Category: Viral

Most parents can’t imagine their children crying alongside a highway, lost and confused.

Then again, most children would never be in that situation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for one precious five-year-old girl whose mother opened her car door and shoved the little girl out onto the sidewalk with some of her belongings and drove off. Crazily enough, this woman also has a one-year-old baby who was in the back seat the whole time.

At 8:30 p.m., the woman left the little girl on the sidewalk at an intersection in San Francisco. Fortunately, an ambulance just so happened to be driving by and witnessed the incident. They said the girl did not appear to be physically injured.

People at the location, which is near the San Francisco Zoo, informed police that prior to the girl’s abandonment, they saw the woman throwing items and a man on a skateboard fleeing.

The man has been identified as the father of the one-year-old, and he has cooperated with police to help them find the mother. She’s now in police custody.

Learn more about this confusing and troubling story from this news segment about the abandonment.

(via CBS SF Bay Area)

This story is so unsettling. I hope these children are placed with someone who can care for them properly and that this woman is held responsible for her despicable actions.

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We all remember as a child going to some pretty outrageous extremes to force a loose tooth out all for the sake of making a few bucks from the Tooth Fairy.

And while most kids resort to the tried and true method of attaching a string to the tooth and slamming a door shut, one father and son in China gave that approach a twist.

The man and his son can be seen tying the other end of a strand of string to the foot of their pet parrot, Xiang Xiang. While Dad grabs his camera to start recording, the bird begins to take flight to help its human friend make his way to payday. In just a matter of seconds, the tooth can be seen dangling from the string!

From the short clip, it seems like the entire tooth extraction was painless for everyone involved!

(via Daily Mail)

This parrot certainly gave the boy a reason to smile! Share this video if you or someone you know would be crazy enough to try it at home.

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Chances are that if you’re the parent of any small children or pre-teens, your house has already gone fidget spinner crazy.

These addictive toys are marketed as a means for relieving stress, but any parent or teacher can tell you that they’re more of a distraction than anything else. Some schools have even gone as far as banning the spinning toys from their classrooms, and perhaps rightfully so. But as your kids search the web to learn the newest spinner tricks, one dad is showing off how these toys can make everyday tasks, including washing the car, that much more enjoyable.

David Freiheit and his girls were out giving the family car a scrub when Dad decided to show off a unique trick by creating something beautiful using a hose and a fidget spinner.

To prove that nothing out of the ordinary was happening, he first sprays a stream of water above the car.

But when he adds the fidget spinner to the mix, the girls are wowed by a colorful surprise!

(via Daily Mail)

What a great way to kick off Pride month! To find more of Freiheit’s fidget spinner tricks and other rambunctious antics, check out his YouTube channel. And be sure to share this story with other spinner-obsessed families so they can try out this awesome trick for themselves!

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One of the worst feelings in the world is being dumped, let alone dumped right before a wedding.

Khristella Joseph was devastated when she found out that her fiance was cheating on her, and he added salt to the wound by telling her that he never loved her and thought their whole relationship was “a big joke.” She obviously wanted nothing to do with the items she’d gathered for her wedding, but when she tried to return her wedding dress, the store wouldn’t take it. She also attempted to sell the $200 dress to another bride-to-be online with no luck.

That’s when she decided to do the most badass thing to get rid of this terrible memory.

First, she pulls out the lighter fluid, and then…good riddance!

Khristella has been through so much, and I hope this act of defiance gives her closure on a terrible situation. Share this if you would do the same thing if you found out your relationship was a sham.

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When someone gets sick, their religious friends often offer to pray for them as they recover.

While many people believe in the power of prayer, they usually also acknowledge the need for doctors and modern medicine. After all, God gave us doctors to help us get through these difficult times, right? Not so in the minds of “faith healers,” or people who believe that faith alone should be able to heal any ailment.

While adults are free to do and believe whatever they want, faith healing can become illegal when parents deny their children appropriate medical care under the guise of faith. This is abuse, and it’s resulted in multiple deaths.

Sarah and Travis Mitchell belong to Followers of Christ Church, where they are firm believers in faith healing. Sarah’s sister Shannon and her husband were sentenced to six years in prison after their infant son died in 2009.

And more recently, Sarah herself gave birth to twin girls in her home. The infants were seven weeks premature, and due to complications, one of them died shortly after birth. The other needed medical attention, but they did not call 9-1-1.

