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Family that adopted 3 brothers couldn’t take fourth, so their neighbors gave him a home

Life works in mysterious ways. The truth is that no matter our plans, things sometimes don’t take the turn we hope for. Other times, however, everything simply falls into place.

Julie Washington and her husband B.J had two beautiful daughters, but the thought of adoption has always been there. Eventually, they decided to open the doors to their hearts and home for three young siblings who were left orphaned and ended up in the foster system.

The thing was that the three siblings had another brother. Sadly, welcoming four boys wasn’t something this family was able to do. The youngest one, Elijah, was about to stay in the foster system unless someone adopted him.

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This bothered the Washington family a lot. But then, something huge happened. Jay Houston, a friend of Julie residing in the same town who was already a mom of five, learned about Elijah and was determined to give him a loving home. So, she took then 17-month-old Elijah home around six months before the adoption was finalized.

I’m the youngest of seven kids and I was adopted. Growing up, that’s always something I wanted to do. It was immediate (adopting Elijah). His former foster mom sent us a video of him laughing, smiling, crawling and I knew he would fit right in,” Jay said.

Kids in foster care come with such a negative stigma attached to them. These kids are kids and they just need love and I can’t explain how much these kids have changed my life. My husband and I are the lucky ones,” she added.

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The best thing of all was that sweet Elijah could grow up around his siblings, despite the fact they won’t share a home together. Their moms, however, are very close friends and do all in their power for the brothers to spend as much time together as possible.

When I found out about Elijah we were still in the process of bringing our boys home. We went from having two to five kids and one has special needs. We weren’t sure if we were able to take in another child. I knew how important it was to Houston to keep siblings together. They said they were open to having another child and we made a pact to keep them together so it kind of just fell into place,” Julie said.

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The families are now even closer than before. Julie’s husband, B.J, who is a research assistant at the University of Georgia, said: “The adoption of all four boys has joined our two families for life. Our main goal is to make sure they have the bond that brothers would have in a traditional family.

Jay’s husband shares the same thoughts. “Our lives are infinitely better because these boys are a part of it. I’m so glad that we decided to grow our family this way. People tell us often that our kids are lucky, but the truth is, we’re the lucky ones. We are the ones who have been blessed,” he says.

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This story speaks compassion and love. We definitely need more people like the Washington and the Houston families in this world.

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Widow seen kissing husband’s coffin covered with the American flag: ‘Another angel’s coming home’

Those protecting our freedom and putting their lives on the line are the most courageous people of all. The truth is that no matter what we do, we can never thank our servicemen and servicewomen enough for their sacrifice.

The following story is touching beyond words because it shows the bravery and the selflessness of our soldiers.

Shawn David Thomas was a Special Forces warrant officer who tragically lost his life during his eighth deployment in Niger, Africa. In addition to being a military man, Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group was also a loving husband and a father of four young children, Cheyenne, Taylor, Gavin, and Natylyn.

Under his fierce looks, this man was a gentle giant loved by his family and all the people who knew him.

“On February 2nd, 2017, Shawn was killed in a vehicle accident while deployed to Niger Africa. This was Shawn’s 8th deployment defending our freedom while doing a job that he loved,” his obituary read.

On February 14, 2017, Shawn’s flag-draped coffin arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina. At the time of the arrival, the passengers on one of the flights witnessed the heartbreaking scene when Shawn’s wife, Tara Thomas, approached the coffin, placed her hands on the Star-Spangled Banner, and burst into tears unable to control her emotions.

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One of the passengers, Lisa West Williams, felt the urge to film the emotional moment because she believed it showed the reality of the families whose loved ones serve the country and protect our freedom.

The rest of the passengers were deeply moved too. “They were just amazed and they were crying. You could hear sniffles. The lady behind me actually said, ‘Oh, another angel’s coming home,'” Lisa said.

Later, Lisa got in touch with Tara and asked her if she could share the video online. The grieving widow agreed. According to Lisa, “She [Tara] wanted to show the world that this goes on and that we should be thankful for these men and women.”

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For his bravery, Shawn was honored with two Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medals during his service. After his death, he was posthumously awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal for his work in Niger. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Once the video was shared on the social media, it quickly went viral and gathered millions of views and comments. People were touched. Many felt the urge to share their condolences.

“Freedom isn’t free; it’s paid with the lives of brave men and women,” one person wrote. “So thankful for our troops, and also so sad that we live in a violent world that needs them. God bless this fallen hero and his grieving wife and family. This was an important video for all to see,” another added.

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Officer says final goodbye to K9 dog who spent his entire life fighting crime

Dogs are man’s best friend, and I am sure that every person who has ever owned one of these very special creatures would easily agree with this saying.

The thing is that dogs have become an inseparable part of our lives, and they are not only pets, but also valuable members of the community because many of them are part of the police and serve as service dogs who help the vulnerable.

Axel was a very special canine. He was part of the Central Falls Police Department for many years. Even after he retired, Axel was always there for the people of his community. In fact, everyone knew him and loved him dearly, so when he passed away recently, a huge number of people rushed to express their grief and sadness over the loss of someone as exceptional as Axel.

The department he served posted a touching tribute on their Facebook page and wrote: “He did a phenomenal job at keeping the streets safe, and he always made sure our officers were safe regardless as to how dangerous a situation was. He wouldn’t have hesitated to give his life to save the life of a fellow officer, especially his partner, Officer Decristoforo.”

Before working with Officer Decristoforo, Axel was part of another department and everyone thought the K9 would have a hard time adjusting to working with new humans, but that was never the case. In fact, Axel and his new partner were “instantly best friends who were sure to have each other’s back.”

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The department also wrote how Officer Decristoforo lost his “other half” and included a message for him. “Axel loved you more than he loved himself! That’s just the type of dog he was. He was yours! He would have done anything for you. Now he needs you to do something for him! Stay strong and try and remember he wouldn’t want to see you upset!”

They expressed gratitude for everything Axel did for the department and the community both during the years of his active service and later. “Axel, I want to thank you for watching over us as you have! It was an honor and a privilege to not only know you but to get to work with you. You will forever be my favorite retired officer.”

Rest in peace, Axel.

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Man dumps girlfriend after learning she was born male and kept it secret for over nine months

Relationships are supposed to be based on mutual trust, so when one of the partners is keeping secrets, it can easily lead to bed feelings and even break up. Of course, whether the other partner would be able to forgive the lies depends on how big they are.

A man named Alex got involved in a relationship with a woman he believed was the one. They dated for around nine months and everything seemed perfect. He was in love and very happy. However, that all changed when a friend of his revealed to him that his girlfriend was keeping a secret from him.

As they were having fun one night and drank a bit more, the friend approached Alex and said: “Look, Alex, I have been hiding something from you, I think you need to know this. I can’t leave you thinking this is a great and honest relationship. Your girlfriend is born a male and underwent surgery when he was 18 years old.”

Needless to say, Alex was shocked. His entire world turned upside down. He had a hard time processing the news and didn’t know whether to believe it or not.

“I didn’t believe him at first, it was mixed emotions, but I still didn’t believe it. After I confronted her, I found her pills and her estrogen tablets,” Alex continued his story. “I felt angry and cold, there were many emotions in one go. I didn’t know what to do.”

They eventually broke up.

What do you think of this? Was Alex right to dump his girlfriend? Did she make a mistake hiding something so big from him?

