20 complete strangers share a first kiss…on camera

March 11, 2014 | 4 comments

Watch ten couples go through the stages of introducing themselves to one another, and then sharing a kiss just seconds after they’ve met. Some of you will find it awkward, while others will see it as beautiful and thought-provoking. Maybe it’s all of the above? You be the judge…

Read this grandpa’s funny, self-written obituary and then go be kind to someone in his name

March 10, 2014 | 13 comments

Sam Bruhl’s grandfather Walter George Bruhl, Jr. passed away on Sunday. Sam says

Typical of my PopPop: he cut out the middleman and wrote his own damn obituary…. So glad I got to read one more thing from my favorite writer.

And since he shared a pic of the hilarious, self-written obit, we get to read one last thing from him, too.

Enjoy the humor and then, like the last paragraph asks, find someone who needs your kindness today in honor of Mr. Bruhl…

Grandpa's Self-written Obituary

(via Reddit)

Some highlights…

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Jim Gaffigan discusses the absurdity of weddings

March 8, 2014 | No comments

In this clip from Jim Gaffigan’s upcoming special, he (of course) talks about sitting in his sweatpants eating a full pint of ice cream. Then, surprisingly naturally, he segues into some truly insightful thoughts on marriage ceremonies…

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Reluctant dad documents life of baby he doesn’t want, journeys “from misery to joy,” says he’s sorry [10 pics]

March 7, 2014 | 1 comment

When photographer Phillip Toledano discovered he and his wife Carla were going to have a baby, he “was neither ready, nor vastly enthused.” He just didn’t want kids. He writes…

I liked [kids] in an abstract sense, in the same way that exercise seems appealing, but in practice, utterly tedious.

Then in July 2010, Loulou came along — his own little human to care for and understand, but “everything Loulou did was utterly incomprehensible…. It was like watching a wildlife documentary.”

From the time of his wife’s pregnancy through his daughter’s toddlerhood, he documented life from his reluctant perspective. And over time, you know exactly what happened. In his words:

I chronicled my journey from misery to joy. 

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I had been downsized. Meet my replacement: The alien

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Beautiful portraits of adopted pets and their humans remind us that rescued pets are the best pets [30 pics]

March 4, 2014 | 5 comments

Photographer Theron Humphrey has been traveling for the past year for a project called Why We Rescue — a documentary telling 50 stories, one from each state, about the lives of people who’ve chosen to adopt pets from shelters.

His hope is to remind people that pets adopted from shelters can be just as sociable and healthy as pets bought “new.” And they are just as capable of bringing joy and happiness to their owners’ lives and families.

Here are some of the wonderful portraits he’s taken during his nationwide trek…

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Single woman spends 14 years with mannequin family to make a point [17 pictures]

February 27, 2014 | 347 comments

After hearing the same question over and over from friends and family — “Why aren’t you married yet?” — art director Suzanne Heintz got tired of it and set out to do something about it. She got herself a little family…of mannequins.

Over the course of 14 years and 10,000 miles of travel, she took her fake family everywhere and took all kinds of “family” pictures….

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16-year-old pranks his African dad, “confesses” that he got a girl pregnant

February 21, 2014 | 3 comments

Eman is a teenage YouTuber who lives in London with his family who is from Nigeria. Watch what happens when he sits his dad down to admit to a mistake he made with “Annabelle”?

Here’s the short version: Dad loses his ever-loving mind (and busts out some pretty hilarious one-liners in his rage), but then everything turns out OK…

Stupid things straight people say to LGBT people [13 pics]

February 20, 2014 | 6 comments

Inspired by the photo series “Racial Microaggressions” from last year, psychologist Kevin Nadal decided to do the same project with friends of his in the LGBT community. Here are some of the responses he got from people sharing the tactless, unintentionally hurtful things people sometimes say to them that feel marginalizing.

Everybody should always be learning how to live with people who are different than them, so if you’re straight, consider this a simple lesson in what not to say to LGBT folks who you know or encounter. And for those of you who have been on the receiving end of blundering comments like these, feel free to share in the comments…

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Man prepares beforehand for possible kiss cam scene with a woman he’s not dating

February 18, 2014 | 12 comments

Last week, a Gopher fan here in the Twin Cities took a girl to a game for Valentines Day, but it wasn’t a date, per se. Knowing that the Kiss Cam was going to be out in force that evening, he came prepared.

In this raw footage from one of the cameras, we see him notice on the big screen that the kiss camming had begun and then get ready in case it came to him and his “date.” When they switch to the camera trained on him, he’s ready…

Note to skeptics: I, too, doubted the legitimacy of this, since it seems all too unlikely and since kiss-cam antics are a well-known kind of prank. But I have it from three sources that this is completely legit — one employee of the stadium vouched for its legitimacy on Reddit and two of my friends who also know the guy confirmed on Facebook. One explained, “He was worried for a week it might happen so he went prepared.”

Young people swap clothes with grandparents and parents for charming, fascinating photos [14 pics]

February 18, 2014 | 50 comments

For a series titled “Spring-Autumn,” photographer Qozop, snapped photos of hip, twenty-somethings with their elders, either a parent or a grandparent. Then the two family members exchanged outfits and had their photo taken again.

The comparisons are as sweet as they are intriguing…

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