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    While serving in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott met a neglected cat and decided to save his life. Koshka the cat returned the favor.

    Source: wbtv.com

    Jesse Knott was serving his time at a base in Southern Afghanistan when he first noticed a new feral cat on the base. "There was this cute cat running running around and doing his cute kitten things," Knott told the Andrew Walsh Show. "Everybody fell in love with him." But as the cat grew older, Knott began seeing signs that the cute cat was being abused. He decided to intervene, luring the feline into his tiny office with a piece of steak, even though soldiers are not allowed to keep pets.

    He named him Koshka – Russian for cat. "This bond just started to develop between the two of us that I couldn't put words to," he said.

    Source: wbtv.com

    On Dec. 8, 2011, a suicide bomber targeted a military convoy near his base in the Maiwand District of Afghanistan. Two of his friends were killed, and Knotts was devastated and losing hope and faith.

    When he was crying in his office, Koshka came over, crawled in his lap and renewed his will to go on. Knotts remembered, "all of a sudden this cat came over and it was like 'hey, you are you.'"

    "I just kind of started going into a deep depression, and the cat really keyed up on me and started playing more. He wouldn't let me stew and kept reminding me to take care of him."

    Knotts realized that Koshka could not stay in Afghanistan, where he was in danger of being released back to a world where he was abused. A local interpreter offered to take the cat to Kabul, risking his own life in the process by doing a favor for an American. The cat made it to Kabul, and Knott's parents paid $3,000 to fly the cat from the Middle East to Portland, Oregon.

    "He was my saving grace. He kept me alive during that tour."


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    Via: catsparella.com


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    Cats are the best, and also they are the worst. But mostly the best.

    They like being close to you.

    They like being close to you.

    Source: mixtapecomics.com

    REALLY close.

    REALLY close.

    Source: seokim.tumblr.com

    They can do anything they set their minds to.

    They can do anything they set their minds to.

    Source: gemmacorrell

    They are moody.

    They are moody.

    Source: natazilla.tumblr.com


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  • 03/26/13--07:43: Kids React To Grumpy Cat
  • “When you say 'grumpy,' it makes the cat grumpy.” GENIUS.

    The best part is when they make their own grumpy memes.

    "JUST HAND ME THE SHOVEL."

    Source: youtube.com


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    Hint: it features an adorable pit bull named Boom and a few of his friends.

    Here's Boom with his paws in a nice Easter basket.

    Here's Boom with his paws in a nice Easter basket.

    Oh! Now the basket is full of bunnies.

    Oh! Now the basket is full of bunnies.


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    Not sure whether to laugh or cry.

    Source: formalsweatpants.com

    Source: tedmccagg.typepad.com

    Source: tedmccagg.typepad.com

    Source: pleated-jeans.com


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    Create a future with less rape and sexual assault by teaching children about having empathy for others and understanding consent. Condensed and reprinted with permission from The Good Men Project .

    Image by Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

    1. Teach children to ask permission before touching or embracing a playmate. Use langauge such as, "Sarah, let's ask Joe if he would like to hug bye-bye." If Joe says "no" to this request, cheerfully tell your child, "That's okay, Sarah! Let's wave bye-bye to Joe and blow him a kiss."

    2. Help create empathy within your child by explaining how something they have done may have hurt someone. Use language like, "I know you wanted that toy, but when you hit Mikey, it hurt him and he felt very sad. And we don't want Mikey to feel sad because we hurt him."

    3. Teach kids to help others who may be in trouble. Talk to kids about helping other children, and alerting trusted grown-ups when others need help. Use the family pet as an example, "Oh, it looks like the kitty's tail is stuck! We have to help her!!"

    4. Teach your kids that "no" and "stop" are important words and should be honored. Also teach your child that his or her "no's" are to be honored. Explain that just like we always stop doing something when someone says "no", that our friends need to always stop when we say "no", too.

    5. Encourage children to read facial expressions and other body language: Scared, happy, sad, frustrated, angry and more. Charade-style guessing games with expressions are a great way to teach children how to read body language.

    6. Never force a child to hug, touch or kiss anybody, for any reason. If Grandma is demanding a kiss, and your child is resistant, offer alternatives by saying something like, "Would you rather give Grandma a high-five or blow her a kiss, maybe?" You can always explain to Grandma, later, what you're doing and why.

    7. Model consent by asking for permission to help wash your child's body. Keep it upbeat and always honor the child's request to not be touched. "Can I wash your back now? How about your feet? How about your bottom?" If the child says "no" then hand them the washcloth and say, "Cool! Your booty needs a wash. Go for it."

