You Will Never See Anything Cuter Than This Premature Hippo

Is there anything cuter than a baby animal? No, of course not. They are the very best things in the world! This little cutie had a rough start to life but is now starting to do a lot better and her sweet face is enough to melt anyone’s heart.

Meet Fiona, the first Nile hippo born in the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years. The problem was that she was born six weeks early and only weighed 29 pounds.

While 29 pounds sounds like a big baby, for a hippo it is actually about half the size they are supposed to be which makes it a little bit dangerous for the sweet girl.

In order to keep her safe and healthy, the zoo had to give her round the clock care, and even call in a specialist from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to get help inserting an IV into her little veins when she got dehydrated. Fiona’s mom and dad are both being kept nearby so they can still hear and smell each other but it’s important Fiona gets all the human help she needs.

Ever wonder what a little baby hippo sounds like? Well it’s real cute!

Local business have started a fundraising campaign to raise money to help with the baby hippo’s recovery. She needs 20 bottles of special formula per day and has finally made it to the usual birth weight of 60 pounds. Fiona likes to cuddle with the keepers and even has her own pool to splash around in!

They still have to keep an eye on Fiona while she continues to grow, but so far she is doing pretty well! The whole team is rooting for her, as well as everyone who sees her sweet little face!

The Hardest Part Of Jeopardy Is Something We’d Never Consider Sitting At Home

“I’ll take “stressful game show appliances” for $600, Alex!”

Jeopardy has been a long-standing staple on weeknight television, with everyone always playing along to see how well they could do. Of course, if you get a question wrong you’re always worried Alex Trebek will somehow personally scold YOU.

Most people assume that the most stressful part of Jeopardy would be answering the questions, but it sounds like even just ringing with your buzzer could cause anxiety.

The Jeopardy website wrote a blog post, explaining how the buzzers work, and the formula behind it that we don’t see on TV.

Are you ready to learn more about the magic of the buzzers?

Before the buzzers can be buzzed, they need to be activated.

“The first thing to know is that Alex Trebek must finish reading the clue before the signaling devices are activated,” the post writes. “In the early days of the show, contestants could ring in at any time and that led to a lot of quick guesses, negative scores and general confusion. Now, as soon as Alex has finished reading the last syllable in the last word, a staff member sitting offstage presses a button that serves two functions.”

Small strips of lights turn on next to the categories, letting contestants know they can start ringing in now. For home viewers, the clue is still up on the screen so we don’t see the lights flashing.

So why not just keep hitting your buzzer so you can be first in line?

“If a contestant attempts to ring in before the gameboard lights activate, the system locks out their signal for a quarter of a second,” the post indicates. “This quarter-second lockout works like a “digital policeman” that keeps the game flowing.”

If you ring in first, a small strip of lights shows up on your podium, and it counts down your time.

“If a contestant responds correctly, the stage tech resets the system for the next clue. If a response is ruled incorrect by Alex, then the system is re-armed,” the post continues. “The other two contestants’ signaling devices are then reset and the game-board lights up to let them know that they may now respond.”

“With such critical timing and so much at stake, there’s always a chance that all three contestants may attempt to ring in before the system is armed. That’s why we instruct contestants to keep hitting the buzzer until they see the confirmation light on their podium or until Alex calls on one of them.”

In any case, it sounds like buzzer politics are more stressful than actually answering the questions!

How do you think you would do on Jeopardy?

25 Cute Puppies You Will Just Want To Cuddle

Are you ready for your daily dose of cuteness? It’s a scientific fact that you can’t look at puppies and be sad at the same time. That’s been my experience, anyways. No matter what kind of day you’re having, you won’t be able to help smiling at these adorable little pups!

Warning: this will make you want to get a puppy. Scroll at your own risk.

