This Heartwarming Dolphin Rescue Would Be Way Cuter If The Dolphin Wasn’t A Shark

If you asked me right now if I, even as an animal lover, would yank a 12-foot shark back to safety with my bare hands, I’d probably say no.

The way I see it, if I can barely make it down the steps without it turning into an emergency situation, I have no business trying to manhandle a predator. If you asked me if I’d do that for a dolphin, however, I’d most likely give it the old college try.

Judging by this footage, Nicolas Andre, 49, seems to feel the same way. While he was taking in some seriously beautiful weather with his wife in Cornwall, England, earlier this week, he came across a man struggling with what appeared to be a dolphin stranded on the shore.

Being the lovely gent he is, Andre decided to help the guy out.

They quickly discovered that the animal’s skin was too abrasive to lug it back into the water with their bare hands, so they tied their shirts around their palms for protection.

When the shirts come off, you know it’s about to get real.

Fortunately, the whole thing went off without a hitch.

Just kidding. There was a hitch, since their new dolphin friend happened to be a shark.

It was a 12-foot basking shark, to be exact.

Fortunately, the do-gooders left the beach that day with all of their limbs intact. What these guys did was inadvertently reckless, but they ended up saving a life in the process. They did their best, and when it comes down to it, that’s all we really can do.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/not-a-dolphin/


This War-Torn Country Has Many Victims, But Worst Of All, Many Of Them Are Children

The war in Syria and immigration have become hot-button issues in the U.S., but many Americans still don’t know about the devastation that’s rocking Syria as we speak.

The Syrian War was set into motion after the Arab Spring movement spread throughout many Arab League nations in 2011. Following protests associated with the movement, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his government publicly repressed protests challenging the man’s presidency. As violence and opposition increased, more and more opposition groups joined the fight.

For many Americans, the first real indication of this sorrow came in the form of a heartbreaking photo of little Omran Daqneesh, the bloodied Syrian boy who was pictured in an ambulance following an airstrike in Aleppo. Aleppo has quickly become the epicenter of the Syrian War, and while many adult victims are in peril, it is particularly saddening to see how children have fallen into the conflict’s crosshairs.

Nearly 6,500 Syrian schools have been closed or destroyed since 2011, putting more and more children on the streets. This makes them vulnerable.

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Since the beginning of the war, over 18,000 civilians have been killed in Aleppo, and of that number, almost 4,500 of those victims were children under 18.

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“They’re trapped, and they have no way of escaping. That’s one reason we’re seeing such big numbers of child casualties,” said Save the Children spokesperson Alun McDonald.

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Of the roughly 250,000 people still trapped in Aleppo, almost 100,000 of them are kids.

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Trapped children run the risk of becoming weak and malnourished as the war wages on and depletes resources.

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In September 2016, airstrikes and bombings in Aleppo increased, leaving many innocent little ones clinging to their lives amidst the rubble.

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The medical field is drastically failing children and other civilians in the war-torn city.

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A lack of medical supplies has kept victims from healing. Instead, these children are abandoned on hospital floors and left to die.

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One out of every three hospitals in Aleppo is currently open for business, and the two major hospitals are hit with over 600 serious cases each day in government-held portions of the Syrian city.

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There are an estimated 35 doctors left in the area, averaging one doctor for every 7,000 civilians. It’s an impossible ratio.

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While some families have fled, others remain because global tensions have convinced them that life as a refugee would be even worse than staying. That’s how violent rhetoric surrounding the migrant crisis has become.

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It’s easy to politicize this issue. It’s easy to fear what you don’t understand. What we all need to do, however, is find compassion in our hearts for the millions of children worldwide who die at the hands of corruption and persecution.

(via CNN and The New York Times)

To find out how you can help aid those impacted by the Syrian Civil War, you can find a full list of charities and organizations here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/aleppo-syria/


After Saving His Money For Two Years, This Kid Got The Surprise Of A Lifetime

Some kids sell lemonade to make extra money, but Sebastian Lucas took his apple juice business to a whole new level to achieve his dream of owning a horse. Look at how legit those bottles are!

Sebastian and his little brother had even been taking riding lessons in preparation to purchase a four-legged friend of their own!

After saving up more than $3,000 over the course of two years, Sebastian’s parents decided he had more than earned the right to fulfill that dream. Watch their heartwarming surprise below.