    8. Give children the opportunity to say yes or no in everyday choices, too. Let them choose clothing and have a say in what they wear, what they play, or how they do their hair.

    9. Allow children to talk about their body in any way they want, without shame. Teach them the correct words for their genitals, and make yourself a safe place for talking about bodies and sex. Say, "I'm so glad you asked me that!" If you don't know how to answer their questions the right way just then, say, "I'm glad you're asking me about this, but I want to look into it. Can we talk about it after dinner?" and make sure you follow up with them when you say you will.

    10. Talk about "gut feelings" or instincts. Sometimes things make us feel weird, or scared, or yucky and we don't know why. Ask your child if that has ever happened with them and listen quietly as they explain.

    11. "Use your words." Don't answer and respond to temper tantrums. Ask your child to use words, even just simple words, to tell you what's going on.

    Source: @MattEllenberger

    1. Teach kids that the way their bodies are changing is great, but can sometimes be confusing. The way you talk about these changes—whether it's loose teeth or pimples and pubic hair—will show your willingness to talk about other sensitive subjects.

    2. Encourage them to talk about what feels good and what doesn't. Do you like to be tickled? Do you like to be dizzy? What else? What doesn't feel good? Being sick, maybe? Or when another kid hurts you? Leave space for your child to talk about anything else that comes to mind.

    3. Remind your child that everything they're going through is natural, growing up happens to all of us.

    4. Teach kids how to use safewords during play, and help them negotiate a safeword to use with their friends. At this age, saying "no" may be part of the play, so they need to have one word that will stop all activity. Maybe it's a silly one like "Peanut Butter" or a serious one like, "I really mean it!" Whatever works for all of them is good.

    5. Teach kids to stop their play every once in a while to check in with one another. Teach them to take a T.O. (time out) every so often, to make sure everyone's feeling okay.

    6. Encourage kids to watch each others' facial expressions during play to be sure everyone's happy and on the same page.

    7. Help kids interpret what they see on the playground and with friends. Ask what they could do or could have done differently to help.

    8. Don't tease kids for their boy-girl friendships, or for having crushes. Whatever they feel is okay. If their friendship with someone else seems like a crush, don't mention it. You can ask them open questions like, "How is your friendship with Sarah going?" and be prepared to talk—or not talk—about it.

    9. Teach children that their behaviors affect others. Ask them to observe how people respond when other people make noise or litter, and ask them what they think will happen as a result. Will someone else have to clean up the litter? Will someone be scared? Explain to kids how the choices they make affect others and talk about when are good times to be loud, and what are good spaces to be messy.

    10. Teach kids to look for opportunities to help. Can they pick up the litter? Can they be more quiet so as not to interrupt someone's reading on the bus? Can they offer to help carry something or hold a door open? All of this teaches kids that they have a role to play in helping ease both proverbial and literal loads.


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    And always has been. Add your vintage Easter pictures in the comments!

    Nice frames, boy on the left. Are those Warby Parker?

    Source: shorpy.com

    Style question: is it okay, as an adult, to have skirts this poofy?

    Source: flickr.com

    I wish adult men dressed exactly like this.

    Source: flickr.com

    What ever happened to wearing a tiny bonnet on the back of your head?!

    Source: flickr.com


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    It's all led up to this moment, when four animals remain, vying for the title of “Next Big Animal.”

    Here is what the bracket looks like since voting concluded in round two:

    Here is what the bracket looks like since voting concluded in round two:

    WHO WILL PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE?!

    WHO WILL PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE?!

    Look for your chance to decide tomorrow. Until then, stare into these adorable little faces and imagine telling two of them that they are going to loooooose.


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    Baby, they were born this way.

    The Proboscis Monkey

    The Proboscis Monkey

    Source: rossap

    The Platypus

    The Platypus

    Source: cesaraustralia.com

    Source: wallpaper-sea.blogspot.com

    The Star Nosed Mole

    Source: youtube.com


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    This was mine. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!!!!


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    Who will play in the championship? Let your heart decide.

    Instructions for this round:

    First, let go of your preconceptions.

    Take a deep breath.

    Start scrolling.

    Once you've inundated your eyeballs with all kinds of adorable, cast a vote with your heart.

    First Match: WOMBATS vs. ELEPHANTS:

    First Match: WOMBATS vs. ELEPHANTS:


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    Saved by the Bell nostalgia is everywhere, but where's the love for Parker Lewis?!