1. GASP. Too much fluffy cuteness!!

2. You’ve got mail!

3. He’s not a puppy, but he gets points for trying to be the cutest Dracula ever.

4. Snuggle wif me!

5. Nah nah gnaw.

6. Those big eyes and floppy ears are irresistible.

7. This little puppy just wants to know how you’re doing.

8. Look at my tail. Just look at it.

9. Should we tell him that his ears are crooked? Nah, it’s too cute.

10. Awww…someone needs a hug.

11. What a pudgy little belly you have!

12. Just a sleepy little pug.

13. Take me for a walk!

14. I’m adorable and I know it

15. Excuse me while I practice the splits.

16. Why won’t you teach me?

17. Whatchu lookin’ at?

18. Yup, I know I have a cute bottom.

19. When your skin is just a tad too big for you…

20. Don’t you just want to snuggle with this sad little pup?

21. He just wants a treat. Could you refuse this face?

22. Aren’t they just picture-perfect?

23. Squee! His ears are bigger than his legs!

24. This little guy who’s just happy to see you.

25. Do you see that smile?

Never Throw This Out! 7 Brilliant Uses For Pickle Juice

We’ve all finished a jar of crunchy dills and wondered “what am I supposed to do with all this green juice?” Odds are you’ve just been pouring it down the drain, but that’s a huge waste.

It turns out that pickle juice is tasty, versatile, and even has lots of great health benefits. Hard to believe we’ve been throwing it away all these years, right?

If you want to get the most out of every jar of pickles, try one of these clever ideas to recycle the extra juice. They might seem strange, but we promise you’ll wonder why you didn’t know about these until now!

Before you try any of the more creative uses for pickle juice, just drink it! If you like pickles you’ll love this salty, tangy drink. Plus it has lots of health benefits: it can prevent cramps and refuel after a workout like natural Gatorade.

Just be careful, it’s full of salt and acidic, so drinking it on an empty stomach can be uncomfortable.

For something simple, add in veggies like onions or artichokes. If you prefer, drop in hardboiled eggs. Voila! You’ve made homemade pickles that are perfect for snacking on.

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The tangy flavor in the juice also means you can add it to marinades and sauces for some tasty results.

You can brush the juice onto fish on its own, or mix it with barbecue sauce for other meats.

In fact, you can add pickle juice to mayo in any recipe that uses it for some extra flavor.

Potato salad with a dash of dill? Perfect! Try adding the salty flavor to mac and cheese too.

While we’ve got the party started, “pickleback” shots are a fun, quirky drink when you have friends over. Use brine to chase a shot of whiskey. Hey – don’t knock it until you try it!

To really step out of your comfort zone, replace the water in your bread recipe with pickle brine. The result is a tangy, deli-style bread that will take your sandwiches to another level.

Even if you can’t stand the taste of pickle brine, rubbing it on your copper pans or a barbecue grill will clean them up better than any product can!

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This Is Why You Should Leave Your Butter On The Counter

For the most part, you’ll find that North Americans refrigerate their butter – just like all of their dairy products.

But, there are a few who refuse to do this. Many people in America store their butter at room temperature on the counter top – much to the disgust of their refrigerating counter parts.

So, who is right?

Well, technically, both camps are right.

According to a related article by POPSUGAR, it’s OK to leave butter on the counter, but only a very specific kind.

If you buy unsalted butter, it must be refrigerated.

However, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, pasteurized, salted butter does not have to be refrigerated to keep it safe.

However, you should store it in a butter crock or an airtight container – exposed to the air, butter will spoil more quickly. Salted Butter in a crock will last up to two weeks, according to Organic Authority.

So, how do you store your butter? Let us know in the comments below!

4 Iconic Moments From The West Wing That Made Us Proud To Be American

I was late to the party when it came to The West Wing. I started binge watching the show late in 2015, eventually completing all seven seasons in a matter of three months. I now own all the seasons on DVD and will still occasionally pop in one of the discs in order to relive the magic that was produced by Aaron Sorkin.

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Regardless of who has sat behind the resolute desk in the oval office, decisions have been made by the men in that office that have made us wish we were living in the reality that plays out throughout the show.

