Category: Viral

Back in October, people became outraged after watching a viral video of a mom in Liverpool, England. The 31-year-old unnamed woman could be seen dragging her son across the pavement in public with what looks like a leash.

Some who viewed the footage called her a monster and an animal, saying that what she did was a clear case of child abuse. However, she wants others to know that there are two sides to every story and that people are judging her “before they know the situation.” That’s why she’s firing back and adamantly stating she isn’t a bad mom.

In an interview with Echo, the single mom explained that her four-year-old has severe autism. “He has meltdowns and throws himself on the floor,” she said. “What I am doing in that video is the only way I can move him. He does it all the time and won’t get up or let me pick him up.”

“People are making me out to be a bad mom — I am not a bad mom. They should ask before they judge me,” she added. “People don’t understand how hard it is having an autistic child, especially when they are so strong. He has attacked me before and knocked me off my feet, but he doesn’t know he is hurting me.”

Despite the widespread outrage, she added that only two women — to whom she explained her son’s condition — approached her that day. The rest of the passersby watched and said nothing, including those who recorded. As of October 26, Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.

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Step-parents get a bad rap, but the truth is that most of them care about their step-kids so much.

It’s a hard position to be in, to walk into an already set family dynamic. And sometimes new step-kids act out because changes of this magnitude are hard for anyone to deal with. The benefits that can come from a relationship between these new family members can last a lifetime, though.

Just ask Joel, whose wife told his moving story to Love What Matters.

She writes:

Dave came into my husband, Joel’s, life when he was around 10 years old. Dave married Joel’s mom, who had five sons. That is a pretty admirable undertaking! Through his teen years, Joel gave his mom and step dad quite a bit of trouble and tested Dave at every opportunity. Through it all, Dave remained there for his family—leading by his loving, strong, and wise example. When Joel became an adult, his relationship with Dave grew stronger—to the point where Joel asked Dave to be his Best Man at our wedding in 1997. When Joel and I started our family, Dave became ‘Papa’ and has been a phenomenal grandpa to our four kids. Dave was never able to have biological children of his own, but has been the most amazing husband and father for 30 years now. Joel had been wanting to ask Dave to adopt him for a long time; and we thought that Dave’s 60th Birthday would be the perfect opportunity to ask him. Joel plans to legally change his name to Joel Oliver Skaggs Glenn, so that his name reflects both family lines. It was such a beautiful moment! We are blessed to have such a wonderful family.

The entire heartwarming moment was caught on video, and you are definitely going to need a tissue.

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That’s what family is all about. Congratulations to these guys on making this adoption official!

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It may be the caffeinated fuel that gets most of us through every single work day, but this coffee conundrum has left numerous Twitter users scratching their heads.

Twitter user @_herbeautyxo posted a coffee brainteaser in which a jug of Joe is poured into a system of pipes leading to four separate coffee cups. Each pipe leads to a different numbered cup, but which coffee cup will fill up first?

You might want to grab a second mug of the stuff before jumping into this brainteaser.

Some people thought the answer was a no-brainer, but boy were they wrong.

While others thought this puzzle was nothing more than a trick question.

A few people tried to look at the problem with a bit of logic.

While others took a total (double) shot in the dark.

But before long, one responder gave the correct answer after noticing one important design flaw that others had overlooked.

Based on the highlighted diagram, it becomes abundantly clear that cup five is the only possible answer. The other three pipe systems are blocked off, unable to allow the flow of coffee to reach their coffee cups.

(via IFL Science)

If I’m being totally honest, I thought the answer was cup number four until I continued scrolling through the comments and was let in on the secret. How did you do? Did you guess correctly on the first try, or should you have brewed another pot before taking a crack at it?

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People have some pretty strong feelings about when the Christmas season starts.

For me, I’m pretty much decking the halls the second the stroke hits midnight on Halloween, but lots of people think we should wait until after Thanksgiving. Apparently our pets have the same sorts of opinions on Christmas decorations.

At least, Michael the French Bulldog does. His momma went out for just an hour and a half, but when she came back she found out just how big of a Grinch Michael is.

Watch as Michael gets a scolding and tries to look away from what he’s done. Guilty dogs are too much.

