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We’ve seen plenty of dramatic TV shows and movies that have dealt with protecting witnesses from danger. The Witness Security Program is government-funded and generally does what’s portrayed in the media. These people or families will get new identities, get transferred to new places, and receive some modest income while they begin their new life. Here are some interesting tidbits about the program that you didn’t know about, such as who generally enters it and the benefits they can receive.

First Names Generally Kept

To make things a little easier in transition, the Witness Security Program generally keeps first names the same while changing their last name. Quite often, their initials will be the same as they were prior to the change.

Can Abort Protection Anytime

Anybody inside the program can leave when they want, whether they don’t believe they’re in harm’s way or have broken specific rules. The program will generally push them into staying due to the work it takes to put them into it and for their own safety.

Most Are Criminals

Roughly 5 percent of people placed in witness protection aren’t criminals. Generally, the people that need protection are active people doing illegal activity that could be eliminated by others in the network.

Prisoners Also Receive It

Because so many criminals are in the program, some of them are unable to leave jail depending on the activity they’ve been doing. They’ll still receive some nice benefits in prison, including better meals, access to gadgets and the internet, and having an unlimited number of phone calls.

Some Commit More Crimes

It shouldn’t be a surprise that some of these criminals receiving help abuse the system. Some will go back into the illegal activity they were doing and some will run up serious debt. Generally, these people are asked to stop or demanded to pay back the money or else the authorities will give them up.

Most Take Advantage Of Benefits

Trials go on for a long time, and criminals are generally kept in witness protection throughout and extended time afterwards. This led to them taking advantage of benefits, such as trying to get their kids’ grades changed in school for the better, receiving free health insurance, and getting breast implants.


They Receive Half-Year Salary

On top of the benefits and housing, people that are old enough to work will receive an average income based on the place they live in. The program gives them six months to find a job before the free money goes away.

Also Available Locally

When referring to the Witness Protection Program, that’s involving the federal government. They aren’t able to protect everybody, meaning that some states have stepped in to cover local lower-level crimes.

Orientation Is Required

People and families aren’t just thrown into a new situation by the Witness Security Program. While they’re being protected, it will take weeks for their new identities to be processed and they will learn about their new surroundings and can also receive consultation.

Can’t Tell Truth About Their Past

During orientation, protected witnesses learn that they can never be open about their past to anyone they meet, including new people they marry. It’s for the protected people’s benefit, and the program will no longer guarantee their safety if they give it away.

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If you haven't heard of Puipui, you've been missing out. He's the most stylish bunny in the world, wearing outfits made by his beloved owner Mumitan. Not only does Mumitan hand-make all of Puipui's clothes, she's also his personal photographer!

Residing in Tokyo, the bunny has become a hit on social media and slowly becoming Instagram's latest infamous pet. His costumes range from Sherlock Holmes inspired top coats to asian traditional clothing. The bunny has become so popular, that he has been used in promotion for Australia's first bunny cafe.

If you're not already following the adorable guy on Instagram, you most likely will be by the end of this post. I mean, look at him.

* ぺろ〜ん👅 * * #tongueout #tongueouttuesday

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Exactly fifty years ago, four young, strapping Marines met each other for the first time in California. They were all there for the same reason: Just several weeks later, they'd be shipped off to Vietnam. While they were enjoying the California sunshine, they decided to snap a photo.

Anything could have happened next, but miraculously, all four of the Marines survived the war — not to mention the psychological toll the war took on each of them when it was over. Now, Dennis Puleo, Tom Hanks, Bob DeVenzia, and Bob Falk have reunited for one special weekend in California.

Naturally, they decided to recreate their 50-year-old photograph.

Next, 38 adults who hilariously recreated their childhood photos.

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If you live in the Tri-state area (or have plans to visit New York City any time soon), you're going to want to make time to visit the Bronx Zoo. There, an adorable otter pup has just made his way into the world, and his presence means much more than just another cute face.

The pup arrived almost simultaneously with a group of fruit bats, and both species are considered to be at critical risk of endangerment. In other words, their arrival is nothing but good news for wildlife and animal lovers. See the video of the precious otter pup discovering the world below.

Next, this cranky otter doesn't like mornings.

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Bronx Zoo

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One of the single most damaging misfortunes a marine animal can encounter is getting caught in a fisherman's net. Sadly, many animals perish before anyone has the chance to rescue them.

Luckily for this sea turtle, some good folks spotted him and helped him get back into the ocean.

