Perhaps one of life's greatest pleasures is the sense of peace and comfort you have in your own space. Whether you’ve had a hard day at work or things just weren’t going your way, troubles tend to melt away at home. But while most people can find comfort there, the same cannot be said about those suffering from emotional and physical abuse. This holds true for our four-legged friends as well. After more than eight years of abuse and discomfort, Lola the dog is finally learning how to relax. For the better part of a decade, Lola was chained up in a dark garage and forced to sleep on concrete. Any sense of comfort was unknown to the abused pup until AMA Animal Rescue came to her aid and gave her a second chance at life. But these days, Lola lives it up in Manhattan with her new mom, Charlène von Saher. Today she has access to all of the beds her heart desires! Read More: These Pups And Their Kid Siblings Love Each Other Despite A Huge Size Difference Lola has made great use o..
Have you ever wondered why the subjects featured in classical art never seem to smile? One explanation is that before the modern era, getting your portrait done was a very rare occurrence that may only happen once in a person's lifetime, so it was taken very seriously. Getting your likeness painted or sculpted was also simply an extremely time-consuming process that would make it very difficult to hold a smile. That's why the people in classic paintings and sculptures we see today seem so unhappy, but with modern technology, this guy's been having a blast turning their frowns upside down. When Olly Gibbs went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, he used FaceApp, an application that can put smiles on nearly any serious face, on the exhibits he came across. Twitter / Olly Gibbs As you can see, some of the results are pretty goofy. ..
Though British physician Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent claims about the association between the MMR vaccine and autism in his 1998 research paper have long since been discredited, the anti-vaccine movement is unfortunately still going strong. Thanks to vaccines, measles was officially declared to be "eliminated" from the Americas last September, meaning that there have been no outbreaks originating in the U.S. for quite a while. Despite this major accomplishment, however, unfounded fears about vaccines causing autism have scared many parents into deciding against vaccinating their young children. Now as a direct result, there's been an outbreak of measles in Minnesota. There are 48 confirmed measles cases, most of which have occurred in unvaccinated Somali-American children who are under 10 years old. However, experts say this has more to do with the number of unvaccinated people in the small group rather than the Somali demographic. ..
Next time you go to take a dip in a stream while hiking, remember this woman's nasty story. When a 49-year-old woman went to a hospital in Shenwan, China, earlier this month complaining of nasal discomfort and a nose bleed that had lasted for 10 days, doctors found a seriously gross surprise inside her nose. You see, the woman has a habit of washing her face in a mountain stream. Even though she likely didn't swallow any of the water, a nasty little critter was still able to make itself at home inside her nostril for months. When doctors pulled out the offending creature, it was three inches long. Watch them remove it in the stomach-churning video below, and definitely make sure that you aren't eating anything. Read More: What Started As A Bump On His Back Turned Into Something Truly Nasty I cannot imagine having a leech feeding off the inside of my nose for that long, and I really don't want to. Share this disgusting video if it made you never want to step foot n..
For Mother's Day this year, six-year-old Raith Barlow wanted to do something extra special for his mom, Stacey, so he decided to go on a little adventure by himself. The only problem was that Stacey wasn't exactly in the know when it came to his well-intentioned mission, so when he disappeared that Sunday, she became terrified about what might have happened to him. She had no idea that Raith, who is autistic, had ridden his bike across a busy road to get her a present at the store. With just 40 cents in his pocket, Raith took his bike and snuck out of his home in Highton, Australia, to buy his mom a brand new TV. Screenshot / Daily Mail When Stacey couldn't find her little boy, she called the police. Screenshot / Daily Mail ..
Going to college and completing a degree is a major accomplishment, but for many, student loans are financially devastating. Daquan Mincy is a full-timegraduate student at Salisbury University who is about to receive hisMasters in Education. Coming from a single-parent household, he is the first in his family to go to college. But even though he worked hard to get there, he had $50,000 in students loans to worry about. That's why Ellen Degeneres decided to change his life for the better when he was in the audience during a recent episode of her show. Not only is Mincy a grad assistant, but he also teaches special education part time and mentor students while going to school. After working multiple jobs to put himself through college, he's graduating next week thousands of dollars in debt. Screenshot / ellentube So along with Will Ferrell and Amy Po..
It’s basically my life’s ambition to find a partner who will look at me the same way Scottie the cat looks at his neighbor Sophie. Lady Gaga said it best: “I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me.” Scottie and Sophie are taking these lyrics to heart and are proving to be one of the world’s cutest (and furriest) romances of all time. It’s not every day that you find love at first sight, but in the case of this feline duo, they can’t seem to get enough of each other. Sophie's a rescue kitten from Boston who was adopted in 2014. After living in her new forever home for a few months, Sophie’s owner decided to leash up the kitten and take her for a walk around the neighborhood. It became quite obvious early on that Sophie had a not-so-secret admirer, as Scottie would watch the love of his life from across the lawn or driveway. While initially too shy to hold a kitty conversation with his crush, eventually Scottie built up the courage to approach her and Sophie di..
