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Travel Trend That Every Lady Should Try Out

When it comes to traveling around the world, most of us see it as a social activity. Something to do with a friend or a family member. And it makes sense. A lot of us would rather go traveling with someone; it feels safer, and we can find it easier to connect.

When you travel alone, you often worry that you spend your time traveling in isolation. However, many women are taking to the art of traveling on their own instead of traveling with others. So much so that it has become the go-to form of travel for many females the world over!

And you will know why if you have ever been on holiday with your friends or family. Everything from deciding what you want to do that day, to where you want to go, to what food (and what time) you’ll eat, can be a nightmare. It just becomes hard to do what you wanted to do. You are on holiday, so you should be in more or less complete control about the time that you spend doing things.

When that is not the case, it’s time to act and do something about it. what, though, should you do if you wish to make this the case? Easy: you should look to try and go for a trip on your own.

Start somewhere small, maybe. Don’t travel too far on your own until you know that you like it. You could set a local place in your own country – even your own region – and go there for the day. It would give you a chance to see if you like mingling with strangers, walking around on your own, doing your own thing. Some of us like the idea, but not so much the reality.

A growing trend in female travel

This is, though, one of the biggest trends in modern female travel. Many women are getting to enjoy just spending their time going around and seeing the world at a pace they can enjoy and rely upon.

They are never forced into doing things at a pace they feel uncomfortable with. They are also going to be able to enjoy having total control over what you do. If you want to go and see the sights, you can. Want to just sit on the beach instead of tourist traps? Now you can.

For many people, the appeal stems mostly from having nobody telling you what you can and cannot do for the evening. That is an excellent feeling and will often go a very long way to making sure you can enjoy the wider traveling experience.

There’s a reason why a lot of people just enjoy seeing the world on their own terms. If you want your days to be decided what you want to do, then you should look to try traveling alone. As we say, try going small and then slowly building it up: the results can be rather impressive!

When it comes to traveling around the world, most of us see it as a social activity. Something to do with a friend or a family member. And it makes...

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Elena Cornaro Piscopia: The First Woman to Receive a Ph.D

Elena Cornaro Piscopia The Philosopher:

Elena was born on June 4, 1646, in Venice.  She was a philosopher of noble birth and was often known as Helen Cornaro, an Italian philosopher and academic.  At the age of 7, she was considered a prodigy.

She was tutored in Latin and Greek and became a brilliant musician, mastering the harpsichord, the clavichord, harp, and violin.  At the age of 11, she took a vow of celibacy but never let on to anyone.  Later in her life, she became a Benedictine oblate, dedicating herself to God and God’s service.  She devoted 7 years of her life to charity and working with poor people.

In 1678, she was a Venetian philosopher who became the first woman to receive an academic degree and the first to receive a doctorate in Philosophy.  Elena was considered the most learned woman in Italy when she was only 19.  Sadly, on July 26, 1684, she tragically died at the very young age of 38 from tuberculosis.

As of June 4, the world celebrated her 373rd birthday!

About Her Google Doodle:

Her Google Doodle shows Elena reading with shelves of books behind her.  It seems the letters G, O, G, L, and E are placed on the shelves with the O on the back of her book cover.  This design is acknowledging her academic life.

What The Heck Is A Google Doodle?

You view Google Doodles every day on Google’s main page with artwork from so many different artists.  Originally, in 1998, their search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew the first stick figures behind the second “O”, sending a message they were away from the office for the Burning Man Festival and Google Doodles were born!

Since that time, Google has used Google Doodles to celebrate various moments and viewers have embraced them ever since. The first year included a Turkey for Thanksgiving and 2 Pumpkins using the “O”s for Halloween the following year.

Today, Google has a team of illustrators, graphic designers, animators, and other highly trained artists who help create what you see on different days.

New Years 2019, kicked off a great animation for New Year’s Eve and on February 5, 2019,  the Chinese New Years was celebrated with a hand animation that transformed into a pig (the year of the pig).

On March 21, Google Doodle used AI, for the first time, to pay tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.