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Overcome with emotion about his new equine friend, Sebastian learned that hard work really does pay off. He’s more than happy to share the wealth with his little bro. Congrats, guys! We hope you two have fun galloping off into the sunset.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/kid-saves-up-for-horse/


Prepare To Fall In Love With These Naughty Animals That Were Caught Red-Handed

“I have no idea what you’re talking about. I didn’t do it.”

This is the response I’ve used over the years after being caught red-handed doing something I shouldn’t have been doing at all. I really can’t help myself. I’m just a curious person. Okay, maybe I’m a little bit mischievous. Telling me not to do something just makes me want to do it more.

The same can be said for many of our animal friends. Most of the time, we have no idea what’s running through their heads. But based on the reactions on their faces after being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can be inferred that our furry friends know the difference between right and wrong. For all my troublemakers out there, here are 23 hilarious reactions of animals that were caught in the act.

1. “I plead the fifth.”

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2. No matter where you hide, I still know what you did last summer.

3. “I pooped on the floor but she hasn’t seen it yet, so let’s pretend it never happened.”

4. He learned the hard way that his mother is always right.

5. “If I hide, the humans will not find me when they see what I did to the couch.”

6. This cat burglar is too cute to send to jail.

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7. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

8. Stop, drop, and pretend nothing happened.

9. You know a cat’s feeling guilty when it hides in its least favorite place: the sink.

10. I think we just solved the case of the sock bandit.

11. “No, humans. I am not on the counter for more treats. I just wanted a better view.”

12. “We were practicing our wrestling moves.”

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13. “Maybe if I close my eyes, you won’t see me.”

14. When in doubt, smile it out.

15. “I was looking for some lipstick.”

16. The dog won’t stand for this mouse’s thieving ways!

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17. “The cat made me do it!”

18. This pup isn’t one for monkey business.

19. Bonnie and Clyde strike again!

20. “She came on to me.”

21. “Oh, that guy trying to break out? I don’t even know him.”

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22. He’s SHAMELESS.

23. “I was trying to help you clip coupons, I swear.”

It’s really unfortunate that everyone accuses me of things I haven’t done. Can’t you see my halo? I’m sure these pets feel me.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/breaking-the-rules/


What He Made With Some Slabs Of Cypress Will Seriously Impress You

Redditor GooberMcNutly passes a cypress sawmill on his way to work every day. While that might sound pretty unexciting to you, just wait…

When he finally made time to go in during their business hours, he took three unique rounds home with him. We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though, because “rounds” when it comes to cypress trees aren’t really round at all.

Using that fact to his advantage, he decided to make the slabs of wood into unique end tables. You’ll be dying for one in your own living room when you see the finished products!

The rounds came home with him looking like this.

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Saw marks and dryness left much to be desired.

Using an electric sander and sandpaper, he smoothed the surfaces out.

What a difference that made!

Then it was time to remove the bark. Some came off on its own, other pieces had to be coaxed with a chisel and hammer.

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In an effort to reinforce the slabs, he wanted to attach mirrored plywood pieces on the bottoms. He traced the outlines on construction paper first.

Then, he rearranged the cutouts on plywood.

A jigsaw did the job.

He then cropped them down and angled the edges so that you wouldn’t be able to see the plywood from the top of the table.

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GooberMcNutly used epoxy to adhere the surfaces to one another and screwed them together, too.

Wanting to seal up holes and imperfections, GooberMcNutly carefully taped off and poured epoxy in.

Finally, a number of layers of epoxy gave the tabletops a beautiful sheen.

Some carefully positioned IKEA legs were attached and these end tables were finished!

So. Pretty. Must…have.

If you’d like to learn more about this DIY, check out the entire tutorial here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cypress-side-tables/


In Honor Of International Women’s Day, Here Are Some Incredible Women To Watch

The road to gender equality has proven to be an arduous one, but it’s always been paved by incredible women doing equally incredible work. By railing against the systems that have traditionally kept women under thumb, exceptional writers, activists, scientists, and politicians have made it their mission to call these systems into question, and ultimately undermine them.

To honor these amazing monuments to solidarity and strength, the United Nations dedicates March 8 to the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. We have a long way to go, but these women prove that we’re in powerful, capable hands.

1. Roxane Gay

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This professor, activist, and best-selling author has dedicated her life to deconstructing systems of oppression as related to gender, sexuality, class, and race, and she’s revered in social justice circles for her nuanced understanding of the complex intersections between them. You’ve probably heard of (and hopefully read) her book Bad Feminist, and if you want to learn more about Roxane Gay, be sure to check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

2. Reshma Saujani

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As the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Saujani has made it her mission to flip the script on the male-dominated tech industry by empowering young women and helping them close the gender gap in STEM research and education. Saujani’s passion is fueled by the prospect of gender parity in tech-related fields.