As the summer months quickly approach, there’s no better time to start tending to your garden and getting your yard looking perfect for summer barbecues. Growing up it was always my favorite memory of summer, getting down and dirty while planting all my favorite fruits and veggies with my grandparents. While eventually enjoying the fruits of our labor was always the best part, weeding and rototilling were absolutely the worst. To make weeding easier, my grandparents would grab weed killers like Roundup to get the job done. But here's what we didn't know then. Some research suggests that an ingredient in Roundup can actually cause cancer. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there is evidence pointing to the herbicide glyphosate being a carcinogen. Flickr / Dennis Hill And the stuff makes up 18 percent of Roundup. ..
On May 9, police were responding to a welfare check at a Chicago, Illinois, apartment when they immediately noticed a strong odor of gas. When they went inside, they found 38-year-old Tracy F. Johnson and her five-year-old daughter unresponsive. Her two-year-old son was reportedly "out of it" and stumbling around with his eyes rolling into the back of his head. As it turns out, Johnson had attempted and failed to not only kill herself, but her young children as well. According to investigators, Johnson had crushed up prescription pills and mixed them into smoothies, then tried to get her children to drink them. She later told police that she had been angry at the father of one of them because he “was verbally abusive and did not take her problems seriously.” She also said she didn't want either of her kids to see him and that “Heaven was the best place for all three of them.” ..
As more and more states across the country start rewriting the laws on medical and recreational marijuana use, there’s bound to be some incidents along the way. As more corner store dispensaries are opened every day, it’s getting easier and easier to find THC-laden products. When medical users begin to experiment with different edibles, there comes the obvious issue of how to keep them away from children. As one unlucky father found out when his 10-year-old son discovered a secret stash of edibles, the effects on small children can be absolutely awful. Thirty-seven-year-old Ephraim Zagelbaum was enjoying a day at the park with his son when an unexpected rain storm put a damper on the day. Flickr / Herry Lawford Once the rain started, Zagelbaum’s son rushed to the car to wait things out. ..
Losing a child is the most devastating thing that can happen to a parent. Daniel and Shirley Mason had a daughter named Nicky who died 20 years ago when she was just 18 years old. She was tragically run over while walking to a friend's house from her home. Nicky's brain stem and spinal cord were both snapped, and in the midst of the most devastating moment of their lives, the Masons knew Nicky would want to donate her organs. Her heart was transplanted successfully to a woman named Inger Jensen, who went on to win a gold medal for swimming in the Olympic Transplant Games in 1999. Until recently, however, she had never met the parents of the girl who saved her life. When they did finally meet up, it felt like a reunion. The emotional moment was captured on camera, and the Masons got to hear their daughter's heartbeat one more time. Read More: Photographer's Portraits Of Postpartum Depression Drive Home A Heartbreaking Reality Everyone involved in this story is so ..
While I often think of myself as quite the creative person, I really can't draw. When it comes time to get my creative juices flowing, even my stick figures could use some work. But for visual artists, creating amazing works is intuitive. What's even better is that because of social media, we can now appreciate works of art from around the world at the touch of a button. A number of artists are turning to Instagram to showcase their latest creations, including Maine native Visothkakvei. Visothkakvei is no stranger to us here at ViralNova. Just last year we were amazed by his intricate detailing. His simple black and white drawings had us feeling pretty envious of his unique talent. This year, he's trying something new by incorporating 3-D effects into his work. Check out his amazing, mind-bending drawings below! Read More: This Artist Is About To Hypnotize You, And All He Needs To Do It Is A Black Pen There's just something so mesmerizing about watc..
No one in my family can sing. It's just a fact. None of us inherited the angelic voice genes, so it's never been something that I enjoy doing. I have always loved listening to others sing, though. From "American Idol" to "Nashville Star," I would curl up with my parents on the couch and watch contestants belt their hearts out. It's always nice, though, to see someone even younger take an interest in vocal performance. Ellen has featured four-year-old Claire and her dad, Dave, on her show in the past, and she recently brought them back. Claire and Dave love to perform Disney songs together, and this time, the tune was all about family. Seeing Ellen talk to Claire is adorable, but if you want to skip to the music, it starts around the three-minute mark. Do you remember which movie this song is from? video-player-present EllenTube I love that this father-daughter duo has something special that they love doing together. Ellen always has the most adorable guests. Share this..
