinic that she would foster the franken-kitten, but she knew this would be a very hard kitten to part with at the end.

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When Anderson brought Frankie home, his happy go-lucky attitude didn’t change. She also had three other cats at home, Toothless, Mina and Lucius Malfoy, and a beagle pupper named Dudley.

Safe to say it was a full house.

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As Frankie’s eye healed over time, he wasn’t done with his recovery just yet. As many cats that have problems like the four ears, there were other concerns.

Frankie had an overbite that would have to be worked on later in life. Whoever took him forever would have to take good care of him…

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She continued to say:

“We are still waiting for his adult teeth to grow (roughly another five months), but when they do, his lower canines will need removing.

If they aren’t removed, they will cause damage to his palate when he closes his mouth. His upper canines should be able to remain, but they are probably going to hang out of his mouth like little vampire teeth.”

She tried to give Frankie an eye-patch, but he just shrugs it off.

For now Anderson still has Frankie and I’m not salty or anything but Frankie has more Instagram followers than me. Follow his journey to recovery there!

More Americans Are Starting To Believe Earth Is Flat

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According to a recent report in the Economist, America’s interest in the flat-Earth movement seems to be growing.

Why?

Well, walking around on Earth’s surface feels and looks flat, so more Americans are starting to deem all evidence to the contrary as lies purported by NASA.

Just in September, Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, a rapper commonly known as B.o.B, started a GoFundMe campaign to find Earth’s curve and prove once and for all if our planet is actually round. And earlier this month, 500 “flat-Earthers” gathered in North Carolina told to hold the first annual Flat Earth International Conference.

However, the conspiracy theory claiming the Earth is just a flat disc hanging in space is nothing new. The Economist found that there has been a resurgence of the belief since 2013, as shown in the magazine’s graph below.

 

According to the above data sourced from Google Trends, an unbiased sample of Google search data, searches for “flat earth” have more than tripled in the past few years.

The data indicated a spike in “flat earth” searches from roughly 30 to more than 80 in search interest when B.o.B tweeted about the conspiracy theory in January 2016

 

The data began to dip a little shortly after but spiked again a year later when NBA player Kyrie Irving said the Earth was flat during a podcast with his teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson.

“This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving said. “The Earth is flat.”

When pressed to explain himself, Irving started talking about “particular groups” and a mysterious “they” who wanted to convince the world that Earth is round.

Those remarks sky-rocketed “flat earth” searches to 100 in February, which is the maximum search interest for Google.Related searches seemed to have decreased only by a little since then, staying above a search interest of 60.

At this time, however, “flat earth” searches are sitting around 90.

 

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Police Are Warning Everyone About This License Plate Scam That Everyone Is Falling For

Let’s be honest, getting pulled over sucks. I’ve personally never been pul…I’m actually not going to say that for karma reasons. You get the drift.

It would be even worse to be pulled over by a fake cop or a scam artists like these fellows. Fishers Police Department in Indiana was alerted to this and wants everyone to know that they shouldn’t trust trucks like this.

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Two men were following this woman in their car. As they pulled up to her window, they waved a license plate at her and tried to get her attention. They signaled as if the plate was hers and it had fallen off her vehicle.

Thankfully she had memorized her license plate and she knew they were conning her. She didn’t stop and definitely sped away.

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She called the police later on that day and let them know what happened. They then posted about it on their Facebook page and in total the post has over 16,000 interactions on it.

Take a look:

“Suspicious Activity Alert in the area of 116th St/Allisonville Rd Fishers, Indiana. Occurred yesterday, a female driving south when two men in a powder blue small size pick-up truck(loud exhaust) pulled up alongside her.

The male passenger got her attention and told her she had lost her license plate. He held up a license plate pretending it belonged to the female.

Thankfully the female knew her license plate number and recognized that she was in danger. She did not pull over, but continued driving.

If you are approached in this manner please call 911 immediately. Please Share!”

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If this happens to you, definitely call the police first. You wouldn’t want to call a friend or family member just in case the other car or people see you. They could get spooked and who knows what they are capable of.

Which leads me to my next point of…

Even if this type of scam doesn’t happen to you, be careful of other weird drivers. The only person that should be trying to pull you over is a police officer with a proper working police car.

