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  • 76ers Dancer Gets Incredible Surprise Of A Lifetime During The Game

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    As any family member or friend of a military soldier will tell you, it’s a daily struggle to navigate through life while your close loved one is deployed overseas.

    But the loneliness and depression only multiplies during the holiday season. Separated by thousands of miles, the Philadelphia 76ers took it upon themselves to make these military men and their families feel at home. The team took the time to create a video of local loved ones currently serving in Kuwait as part of their annual Stars and Stripes military appreciation night.

    As part of the celebration, a group of soldiers from the 978 CSC sent in video messages of love to family members back home, which were played at the basketball game.

    One special highlight from the video was when Sergeant Elliott Burgos gave a special shoutout to his girlfriend, Angela, who was in the middle of her rookie season as a 76ers dancer.

    In the middle of his shoutout, the team’s mascot, Franklin the Dog, reached into the frame and whisked the serviceman away.

    Moments later, Angela was caught completely off guard when Burgos walked onto the court for a reunion 11 months in the making.

    With more than 20,000 people watching from the crowd, Angela and Burgos ran into each other’s arms and shared a much-deserved hug.

    (via Daily Mail)

    And if this homecoming surprise wasn’t enough, the 76ers went on to defeat the Detriot Pistons with a score of 108-103. Way to make Sixers Nation proud!

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  • Doctors Told Them The Baby Was Dead. On The Way To Cremation They Saw Something Move

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    There are few things as tragic in this world as losing a child.

    The pain and anguish parents endure when faced with this kind of tragedy is something many of us will never be able to fathom. One couple in New Delhi, India thought they had lost both of their twins after one was stillborn and the other died just a few hours after birth.

    Not all was as it appeared, however, and now the hospital is facing scrutiny and an investigation after one of the children was found to be alive just minutes before cremation.

    The twins were born prematurely on November 30, 2017, and the girl was, in fact, stillborn. The boy was declared dead after his condition became critical and doctors stated he was “unable to survive.”

    Following protocol, the doctors wrapped the bodies in plastic and released them to the family, who intended to take them to be cremated.

    “However, while on way for their burial, we observed a slight movement in the packet and after opening the plastic bag, we found that the baby was breathing,” said Ashish Kumar, father of the baby, adding that they immediately rushed to a nearby nursing home.

    The extended family of the child went to the hospital to protest, asking how such a thing could have happened, and calling for consequences for the doctors who declared the living child dead.

    Two doctors have been fired from the New Delhi hospital, but in a statement the hospital says they do not admit to any wrongdoing. The baby boy is still in critical condition.

    (via CNN and Mirror Now)

    This is absolutely horrific. I’m glad the doctors are facing consequences for their carelessness. Things could have been so much worse if the parents hadn’t noticed their child moving.

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  • Map Reveals Just How Long It Would Take For You To Learn Another Language

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    Trying to learn a second language is a pretty daunting task, especially for adults. But as many have proven, it’s doable if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

    So, just how long would it take for you to become fluent in Spanish, or perhaps German? Using data from the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), which sorts major languages into different categories based on their difficulty and the time an English speaker would need to learn them, Redditor Fummy has neatly laid the answers out for you in their color-coded map of European countries.

    If you’re up for learning a new language, here’s a breakdown of how long you’ll spend mastering the lingo, including the FSI’s list of what languages belong to which category:

    23-24 Weeks (575-600 Hours)

    Languages:

    • Afrikaans
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • French
    • Italian
    • Norwegian
    • Portuguese
    • Romanian
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
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  • Gut-Wrenching Footage Shows Abandoned Baby Being Rescued From Plastic Bag

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    While parenthood can be one of the greatest sources of joy in one’s life, not everyone is prepared for such a commitment and thus upon hearing that they are expecting, go to some rather disturbing means to get out of it.

    And in places where access to family planning health services is low, mothers can get truly desperate after the baby arrives. Worse still is when cultural norms surrounding single motherhood make that status so frowned upon that their lives become unlivable. Sadly, this often ends in people taking drastic and devastating measures.

    After a late night of partying and celebration, a group of friends from Caloocan City, Philippines, heard distant crying sounds in the early hours of the morning. Upon further inspection, they made the heartbreaking discovery of a small baby covered in blood and stuffed inside of shopping bags. The infant was discovered in the sidecar of a motorcycle and still had the umbilical cord attached.

    Medics confirmed that had the group of friends not discovered the child when they did, it is incredibly likely that the baby would have suffocated inside the plastic bags.

    (via Daily Mail)

    This is truly tragic for the child. I hope that this baby gets a fresh start after enduring something so terrible.