    Teen Angel

    Teen Angel

    1997–1998, ABC. A brief part of ABC's infallible "TGIF" lineup, Teen Angel followed the story of Marty, a high school boy who dies from eating a six-month-old hamburger on a dare and is then sent back to earth to be his friend Steve's guardian angel. Yes, that was really the plot. Ron Glass (Book from Firefly) played the disembodied orange head who guided Marty through his afterlife adventures.

    Source: dvdrare.com

    USA High

    USA High

    1997–1999, USA network. Peter Engel, the genius behind the Saved by the Bell franchise, created this show about six friends enrolled at the "American Academy" (cool name, Engel) boarding school in Paris, France. "Notable" guest stars included Shannon Elizabeth, Mario Lopez, and Kelly Packard. USA! USA! USA!

    Source: sitcomsonline.com

    Brotherly Love

    Brotherly Love

    1995–1997, NBC/The WB. A chance to showcase the three Lawrence brothers at a time when they were the perfect heartthrobs for three different age groups: Joey, for those of us who'd gone through puberty, Matthew, for those still seeking someone completely non-threatening, and Andrew, for the little ones trying to get in on their older sister's Teen Beat shenanigans. It wasn't really very good, but damnit they were cute.

    Image by Everett Collection

    Swan's Crossing

    Swan's Crossing

    1992, syndication. A teen drama that ran for only 13 weeks but did the world a favor by introducing us to the future Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the wealthy daughter of the mayor of Swan's Crossing, a seaside town chock with political intrigue and personal drama. Perhaps this was the forerunner to Laguna Beach?

    Image by Everett Collection


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    The Battle We Didn't Choose is photographer Angelo Merendino's collection of photographs of his wife Jennifer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five months after their wedding.

    "Love every morsel of the people in your life." –Jennifer Merendino

    Image by Angelo Merendino

    Image by Angelo Merendino

    Image by Angelo Merendino


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    Roger Ebert, who passed away today at age 70, married Chaz Hammel-Smith on July 18, 1992. Upon their 20th anniversary last year, he wrote about his love for her .

    Source: blogs.suntimes.com

    In a blog post from last year, Ebert wrote passionately about his wife Chaz and their true-life love story. They met in the early '90s, when Roger spotted her while out with mutual friends, and he was immediately attracted to her, finagling a way to get her card so he could invite her to the opera later that week. They wrote emails to each other, which he still had saved two decades later on an old computer, even though he could not access them. He proposed marriage in a café in Italy, and she said yes. He wrote about how she cared for him during his sickness, calling her "the great fact of my life."

    Image by Brenda Chase/Stringer / Getty Images

    "This woman never lost her love, and when it was necessary she forced me to want to live. She was always there believing I could do it, and her love was like a wind forcing me back from the grave."


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    Sandy Hope was born at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, CT, on March 22. Sandy Hope was named in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings , and she is a fitting tribute to life.

    We talk about those knobby little knees.

    We talk about those knobby little knees.

    Source: LEOzoo.org

    We talk about that mad side-eye.

    We talk about that mad side-eye.

    Source: LEOzoo.org

    We talk about this crazy face.

    We talk about this crazy face.

    Source: LEOzoo.org

    We talk about how wibbly-wobbly her little legs are.

    We talk about how wibbly-wobbly her little legs are.

    Source: LEOzoo.org


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  • 04/05/13--13:34: Brownies
  • I made them at midnight because brownies.


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    At Bush Baby in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.


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    I made these little dudes for a party.


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    Relive all the adoraglorious moments of BuzzFeed's Animals March Madness tournament, and find out who took the honor of becoming the NEXT BIG ANIMAL!

    First, let us relieve the many, many shining moments of the tournament...

    Cockatiels were eliminated in round one, even though they were the only animal in the competition with wheels.

    Cockatiels were eliminated in round one, even though they were the only animal in the competition with wheels.

    Image by AP

    Also eliminated in round one were the wide-eyed sugar gliders, who may have been a little too sweet for some voters.

    Also eliminated in round one were the wide-eyed sugar gliders, who may have been a little too sweet for some voters.

    Image by Tim Chong / Reuters

    Then there were wee little lambs. They had the unfortunate matchup of otters in the first round and were routinely dismissed.

    Then there were wee little lambs. They had the unfortunate matchup of otters in the first round and were routinely dismissed.

    Image by Matt Cardy / Getty Images


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