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Perfect Ways to Fake Your Travels this Year

Kelly Taylor

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There are millions of people that are planning to take to the skies this year. They will end up traveling all over the world to exotic places that seem too good to visit. But did you know that there are people that are faking their travel experiences and posting the stories online for the world to see. And they are using some of the most hilarious ways to make it all happen. The reason so many people are faking their own plane ride is because of the “fake plane ride challenge.” This challenge is taking social media by storm and the people involved in it are actually having fun imagining ways to make people think they are traveling the world.

The way the challenge works out is that a person engaging in the challenge is to take video of themselves flying on a jetliner through the air. They are supposed to use ordinary objects and use them to make people believe that they are in fact on a jet flying thousand of feet through the air to their next exotic destination. As the person’s video plays out the picture slowly pulls back revealing the truth behind the images being shared on social media. In a world of smartphones and social media it is easy to create many such images with just a few of the following household items.

·         The toilet seat. The toilet seat is more than just a place to sit when in the hands of an imaginative social media expert playing the “fake plane ride challenge.” The person holds the toilet seat up in the air while filming it from up close. The seat is usually held at a slight angle to capture the clouds and the sky so it seems like the person in flying through the air. Of course, when the video is pulled back away from the seat, the truth is revealed.

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·         The simple tea cup. It is possible that only an imaginative person would ever sea a tea cups handle as an airplane window. Much like the toilet seat the handle of the cup is positioned at an angle so the sky is all a person sees. But after the video is taken and the truth is revealed only the cup is seen against the backdrop of the sky.

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·         The step stool. This prop allows a person to get a little more creative with the challenge as it provides more space for the camera to work with. Some individuals have taken a map and placed it under the prop to catch a famous location just under the aircraft. Well, when truth is told the prop and map has fooled a bunch of people believe the person has visited the famous sites.

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·         Use the handle of a bottle. This prop has the shape of a window at the right angle. Simply place an image under it to capture the next great attraction for people to believe you have been too.

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The human imagination has a lot of great ideas still to come. One can only stand to wonder what is next? Is it going to be the “Great Under Water Challenge?” As one would expect to portray some of the most surreal underwater environments. Time will only tell. For now, we will have to wait and see what imaginative minds create for the “fake plane ride challenge.”

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Three Week Pet and House Sitting Turns Into a Year Long Mystery

Kevin Wells

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Any responsible pet owner knows that if you cannot bring the animals with you then you need to make arrangements to ensure they are taken care of. If you are going to be gone for any length of time it is also a good idea to have someone check in on the house once in a while to make sure everything is ok. Last year one Canadian man agreed to watch his neighbor’s home while they were away.

The neighbors were going to be traveling for a few weeks visiting family overseas. They asked the man and his wife to watch the house and their pets and check on the house for three weeks while they went to Taiwan as his mother was dying and they wanted to see her and spend time with the family. They left the man $500 dollars for food for their 2 German Sheppards and their cat. The man agreed and went over daily to feed the pets and would walk through the house to check on things every week.

On July 1, he got an email asking if the man and his wife could watch things for a little longer. It was taking more time than they expected to take care of everything after his mother had died. They agreed and expected the man to return in 2 week’s time. They never arrived and no other communications were received. On July 21, the man sent an email but never got a reply. By the end of the month the neighbor’s cell phone had been disconnected and he was not responding to any email messages at all now. At some point in the following weeks a pipe had burst and ended up flooding the basement causing massive water damage. The man did not know what to do now since he still could not get in touch with the family.

He ended up paying someone out of his own pocket to have the leak fixed, and he also paid for one of their dogs to have surgery. This was quickly becoming a real nightmare situation, and worst of all, he had no idea how long it was going to last. He thought about trying to track them down via social media but they had a very common last name and he had no address or name for contact on who they were staying with in Taiwan so it seemed a search on his own was going to be fruitless.

The electricity was still running in the house, which the man credited to an autopayment. The internet was also still working. There was no way to track down a place of employment or other contact ins Canada who might know the couple and be able to help track them down. So, after waiting nearly a year, the man filed a missing person report with the police to try and get some help finding out what happened to the couple.  Eventually, they got a response- there was good news and bad news.

The good news was that the couple were alive and well and not dead or in prison as the man had feared. The bad news was that they seemed to be very irresponsible and privileged people. They said they had asked a relative to come to get the pets and deal with the house but had never checked in with him to see if any of it had been done. They said the man and his wife could keep the pets if they wanted or he could find some way to take them off their hands. He also seemed to care little about the house and made a statement along the lines of – if we ever come back we can pay to fix it or just buy a new house.  

The man said that he and his wife would keep the pets as they couldn’t bear to give them up after a year of caring for them. They were also very worried about what this couple may do with animals they seemed to truly care so little about. It is one of the most bizarre stories ever, but at least it ends on a happy not and those pets are still in good hands and are being loved and cared for. But let this be a warning before anyone agrees to house sit or pet sit for something- get all the details and contact information before you ever say yes!

