Helping those who can’t help themselves is an incredible calling. Annie Hart is well known dog lover and the executive director of The Bill Foundation. She makes it her life goal to rescue animals that suffer abuse or neglect and to find homes for the pitiful animals that are left to die on the streets. Her YouTube channel is full of heartwarming animal rescues, but none so touching as the incredible rescue she just pulled off in December of last year. The dog she found was in such bad shape, it was clear he had been on the streets a long time. She named him Gideon… then saved his life. (Video at the bottom)

Gideon was found with deep lacerations around his neck.

He was emaciated and it seemed that he had been living on the streets for a long time.

It was clear that he was extremely sick. Annie believe he is one of the sickest dogs she ever rescued.

It’s uncertain whether or not Gideon’s former owners were physically abusive, but Annie thought it was obvious that he suffered neglect and deep emotional abuse.

Even though the dog knew he needed help and was terribly ill, he had a hard time trusting his rescuers.

He was literally trembling with fear at the sight of people.

Then, something amazing happened. Watch the video to see how all of this unfolded.

Not only did Gideon’s body began to heal, but his spirit did as well. Instead of quaking in fear when he saw humans, he began to realize they could be a source of love and comfort. The love and hope within him blossomed, shining through. The Animal Wellness Foundation generously paid for Gideon’s medical care, which was more than $4,000. Please support them and help them rescue the pups they come across like Gideon, by visiting their Donation page and giving what you can.

The Animal Wellness Foundation is also fostering Gideon and in charge of finding him a forever home. If you’re interested in applying to adopt Gideon or any of the other wonderful animals they have rescued, please visit their site.

At the very least, please help spread the word about these wonderful miracle workers by sharing this amazing video. Annie saved Gideon’s life. Help save the lives of other dogs and click Share below! Source: The Bill Foundation

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Life at minimum wage is something that I don’t think folks really understand especially in big cities.

It’s hell.

If you have children to support, it’s even worse.

So when Chrisanna Capshaw stepped up to the mic at a North Carolina hearing where people wanted to talk about why raising the minimum wage is no longer an option for working people, folks listened.

And they still are.

Millions of Facebook views later, a video of Capshaw’s speech continues to make the rounds.

But before we get to the video, I’d like to tackle five big misconceptions folks have about minimum wage.

1. “Minimum-wage jobs are meant for high school students!”

About one-third of minimum wage workers are over 30 years old, and 89% are 20 or older. Womp, womp.

2. “Those are just part-time jobs, anyway.”

Actually, 35% work full time. (And besides … what’s wrong with making decent money, even as a part-timer?)

How quaintly ancient. Image by Kevin Rutherford/Wikimedia Commons.

3. “They’re jobs for people who just need extra spending money.”

Low-wage earners make over half of their family’s income, and 28% of them have children. (“Low-wage workers” are defined here as making less than $10.10/hour, which is one proposed minimum-wage increase. There are about 30 million of them in the U.S.)

“I sold my plasma the last three weeks to pay bills and … ZZZzzzzz.” Image by Mruk20/Wikimedia Commons.

4. “If they want good jobs, they need to go to school!”

About 37% have at least some college under their belts. Ahem.

“Yay! My diploma says I can make $7.25 an hour and I owe $150,000! Wait … what?!” Image by Shenandoah University Office of Marketing and Communications, Wikimedia Commons.

5. “Why can’t they just figure it out and make ends meet?”

In every state, working for the minimum wage leaves a full-time worker with two kids below the poverty level.

Now if these were actually made of full copper… Image by Roman Oleinik/Wikimedia Commons.

So that brings us to Chrisanna Capshaw.

She will be one of the people who will join the Fight for $15 on Tuesday, Nov. 10, all across the country.

Chrisanna’s story is not unique. It is important to hear and ponder deeply. Because a little empathy might just offer a different perspective on life.

While her tale is indeed a bit harrowing, she speaks highly of joining the Fight for $15 movement. Fast food workers recently won $15 in New York City by the end of 2018, and in the entire state by 2021.

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People were ecstatic when UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke up for gay rights, but it looks like Winston Churchill was way ahead of him. Even back in the 1940s, Churchill understood the lunacy of prejudice against gays. What is it about British people that gives them the ability to say awesome one-liners at the drop of a hat? Whatever it is … I bet … whatever it is … maybe they’re just … dang it. I’ll come up with a good one later.

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Ever notice that all big scientific discoveries (gravity is a thing, light travels pretty quickly, etc.) have cute little stories that go with them? Yeah, that could just be so that science teachers have tales to tell us in class. But more likely it’s because all big discoveries start with the simplest of ideas and observations.

Adam Savage (of Discovery Channel fame) gives the hands-down most engaging and enthusiastic talk I’ve ever seen about those very breakthroughs.

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I love it: “Carrot is designed with you in mind. It’s a seamless experience, meticulously crafted, from beginning to end.”

After seeing the ridiculousness that is this ad, it’s worth thinking about what makes this style so appealing when it’s applied to an iPhone. Even though this is meant squarely as a critique of tech culture, I can’t help but think what it would be like if vegetables were actually advertised better. What if green beans were the next hottest product on the market? I don’t know, but it’s some food for thought.