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Mom-of-4 sleeps in car while caring for dying husband, has life turned around with gift of $12,000 and new car

Just as she thought she was left to fight for her husband’s life all by herself, a waitress at Las Vegas Chili’s named Jessica got the surprise of her life.

This brave wife and a mother of three was going through very tough time and had a lot on her plate, but she was still managing to stay sane for the sake of her family. Her husband Robert, who was her childhood sweetheart, was diagnosed with testicular cancer which spread to his stomach and lungs. As a result, he was forced to get treatments at a hospital around 400 miles away from home. This meant that Jessica needed to drive that much in order to be by her husband’s side. Unable to drive back home, she was forced to sleep in her car numerous times.

However, no matter her struggles, Jessica would always greet her customers with a smile on her face.

One person, who happened to be Jessica’s second grade teacher, was aware of her former student’s situation so she decided to act. In order to ease Jessica’s life, Kimberly reached the FOX5 Surprise Squad and asked them to step up and help Jessica.

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After hearing her life story, the squad was more than happy to lend a helping hand which came in the form of $12,000 tip, a new car, and hotel reservations for Los Angeles for whenever she visited her husband.

Jessica was unaware that her life would change. The squad placed hidden cameras at the place where she worked and filmed her genuine reaction.

No person could stop their tears from rolling down their faces that day. Both Kimberly and Jessica’s co-workers were very glad for her because they knew how much she needed that money.

Unfortunately, after battling with the cancer for some time, Robert passed away.

We are very sorry for Jessica’s loss. Rest in peace, Robert.

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A mark on their daughter’s neck made them overthink – after the doctor appointment, everything changed

Going to the doctors every once in a while, despite feeling healthy, is a good thing. Many times, it is during regular checkups that people learn they suffer from certain illnesses or conditions.

When the parents of a 14-year-old girl spotted strange marks on her neck, they believed it was color from her shirt, or maybe dirt. But after the dark color didn’t go away after trying to wash it off, it raised a red flag.

As they were unaware what was wrong, the worried parents took their daughter to the doctors. The moment the doctor laid eyes on the girl’s neck, she demanded tests to be run in order to check how the girl’s pancreas worked. Apparently, those marks, which resembled dirt, showed that this organ didn’t function properly. The pancreas plays an essential role in converting the food we eat into fuel for the body’s cells. This organ has two main functions: an exocrine function that helps in digestion and an endocrine function that regulates blood sugar. Problems with the pancreas can affect the entire body. If the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes, for example, food will not be properly absorbed. This can lead to weight loss, diarrhea, and diabetes.

Thankfully for this teen, her mom and dad acted right away and further damage was prevented. She was prescribed proper medications and is now doing fine.

Whenever you notice anything unusual about your body consult a specialist as soon as possible.

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Brothers Bera and Tsotne Ivanishvili were born with albinism – now the internet is going wild over their amazing looks

Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire from Georgia, the former Soviet Republic on the Black Sea, made his money at the time of the mad collapse of the USSR. When he returned to his home country from Russia, back in 2003, he undertook numerous populist movements and people dubbed him the billionaire with the heart of gold. This affection he enjoyed helped his newly formed political party win the elections in 2012, with Bidzina taking the role of a Prime Minister of Georgia.

Now, as much as this man’s life is interesting for Georgians and people from other countries, it’s his two albino sons who took the country by storm. Some years ago, when pictures of Bera and Tsotne Ivanishvili emerged online, people were eager to learn more about their personal lives.

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Bera is now a famous musician. His brother, who is 11 years younger, is also a creative soul interested in arts and painting.

As the family split their time between Russia, Georgia, and France, Bera was born in Paris. Regarding his albinism and being different from most of the people he knows, he has a unique view and believes that being albino is something he as a musician and someone people look up to should help raise awareness of.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place without being stared at,” Bera told Wired. “But growing up different, as an albino kid, it was never a problem for me because of my parents.”

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The brothers’ mother, Ekaterine also spoke of her children’s albinism. “When someone is just born this way, standing out, they’re gonna hate this person for being born different. They’re being jealous, and evil. I dealt with it. Like a gangster. You know? Yes, it gave me that warrior mentality. But everyone is not made for this,” she said.

When Tsotne was born, Bera, who is 11 years older, was over the moon. He recalled saying that his little brother was just like him, as Tsotne is albino, too. “And he saw that he can be different and society can love you and, you know, the females can love you. You know, it’s important,” Bera said.

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Both brothers learned how to embrace their condition and love the way they are. Instead as of a flaw, they consider being albinos their super power. “My dad is genuinely shocked to this day. ‘Is there really any people that think the way you look is bad? You guys are like angels. The way you are is so cool,’” Bera told Wired.

Bera started his mucis career after meeting producer Rob Fusari, who had previously worked with artists such as Lady Gaga and Destiny’s Child. Fusari helped Bera a lot, including teaching him how to hide his “post-soviet” accent while singing by stretching “awkward-sounding vowels into calculated melodies.”

“Bera is incredibly unique,” Fusari said. “He brings a magical energy. It’s kind of like being around a unicorn.”

The brothers are extremely close and often share photos of themselves together.

In 2018, after dating for a couple of months, Bera got engaged and later married his girlfriend Nanuka Gudadvadza, as reported by Georgia Today. In 2019, they welcomed son Beruka.

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Bera and Tsotne Ivanishvili are the perfect example that being different can be a good thing.

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One of the biggest secrets kept from humanity: The pineal gland

The advancements in medicine are moving at a rapid pace, yet, there are still plenty of things doctors and researchers are unable to discover about human’s brain. For example, just recently, world-renowned cartographer of the brain, Scientia Professor George Paxinos AO, from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) discovered a previously unknown hidden part of the brain found close to brain-spinal cord junction. Besides neurons, our brains contain a number of blood vessels and a third class of brain cells known collectively as glia — many of which are even more poorly understood than neurons. Scientists do all in their power to break these numbers down, which would eventually lead to a better comprehension of how the brain functions and how information is processed.

One part of our brain known as pineal gland, a small, pea-shaped gland in the brain, is still surrounded by mystery regarding its full potential. This pineal glad is also known as “third eye” because of its primary function of ‘letting in light and darkness.’

It is in charge of the production of serotonin derivative melatonin that has to deal with our hormones that affect the modulation of sleep/wake patterns, including our seasonal functions. The pineal gland is placed near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres.

Many believe that this tiny part of our brain is the portal between the physical and the spiritual world. French philosopher René Descartes regarded the pineal gland as the principal seat of the soul and the place in which all our thoughts are formed.

If activated, the gland could allow us to travel to other dimensions, or better known as astral projection.

However, the main reason why we can’t use the full potential of the pineal gland, according to researchers, is because its function is lowered due to its absorbtion of most of the sodium fluoride that enters our bodies. The water supply in the US contains 90% of fluoride and other various components.

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The fateful call that changed Roseanne Barr’s life forever

Roseanne Barr’s ability to make people laugh made her the second highest-paid female actress in the industry during the last two seasons of the hit show Roseanne.

Born to a family of Jews with Russian roots who found themselves living in a strict Mormon society in Salt Lake City forced the family to pretend they were Mormons themselves. Speaking of her childhood, the actress told The Guardian in 2008: ”Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning I was a Jew; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons,” and added: ”You weren’t supposed to think there. First of all it was frowned upon to be a girl, and second of all to be a fat, dark-haired girl who had no waist, and third to be a loudmouthed, short, fat, dark girl.”