I can’t possibly imagine Google’s home page without these wonderful, catching, and even comical Google Doodles!

Elena Cornaro Piscopia The Philosopher:

Elena was born on June 4, 1646, in Venice.  She was a philosopher of noble birth and was often known as...

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Nudes Lined Outside Of Facebook’s Headquarters In New York

Protesters gathered outside of Facebook’s Headquarters highlighting the injustice of gender inequality regarding the company’s nudity policies.

On this particular Sunday morning, from Astor Place, you would have gotten an eye-full as the sun slowly rose.  Approximately 125 people decided to pose naked outside the headquarters to challenge the company’s suppression of artistic nudity.

Participants covered their nipples with stickers of photographed male nipples which were provided by different celebrities including Andy Cohen, Andres Serrano, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Tunick, Adam Goldberg, and Mpagi Sepuya.

The group worked with the National Coalition Against Censorship to point out their rigid and old-fashioned gender inequality that exists within Facebook’s policies.  It’s deemed acceptable that men can go bare-chested but not women.

#WeTheNipple

Both Facebook and Instagram are on the same page regarding their policies. It seems their policies accept images of nipples when a woman is giving birth, breastfeeding, or revealing scars from a mastectomy.

Global policy management, Monika Bickert marked this up to safety and consent. She told Business Insider, that it’s very difficult to determine the age of a person or to determine their consent.  On top of that, even if it’s obvious the person gave their consent to a photo, did they give consent for the image to be shared?

The NCAC argued that various platforms such as Instagram, have global audiences so banning all photographs of nude human bodies is an outdated and old-fashioned position of shame and censorship.  There never seems to be a problem in artwork found in museums or art galleries, just on social media.

Tunick, the leader behind the Sunday Protest said the work he’s allowed to post is essentially different from the work he made.  He said every pixelated nipple only succeeds in sexualizing censored work.  He also added that censorship actually breaks his spirit.

That said, YouTube has allowed for artistic nudity for a long time after changing their policies more than 10 years ago which seems to have taken place after the NCAC and EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation ) stepped in.

Will Facebook and Instagram reverse their standing anytime soon?

NCAC sent a letter to Bicker requesting they change their stance to welcome and respect the arts.  Director Christopher Finan believes there are many solutions and suggested that individual users have the ability to create filters to screen or block images.

As of Monday, the NCAC said that the #WeTheNipple had been blocked on Instagram and over 500 images supporting the art have been removed.  A spokesperson for Facebook said they have been in touch with the NCAC and look forward to keeping an open dialogue with them and other groups for more details and information.

I guess, only time will tell if both sides of the aisle can come to a compromise.  Nudity is a difficult issue for all involved.  Artistic expression should always have a place while censorship in an effort to protect younger people should be heard as well.

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Children Have Water Fight With Vancouver Police for Charity

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

Being right on the Pacific Coast there are many boating enthusiasts around the Vancouver area and this special day brings out huge numbers of volunteers. Boat owners volunteer their time and boats to give these children that would normally not be able to enjoy boating due to financial, mobility or other challenges a day of pirate-themed fun in Vancouver.

On June 9, 2018, over 500 kids with special needs participated in the annual Boat for Hope fundraiser hosted by Variety – The Children’s Charity and outboard motor company Evinrude.

Brent who did most of the video recording this day had the opportunity to be involved as a “good“ pirate aboard his buddy GOLDTOOTH’s family yacht. Everyone boarded at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club near downtown Vancouver.

Goldtooth’s parents Harvey and Maggy have been involved with and donating the use of their boat for this incredible event for more than 20 years. Goldtooth aka Andy is also on the board of directors of the Boat for Hope. Goldtooth also makes appearances on television during the TV telethon which shows his great commitment to these kids year after year.

After getting all the kids and family on board, Goldtooth gave his boating safety speech and highlighted this was going to be FUN! “Protect my treasure“ he stated and the crew of pirates was given their ammunition of water guns and water buckets.

Brent and his wife Elsa made sure the pirate’s water guns were always full so they could fend off the bad pirates with their best efforts. Fending off the Vancouver Police Force, Coast Guard and Search & Rescue made for a great effort by the good pirates.