3. Hillary Clinton

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While feelings are largely mixed across the political spectrum in regard to Hillary Clinton, I’d be remiss not to include the first woman in American history to stand within arm’s reach of the Oval Office. To learn more about her campaign, pay her site a visit.

4. Bree Newsome

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As an activist and filmmaker, Bree Newsome works tirelessly to point out the oppressive nature of historical narratives that we’re told to accept without question. She remains focused on bringing issues of race, class, and gender to the forefront and subverting oppressive forces in the process.

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5. Lady Gaga

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While the Queen of Pop has always been a proponent for social change, Lady Gaga’s most recent endeavors have brought much-needed attention to the issue of sexual assault. A survivor herself, the Born This Way Foundation co-founder has recently used her platform to cast the ugly truth about sexual abuse in glaring, fluorescent light. By working with activists from It’s On Us and End Rape on Campus, she hopes to change the damaging rhetoric surrounding sexual assault to help survivors heal.

6. Carolyn Rodz

Carolyn Rodz founded the organization Circular Board, which helps women think outside the box when it comes to creating their own businesses. Beyond helping burgeoning entrepreneurs raise necessary funds, Rodz provides them with an immersive, collaborative experience by allowing them to participate in cohorts designed with business development in mind.

7. Kathryn Finney

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As the co-founder of digitalundivided, Kathryn Finney works to help Black and Latina women gain solid footing in Silicon Valley. Her sentiments mirror Reshma Saujani’s in many ways, but her organization takes things one intersectional step further by focusing not only on getting women into STEM fields, but helping women of color — who are even less represented in tech — gain access to the opportunities and funding they need to break down barriers in the industry.

8. Laverne Cox

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This actress and activist stands at the helm of many issues in the trans community. As a trans woman of color, Cox is another celebrity who uses her platform to open the eyes of the mainstream media in regard to violence toward and oppression of trans folk. For decades, this group has gone unprotected, unheard, and unrepresented. Laverne Cox uplifts trans voices from around the world.

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9. Malala Yousafzai

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Since the horrific shooting that almost robbed the world of this incredible mind, Malala Yousafzai has used her struggle to empower girls across the globe to demand their educational rights. The Nobel Prize winner is wise beyond her years, and when it comes to fighting for women’s education, she shows no signs of stopping.

10. Gloria Feldt

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Feldt co-founded Take the Lead, which is an organization centered around helping women navigate leadership roles in arenas ranging from business to politics. Feldt and her team provide women with access to the resources and educational tools they’ll need to power past the 18-percent stake women currently hold in top leadership positions on the road to gender parity.

11. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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She’s always been incredible, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent work to maintain women’s reproductive rights during the 2016 campaign season brings her genius and passion to the mainstream media’s attention once again. She’s someone who has made a career out of embodying what it means to be a strong woman, and she works tirelessly to ensure that all women have the opportunity to do the same.

12. Neha Gupta

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At 17 years old, this amazing young woman founded Empower Orphans — an organization that she actually ideated when she was only nine. Gupta and her team work not only to provide basic means of sustenance to orphans around the world, but also to equip them with the tools they’ll need to succeed later in life. She recently won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts.

Women today sit at an interesting, contentious juncture between past and present — between the problematic narratives that we’ve been fed and the new stories we strive to tell. While this is just a small sampling of inspirational women to watch in 2016, their passions are indicative of the new battles we face as we move toward full equality. Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of dazzling people leading the way.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/international-womens-day/


She Heard Noises Coming From The Kitchen And Caught Her Hilarious Dog Red-Handed

Universe, meet Stig. Stig is a smart dog. Stig enjoys doing dog things like playing with his mom and going for walks.

And like any other red-blooded American, our boy Stiggy really, really loves dessert — so much so, in fact, that he will go to truly astonishing lengths to get it.

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While Casey Officer was just minding her own business one day, she heard some nonsense coming from the other room. Quickly blaming said nonsense on her daughter instead of Stig because dogs are faultless creatures and children are not, she yelled at her little one to see what fresh Hell she was unleashing in the kitchen.