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She started her career as a comedian after she left home and went to Colorado where she worked a number of poorly paid jobs. Eventually, she ended up working as a cocktail waitress. She practiced her comedy with the customers who advised her to try herself as a comedian.

”My customers encouraged me to go down to this comedy club. I didn’t know it was there. So I went down there and watched everybody,” Barr told Hawaii Tribune-Herald. 

During a performance at the famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Barr attracted the attention of comedy producer George Schlatter which led to gigs on The Tonight Show in 1985, and Late Night with David Letterman in 1986.

That was a start of a very successful career. Barr was soon dubbed ”Domestic Goddess” and her working-class edge humor made her a famous name in the showbiz.

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Barr revealed that she found inspiration for her comedy from her personal life. ”It’s all personal experience. I’m not an actress. I’m not Meryl Streep. I don’t go up there and invent all this stuff. It has to come from what you really feel and believe, or else it’s not real. And if it’s not real, people don’t think it’s funny,” she told Forth-Worth Star-Telegram. 

During the late 80’s, Barr became a household name and a mega star with the show Roseanne, which aired from 1988 to 1997.

The first episode was watched by 21 million households, a staggering number indeed.

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Barr often got into argument with the producers, especially because all the credits for the show were given to writer Matt Williams. This made Barr angry and she demanded him to be replaced by other writers, which eventually happened.

Besides enormous popularity, the show brought Barr a number of awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Over the years, she had gone through some tough times, including a brain injury at the age of 16 which affected her health a great deal at the time.

Later, in the midst of her popularity, an incident almost ruined her career and her popularity. During a nationally aired baseball game, Barr performed the American anthem, ”The Star-Spangled Banner,” when she grabbed her groin and spat in the middle of singing. This made people furious. They though she was disrespectful and even then-President George H. W. Bush called it “disgraceful.”

”I’m not going to apologize for doing it, because I feel like it was the wrong choice for all of us to make. But not anybody anticipated (the reaction) would be this negative . . . You can all take this as fun or you can act like this is the worst thing committed by an American. I went down there with the best intentions. We thought it would be a fun, positive thing . . . I’m sorry I didn’t sing so good. How much more can I say?” Barr responded.

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Barr was married three times and has 5 children. She first got pregnant at the age of 18. At the time, she was very poor and didn’t have a decent place to live. However, despite the situation, she was determined to give birth, and that’s exactly what happened. Sadly, as she didn’t have enough money to take care of her baby daughter, she put her up for adoption but promised to find her later in life. ”You remember this. I’ll see you when you are 18,” she whispered in her daughter’s ear.

In 1972, a year after giving birth to her first child, Barr met Bill Pentland. Two years later, the two tied the knot and welcomed three children together. However, as Barr’s career took off, her marriage started falling apart. She has always spoke of Bill dearly.

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In 1990, Barr married fellow comedian Tom Arnold. Their relationship was quite complicated, mainly because of his alcoholism and drug addiction, something he eventually managed to overcome. It was during this marriage that Roseanne found consolation in plastic surgeries. ”I think that’s why I had all that surgery. Every time I had a break I would have surgery. I think just to get away from him [Arnold] and then when I came back there’d be nurses in the house and I wouldn’t be alone with him,” Barr told The Guardian.

She also struggled with her weight and was on strict diets numerous times. One time, she was able to lose 350 pounds. Then, in 1998, she had undergone gastric bypass surgery. “I had my entire digestive system removed, so I should look thinner,” she joked in 2007.

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Around the time her second marriage ended, Barr got the most important call in her life.

“A tabloid called to tell me, ‘We found your daughter.’ I was stunned.

“They had gotten hold of the birth certificate of the baby girl I bore out of wedlock and gave up for adoption after nine days in Denver when I was 18. I was so pissed off. I had left information allowing her to find me when she turned 21. I had even told my own kids about the adoption a year earlier because I knew she was 17 and might try to find me,” the actress told People.

Around a month after that fateful call, Barr and her daughter reunited at the Westwood Marquis Hotel.

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In 1995, Barr married her third husband, Ben Thomas, with whom she has son Buck. The marriage ended in 2002.

Today, Barr lives with partner Johnny Argent. The two reside on her farm in Hawaii, known as the Hidden Hamakua Farm.

Barr has a net worth of $80 million.

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Christina Aguilera turned 41 and is looking as stunning as always

Stunningly beautiful, successful, and brave, this is the story of Christina Aguilera, the woman who grew up right in front of the eyes of her fans and is still making enchanting music up until this day. On top of that, the stunning musician is a devoted mother and serves as an inspiration for millions of young women who are not afraid to follow their dreams, just as she did.

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Aguilera found herself under the spotlight after she was chosen to be part of the Mouseketeers on The All New Mickey Mouse Club along with other future stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling. This show was her breakthrough and she managed to make a name for herself at a very young age.

In fact, Aguilera’s talent for singing was obvious. Not only she was great at it, but she never missed a change to sing as well. Her mother, who divorced her father and moved with Aguilera and her sister to Rochester, Pennsylvania from New York, took her daughter to Japan to record her first single with Japanese pop star Keizo Nakanishi. Their song, All I Wanna Do, was a huge hit and at that point, everyone knew this cute blonde girl would make a successful career in the music industry.

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Witnessing how her father was always dominant over her mother, Aguilera promised herself to always be her own queen.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, the singer said, “When it comes to ­personal relationships. I made up my mind at a really young age that I had to do for myself. I never wanted a man to tell me what I could and couldn’t do, what I could and couldn’t spend, I always knew I had to be the queen of my castle.” And, she kept this promise.

As her career took off, Aguilera made some bold moves regarding both her music style and the way she dressed. However, as many loved what she was offering, others believed she was being inappropriate and called her names. This was mainly because of her songs Lady Marmalade and Dirty. She, however, never seemed to care what people say, although their words affected her to certain degree.

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“It’s hard to hear yourself being called names,” she told Cosmopolitan. “I remember being hurt by these commercials on MTV, pitting Britney as the good girl and me as the bad girl. It’s like, if I’m going to be demure and innocent, that’s OK. But if I’m going to just be myself, I’m trouble.”

Dirrty was extremely controversial at the time, but it would be nothing now. I hope I paved the way and helped set the ground rules that women can be any version of themselves they wanna be, and proud of it.”

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For her work and the incredible music she makes, Aguilera has won five Grammy Awards and a number of other awards and recognition, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Alongside her music career, she starred in the film Burlesque, for which she wrote and sang the theme song, and was a coach on six seasons of the singing competition television series The Voice from 2011 to 2016.

Aguilera married music producer Jordan Bratman in 2005 and had her first child three years later. The couple, however, divorced in 2011 and she started dating her current fiancé and the father of her second child, Matthew Rutler, shortly after.

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In the past, Aguilera battled anxiety and she now speaks openly of those times and has a word of advice for anyone who is going through the same.

“Be kind to yourself,” she told L’Officiel Italia. “We are all walking on the path of inner research, it is our work as human beings and each one follows a different path, so it makes no sense to make comparisons, ‘Swim in your lane. If you waste time looking over your shoulder to see what others are doing, you lose sight of it,’ is the best advice I’ve ever been given.”