Boat for Hope had already raised over $40,000 this year at the time of the event, by holding fundraising events across the province. Boat for Hope not only creates an incredible and interactive experience for children with special needs but also raises funds to provide health care support directly to children throughout British Columbia.

Brent and Elsa mentioned, “ this day was so much fun, we surely hope to be back next year”. What an amazing and fun event for everyone, not just the kids!

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

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Stranded for 28 Days, EMT Keeps Hope Alive for Missing Dog

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can be utterly mind-numbing. However, for some of us, being stranded is so challenging due to the isolation from those that we love.

Take the story of one man who adopted a ‘therapy dog’ which pulled him out of a deep, lasting depression. On a camping trip, though, an incident took place that separated man from his best friend – 28 days later, the dog was still missing.

Justin Scott had a pretty impressive job, working as an EMT. Through that job, he became used to stepping up to the plate and save others. Such a job, though, takes an obvious toll on our well-being and our happiness. Sadly, Justin lost a very close friend when he was called in to try to save him.

Unable to snap out of the depression, he was introduced to a new friend: Shelby. He was brought in to help Justin try and find a bit of emotional peace.

Camping Trip Fright

On a camping trip together, everything was going good: lots of fun to be had. However, just as can happen when going on a camping trip, something went wrong that separated the inseparable duo.

Alongside his wife and his two children on a trip to the Sierra Mountains, a noise from the forest spooked poor Shelby. Freaked out, she made for the forest and vanished. As the hours turned into days, things looked bleak: but not for Justin.

Justin, after all, is an expert in surviving and getting through tough and challenging moments in life. He wasn’t about to give up on someone so important to him. Reaching out to A Way Home For Animals, a non-profit that helps with finding lost dogs, they began to work together to try and find poor Shelby.

Posters, interviews with locals and looking around the woods led to little information. However, they did find something interesting: camera footage that showed Shelby at camp!

By setting up a series of humane traps to capture Shelby safely, Shelby soon walked into one of the cages set up by AWHFA expert Babs Fry. 28 days later, the dog was finally home, reunited with her family and her beloved Justin. The shots of Justin emotionally hugging away with his dog, with his family visibly emotional alongside him, is one that will live us for a long time.

An expert in saving others, now our brave EMT can enjoy being saved by someone else for a change. Welcome back home, Shelby!

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can...

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Are Women Actually Higher Risk Takers Than Men?

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2 different ethnic groups in Yunnan Province in China.

Children from the Han community are brought up in a traditional patriarchal community while the Mosuo are the only matrilineal ethnic minority group that is raised with opposing normalities from the Han.

In Mosuo, the grandmothers are the head of the household with women making all decisions.  They are on a much higher level or equal to men.  Children are raised in their homes with their mothers, her brothers,  sisters, and their maternal granduncles, while fathers are excluded.

Studies have shown that when children mingle in school, they are exposed to someone else’s culture. At first, each group showed opposing gender norms.  Girls from Mosuo were greater risk-takers than the boys.  The longer Mosuo children mingled with Han students, the more Mosuo girls became reluctant in taking chances.  Over time, they fell behind boys in the same group by the age of 11.

Brave Girls!

Another study was conducted in Yongning Township involving four elementary schools consisting of grade one to grade five with 10 to 30 students in each class and each grade.  Mosuo students made up 40% of the group.  185 students were studied in 2015 and 167 in 2016.

Participants took part in a lottery to test their level of risk-taking.  In general, Han girls were more risk reluctant than the boys but Mosuo girls were less risk reluctant than the boys.  The study further showed that in the first grade, Mosuo girls were quite brave at taking risks over boys, but this changed as they started getting older.  However, this same pattern did not exist in the Han girls because the girls, through all levels of school, were more risk reluctant than Han boys.

The study suggests that becoming more risk reluctant at one given age is not due to their genetics.

The associate professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Economics, Elaine M. Liu, said that many studies will find women are more risk reluctant than men but this study shows that the gender gap in attitudes toward risks among children is influenced by culture and social environments and may not be an inherited trait.