But the assumed culprit, a child by the name of Hannah, was nowhere to be found. Instead, Officer caught Stig red-handed while he was busy being a whipped cream-loving deviant.

Okay, okay. I know whipped cream isn’t exactly good for dogs, and I’m sure this woman does as well. That being said, if you don’t giggle at this just like Casey Officer did, you might be dead inside.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/smartest-pup-ever/


13 Of The Weirdest — And Most Genius — Spots You Haven’t Painted Yet

If you ask me, there are few things that a little paint can’t fix. Got an old table? Slap a fresh coat on it and it looks brand-new. Boring wall? Yeah, it works there, too! But it takes a true innovator to think outside the box and find places you might not expect paint to make such a strong impact.

These people all fall under that category! Don’t think that a bright color can totally change a room from inside a cabinet? Think again.

1. Make a window even brighter with a brush of yellow.

2. An all-white kitchen is nice — but a pop of color inside the cabinets is arguably way more fun.

3. Make a good first impression by giving your doorbell a new look.

4. Have a smile on your face every time you open your desk.

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5. In fact, decorate the drawers of just about anything and it’s instantly more exciting!

6. Look forward to selecting your outfit for work with this armoire upgrade.

7. This 10-minute tutorial subtly changes the look of your door.

8. Frame a canvas with a pop of color for a fun look from every angle.

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9. Vintage trunk on the outside, party on the inside!

10. Display your china in style.

11. Make your coat closet a thing to show off, not hide.

12. Give everyone something to look at when they’re walking through your halls.

13. Go vintage with paint and some selective sanding.

(via HouseBeautiful)

There you have it…paint can officially make everything prettier — even a doorbell!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/weird-paint-spots/


She Converted An Old Organ Destined For The Junkyard Into Something Envy Inducing

It takes an incredibly creative and skilled person to see the potential of something bound for the junkyard. Luckily, Kristi Kuehl, owner and restorer at Pieces of Time in Northern California, is one of those people. When she saw this pump organ from the 1800s on its way to the dump, she immediately knew what to do with it.

She found this organ with a junkyard in its future.

So she took it home and gutted the whole thing.

Finding the back was missing, she replaced it with some pieces of reclaimed wood.

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With plans in mind for its future, she also added a front slat, so nothing would fall off, and an extra shelf.

Then, she got down to business. Kuehl brought the piece into her shop and fixed it up with her namebrand 100% non-toxic Pure Home paints.

“My choice was derby with the matte protective finish and chestnut protective wood stain.” You can buy them here.

She filled the new furniture with all the necessary items, and her elegant organ-turned-wine-bar was finished!

I wish I had this kind of imagination. Projects like this make me appreciate people like Kuehl even more — thank goodness they’re here for us!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/junk-organ-bar/


Love Bowling But Hate Those Sketchy Bowling Alleys? Check This Project Out!

If you’re someone who can bowl without the bumpers up, I salute you. If you’re skilled enough to make wearing those terrifying shoes worth it, I have nothing but respect. But what if you love bowling, you’re absolutely awful at it, and you don’t feel like paying to display your lack of talent? And what if you are a bowling aficionado, but you still aren’t into the alley scene?

Then this project is the one for you. With some wood, bowling pins, and string, this person came up with the most amazing backyard bowling setup of all time. You’re going to want in on the action.

If this looks like something you need in your life (and let’s be real — it totally does) take a look at what he did to create it.

This isn’t a DIY undertaking for the faint of heart, so planning is key. Imgur user Makgyver87 first mapped out the exact dimensions of the bowling lane so that he could round up the right materials.

This is serious business, friends.

After that, the frame was constructed with 2 x 4 panels and the base was created with plywood.

He made it long enough to ensure that it wouldn’t be too easy to pull off a bunch of strikes.

If you’re me, the lane could be three feet long and that still wouldn’t be an issue.

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Setting up pins after every turn is a pain, which is why this guy decided to create a pulley system. To do so, holes were drilled into every pin so that string could be run through the top of each one.

Many attempts later, he finally came up with a system that worked.

One tug of that blue string resets every bowling pin!

After he leveled the boards, the lane was ready to go!

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But then he decided to up the ante. By adding some neon lights, he created an awesome night bowling setup!

Having this in your backyard would make you the coolest cookout host in the history of cookouts.

I can tell you one thing. I’d bowl way more often if I could walk outside and limit my embarrassment to the confines of my own backyard. If you want to learn more about this project, you can check it out here!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/backyard-bowling/