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A Boy and His Dog

by on Aug.09, 2016, under Animals, Art, Family, Health, Kids, Nature

Sometimes art teaches us about life. dog-comicAnd sometimes life imitates art. boy_dog_paw
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Barrow of Monkeys

by on Jun.22, 2015, under Animals, Education, Nature

What's more fun than a barrel of puppies? puppies_barrel Philosopher Milton Bradley tells us it's a Barrel of Monkeys. monkeys_nofun02 When it comes down to it, you can't beat the classics. orang01 These juvenile orangutans live at an animal center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, in the Indonesian part of Borneo. Most of them were pets, taken from their parents while very young. orang05 They're on their way to school, where they'll learn the skills they need to survive in the wild, such as nest building, foraging, climbing and hiding. orang06 Twice a day the 80 orangutans make their way from their dormitory to the forest. Like a lot of kids, they're essentially lazy and don't want to walk so they're transported by wheelbarrows. orang03 The wheelbarrows let the staff move them from their night quarters into the forest much faster than if they had to carry or walk with the Orangutans. They can take as many as 11 in each load. orang02 Some of the orangutans enjoy the ride. Others look apprehensive, but still prefer it to walking. orang04 International Animal Rescue centre, located in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, goes through about 80 wheelbarrows a year. They tend to rust in the humid jungle and the wheels often break on the rough track. Lis Key, Spokesman for the International Animal Rescue, explains "The wheelbarrows don't last long on the bumpy tracks at the orangutan center and in the Indonesian humidity. So we're constantly appealing for more funds to buy new wheelbarrows. It's no fun pushing a barrow full of primates around with a flat tire, that's for sure." orang07 We're not sure we agree. It looks like it could be more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
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Pulp Friction

by on Jun.09, 2015, under Consumer, Health, Recreation

A 19-year-old is missing from his camp site at the lookout in Heaton State Forest, which borders the Watagans National Park in Australia. The man, whose name has not been released, is from from Tenambit near Maitland. camper_missing He was last seen carrying a roll of toilet paper. kid_wrap While some searchers think he may have slipped and fallen, we wonder if there's not a more sinister explanation. tp_scott Toilet paper can humiliate and cause extreme pain. It's been alleged to be responsible for bullying and emotional distress. crybaby - 2 crybaby -3 crybaby - 4 crybaby - 5 crybaby - 6 crybaby - 7 crybaby - 8 crybaby - 9 If you go camping, protect yourself by using safe toilet paper.
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The Hangover

by on May.09, 2015, under Consumer, Drugs, Family, Food, Health, Kids, Parenting

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Appetite For Destruction

by on May.09, 2015, under Animals, Family, Health, Nature

Benno is a Belgian Malinois with a healthy appetite. In his four years, he's eaten a lot of strange objects, from underwear and and blankets to electronics and a gasoline-soaked lawn mower air filter. bruno02 Owner Larry Brassfield had been repackaging ammunition the night before when he woke up early to his wife telling him that the dog had thrown up. She said there was ammo in the vomit. X-rays showed that the dog had some improperly loaded rounds in his stomach. benno_xray They weren't able to tell exactly how many there were, but they could distinguish 17 or 18. Benno would definitely not have been legal in the state of California, where you can't have more than ten rounds in your dog at a time. benno_rounds02 Ultimtely they removed 23 rounds from his stomach. benno_xray02 Another x-ray showed two remaining cartridges in his esophagus, but vets decided to wait and allow them time to chamber instead of performing another surgery right away. bruno01 Five days later, one of the rounds was ejected, and 3 days after that, he shot out the final round. benno_chewed Benno is expected to fully recover and has already regained his appetite for destruction. benno_02
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Abou A Boy

by on May.09, 2015, under Crime, Family, Parenting

There are no secrets when you take a commercial flight. tsa_scannerNothing is left to the imagination. tsa02 You can see what everybody is packing. tsa01 Whether it's personal or checked baggage. baggagehandler The detail is there for everyone to see.
Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