At the end of season one, President Bartlet is struck by a bullet that was actually meant for his “body-man” Charlie Young. White supremacists were upset that a black man was dating the daughter of the President, and they attempted to assassinate Charlie after a town hall meeting in Virginia.

In the assassination attempt, President Bartlet is shot in the abdomen, Deputy White House Chief-of-Staff Josh Lyman is critically injured when a bullet nicks his heart, and the rest of the senior staff members are shook up after the events.

In the second part of the opening issue of season two, press secretary CJ Craig steps up to the microphone to address the issue, but instead of talking about the President getting shot, she lays bare the number of murders, robberies, rapes and other crimes committed with guns on the same day that the President was shot. If only real-life politicians could see the issue for what it is.

The very next episode after CJ lays bare the arguments surrounding gun control in the U.S., President Bartlet, a Democrat and devout Catholic, takes on a right-wing Christian radio host who thinks that homosexuality is an abomination because the bible says so. Being a devout Catholic, Bartlet then flips the script, using other passages from the Bible to show her how absurd that single argument is.

Season two kind of set the bar for the rest of the series (as you can tell from the beginning of this list). In this episode, Sam Seaborn (played by Rob Lowe) goes on the talk-show Capital Beat. While trying to argue his point his is completely destroyed by a blond, “leggy” Republican woman, Ainsley Hayes. Ms. Hayes does not get dirty with her commentary, she uses intelligence and humor to crush her opposition.

President Bartlet sees the show on television and instructs Chief-of-Staff Leo McGarry to hire her to work in the White House counsels office. When Leo disagrees with the instruction because “she’s a Republican”, Bartlet tells him to get it done, “appeal to her sense of duty.”

Here is the clip of Leo conducting the interview with Ainsley Hayes before offering her the job.

In modern politics, from the moment a politician wins an election, the majority of the time they start immediately thinking about their next re-election campaign. Not only is this a terrible way to govern on principle, but it also hampers a politicians ability to get to heart of the issues currently facing their constituents. It all comes down to approval ratings vs. wins and losses. No politician wants to be seen as “losing” too many times.

This very situation plagues the Bartlet administration over the course of their first two years in office. The moment that a hot-button issue comes to the forefront of debate, Bartlet is often seen as moving to the “middle of the road” to avoid offending people. Nothing gets done this way as no one is willing to take a stand for what they believe in.

That all changes late in season one. Leo McGarry, tired of the administration looking weak decides to force the President of his leash. Win or lose, “we are going to raise the level of debate in this country.”

Turkeys Circling A Dead Cat Is The Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today

The internet is going wild after a Twitter user, @TheReal_JDavis, shared a strange video about a flock of turkeys and a dead cat.

The bizarre 24-second clip shows over a dozen wild turkeys circling a dead cat on a street in Boston.

In true Netizen fashion, speculations about a possible cause for this weird incident began to fill up Twitter.

One user claims that the turkeys are holding a funeral for the dead feline.

This guy is sure that this is a sign of doomsday.

A few people are convinced that this has something to do with the occult.

Others chalk it up to the nature of the birds

If none of the these reasons float your boat, then you’ll be relieved to know that there is a possible scientific explanation for this sort behaviour. The turkeys could be performing a “predator inspection” according to Alan Krakauer, a University of California biologist. In an email to The Verge, Krakauer explains that this behaviour is a way of scaring away a predator and it also “allows the prey to check how determined the predator is to attack, and can alert other animals to the danger.”

However, this explanation would’ve made more sense had the cat been alive and posed a threat. So for now, you may have to come up with your own conclusion.

What do you think the turkeys were up to?

Ridiculous Tiger Statue Inspires Some Hilarious Photos

It takes a pretty funny joke to travel all around the world, but these hilarious photos from Indonesia are making everyone on the web chuckle.

The fun started a week ago when Vincent Candra shared this photo of a statue at the entrance to a military base with the caption “This tiger what the heck?!”

