Local businesses rally to give a wounded veteran and his fiancée their dream wedding

September 12, 2014 | No comments

When Jacob Leach was in Iraq he was thrown off a building by a rocket grenade, injuring his leg and back and giving him traumatic brain injury. Recovery has been slow and will never be complete, but he says that his fiancee is his rock.

Jacob and Brittany have been hoping and planning to get married ever since their first date three years ago, but things just have never worked out. Jacob says…

Going to the courthouse is simple. [But] she wants that wedding, she deserves that wedding. Every time we save up, something happens. Moving to Jacksonville we used all our savings.

So when they entered MISSION I DO, a wedding giveaway from Old McMicky’s Farm, a local wedding venue, they didn’t expect much.

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It’s official, God loves gay people…and He just unveiled a billboard to prove it

September 11, 2014 | No comments

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God is everywhere, being omnipresent, but when it comes to antagonizing the Westboro Baptist Church, Facebook has traditionally been His favorite.

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The Kansas-based hate group often protests military funerals and LGBT*Q communities with signs reading “God Hates Fags,” famously blaming gay people for 9/11 and the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other tragedies.

But God disagrees…

This hate group goes around saying that God hates gay people. Nonsense! I love gay people.

In an email to Mashable, he says…

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On 9/11 US fighter jets took off on a suicide mission. Meet the pilot willing to give her life…

September 11, 2014 | 2 comments

In September 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was a young, inexperienced F-16 pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. As the first female pilot in her squadron, it was a dream come true; her father had served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, so when Congress opened up combat aviation to women, she was the first in line:

I signed up immediately. I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad.

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But on that fateful Tuesday morning thirteen years ago, 26-year-old Lt. Penney was called upon to make the greatest sacrifice of her life…bring down United Airlines flight 93, no matter what. Even knowing that the pilot for one of the planes could be her own father, Penney was prepared to take them down —

We had to protect the airspace any way we could.

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Bill Murray switched places with his cab driver for the most Bill-Murray reason possible

September 11, 2014 | No comments

You just can’t make this stuff up! During a recent appearance at the Toronto Film Festival, Bill Murray regaled the crowd with a story of a “beautiful night” in Oakland.

Murray arrives following a screening of "Ghostbusters" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto

Apparently, he took over a cab ride last week and drove the car so the cabbie could play the saxophone.

This is Murray as FDR, but we imagine it looked something like this…

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Would-be groom turns prepaid reception into charity ball after his wedding is called off

September 11, 2014 | 3 comments

Several months ago, Phil Laboon asked the woman he thought was the love of his life to marry him. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for them and they called off the wedding. So Phil was left with a scheduled reception that had already been paid for — almost $20,000 of food, drink, and entertainment.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and used his prepaid wedding resources to host a charity ball.

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Selling out all the $75 tickets and taking additional donations online and at the party, Laboon and friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Surgicorps International, which performs free surgeries for children in developing countries.

The nonprofit has performed over 4,000 surgeries in over 18 countries and looks forward to being able to continue their mission thanks in part to the generosity of Laboon and all his guests.

Laboon explained…

It was obviously pretty heartbreaking for everybody involved. But this ended up becoming a really good scenario…. Bad things happen, but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.

Doctors baffled when Australian wakes from his coma…speaking fluent Mandarin

September 10, 2014 | No comments

When Ben McMahon woke from a coma two years ago, he was just happy to be alive. Speaking fluent Mandarin was just a bonus..

I wasn’t consciously thinking I was speaking Mandarin, it was what just came out and it was what was most natural to me.

The strange part? Ben wasn’t fluent in Mandarin before the car accident that put him in the coma. He had studied Mandarin and French in high school, but he says it never really “clicked.” Most of us who took a foreign language in school can relate. Studying it and knowing it are completely different.

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But once awoken from his coma, he was able to speak and write Mandarin with near-native fluency.

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The drastic change to Frozen’s original plot that made everyone love the villain

September 10, 2014 | 1 comment

Frozen, Disney’s most successful movie to date, almost didn’t happen. Well, at least not the Frozen we know and love.

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Walt Disney became interested in adapting the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Snow Queen,” in the 1930s — but he was never quite satisfied with it. It was recently revisited, and the resulting movie became a $1 billion hit.

But a new ABC special, ”The Story of Frozen” exposes the one big change that could’ve cost the studio its mega hit.

Elsa was originally the bad guy.

But as Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the movie’s songwriting team, started exploring Elsa’s character in order to write her signature song, they found themselves unable to villify her. Instead they couldn’t help but empathize with her.

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Watch this heron hunt and eat a gopher and try not to cringe with fear and fascination

September 10, 2014 | 1 comment

A few months ago, Jessie Garza was filming a blue heron that had started hanging out in the neighborhood. He soon discovered why it was the bird’s new favorite hangout.

This is absolutely incredible…and also a bit distressing. Nature is a crazy place…

(via Reddit)

Together for 72 years, 90-year-old couple finally rolled down the aisle together. Beautiful…

September 9, 2014 | 2 comments

It’s never too late to make it official — this newlywed couple had been waiting since 1942…

Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes were finally married on September 6th at the First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Surrounded with love by their family and friends, they sat in their wheelchairs side-by-side, hand-in-hand as the Rev. Linda Hunsaker recognized their decades of commitment…

This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.

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