She hasn’t always been skinny, but she also says that she never weights herself because what really matters is to learn how to love yourself the way you are. However, she lost weight in 2013 after she started exercising but says she never follows strict diets.

“I happen to be very confident in my own skin. It takes time to get to that place. But, it’s all about embracing yourself and your body type,” the musician told Stylecraze.

We love that Aguilera always feels confident about herself no matter her weight. She is such an inspiration. Don’t you agree that she looks stunning at the age of 41?

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Teacher secretly records coach touching girls hair and the mother speaks up after seeing the footage

Getting inside the classroom every day and trying to cope with all those students who have different personalities and learn using different strategies isn’t that easy. However, watching a shy student raising their hand and speaking in front of the whole class, or seeing a struggling student getting an ‘A’ makes you realize that it’s all worth it. It requires only special people to be teachers, because not everyone can rise to the task of shaping young minds into compassionate and responsible people who’d become a valuable part of the community. 

The ideal teachers always go the extra mile just to make sure their students are doing their best to achieve the most they can. This help usually expands outside of the classroom too. And even if this effort may not be recognized by the parents, the school’s principal, or the community, that doesn’t really mater, because teachers know how great of an impact they make. 

One physical education teacher from Valdosta, Georgia was giving his students a lesson in basketball when one of them, a girl named Kristin Paulk, approached and asked him whether he could do her a favor. The teacher said yes even before he knew what she would ask. The girl then said: “Can you tie my hair in a ponytail?” The teacher didn’t think twice before he knelt down and started doing her hair. Meanwhile, a fellow colleague named Kandice Anderson noticed the quite unusual sight and decided to put it on tape. She later posted the video on her Facebook page, writing:

“When your job goes beyond teaching… #CoachO #Love”

Kandice only wanted to show her friends what it really takes to be a teacher, and never did she think the video would be seen more than 3 million times. The phys ed teacher had no idea his kind act vent viral and he became famous. People found this way too adorable, and he was featured on Good Morning America. 

“It was shocking to me that it got that much attention because we all do it.”

The teacher has three children on his own so he happens to know how to make a ponytail. He jokes how his expertise in hair styling stops there and if sweet Kristin wanted a more complex hairstyle she should have probably asked someone else to do it for her. 

Kristin’s mother was also a guest at Good Morning America where she shared how she felt like after watching the video. She says she is more than happy knowing her girl has a teacher who cares so much. 

We hope there are more teachers like this coach out there, who would do anything for their students’ well being. 

This video is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day. 

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Kat Von D left ‘Miami Ink’ and became a loving mother and wife: Inside her family life

Expressive, emotional, rebellious, and with a strong sense of style, Kat Von D stole the hearts of millions when she was asked to fill in for tattoo artist Daren Brass on the TLC show Miami Ink back in 2005. Ever since, she became a much-loved TV personality who managed to establish an empire and make millions of dollars.

Born Katherine von Drachenberg on March 8, 1982, in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico, Kat got interested in punk music and dressing in black to the surprise of her mom and dad who were active Seventh-day Adventist Church missionaries. They, however, never interfered with her dreams and wishes, even when she decided to drop out of school and focus on tattooing at the age of 14.

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When she turned 6, her family moved to America, and a decade later, she became American citizen. “I was six years old, and the seven hour drive that it took to reach the Texas border felt like weeks,” she recalled. “Even though I didn’t fully understand what big changes were ahead, I felt it. I think we all did.”

Speaking of her young years, she says she experienced physical, mental, and emotional mistreatment, but her parents weren’t aware of it and she never blamed them.

“I love my childhood, I think I had a great childhood. I think my parents made a huge mistake in sending me to a school, but that was under the guise that it was going to help me in a way that it didn’t. And again, I don’t think it’s their fault or anything,” she said.

Kat had her first tattoo, a small Misfits skull, at the age of 14, and soon after, she started doing tattoos on others with a homemade tattoo gun made from a guitar string alongside a motor made of a cassette player.

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At the age of just 16, she opened her first tattoo shop and some time later, Kat moved to San Bernadino, Los Angeles where she started working at the Sin City Tattoo studio, under the guidance of artist Dave Smith who taught her everything about the job.

“I took my portfolio in and all of my drawings and said to the guy who ran the shop, ‘look, I know I’m under age but I really want to do this,’” Kat told Big Tattoo Planet.

“And he said, ‘I will take you on. I can see from your work that you are really good, and you can go somewhere with this.’ Dave taught me a lot about all aspects of tattooing, sterility, needles, and machines, things that I really had no clue about as I had missed out on the apprentice side of things.”

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2005 was the year the entire country and most of the world learned of the charming girl of Miami Ink. Kat turned into a celebrity almost overnight.

“The network had wanted to add a female artist to the crew for some time, and Chris Garver, who owns the shop where I work now in LA, vouched for me, and that was pretty much it, I got on the show,” she explained.

“It’s really hard for me to be embarrassed, so being in front of the camera wasn’t too difficult, though at first, it was kind of annoying getting used to all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, the cameramen, the lighting crew. There’s so much going on that viewers obviously don’t see, and we have to get used to all of that. But no, it’s not a big deal to me and now I could tattoo with a million people around me watching, it doesn’t really matter.”

Some two years later, she got her spinoff, LA Ink, and rose to even greater fame.

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At the start of her professional career, Kat tie the knot for the first time, but her marriage only lasted for four years. Then, in 2018, she married Rafael Reyes – also famous as Leafar Sayer, artist and known for creating the music genre Cholo goth.

Kat Von D spoke in the past that she could never see herself as a mother. She thought that being free-spirited to the extend she is didn’t go well with kids. “I’ve known since I was seven years old that I was never going to have kids. I just always imagined myself as this worldly, traveled gypsy lady. It’s not what I want, and I don’t want to put my body through it.”

However, life had different plans for this incredibly charming woman. In December 2018, she and her husband welcomed son Leafar Von D Reyes.

“Meet our beautiful baby boy,” she wrote at the time. “Thank you to all our beloved friends+family, fans+followers for your patience in us announcing his long-awaited arrival!”

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After leaving her make-up empire, Kat truned to making music and performing. “To be honest, for the most part it’s been such positive response to the music that even I was surprised. I was expecting more negative criticism but that hasn’t been the case. Sometimes I will see people saying like, ‘oh you need to stay in your lane or stick with tattooing.’” Kat Von D told Euphoriazine of her music career.

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88-year-old crossing guard killed by speeding car after saving two students

Just imagine what kind of person one has to be in order to risk their own life for the sake of that of others. Having a heart of gold, one might say. Or a kind soul and generous mind, others may add. Well, 88-year-old Bob Nill had it all, and even more than that.

This man used to work in banking and served in the Coast Guard, but once he retired, he just couldn’t stay still. He wanted to work again, so he got a job as a crossing guard at the Christ the King Parish School in Kansas City, Kansas some 5 years ago.

He was loved by all the students who all called him Mr. Bob.

Sadly, this incredibly loving man lost his life after he saved two children from being hit by a speeding black sedan. Witnesses say how he prevented the kids from getting on the car’s way and he ended up being hit by it himself.

“He stopped [two kids], and they listened, thank God, but then he, of course, was the victim,” school principal Cathy Fithian told KMBC 9.

Everyone who knew Bob would say he was an extraordinary man. His nephew, Randy, said how the family wasn’t surprised by Bob’s act, because he always cared for everyone.

