LIFE

Hero Soldier Returns From Service To Find His Home Out Of Sorts

The family dog wags his tail so hard his whole body shakes; the kids turn off the Xbox and jump with joy. Then the spouse comes in for that tearful, happy hug: a soldier returning home from service is a triumphant, picturesque affair — one that’s nearly magic. Or, at least it should be.

Grieving Parents Go To Their Favorite Restaurant And Hear The Words They Had Needed All Along

Any parent will tell you that as soon as you gaze into the eyes of your newborn child, you’re immediately overwhelmed with indescribable love. The experience of raising a child is life-changing, but that experience, of course, doesn’t come without potential problems.

20 Heart-Racing Photos Taken By Photographers That Were In The Right Place At The Right Time

A career in photography may seem as simple as snapping pictures, trying to capture cool angles or vivid colors. But there’s a heck of a lot more that goes into capturing the pictures we see adorning the pages of magazines like National Geographic than we think.

Daughter Catches Mom Way Off Guard With A Powerful Gift At The Moment She Needs It Most

During the holidays, we gather our families to relax and create memories — we bake together, eat together, and laugh together. But when a loved one passes on, its a big blow to any holiday cheer: moving forward and keeping long-held traditions we once cherished takes extra effort.

Young Woman Opens Up After A Puzzling Controversy Affects Her Prom Night

You play that one song a hundred times, imagining a hundred iterations of your dance to it. You find the perfect dress that you’ve tried on a million times in front of the mirror. You get ready four hours before you need to leave, just in case. It’s finally prom night, and everything is going to be perfect!

Boy's Small Act Of Kindness That He Forgot All About Is Repaid In Dramatic Fashion Years Later

Sure, a pat on the back or a simple “thank you” is usually the standard for a job well done, but what if a single compassionate act could change your life along with someone else’s? Doing good for others is often a reward in and of itself, but sometimes our generosity comes back to us in ways we never imagined.

Photographer Captures Rare Wolves That Are Unlike Any Other Canines On Earth

For centuries, wolves have been feared by villagers who feel the canines might snatch children from beds or wreak havoc on the village’s livestock. Wolves, those villagers think, are snarling animals thirsty for blood and hungry for red meat.

20 Of The Coolest Festivals Celebrated By Different Cultures Around The World

Put away the streamers, the nice music, and the piping hot hors d’oeuvres — in fact, forget everything you know about celebrations. While you might imagine festivals as casual gatherings, when they reach their full potentials, they’re marvelous exhibits of colors, oddities, baby jumpings, tomato tossings, and more (seriously).

Woman's Train Ride To Work Takes Serious Turn That Leaves Her Relationships In Serious Jeopardy

Whether it’s by starting a new job, pursuing college, or just ironing out details that will launch them into the next phases of life, most 19-year-olds are just on the cusp of solidifying their identities. That age is the perfect time to re-examine relationships and start fresh.

20 Genius Ways To Repurpose A Tampon That Could Come In Super Handy In A Pinch

Ladies, you dread it every month: your visit from Mother Nature, the hello from your Aunt Flo, your shark week, your blood moon, your crimson tide, your Carrie, your red wedding, or a code red! Worry not because you can make this time of the month a useful time of the month.

20 Hilarious Office Pranks That Take Workplace Shenanigans To A Whole New Level

The average full-time employee spends at least a third of every day at work — that’s about a quarter of their whole week! Both a downside and an upside to this is seeing the same faces every workday, so while you may sometimes get totally sick of someone, you can always have a little fun with them…

20 Creative People That Came Up With Wildly Inventive Solutions To Everyday Problems

Don’t have a rain jacket? Your dog keeps escaping from the yard? You’re in desperate need of toilet paper? These are all annoying problems that we’ve faced at one time or another — but they’re not unsolvable.