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  • One Woman’s Powerful Image Paints A Heartbreaking Picture Of Alzheimer’s

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    Those of us who’ve never met or known someone with Alzheimer’s can study and read about the disease all we want, but we’ll never truly understand how devastating it is until we see it for ourselves.

    One young woman, Redditor wuillermania, was forced to experience the heartbreaking reality of the disease when she was just 22 years old. At the time, her 54-year-old mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. She’s been living with it for the past 12 years. Words can’t fully describe how difficult it was for this woman to watch as her mom eventually forgot who she was, but she explains there’s one powerful visual representation that says it all for her.

    “I’ve often explained watching my mom succumb to this illness as watching her unravel,” she wrote. “When I came across the crocheting she did in the early stages of Alz, it made me realize how fitting that actually was.”

    “I don’t remember exactly when she stopped being able to crochet for good–she made squares for a while, then the circles, then the little pieces of crochet, until she got to the point where she just carried around the needles and yarn in her purse,” she added. “At this point she is completely non-verbal and unable to care for herself in any way (eating, bathing, dressing, walking unsupervised, etc.).”

    Her image had a powerful impact on those who saw it, inspiring others to share their own fears and stories about the disease:

    “This is seriously one of the most frightening things I could possibly think about. Everything that makes you a person simply fades away. Alzheimer’s runs in my family too. Very sorry for you indeed, OP. I know what it feels like. Hope you’re coping ok.” —FatGreek

    “Wow, I’m so sorry for you. What an amazing visual for a concept that can be really tough to grasp.” — brownmlis

    “Op, I completely see my grandfather in this post. He died from complications of Alz last Christmas. He was an extremely well read man and as long as I could remember he always had a stack of books, newspapers and magazines next to his recliner. As he declined, at first the pile was the same, but the issues were there a little longer. Then there were fewer magazines. Then the books stayed on the shelf and finally the daily paper wasn’t even read. By the time he died I don’t think he’d read anything in about a year. Keep fighting Op.” — Like_meowschwitz

    (via BoredPanda)

    I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to watch a parent slowly deteriorate and not be able to recognize their children. If any of your loved ones have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, our hearts go out to you.

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  • Video Shows Why You Need To Be Careful With Your Outdoorsy Dogs This Winter

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    As chilly winter temperatures produce less-than-ideal conditions outside such as icy roads or partially frozen ponds, it’s important we take extra precautions as to not put ourselves or our loved ones in danger.

    And while we can encourage family members to drive cautiously and warn our kids about the dangers of walking on thin ice, we can’t really tell our pets what is and isn’t safe during the cold months. It’s up to us to stop them from walking into dangerous outdoor situations, and one pup’s story shows exactly what can happen when we lose track of them even for a moment.

    On December 3, firefighters from the Swift Current Fire Department in Saskatchewan, Canada, rushed out to a local creek after a dog had gotten stuck in the freezing water. The pup had been running off-leash when its owners saw it fall through the ice. Thankfully, they immediately called for help.

    The firefighter who ventured out onto the ice almost fell in himself, but with the others’ help, he finally managed to pull the dog to safety. Watch the rescue below.

    (via Daily Mail)

    That poor pup must have been absolutely terrified, not to mention freezing! It’s very fortunate the firefighters got there so quickly.

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  • These Dainty Little Mugs Will Slyly Insult The Hell Out Of Your Guests

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    Have you ever wished that you could oh-so-subtly let an unwelcome visitor know how you really feel about them? Well, these brutally honest tea sets should make dinner with your mother-in-law so much easier.

    Aimed at “the lady who speaks her mind,” Miss Havisham’s insulting teacups are the perfect way to let others know your inner thoughts without ever having to speak a word. Instead of spilling your guts, you’ll be spilling the tea. With scalding phrases such as ” I could poison you,” and “I hope you choke,” tea time just got a whole lot pettier.

    Each cup can be purchased individually or in a cup and saucer set and can be purchased in one of three colors. Prices for the sets start at $60 and as you’re about to find out, they’re worth every penny.

    I’ll take one of each.

    (via Bored Panda)

    These cups are the perfect gift for the secret savages on your Christmas list. To purchase your scandalous teacup and saucer, or to see more of what Miss Havisham’s Curiosities have to offer, check out their official website and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Here’s Why You Don’t Leave The Roller Around Baby When You’re Painting The Walls

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    Being a parent can oftentimes mean that even trivial tasks around the house can be more of a hassle than they need to be.

    Perhaps one of the hardest chores is trying to complete some minor home repairs or redesigns. When it comes to your kids and something as simple as giving your walls a fresh coat of paint, there’s a fine line between your toddlers wanting to help and them making a mess and creating even more work that needs to be done. The latter is exactly what happened to this DIY dad after he turned his back for only a second.