So don't pack anything you wouldn't want to be caught with in public. airport_scan01 When this is a typical example of what the airport security agent sees all day tsa-05 Then something like this is bound to stand out. tsa_xray_dog Pets are not allowed as carry-on and this one was spotted right away. But people continue to try to get away with it anyway. suitcase_kid01
An 8-year-old African boy named Abou was discovered stuffed in a small suitcase in what Spanish police called a “terrible state” after a failed attempt to rejoin his father.
He had been smuggled into Spanish territory in the north African enclave of Ceuta, north of Morocco, when he was discovered on Thursday at a land border crossing by the Spanish Guardia Civil police. suitcase_boy02
The Guardia Civil released photos on Friday of the gaunt child from the Ivory Coast, curled in a fetal position inside the luggage.
“When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case,” a border officer told AFP news agency. suitcase_boy03
He was smuggled there in the suitcase with wheels by a 19-year-old Moroccan woman, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil told AFP.
The boy, whose eyes were apparently heavily pixellated from the ordeal, has been placed with lost luggage.
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Over Rated

by on Apr.19, 2015, under Art, Culture, Family, Kids, Media, Miscellaneous, Parenting, Recreation

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Leo’s Headshot

by on Apr.19, 2015, under Crime, Health, Kids, Weapons

Leo Bernal's father heard the unlocked door open, and thought it was his 20-year-old son returning home. 8-year-old Leo had just gone to bed. A stranger wearing a hooded sweatshirt entered the Culver City, CA house, exchanged a few words with the father. leo4 The man opened fire, and some rounds penetrated the wall to the bedroom where Leo was lying in bed. Leo's dad ran into the bedroom to shield the boy as the gunman followed and continued to fire a total of 14 rounds. leo1 Leo was hit in the head . The boy's 17-year-old brother in the same bedroom was uninjured. leo2 Leo's skull had to be opened up to remove the bullet, and 23 staples in addition to 27 stitches were needed to close the wound. "My head kinda hurts right now, but I'm OK with it," the boy said as he sat on a bench outside Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. leo3 Leo's mother said that Leo is afraid to go home. "He's horrified." A motive for the attack is still not known, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the cost of surgery.
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The Natural Spread

by on Apr.19, 2015, under Art, Family, Food, Kids, Media, Miscellaneous, Recreation

When you're in the kitchen, it's natural to want healthy alternatives. For a long time, the popularity of butter was unchallenged for its special qualities. butter01 It was wholesome and natural, just the kind of thing you'd want for your children. butter02 But there were concerns about whether butter had some unhealthy qualities and people began to experiment with alternative substances. boy_shavecream3 Crisco became the popular substitute and its place was enshrined in the jokes of many late night comedians. cris01 It had the right texture. cris03 And it was digestible, in case you just couldn't resist that lovely pie. Le-Marche-St-George-Thanksgiving014-Remodelista For few years Crisco remained popular, but eventually people realized that it had its own side-effects. dhtinkage01 You had to use it in moderation. It was shortening. new_crisco The new formulation of Crisco eliminates the trans fat, but after recent medical studies, butter is coming back into favor. lolbutter Butter is wholesome and natural. It's better with butter! better_with_butter
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Super Scar

by on Apr.16, 2015, under Family, Health, Kids, Media

Whether it's for the heart pedi_surg1 the head   Leogane Jan-Feb 2010 or any other surgical procedure, it takes a lot of courage for a kid to endure. carter04 On top of surviving 5 open heart surgeries, seven-year-old Carter Gentle from Farmington Maine was upset because the scar from the latest emergency pacemaker operation was ugly. carter01 His dad Mark said that when Carter first removed the bandages, "he went down to the bathroom to look in the mirror and he just started sobbing." His dad told him that his scars were beautiful, and made him look like a superhero. carter02 He posted a picture of Carter showing his scars on his Facebook page, hoping to get support from friends and boost Carter's confidence. carter03 Since it was posted on April 11, the picture has garnered more than 1.5 million "likes", more than the total number of Mark Gentle's Facebook friends. Comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with others sharing their own scars and encouragement. https://www.facebook.com/mark.gentle.125/posts/838002282933707:0
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