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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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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Dad’s never-ending prank on his teen daughter makes it Halloween all year long

September 9, 2014 | 4 comments

When Carly Harris’ father bought a Halloween skeleton at Costco a few years ago, she didn’t give it a second thought…until it started showing up around the house last summer.

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She explains

My dad is really into Halloween and decorating our house with scary spiderwebs and bats and so on…and somehow over time, he thought it would be a good idea to hide it around the house to scare me.

Carly is decidedly not into it.

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Alaskans sick of being put in a box draw their own U.S. map

September 9, 2014 | 3 comments

Almost every map of the United States features Alaska in a box at the bottom left. And since the state is so huge, the map in the box is necessarily lacking in detail compared to the rest of the states. Well, not anymore.

Sick of their state being relegated to a vaguely approximate inset, some cartographically inclined Alaskan created this map of the United States…

US Map from Alaska's Perspective

(Available from Alaska Weather Store, via Reddit)

How to insult someone like the British

September 9, 2014 | No comments

If you find yourself in an argument with a Brit, you’re going to lose unless you learn to be as creatively cruel as they are. This list of ten British insults from comedian Siobhan Thompson might come in handy…

Previously… Comedian mimics 17 accents from the British Isles using celebrities from each region as examples

New Kindergartener goes way above and beyond while reading his sight words. Incredible…

September 9, 2014 | 7 comments

This 5-year-old’s teacher sent home a list of this week’s sight words for him to practice with his parents. I think it’s safe to say, it’s time for this little genius to move on to the next reading level…

Starbucks baristas aren’t dumb… Here’s the REAL reason they spell your name wrong

September 9, 2014 | 43 comments

When you order your fancy coffee drink and give them a name for your order, why does Starbucks always seem to get it wrong? Your first inclination may be to think that they’re being thick, but that’s not it at all…

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Mom turns toddler’s ink sketches into fantastic watercolor paintings

September 8, 2014 | No comments

Artist Ruth Oosterman spends hours drawing with her 2-year-old daughter Eve, who uses a black ink pen to create her imaginative works of art…

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When going through Eve’s sketches one day, Ruth realized the drawings could create a foundation for watercolor paintings that Ruth would never have dreamed of on her own. She tells Bored Panda,

I try to work quickly and let imagination and play take root into the painting rather than taking it too seriously, this way I can encourage Eve’s contribution without making it too “grownup.”

These are a few of their collaborations so far…

The Red Boat

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“Reverse panhandler” celebrates birthday by handing out $5 bills. Guess how much he gave away…

September 8, 2014 | 2 comments

How did you celebrate your birthday this year? When Bob Blackley turned 59 recently, he spent the day giving out $5 bills on the corner of a Winston-Salem intersection — his annual tradition for the third year in a row.

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Blackley, a retired special education teacher, has been taking to the streets to spread a little joy every year since his 57th birthday, and he spreads a little more every time. The first year, he gave away $700; the year after that, $750.

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