The proud creature, who stands guard in front of the Siliwangi Military Command in the small town of Cisewu, looks more like a cartoon  character than a fearsome beast.

In case you’re wondering why the statue is there in the first place, it’s meant to represent the base’s mascot, but it doesn’t look nearly as vicious as the official art.

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Folks online didn’t waste any time turning this poor animal into a laughingstock, photoshopping it into everything from movie posters to nature photos.

Unfortunately, the military base couldn’t handle the joke and took drastic measures to change their image. Yesterday, the army destroyed the statue using hammers and chisels.

On Facebook, some Indonesians said they feel guilty for getting the statue removed with their jokes, but the laughter the tiger brought us will live on forever.

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11 Of The Wildest ‘Judge Judy’ Cases That Prove Judge Judy Is A Saint

Judge Judy is the basic cable hero we all love, but sometimes it’s hard to fathom how she hasn’t completely snapped at some of the people in her court room.

This is a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease. The plaintiff was suing the defendant, claiming he stole her wallet. As she told Judge Judy about the contents of her wallet that went missing, the defendant interrupted to say one of the items listed wasn’t actually in the wallet. OOPS.

Finding a place to live that doesn’t break the bank can be hard. When Miss Millie rented a room from Mr. Smith, she was excited to finally have a place to relax. Miss Millie was laying half-naked on her couch, reading a book and drinking coffee, when she heard what she thought was Mr. Smith’s movie blaring with sirens. As it turns out, it was the real police and she was really arrested (though we’re not sure why.) Miss Millie successfully sued Mr. Smith for $500, the amount of her bail.

Miss Anthony sued the employee who pierced her son’s nose, claiming it was done without her permission. She wanted a $5,000 settlement, but Judge Judy really couldn’t figure out why. Though the judge did agree that the employee should have gotten permission, there was no injury, infection, or damage of any kind, so $5,000 was excessive. It became clear that she just wanted the most money possible, so Judge Judy awarded her $250 in damages and sent Miss Anthony on her way.

A favor for a brother turned ugly, when a $2,613 phone bill appeared and no one admitted to racking it up. A young woman allowed her brother to stay with her and her husband, however not long after a large phone bill caused a bit of tension. The sister contacted the phone company, who embarrassingly revealed that someone had been making sex calls from their computer. The brother denied these allegations, but Judge Judy ruled in the sister’s favor. So…Thanksgiving at Mom’s house?

A teenager and her step-mom didn’t get along, which isn’t unusual. But when the teenager decided to move out of her house, the step-mom told her never to return. The problem arose when the girl tried to get her car and Evil Step-Mom said no. The girl had bought the car from her grandmother, but couldn’t pay in full, so her step-mom took possession of the car until she could pay. Even when the girl did pay, her step-mom refused to hand over the keys to the car. Judge Judy ruled in the teenager’s favor.

There’s a reason they say working with family isn’t a great idea. 57-year-old Cathy sued her nephew, 37-year-old Michael, after he racked up $2,658.72 on the company’s credit card. Michael had a card because he was family, but when all the other employees got a $3 raise, except him, Michael went a little wild. He claims he would have been able to pay off the bill had he gotten the same raise as everyone else, but Judge Judy didn’t buy it.

They say opposites attract…but it seems these two were exactly the same. The couple was once in love, but of course had their moments. Whenever the girlfriend would get mad, the boyfriend would buy her jewelry. However, cheating was one step too far, and the girlfriend dumped her boyfriend, but not before re-enacting a Carrie Underwood song. She scratched his car, slashed his tires, and broke into his house. The scorned lover even tried to make her ex-boyfriend pay for her abortion (even though it wasn’t his kid.) The boyfriend didn’t love this, so he smashed her window. Judge Judy ruled the case inconclusive and called both of them liars.