While, in the beginning, children’s risk behaviors usually follow those of their parents, when they enter school, their behaviors seem to reflect that of their fellow classmates.  Therefore, their social environment seems to be an important factor for affecting children’s risk levels.

Exploring risk reluctance could provide valuable information about why men and women opt for different careers, and why women end up with a gender pay gap.

Professor Liu said the study was limited because researchers did not know if behavioral changes were permanent or if children would revert back to their parents’ normal state once they finished school and moved back to their villages.  That said, other studies did not address other behaviors that are associated with gender norms including competitiveness.

Professor Cordelia Fine at the University of Melbourn was not involved in these studies but believed the given studies should be regarded as provisional until replicated including age, grade, and peers.  She further said, the common assumption is the tasks tap into some kind of stable property of risk reluctance in some,  but research finds different tasks are supposed to be eliciting risk preferences which yield different results.

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2...

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Man “Leaves” the World a Better Place

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned from a near-wasteland to a tropical paradise.

A Teen’s Observation

At age 16, Jadav decided that he needed to plant a new tree every day along the coast of Majuli Island. His decision was based on a sad observation.

Jadav witnessed a group of snakes who had been killed after being swept along the Brahmaputra River. It wasn’t the journey that had killed the reptiles, it was the fact that they had no shade once they washed ashore. The snakes had died in the scorching sun. It didn’t take long for Payeng to realize that the snakes’ fate could easily be shared by humans on the island.  He vowed to plant a tree every day.

His accomplishment is amazing.  The coast is now home to a lush, thriving forest.

Tropical Paradise

A Payeng grew, he became a vegetable farmer with the same unwavering dedication to plant his trees daily.  His desire was to keep the island healthy and safe for everyone, and everything, on it. His dream soon became a lush forest.

His mission has never wavered during the past 40 years and his accomplishment spread farther than he dreamed.  China’s sandy landscape took root with seeds carried along the river.  Closer to home, Majuli’s forested area grew larger than Central Park.

Grateful Ecosystem

By the year 2000, Payeng’s Mulay Forest was home to many of Majuli Island’s native species, including Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and the snakes that were behind the entire project.

Paying continues to plant his trees in the forest, unconcerned with his safety now that the wildlife has claimed the forest as their own.  He claims he never feels threatened because the forest is his biggest home, and he still wakes early every day to visit his forest.

Majuli’s native islanders have reaped the benefits of Payeng’s lofty vision.  Because of his forest, the inner island has been kept safe from floods.  The forest provides herbs and foods to feed the island’s population. And through it all, the Mulay Forest is a beautiful reminder of how even one man can make a difference in his own world.

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned...

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Man Saves Life By Watching The Office

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to save the day when he saw a driver slam herself on her car’s steering wheel. The 21-year-old rushed over to the car, then broke the car’s window in order to get the woman out. This woman was on the verge of losing her life, as her lips were already turning blue.

Stain’ Alive

And with no pre-knowledge in first aid, Cross remembered one episode in The Office where Michael Scott administered CPR to a dummy with Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive playing in the background. According to various sources, at 103-beats per minute, the number one song from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is assumed to be the correct tempo for carrying out chest compressions.

After about a minute, Cross’s lessons from The Office made a huge impact, the woman began to breathe again, after which she threw up and was taken to the hospital where she regained her health.

Cross explained too, that he was still unaware of the correct way to administer CPR, but the lessons from the show helped him maintain the right tempo.

In Cross’s very words: “I still have no idea how to do CPR – all The Office gave me was a song tempo to go to.” In spite of Cross’s inexperience with first aid, and according to paramedics, there is a great chance that the woman – Claire as identified by local media – would have been in a rather hopeless situation if Cross didn’t step in.

Cross went on to give a shout out to two other women who did their bit in saving Claire’s life by calling 911.

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to...

