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'Handsome' gorilla stealing women's hearts in Japan

© Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

A gorilla who grew up in an Australian zoo is stealing the hearts of women in Japan.

Shabani the gorilla, who now lives in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, has attracted a large following of admirers who visit him because he is so 'handsome'.

CNN reported that about 100 admirers constantly surround the primate's exhibit, shouting and call his name whenever he comes out.

The hunky gorilla's rise to fame took off after mugshots of the 18-year-old animal began going viral on Twitter.

The western lowland gorilla was raised at Sydney's Taronga Zoo but moved to Japan in 2007.

Sorry ladies. He's taken. According to zoo officials, Shabani has two wives, Ai and Nene. They also said he's an excellent father to his children, Kiyomasi and Annie.

Black Cat 2

How to get work done in spite of your cat assistants

Cats can be a bit of a distraction, so on here are some tips to help you through take your cat to work day!

The video gives you all the tips you need to have a productive work day with your cat. If you do it right, both you and your cat can have an enjoyable day without getting in each other's way.


Little candle in the wind: One dying orphan's talent for loving life

© Screenshot from YouTube video by detdomdubna
Children are talented. It is an axiom. Some of the children in the orphanages we help are great in music, others win sports competitions. Letting the talent develop is one of the priorities for the teachers of the orphanages we are friends with.

In the rehabilitation center for children in difficult situations in Gvardeyskoye village, in the Tula Region, children live only temporarily, but the staff always stays in touch with them to see how they are doing and help when necessary.

One of the boys who was in the care of the center was diagnosed with cancer, and it was a terminal case. Misha knew he was going to die. But his talent for loving life and telling beautiful stories outlived him. When in the hospice, Misha wrote "Tale of Little Moon Ray" - a story of loving life and bringing light and hope.


Maintenance worker accidentally destroys sculpture at outdoor art show


An image of the work installed for the Sculpture Mile event, before its removal.
There are some people who will tell you that most contemporary art is "garbage," but it's not everyday that it's literally mistaken for trash.

But somehow, a wood and tile sculpture by New York-based artist Jim Osman, valued at $10,000, was removed from a public art show in Madison, Connecticut this week by a local maintenance worker, who tore it apart and threw it in the garbage.

The piece was installed as part of the shoreline town's Sculpture Mile exhibition, which is organized by the Hollycroft Foundation, a non-profit that supports artists and art exhibitions.

The worker, who remains anonymous, believed the sculpture was trash left behind by local skateboarders and used a hammer to dismantle the structure.

"He didn't think it was art," foundation president William Bendig told the Associated Press. "All he had to do was call us and we would have moved it."

Osman spent a month creating the piece—a contoured bench lined with green artificial turf that was inspired by the designs of French architect Le Corbusier and meant to be climbed on by passersby. Osman has previously exhibited at the Lesley Heller Gallery on the Lower East Side, and teaches Fine Art at Parsons.


The sun has not exploded!

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Screen shot taken of the OnlineAthens website early Monday morning by Twitter user @accidentalcio., the website of the Athens Banner-Herald, was the victim of an online miscue early Monday when an unauthorized updated news item atop the site announced "the sun just exploded." The item was taken off the site and the Banner-Herald is investigating.

"We're currently trying to determine what happened to ensure it doesn't happen again," said Joel Kight, Director of Digital of the Athens Banner-Herald.

The erroneous message on OnlineAthens, which is being shared across social media this morning read,
"This is the emergency broadcast system. Please ignore this message as always. BTW, the sun just exploded, and we're all about to die."
"And to our knowledge, the sun has not exploded," Kight said.

Life Preserver

Watching those cat videos is actually good for you!

A new study finds watching cute cat videos may actually be good for you.

Indiana University researchers discovered the Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to Grumpy Cat, does more than simply entertain; it boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings.

Assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods.

"Some people may think watching online cat videos isn't a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it's one of the most popular uses of the Internet today," Myrick said.

"If we want to better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on society, then researchers can't ignore Internet cats anymore.


Edward R. Murrow reporting from London: No idea who's dropping the bombs

London has been suffering bombs and incendiaries now for over a year. CNN finally published a newsreel of the shelling in London, but put a crawling text across it saying "Uncertain the source of the bombardments." NPR sent Corey Flintoff to London, who confirmed that London was under the bombs, but could not tell us who was dropping them. Later he telephoned from Kiev, and spoke with a woman in London who didn't know where the bombardment was coming from either.

Amnesty International said over the weekend that both British and German forces have been responsible for war crimes, and also accused Britain of "fuelling" the crimes.

As for the continuing blasts, it was unclear who had opened fire, though the explosions happened well inside territory controlled by British army and its home forces. "Over the last 24 hours, there was also shelling - the shelling of a cultural center in London. We condemn that shelling that cost at least six lives, and we express our condolences to the families of the victims. It's, again, too early to determine responsibility for the shelling, but we call for a full and transparent investigation." said Cordell Hull's spokeswoman.

Comment: History repeats. And to judge the past from present propaganda, surely the Londoners were shelling themselves... After all, that's what they are doing in Donbass, right?

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Raccoon realizes it is not a rock or log

© Richard Jones
Raccoon stands on top of gator.
Ocala, Florida —A Palatka man said he snapped a picture of a raccoon on top of an alligator in the Ocala National Forest Sunday morning.

Richard Jones said he and his family were walking along the Oaklawaha River watching alligators when his son walked through some palm fronds to get a good picture.

Jones said his son must have startled the raccoon, which stumbled toward the water and hopped on top of the gator that was nearby. Jones was able to quickly take the unique photo before the raccoon scurried back on land.

"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."


Postal worker sends touching reply to young boy's letter to his pet in doggie heaven

A boy who wrote letters to his dog in heaven for months got a special surprise when he received a touching reply in the mail from his beloved pet.

Since their dog, Moe, passed away in April, May Westbrook and her 3-year-old son, Luke, began writing messages addressed to their cherished pet and "sending" them to him from their Norfolk, Virginia, home.

"Because you can't fool a three-year-old, we take the letter to our mailbox," Westbrook said, adding that they address the letters to "Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1."

Normally, Westbrook said she retrieves the letters from the mail later in the day so that her son thinks that they've been delivered. Two weeks ago, however, she was late to collect their latest note and found that it was no longer in the mailbox. "I assumed the post office would throw it away—or that someone might even laugh at it, or us," she wrote in a blog.

On Wednesday morning, Westbrook was stunned to discover a response letter from "Moe" in their mailbox.