Shopping can be an exhausting task. I prefer buying most of my things online, however, if I’m forced to drag myself to the store, I live by the rule of get in, get out.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Every time I go shopping with my cousin’s wife, we can’t even think about leaving the store without walking up and down every aisle at least twice. It drives me absolutely nuts, but she’s family, so I usually let it slide.
In a lot of ways, my cousin’s wife is like this reluctant dog. No matter how hard its human tried to leave the store, this nugget found a reason to stay. The determination here is really outstanding.
This is why you never take your dog to the pet toy aisle.
If you don’t have concrete proof of someone committing a crime against you, it’s not hard for the offending person to get away with it.
This is especially true when it comes to hit-and-run crashes. I’ve been a victim of such an accident, and I can’t tell you how shocked I was when the person behind the wheel screeched off in his car before I could even read his license plate. Luckily, the damage was minimal and I was fine, but it’s infuriating to think about how he didn’t have to deal with his carelessness.
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a camera in your car — or on your motorcycle helmet — at all times. While enjoying a ride on his bike, YouTuber RPSTV witnessed an unfortunate car crash in which the driver responsible for the ordeal sped away. But he knew that he could help the victim by following the vehicle and recording everything, so that’s exactly what he did.
As of now, there’s no word on whether the driver has been found. Even though he got away, they now have a license plate number thanks to this quick-thinking biker.
School bus drivers often have great relationships with their young passengers.
After all, bus drivers are the first school officials kids in the morning and the last ones to see children in the afternoon. But recently in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, one school bus driver was confronted with the sad story of a seven-year-old girl who said she couldn’t wake her parents.
The student somehow managed to dress herself and get to school on time, but after trying to rouse them for an entire day, she finally decided to tell someone.
The bus driver reported the incident and police later found two bodies inside the young girl’s house, both dead of suspected drug overdoses.
Also inside the home were three other children: a five-year-old, a three-year-old, and a nine-month-old baby. They were okay but taken for observation at a hospital before being placed with family services.
The little one was clearly having trouble understanding the situation. One interaction that she had with an officer on the scene paints a heartbreaking picture.
The child came up to Officer Michelle Burton with her homework with a simple request to sign off on it. In Burton’s words, “She said, ‘I did my work.’ She pulled it out and showed it to us. It was math homework. ‘Which number is greater? Which number is odd or even?’ I told her, ‘Sweetie, you probably won’t have to go to school tomorrow. But where you’re going is going to have everything you need.’”
Drug overdoses have an enormous effect on families, and in McKeesport, they are all too common. In a recent report, officials stated that there is “an opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S., and Allegheny County is not immune.” There were 422 opioid-related deaths in the area last year.
Governor Tom Wolf added that “addiction too often is an invisible problem. But in Pennsylvania, the problem is visible — in the lives lost, the families broken, the communities shaken.”
But this isn’t just a Pennsylvania problem. Nationwide, opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers kill more and more people each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What can we do to ensure no more young children have to live through these horrors? The answer to that question can’t come soon enough.
Those were some of 35-year-old Michael Sabbie’s last words before being crushed to death by prison guards at the Bi State Jail in Texarkana, Texas, last year. The stay-at-home father of four was originally detained after reports of a domestic dispute with his wife, Teresa, over family finances.
Allegedly, Sabbie threatened his wife over the course of the argument before leaving their home. He was charged with third-degree assault.
Five guards at the prison, which is run by a for-profit company, piled on top of Sabbie one day claiming that he was resisting arrest when in fact, he was pleading with officers to let him catch his breath.
Initial reports stated that Sabbie was found unresponsive in his cell, implying that he died of natural causes or at the very least without officer involvement.
A prison doctor made note of the man’s obesity and cardiovascular issues as well, further reinforcing claims of natural death. In this case, however, there is video evidence that Sabbie’s death was not some inevitable event. He was killed by guards in uniform while begging for his life.
Sabbie very well could have died from cardiovascular or respiratory complications, but that was only after he was thrown into a state of medical crisis.
Director David C. Fathi of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project has stated in the past that the creation of misleading medical reports in prisons is a national problem.
Regarding these reports, Fathi said, “If you look at the medical record, you often find egregious neglect and denial of care. If someone dies of cancer that went totally untreated, is that death from natural causes?”