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80-Year Old Orphan Finds Her 103-Year Old Mom

Eileen grew up in an orphanage, Kirwan House, in Dublin and had first started searching for her family when she was 19-years-of-age.  Last year, she was on the radio show Liveline with Joe Duffy to ask for help.

She told Duffy she was very sad that she had been on this planet for so long and still did not have so much as one relative.

She was approached by a genealogist to try and help her find her relatives.  Eileen eventually tracked down her family!  She, once again, contacted the show to let Duffy and his listening audience hear about her incredible journey.

Eileen said that she believes she is the oldest orphan in Ireland.  She was born in the Bethany Home and moved to Kirwan House when she was 2-years old.

She was given someone else’s birth certificate when she turned 16 and kept that identity for 60 years.  She didn’t know that her certificate and the family was not hers until she had a DNA run.

The Pain Of Not Knowing

When talking about her mum, she was shocked to discover that she was alive and all she wanted to do was meet her.  She knew absolutely nothing about her background or had absolutely no medical history.

She couldn’t believe that doctors were constantly asking her question after question why she didn’t know this or that?  She was very upset and at one point just said “Because I’m an orphan.  I know nothing, absolutely nothing”.

The 81-year-old woman is married to her husband Ronald and has 3 children but she always wanted to find her birth family.

She could not fully understand being so alone.  Many people would ask her why she would bother with this search.  She would simply respond that she didn’t know what they meant. She said if you put yourself in my shoes and know you are on your own.

The worst thing about being alone, many different things would set her off.  She’d think if she only had a brother or a sister and then realize that it’s something inside herself because she had no blood relatives.  Well, now she does!

She has finally spoken to her birth mother over the phone and is planning to meet her very soon.  She will have to wait a bit because she cannot fly over water until after her operation.

Her mother is now 103-years-old and will turn 104 shortly. It was difficult talking to her over the phone because she could not hear Eileen.

She is across the water from her mum but she has 2 cousins who have come to help her out since they found out that she found out who her natural mother is and where she lives.

She told everyone, she wanted to go to the highest mountain and scream at the top of her lungs “I am not an orphan anymore!

We all wish her the greatest success when she can finally meet up with her mum after all these many, many years.  May she find closure knowing she is no longer an orphan but like others, she has a family.

We hope they will both find great joy and realize they now have their own small family.  Hopefully, she will keep everyone posted on her incredible journey and share her joy!  Good Luck, Eileen!

Eileen grew up in an orphanage, Kirwan House, in Dublin and had first started searching for her family when she was 19-years-of-age.  Last year, she was on the radio show Liveline with Joe Duffy to ask for help.
She told Duffy she was very sad that she had...

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Watch: Bus Driver Finds Baby All Alone

Here’s quite a shocking video from Milwaukee. A toddler is seen walking barefoot on a street in winter. The hero was Milwaukee County Transit System employee, bus driver Irena Ivic, and the baby girl belonged to a local resident.

“I couldn’t believe that somebody left the child on the street,” an outraged Ms. Ivic was quoted.

The father said the child’s mother had brought her to a nearby church, but possibly forgot her for reasons having to do with mental illness. Luckily for the little girl’s parents, the police have decided not to file charges. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, and prayers for the little girl that she makes it through childhood in good health.

This video has gone viral on major channels, and it sends chills down the spine for many reasons. Not only can we not imagine our own baby wandering free and unsupervised through a major city, but Milwaukee is one of those northern cities that’s freezing cold in December.

You can see all the adults are bundled up. Babies don’t understand. She seemed OK for the first few minutes, but you can be sure if the heroic Ms. Ivic had not deviated from her paid obligation and gone above and beyond the call of duty, the outcome would have been too tragic to contemplate.

In the video, we first see the baby girl, not even one year old, half-running on a sidewalk on an overpass bridge. It’s hard to tell if she is distraught, but if the father’s remarks bear any weight, then perhaps the child is looking for her mother.

Stop The Traffic!

Ms. Ivic sees the toddler and makes an unscheduled stop after a red light at an intersection. Ms. Ivic exits and runs across the street, holding her hand out to stop oncoming traffic. She picks up the child without hesitation, bringing her back to the bus. The bus is warm, and the baby suddenly shows complete ease in the arms of Irena Ivic.

