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Take a Look at This Touching Hallmark Display Created By Mr. Rogers!

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In the era of online trolling, it can be hard to find consistently positive news stories. The world seems rife with strife and there is always some negative headline or another trending around the world. In order to buck the trend of cynicism that seems to have become so popular, we are going to highlight a sugar-sweet story about one of the most beloved figures in entertainment history, Mr. Fred Rogers.

With the recent release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the world seems to have gone slightly Mr. Rogers crazy. The majority of people reading this right now probably grew up watching Mr. Rogers on television. From how he took off his sweater to the way he laced his shoes before bringing us to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, we were all captivated and enthralled. As it turns out, Mr. Rogers wasn’t just a sweetheart on television, he also stood by his lifestyle when the cameras quit rolling. What do we mean by that? Well, that’s a great question!

According to a recent Washington Post story, Mr. Fred Rogers had been asked to help decorate one of Hallmark’s flagship locations in Manhattan for the Holidays. With Mr. Rogers an absolute sensation among children and families at the time, the collaboration made a ton of sense. After visiting the store, Mr. Rogers saw that the Hallmark shop had been decked out with ornate, elaborate, and luxurious decorations. This was never Mr. Roger’s style, so he decided to do something different. The Mister Roger’s Neighborhood star would decide to flip the fashion trend on its head by introducing his own unique display. What did the humble Mr. Rogers decide on for his decoration? Imagine standing before a small glass case that is completely clear and see-through. Within the tree, you can see a single growing Norfolk Island pine with roots and all bared for the world. At the bottom of the display was a small plaque that read, “I like you just the way you are.” Pretty on-brand for Mr. Rogers, right?

In recent years, Fred Rogers has reached an almost mythological level in the world of pop-culture. With a squeaky clean history and an understanding of children that has never been matched by kid’s television, Fred Rogers was a special and unique individual. Through his program, he taught children about community, being a good neighbor, treating others with kindness, and most importantly, treating yourself with kindness and compassion. Thanks to his gentle nature and depth of compassion, Fred Rogers was an instrumental figure in the lives of millions of boys and girls all around the world. Even 16 years after his passing, Mister Rogers Neighborhood continues to inform, guide, and educate children and adults alike.

To hear more about Mister Roger’s incredible story, fans of the man can see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks.  While not an exhaustive biopic, the Tom Hanks-led vehicle was released to rave reviews and adoration from his fans and family.

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UC-Boulder issues warning for badger sighted on campus, students find the warning hilarious

Shannon Jackson

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An official warning or statement by your university should be taken seriously and the instructions must be followed. This is true in almost every situation, except if the warning is about a little badger roaming around a university. The University of Colorado, in Boulder, recently sent out a warning to all its students to watch out for a badger sighted on campus. The warning asked the student to stay clear of the badger as it can be extremely dangerous. The students were also asked to contact the authorities through the listed phone number so that authorities can locate and catch the badger.

Understandably, the university issued the warning as it may not be common to have a badger on campus. However, students were not concerned about a badger on campus. Most students found the warning as funny. Some even made fun of the University for issuing such a silly warning. There were a lot of comments on social media and online university forums. The University of Wisconsin, a rival of the University of Colorado, took the opportunity to make fun of what they thought was a ridiculous warning. They replied to the warning by posting: “Badgers are ferocious, can confirm. Will call em’ back to Wisconsin”.

The University of Colorado got the wildlife state officials involved to safely handle the situation. The animal was last sighted on the stairs along Broadway St, near Henderson Building. The badger was able to evade the authorities, who asked for help from the students to locate the sneaky animal. The officials were not too concerned about not being able to catch the animal. They said that badgers were not dangerous and are usually very elusive creatures. The wildlife officials state that badgers are often group together in Estes Park. They are not predatory animals and would not go after people until and unless they are provoked.

The campus representative was of a different option and though badgers can be dangerous and that was the reason why the university thought it was necessary to warn the students. The university was not concerned about being ridiculed. For them, the safety of the students and staff is of the highest importance. They wanted the wildlife officials to safely catch the animal and release it in its natural habitat, away from the campus.