Dehumanization is a core issue in the criminal justice system that leads to abuse and neglect. Such treatment sometimes has deadly consequences. That was certainly true in Sabbie’s case.
To watch the situation unfold, check out the video below. This content may be disturbing for some viewers.
Conventional thinking that paints inmates as being non-human is what leads to this type of behavior. To learn more about the case, check out this report.
Not every cake is created equal. Regular folks rely on store-bought boxes and a tub of icing to make simple looking cakes that hopefully will taste good. There are others who look at baking as much as a culinary skill as well as the perfect opportunity to let their inner artist out.
Pinterest is full of ideas and step-by-step instructions how to make your own edible art pieces. Likewise, as many photos online have the hilarious side-by-side comparison of the professionally made dessert versus the one made by a regular person.
It’s fair to say certain things are best left for the professionals to do. Laura Loukaides is not a baker by trade but her cake creations look like they are made by someone who has been in the business for decades. Still, in two short years this guru has made herself the person whose cake everyone wants to replicate.
"The Big Eater," is the largest and heaviest cake Laura has made so far for a cake competition.
Laura is a self-taught baker who makes out of this world cakes that look like other types of food. This is a sushi platter
The baking guru swears she has never attended any baking classes.
Many of her creations can be found on Pinterest.
She has won first place in many national and international cake competitions.
There's a huge difference between gory slasher movies and horror movies. Mainly, a lot less blood and torture scenes. The horror movie genre is entertaining, and offers captivating tension and thrill for all the millions of fans who could never get a kick out of a simple chick flick, or a comedy movie.
Horror movie plots are are so alluring to those who need to feel the thrill of the story, empathize with its characters pain, and see a resolution that mostly just involves the villain getting what they deserve, all while munching on a second bucket on popcorn. Hollywood, being no stranger to this psychological phenomenon, created some of the most incredible horror flicks that are now timeless classics. Let's take a look at the effort and creativity that went on behind the scenes of these classic horror movies.
#1. Nick Castle doesn't seem so intimidating playing with his mask in the set of 'Michael Myers.'
Michael Myers did his first appearance in John Carpenter’s Halloween as a kid who murdered his older sister, and over a decade later comes back to kill more teens. But while the story was gruesome, the behind the scenes was a lot of fun.
#2. In the set of 'Carrie', no one was laughing at her!
Sissy Spacek played a young, innocent and shy high school teen by the name of Carrie who was relentlessly bullied and abused by students at school. The real actress however, didn’t let a little blood on her dress ruin her day and had a blast while filming.
#3. Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson took their breaks seriously during ‘The Shining.’
Jack Torrance was a caretaker in charge of taking care of a desolate Hotel in Colorado. The place was swarmed by horrible tales of people dying there, much like the old caretaker who had developed “cabin fever” and killed his family. The story was packed with demonic premonitions, but could anyone predict how grueling shooting some of the movie scenes would be? It is said that Stanley Kubrick was beyond harsh with Shelley Duvall, who wants nothing to do with acting after shooting The Shining.
#4. ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ was indisputably gross, but they found a way to have fun too.
Leatherface was a character inspired on the grueling life of Ed Gein, a serial killer that murdered and snatched his victims and ate them, among other horrifying things. But Bill Johnson, the guy who played him, was no stranger to getting bitten by the innocent cast.
#5. Pennywise's makeup was on point in the set of "It."
Stephen King’s frightful movie centered around the kids that belonged to “The Loser Club”, and how they go on to fight an evil spawn posing as a child-killing clown. If that’s not enough to deter you from watching, then you’re probably into S&M. Despite giving children nightmares for years and being the cause of a phobia, (called coulrophobia), Pennywise is quite docile off camera, while he allows a makeup artist to touch up his face. Vanity!
#6. Hannibal Lecter prefered snacking on humans, but Anthony Hopkins prefered French fries
Hannibal loved to munch on human brains, not particularly due to the taste, but to impose psychological dominion over his prey. Challenge him, and you will end up grilled, sauteed or broiled. Work with him behind the scenes, and you will end up feeding actor Sir Anthony Hopkins some fries.
#7. This ‘Jaws’ scared no one on set.