Ms. Ivic says “I’m shaking,” and then another Good Samaritan passenger approaches from the passenger area, and provides her jacket for the incredibly underdressed baby. The baby is wearing a light onesie, no hat or gloves, and is barefoot!

The fire department sends an EMT to the scene, where the baby is taken, and eventually reunited with her father. Even more incredibly is that a quick thinking citizen was able to capture the entire even on his cell phone camera!

Milwaukee officials and Ms. Ivic’s peers referred to her actions as “humanity at its best”. We have to agree, and applaud Ms. Ivic and everyone who drop whatever they are doing to help a distressed citizen in need, no matter how small.

Ms. Ivic is a Serbian immigrant who came to America with the Golden Rule, saying if she ever found herself in a similar situation, she will always help. We can certainly use more people like Irena Ivic, no matter where they come from.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a one off situation in Milwaukee, where nine missing children have been recovered by MCTS drivers in the last few years.

Here’s quite a shocking video from Milwaukee. A toddler is seen walking barefoot on a street in winter. The hero was Milwaukee County Transit System employee, bus driver Irena Ivic, and the baby girl belonged to a local resident.
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DNA Technology Brings Family Together After 52 Years

For those who grow up without full knowledge of who their parents are, the wait can be anguishing. You will often find many kernels of truth and half-truth along the way. This does make it hard to work out how close you are to finding out the truth: and it also makes it increasingly easy to find out you have been wrong.

The search can go on for years – sometimes decades. For Karen Leslie, though, the reunion with her daughter would take a whopping 52 years!

Karen was just 21 at the time when she met her husband, Dick when they fell pregnant with their daughter in 1967. Kicked out of her home for getting pregnant in this manner, she was unable to have the child due to affordability and thus made the gut-wrenching decision to have the child and then give her away to an adoption agency.

The hope was that she would one day see her again: and now, she can say that she has.

KGTV, a news outlet based in San Diego, ran a report on the meeting recently. They found that the Ancestry DNA program had connected Dicks’ daughters from a previous marriage to a woman who went by the name of Erin Chatterton. Chatterton was identified as a ‘sibling’ thanks to the service, so the investigation got underway.

When Dick reached out to his daughters, Lisa and Lori, he asked Lisa if she knew who this could be – no information was forthcoming, though. Two stepbrothers did exist from marriage with Karen later on in life, but these were not the siblings. Speaking to KGTV, Lori said that “Erin didn’t want anything from anybody,” and that “All she wanted was to found out who her parents were.”

The Investigation Continues

Agreeing to take the DNA test herself, Karen then found the answer she had been hoping for all of her life: Erin was indeed her long-lost daughter. They spent some time texting back and forth, planning to meet up in person at San Diego Airport. Karen said of the opportunity: “Everything is for a reason, and this is the reason and the right time,”

For Erin, the story was equally heartfelt, who was heard saying: “We’ve never met, how do you love someone you’ve never met? You can love someone you never met, she gave me life.”

It’s a truly special story, but one that we imagine is not too unique at the moment. Tools such as Ancestry have brought together many households since it became so popular. Now, you could find it much easier to locate someone who you never knew existed in your family tree: just be warned, as some families are finding out more information than they had bargained for!

For those who grow up without full knowledge of who their parents are, the wait can be anguishing. You will often find many kernels of truth and half-truth along the way. This does make it hard to work out how close you are to finding out the truth: and it...

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Hope: Bambi Changes Homeless Man’s Life

After reading a story like this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we all started making it a practice to pick through the trash for treasures. Apparently, you never know what you can find – and how much it’s worth! But the good luck of one Canadian homeless man is actually quite heart-warming.

Just Worth $20

Adam Gillian isn’t your average homeless man. In order to pay for food, he makes a practice of dumpster diving for valuable things to sell to Curiosity Inc., an antique store where he resides in Edmonton, Canada. In his search one day, he came across a picture of a scene from the Bambi movie.

