21 Dogs Who Have Absolutely No Idea How To…Well, Dog

2 days ago

Some pups are practically professionals at fetching, playing tug-of-war, cuddling, and just all-around being good dogs. Then there are those…special pooches who just missed the memo — or, perhaps the whole intro course on how to act according to the dog rule book.

That doesn’t mean we love them any less — in fact, we might just love them more for their quirky ways!

1. Take this guy who has zero clue how to drink water.

2. This genius who can’t decide if he wants on or off the couch.

3. This little guy tried to fetch…a little too hard.

4. This pup has the whole fetch thing down, but the execution is all wrong.

5. Then there’s this dog who doesn’t care about your stupid Frisbee.

6. This pup who thinks playtime involves rocking horses.

7. This dog is too far gone.

8. This dog totally forgot about his species’ love for tennis balls.

9. And this dog just doesn’t understand that stairs aren’t for sleeping on.

10. At least he’s not like this one who just doesn’t do stairs, period.

11. What about this dog who doesn’t understand couches? Not. One. Bit.

12. Or this dog who is betraying his entire species.

13. And this one forgot that cats and dogs just don’t get along.

14. Then there’s this pup who forgot how to be a lap dog.

15. Or this little guy who doesn’t know how to enjoy a car ride.

16. This one forgot that heads go out the window…not through the headrest.

17. This dog who can’t dog door.

18. And this pooch completely forgot that belly rubs are best enjoyed lying down.

19. Then there’s this pup who defies all conventions by never wanting to go for a walk.

20. This one got outside but forgot how to walk.

21. This pup has no clue that he’s supposed to hate baths.

Maybe all these dogs were just assembled wrong? That might explain a thing or two…

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Everyone Freezes In Denny’s When Dick Van Dyke Busts Out’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

6 days ago

Dick Van Dyke is one of the all time Hollywood greats that brings back some heavy nostalgic moments for many. A very recognizable performer whose face will suddenly appear on an old TV program and a flood of memories from his past performances instantly surface.

One of those iconic performances is Bert the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins. And another is the role of Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

So what happens when this icon decides to go into a local Dennys and then proceeds to serenade the customers with a song? Such was the case in Santa Monica, California as Van Dyke had some breakfast at the Dennys and then proceeded to enthrall the customers with a performance they will never forget!

You may have fond memories of seeing this Hollywood legend in the classic Mary Poppins, playing the charming chimney sweep named Bert.

His funny faces and unique accent was certainly something no one would ever forget after watching his performance in Mary Poppins.

Another of his stand out performances was in the 1968 film called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

So one weekend Van Dyke pops into the Santa Monica Dennys, has some breakfast, and along with his a cappella group Vantastix, he suddenly busts out a very nostalgic, yet upbeat version of the theme song to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

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What an amazing time for both the customers and Van Dyke who was clearly enjoying himself.

Check out this wonderful Dennys performance and share with all your friends and family!

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The accidental chairperson who became a true human of the people

16 days ago

An iconic photo: President Harry Truman holds up a transcript of the Chicago Daily Tribune declaring his defeat to Thomas Dewey in the presidential election. St. Louis, MIssouri: November, 1948.
Image: Underwood Repositories/ Getty Images

Editor’s note: This is the 33 rd entry in the writer’s project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents in the year prior to Election Day 2016. Follow Marcus’ progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and the 44 in 52 Spreadsheet .

In my kickoff post for this project, I listed several reasons why I decided to do this project. But there’s one more I didn’t mention: the existence of legendary historian David McCullough’s expansive and wonderful Truman .

Truman was published in 1992 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1993. But I remember it more as one of the most enforcing books in my family’s modest Alabama home. Nearly 1,000 pages long, with the tall white letters spelling out “TRUMAN, ” it intrigued and intimidated me. I never touched it.

Then-Vice President Harry Truman( left) with then-President Franklin Roosevelt in 1945.

Image: UIG via Getty Images

So when I got to Truman , the first thing I did was email my mothers to ask how they came to own it. It’s not that I’m surprised: though many of the books lining the shelves in their home( still the same one, all these year later) are fiction, there are plenty of history books, too.

But there aren’t any other presidential biographies, at least that I can recollect. That attained Truman something of an outlier.

My mother told me it was a gift for my father but that she, a World War II buff, wanted to dive into it too: “I was interested in reading about his firing of Douglas McArthur and his decision to fell both of the atom bombs.”

Then my papa exposed this, about the grandpa who died before I was born 😛 TAGEND

Your grandad Gilmer disliked Truman for 20 years, which always surprised me since he was such a staunch FDR Democrat. He said that it was because Truman had “fired” Douglas MacArthur, and the Army in WW2 practically worshiped MacArthur as a demigod…

But in the late 1960 ‘s, I get him to read a chapter in one of the Truman biographies I had read which dealt specifically with the issues and events that led to that. After he read that, my father changed his mind.

So it’s a family affair now.

McCullough’s Truman is one of the best biographies I’ve read in the project, if not one of the best presidential biographies ever. It’s a detailed but warm and balanced analyse that doesn’t read like its length.

