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Take Time To Slow Down And Appreciate Your Loved Ones This Mother’s Day

Kids grow up way too fast.

And Nichole Nordeman knows just that. Her song “Slow Down” reminds us that we should appreciate the good things and people in our lives before it’s too late. We might not even notice when things pass us by…

Mothers, fathers, and children alike will need to get tissues for this one.

(via For Every Mom)

This Mother’s Day, take time to remember your mother, show appreciation to other mothers, and just appreciate those you love in your life.

A Hidden Chemistry Lab Was Found During A Rotunda Renovation At The University Of Virginia

The famous Rotunda the center of the University of Virginia is an important part of history. Thomas Jefferson built it as a library at the center of his small university. Since then, it has been transformed into the central focus of the school…but not after being used as a chem lab. (Yep.)

Renovations on the historic Rotunda began on May 19, 2014 and will conclude in Summer 2016. During these renovations, workers discovered a hidden gem inside one of the walls: a chemical hearth and workstation, sealed since the 1850s.

Thomas Jefferson’s original Rotunda was home to laboratory experiments and chemistry classes, each taking place in the Lower East Oval Room and lectures in the Lower West Oval Room.

The chemistry hearth contains two “fire boxes” that provided heat, as well as underground brick tunnels that fed air to the wood-burning and coal-burning furnaces.

According to the university, the (super-cool) chemical hearth will remain on display, even after the renovations are complete.

You won’t be able to make your own meth, but visitors can peek inside of the small lab and see the workstations that students used.

Now, one final question must be answered.

Did Thomas Jefferson just support education…or was he an old-school Walter White (a la Breaking Bad)?

He Thought He Was Meeting Spider-Man, But Really, This Kid Was Going To See Another Hero

This little boy is Noah — and he loves Spider-Man.

So, when he went outside to play and saw Spider-Man, he was thrilled! He ran up to the superhero and gave him a huge hug. But then…Spider-Man took off his mask.

Spider-Man was great, but DAD? That’s even better!

Spider-Man (a.k.a. “Jason”) flew home from serving in Afghanistan to surprise his son and wife. Their daughter Kali was just born, and he wanted to give the entire family a huge treat.

A Skier Miraculously Survives A Fall That Should Have Been Fatal

Ian McIntosh was being filmed for a project called “Paradise Waits” when things went very, very wrong. The professional skier was in the Neacola range of Alaska when, during a run, he tripped over an unseen five-foot-deep trench.

From there, he fell 1,600 feet.

This is NOT what you want to happen. OMG.

Miraculously, he survived the fall without major injury.

If you want to see more stunning ski videos (that may or may not include people cartwheeling for hundreds of feet), check out Paradise Waits.

An Athlete With 15 Years Of Jump Rope Experience Dazzles A Crowd In Hungary

Ah, yes, the jump rope.

A childhood toy that is found on most playgrounds, and can be used for games, exercise, and (apparently) incredible physical performances.

Meet Adrienn Banhegyi. She has 15 years of competitive jump rope experience, 2 world records, multiple World and European Jump Rope Championship wins, and even a Cirque du Soleil membership.” This woman really knows how to jump a rope. If you don’t think that sounds impressive, just watch her performance in Szombathely, Hungary.

…And some people have trouble with double dutch.

Adrienn may have mastered the jump rope, but don’t feel bad if you’re not quite so skilled. Not everyone is a Cirque du Soleil member.

A Dog Was In Deep Trouble (And Deep Water) So These Heroes Formed A Human Chain

Fast-moving water can be dangerous for people, animals, and vehicles alike.

If you’re driving through flood waters, you should remember that only two feet of water can sweep away most cars (even large SUVs). So, if you end up in deep, fast-moving water on foot, it’s even more dangerous.

This unlucky dog found himself in a spillway full of water, unable to get back up the slippery slope that got him there.

Luckily, some passers by saw him and did what they could to help.

Not every person would stop and form a human chain to save a stray dog in need. These people are heroes!

This Touching Animated Short Has Left Countless People In Tears

“The Present” is a short animated movie that is based on a comic strip by Fabio Coala.

It starts with a boy being handed a box. As the video progresses, you learn more about the present…and the boy himself. It’s truly touching and speaks to countless people.

By the end, you will be choked up. Guaranteed.

“The Present” ran at over 180 film festivals and won more than 50 awards…and it’s easy to see why. The animated short was created by Vimeo user Jacob Frey, check out his profile page for more videos!