In August 2016, 10-year-old Victoria Martens was strangled to death by her mother's boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, and stabbed by his cousin, Jessica Kelley, after being sexually assaulted. While you've likely read this disturbing story before, new details surrounding the case have emerged that are almost too awful to believe. Michelle Martens, Victoria's mother, had watched and gotten sexual gratification as Gonzales repeatedly raped her little girl. In fact, she'd let other men rape her as well, and may have even let them do the same to her young son. An autopsy revealed that Victoria had the HPV virus, a sexually transmitted disease. As it turns out, Gonzales had sexually assaulted Victoria on a daily basis and recorded it with photos and videos in the month before she died. After Gonzales and Kelly killed and then dismembered the little girl's body, Michelle had sex with Gonzales. Then the three adults made dinner together. They also removed some of Victoria&..
When Mommy and Daddy need some good old-fashioned alone time or a little peace and quiet, handing the kiddos a tablet or smartphone seems like a harmless, effective strategy. This new-wave parenting hack may not be generationally tried and true just yet, but it works. We often joke that sitting in front of the TV for hours is rotting their brains, but could forcing technology onto our children really be harming their growth and development? According to a new study, an increase in screen time may have a direct impact on your child's speech development. According to the study conducted by pediatrician Dr. Catherine Birkin, there may be a correlation between the amount of screen time children receive and the possibility of communication problems down the line. Today, almost 40 percent of children under the age of two use some form of mobile device, a nearly 30 percent boost from 2011. ..
This little girl is proving that you don’t have to be dance floor diva to bust an impressive move. Tiny toddler Maddie isn’t willing to let a boring car ride keep her down. While listening to Bruno Mars' hit “Uptown Funk,” Maddie felt compelled to share her dance skills with the world (or everyone in the car, at least). Professionals should take a cue from this tiny rhythmic tot! Her facial expressions really make it. (via Daily Mail) Read More: Adorable Dad Freaks Right The Hell Out When Figures Out His Baby's Gender If you love Maddie's moves, be sure to share her slayage with everyone you know! You go, girl.
Chance are your favorite crime movies and TV shows have staged some pretty impressive prison break scenes at one point or another. Unfortunately, this guy's real-life attempt wasn't so successful. When a prisoner in Russia thought that he'd hatched the perfect getaway plot, his plans were quickly foiled when a food-delivery door got in his way. As you can probably imagine, the guards who caught him had kind of a field day. At one point, the prison guards contemplate how to help free the would-be escapee...and promptly decide to mess with him instead. (via Daily Mail) Read More: That Escalated Quickly. Road Rage Turns Violent After A Driver Honks His Horn. While it seems pretty real to me, some viewers believe the entire video is nothing more than a publicity stunt for a local reality show. Do you think the clip is legit or not? Let us know in the comments and be sure to share this epic fail with someone ridiculous enough to try it themselves!
Anyone with a devious dog knows that they're smarter than they seem. My pup often manages to mislead me into thinking he's being a good boy when he's definitely not. For stray dogs who live their lives on the streets, they've got to use those brains to get things like food in order to survive. One homeless pup in Vietnam, however, was recently seen doing something in order to capture the attention of passersby that's so crazy you kind of have to see it to believe it. I don't know whether I should be laughing at this pup's ingenuity or crying that it's necessary. Watch until the very end! video-player-present Youtube / ViralPaws He's definitely got street smarts, that's for sure. Remember there are thousands of super intelligent dogs saved from the streets just waiting to be rescued, so consider giving one a chance at a forever home. Share this dog's trick with the animal lovers you know!
Many of us have heard or read about the horrific conditions and treatment dogs are forced to endure in meat farms, which ultimately ends in their brutal slaughter. Cruelty was just part of everyday life for Waldo the mastiff. Being raised on a South Korean meat farm, he didn't know what it felt like to enjoy the little things like having cool, soft grass beneath his paws. The poor thing received no love. His only future was becoming a meal for someone -- that is, until volunteers from Humane Society International (HSI) saved him in April 2016. When they first came face-to-face with Waldo, his condition likely broke their hearts. A cage was the only home he'd known. There was no joy in his eyes. Facebook / Humane Society International In addition to being emaciated, he had a nasty eye infection and an open sore on his leg. ..
If you've lost a pet, you know all too well that it's one of the hardest things you have to deal with in life. For many, furry friends are more like family members who help us through our difficulties and hardships, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when they reach the end of their short lives. Photographer Jasmina Lozar recently experienced a devastating loss after her dog Lilly got sick. Believing that Lilly would pull through, Lozar began photographing her to document her recovery. Unfortunately, Lilly's health took a turn for the worse, and Lozar instead found herself having to say goodbye to her best friend. While Lozar's two other dogs do a great job of comforting her through her continuing grief, she'll never forget the sweet girl who she says saved her life. Read the story she shared about her beloved Lilly below, and be sure to get your tissues ready. "Lilly was my first dog, my first love and she saved my life. When I adopted her I had sever..