Judging by the looks of things, there's no way that this big guy could get out of this mess himself. With a little bit of effort, he escaped entanglement safely. See how they did it in the video below.

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If there’s one thing that universally makes people feel stupid, it’s scribbling the day away on a dry-erase board with a permanent marker.

We’ve all been there. You’re studying with friends for that huge chemistry final, or you’re planning out the week ahead at work, and you suddenly realize that you just ruined your marker board with a Sharpie.

Or did you? As it turns out, there’s a simple solution for that pesky problem. Check it out in the video below!

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Who knew it was that easy? This would’ve been helpful back in college, but better late than never, I guess.

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When you think of animals with immense strength, honey bees probably don’t come to mind.

While walking by a brick wall one day, this man turned and saw a bee investigating a nail. Wondering why on Earth a honey bee, a creature that’s been around for centuries, would be so interested in a piece of hardware, he turned on his camera and started filming.

Perhaps one of its 170 odor receptors caught wind of the ultimate prize, or maybe its 200 wing beats per second tuckered it out and it needed a snooze. In any case, this little bug decided to show off its strength in a pretty baffling way.

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Someone should probably run and tell Dwayne Johnson that this little bee definitely smells what The Rock is cooking.

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Half the appeal of having a balcony with a great view is being able to enjoy it when it’s nice out.

But if you can’t afford outdoor furniture that fits your small space, what can you do? You definitely don’t want to waste your amazing view, right?

Well, just take a page from cr0fty‘s playbook! He took some wood pallets and made awesome balcony furniture with a few tools and a blowtorch.

After he collected wood pallets from around the neighborhood, he brought them up to his balcony.

Not a bad view, man.

First, he wanted a table. All he did was add two-by-fours to each side (for added height) and drill some legs on.

Quite a lovely little table.

Carefully, he experimented with blowtorching, giving the wood a more rustic look.

To make the seating, he cut some of the pallets in half to free up some space on the already cramped balcony.

Once he finished cutting, he laid out where the couch and table would be.

He even fashioned himself a nice chaise lounge on the end.

Since sitting on the wooden slats would be pretty uncomfortable, he purchased some cushions.

The finished product looks amazing.

Now he and his friends can enjoy the view from some sweet homemade furniture.

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If you’re looking for even more ways to use wood pallets, you should follow this link. They are pretty awesome DIY items and as cheap as can be!

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No matter how much they tease us, call us names, and tattle on our wrongdoings, the bond we share with our siblings will never break.

But if you think that special relationship can only be found between humans, you couldn’t be more wrong. Case in point, these sweet five-month-old orange and white tabbies.

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After an adopter took one sister out to meet her, she got back into the cage and started kneading her sis.

This gesture is typically what kittens do when they’re nursing from their mom. It’s clear that they didn’t want to be separated.

The Cumberland County Animal Control Shelter vowed to adopt them out together. They even sent them to the same foster home.

But this isn’t the first example of siblings in shelters clinging to the only thing they know and love…their brother or sister.

These two may not look alike, but they were there when no one else was. They were taken home together, thankfully.

It’s clear that all living things want is a little love and affection. When it comes down to it, no one wants to be alone.

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We’ve all heard horror stories about men wanting women to lose weight.

It’s reprehensible behavior and no one should have to deal with that sort of harassment. What’s rarer, however, is to come across a boyfriend who wishes that his girlfriend would gain weight. It’s just as controlling and problematic, but it’s fairly uncommon.

That, however, was the unfortunate case for Christina Carter, a 28-year-old who struggled with her weight and wanted to do something about it. When she talked to her boyfriend about plans to get gastric sleeve surgery, he was furious. When Carter started losing weight, he became extremely jealous, which of course led her to dump him.

Christina Carter weighed 275 pounds when she started her weight-loss journey. Her boyfriend didn’t approve, so she recognized that he was being controlling and broke up with him accordingly.

She underwent gastric sleeve surgery, which caused her to lose 50 pounds. With diet and exercise, she lost an additional 100 pounds!

She had a tummy tuck to rid herself of excess skin, and she’s now living the life she’s always wanted.

Not only did she dump extra weight, but she also dumped her awful boyfriend. Fitness success isn’t the only inspirational aspect of Carter’s story. The fact that she removed controlling negativity from her life is perhaps the most important part of all.

(via Uproxx)

Don’t let anyone dictate what you can and can’t do with your life. If you want to do something that will make you happier and help you reach your goals, do it. Leave anyone who doubts you or wants to hold you back in the dust.

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