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The Biggest Baby Name Trends of 2019

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It may only be a month into the New Year, but there are have already been thousands of babies born. Just on New Year’s Day alone 395,000 new ones were born, according to the United Nations. All these new babies need a name, and while some parents may have names picked out for years before conceiving, others’ names are becoming a bit more trendsetting.

BabyCenter says that new parents are looking to pop culture to inspire their children’s names and looking at everything from nature to celebrities, fashion and the South.

It turns out that some parents are looking toward the southern states for their baby name inspiration. Tennessee seems to be one of the most popular names, with it increasing 31% for boys and 21% for girls. Parents are also choosing popular cities in the state to look for their names. Memphis is on the rise, as well as Nash, which many think is short for Nashville. Raleigh and Georgia are also increasing. The biggest state, Texas, is not forgotten. Dallas, Antonio, and Austin are also increasing in popularity.

Charlotte and Savannah have been popular names for a while, but they are now also names that are inspired from southern states. Charlotte, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia help with that inspiration.

In addition to places from the south, parents are getting inspiration from footwear. Van, coming from Vans, along with Chuck and Taylor from the popular Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, are rising in popularity. In addition to these names, there are names inspired by Nike shoes including Jordan, Monarch, Cortez, and Max. The Adidas inspired names, such as Falcon, Smith, and Stan, are also increasing on the popularity lists.

Celebrities are also playing a huge role in trends. Not only for naming their children after some of these unique names, but their names are also becoming popular. Chrissy, after Chrissy Teigen, is up 27% and John Legend, her husband, is also up, boosting the name John 9%.

Video games are always a huge source of inspiration for parents that are looking for unique names. New games are constantly coming out, which gives parents new names to choose from. Some of the top ones include Corvo or Noctis from Dishonoured and Final Fantasy.

It may not just be the name that is unique, but also the spelling of the name. Parents are using some different vowel combinations in order to have the name stand out. Many spellings of popular girls names are ending with a double “e” sound, such as Harmonii. Other vowel combinations that are increasing in popularity include “iy” and “ae.” Names with Ws in them are also becoming popular. These names include Harlow, Arrow, Willow, Winslow, and other unconventional options, such as Crew. Names with a “w” may be getting a moment, but “x” is still the most popular letter. Names such as Max and Xavier have been popular for a while, but now parents are getting even more creative with names such as Onyx or combining two other names and making one new name, such as Maxtin and Daxtin. If there is a way to put an “x” in the name, parents want to find a way. Sometimes one “x” isn’t enough and spellings such as Jaxxon are increasing.

As the trend heads more toward unisex names for girls and people are accepting of more masculine names for girls, boy names are getting an even more masculine feel. Names such as Danger, Titan, Striker, and Chaos are being used.

Naming a baby is a highly personal experience and couples may have names they like that they just don’t feel fit the child once it’s born. Some of these names are definitely unique though.

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Hilarious Antics of Pets Realizing They Were Tricked to Going to the Vet

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By looking at their faces, we can infer that our pets have the same feelings about going to the vet just like little kids are going to visit the dentist. So it might require some sort of trickery and cleverness to take them for a check-up. Here are some hilarious pets’ reactions when realized that they are going go to vet.

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Police Have 45-Minute Standoff With A Tiger Before Discovering It’s Just A Toy

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Police have a very difficult job that at times takes a toll on their perception and their ability to judge situations. That being said, sometimes what might seem like the worst situation possible is actually no where near as scary as you might imagine.

Just such a case happened in Scotland when police received a call that a wild tiger was loose on someone’s property in February of 2018. The call was about what was perceived to be a wild tiger on the grounds of a farm in the Hatton area that was not restrained or caged. The police took the call from the farm owner himself who claimed he had spotted a real tiger on his farm.

It is not every day that you get a call about a wild animal being loose on someone’s property, especially a tiger that could easily kill a person in a matter of seconds. The officers took the time to strategize and figure out how to get the tiger contained without hurting it. They dispatched officers to the farm to take care of the issue and to handle the tiger and before they knew it, they were in a heated and intense standoff with the beast.

They arrived quickly to find the flustered homeowner that was ready for the animal to be removed from his property. The police ended up in a standoff for about 45 minutes before someone noticed something fishy about the ferocious beast. Upon further inspection, it was found that the full size tiger they thought they were fighting, was actually just a stuffed animal that was life size and made to be very realistic.

