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This Toddler Dressed As An Old Man For Halloween Is Surprisingly Believable

They say that during your lifetime, you go from being a baby to an adult back to a baby again when you’re old.

If you think about it, it’s kind of true — you go back to diapers, not being able to walk, and jumbling your words. While it’s not hard to picture an old man like a toddler, thinking of a little kid as an old man is pretty tough. They’re so giggly and full of life.

But just watch what happens when you dress a baby up as an elderly man and put a walker in front of him.

Okay, that is seriously the cutest baby/old man I’ve ever seen.

I kind of want to be like him when I grow up.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/old-man-toddler/

What She Does With Pie Crust Will Have You Running To The Store

I love making pies…but there are some drawbacks.

Let’s talk about prep time: I spend hours making the filling, the crust, waiting for it to bake, and cleaning up all the dishes! And after all that, it takes me so long to finish eating a whole pie that it goes bad before I get through it.

It’s really a disaster.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants to have her pie and eat it, too? Well, I’ve found the answer to all my problems — pie pops!

Okay, I’d heard of cake pops, but these are far more adorable and way easier to make!

I think I’m going to make blueberry, apple, and raspberry tonight. They’re so easy to put together and there’s basically no cleanup — win-win!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pie-pops/

This Boxer Walked Up To A Pair Of Shoes…Just Wait ‘Til You See What He Does!

Normally, when a dog comes across an unattended pair of shoes, they take the opportunity to tear them apart.

I imagine all those foot smells are pretty enticing.

But when this boxer’s mom told him to fetch her Crocs, rather than running off with them to nom on the irresistibly squishy insoles, he did something so hilarious.

While it’s pretty well-known that Crocs are super comfortable, we had no idea that pups knew this to be true, too!

But seriously, I could watch this on repeat all day long.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/croc-boxer/

What This Dog Did For Her Owner Will Have Your Jaw On The Floor

Just like any other shelter dog, Lilly hoped someone would see her true colors and adopt her.

That day came when David Lanteigne rescued her for his mom. Christine Spain had suffered from alcoholism and depression, but when Lilly came into her life, she made great strides in her recovery.

But then Spain got some bad family news and she sadly relapsed.

While Lilly and her mom were out on a walk one evening, Spain passed out some railroad tracks. As a train approached, Lilly did the only thing she knew would save her owner…she dragged her off the tracks.

Unfortunately, Lilly sustained debilitating injuries when she took the brunt of the train’s hit.

Veterinarians had to amputate her right front leg and her recovery was long and hard…

But Lilly was a fighter.

After she made a full recovery, the caring pit bull decided to make it her life’s goal to educate others on how great her breed really is.

So many people still believe they’re scary, aggressive animals…but that’s not the case at all.

She was six years old when her forever family took her in, which is even further evidence that old dogs are just as loyal and loving as tiny pups.

Without Lilly, her mom might not have survived to live another day!

If there’s one thing we can all learn from Lilly, it’s this…

Pit bulls are just like any other dog — with a little love, a home, and a caring forever family, they can and WILL be the best pup you’ve ever owned.

Be sure to follow along with all of Lilly’s adventures on her Facebook page!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lilly-hero-pit-bull/

What She Does With An Old T-Shirt Is Beautifully Unexpected

If you’re like me, when it comes time to retire an old t-shirt from your daily wardrobe, it often gets put into your nighttime attire rotation. But instead of destining that awesome shirt to solely after-hours use, you may want to check out this tutorial. It gives your shirt a whole new life.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not super crafty, but this DIY is so easy, even I can make it. I’m going to take all my old tank tops and make them into adorable necklaces tonight!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/tshirt-necklace/

Stray Dogs Are Everywhere, Even In A Paradise Like The Costa Rican Jungle…

We’ve been writing about the amazing work that Hope For Paws does for years now. But I think they’ve officially outdone themselves.

On a recent trip to Costa Rica to get some much-deserved vacation time, it wasn’t long before they were called about a heartbreaking situation with an abandoned pup. The team quickly switched gears from drinks on the beach to a life-saving mission to rescue helpless dogs.

Their first call was about a poor girl who’d been tied up and abandoned by her family.