A teenager somehow managed to get a lease for a condo, and the landlord probably really regrets it. The girl caused thousands of dollars of damage to the condo due to both wild parties and a dog she was watching for a friend. The landlord was hit with dog fines and police fines, and this prompted him to sue the teenager for $4,000. The case was actually dismissed, despite the obvious damage, because the landlord didn’t evict the tenant but rather renewed her lease. You’re on your own, bud.

When you get invited to a poker tournament, you need to at least have a good poker face. For this defendant, he had what he thought was a winning hand. He was wrong. An argument broke out over who really won, and the defendant ended up getting thrown out of the house. On his way, he kicked two cars causing almost $2,000 in damages.

Parents suing their kids will never end well. This girl only got to see her dad three times a year, and this particular time they went snowmobiling. The girl ended up crashing the snowmobile, which prompted her dad and step-mom to sue her for damages. The girl counter-sued her dad and step-mom for damage done to her knee. Both cases were dismissed, as Judge Judy realized the step-mother was influencing the father’s case.

An older gentleman started dating a much younger woman, and he showered her with monetary gifts. Unfortunately, the couple split, and now he wanted her to pay back what he gave her. The plaintiff sued for what he claimed were ‘loans’, while the defendant was adamant they were gifts. The total was around $8,000 but Judge Judy had no choice but to dismiss the case once it was clear that they were, in fact, gifts. She did tell the man he was a kind soul and reprimanded the woman for taking advantage of him.

Destined For Death, This Kitten Has One Person To Thank

James Ryan is a garbageman in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He loves his job, even though it means a 4am wake up call.

James was going about his day when he returned to the transfer station and was immediately approached by his co-workers.

“You like cats, right?” they asked. James wasn’t sure where this was going, but when they explained the whole story he knew it was serious.

A driver earlier in the route had been transferring the garbage from his truck to the dump when he found a tiny kitten hiding in some orange peels and takeout containers.

James was enlisted to help catch the tiny creature, who was running and hiding because she was so scared. He finally caught the kitten, but the sound that came out of her was gut-wrenching.

“I never want to hear out of a kitten for the rest of my life. My heart was breaking,” James said. The kitten let out loud screams of pain, as her back leg had been injured in the garbage truck.

The kitten, which has since been named Grace, was rushed to a local animal sanctuary where she was given pain medication and food.

“Grace was in heartbreakingly awful shape when she arrived. I couldn’t even bring myself to take a photograph of her mangled leg. The poor baby was weak and extremely hungry,” said Angela Townsend, Development of Director of Tabby’s Place, where Grace was brought.

“She purred ever so faintly as our vet team bathed her. It was painful to watch Grace’s bathwater turn brownish-red from both her wound and all the dirt clinging to her tiny body from the dumpster,” Townsend said.

Unfortunately, Grace’s leg was so badly injured it had to be amputated, but she is now healing and becoming a normal kitten!

Grace is now living with James Ryan, the man who rescued her, and the two are a purr-fect match!

“Grace almost looks like a different kitten now. She is full of energy, loves to chatter with anyone who will chirp back at her, and is wonderfully playful and mischievous.”

We are so happy that Grace and James found each other! Share this story if it made you smile!

Don’t Put This Food In Your Toaster, You Could Burn Your House Down

You should pay a lot more attention to what you put in your toaster. A lot of people are reporting house fires after they left a popular breakfast food in their toasters, not realizing that it was extremely flammable.

Pastries are a quick and easy breakfast treat for the kids – all it takes is a few minutes to warm them up. But if you’ve ever eaten a Pop-Tart, you’ll want to know about the hidden dangers, and it has nothing to do with the nutrition content.

In 1992, Thomas Nangle accidentally got a Pop-Tart stuck in his friend’s toaster. Within minutes, it caught fire and damaged the kitchen, prompting Nangle to take Kellogg’s to court. The company paid him $2,400 for damages and called it a day.

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A similar incident happened to a woman in 2000. She left Pop-Tarts to warm in the toaster while bringing her young kids to preschool, and returned to find a house fire. As a result, she sued for $100,000.