Though officers felt silly following the call, it was for the best that the animal was not real as it would likely have been killed if it had been. It is not often that this type of animal is loose with the general public, not even in cases where zoos are nearby for the simple fact that they are secured to make sure that they do not escape.

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In this case, everything worked out for the best but there have been numerous other cases where an animal escapes or is set free by its owner only to wreak havoc and to scare the living daylights out of everyone that sees them. In most cases, animals that are wild that do escape from captivity are humanely euthanized to prevent them from hurting anyone that is part of the general public.

Officers that were involved in the standoff may have felt silly but in the end it was best for beast and humans alike that the animal turned out to be stuffed. No word on what it was doing on the farm or how it got there but I’m sure the farm owner is happy as well that the ferocious beast turned out to be nothing more than an oversized children’s toy that posed no threat.

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Elderly Strangers Fall in Love During Flight, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!

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We owe it to ourselves to travel the world. After all, you will never know what’s out there waiting for you unless you go to look. Just a few weeks ago, an airline ticket agent experienced the wonders of travel firsthand. Under the username @vvuxian, Twitter users were regaled by a heartwarming story of love found in the air between two elderly strangers. @vvuxian shared the entire story on Twitter through a series of tweets that culminated in what we can only describe as a true Hollywood ending — only in real life!

The story starts with @vvuxian working at an airline counter, just like any other day. As an airline ticket employee, @vvuxian was ready to assist customers as they came to her desk with questions regarding their flight. An elderly lady in her 70s approached @vvuxian with a seemingly strange request. The unnamed woman, who had just arrived on a flight from Canada, was seemingly looking for a stranger. The elderly woman asked @vvuxian if anyone arriving from Spain had been looking for her because the two were supposed to be meeting up. As an airline employee, @vvuxian knew that she couldn’t share private information about other passengers.

The elderly woman accepted the rules laid out by @vvuxian, albeit looking sad in the process. Curious to find out what happened, @vvuxian asked for more information. The woman explained that she had met a stranger on her flight from Canada and that the two had fallen in love during their 11-hour flight. Unfortunately, they had to separate on connecting flights from Spain, but they had made a deal to meet up with one another when they reached their final destination. Unfortunately, the stranger had never shown up. What once looked like a Hollywood romance was quickly turning into a sad tale of reality. Was there nothing that could be done?

Unfortunately, @vvuxian knew that she couldn’t help the woman, but she wished her well all the same. After the woman explained that she couldn’t reach the stranger by telephone, all seemed to be lost. @vvuxian took down the passenger’s phone number and promised to call her if anybody showed up. The woman left the ticket counter and @vvuxian probably assumed that this was the end of the story. We all know that this wasn’t the case.

An hour later, during her lunch break, @vvuxian heard a co-worker talking to another elderly woman. The stranger at the counter was explaining that she was supposed to meet a friend but that she couldn’t get ahold of her. The woman explained that she had met a stranger on a flight but that they had been separated during their connecting flights. This was her! This was the second lost lover! According to @vvuxian, she basically threw her sandwich in order to run to the front desk. Our heroic airline ticket agent quizzed the new stranger with questions, asking her if she had just come from Spain and was she looking for a certain person? The stranger nods and nods again. This was it!

Deciding to risk it all, @vvuxian calls the phone number that had been left by the earlier visitor. Within minutes the second woman appears at the counter, basically at a sprint! The two collapse into a loving embrace before showering @vvuxian in the thanks. Happy just to have helped, @vvuxian wishes them well while nearly tearing up from happiness herself. A little while later the two elderly lovers return with a thank-you gift, a collection of delicious chocolates. Now, who says that real life can’t be like the movies?

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Rescued Pit Bull Bursts With Joy At Surprise Birthday Party!

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Ivy is a female Pit Bull who was rescued by her owner, Justin Hall. Once on a timeline for being euthanized, Hall made sure to rescue her adorable face from a local shelter. At the time, Ivy was just four years old. Ivy had been abandoned by a breeder who went out of business. Her story got even sadder when she was adopted by someone who was mean to her. Eventually, Ivy ended up in a shelter where her days were to be numbered, at least until Hall came around.