“What my Uncle Bob did for just getting little kids across the street seemed probably trivial to some people, but for him, it was a really important job, and now, we really know how important it was. He maybe saved some lives.”

“This was something I think he felt like he could help children and help himself feel good about what he was doing,” Randy added.

The school released a statement paying tribute to Bob, who died as a hero.

“We would like to give you an update on our crossing guard, Mr. Nill. Our hearts are heavy as we inform you of his passing. Please continue to keep Mr. Nill and his family in your prayers as well as the students, parents, and teachers who witnessed today’s accident.

“Also know that Mr. Nill is a hero. He stopped two of our students from crossing the road as the car approached.”

Rest in peace.

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The life and career of the Hollywood rebel Robert Mitchum – The much loved villain

The rebel of the Hollywood’s golden age, actor Robert Mitchum, was a man of many talents. Playing villain in most of his movies, combined with his disobedience and resistance to authority in his personal life, this acting legend was perceived by many as a tough guy, and is remembered as such even today, 23 years after his death.

Robert’s distinctive facial feature along with his incredible skills which weren’t limited to acting only, but directing, producing, and singing as well, made him one of the most famous names in the history of film. A man of considerable charm, Robert possessed the innate ability to make everyone love him.

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Born in August, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut to father James Thomas Mitchum who worked as a shipyard and railroad worker and a mother who immigrated to America from Norway, he was part of a traditional American working-class family. Sadly, when he was just 18 months old, his father died in an accident and his mother Ann Gunderson remarried to Major Hugh Cunningham Morris, a British officer.

Robert was a mischievous child who couldn’t be controlled easily. After being expelled from a number of schools, his mother decided to sent him to Delaware to live with his grandparents.

That didn’t calm his rebellious soul and he continued to end up in troubles throughout his teenage years. One time, according to Robert himself, he was detained for vagrancy and forced to work in a chain gang from where he escaped and returned to Delaware. The good thing that came from his stay with his grandparents is that he met their first neighbor Dorothy there. The two fell in love, got married, and strayed together their whole lives.

It was in Long Beach, California, in 1936, four years before he tied the knot, that Robert had his first encounter with acting. His sister Julie, who lived there, persuaded him to join the local theater guild. He took some minor roles, but once his children were born he decided to turn to a 9-to-5 job in order to be able to provide for the family.

During WWII, Robert worked as a machine operator for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, but the loud sounds from the machines affected his hearing and he suffered temporary blindness, so he quit and turned to acting again. It was probably the best decision he has ever made.

Mitchum with his sons (1946)

In 1945, Robert had his major breakthrough playing soldier in the war film The Story of G.I. Joe for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting role. This, however, didn’t result in him getting parts in typical conventional Hollywood dramas. Instead, he became the “soul” of low-budget crime dramas, later known as films noirs.

What was truly special about this man with troubled soul was that he excelled each and every role perfectly. His sleepy, “lizard,” eyes only added to his charm.

Mitchum in Out of the Past (1947)

One of his most memorable performances is that of the charlatan preacher in the thriller The Night of the Hunter, which is considered until this day one of the greatest films in Hollywood history.

“I wanted to take it all the way,” he said. “I wanted to scare people to death. The book did that. It was ten times as frightening as the picture. But Charles had such good taste. He kept saying, ‘I make my living reading the Bible. I can’t do this sort of thing.’ As it was, it was pretty good… I guess.”

Robert Mitchum playing Reverend Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter

Robert’s personal life was surrounded by many scandals. In 1948, he was arrested for possession of marijuana. He spent 43 days at a prison farm in California. He didn’t see it as a big deal like Hollywood and the press because he always spoke how he was a passionate user. ”The only effect that I ever noticed from smoking marijuana was a sort of mild sedative, a release of tension when I was overworking. It never made me boisterous of quarrelsome. If anything, it calmed me and reduced my activity,” Mitchum later explained.

This scandal, however, only made him more famous and more wanted as his name was all over the magazines.

Dorothy and Robert Mitchum (1955)

Robert was particularly praised for his incredible portrayals of the sympathetic marine in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), the Australian sheep drover in The Sundowners (1960), the convict in Cape Fear (1962), detective Philip Marlowe in Farewell, My Lovely (1975), and more.

In 1955, during the filming of Bloody Alley, Robert caused a scene by breaking the set because his car wasn’t ready. He was fired and producer John Wayne took the role.

Mitchum with Jane Russell in His Kind of Woman (1951)

Although he spoke of his profession as an opportunity to visit places and new people and believed to be an actor in Hollywood was a privilege, saying, “I didn’t make what these young guys, the Spielbergs, are making. But I had a hell of a lot of fun. Working with all the great leading ladies of my day. Marilyn Monroe, and Jane Greer. I think she was the most underrated of them all. Working with guys like John Huston and Raoul Walsh,” he also said many times that moves bored him.

During the filming of Ryan’s Daughter in 1970, he had suicidal thoughts, but his friend, screenwriter Robert Bolt, talked him out of it.

Robert passed away in 1997, at the age of 80 in Santa Barbara, California. He had lung cancer.

This actor, who was one of a kind, created an image for himself as an irresistible man who could excel any role. He truly marked an era in the history of film.

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Zoo refuses to euthanize Jaguar after it attacks a woman who was breaking the rules

What some individuals are ready to do all for the sake of taking an appealing selfie for their Facebook profile picture can only be described as outrageous.

One woman was attacked by a jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona after she climbed the animal’s cage in order to take a picture with it. Shawn Gilleland, the Rural Metro Fire Department spokesman told The Washington Post how the lady who was in her 30’s shocked the zoo visitors as she tried getting over the barrier. Getting so close to a caged wild animal speaks disaster, and that’s exactly what happened. The jaguar reached out and grabbed the woman’s arm with her strong paws causing a laceration.

Luckily, the wounds she got weren’t life-threatening and she was lucky that her silly action didn’t result in more severe consequences.

Zoo’s officials say how the animal wasn’t outside the enclosure at any time, which means non of this would have taken place if the injured woman wouldn’t approach that close.

“Please understand why barriers are put in place,” officials tweeted. “Sending prayers to the family tonight.”

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Visitors who happened to witness the incident say how they heard the woman screaming and that’s when people ran to help her. One of them, Adam Wilkerson, told AZFamily.com:

“My mom runs up and takes her water bottle and shoves it through the cage near where the jaguar is, and the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl’s sweater,” he told the news organization. “So at that point, I see that it’s no longer attached to the girl’s actual arm, only on her sweater, so I grab the girl on her torso, and I pull her back.”

The zoo owner, Mickey Ollson, says how a similar incident involving the same jaguar took place a year back when another visitor tried climbing the barrier.

“There’s no way to fix people crossing barriers,” Ollson told the news organization. “That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there, and if people cross them, they can get in trouble.”

People should already be aware of the fact that jaguars are hunters who would grab every chance to get themselves a pray and they still decide to get way too close to them.

In another incident that happened at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, a jaguar managed to get out of its enclosure which resulted in nine zoo animals being killed, five alpacas, three foxes, and an emu.

The Post reported at the time:

Jaguars are opportunistic hunters that prey on more than 85 species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Their habitat ranges from the jungles of Central and South America, where they are considered “near threatened” by the IUCN, to the southern regions of Arizona and New Mexico, where they are listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Lions and tigers are the only big cats that are bigger than jaguars, making the felines the biggest in the Americas.