The campus later clarified that while badgers may not be rare for the state of Colorado, they are usually not spotted on campus. The fact that the badger was not its natural habitat, made the university officials wary of the badger. They believed it could be possible that the badger might react violently when approached by students or staff. The university was glad no one got hurt and the student found it amusing.  The university and student are ready to move on from the episode, but he folks at University of Wisconsin might not let them forget it so quickly

The American badger is a small flat-bodied animal, known for being its grumpy attitude. Typically, about 2 feet long and weighs less than 25 lbs. They are adept at digging and have sharp claws. When threatened, they can get violent. Their shovel-like claws, strong jaws, and sharp teeth have all the power needed to rip apart prey. Mice, prairie dogs, and birds are the favorite prey for badgers.

The population of badgers is not under a threat but is declining Agriculture and urban expansion have let to shrinking habitat for badgers. This is probably why more badgers are being spotted in urban locations. According to national geographic, the poisoning and shooting of prairie dogs have also contributed to the decline of badgers.

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A teenager shocked to find a giant tarantula on the kitchen cabinet

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A 19-year-old Hannah Dafferner was looking for a late-night snack in her kitchen when she saw a small creepy-looking figure on the kitchen cabinet. Hannah was frozen in shock. It was black colored and looked like some type of giant spider. It was near the handle of the cupboard and wasn’t moving much. At first, Hannah thought it was one of her younger sister’s toys or Halloween decorations. Then to her astonishment, it moved enough for Hannah to know it was not a toy. Hannah screamed as loud as she could. Her dad came rushing downstairs to a lot of screaming going on. What Hannah had seen on the kitchen cabinet was a huge tarantula. It was at least 4 inches in size and had eight legs. It would have scared most people. If the dad had not rushed downstairs, Hannah was about to call 911 for help. 

The dad tried to say calm during the commotion. He grabbed an empty pitcher to try to catch the tarantula. He put the pitcher on the cupboard and waited for the tarantula to move in to. He made sure to be gentle and hurt the tarantula. The tarantula was very cooperative. He was probably more of the people. By this time the entire family was in the kitchen area. Once the tarantula was in the pitcher, everyone wanted to have a look at the amazing creature.

Tarantulas are hairy versions of a spider family. Typically, they are harmless to humans but their appearance seems to make a lot of people scared of them. On very rare occasions, they can bite humans and it can be painful. Their venom is very mild, usually less than a typical bee’s. Some people suffer from a phobia of spiders or tarantula. This phobia is called arachnophobia. 

The family posted photos of the tarantula on social media in an attempt to check if anyone in the neighborhood had lost a tarantula. They got a lot of comments and reactions. The next day, they got a message saying “Can we have it?” The family was more than happy to hand it over. The tarantula now belongs to a 9-year-old girl how is ecstatic to have it. The family feels glad that the episode is over but are a bit concerned about how the tarantula was allowed to intrude into their home.  

Tarantulas are mostly found in tropical, subtropical or arid regions. Most people don’t know this, but tarantulas are burrowers and mostly look to live underground. They are also nocturnal creatures and only venture out during night time unless it is mating season. They try to conserve as much energy as possible and only move when needed to. Insects are their main prey but occasionally they go for larger targets such as frogs or mice.

The family that found the tarantula believe it came inside from their backyard. It came into the house through the back door. They find it quite unbelievable that the tarantula was able to cover so much distance. The family was also shocked that their dogs were not able to stop the intruder. The house is located in San Diego, California. This region is known to have tarantulas and is often located inside the homes. This particular tarantula was a male spider. Male spiders require 7-10 years to mature before they can venture out their burrows and look for females. They only live a few months once they reach maturity. Females have a much longer life span and tend to live up to 25 years.