Now, you might be thinking anything that gets lodged against the hot element of a toaster would catch fire, but Pop-Tarts actually are much more prone to catching on fire than a piece of bread or bagel.

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Pop-Tarts are a non-perishable, shelf-stable food, which means they need to have low water content and ingredients to deter the growth of mold and bacteria. Unfortunately, that creates a dry environment, which can be a perfect fire-starter.

That’s not all. In addition to low water activity, the ingredients in Pop-Tarts allow fire to burn for longer.

Gavin Sacks, associate professor of food science at Cornell, said: “This product is ten percent fat by weight, with most of that coming from oils. It’s going to ignite like an old-fashioned oil lantern.”

So that could be why you always burn your tongue when you eat a Pop-Tart that’s only been in the toaster for a few minutes…

Maybe warm your Pop-Tarts in the oven from now on?

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Do You Know Why The Orange And The Green Don’t Touch?

Flags from all over the world have color blocks or stripes, but did you know many of the colors and how they’re placed mean something? For example, Ireland’s history is written all over their green, white, and orange tricolor flag. Each section symbolizes an important part of society and how they learned to live together in peace.

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Represents Irish republicans who rebelled against the British crown in the 1790s to take back Ireland as an independent nation. Republicans were predominantly Catholic who flew a green flag with a harp on it to symbolize their movement.

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The unionists, or those who fought to preserve British rule in Ireland, were mostly Protestant and British by birth. In 1690 they were victorious in battle with King William III who was from the Principality of the Orange. He was known as William of Orange, and that’s how the orange color came to symbolize the British in Ireland.

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The color white is in the center of the flag, both separating and joining the two colors. It stands for the hope for a lasting peace between the nationalist and unionist cultures of Ireland, “regardless of political stance, religion, or ethnicity.”

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History of the Flag

As well as being plagued with civil unrest, Ireland took a long time recovering from the devastating effects of the “Great Famine,” which killed over a million people.  

The Irish Tricolor flag (Bratach na hÉireann) was first flown in Waterford on March 7, 1848 by Irish-American Thomas Francis Meagher who said: “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the “orange” and the “green” and I trust that beneath its folds, the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.”

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Although the flag had already been made, it wasn’t until Easter Monday in 1916 that the flag was displayed from the top of the GPO in Dublin. After that, it became Ireland’s official flag.

Would you like to fly an Irish flag on St. Patrick’s Day? Before you do, just make sure you follow the rules. The flag must always be flown with the green section closest to the flag pole and no other flag should be flown above it out of respect. Sláinte!

This Is No Cartoon: Pet Bird And Cat Are Unlikely Friends

Move over Tweety and Sylvester, there’s a new cat and bird pair that are just as cute, plus they get along much better.

Irina Stepanova from Russia took a big risk even bringing a pet parrot home when she already owned a cat. Experts warn that these two species just cannot get along together (no matter how cute they look in photos). Stepanova was worried at first too, but when she introduced her cat Bonifazii to Yasha the parrot, things went really well.

“He flew and Bonifazii calmly watched the parrot. Then Yasha landed on the floor and met the cat,” she told The Dodo. Ever since that day they’ve become close friends, and according to Stepanova, Yasha “immediately looks for the cat” whenver she’s out of her cage.

One explanation for why this pair get along so well is that Bonifazii is very relaxed in his old age. At 10 years old he seems very calm, and with a house full of food there’s no reason for him to pick on Yasha.

By now, Stepanova trust these two so much that she leaves Yasha out of her cage when she’s gone.

There’s no telling why they have such a special relationship, but it’s a good reminder that no matter our differences we can all learn to get along.

To see more of their cute friendship, you can follow these two on Instagram.

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The Vintage Photos Of Michelle Duggar She Doesn’t Want You To See

We know Michelle Duggar as the matriarch of the 19 Kids and Counting family. She’s been very upfront about her religious beliefs and her desire for as many kids as God will allow her. She’s very modest and raises her kids to be as well, but that wasn’t always the case.