According to the president of the Humane Society of U.S, zoos should take extra precautions in assuring the visitors would stay protected and animals are respected from a safe distance. An idea they propose is adding more barriers.

We really can’t understand how people would even come with such ideas as climbing over barriers and expect from the animals to stay still and pose for selfies.

Ollson told AZFamily.com they are willing to put some more barriers but people are the ones who should get educated on how to behave while at the zoo.

“She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe,” the zoo tweeted. “Not a wild animal’s fault when barriers are crossed.”

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Senior Moves Into Holiday Inn Instead Of Nursing Home

Meet Terry Robinson – the man who might change people’s view on nursing homes for elderly people. His idea posted on his own Facebook page may start people thinking really seriously about the options for the later days of their lives.

The reason for his post is very simple – the amount that we have to pay if we want to spend our older years in a one of the facilities that provide nursing. The ideas he proposes are indeed interesting.

Robinson’s analysis states that nursing home care costs are some $188 per day. That’s an amount of money that is very high, according to him. Therefore, he proposes that it is more economical to spend your later days in Holiday Inn instead. He says:

“No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn! With the average cost for a nursing home care costing $188.00 per day, there is a better way when we get old and too feeble. I’ve already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long term stay discount and senior discount, it’s $59.23 per night. Breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon.”

Robinson does not stop there. His post goes into details. After he has done the careful analysis, he adds that he has decided. He is going to check in Holiday Inn permanently! His calculations show that if you choose the hotel version, you save quite a lot of money.

Robinson explains:

“That leaves $128.77 a day for lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. Plus, they provide a spa, swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer, etc.”

This clever man pays attention to all details in his post. His justification of choosing the hotel version includes transportation costs. He explains that there are some benefits when you stay in a hotel. First of all he enlists the hotel-provided transport, then he moves on to the public transport and at last he mentions even the airport shuffle. Regarding the last one, he says:

“For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you’re at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps building up. “

Since Robinson is not a fan of the nursing houses, he goes on by enlisting some of the disadvantages of such places. He states:


“It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you’re not stuck in one place forever — you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city. Want to see Hawaii? They have Holiday Inn there too.”

Moving from places to places actually is quite interesting idea after all, at least for those who find travelling amusing.

Did you think he forgot the crucial part? The one about the healthcare itself? Then, you are mistaken. He thought about that too. Robinson says that Medicare serves the purpose. Because the regulations for visitors in the hotels cannot even be compared with those in the nursing houses, Robinson explains that in Holiday Inn you will never be alone and there will always be someone to check on you, family member or a friend.

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Parents abandon their 3-day-old child, leaving her a note suggesting they meet in 20 years time

Leaving a child behind has to be the greatest heartbreak a parent can ever experience. Unfortunately, due to the law imposed by the Chinese government that no family could have more than just a one child, implemented between 1980 and 2015, many parents were forced to abandon their little ones. The country was tying to fight the poverty and overpopulation, so if a woman who already had a child got pregnant with another one, the family either faced abortion or heavy financial penalties.

When a couple, Qian Fenxiang and Xu Lida, learned they were expecting a second child, they were perfectly aware they couldn’t have it. But as they didn’t want to abort their little baby, they hid the pregnancy and Qian gave birth to her second daughter on a houseboat, away from the eyes of everyone.

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Once the sweet baby was welcomed into the world, the devastated parents took her and left her at a covered vegetable market along with a hand-written note.

The note said: “Our daughter, Jingzhi, was born at 10am on the 24th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, 1995. We have been forced by poverty and affairs of the world to abandon her. Oh, pity the hearts of fathers and mothers far and near!
Thank you for saving our little daughter and taking her into your care. If the heavens have feelings, if we are brought together by fate, then let us meet again on the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou on the morning of the Qixi Festival in 10 or 20 years from now.” 

The girl, now named Kati, was adopted by a loving family from Michigan, the Pohler family, who already had two boys. Kati has been loved and cared for, she was extremely lucky to end up with such special people.

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They knew their adoptive daughter’s parents wanted to meet her in ten or twenty years time, so 10 years after she became part of their family, the Pohler’s sent a friend of theirs to meet with Kati’s biological parents.

“We didn’t want to involve Kati in something as vague as this,” her dad said.. “But it was important to us that the birth parents knew their daughter was adopted by a family who love her very much and provide her with a good home.”

Unfortunately, the friend arrived around 10 minutes after Qian and Xu left. They spent quite some time hoping to meet their long-lost girl on that bridge and even held a sign with her name written on it. But when they realized she wasn’t coming, they went home.

The story was picked up by a local news outlet that helped Qian and Xu got in touch with their daughter’s new family.

When Kati turned 20, her mom and dad told her the story of her birth. They also told her that they were in touch with her biological parents and gave her their blessing to go and meet them. She was eager to do that, especially because she knew they were simply forced to abandon her against their will.

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In the city where she was born, on the broken bridge on the eve of the Qixi festival in 2017, she finally met her birth parents.

“We couldn’t communicate meaningfully since we don’t speak English and she doesn’t speak Mandarin, but we could tell she’s a really nice girl. But now that we have met her, we miss her even more than before,” her birth mother Qian said.

Kati also met her older sister. “It was really nice to see them. I was surprised by how emotional my Chinese mom was. The first thing they said was, ‘You are skinny, you’ve got to eat more.’ If I didn’t eat they would feed me. I guess they were just super-excited and missed looking after me for all these years,” this young woman said.

We are so very sorry for all those families who were forced to part ways with their children and never saw them again. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Kati’s biological parents. Although it took two decades to see each other again, we are glad they were given that incredible opportunity.

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Young man walks 20 miles to get to his new job- the company’s CEO gives him a new car

They say that determination and hard work always pay off, and the story of Walter Carr, a young man who wouldn’t let anything stay on his way to a successful first day on his new job, is just another proof of that.

Namely, Walter got hired by Bellhops, a moving company. He was looking forward to this new chapter of his life, but the night before he was supposed to start working, his car broke down. Not wanting to miss his first day on the job, he decided to take a walk from his hometown of Homewood to Pelham, two cities 20 miles away from one another.

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He started his journey at midnight hoping to get there on time.

A few hours into his walk, Walter met an officer who asked him where he was going. The young man explained what was going on, and the officer was left in disbelief from what he heard. Of course, he then offered Walter a ride to the house he was supposed to be working at that day.

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At around 6:30 am, both Walter and the officer knocked on the door of the Lamey family. Jenny Hayden Lamey answered the door. The officer told her he took “this nice kid” to her so he could help her move her staff. Jenny was expecting the moving company hours later, so she was surprised Walter was there so early. At the same time, she was amazed by his determination.

“Around 6:30am the doorbell rang. It was a police officer. He proceeded to tell us that he had picked up ‘this nice kid’ in Pelham early this morning. The nice kid. Walter, said that he was supposed to help us with our move today,” Jenny wrote on Facebook.

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When the rest of the moving crew showed up, one of them shook Walter’s hand and thanked him for showing up. This made Jenny believe that not many of the new recruits show up. It was then that Jenny turned to the man in charge of the crew and said, “you wouldn’t believe what he did to get here. Tell him Walter,” to what humble Walter replied in a shy manner, “I walked.”

The entire crew was in complete awe. They later shared the story with the company’s CEO, Luke Marklin, who without hesitation offered Walter his car, 2014 Ford Escape.