    When Dad wasn’t looking, this tiny tyke decided that the wooden floors could use a bit of paint, too. Thankfully dad saw the humorous side of the situation and took out his phone to record his son’s attempts at home improvement.

    (via Daily Mail)

    I mean how can you help but laugh? He was only trying to help!

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  • He Paid For The Coffee Order For The Car Behind Him. His Kind Act Saved Someone's Life.

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    Unexpected acts of kindness are rare, but not unheard of, especially among Canadians, who are known for being quite friendly. But usually the only time you can get someone to pay for your meal is if you're out on a date, married, or you're a kid and your folks are buying. But when Glen Oliver, drove up to the drive-thru window at a local Tim Hortons, he decided to do something he often did, which was to pay for the driver behind him. The only thing is, he had no idea just how much his act of generosity meant to that person.

    Imagine just having a bad day, while heading to a local coffee shop and hoping the day gets better.

    The act of kindness happened back in July at a Tim Hortons in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. And when columnist Ian McMillan of the Pickering News Advertiser, got a letter outlining what happened, he ran the story.

    Imagine just having a bad day, while heading to a local coffee shop and hoping the day gets better.

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    After placing his order, Glen Oliver of Pickering, headed to the drive-thru to pick up his order.

    Glen would often pay for the driver behind him when he frequented the local coffee shop. But he didn't know just how much of a difference he had made in a person who was going through a very rough time.

    After placing his order, Glen Oliver of Pickering, headed to the drive-thru to pick up his order.

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    When McMillan got the anonymous letter, his heart when out to the person who wrote it.

    It mentioned that the person was "in a bad place in July," and that they "intended to take their life. July 18 was going to be their last day." McMillan also noted that the writer said that they intended to "end it all at home in their own little ritual."

    When McMillan got the anonymous letter, his heart when out to the person who wrote it.

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    The anonymous writer recalled how the lady at the drive-thru informed them that their coffee was paid for.

    The lady said the man in the SUV, aka Glen, said to "have a great day." The writer added, "I wondered why someone would buy coffee for a stranger for no reason. Why me? Why today? If I was a religious sort I would take this as a sign. This random act of kindness was directed at me on this day for a purpose.”

    The anonymous writer recalled how the lady at the drive-thru informed them that their coffee was paid for.

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    The act of kindness allowed the individual to make a change and pay the kind act forward to another.

    The letter writer wanted to do something nice, and wrote, “I decided at that moment to change my plans for the day and do something nice for someone. I ended up helping a neighbor take groceries out of her car and into the house.”

    The act of kindness allowed the individual to make a change and pay the kind act forward to another.

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    The letter writer also had a message for Glen, whom he didn't know the identity of at the time.

    The writer added, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know your kind gesture has truly saved a life … On July 18, 2017, I not only had a great day, I had the greatest day!” So, the columnist published the story, and eventually, Glen's wife alerted him, and his identity as the good doer was known.

    The letter writer also had a message for Glen, whom he didn't know the identity of at the time.

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    Glen Oliver, who frequented the Tim Hortons by Liverpool and Kingston Road, was blown away.

    He told Global News that when he read the column “I was blown away, blown away — couldn’t believe it. “It’s exponential now, you know? Like such a small, insignificant thing to most people just turned out to be … the planets align for somebody.” It just goes to show that doing a good thing can catch on.

    Glen Oliver, who frequented the Tim Hortons by Liverpool and Kingston Road, was blown away.

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  • Pregnant Mother Is Baffled When Her Dog Won’t Stop Barking, Doesn’t Realize He's Trying To Save Her.

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    New Household Puppy

    We all know that dogs are people's best friends. They not only offer us companionship, but they make us smile and laugh. They also protect us and become guides when we've lost our way. They can also see dangers that we sometimes can't – as one woman from the UK learned.

    New Household Puppy

    Facebook/Alhanna Butler

    Meet Keola, a 3-year-old American Akita living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. In 2014, she became part of Alhanna Butler and her fiancé, Ricky Burdis's family. The couple was very happy to include her in their growing family, and had planned on spoiling her and taking lots of photos too. But they didn't realize that they had a guardian angel on their hands.

    Keola Grew Up

    Keola Grew Up

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    A year later, Keola had grown up, and Alhanna and Ricky were so happy with her. They even referred to her as "their bear." The Akita was bigger and heavier than they were, but her temperament was sweet and gentle. Alhanna also loved cuddling with Keola while watching TV on the couch. Later that year, the couple learned some very huge news.

