Brides and grooms always want guests to take special memories away from their ceremonies.

After agonizing over centerpieces, flowers, seating charts, dresses, food, and decor for months, happy couples everywhere hope that their weddings leave lasting impressions. One particularly important piece of the matrimonial puzzle is the music. Some people go with DJs, and others do things the old-fashioned way by hiring bands. While those choices are always entertaining, performers with a flair for getting preciously personal tend to stand out.

And this little girl named Emma is a wedding singer of the most adorable variety. The bride and groom had no idea what to expect when their little friend grabbed the microphone, but when she started singing, everyone in the room practically melted.

Emma’s rendition of “Love Is an Open Door” will go down in wedding history as one of the cutest acts ever.

These are the wedding moments that people talk about for weeks. It’s pretty obvious that she stole the show at this ceremony, and based on the bride’s reaction, she didn’t mind one bit.

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There’s nothing quite like a professionally poured craft cocktail. Hard-to-pronounce ingredients, infused spirits, and elegant glasses make me feel so fancy.

Sadly, though, those cockails are a luxury only to be enjoyed once in a blue moon.

I’d rather not spend $15 on a drink, thankyouverymuch. I could buy a cute top with that money instead!

Buthad I known that you can make your own infused alcohol at home, I would have been doing this for literally years. While it might sound way complicated, infusing is basically a fancy word for ‘soaking for a long time’ — at least in this case.

Don’t believe me? You can infuse your vodka with just about anything…including BACON.

You can do the same thing with whiskey — this guy added cherries and a cinnamon stick.

More into gin? This way of infusing the alcohol with cucumbers is super fast.

And this pineapple and jalapeño-infused tequila would be perfect just served over ice.

Well, there you have it. Infuse your alcohol with all of the things! The best part? They last just as long as any other boring, uninfused liquor.

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A dog’s love knows no bounds. Time and distance can never break the bond between a dog and his human…even if the two have only been best friends for a little while.

Last year, Mark and his girlfriend Kerrigan adopted a rescue dog named Patch. The happy pup absolutely loves his new family, especially his new dad. So when Mark had to go away for a week, Patch was completely lost without him.

Here is the beautiful moment the pair were reunited.

No matter how many times I watch videos like this, I always end up in tears (happy tears, that is)!

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Fishing off the northern coast of the land Down Under, a group of fishermen caught something that has the internet abuzz.

If you’ve spent any amount of time following us here at ViralNova, you’re probably familiar with the fact that some of the world’s creepiest critters call Australia home. It’s pretty amazing, actually, and I can imagine that Aussies are pretty immune to the fact that they share their land with these fearsome beasts.

And that’s why we need to pay attention when they start freaking out. This video will show you what I mean.

“It’s a cod, and it’s got a snake in its mouth,” is a sentence that could only be said in Australia. I think he might be onto something with that lure idea, though! Someone get him a patent!

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From dolls with removable feet to pet rocks, there are plenty of weird toys out there.

Fortunately, there are old standbys that are decidedly less strange, like blocks, toy cars, and train sets. Well, maybe not that last one. While toy trains are typically pretty innocuous, Marc Settle of the BBC just encountered one train set’s baffling secret.

Take a look at what he discovered while he was tidying up around the house.

It seems totally insane, but here’s what’s going on.

What you’re seeing in this video is the Jastrow illusion. Discovered in 1892 by psychologist Joseph Jastrow, this illusion affects the viewer’s perception of length. Because the longest side of the bottom piece sits up against the shortest side of the top piece, it appears as though the bottom piece is larger. If you were to line up the longest sides of both pieces, however, you’d realize that they are both the same size.

Check out this video for a demonstration.

(via Mashable)

Can’t get enough illusions? Check these out!

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The world’s fourth-largest lake has just about completely dried up, and that’s super bad for things like food production and the general barometer for where humanity is probably headed. One way to start the reversal of global warming is to elect people who are ready to tackle this issue head-on. The only way I know to help people understand the importance of this topic is to share content like this with you in the hope that you’d like to share it too.

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He charges way more. He leaves the oven on. And he steals from you. I’m pretty sure I won’t be calling this guy anytime soon. 