The Mitchells have been arrested and charged with murder and criminal mistreatment. Their surviving daughter is now getting medical attention. Learn more about the heartbreaking case below.

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This is absolutely awful. Hopefully the surviving infant finds a loving home where she will be cared for appropriately. Share this if you hope these parents receive the harshest sentence possible for their crimes.

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At an early age, I was encouraged to see everyone as simply human, regardless of age, race, orientation or disability. Our uniqueness is what makes us special and our humanity is what brings us all together.

And as a substitute teacher, some of my best days are spent working in the special education classrooms. Seeing kids overcome adversity and find unique ways to thrive is so fulfilling. For that reason, the video below absolutely breaks my heart.

In the Germantown area of Philadelphia, a disabled man was minding his own business when a group of teens ganged up on him. One then sucker punched him in the face. In a state of complete shock, he fell backwards and stumbled away only to be struck once again. Their abuse and laughter are so cruel.

The man in the video, later identified by co-worker Gerald Andrews by his first name, Mark, is described as someone who’s always in good spirits. Andrews was interviewed following the attack, saying, “He keeps that smile on his face. He wants to talk sports. He’s a good guy. It’s heartbreaking.”

After going viral, the video was able to help police identify and arrest four teens associated with the brutal attack. They were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. The teen attackers are also being linked to another violent incident at a nearby school.

(via Daily Mail and CBS Philly)

It makes me sick to see anyone being brutalized because they’re different. Share this video if you think the teens’ actions are inexcusable.

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When Natasha Durling from Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, noticed that her son, Oliver, wasn’t feeling well last month, she assumed it was probably some kind of gastrointestinal virus.

The poor little boy had a high fever, sore muscles, red eyes, and was weak from vomiting repeatedly. But when Oliver’s condition didn’t improve and got even worse, Natasha was convinced that something was seriously wrong with him. If she hadn’t trusted her intuition despite doctors disagreeing with her, Oliver might not still be alive today. Now she’s sharing his story to encourage other parents to always listen to their guts when it comes to their children.

Between Thursday, May 18, and Sunday, May 22, Natasha says that Oliver’s symptoms worsened to the point that she called 8-1-1, a Canadian phone number for non-urgent health services. They told her to make a doctor’s appointment if his fever lasted more than five days.

The next day, he wasn’t eating or drinking anything at all, and his eyes were bloodshot. Natasha took him to the hospital, where he was put in quarantine for a possible case of the measles. However, the doctor who examined him said it wasn’t measles and likely just a virus, as Oliver was up to date on all his vaccinations, including two measles shots. They were sent home.

By Tuesday, he was in so much pain that he couldn’t even get out of bed and said he felt like he was dying. Nastasha says he was “covered from head to toe in the worst rash I have ever seen, his fever (with Tylenol and benadryl) was past 40°C and his lips were so swollen that they were cracked and bleeding.” She took him to a different hospital where she was told the same thing.

At that point, she’d had enough and refused to leave. She demanded to see a pediatrician, who finally decided to run a measles test to be safe.

After the dehydrated little boy got some much-needed IV fluids, he was able to get up and use the restroom so the nurse could get a urine sample. But as he was relieving himself, something horrifying happened. “As he’s peeing, he starts to panic yelling that he can’t see and that he’s blind, then gets right stiff, shakes and drops in my arms,” Natasha said.

After this, the doctor determined that he had Kawasaki disease, a rare childhood condition that causes inflammation in the walls of some blood vessels. With blood transfusions and treatment, his rash was gone the next day and he was feeling a lot better, but it didn’t end there.

The urine results showed that Oliver actually did test positive for the measles. By Friday, it was confirmed that he was suffering from both conditions, which is extremely rare. “Ollie is the ONLY know case of contracting measles while having all his up to date immunizations, and Kawasaki disease at the same time,” Natasha said.

With the proper treatment, Oliver is no longer contagious and is doing much better now. But even though his vaccinations didn’t stop him from contracting measles, Natasha says that they’re the reason he’s still alive because they lessened the severity of the disease and gave his body a chance to fight the Kawasaki disease.

Though it was a frightening and horrific experience for Natasha and Oliver, she’s sharing it with other parents in the hopes that it will save lives. “Trust your gut moms and dads. Fight for your kids if something doesn’t seem right! We know our kids, so don’t take no for an answer. And for the love of God, vaccinate your kids! Measles was supposed to be a dead disease.”