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Mom Uses CPR To Revive Lizard Found in Pool

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The annals of history are filled with stories describing how people’s lives have been saved. These acts of heroism are always amazing and show the resilience of life on Earth. One of the most important lifesaving maneuvers is called cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is a maneuver that is typically used to save the lives of people in the event that they stop breathing or their heart stops breathing. Even in hospitals, CPR forms the foundation of emergency codes where medical personnel rush in to try to save someone’s life. Indeed, CPR has been seen on TV shows and movies as well, often referred to as Hollywood codes.

Over the years, CPR has saved countless lives. Now, there are classes where both children and adults can go in order to learn how to save lives. For example, even kids in classrooms have used CPR before, saving the lives of their fellow classmates. There are other certifications such as BLS and ACLS where people can learn about some of the other lifesaving techniques that people can use.

Some people might be surprised to hear that CPR can even be used to save the lives of animals! Even though animals have differently shaped hearts, all animals still require blood and oxygen to be pumped to their various tissues in order to survive. In this fashion, CPR can be used to do exactly that. It turns out that even small creatures can be revived and saved using CPR. That is exactly what happened in one fascinating story involving a mom, a pool, and a lizard.

Recently, a video was posted of a family that was just enjoying their day at the pool when all of a sudden they spotted a lizard. They were watching the lizard and couldn’t quite figure out what was going on. Then, all of a sudden, the lizard started to sink. It turns out that not all lizards are able to swim. The mother decided that she needed to do something about the situation. She immediately lept into action and jumped into the pool. She swims to the bottom of the pool in search of the poor lizard and eventually found him. She dragged him from the bottom of the pool and moved him to safety. 

All of a sudden, she starts to perform chest compressions on the pool lizard in an event to revive him. The lizard doesn’t appear to be breathing and is clearly in distress. It’s unclear exactly what is happening; however, she is is using her finger to put pressure on what should be his rib cage. The family believes that this is it for the poor lizard. But the mom decides not to give up. The video goes on for several suspenseful minutes. At the end of the video, the lizard finally starts to breathe once again! The lizard rights himself and gets back on his feet! The mom actually used CPR to save the life of a lizard. 

This video simply shows that peopel can use CPR to do amazing things. While it is critical for peopel to know how to use CPR to save the lives of humans, it is just as important for people to do eveything they can to save the lives of animals as well. The applications of CPR are important and there are classes people can take to improve their certifications This video went viral and simply serves as a testament to what peopel can do when they are inspired by simple acts of heroism. CPR can save countless lives.

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Too Shallow for Swimming With Sharks

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University of Florida student Stefani Luke loved the ocean. She lived to be on the water. She was given a surfboard when she was in high school, but growing up in Ft. Lauderdale didn’t offer her much opportunity to ride any exciting waves. Going to college in Gainesville, Florida would provide her with a chance to take weekend trips to the popular beach town, St. Augustine to check out some waves. 

One stormy Tuesday, Stefani and some friends heard the news about coastal swells reaching up to five feet. They loaded up their boards and began a caravan. There were 11 kids but only 8 surfboards. She was excited to finally have the chance to use her board on some real waves, but she was also very aware of sharks. She was a biology major, recently working as an intern at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of her work there was done in a lab or in area rivers. The biggest risk at her job had been alligators. 

Stefani’s love of the ocean and interest in fisheries compelled her to stay abreast of shark activity along the east coast. She knew that in 2019, reports of shark attacks, either provoked or unprovoked, reached nearly 150. 

The kids arrived at the beach, ready for some refreshing water and salty air. Today was a day to enjoy a day out of school. They unloaded the boards from their roof racks. Stefani waxed her beloved board alongside her good friends. Since there were more kids there than boards, Stefani offered her board up to a friend to try first. She figured she’d just do a little body surfing to warm up her muscles before fully engaging on her board. 

The waves were slightly disappointing. The stories they’d heard about giant waves were exaggerated, topping out at maybe three feet. She swam into the surf and waited. She thought she was a good distance from the surfers with boards. The water was a little colder than expected, and she hadn’t brought her wet suit. She swam parallel to the shore for a bit, to warm up. She ended up swimming close to her friend who’d borrowed her board. She waited in the line up, just beyond the breaking point of the waves. She was ready to body surf and catch some waves. 