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I really loved the first season of “True Detective.” It made me see Matthew McConaughey as a serious actor, and I loved the story.

I was planning to watch season two, but the casting announcement disappointed me something fierce. No female detective or a person of color in a leading role? I could overlook it for one season, but now it’s clear the honchos just want to cater to what they perceive is the main demographic instead of making a wider tent.

I think it’s an unfortunate move, but these two fantastic actresses seem to have heard my frustration and made a parody to cheer me up. As silly as they’re being in this Funny or Die video, it does actually help me visualize how great the show would be with one or more female leads.

Take note, Nic Pizzolatto. Women make awesome detective characters, too.

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The day finally arrived for Dr. Hillary Rono to test a technology that could help blind people see again.

He was so pumped, and rightfully so.

A revolution! GIFs via DiamondJubileeTrust/YouTube.

He only needed his phone to do it.

And let’s be real, we all know he was going to bring that with him anyway.

Rono and his team were finally going to put
Peek the Portable Eye Examination Kit to the test. It’s a genius idea that Rono, Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, and many others worked hard to develop.

Peek was developed by Bastawrous, Rono, and many others. It’s a smartphone technology that makes eye exams easier, more affordable, and more accessible from anywhere in the world. There are no fancy machines or expensive gear involved. Instead, it’s all done through your phone.

Rono had every right to be excited. Especially because the technology worked during the test.

I thought we’d probably find 4 or 5 people with eye problems,” he said. “But to my surprise, we’ve seen 50 to 100, and all have eye problems.”

That was just in one trip to the village. And in every village, Rono used the Peek adapter over the built-in camera on his phone to see high quality images of the eye. Then he was able to determine the overall health of the eye and what steps needed to be taken next for treatment.

The app can help detect cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, and even signs of malaria.

And it’s catching on. In Kenya, where there are only two eye doctors for every one million people, Rono can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he can reach more people than ever before.

“When I began in the hospital, I was alone with one nurse. We were seeing 15 people in outpatients every day, and that year we operated on only 98,” he said in a feature by Duck Rabbit.

“At the moment, we are seeing now 20,000 people treated for avoidable blindness and operating on 2,000 [people] a year.”

20,000?!! That’s progress. People who live in remote areas, who normally go without health care, are now able to access these services a lot more easily because they’re so portable.

And considering that 80% of blindness in the world is preventable and curable, technology like Peek has the potential to change eyesight as we know it.

It’s not meant to replace other eye equipment, but rather allow eye care to happen in areas that never used to have it. And it doesn’t take a highly skilled person to use the technology, either. You simpy snap the photos and send them through your phone to a trained professional.

You’ll probably be hearing about Peek more because it’s planned to be released more widely in early 2016. Until then, see more about the incredible impact it’s made so far in testing:

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Major props to Nicole Scherzinger for being able to match wits against the mighty Conan O’Brien, who really should learn to pay attention to his guests when they’re speaking. And one last tip: Conan, the eyes are always located north of the breasts. Always.

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He made a horrible, selfish mistake three months ago that would change many lives forever. Yet at 1:39, he handles his horrifying mistakes more maturely than most people would.

He turned himself in this morning in the death of Vincent Canzani, whose name you should remember. If you wouldn’t mind sharing this, my kids would thank you.

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The next time you see someone who’s up to no good, you should probably channel this kid’s bravery.

Minding his own business at the local video game store, a seven-year-old boy suddenly saw two grown men enter the building wearing masks. After a few seconds, the little guy realized that they were carrying guns. That’s when he decided to take action.

Although he wasn’t successful in stopping the robbery, the fact that he tried speaks volumes about his character.

Sure, you could look at this kid and say that he was being reckless. It’s also probably true that he’s watched one too many superhero movies. That being said, how many of us would try to stand up to robbers? More often than not, the bystander effect kicks in and keeps us from acting. Maybe we should take a page out of his book!

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When you’re working with heavy machinery, who needs ramps? Ramps are for sissies! (That’s what this construction worker seemed to think, at least.) Instead of trying to set up a safe way to transport his excavation machine, he came up with a different solution.

Watch as he creatively (and dangerously) attempts to load his digger onto the back of a truck. Thanks to physics and his ingenuity, he does it without any issue. Now that is problem solving.

(Source: Jacob Abraham)

The video was filmed by Jacob Abraham through the window of his paint shop. This is what he had to say: “Here is how practical wisdom wins over the theoretical knowledge.”

Creative problem solving is important, even if it is dangerous sometimes. Share this “outside the box” thinking worker with your friends below.

**HEY! We started an entire new Facebook page just dedicated to creative DIY and Life Hacks to make everything easier. LIKE it here: Viral Nova Life Hacks. Thanks!

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Have you ever taken a gander at an official climate change report? I recently tried to download all 2,000 pages of one just to see how long it would take, and I think my computer starting sobbing. Thankfully, Greg Johnson has simplified the main points into these beautiful haikus.