Just to see if it was worth anything, he brought it to Alexander Archbold, the owner of Curiosity Inc. Alexander bought it from him for $20, and Adam was happy enough with the profit.

Worth More Than $20

However, Adam had no idea the value of what he had found – and neither did Archbold, at first! The picture turned out to be an original drawing from the Bambi movie, an extremely rare find.

It was so rare that the value of the picture was over $3,000! Now, Archbold could have kept all of this to himself, but instead, he began a search for Adam Gillian to give him the $1,700.35 – the total after fees – that he owed him.

Why So Sympathetic?

Going above and beyond to find success in his search, Archbold finally found Adam after making a YouTube video to record his hunt. Archbold shared the exciting news with Adam over lunch.

However, Archbold wasn’t finished yet. The antique store owner had himself experience homelessness at a young age and felt that he needed to do more to help Adam get off the streets. In a great act of kindness, Archbold began a GoFundMe page for this unique homeless man, spurred by their unique story.

After reading a story like this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we all started making it a practice to pick through the trash for treasures. Apparently, you never know what you can find – and how much it’s worth! But the good luck of one Canadian...

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Hero Groom Ditches Wedding To Fight Fire

When your big wedding day comes around, it’s only natural that you want to enjoy yourself. With so much stress – and so much investment – on the build-up, just enjoying your big day is the goal. However, for some people, the work never stops.

You might find that you spend way too much of your wedding policing guests and asking people – as politely as you can – to stop messing up everything.

Frustrating? You bet. For one groom, though, it’s a little different. When you choose to marry someone who is in a job as impressive as being a firefighter, you are agreeing to certain concessions.

So, when one groom decided to bail on the wedding that he’d spent so long planning, there was a natural shock. When you find out why he chose to do so, however, it becomes a little easier to accept.

Running away with someone else? unforgivable. Too drunk on the stag do and forget to turn up? Disgraceful. Gong away to fight a fire? Yeah … hard to argue against.

Jeremy Bourasa was to marry the love of his life, Krista, in their September 1st wedding in Minnesota. However, despite some problems on the run-up to the wedding, they managed to get everything prepared and properly.

Even though stuff like wedding venues letting them down, they managed to secure their venue at a place Jeremy loves: the St. Paul Park Fire Station.

They were worried a fire call might come in during the wedding but were told that others would deal with it. Despite doing everything they could to keep the wedding moving forward and with everything going to plan, a major call came in during the wedding photos.

A Major Incident

Sadly, the fire was totally out of control: they needed more brave firefighters to contain it. Krista could see he was desperate to help, not to let his friends and comrades down. So, she said: “I just looked over at Jeremy and I could just see it in his eyes. He felt so torn. And I said, ‘Go ahead and go, babe. They need you.’

“I’ve got the rest of my life with him. They needed him for that moment.” She said when speaking to KARE11.

It’s a truly amazing video, and shows his commitment to being a hero for his community.

As the couple had endured major familial tragedy due to fire, which had claimed the life of their nephew two years prior, it was plain to see that Jeremy was not willing to let anyone else suffer without trying his hardest to stop it.

Job done – and what a job. Well done to both of them – Jeremy and Krista, we salute you and wish the happiest of marriages together!

When your big wedding day comes around, it’s only natural that you want to enjoy yourself. With so much stress – and so much investment – on the build-up, just enjoying your big day is the goal. However, for some people, the work never stops.

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Can You Beat These Christmas Guinness Book Records?

It is a few days until Christmas. So many people are looking forward to the big day. While some people have fun wining and dining, others are making history. If you are interested in taking up the challenge, continue reading to know some outstanding Christmas achievements that have made it into the Guinness Book of Records.

Artificial Christmas tree with the highest number of dazzling lights

This record has been held by Universal Studios in Japan for many years. The scene is at the theme park in Osaka; the impressive display has always made headlines since 2011. We have seen the lights on the artificial Christmas tree increase from 260,498 to 580,806 lights which was the record for this year. The team’s effort has been fully recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. Would you like to take up this challenge?