What builds Truman fascinating is his authentic , no-bullshit position. Most chairpeople seem to have some sort of veneer mean for the public face of the office. Not this guy. He seemed to be 100% Truman all the time, regardless of circumstance. It’s easy to insure why my father, born at the tail end of his government, was drawn to him.

On the one hand, that attained him a president “of the people” in a manner not watched since Andrew Jackson. On the other, it also made him prone to saying things in public that could have utilized a bit of polish.( Sound familiar ?)

He was also one of the few presidents who constructed no qualms about his belonging to a political machine the Democratic machine in Kansas City, something that would haunt him through his presidency.

Stubborn and unyielding, Truman wasn’t without his silliness, especially labor and economic policies in his first term. But he was also the man that managed the Berlin Airlift and oversaw the creation of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

These were huge wins in foreign affairs, an area where few contemporaries thought Truman capable of maneuvering.

In McCullough’s presentation, I was struck by how down-to-earth Truman really is. In a year when two presidential candidates are combating to connect with the average American one battling issues of trust and aloofness, the other using ugly rhetoric to tap a vein of rage Truman’s don’t-give-a-damn posture was unbelievably authentic. There’s no underlying strategy at play.

What you assured with Truman was what you got.

It’s what enabled Truman, along with an extensive whistlestop develop tour of the country, to pull out the greatest upset in presidential elections, edging out Republican Thomas Dewey. Few in the press believed it possible result, of course, to the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline considered above.

Truman never regained his popularity, though. That was partly because of ongoing labor disagreements( more steel and coal strikes ), but largely because of the Korean War and Truman’s handling of it.

In parallel, the Cold War emerged which, in turn, spurred McCarthyism and the trial of Alger Hiss, which featured a future chairman, Richard Nixon, in a lead role.

Truman’s administration, like any other, also wasn’t without its scandals. There was bribery in the IRS, and there was Truman’s highly unpresidential response to a music critic who savaged a performance by his daughter, Margaret, a singer.

Stepping into FDR’s shoes, to continue his run not only at home but abroad, was an impossible undertaking. Truman’s occasionally abrasive nature didn’t win many fans though his verbal gaffe remind me more of, say, Joe Biden than anyone more nefarious.

While Truman left office with low approving ratings, he’s become more popular in hindsight, he’s become more popular thanks, in part, to this biography.

In an era of spin and image consultants, it’s refreshing to read about a human who shunned all of that, for better or worse.

Days to read Washington: 16
Days to read Adams: 11
Days to read Jefferson: 10
Days to read Madison: 13
Days to read Monroe: 6
Days to read J. Q. Adams: 10
Days to read Jackson: 11
Days to read Van Buren: 9
Days to read Harrison: 6
Days to read Tyler: 3
Days to read Polk: 8
Days to read Taylor: 8
Days to read Fillmore: 14
Days to read Pierce: 1
Days to read Buchanan: 1
Days to read Lincoln: 12
Days to read Johnson: 8
Days to read Grant: 27
Days to read Hayes: 1
Days to read Garfield: 3
Days to read Arthur: 17
Days to hear Cleveland: 3
Days to read Harrison: 4
Days to read McKinley: 5
* Days to read T. Roosevelt: 15
* Days to read Taft: 13
* Days to read Wilson: 10
* Days to read Harding: 3
* Days to read Coolidge: 7
* Days to read Hoover: 9
* Days to read FDR: 11
* Days to read Truman: 14

Days behind schedule: 18

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Woman Serenades An Elephant To Sleep With A Sweet Lullaby

21 days ago

If you think lullabies are only effective for getting little ones to drift off to dreamland, believe again! Turns out they run wonders on gentle giants, too.

In this heartwarming video, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand, embracings and sings to an elephant that has taken a specific penchant to her. Though Faa Mai is massive compared to the petite female, she loves nothing more than nap hour snuggles and the soothing voice of Lek. It’s a bond so magical you have to see it to believe it.

The peaceful look on that gentle elephant’s face might just be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Every elephant deserve to be just as happy and loved.

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Watching This Dog’s Patience While A Lizard Crawls On His Face Is Hilarious

27 days ago

Adorable seven-year-old bulldog Yun Ja has inspired me to be a calmer, more patient person.

How did a silly bulldog attain me want to change my styles? Well, it’s pretty simple, you consider. When a green lizard hopped onto the short pup’s back unexpectedly, he didn’t freak out, running around trying to buck the reptile off his back( like many of us likely would have ).

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No, instead, he sat there patiently waiting for the little guy to hop off and get on his merry route.

He does try to lick him off, but even those gestures are adorably gentle.

This is basically what I would have done had this happened to me.

So yeah, let’s all only learnt to be a bit more chill, channeling Yun Ja.

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A CEO Fell Asleep At Work, So His Employees Got Sweet, Sweet Revenge

1 month, 12 days ago

If you’re the CEO of a photo-editing company, you should know better than to fall asleep on the job, because your employees could easily use that technology against you.