To start, check out these excerpts from the series:

Then for the whole story, watch this video:

A note from Greg Johnson: This work is an attempt to distill into haiku the Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group 1 Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. The result is solely my own creation, so any views or opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the IPCC, or any other entity.

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Mark Rober is a former NASA engineer who left the organization to focus on a line of hi-tech clothing. His team down at Digital Dudz created some fancy digital clothing just in time for Halloween.

With the use of your smartphone, you can make an awesome and terrifying get-up your friends won’t believe.

Show a little love with this beating heart zombie shirt.

Contribute to the pot luck as the clown who is riddled with maggots.

Be the life of the party as the one eyed zombie.

Scope out the babes as the shifty Cyclops.

Be the first to lose yourself to dance when Daft Punk starts playing as the cyborg.

This old timey scuba suit costume will be perfect for your wife’s crappy mermaid costume.

Check out all of Digital Dudz’ Halloween line-up in this quirky video: 

The Digital Dudz app is actually free, but if you want to get the full, awesome look, you can buy the costumes to go with the app.

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In 1911, a marathon record-holder was born. Last year, he broke the record. At 2:12, he shows up. At 3:25, he hands out his diet secrets to rub it in. At 4:30, he breaks the record.

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So in Buena Vista Township, Mich., this happened. She’s still pondering whether to resign, but she thinks she has a good case to stay – because of Thanksgiving? We wish we were joking.

The township has asked her to resign, to spare them the cost of a recall effort. Tweet and share this if you’d like to help encourage her to make the right decision.

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For many music fans, summer is festival season. There’s nothing quite like gathering with thousands of strangers in beautiful weather to take in some top-shelf tunes. However, those circumstances are also ripe breeding grounds for tragedy, especially when enclosed spaces are involved. We need only look at what happened during the 2010 Love Parade in Germany for proof of that…

Since 1989, The Love Parade had taken place in Berlin. In 2010, the organizers attempted to hold the festival in a new city in the west, Duisburg. It was also the first time that the festival was held in an enclosed area.

The capacity of the venue was limited to 250,000 people, but officials estimated anywhere between 200,000 and 1.4 million people were expected to attend.

Entrance to the festival, which was held in a former freight station, was supposed to begin at 11 a.m. but ended up starting around noon instead. The supposed only way in was through an 800-foot-long ramp. However, police closed the tunnel because of overcrowding and attempted to announce over loudspeakers that newcomers should leave and use a different entrance.

However, new people continued to pool into the tunnel causing a stampede. Twenty-one people were killed and 500 suffered injuries. The autopsies on all 21 bodies indicated crushed rib cages as the cause of death.

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“I will never forget the sight. There were all these twisted-up bodies of those who had been crushed. They were lying at the tunnel exit. Their faces had all turned blue,” said one eyewitness who survived being trapped in the tunnel.

A Redditor who was at the festival but got out in time described her experience like this:

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It was “one of the most surreal experiences I ever lived through. Thanks to my experience I was able to get out at the peak. My friend was furious at me that I dragged her out and that I behaved the way I did. She thanked me when she saw the bodies lying down.”

In response to the tragedy, the organizers of the Love Parade announced that they were retiring the festival. “The Love Parade has always been a joyful and peaceful party, but in future would always be overshadowed by yesterday’s events,” said organizer Rainer Schaller.

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For a taste of what it was like in the final moments before officials began to clear the crowd, you can check out the video below. WARNING: It is very upsetting.

I remember when this story broke. I happened to be studying in Germany at the time. It was surreal, to say the least. The only reason for these deaths was poor planning. Everyone was just there to have fun.

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I thought this reveal was just a Jimmy Kimmel prank. He’s only playing a joke on us … that involves twerking (sigh), and it’s all just … so… silly. Right?

But then, I reflected on the montage at 3:40 and what that means for the future of seriousness. I think that notion is totally worthy of upping. I suggest you watch the whole video for the full effect of where our society is going, though. I mean — honestly.

Share this if you think CNN, Fox News, and the like should actually cover a little more about Syria or net neutrality. Like, you know … news.

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Every child should be told they matter and have value and are loved. But imagine how it must feel as a teenager to hear those words followed by a very real, life-changing surprise promise of security and stability too? Tens of thousands of teens in the U.S. are waiting and hoping to experience what happens to Meredith in this video, and over 23,000 of them won’t get to before it’s too late. Hopefully that context helps explain the tears of joy you see here — and the ones falling from my face.

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Tell me if you recognize this character in a film: a cute, quirky woman who is there to help the (usually) white, straight male hero loosen up and enjoy life. She exists in a lot of movies you’ve probably seen, and she basically means ladies are there only as inspiration to the dudes and not as characters or people with their own lives or stories to tell.

Film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” and the awesome Anita Sarkeesian from Feminist Frequency has completely nailed this incredibly annoying Hollywood trope in this excellent five-minute summary.

It may seem trivial to pick on this one character trope — what with the huge amount of problems Hollywood has with women — but the core of the issue is still the same: Hollywood needs real representations of women. That is, women playing characters with emotions, lives, and p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-y — not always lame sidekicks to dudes.

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