The movie that probably had every kid avoiding the ocean for years doesn’t seem half as horrifying when you see how docile and…well, lifeless that gigantic animatronics really was.
#8. This more-than-friendly ‘Frankenstein’ would've gotten a lot more party invitations!
Boris Karloff played the horrifying creation that was conceived through rotten body parts from different corpses in the 1931 movie Frankenstein. Judging by the classy way this monster has tea and biscuits, it’s safe to say that one of those body parts was probably British.
#9. Heath Ledger shooting the beginning of the movie ‘The Dark Knight.’
8 years ago, we said goodbye to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors. Heath’s character The Joker was so well executed he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting actor postmortem. Heath was deeply invested in his character’s insanity, but can be seen here enjoying a peaceful moment before madness ensued.
#10. Not everything was real on the set of Hitchcock’s ‘Birds.’
If you thought the birds on the movie by the same name, directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock, were real, think again. Hundreds of ravens, crows and gulls receiving training for the movie, but they resorted to using animatronics for specific scenes.
#11. Freddy Krueger stretching his face in the set of Nightmare on Elm Street.
Freddy Krueger was one of those villains that could rip you to shreds if you weren’t careful. But the adoring Robert Englund was more into ripping off his mask after many hours of heavy filming.
#12. Johnny Depp smoking a joint and holding a super-soaker on the set of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is our new favorite thing.
We all know Johnny Depp is the type of actor that knows how to have fun. Well, except for his botched marriage to Amber Heard. But while he was shooting ‘Sleepy Hollow’ there was no shortage of fun and freedom.
#13. 1941 introduced a werewolf named “The Wolf Man” who terrorized villagers.
You know the story by now, a man gets bitten by a wolf and transforms into one that seeks blood, stalking the villagers and kills people only to wake up and forget it all the next day. But actor Lon Chaney probably never forgot about the grooming sessions he had backstage.
#14. It seems no one wanted to run away from this Freddy Krueger who loved to listen to music on his walkman behind the scenes.
Freddy may be a razor-packed glove wearing serial killer freak who’d probably have you running for the hill, but this Freddy right here almost makes you forget about his grueling past.
#15. ‘The Exorcist’ was one of the creepiest movies to ever hit the screen.
Linda Blair’s parents were heavily criticized for allowing her to play such a heavy role at such a tender age. By the looks of the demonic child and the many aspects that made this movie horrifying, it’s easy to see why it was so controversial. The bedrooms were icy cold and refrigerated to get that icy breath effect, while Linda wore nothing but a nightgown.
#16. ‘Child’s Play’ was the movie that probably got parents and kids to look under the bed twice.
Don Mancini created a successful movie franchise that sent thrills down parents and children alike. Chucky, a possessed evil doll is the stuff of nightmares. He was powerful and always found a way to survive. But he doesn’t look half as intimidating now that his cables are showing in this behind the scenes shot.
#17. ‘The Shining’ was a hard movie to shoot.
Particularly for Shelley Duvall who by all accounts, was bullied and treated miserably by Stanley Kubrik who wanted to “get the best” and “most real” expressions and reactions off of her. But it seems like playing Jack was a hell of a lot more fun!
#18. Even the dark alien who wanted nothing more than to terminate any human he encountered needs to take a break between shots.
Sometimes you can end up shooting scenes for up to 16 to 20 hours!
#19. “King Kong vs. Godzilla” was sort of equal parts DIY and CGI.
If you ever felt sorry for the homeowners that got their houses smashed, or the historical places that got totaled in the movie “King Kong vs. Godzilla,” it’s okay. You’re probably grieving the loss of cardboard, string and glue!
#20. Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of “Critters 3” had a lot more than he did running away from these little aliens.
#21. Gizmo didn't say much in the movie “Gremlins,” but that's exactly why it worked.
Much of the things you hear the evil gremlins and cute-old ball of fur Gizmo is just babbling. It allowed the filmmakers to easily make it understandable in many languages. Gizmo’s appeal was globally adorable.
#22. The twin girls on the set of ‘The Shining’ had quite a mentor.
The psychological film featured the Grady daughters that haunted the hotel. But behind the scenes, the environment was much more welcoming. Jack Nicholson acted as a father figure and mentor, despite his stellar performance as a maniac.