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Handicapped Puppy Befriends Flightless Pigeon

Renee Yates

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In Rochester, NY, Sue Rogers runs a non-profit called the Mia Foundation. The rescue organization rescues and rehabilitates animals who have birth defects or deformities and tries to find them a loving home. About a year ago, a pigeon was found unable to move in the parking lot of a car dealership. The pigeon was huddled and cowering on the ground. When a local wildlife rescue was called, they said the bird had neurological damage that caused him not to be able to fly. They thought that euthanization would be the best option for him.

Sue was having none of that. She stepped in and took the bird, who she named Herman, under her wing, so to speak. She made space for him in her shelter and kept him close where she could keep an eye on him. He liked to sit on a furry dog pillow and watch her work.

A couple months ago, a tiny Chihuahua was brought to the Mia Foundation. He was an infant, maybe a few months old, when his South Carolina breeders sent him to Sue. He’s a teacup sized Chihuahua they named Little Lundy and he was born with spinal cord damage. Sue also determined that he was suffering from swimmers syndrome. Swimmers syndrome is a developmental deformity that causes the front and hind legs to be splayed out. This makes it almost impossible for Little Lundy to walk.

Although swimmers syndrome is thought to be untreatable, according to a few studies and an article in a veterinary journal, it can be treatable. With some physical therapy and at-home treatment, Little Lundy could live a long and happy life, which is exactly what Sue plans for him.

When Little Lundy arrived at the Mia Foundation he decided to get acquainted with his new surroundings and the other animals at the shelter. One particular encounter, created a friendship that has gone viral. Herman and Little Lundy, a puppy and a pigeon, are the unlikeliest of friends, but they have a lot in common. They both have trouble walking, or flying in Hermans case, and they were living in the same place. You could say, they were in the right place at the right time to become instant friends. 

In the six weeks they have been together, Herman and Little Lundy have become inseparable. They do everything together, which is a lot of sleeping and snuggling. Mostly, with Herman sitting on top of Little Lundy, which doesn’t bother him in the slightest. This friendship was so out of the ordinary that Sue had to document it. The viral sensation of the puppy and pigeon has brought attention to the Mia Foundation that was much needed. The rescue organization runs solely on donations to help cover the costs of taking care of the animals and for needed surgeries. So far, about $6000 was donated because of this unlikely friendship and over 100 adoption inquiries. Hopefully when they are adopted, they are able to stay together.  

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Man’s Best Friend, Except When It’s Time for the Weather

Shannon Jackson

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Working from home these days comes with a number of new challenges and risks that most never expected to deal with in their careers. But when the computer camera or conference video is placed in one’s private accommodations, all sorts of issues can pop up that folks normally don’t deal with in the office setting. Everything from what kind of photos, art or prints one has in the background to their furniture in a personal room to everything else the home is shared with becomes potentially exposed. And in the case of a particular weatherman trying to provide his meteorologist work online, man’s best friend can be a notable interruption.

Paul Dellegato regularly works as meteorologist for Fox 13 based in Florida. However, like many others, Paul had to figure out in short notice how to relocate his work and his broadcast to his home to maintain social distance and health safety. While the access to his work networks and computer setups wasn’t too hard, the readjustment to a home office and presentation place for his work took a bit of additional thinking. He had to pick a place in the house that would be free of distractions, walk-in surprises, problematic backgrounds, and not be invasive to his own home as well. What Paul didn’t count on was that his own extended family might end up being the real disruption to Paul’s broadcast.

In the clip provided, Paul is working as usual on his life TV broadcast and covering the weather for the day and the next few days’ expectation. As he’s going through the details and the changes in high and low pressures as well as the temperature predictions, someone doesn’t want to let the weatherman continue. Paul’s golden retriever, Brody, has decided to be a gate crasher and literally jump up in Paul’s face and personal space. No matter how much Paul tries, his dog just keeps being persistent for his master’s attention. Chances are the dog is probably hungry for dinner and is making a point about it. Doing so, however, Paul’s dog is not only making a presence on the screen, the canine is goofing up the weather graphics on the nearby computer, making a ton of noise, and showing how useless it is for Paul to try to and stop the chaos. The audience loves it and Brody, and Paul’s dog became the new digital mascot for Fox 13.

The weatherman’s crisis resonates with all of us. We’re all going through a big disruption, trying to reconstruct our professional work lives from home all over the country. So, to find a bit of humor in Paul’s online dilemma with Brody provides a cathartic effect, helping us all find some humor and a bit of lightness in watching. Once you watch the show clip, you’ll understand why Paul’s situation went viral so fast.  