After adopting Ivy, Hall made it his goal to make his newfound pup as happy as possible on her birthday. It was clear that Ivy absolutely loved playtime and even clearer that she loved tennis balls. So, Hall decided to start one of the most adorable traditions of all time. Every single year on her birthday, Hall would by his pit bull a pack of tennis balls. Hall says that he would ‘make it rain’ tennis balls for her because she always freaked out from joy. Hall is a 32-year-old graphic art professional from Orlando, FL. He made the decision to adopt Ivy after realizing what a bind she was in. After all, even in shelters, most adoptees tend to avoid older dogs. Everyone wants to adopt a puppy which can make it hard for senior dogs to find a loving home. That wasn’t a problem for Hall because, according to him, it was love at first sight. 

Four years after adopting Ivy, Hall knew that it was time to blow the mind of his sweet little girl. After getting her a pack or two of tennis balls for her birthday every year, Hall decided to kick things up a notch. Instead of just buying her a pack of tennis balls, Hall decided to buy 500 tennis balls. His goal was to fill the room with Ivy’s favorite toy so that she could have the birthday party she never knew that she had wanted. Hall ordered the shipment of tennis balls off of eBay before getting an adorable birthday hat for his dog. Hall filled up his living room with the tennis balls and Ivy went absolutely crazy with joy. Ivy was a bundle fo excitement as she tried to play with every single tennis ball at the same time. It was clear that she loved her birthday party.

Pit bulls have garnered something of a bad reputation due to evil owners who have used the breed for fighting. As a result, people like Hall are instrumental in turning around the public’s perception of the lovely breed.  Hall is quick to proclaim that Ivy is one of the nicest, most loving dogs that he’s ever known. He points out that she loves other dogs, children, and even his own cat. In fact, Hall brings Ivy pretty much everywhere he goes. On Hall’s Instagram account, lurkers can watch as Hall brings Ivy with him to hike, go cycling, and even go out on the water for canoeing! Ivy particularly loves taking in the air from her pet trailer that is attached to Hall’s bike. Hall laughs as he explains that people often think that he is carrying a child with him in the trailer. He does admit that some people are scared of Ivy due to her breed. Fortunately, it only takes a moment for Ivy to warm up to strangers and before you know it, the 8-year-old pit bull is handing out big, sloppy kisses. Hall is proud of Ivy and the sweet puppy she has become in her older age.

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Dog Aids Rescuers in Finding Owner

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Washington State Police say that a barking dog led them to the dog’s owner who had fallen and died during a hike. A 64-year-old man was reported missing by his wife when he did not come home after he was supposed to go on a hike. The woman said that he didn’t leave a note about where he was going, but he often went hiking with the dog. During the 911 call, the woman reported her husband and the family dog, Daisy, missing. Authorities started searching near Evans Creek. This is where the wife told police that her husband had been researching online about geocaching in that region.

A search began at sunrise in the Alder Lake area after authorities pinged the man’s cell phone and found his last location. However, authorities didn’t find the vehicle of the missing man until that afternoon at 4:45 p.m. An hour after finding the car, the newest member of the team that had been searching heard the sound of a barking dog. In the car, authorities also found a list of geocache locations. They were able to use the maps to search nearby locations, but ultimately it was the barking dog that helped with the case. It’s unclear from the statement if the maps did help them get closer to Daisy. The rescuer then walked in the direction of the sound of the dog for about 30 minutes. The rescuer spotted a dog that had the same description as Daisy. Daisy was on a steep embankment above the Marshall River. Due to the terrain, it took the search and rescue team another 30 minutes through the brush to get to Daisy’s location. When he found the dog, the rescuer also found the missing man’s body. The rescuers used a rope system to bring him down the steep hillside so he could be carried to the vehicle. Animal Control was also on the scene in order to return Daisy back home.

The man, who hasn’t yet been identified, is believed to have fallen while on a hike in the woods. During his fall, he likely sustained fatal injuries. In a statement, authorities said it a tough search with a sad end. The end of the search wouldn’t have been possible without Daisy. Without the barking, authorities would never have been able to find the man, especially given the steep terrain and heavy brush in the area. The local police department praised the efforts of the volunteers and deputies to find the missing man and dog and return to the family.

While this story doesn’t have a particularly happy ending, there are plenty of stories where dogs have been able to save their owners. Dogs really are man’s best friend and they do have a magical sense of knowing when owners are in danger. They are loyal just like Daisy was and will stay with their owners until the very end. Even though Daisy wasn’t able to save her owner, she still proved she was a loyal companion and ultimately did help in making sure he came back home.

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