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A woman from Chesterfield, Virginia had this happen to her. A person was driving an unmarked police car with flashing lights and it pulled her over one day.

You know in the movies how they flash their badge, well there’s a reason for that. They have to let you know who they are and have proper identification.

It was a highly trafficked area and this could have happen to anyone including to senior citizens or kids due to their being a senior home and school nearby.

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This isn’t just an American problem too! This account of a fake officer happens across the pond in England.

After another woman reported an unmarked car with lights, the real police reported this:

“The driver of the vehicle pulled over and one man, not wearing a police uniform walked towards the car. The member of public immediately drove off and was unharmed.”

So moral of the story?

Don’t trust anyone trying to pull you over unless they are real police. Also maybe don’t try and pull a GTA move on the real guys, just the fake ones.

Video Of Alleged High School Ghost Leaves Internet Petrified

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Surveillance footage capturing a “ghost” terrorizing the halls of a school in Ireland is going viral online.

The clip, taken by security cameras in one of the hallways at Deerpark C.B.S high school, was posted to the school’s YouTube page earlier last week and has already garnered over five million views.

The footage shows a series of unexplained events from a set of lockers appearing to violently shake with no visible force moving them, to notebooks flying across the halls and a wet floor sign being completely destroyed by no one in sight.

According to reports, the spooky footage was conveniently captured on Oct.1 at 3 a.m. — what is oddly enough known as the “witching hour.”

“If it’s a prank we don’t know how it was done. Motion sensors were set off at this time, that’s how it was caught,” the school’s principal, Aaron Wolfe, told UNILAD.

And Wolfe said this isn’t the first time something creepy has happened at the school, which is apparently the oldest school in the city at nearly 200 years old, according to the school website.

“Our caretaker has worked in the school for over 30 years he recalls many stories of ‘paranormal activity,'” Wolfe explained.

“For example, on one occasion the school was hosting an exotic bird show, and the birds arrived the day before, because the organizers were worried that someone might break in and steal the birds, someone had to stay overnight. That person left the school in the middle of the night – they refused to stay any longer as they said that they heard ‘the last call’ being played on a trumpet – of course this could have just been the wind.”

As if kids didn’t already have reasons for playing hooky.

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Man Destroys Craigslist Scammer And Beats Him At His Own Scamming Game

Craigslist is a crazy place. You can buy a couch, car or well literally anything. You could find a job or find that one person that locked eyes with you on the train home. It’s a very good reflection of who the internet can be, and this story is no exception.

It’s like these scammers don’t think we know what Google or social media works. Just because you’re a Nigerian Prince doesn’t mean you can use bad English.

So here we go, strap in for a crazy ride…

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At this point I just picture this guy with the “Jim from The Office” look and slowly grinning. He knew he had to mess with this scammer, so that’s when it all started.

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Sure nothing sounds fishy at all, well until he copied and pasted the thing he sends to everyone he tries to scam. The sad part is people fall for this garbage everyday…

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Who the hell are you to tell me whether I have a problem? I really don’t understand people that try and scam people and don’t know how to speak the language they are scamming in.

Like why try?

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At this point how does he not understand he’s being f****d with? He just played his own game of copying and pasting?

 

 

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So strange that neither of them can take a call…

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There’s just so much Facepalm coming from this guy at this point, I can’t believe the scammer kept going. They don’t teach sarcasm at the Scamming Academy I guess…

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Uh oh, it looks like he might finally figure out that he’s been trolled!

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Oh so close…

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You’re obviously not from GA (Georgia) if you don’t know what Venmo is you scammy scammer!

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Now the Scamlord see’s his opportunity he probably sees in all the Grandmas he scams. Oh, let me just walk you through how to give me your whole bank account.

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HOW DOES HE NOT GET THAT HE SHOULD PHUCK OFF?! For some reason that email wasn’t working….hmmm I don’t know why!

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Scamming the scammer at his own scam, now this is good even with the copypasta going on…

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Oh he’s getting angry…he wasted precious scamming time on the wrong dude!

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He can’t resist to keep trying for the Paypal email though!

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And that ladies and gentleman is how you truly have a good few days. Good clean fun was had by all!

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