    A Baby's Coming

    A Baby's Coming

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    In April of 2015, Alhanna learned that she was going to have a baby, which delighted the couple's family and friends. Keola was great with kids and also seemed excited by the new addition that would arrive in a few months. Alhanna knew Keola would make a good big sis. But then she realized that something was wrong.

    Growing Pains

    Growing Pains

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    Alhanna started getting terrible lower back pain a few months into her pregnancy. So, she saw a doctor, who told her that the pain was just a side effect of her being pregnant. Since her growing abdomen was causing some strain on her spine and back muscles, Alhanna had no reason to doubt the doctor's prognosis. So, she went home feeling relieved, but someone in her home wasn't quite convinced.

    Dog's Strange Behavior

    Dog's Strange Behavior

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    Alhanna started to nice that Keola would act odd when she was around, but she didn't know why. She told Mercury Press that “When the doctors sent me home and said there was nothing seriously wrong, she just sat staring at me so intently that it really scared me.” She tried ignoring it, but Keola continued to act even stranger as the pregnancy progressed.

    She's Not Herself

    She's Not Herself

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    Keola had always been very laid back, but now her pushiness had increased. Alhanna started worrying that her pregnancy might be the cause of this change in her dog's behavior. Maybe Keola was jealous that she was no longer the couple's main focus. She knew she'd have to give the dog up if she was jealous of the baby. But Alhanna didn't like the thought of doing that.

    Other Warning Signs

    Other Warning Signs

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    Then, Ricky noticed that Keola would get very upset in the morning when Alhanna went to work. She wouldn't stop barking, which she'd never done before. It seemed like she was terrified that something would happen to Alhanna if she wasn't there to protect her. The couple couldn't figure out what was causing this odd behavior until they went on Facebook and posted a photo.

    Taking Things Seriously

    Taking Things Seriously

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    Keola's odd behavior escalated. She'd nudge Alhanna, stared at her for lengthy periods and cried. “I posted a picture of her doing this on Facebook and made the joke about the film Hachi where the dog also does this and suddenly my friends all started saying I should take it seriously.” Then, the couple came to the conclusion that perhaps Keola was trying to warn them about something.

    Return To The Hospital

    Return To The Hospital

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    Alhanna took Keola's odd behavior as a warning, and went back to the hospital to get a check-up. After she was examined, Alhanna was rushed into the ICU. The couple soon learned that Alhanna had been moments away from death, and it shocked them both. Finally, after months of pains, Alhanna discovered the reason behind her backaches.

    The Killer Infection

    The Killer Infection

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    It turns out that Alhanna had contracted a double kidney infection, which was the cause of the stabbing pains in her lower back. Also, the infection was so rare that it was resistant to antibiotics, but until now, only one other person in the U.K., had been affected by it. If Alhanna had not gone to the hospital in time, it's possible that she and her unborn child would have died. Alhanna knew right away who saved her.

    The Heroic Akita

    The Heroic Akita

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    “No one really understood how ill I was – but Keola did,” said Alhanna. Fortunately, Alhanna's infection was treated, and she was restored to full health eventually. Her pregnancy also continued on its course, and she had a lovely baby who, whom they named Lincoln. Now, the family began a new chapter.

    The Instant BFF

    The Instant BFF

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    After Lincoln was born, Keola happily became a babysitter and big sister, so naturally, the two became BFFs too. They enjoy taking naps together, and Keola is able to make Lincoln laugh in ways the couple can't. The Akita's loyalty to her human family is amazing, and people have noticed too.

    Her Heroism Was Celebrated

    Her Heroism Was Celebrated

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    After sharing her story with the Daily Mirror, Alhanna was informed that Keola was nominated for the RSPCA's "Animal Hero Award." As a finalist, Keola and her human family were asked to celebrate at a red carpet event. But for Keola, spending time with Alhanna, Ricky, and her new BFF, Lincoln, was the only reward she needed. But, Keola continues to ensure her family stays healthy.

    She's A Guardian Angel

    She's A Guardian Angel

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    Alhanna posted a photo on Facebook of Keola comforting Lincoln, who was sick, earlier this year. On the caption, she wrote, “Keola woke me up this morning by running into my room and then I heard funny noises on the baby monitor so I went into Lincoln’s room and he was being sick bless him, she hadn't left his side since.” Obviously, Keola is the best nurse ever, but how does she accomplish this?

    Her Nose Saves Lives

    Her Nose Saves Lives

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    Keola's sense of smell is her secret weapon. Since dogs have 4000% more scent receptors than we do, they can distinguish even the smallest changes in scents. In fact, some dogs can detect sickness by smelling minor changes in the chemical composition in the human body. Even the slight change in hormones, or the release of dangerous organic elements can alert a dog to a problem, which is what probably happened in the case of Keola and Alhanna.

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