It wasn’t until Michelle met Jim Bob that she started to fall into his strict religious ways. Though she was a Christian, she was not as devout as her now husband.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are Independent Baptist Christians, though there have been allegations that their religion is more like a cult.

But what did she look like before the TV show, and before the religion?

Even though she now refuses to wear pants, or skirts that go above the knee, Michelle was a cheerleader in high school, which is apparently what drew Jim Bob to her in the first place. She was a cheerleader and also a Christian, which “ticked all the boxes” for him.

Jim Bob and Michelle didn’t have to follow the same rules their kids did…they were allowed physical contact before marriage! The two wed when they were still teenagers, but clearly their love has kept them alive.

In 1984 they tied the knot, just two kids young and in love!

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Despite their free-spirited relationship, something happened that sent them into religion for good.

Though they are adamantly against birth control now, Michelle and Jim Bob were using some form of contraception early in their marriage. After the birth of their son Josh, Michelle became pregnant, but unfortunately miscarried the baby. To this day, she blames the birth control for the loss of her child.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar in 2007, when they first fell into the public eye. TLC

That miscarriage triggered their decision to never use birth control again, leaving their pregnancies up to God.

“We named that baby Caleb even though we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl because that miscarriage was early,” she says. “We will name this child and will know that we will see those children again someday in heaven.”

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The kids all follow the same rules as their parents now, and they’re bringing those into their own families as well.

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Do you follow along with the Duggar family?

Three Disabled Dogs Are Learning To Take Their First Steps Together

wEveryone who opens their home to rescue dogs is a magnet for animals with tragic stories and medical conditions, but Faith Wright from Austin, Texas has a knack for winding up with a very particular kind of dog.

Since last year, three dogs with disabilities – including two with the same rare condition – have found their way to her home. Together they’re learning to live happy, healthy lives so they can someday find their forever homes.

It all started when a Siberian husky mix named Elsa Rose was abandoned in a Texas park. Elsa was born with swimmer’s syndrome, a condition that leaves her back legs extremely weak.

Some dogs with swimmer’s syndrome are actually put down, because it can be considered cruel to let them live. Vets even had to amputate Elsa’s back legs so she could live a healthier life with just her front two.

But that hasn’t stopped Elsa from walking around, playing with Wright and living a great life. It  actually turned out to be a good choice, because Elsa has become an inspiration for the other dogs Wright looks after.

Starfish, a pitbull who also has swimmer’s syndrome, has learned to get around on her front legs by following Elsa’s lead.

Wright treats Elsa and Starfish with physical therapy, helping them strengthen their legs so they can move around the house on their own.

Until then she’s happy with Starfish, who she calls her “seal pig,” because she rolls around like a seal but “snorts and grunts like a pig all the time.”

The last member of this adorable trio is Danali, a boxer mix whose spine was damaged by a pellet gun bullet. Unfortunately the bullet can’t be removed, but with the help of her two friends and a special wheelchair, Danali is learning to enjoy life as much as she can.

Enjoying outside time together!

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“She was very shy and scared when she first came to me,” Wright told the Dodo. “Once I put her with Elsa Rose, she became so happy and followed Elsa Rose everywhere.”

While Danali is already up for adoption (if you live near Austin you can learn more about her here) Elsa and Starfish have more work to do before they can move out.

It’s sad to see these three dogs who were destined to meet each other split up, but they deserve to be in homes that give them lots of individual attention.

For more updates about Elsa, Danali and Starfish, you can follow the Austin Pets Alive page on Facebook.

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Lady Gaga Rushed To Hospital For Complications, Cancels World Tour

In Lady Gaga’s upcoming intimate documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, the pop star gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into her life as she prepared to release her new album, perform at the Superbowl, and struggle with a painful medical condition, Fibromyalgia.