Baby Growing So Rapidly That His Mom Can't Care For Him Soon Gets The Strangest Diagnosis

Whether it’s a pair of twins conjoined at the head or a baby born with a third leg, the medical world is full of anomalies. Just ask any doctor who’s been in the field for quite some time, and they’re sure to have at least a dozen stories of eye-opening medical cases. Like this one, for instance…

19 Ways That American Presidents Spent Their Lives After Leaving Office

Between social media and the 24-hour news cycle, it’s hard not to follow every little thing the President does while in office. For the Commander-in-Chief, every inch of life is under a magnifying glass. But what happens to Presidents after they leave the White House for good?

Two Years After A Teen Vanishes, Police Show His Parents A Photo That Reignites The Case

You go into your teenage son’s room to wake him up for school, and he’s not there. What’s worse, his bed is still made. What follows is every parent’s nightmare: calling the police, searching, and the sinking feeling you get when something maybe horrifying has happened. It’s a feeling one family knows all too well.

Woman Manages To Make The Country's Financial Crisis Work To Her Advantage In Wild Fashion

When it comes time to write that rent check, just grabbing a pen to start the process can sometimes cause a headache and a half. Parting with money is never easy, and most people just tighten their belts when the end of the month rolls around — but that doesn’t mean we don’t all dream of living a rent-free life.

20 Incredibly American Photos That Are Bringing Out The True Patriots Around The Country

Baseball! Apple pie! Fireworks! It seems like almost everyone has an opinion on what it means to be an American. Yes, a little good-natured disagreement is never a bad thing, but there’s one thing every true American can agree on: loving this country runs in our blood.

Foster Child That's Called Into Her School's Office Learns The Court Has Made A Huge Decision

For parents, there’s no greater anxiety than a child’s happiness and well-being. As much as moms and dads want to give their kids everything, they know that life has a way of taking carefully crafted plans and tossing them out the window.

Travelers Whose Vacation Takes A Dire Turn Rely On An Unlikely Source For Help

We’ve heard it from our older and wiser folk  — life is short. Ask her out, take the vacation, order the steak! Why not? By taking chances on what you want, you’ll experience the thrill that usually comes from driving in the fast lane. But as the laws of physics have taught us, the faster you go, the harder you crash.

20 Brilliant Ways To Use Ordinary Plastic Straws That Are Making People's Lives So Much Easier

There has been a lot of serious talk about a plastic straw ban lately. Disposable straws are so ubiquitous that they account for a significant amount of waste, and what’s worse, they’re ending up in our oceans. Beyond reducing your use, there’s still more you can do when it comes to straws.

25 Extraordinary Historical Photos That Give A Rare Glimpse Into The Past

Inside your wallet or in the picture app on your phone, you’ve probably got a photograph that’s special to you. You might not look at it every day, but it’s important to you that it’s there. That’s because the best photos bring the past to life, right down to how people were feeling and thinking at that time.

Blue Lines Being Painted Down The Middle Of Roads In New Jersey Are Sparking Heated Debate

Even the kid who slept through most of driver’s ed knows, in North America, if you see double-yellow lines in the road, you can’t drive over them to pass a car (no matter how slow its driving)! Those lines have saved lives for decades — ignoring them can have big consequences.

Utah Newlyweds Embark On A Desperate Journey To Fulfill Their Strongest Desire

At some point, you’ve dreamed of a long overdue promotion — and a fat pay raise to boot. You’ve probably dreamed of the perfect, all-smiles marriage or relationship, too. And, if you’re human at all, you know how terrible it feels to fall short of your dreams.

Elderly Man's Daring Act of Kindness Spares A Group of Children From A Brutal Fate

Chances are you’ve walked past a homeless person without a second thought. It takes no effort to ignore someone in need, after all, especially those who are strangers. But what if, when faced with helping someone you didn’t know, one simple act could save his or her life?

Women Stranded At Sea For Months Have To Take Extreme Measures To Survive

Imagine being stranded at sea for months, enduring the persistent smell of salt on the air and a slowly dwindling food supply. These sound like the problems of a swashbuckling pirate — the makings of a wild and exciting story found in the pages of a best-selling adventure novel.