“I’d like to give you this car right here. Today. Like right now. Like you can drive away with it,” Marklin told him.

Walter couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He was extremely grateful for the gift, because that meant he wouldn’t need to walk long distances any longer.

As for Marklin, he was glad he could help someone who had such a strong sense for work ethic as young Walter.

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Dennis Avner known as Stalking Cat spent over $200,000 on making himself look more cat-like before his death

The extremity to which Dennis Avner went in order to change his appearance turned him into a sort of a celebrity. His life, however, wasn’t an easy one because he lived it by constantly breaking the boundaries, something not everyone he met was fond of.

Avner was born on August 27, 1958 in Flint, Michigan. During those times, the “Vehicle City” was vibrant and prosperous. His family, however, moved places and settled in Northern Michigan in the quiet Suttons Bay Township where he attended Oscoda High School.

Growing up, Avner became fascinated with the spiritual side of the Native American tribe and that was something that would affect his life forever.

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He started working as a computer technician and his life seemed normal. That was until he got into tattoos and plastic surgeries. Having been enchanted with cats ever since he was just a child, Avner decided to modify his face and look like a tiger himself.

”I’ve been a cat my entire life. I always related to cats. I always had a close relationship with cats,” Avner explained in an interview with Only Human.

It was in 1985 when body-modification artist Larry Hanks started his extensive tattoo work on Avner, who was soon widely known as “Stalking Cat,” his American Indian name.

Over the course of 25 years, Avner resembled a real tiger. He never revealed the number of surgeries he had undergone, claiming it was too many to count. Among the rest, he tattooed his entire face and body, removed his teeth and replaced them with tiger-like dentures, had his lip split, and placed six stainless-steel mounts on his forehead, along with 18 piercings above his lips so that he could attach whiskers when he wanted to.

Despite all this, “Stalking Cat” had nose and brow implants, injections in his chin and lip, and silicone injected in his cheeks.

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Besides many were worried for his health, Avner said all those procedures were to make him feel who he really was, a cat. He was telling the world that he was following an old Wyandot (Huron) tradition by transforming himself into an animal, but he wasn’t probably aware that what he did was truly extreme.

Later in life, Avner met a couple, Tess Calhoun and Rick Weiss, who introduced him to the “furry community,” a subculture that revolves around anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities. They even invited him to move in with them to Whidbey Island, a place known as the home of free-spirited artists and performers.

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At first, he wasn’t really welcome there because of his extreme appearance, with one person writing to him: “We have a lots of hunters here. You can move here if you agree to stay in the woods and not wear orange.”

As the couple hosted meetings for the members of the “furry community,” more and more people learned of “Stalking Cat.” Soon after, everyone recognized him and wanted to have him interviewed. He even attended many events, including red carpet appearances.

Sadly, at one point in his life, he was left penniless as he spent lots of money on his modification procedures. It was then that Tess and Rick asked him to leave their place. He took to social media to ask for help and a friend he met online offered him his home.

In November 2012, Stalking Cat was found dead.

Rumors were his lifeless body was found in the garage, and the news was later confirmed.

Shannon Larratt, who knew Stalking Cat, revealed what had happened on her blog, BMEzine.

“Dennis’s boundary-breaking life was never an easy one, and as he was fond of saying, he “found fame, but never fortune”. A wonderful and complex person, he was at times as troubled as he was remarkable, and he recently took his own life at the age of 54,” she wrote.

A huge number of people took their time to offer their condolences.

No matter what we think about body modification, we have to agree that Dennis Avner was a very special man who served as inspiration to many.

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A research reveals your body knows when death is near, and it all starts in the nose

Despite years of research and the advance of techology, there are some things about human’s body that still remain a mystery for doctors and researchers. Knowing how complex our bodies are, this doesn’t really come as a surprise.

As some of us have what we call a sixth sense and can predict things in advance, a recent research revealed that we can also sense when death is approaching. Scientists say that when someone dies, the body immediately begins to break down. During these moments, putrescine, a foul and toxic scent that is the result of decomposition, is released. Apparently, humans subconsciously recognize this putrefying odor. Not only that, the scent, when released, causes an immediate response.

Two researchers, Arnaud Wisman from the University of Kent’s School of Psychology in Canterbury, UK and Ilan Shira from the Department of Behavioral Sciences in Arkansas’ Tech University in Russellville, AK, say that just like animals, humans can sense scents and then act accordingly. At the end of the day, that’s part of survival across the species.

When humans are exposed to the odor of putrescine, they express a conscious and subconscious reaction to it.

Some of the experiments conducted by these two researchers revealed that when people are exposed to the scent of putrescine, they move away, just like the animals which either run away or fight when they sense danger.

“We do not know why we like (or dislike) someone’s smell, and we’re usually not aware of how scent influences our emotions, preferences, and attitudes,” Wisman and Shira explain.

“It is hard to think of a scent as frightening,” other researchers claim. However, scents do make people more vigilant of their surroundings.

Sex pheromones, which are defined as odors produced by either males or females, that stimulate one or more behavioral reactions in the opposite sex, bringing the males and females together for the purpose of mating are just another example of the effect of scent at humans.

“Putrescine signals a different type of message than pheromones, but people’s responses to putrescine (avoidance and hostility) do seem indeed to be the opposite of responses to many sexual pheromones,” researchers explain. At the same time, the researchers explain that humans are not aware o the odor and don’t consciously associate it with death or fear.

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Brain Scans Reveal the World Happiest Man: His Secret is Simple

What does it take for a person to feel content and happy? Is is the material things they possess, or the constant urge to be better than yesterday?

Now, we don’t longer need to try and find what happiness is all about because science will do it for us.

According to a research which has been going on for quite some time, a person named Matthieu Ricard is the happiest person on Earth. So how is this possible to measure? Well, Neuroscientist Richard Davidson has conducted a research on Ricard, and a number of other partcipants, by having 256 sensors reading off his brain at the University of Wisconsin. The research was in fact done on experienced religion practitioners to find out who attains the most happiness from their religion, and Ricard, who is a western scholar of Buddhism by vocation, was chosen to take part in it.

Further, the research focused on the effect of meditation on the level of happiness. While Ricard was on meditation, he experienced an overwhelming sense of compassion which resulted in production of gamma waves, which are further connected to awareness, concentration, knowledge and reminiscence.

At the same time, all these positive feelings suppressed the negativity.

The research is known as “neuroplasticity” and is still in its early stage, but still, it shows the range of benefits it offers when it comes to person’s level of happiness.

Ricard himself is convinced that meditation can change the way the human brain is wired to think because of the society and shows the same impacts as to a person expecting to lose weight by joining a gym.

In the video below, he provides tips for keeping your mind to think positive. For example he believes that one should be in control of their mind, which doesn’t mean decreasing the freedom of their thoughts, but rather not being a slave of those thoughts.

For Matthieu Ricard’s TED Talk on The Habit of Happiness go below.

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Woman Gives Birth, Then Six Weeks After Another Miracle Happens…

For everyone that experiences it pregnancy feels different, it’s a unique experience for every woman.

Each mother has moments and feelings that she can tell us about and that we can really relate to, things about her pregnancy that are special, funny or memorable that are just unique to her.

It’s entirely possible that a woman can have 6 different children and for each child have a different experience, that really is the wonder of having children!

