When a fire crew in Lacey, Washington arrived on the scene of a mobile home fire on September 26, they found a family of hamsters trapped in their cage inside the home. The firefighters put out the blaze quickly, but hamsters Oreo, Madonna, and their three babies weren’t doing so well, even as their owner protected one of them in her shirt pocket. The firefighters had trained with local veterinarians and even carried special pet rescue equipment with them, so they whipped out some tiny oxygen masks and turned to their “Pet Emergency Pocket Guide” to restore the hamsters’ health. All but one of the hamsters survived and are back to living their happy lives. The fire was believed to be caused by a dryer malfunction, and the department is reminding its Twitter followers not to leave the house or sleep while laundry is in the dryer. Keep reading »
Know-it-all alpha dudes without a care in the world are great and all, but who doesn’t love that their neurotic sidekick just as much? TV and movies are full of lovable, mildly troubled neurotic souls who spend their days worrying, analyzing and questioning every event — and I have a major crush on them. The traits that make these guys so quirky also make them thoughtful and loving, right? Not all of them are the perfect boyfriend material I wish they were, as exhibited by their many failed onscreen relationships, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Here are 12 neurotic characters I’m totally into.
The Scough, a scarf embedded with the same high-grade germ filters that the military uses to protect against chemical warfare, is the fashionable answer to flu season. Instead of boarding the subway or walking near car exhaust with your face covered by a surgical mask, you can ward off illness in an infinitely more stylish way by sliding the front of the scarf over your mouth and ears to let its special activated-carbon filter work its magic. Scough’s Brooklyn-based founders came up the idea when they began covering their faces with scarves each winter in a doomed attempt to fight off germs and avoid the bizarre look of wearing surgical masks in public. When that didn’t work, they knew it was up to them to design a germophobe-friendly accessory that worked.
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When 20-year-old leukemia patient Ben received a surprise visit from Taylor Swift at Boston Children’s hospital last month, he’d been in the process of learning to play Adele’s “Someone Like You” on the piano. A nurse had brought a keyboard to the hospital to help him pass some time while recovering from a bone marrow transplant, and he’d been writing down the notes of the song on blank staff paper as he learned it. When Taylor dropped by, she asked him to play a song for her. What followed was a magical moment that made Ben feel, according to the Huffington Post, “like the luckiest person in the world for days afterward.” In case that wasn’t amazing enough in itself, Ben also got a hug from Taylor when the camera stopped rolling. His cancer is currently in full remission! [Huffington Post]