Longest wish list ever written to Santa

In Beijing, a scroll was created in 2017 it featured over 124,969 Christmas wishes to Santa. This is the longest wish list ever presented in the world. The occasion happened at the Santa Village, Mohe, Heilongjiang, China.

Fastest time to dress in a Santa costume

This wonderful record is held by a German named Andre Ortolf. He was able to wear a scarlet Christmas suit as Santa in 30.94 seconds. This amazing feat was done in September this year.

Largest tuba ensemble

During a rendition of ‘Silent Night’ at the Thirteen Christmas Carols and Hymns, the team broke a record and formed a large tuba ensemble in 6 minutes 34 seconds only with a whopping 835 participants. This record was set by the Kansas City Symphony in the United States.

Largest cup of hot chocolate

One of the favorite drinks to have at Christmas is hot cocoa. It helps to keep your insides warm. So a team of Mexicans made a huge cup of hot chocolate, it was about 4,816.6 liters. This happened on 6 January at Three Kings Day event. The ceremony is done to mark the day three wise men visited Jesus at the manger. The team behind this wonderful achievement are from the Municipo de Uruapa.

Largest chestnut roaster

Somebody had to do it. Roasting chestnuts is one of the fun activities at Christmas. The largest chestnut roaster measures 10.48 m in length, 6.23 m –diameter, and it weighs 650 kg. This huge chestnut roaster can process 1,100 kg of chestnuts at the same time. It was created by the Comune of Roccamonfina and Associazione Verde Collina in Italy.

Fastest time all the chocolates from an advent calendar were eaten

There are twenty-four chocolates on the advent calendar. In December 2017, Kevin Strahle AKA the LA Beast made history by eating them all in 1 minute 27.84 seconds. To do this, Kevin had to open the doors following the numerical pattern which means he opened the doors according to the traditional countdown to Christmas. If you have been given an advent calendar this Christmas, you can give it a try.

Fastest marathon wearing lederhosen

Running in knee-length lederhosen can be quite difficult. But one man was ready to break the records, and it was a marathon. David Smith, a Briton was able to finish 55th while participating in a marathon wearing his lederhosen. The marathon lasted for 3 hours and 33 minutes. This event happened on 3 December 2017.

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Power of Internet: Reddit Helps Police Solve Mystery

One of the worst things that could happen to you is to be attacked by another human being. The sheer physical damage is one thing; if you survive, the mental scars can last for a lifetime. Personally, this happened to me when I was quite young – and while I escaped relatively unharmed, to this day the mental scars are pretty real.

For Susan Rainwater, though, the incident was far more damaging – and much harder to solve.

I knew who attacked me – but with a hit and run car assault, it’s so hard to catch the perpetrator, even with CCTV and the like. However, much denigrated online forum Reddit was the key solution to helping solve the horrible hit and run that took place on Rainwater, 63.

She was out on her bike, riding around Eatonville, Washington, when she was struck by a car. The car had veered from the road and slammed into her, before speeding off, leaving her worse for wear and very much in a bad place. Sadly, Susan died from the injuries suffered.

The cops found a piece of the car, and shared a photo of it on Twitter – before finding its way over to Reddit. Naturally, given the horrible nature of the story, numerous car experts went to work on Reddit to try and find out what had gone down here.

Users teamed up together and, eventually, were able to determine that the piece of the car came from a 1980s Chevy truck. In the following days, local cops got a tip-off about a 1986 Chevy K-10 truck – it was clearly damaged, including the headlight.

Shortly after, 37-year-old Jeremy Simon was taken in for questioning, who admitted that he hit Rainwater with the car – and also had some illegal drugs in his possession.

A Good Deed

While many people might find that Reddit is a place for people of dubious repute to congregate, that’s not the case at all. Like any form of platform online, there’s parts of it that most would do well to avoid. Reddit, though, is loaded with all manner of different experts, interesting people and useful information – now, it can add ‘solving crimes’ to the list of things Reddit has helped achieve.

Some might still decry the play as a den of evil, but it’s nothing of the sort. Thanks to the studious work of the Reddit detectives, justice was delivered.

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