The waves were coming in sets of four. She took the first in a set. It picked her up and she swam with it. As she glided in toward the shore she saw the dark shadow of what she knew was a shark. Everyone knows that you don’t panic when you see a shark. You don’t thrash around in the water. You don’t show signs of distress that signal to a shark that you’re easy prey. She forgot all that. All Stefani could think was “I don’t want to get eaten by a shark today!” She swam for her life. She swam fast, and probably a little crazy. 

The realization of her frenzy made her calm down slightly. She dropped the panicky swimming. She stopped swimming to realize that she was only in about a foot of water! She felt very silly, probably looking like a fool to anyone who might’ve seen this spectacle. 

She stood in the water to see her friend that had borrowed her board. Her friend asked with excitement, “Did you see that shark?!” Stefani acknowledged that she had in fact seen it. Her friend offered her the board back. Stefani declined, “No thanks. I like my legs. I like walking”. It was at that moment that Stefani gave her board away. She was done surfing and never tried it again. 

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Cat Takes a Ride Among the Boxes

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If you’ve ever owned a cat, you’ve observed the peculiar affinity cats have toward boxes.  There are several reasons people love cats. They’re affectionate, cute, soft and generally low-maintenance. For an average family cat, the monthly expense is approximately $100. You could lower that expense by replacing fancy cat toys and play-houses with empty cardboard boxes.

The comfort and security cats find from lounging in cardboard boxes went a little too far for Millie McMahon’s adventurous cat Trixie. Trixie, like most cats, loves empty boxes. This worked out great for Millie when she was preparing to move from Boston to San Francisco. All the empty cardboard boxes around the house kept Trixie entertained and out from under foot while Millie packed her house.

As the moving truck retreated from Millie’s driveway, Millie let out a deep sigh of relief. Only a few essential items remained, which Millie would pack in her car for her own trip across the country. Trixie was one of those “items”, except Trixie was nowhere to be found. Millie waved it off as Trixie just being skittish about the packing and the movers, and her world being in disarray.

Trixie didn’t show up the next day either. Or the next. Millie began feeling worried. She couldn’t leave for California without her cat.

Meanwhile, traveling across the country in a moving truck, was Eddie. Eddie was no stranger to driving trucks. He found comfort in the humming of the wheels on the highway as he ambled along his route. He found it meditative. 

Eddie lost his meditative mood on the second day of his drive. On day two he woke from his motel, showered, ate breakfast and settled into the driver’s seat. Shortly after, as he rolled down the highway, he started to hear an odd squeaking noise. At first, he thought he was imagining the occasional soft mewing. By the end of the day he found it maddening. He ruled out engine issues after checking under the hood. He decided it had to be something in one of the boxes. The boxes, however, were too tightly and perfectly packed to unload and investigate. He’d have to just live with the unnerving noise.

Eddie finally arrived at Millie’s new house and began unpacking his truck. At the back of the moving truck, among a shelf of blankets, shone a pair of glowing yellow eyes. Eddie was startled to see the eyes.He was even more shocked when the cat to whom the eyes belonged jumped from the blankets and onto Eddie’s chest. Instinctively Eddie caught the cat and held him. This is the source of the three days’ noise!

He held the cat as he walked to the cab of his truck, not knowing where the cat came from or what he was going to do. He just sat and looked at the cat, as the cat stared back at him, purring. He poured water into his coffee cup and thought how hungry this cat must be. He made a short trip to the corner market for some kitty food. As he opened the truck door, Trixie jumped out and ran quickly behind the building. Eddie couldn’t see where the cat went.

Eddie returned to Millie’s house to be sure it was secured, knowing Millie wouldn’t be arriving for a few days. It was there that he spotted Trixie, sitting inside, in a sunny window! 

Eddie called the number that Millie had given him, for use in the event of an emergency. Millie was relieved to hear that Trixie had been found. Eddie left enough food and water for Trixie. Millie could now embark on her own trip to California knowing that her cat was safe “at home”.

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