No, I don’t really think Exxon hates your kids. Yes, I do think this ad is sensationalist. Here’s all the reasons why the creators of this ad are saying that. You should read it. They make a great case.

Then join me in the comments on Facebook and tell me what you think of the ad. Is it unfair? Is it justified?

However, only comment AFTER you have read why they made this ad.

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These videos would be a lot funnier if they didn’t actually play a role in deciding the leader of the free world. If tonight’s debate is anything like this… well, we’d rather not think about it.

1. Mitt Romney offers Rick Perry a $10,000 bet:

2. Rick Perry’s “oops” moment:

3. Rick Perry tries to paint Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper and fails miserably:

4. Mitt Romney & Rick Perry get feisty and physical:

5. The audience encourages Ron Paul to let uninsured people die:

6. The crowd applauds Rick Perry for executing more people than any other governor:

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Have you ever had one of those surreal near-death experiences? Even if you haven’t, you don’t want to miss this story from Sarah Kay, who has a way of making everything she talks about sound beautiful and haunting. You know, just like egg salad and death.

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Did you know that blindness is 500% more prevalent in developing countries?

Whoa, that is a lot. And not only that, but about half of the blind kids and adults in the developing world could get their eyesight back with a relatively straightforward surgery.

National Geographic brings us the story of sisters Anita and Sonia, who come from a very poor family in India.

All GIFs via National Geographic/YouTube.

They’ve been blind since birth.

When kids from acutely poor families remain blind for life, their families often send them to beg on the street. But there is an amazing way out.

Like an “in-15-minutes-you’ll-have-eyesight” way out.

See, there’s this miracle surgery that can restore the eyesight of a blind child in 15 minutes.

15 MINUTES! And the organization 20/20/20 is helping thousands of kids receive the treatment for free.

Imagine giving someone the gift of sight. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Anita and Sonia were able to get the surgery. Their reactions after the bandages came off? Incredible.

To see Anita and Sonia’s full story and hear from their parents and doctor, check out the video below.

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Prepare to be seriously entertained as a brilliant 14-year-old comedian who has cerebral palsy has the best experience of his life. You’re welcome.

PS His set starts at 2:00, but you’ll be seriously missing out if you don’t watch the whole video.

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Fighting the spread of HIV might come from an unexpected source: law enforcement.

How? For starters, by treating people like people.

What do we mean? Check it out:

Though HIV infection rates have been on the decline in much of the world, certain population groups are actually experiencing an increase in new infections.

There are roughly 35 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS; more than half aren’t aware that they are HIV+. Economic factors play a huge role in pinpointing areas experiencing high rates of
new infections.

The problem is made worse through a combination of stigma, financial hardship, and perhaps surprisingly, law enforcement.

When treated, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. One of the reasons the virus continues to thrive in certain parts of the world, however, stems from the fact that law enforcement groups have a habit of targeting people at the highest risk such as sex workers or intravenous drug users.

But why would you make it harder for people real human beings to protect themselves? Doesn’t that go against the purpose of law enforcement?

In a number of countries, being caught by police with syringes or even just condoms has been used as evidence that someone is (or plans to) commit a crime. Up until May 2014, police confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers to use as evidence was standard even in New York City. Doing this increases the likelihood of someone engaging in high-risk, minimal-protection activity.

But why would you make it harder for people real human beings to protect themselves? Doesn’t that go against the purpose of law enforcement?

Needle exchanges and condom distribution programs have been a huge success.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed needle exchanges and methadone maintenance programs as effective ways to combat new HIV infections among intravenous drug users. Syringe exchange programs basically give a safe way to dispose of used syringes and obtain sterile syringes at no cost.

They found that police-supported needle exchanges, combined with on-site HIV screenings, lead to a reduction in new infections.

Photo of clean needles from a needle exchange program in Washington state. Photo by
Joe Mabel/Wikimedia.

The same goes for free condom distribution programs, which have been
found to significantly affect condom use behaviors, making a drastic reduction in HIV and STI transmission. Again, like the needle exchange programs, these are only effective if done right, with support of law enforcement and local government.

Like all things, it starts with building trust.