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What do you think? Does this pupper have the right idea? Do you have a pet who loves tearing down your decorations? Let us know in the comments!

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Police brutality has been in the news more and more lately as we see incidents arise across the country.

In 2014, Leon Ford was pulled over for running a red light by a police officer. What should have been a routine traffic stop that resulted in a ticket ended instead with Ford being shot five times, leaving him severely injured and unable to walk.

With physical therapy, Ford hopes one day to walk again, and he’s found encouragement in the tiniest package.

Ford’s son is now 4 years old, and he pushes his father to walk every day, inspiring everyone around them. Learn more about this story of survival below.

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We believe in you, Leon! He’s got an incredible support system, and hopefully walking again can help him regain some of what he lost in this horrific incident.

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One of the most amazing things about being a child is learning new things about the world around you every single day.

We don’t often remember these moments, but there’s always a “first time” you become aware of something you had no idea existed before. For kids, meeting new animals can be especially exciting. One baby boy in Canada named Jackson had his first ever encounter with a bunny recently, and boy was he excited.

Jackson is totally awestruck by the new fluffy creature, and the excitement is palpable. Aww!

It’s so great that his parents are teaching him how to be gentle with animals early. I wonder which animal he’ll meet next?

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This do-it-yourself project was the culmination of a total accident that led one crafter to repurpose some extra junk lying around his garage.

Imgur user Kai028 was in a terrible accident that left his old motorcycle completely totaled back in 2014. Left with nothing but damaged spare parts, he knew he wasn’t going to make any money selling the salvageable metal to his motorcyclist friends. Having been known to dabble in woodworking and metal work, the man set out to incorporate the scraps into an epic lamp/stand combo that would house his phone and smartwatch while they were charging.

Keep scrolling to see how this DIY dude was able to create something practical for his home.

Sorting through his pile of spare parts, our designer had the idea to create a charging station for his phone and smartwatch, which would also function as a working lamp.

In addition to his motorcycle scraps, Kai028 stopped by his local home improvement store for some lighting and electric equipment as well as some plumbing supplies.

Knowing that he needed a strong base for his master creation, he started off by cutting some cedar wood down to size.

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Thousands of people flock to the U.S. and Canada each year to take in the sights at one of the largest tourist attractions on the East Coast: Niagara Falls.

But while most people come to escape their normal lives for a day full of selfies, souvenirs, and lots and lots of water, others have a much darker reason for visiting the falls.

Each year, 20-25 people make the decision to take their lives at the falls. While some people survive the 202-foot drop to the bottom, this man did not. With hundreds of tourists armed with their cameras filming the entire incident, a man can be seen jumping over the protective railing, plummeting to his death.

I can’t even imagine traveling to the falls for a day of fun and relaxation, and instead, recording a man ending his life. Beware the video you’re about to see is incredibly graphic and is not for everyone.


(via Niagara Falls Reporter)

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or has attempted to commit suicide, please consider calling the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. One phone call might just save a life.

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Doctors treat our bodies when we’re ill, and working in a hospital can be stressful.

All day long, doctors spend time around patients and worried family members who don’t know what to do while their loved one is being treated. For small children, this experience can be particularly painful and full of worry.

That’s what happened when 4-year-old Krystlynn and 8-year-old Winter accompanied their 7-year-old sister, Autumn, to Wolfson Children’s Hospital to be treated for strep. When one doctor saw how worried they were, he decided to do something awesome.

Pediatrician Dr. Chima Matthew decided to lighten the mood by throwing a dance party. This is totally adorable!

Facebook / Wolfson Children’s Hospital

He really went above and beyond to make those kids happy. What an amazing doctor!

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Most zoos take great care of their animals in an effort to aid conservation.

There are of course examples of places where the size of the pens is insufficient, and in the wake of documentaries like “Blackfish,” more and more of these locations are being shut down.

Even at zoos where animals are well cared for, there’s always the chance of escape. For one hippo in Israel, an open gate was the chance of a lifetime to taste freedom. But what she decided to do in the end shows there’s no place like home.

She takes a low-speed jog outside, but watch until the end to find out what she does next!


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I guess comfort really is paramount for this adorable hippo. I’m glad she found her way back home safely!

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