But as they were loading her into the car, they found this puppy. She’d been badly burned, probably by boiling water.

In the middle of the night, this poor boy — they named him Hank — walked into the Costa Rican rescue they were stationed at.

He’d clearly been attacked by another animal.

With so many new visitors, all the other dogs at the rescue were very curious.

Just driving around, Hope For Paws encountered tons of homeless pets.

These two were very timid.

Even owned pets are neglected — this poor puppy was covered in fleas.

Watch the rest of their rescue mission below.

I’m so glad all these sweet dogs were able to find comfort and care at the Costa Rica Dog Rescue, thanks to Hope For Paws. If you can, please consider donating to these amazing causes.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/hope-for-paws-costa-rica/

This Deep-Fried Restaurant Staple Is So Easy To Make At Home

I’ll admit it — I’ve never had a bloomin’ onion. Just the calorie count on the popular appetizer turns me off…but honestly, now that I know it’s easy to make them at home, I kind of want to try one.

Maybe it’s just the fact that at home, I can control just what goes into the recipe…perhaps I finally understand how delicious they look. Either way, if you’ve never tried the savory side (or maybe it’s your favorite), you have to check this simple dish out!

Here’s what you need!


  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of paprika
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce


  1. Cut the end opposite to the root off the onion and peel the dry skin.
  2. Make slits all around the onion down to the root.
  3. Mix the milk and eggs in a bowl.
  4. Combine the flour, garlic powder, two tablespoons of salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of paprika in another bowl.
  5. Dip the onion (root down) into the milk mix, spooning the mixture into all the crevices.
  6. Then, transfer the onion into the flour mix, again spooning it into the layers.
  7. Repeat the milk and flour steps once more.
  8. Fry in oil for 10 minutes.
  9. For the sauce, mix the remaining salt and paprika with the sour cream, mayo, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce.
  10. Tear off a piece of bloomin’ onion and dip away!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bloomin-onion/

They Asked Strangers To Stare At Each Other For 4 Minutes. By The End, I Was Crying.

How often do you make eye contact with complete strangers…or even your good friends?

If you’re like me, the answer is surprisingly not too frequently. For some, looking into a person’s eyes feels uncomfortable, awkward even. But Arthur Aron, a well-know social psychologist, claims that just four minutes of sustained eye contact brings people together more than any other type of interaction.

In an effort to test this theory out, Amnesty Poland brought a bunch of complete strangers together.

It wasn’t until the end that they found out just who the other person was.

According to Eurostat, more than 1.3 million refugees entered Europe last year. More flow across the borders today. No matter what you think the U.S. or Europe should be doing about the influx of people in need of help and asylum, it’s important to remember one thing…

Above all, stripped of all borders, languages, and beliefs, they are people just like you and me.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/refugee-staring/

What She Does With A Boring, Old Baking Sheet Is Adorably Inspired

You don’t have to have a tiny kitchen to know that opening the drawer with all your baking pans and sheets in it is no fun. Either it’s overflowing with far too many tools that you’ll — let’s be honest — never use, or the few ones that are in there have gathered more caked-on ingredients than you’d care to admit.

Whatever your situation, before you toss those less desirable or unneeded cooking implements in the trash, give this adorable DIY a try!

Not only will you be giving your baking sheet a new life, you’ll also be saving space that used to be eaten up by all your makeup — win-win!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/baking-sheet-makeup/

This Guy Got To Tickle A Bear Cub’s Toes — And I’m Understandably Jealous

If there’s one thing I’ve always dreamed of, it’s the chance to play with a fluffy, roly-poly bear cub.

I mean, I know they could, even at a young age, seriously injure me and that’s why I’ve never gotten the chance to make my dreams a reality. But that doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through other people who have unique skill sets (and bear sanctuaries) that allow for lots of cub cuddling.

Case in point: Casey Anderson is the director at the Montana Grizzly Encounter sanctuary, hosts two shows on Nat Geo WILD, and educates others on the proper treatment of wild animals.

In his spare time, Anderson does things like this:

Watch the whole adorable cub encounter.

I think it’s safe to say we’re all sufficiently jealous of this man’s job. Watching him swing that little babe around is great, but I still hope I get to at least be near a little bear someday.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bear-cub-gopro/