(via MommyPage)

Oliver’s very lucky to have such a great mom who isn’t afraid to fight for him, because this could have ended so tragically otherwise. You can help her with his medical costs by donating here, and please share their story with other parents to encourage them to always trust their instincts when it comes to their kids!

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Author Sherry Johnson was just 11 years old when she forcibly became a wife and mother. The father of her child was a 20-year-old member of her church who’d raped her.

When she was a little girl, Johnson and her family attended a conservative Pentecostal church in Florida, and says she was sexually assaulted by both a minister and a parishioner, one of whom impregnated her. But when a rape investigation was launched by child welfare officials, her parents made the horrifying choice to end the investigation by forcing their 11-year-old daughter to marry her rapist. “It was a terrible life,” Johnson said. Now as an adult, she’s speaking out and fighting to stop child marriages in the U.S.

At 11 years old, Johnson didn’t even fully understand the concept of marriage. “My mom asked me if I wanted to get married, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what is marriage, how do I act like a wife?’” she said. “She said, ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to get married.’”

Though a government clerk in Tampa refused to marry the little girl, the family went to a Pinellas County clerk instead, who issued a marriage license. Unfortunately, Florida did not have a minimum marriage age back then and still doesn’t now, but Johnson hopes to change that with her story.

Before her marriage eventually dissolved, she and her husband had nine children together. Johnson missed school, struggled to pay expenses, and had no help from him in raising their kids. She says he even abandoned all of them from time to time. Not having any means to support herself, she was helpless to leave. “You can’t get a job, you can’t get a car, you can’t get a license, you can’t sign a lease,” she said, “so why allow someone to marry when they’re still so young?”

Florida is one of 27 states that allows children of any age to be married with their parents’ permission. Though the book Johnson wrote about her story, “Forgiving the Unforgivable,” inspired Florida state Representative Cynthia Stafford to sponsor a bill outlawing child marriage in the state, it failed to pass. Similar bills in New Hampshire and New Jersey have also been shot down by lawmakers, who claim they would violate cultural and religious traditions.

(via MommyPage and The New York Times)

If children under the age of 18 aren’t considered old or mature enough to make their own decisions, then they certainly aren’t ready to enter a marriage, let alone with somebody who raped them. Share if you believe that child marriage should end everywhere, including the U.S.

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Prior to the events of 9/11, many of us had never heard the phrase “terrorist attack” used in everyday conversation.

But as the political climate of the world has changed over the past 16 years, so has our concept of safety. With the recent attacks in Manchester, London, and Kabul, fear of going about our day-to-day lives is ever-present. At this point, it feels like leaving home is a risk. Fittingly, as a crowd of sports fans in Turin heard a suspicious boom during the final game of the Champions League, their instinct was to panic.

Fans had gathered in the Piazza San Carlo to watch the soccer final on giant screens when they heard a loud noise that they assumed was a bomb in light of recent events. In a matter of seconds, the crowd became a stampede filled with terrified fans racing for their lives. People could be heard screaming in fear as they pushed and shoved their way to safety. As it turned out, however, the noise had come from firecrackers.

One seven-year-old boy was left in critical condition after he was trampled.


More than 1,000 people were injured. It’s so tragic that this is where life is now. Fear is so ingrained that we’re always on high alert.

(via Daily Mail)

This is a heartbreaking testament to what terror has done to us, but my only hope is that we can continue rising above hatred and violence.

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On May 22, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb following singer Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

In what was the deadliest attack in the U.K. since the July 2005 London bombings, 23 adults and children, including Abedi, were killed and 119 were injured. The youngest victim was just eight years old. Families of the victims as well as Grande herself were heartbroken and devastated in the wake of the senseless terrorist attack.

On June 4, the One Love Manchester benefit concert was held at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, during which artists including Grande, Katy Perry, Coldplay, and Niall Horan performed for free to raise money for the Manchester Emergency Fund set up to help the victims and their families.

Though concert goers had every reason to be overwhelmed with sadness, many, including this security guard, danced to show their love for One Love Manchester.

In this sweet and adorable video, a policeman was recorded dancing in a circle with a group of young children.

The concert ended up being a huge success, raising millions for the fund. To close, Grande sang a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Watch her powerful performance below.

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Our hearts go out to all the victims and the families who lost their loved ones in the Manchester attack and in the more recent attack in London. You can donate to the Manchester Emergency Fund here, and please share to honor the people who lost their lives.

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