A mom recently gave birth to her daughter and she really had some really odd unexpected feelings just a few weeks after it. She felt that she knew why she had these feelings but really didn’t think that it was possible though.

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Around the early part of 2016, Eliza Curby gave birth to her daughter Charlie. She had got pregnant after a party and been dating Ben for three months in total.

Ben really wanted to be a father which made it easy for the couple, they were both really overjoyed about being parents together, they were so excited!

However, after their little girl had been born, Eliza realized that she felt a little odd, she just didn’t feel herself, at all!

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Everyone reassured her, and put her feelings down to being a new mother, every now mom can understand the concept of sleep deprivation, and the devastating effects of it, on the mind and the body.

Eliza’s mom said to her that it could take around six whole weeks to come out of the other end!

Eliza said:

“I was exhausted trying to figure out the ins and outs of being a mum, but about a month after having Charlie though I felt really, super exhausted.”

“Everyone told me it was sleep deprivation catching up with me but I was not convinced – I remember looking at Ben and saying, ‘I think I’m pregnant.’ …He just laughed.”

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Eliza really was right though, a quite rare thing had happened, just six weeks after giving birth to her daughter she had fallen pregnant again!

There were even more surprises to come through, this pregnancy was different from the last one!

She said:

“I say little as Ben’s idea of a family included two children — very nuclear indeed — I, on the other hand, have always been set on having as many children as I can — nothing excites me more than the thought of walking through our local streets of Mona Vale with my own little clan.”

Eliza got the double, or should I say the triple shock of her life to find out she was expecting twins!!

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Over the next couple of weeks she took four pregnancy tests, they were all positive no matter how much she pinched herself, she didn’t wake up, so it wasn’t a dream either!

The ultrasound tech really didn’t know how to break the news to her that she was having twins…

Eliza said that:

“The technician seemed awkward and uncomfortable before he finally said … ‘look it’s early days … but … I think there’s two’”

She felt a little terrified about the news, her mind raced about the possibilities ahead of her, it was going to be very hard!

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Eliza said:

“But three baby capsules won’t fit across most of the biggest five-seater cars, so off we went car shopping, and I now drive a van — a big mamma VW van.”

This story really was incredible, we wish you the best Eliza and hope that everything goes perfect, or at least everything works out well for you.

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Mom grabbed her camera when she heard this sound coming from the bathroom

Babies bring immense joy in the lives of their parents and their families. From the moment they are welcomed into the world, they become the apple of their mommy and daddy’s eye, who do all in their power to spend as much time as possible with their tiny bundle of joy.

Because children grow up so fast, it is very important to cherish every moment we spend with them and keep all the fun memories close to our hearts.

The following video is one of the cutest we have stumbled upon. It shows a newborn baby having his first bath with his daddy and it’s beyond adorable. The liitle one seems very curious and interested in what daddy says to him, although he’s way too young to understand what is going on.

This bonding time is too sweet not to be caught on camera, so mommy rushes to grab it and put it on tape.

Once the sweet baby is all grown up, he will certainly love seeing this moment.

The video has been seen more than 9.8 million times. You can check it out below.

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‘NCIS’ star Lucas Black gave up a successful career to focus on his family – this is the actor’s new life

The road to stardom is never an easy one, although, for some people, things go more smoothly than for the rest. Besides dedication and hard work, luck also plays huge part when it comes to great achievements.

For actor Lucas Black, it all started when his mother took him to audition for the film The War, starring Kevin Costner, after she heard an open call about it on the radio.

There, among 5,000 children who wanted a part in the movie, Black was one of the lucky few to be chosen. He believes that he landed the role because he did something differently than the rest of the children. When asked to say something about themselves, like where they came from, everyone provided there address, among the rest, while Black, who was 11 at the time, gave detailed description.

“I said, ‘Well, you go down 157…you go by Mickey Wiggins store, and you turn left,’ and they were like ‘we need you to read some lines, kid,’” Black explained. “Just because I said something different from every other kid. So that was my first audition, and I ended up getting the part.”


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He joked that his mom only decided to bring him to the audition because she hoped Costner would be there.

The part in The War was the start of Black’s very successful Hollywood career.

After starring in it, he went back home to Alabama where he attended Speake High School. He was into sports and played football, basketball, baseball, and golf for the school’s Bobcats.

Later in his acting career, he would come back to the baseball as he starred as Pee Wee Reese in the film 42, about baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

“Pee Wee Reese had such a significant part in helping change baseball by accepting Jackie as a ballplayer and as a friend and making a public gesture toward Jackie,” Black told AL.

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It was in 1999 that he landed his first lead role, in the film Crazy in Alabama, where he starred opposite Melanie Griffith. At the time, he also worked as a model for Calvin Klein.

What followed were plenty of significant roles, including ones in Friday Night Lights, Seven Days in Utopia, Sling Blade, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, among the rest.

However, he’s probably most famous for playing agent Christopher LaSalle on NCIS.

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Black began working on NCIS before his character turned into a regular cast member of the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans.

As the show developed, he became a fan-favorite and that is why many were left in shock when his character was killed after almost six seasons.

Portraying a much-loved character, Black felt the urge to share with his fans the reasons behind his decision to part with the show. Apparently, there weren’t any bad feelings between him and any of the cast members, on the contrary, he enjoyed working with each and every one of them, but he felt like he was spending too little time with his wife and three children.

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He thanked everyone for their love and support and wrote on Twitter: “I wanted to take this time personally to thank all of you fans out there for your love and support. You were there to celebrate the victories and to pick me up when I needed it, and I appreciate that.” 

Some time later, while on the Legacy Starts Today podcast, the NCIS star said:

“All throughout my career, there was a concern because I would observe how the entertainment industry would destroy families and destroy families,” he said.

“The way it’s run, you’re traveling, it’s a very fast pace, lots of long hours, especially in television.”

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According to Black himself, he worked for around 70 hours a week on the NCIS spinoff during the first three seasons and felt like he was neglecting his family despite moving closer to the filming location.

“It was time, it was time for me to leave. I felt like my job there was finished,” he said.

“You can’t keep going at that pace, and I think, have a healthy marriage. It’s not sustainable; it’s inevitable that something bad’s going to happen if you stay working at that pace.”

When it comes to his private life, he never reveals much detail and tends to keep it out of the public eye.

His wife Maggie works as a lawyer and says that being married to a celeb isn’t that special because her husband never acted like hotspot.

“Lucas is not what people would consider a stereotypical celebrity. He’s confident, but he’s not someone you think of as a diva that you have to pet and boost their ego all the time,” Maggie O’Brien told The Marriage Adventure. “He’s very confident in who he is, so he doesn’t need me to bring that to him. It’s been really good for me in a couple of ways. Because people think it’s cool to be a celebrity, they go out of their way to be nice to me. That might be phony. But it takes a lot of pressure off that a lot of women feel in trying to impress other people with what they have or what their husbands do, or what they make.

“I feel like there’s a lot of that in and amongst women. The competitiveness to impress others, and I don’t feel like I have to do that,” she added.

“It kind of gives me more freedom from trying to impress others and lets me be more honest. It gives me more courage and confidence because I don’t feel like I have to compete.”

However, leaving NCIS: New Orleans doesn’t mean he left his Hollywood career for good. On the contrary, he’s very busy working on different projects.

Black has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

Except for being one of our favorite NCIS actors, we also love him for being an awesome husband and father to his wife and children.

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