“By supporting programs that work with the key populations to reduce their risk of HIV infection, law enforcement officials can make a significant contribution to public health and public safety and ensure that the fundamental right to health of all citizens is protected.” United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

Law enforcement agencies cannot be seen as enemies to sex workers and IV drug users. Community outreach is important, and decriminalizing these nonviolent crimes and showing good faith support to those engaging in these activities is key to building trust. So long as drug users and sex workers worry that they risk arrest with each police interaction, there will be no true trust.

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You never know what survival skills you’ll need if you find yourself in a bad situation. While knowing how to do things like start fires and set traps might seem silly, brushing up on a few life hacks could very well save your skin one day.

What this man figured out will come in handy if you ever find yourself in need of escape. Watch as he shows us how to cut thick rope without any scissors or knives in sight.

After watching this, I went ahead and tried it for myself. Not only did it work, but it was easy! Let’s just hope that none of us ever have to use a hack like this.

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Charles Phoenix, the king of doing things a little over the top, created some of the most entertaining food items we can remember. From the Halloween Meatloaf Rat, to Frosty the Cheeseball Man, his creations delight audiences around the world, and make us a bit hungrier.

He recently took on a new challenge: to create a cake with SIX of my favorite childhood cereals. Let’s just say I’m more excited than a kid at Christmas!

In no particular order, the “cake” included Trix in blue velvet cake, Fruit Loops in red cake, Cocoa Puffs in white cake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch in yellow cake, Peanut Butter Crunch in chocolate cake, and Apple Jacks in spice cake.

Phoenix was also able to coat the entire outside of this monstrosity using seven tubs of vanilla icing.

Lastly, he added pieces of the cereals on the outside for decoration…

…And ended up with this!

Are you ready to follow his recipe?

See Charles in action and grab it for yourself!

(via Elite Daily)

I don’t know about you, but just seeing ONE of those slices makes me thirsty for a cold glass of milk. How can you not want one? It’s everything great about breakfast combined with everything great about dessert!

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Brian Pankratz was enjoying an uneventful afternoon with his daughter in their backyard when he heard something rustling by their fence.

When he went to investigate the disturbance, he was alarmed to find a helpless doe stuck quite literally between a rock and a hard place. Their fence borders a rock wall on their property but there was apparently just enough space for the poor deer to fall into.

Jumping into action, he called his neighbors and then the local volunteer fire department.

Watch the amazing rescue go down!

She looked dazed but pretty much unharmed!

(via The Dodo)

It’s really quite incredible how quickly they were able to get her out of there. I imagine any more time spent in that tight space could have had terrible repercussions on her health.

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For Dakota’s birthday, her entire family decided to get together and throw her a party. Which you’d think would just be a small affair, especially given that she’s a dog. But instead, the family bought a huge cake and dressed Dakota up in a special birthday hat!

When they started to sing “Happy Birthday,” the excitement of the day finally got to Dakota. It sent her into a frenzy…just look how happy she was!

Happy Birthday, Dakota! May your future birthdays be just as exciting.

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Most fairy tales have a dark and violent origin.

Take, for example, the Children’s and Household Tales, a collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Most people know the collection as Grimms’ Fairy Tales and they were notoriously morbid.

The Kolobok is small loaf of bread that comes to life and escapes the home of an elderly man and woman. The Kolobok meets various animals that try to eat it, but it escapes. The bread is known to sing, “I got away from Grandmother, I got away from Grandfather, and I will certainly get away from you”.

For being a wild and carefree loaf of bread, though, this cartoon version of the story from 1990 is surprisingly horrifying.

This can’t be for kids…right?

Fairy tales — apparently, they’re not meant for children.

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The Internet is a place where pretty much anything and everything happens. But even at that, when this Youtuber told people what her cat does after her showers, they didn’t believe it. Enter the awesome invention known as a video camera. Watch this:

She said, “Okay, so one night as I’m standing there brushing my teeth after my shower, this one decides the top of my head would make a great spot to chill out and groom herself and, well, it’s now become a routine…” It might not be the most practical trick in the world, but it’s pretty adorable anyway. Share this video with others below.

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