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The Bad Romance singer sent out a tweet last week revealing that Fibromyalgia is the reason behind the debilitating pain she frequently experiences.

Although fans may not have been able to tell, the disorder has taken a huge toll on Gaga’s life in the last few years. Back in 2013, she was forced to cancel the remainder of her “Born This Way Ball” so she could get surgery on her hip after experiencing months of severe pain.

Unfortunately, the symptoms haven’t shown any signs of slowing down, and once again the entertainer had to be rushed to the hospital.

Gaga shared a photo of her arms with a drip attached to it on Instagram to let her fans know that she is receiving treatment for her condition. She also expressed her devastation over cancelling her performance at Brazil’s Rock in Rio Festival.

“Brazil, I’m devastated that I’m not well enough to come to Rock In Rio,” Gaga wrote. “I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now. I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon. 💔🤘I’m so sorry, and I love you so much. 🙏”

Today, just 3 days after pulling out of her Rock in Rio show, Lady Gaga announced that she has postponed the upcoming dates on her Joanne World Tour. Her label released a statement on Monday confirming the news.

“Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform,” read a statement from her label. “She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today.”

“Lady Gaga is devastated that she has to wait to perform for her European fans,” the statement continued. “She plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe physical pain in her body. She wants to give her fans the best version of the show she built for them when the tour resumes.”

“Lady Gaga sends her love to all her fans across Europe and thanks them for their support and understanding,” it concluded.

The singer herself shared an update in the wee hours of the morning addressing her disappointment over the rescheduled tour as well as critics who have been calling her “dramatic.”

“If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter,” she wrote. “I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans.”

Gaga has been speaking out about Fibromyalgia to raise awareness about the condition. She also urged people to share their experiences so a discussion can be created around it.

Gaga: Five Foot Two is set to be released on Netflix on September 22.

16 Animals Who Are Shocked And Appalled By Your Actions

Everything about the animal kingdom is magical. Sure, every animal is special and unique but they all have something very much in common: They can express a great deal of shock over our actions.

These 16 animals have seen something truly horrific. Whether it was that time they knew you used the last of the toilet paper and didn’t refill it or when you ate the last donut, these animals are having none of it.

1. They are not okay with you singing in the car.

2. They can’t believe you would dare say they are getting fat.

3. They will not dignify that with a response.  

4. They can’t believe you said that about their mom

5. They can’t believe you ate the last cookie.

6. They don’t understand why you are laughing at their hair

7. They can’t believe you dared to bring home another pet, especially a dog.

8. They don’t want to hear those spoilers, they aren’t caught up yet!

Go to the next page to see the rest of the animals you offended so greatly.

9. They are deeply offended that you are going on vacation without them

10. They are in complete shock by what you said that time, you know the one.

11. They don’t understand how you could blame them for that, it was obviously the dog’s fault!

12. They can’t believe you would trust the cat over them, you know they are always lying!

13. They are offended that you would lock the garbage cans, don’t you know that’s where we get our dinner?

14. They are completely bewildered that they keep getting called Nemo when they aren’t even the same color!

15. They can’t even look at you they are so offended.

16. They have no words for what you just did.

Has you ever offended an animal? Send us the pictures we want to see them!

This Star’s Performance At Whitney Houston’s Funeral Is Tear-Jerking

When Whitney Houston died in 2012, the music industry mourned. Not just for the loss of talent but for the loss of Whitney Houston’s charismatic personality.

For Alicia Keys, it was like losing a sister. The two had grown close over the years, so when Keys was asked to sing at Houston’s funeral, there was no other choice but to say yes.

“You feel sad because that’s how it feels when you lose someone you love,” Keys said from the stage. “Then you think back to how much this person has touched your life.”

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Alicia spoke about her wonderful friend before beautifully singing her song “Send Me An Angel” (Prelude To A Kiss).”

You need to watch this tear-jerking performance. You can feel the pain in her voice, and yet somehow she still sounds flawless.