When Zeev Farbman, CEO of Enlight, was caught snoring on the couch, his employees took hilarious advantage of the situation. After all, they spend their days perfecting editing software that people can use at the touch of a button. It was only a matter of time until it came back to bite him.

1. It started off so innocently.

2. But then this happened.

3. After that, he hung out with Jesus for a little while.

4. And it only got weirder from there.

5. This isn’t safe.

6. I mean, who doesn’t want to be seen as a work of art, am I right?

7. They were nice enough to let him chill with America’s favorite family.

8. THIS. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen.

9. He looks a little too sleepy to be granting wishes.

10. He finally helped Leo out. What a guy!

11. Whatever you say, Rose.

12. Just hanging with Nicolaes Tulp. Nothing to see here.

13. I guess he had a little too much wine with dinner.

14. “Everything the light touches is our kingdom, so wake up.”

15. He walked right into this one.

16. It’s clear that this CEO is also a dab master.

(H/T Bored Panda)

If you ever catch one of your higher-ups sleeping on the job, do yourself (and the internet) a favor and take sweet revenge with Enlight.

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24 People Who Genuinely, Really Don’t Know How To Park Their Vehicles

1 month, 24 days ago

Let’s face it — we’ve all executed bad parking tasks at one point or another.

I admit that I’ve parked a little over the line sometimes, but there’s a big difference between a slight misalignment and blatant idiocy. For instance, I’ve had my driveway completely blocked by someone who decided that observing a place anywhere else on my street was just route too much to handle.

These 24 people are just as inconsiderate, because when it came to leaving their vehicles in the appropriate spots, they wholly failed.

1. “Close enough.”

2. It’s pretty safe to say that this person just stopped caring.

3. “This looks like a good spot.”

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Dwayne Johnson shares Vin Diesel feud backstory

1 month, 24 days ago

( CNN) What we would have given to be a fly on the wall in the trailer with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel.

Johnson uncovered in a recent cover story with Rolling Stone that the meeting was part of the meltdown of their friendship, leaving fans all abuzz.

The pair have famously starred on the “Fast& Furious” franchise together, but have since reportedly not assured eye to eye.

‘Halloweentown’ actors pay tribute to Debbie Reynolds

2 months, 9 days ago

Debbie Reynolds poses with her second starring on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
Image: ap

Debbie Reynolds, who died Dec. 28 at persons under the age of 84, will forever be remembered for her role in the 1952 classic movie, “Singing in the Rain.” But for younger spectators today, she is known as Aggie Cromwell, the wise and magic-loving grandmother in the Disney Halloweentown films.

The first of this series premiered on television 1998, with the fourth in 2006.

Reynolds’ Halloweentown costars responded to her demise on social media and in media interviews this week.

Kimberly J. Brown, who played Reynolds’ granddaughter in the films, paid tribute to her TV mom on Facebook 😛 TAGEND

What do you say about a woman who had such an impact on your life both professionally and personally? Debbie lived her life like all of us should, to the fullest. She was bold, funny, and had the biggest heart, Brown said.

She cited Reynolds’ memorable line in the films 😛 TAGEND

“Being normal is vastly overrated is a quote from Halloweentown, and how fitting it is that her character spoke it. Her generosity, talent, and loving spirit built her anything but normal. Thanks for the sorcery, Debbie. Rest in peace, ” Brown wrote.

Judith Hoag, who played Aggie’s daughter, tweeted 😛 TAGEND

J. Paul Zimmerman, who played Reynolds’ grandson on Halloweentown , took to Instagram to pay tribute to his TV family member.

I miss Gramma. Not dealing with this very well .

A photo posted by Dr. J. Paul Zimmerman (@ jpaulzim) on Dec 29, 2016 at 9:50 am PST

Reynolds died just one day after her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, passed away after falling ailment on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher is of best known for her portraying of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise.

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‘Here and Now’ cooks eerie mystery into family drama

2 months, 14 days ago

( CNN) “Here and Now” somehow manages to take what looks like the log line for a bad network soap and, under the guidance of Alan Ball, turn it into something strange and intriguing — an unexpected offspring of the producer’s two previous HBO series, “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood.”

The point of entry is the 60 th birthday of Greg( Tim Robbins ), an academic and self-enlightenment guru who authored the book “A Layperson’s Guide to the Here and Now.” Greg, however, is clearly miserable, despite — and partly because of — the best efforts of his wife Audrey( Holly Hunter) to hurl him a grand celebration.

Building up to the party, meanwhile, includes introducing the couple’s children: Ashley( Jerrika Hinton ), who works in fashion and has begun flirting with a male model, even though she has a apparently idyllic life with her doting husband; Ramon( Daniel Zovatto ), who has come out to his mothers, but still isn’t keen on uncovering them to guys he’s ensure; and Duc( Raymond Lee ), a therapist with an unorthodox posture about relationships, owing in part to his upbringing in Vietnam. Ultimately, there’s 17 -year-old Kristen( Sosie Bacon ), who the couple had after adopting the other three.

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