Things didn’t turn out bad for Paul. He earned big commendations for how patient he was able to stay under duress from Brody and the dog’s insistent interruptions of his weather show. And it was clear Paul loves his furry buddy. So, the feeling now is the heck with the weather maps. How Brody behaves on camera will indicate if tomorrow will be a good weather day or otherwise.  

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These Squishy Dog Smiles Are the Best Thing You Will See Today, Probably All Week!

Shannon Jackson

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Is there anything more adorable than a happy dog and its smile? This is especially true for dogs with squishy faces!

My hound Luna is happiest when we are going for a walk or playing with the tennis ball in the backyard and she lets me know it with the most adorable smile in the world! Like most dog owners, we all think we have the cutest dog (but I actually do!).

Is there anything cuter in the world than a smiling dog with a rapidly wagging tail that is excited to go for a walk, receive a treat, or simply spend time with you? I grew up with cats, which are also excellent pets, but nothing beats the companionship of a dog. When you walk through the door after a hard day’s work and someone in the world is excited to see you – your pup. While cats leave a message and get back to you, dogs call you back immediately with the sincerest amount of love in the world.

Your pup becomes your best friend and you hopefully spend the most time together enjoying beautiful days outside, whether walking or playing, snuggling up on the couch or in bed together, or even watching television all of which bring smushy smiles to both of you.

Different dogs have different reasons for smiling. Some smile when they are receiving treats for being a good boy or girl while others love getting pets or learning new tricks (which inevitably leads to more treats). Some breeds have squishier smiling faces than others, but any type of smile is more than welcome when it comes to pups.

The following pups have such squishy and smiling faces that will make your heart melt and make you want to find the nearest pup to give a huge hug (make sure to ask the owner first!). How can anything on Earth beat the smiling face of a squishy dog? Here is a hint, it cannot!

During these trying times, we all need smiles in our lives and how could you resist these adorable pups? Whether you are a dog lover, enthusiast, or can simply tolerate dogs, the natural human reaction when seeing a delightful, smiling, squish pup is to be overwhelmed by its charm and cuteness! It is almost unnatural to pass on the opportunity for a huge or cheek squish of these enchanting puppers.

You may even be lucky enough to receive a slobbery kiss as a reward!

It takes the most muscles in the body to smile and it is an incredible reward to owners, relatives, and strangers when your dog gives a smile. You feel fulfilled, satisfied, softened, and just plain satisfied when you see an ear-to-ear smile from your dog or another and this should be shared with the world!

Does your dog have a squeezable and smushable cheeks? Please share your deliciously cute photos on Facebook!

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When a Bride Can’t Bring Her Dog on Her Destination Wedding, Dad Comes up With a Hilarious Solution!

Shannon Jackson

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There is something infinitely precious about leaving home behind for a destination wedding. Destination weddings can be magical events where families and friends come together to celebrate in a way that is at once memorable and special. However, destination weddings can provide certain hurdles that are difficult to clear for attendees and bridal party members alike. When bride-to-be Hillary Bowles decided to have her destination wedding in North Carolina, she realized pretty quickly that her loving Goldendoodle named Leo would not be able to join her. Fortunately for Hillary, her father came through with quite the solution!

While many dog breeds travel well, ultimately it comes down to the personality and temperament of the individual pet. The Goldendoodle is a cross-breed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, an odd but adorable mix. Most Goldendoodles are known for being both intelligent and friendly. Unfortunately Hillary, Leo never got used to traveling and so it was all but certain that he would be unable to come. As the wedding drew nearer, Hillary would book a stay at a cozy animal resort for Leo while she was away. What came next, well, let’ just say that Hillary didn’t see it coming!

When your daughter is about to walk down the aisle, it makes sense to do everything you can as a father to commemorate the occasion. For Wayne Bowles, Hillary’s hilarious father, this meant making sure that Leo was in attendance in some capacity. While Wayne couldn’t bring Leo to the wedding, he did manage to put together a life-sized cardboard cutout of Leo! The massive photo of Leo looked as real as it gets! When Hillary saw the cardboard cutout, she couldn’t help but feel overjoyed. 

During the wedding events in North Carolina, Hillary and her family would take the cardboard cutout of Leo with them everywhere. From restroom breaks to the reception dinner, the family made sure that Leo was involved in spirit if not in person. Eventually, the cardboard cutout would find its way to the dance floor where the hilarity would hit altogether new levels! While this event happened, the real Leo was blissfully unaware of the festivities as he enjoyed his vacation at the pet resort!

When it comes to showing how much you care about the ones you love, sometimes little gestures like this can make all the difference in the world. Wayne saw that his daughter was stressed about her dog being left behind, so he made sure to do what he could to make the day special for her! We have to raise a glass to celebrate all of the men and women in the world who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that their children are happy on their special days!

Would you want to have a cardboard cutout of your pets if you had a destination wedding? We know we would!

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