The BYU Noteworthy Ladies Put On An Impressive Performance In The Middle Of The Woods

A cappella groups are becoming more popular thanks to movies, television, and easily accessible online videos. Truly marvelous vocal artists are getting exposure they otherwise wouldn’t have — and we are grateful for it.

Take, for instance, Noteworthy of BYU. This recent a cappella group is all-female…and all-amazing.

They sound like angels on Earth.

BYU Noteworthy

If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.

You can learn more about Noteworthy on their website…or you can view their albums on iTunes. They have lots of holiday tunes you can jam out to as you deck the halls this year.

When Their Little Boy Got Meningitis, They Refused To Take Him To The Doctor. It Killed Him.

Having a sick child is terrible for any parent or family.

Not only do we worry for a sick child’s safety, but our hearts go out to kids who are uncomfortable and unhappy. So when these parents refused to take their sick toddler to the doctor, it confused and enraged people. The southern Alberta couple attempted to administer home remedies to their son when he contracted meningitis.

As a result, the little boy died.

However, David and Collet Stephan pleaded not guilty to failing to provide the “necessaries of life” for 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in March 2012.

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Instead of getting him to the hospital as quickly as possible, the parents fed the boy different supplements with an eye dropper. It wasn’t until he stopped breathing that they took him to get medical help.

The toddler was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary. After five days, he was taken off life support machines and declared dead.

The media and strangers alike tore the parents apart for their refusal to treat their baby with medicine. This is a response that they posted online:

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In light of recent events I am going to focus this update solely on the CBC article that has come out and created a…

Posted by Prayers for Ezekiel on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The parents claim that the media has twisted the truth of what happened…

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That doesn’t stop people from speaking their mind online and labeling the couple “baby killers” (as you can see in the tagged photo below).

Regardless of where the blame lies, this poor baby was taken from the world much too soon.

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Here is our only picture of you close to 18 months. You now have been in heaven as along as you have been on earth. Love and miss you so much!

Posted by Prayers for Ezekiel on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Who knows what was going through their heads when these parents attempted to treat meningitis themselves.

If your child is sick, help them in any way you can…or else you might experience the tragedy and grief that this couple experienced.

Meet Quasimodo, A Special German Shepherd With Short Spine Syndrome

Quasimodo isn’t like most dogs.

In fact, he might be like only 13 other dogs on the planet. He has a condition called short spine syndrome.

This special 4-year-old was taken in by Secondhand Hounds, an animal shelter in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Sara Anderson, the large-breed foster coordinator for the shelter, was contacted by a shelter in Kentucky because of her love of special-needs dogs. Then, Quasi was transported over to her by Mobile Mutts Rescue Transport.

And, no, they didn’t name him Quasimodo to make fun of him.

According to the Quasi the Great Facebook page, “His name is in no way shape or form making fun. Sara (Quasi’s coordinator with SHH) and Terri (his advocate in KY) picked the name because Quasimodo was a protagonist. The Quasi of SHH is our hero because he is the definition of the qualities we all admire in our dogs. Born different but never knowing any other way, he seeks to please the people who have shown him kind hands and warm hearts. He may not look like many dogs on the outside, but his heart and soul shine through and make him one of God’s most beautiful creatures.

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Although he can’t turn his head, this unusual pup isn’t in any pain.

He had surgery to remove an embedded collar in his neck, and soon his “screw tail” will be fixed as well. SHH is giving him all of the love and attention he needs. Plus, a human geneticist from the University of California is even studying his blood to find out what causes short spine syndrome.

Once he gets a clean bill of health and his temperament is determined, Quasi will find a forever home.

We’re rooting for you buddy!

He may look a little different, but Quasi still has a LOT of love to give!

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Posted by Quasi The Great on Friday, January 29, 2016

In an effort to teach the public about Quasi and other special-needs dogs, Secondhand Hounds posted an amazing update about him:

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Hi everybody! There seem to be lots of questions that keep coming up so I want to be sure that everyone has the answers…

Posted by Quasi The Great on Sunday, January 31, 2016

If you’d like to help Secondhand Hounds…

Please visit their donation page.

“Secondhand Hounds currently has almost 200 dogs available for adoption (some with special needs) and there are millions of animals waiting for their chance in shelters and rescues around the world. If you have room in your home and your heart, please consider adopting one of these animals that want nothing more than love, and a second chance.

These people are doing amazing work for countless amazing animals. Hopefully, Quasi will help the shelter raise money so they can give homes to other dogs in need!