#23. On the set of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, a movie that scared the bejeezus out of everyone, 40 years ago.
Mia Farrow ended up getting the main role, but Roman Polanski, the director, originally wanted actress Tuesday Weld to play Rosemary. But can anyone imagine anyone better than Mia to pull off this emotionally-filled character?
#24. Filming ‘Young Frankenstein’
Mel Brooks had a lot of fun while filming his hilarious 1974 American horror comedy flick that featured the descendant of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and parodied the whole genre. To convey this “serious horror movie” tone, he shot the whole thing in black and white, which was pretty odd in the 70s.
Happy memories are made in theme parks. The life-sized tea cups, thrilling rollercoasters, and fairy tale structures do not disappoint kids as well as the grown-ups. When Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, California in 1955, many theme parks opened up around the world capitalizing on this dreamlike adventure.
While others had a strong visitor turnout, others had a short-lived run. Nara Dreamland in Japan opened its doors in 1961 but closed in 2006. At its prime, Nara Dreamland had bubble-gum coloured merry-go-rounds, souvenir shops, and just about every ride available at that time.
Instead of demolishing the theme park, Dreamland has been left abandoned and closed off to the public. The location is patrolled to avoid people jumping the fence and vandalizing this once happy place. Still, photographer Romain Veillon took a risk and trespassed to catch a glimpse of what the park looks like now.
Businessman Kunizu Matsuo visited Disneyland in the 1950's. He was so impressed with what he saw, he wanted to bring that type of family fun to Japan.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is now 34 years old, a doting father and a loving husband but that doesn't mean he won't get scolded by his grandmother the Queen.
In celebration of her ninetieth birthday, the Queen attended a series of celebrations including the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. The event involved her personal troops, the Household Division, and a special parade. Altogether, there were more than 1400 officers and men as well as two hundred horses on parade. There were also some four hundred musicians to march and play for the occasion.
It was the first public appearance for Princess Charlotte, the only daughter of Prince William and Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton.
As the family watched an RAF air display, Prince William crouched down to speak to his son Prince George. The Queen quickly saw to it that her grandson rise to his feet and stand up tall. Some sources say this was probably done to maintain the royal family's public image (squatting isn't exactly the most graceful display) or to show respect to the pilots.
See photos of the event and other royal crouching moments below.
Trooping the Colour & Flypast
Following Trooping the Colour, the royal family stood on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the Queen’s 90th birthday flypast.
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Thousands of people came to celebrate and enjoy the show opposite them. Those who attended were required to follow a dress code, which stipulated ‘no denim.’
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Prince William, Doting Father
Notice in this screenshot that Prince William is preparing to crouch down to speak to his son Prince George.
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The Queen must have seen it coming but doesn’t look impressed here. She looks as though she wants to say something.
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Prince Harry Catches On, The Queen Speaks
It’s always fun to watch your siblings get in trouble. Here’s Prince Harry, who was 31 years old at the time this photo was taken (he recently turned 32).
Prince Harry saw it coming. Here’s a shot of the Queen telling Prince William to stand up.
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Now, That's Better
Now that Prince William is upright, Queen Elizabeth II can now relax and enjoy the flypast in peace.
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Some say that the Queen has always been a scolding grandmother while others say that she did not think squatting was appropriate in public or just wanted her grandson to pay respect to the pilots during the celebration.
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The Queen's Outfit
Another point of interest for the public was the Queen’s green suit by designer Stewart Parvin, who is said to ‘understand women and the female form.’
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Some described the queen as fabulous, stating that they are always looking forward to what she’s going to wear to these public events. Others criticized the color as ‘dayglo’ or ‘text message’ green.
How do you feel about crouching down in public? Does it make a difference for those in the royal family? Take a look as the Duchess of Cambridge practices the parenting technique with Prince George while holding Princess Charlotte, and in heels! She makes it look easy but mothers know that this balancing act takes control and practice.
Connecting with Children
When parents crouch down to meet their children at eye level, they build connections. Here’s Prince William and President Obama with Prince George. If they didn’t do this, they would definitely tower over him in an intimidating stance.
Princess Charlotte's Christening
According to body language and child rearing experts, squatting or sitting in a chair when talking to a child will encourage them to communicate more and make eye contact. Here’s Prince William once again exercising the technique.