These Dogs Are Ready To Welcome 2017 With Open Paws

2016 has been a terrible year, frightening year and we all can’t wait for it to end. Celebrity deaths, a meme for president, worldwide political chaos, and of course, the passing of our beloved Harambe.

As people prepare for the arrival of 2017 while watching their backs these last two days, a few decided to share photos of their dogs who already beat us to it. There’s no better way to ring in the new year than with your favorite good boy (or girl).

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2016 Will Last An Extra Second Because We Haven't Suffered Enough Already

Every four years, we add a leap day to compensate for the fact that the Earth takes a little longer than a calendar year to make a complete orbit around the sun. Without them, we’d eventually have snow in the middle of June. 

Well, to compensate for an unexpected slowdown in the Earth’s rotation this year, scientists have decided to add an extra second to 2016 to help keep us in sync. 

The National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom uses an atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale for the world’s less accurate clocks to follow. And they need to add the extra second to the New Year’s countdown because standard time is currently lagging behind atomic clocks.

So as the clocks strike midnight tomorrow, they’ll show a time of 23:59:60 at the very end, delaying 2017 for a second. 

NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley explained:

“Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.”

“Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time.”

“Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”

The problem? 2016 has been kind of a terrible year, so people aren’t too happy about having to sit through another second it.

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These Custom Cat Caves Made Of Sheeps Wool Are The Coolest Kitty Homes Around

Sometimes art can be used for evil, just ask Uwe Boll about his films or the waste of hard drive space that is the Twilight series.

But oftentimes art is used for good, like crafting beautifully whimsical homes for cats.

All right, so it’s not exactly a widespread phenomenon, but there’s at least one artist who’s doing it, just ask Yuliya Kosata who designs gorgeous cat homes made entirely out of felt.

They look like something straight out of an Alice in Wonderland movie, or a hobbit’s shroom-fueled fantasy.


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She sells the sheep-wool kitty homes on her Etsy page, Feltfield, and they come in a variety of styles and sizes.


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Prices vary too, you can pick one of these bad boys up for your cat, or some random cat you’d think would appreciate it, for $ 150-$ 230.


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The designs are wonderfully trippy.


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If you’re interested, check out Feltfield’s Etsy page here.

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This Clever 6-Year-Old Ordered $200 Worth Of Christmas Presents While Her Mom Slept

Thanks to all the glories of modern technology, we can order holiday gifts with the touch of a button. The simplicity is beautiful — all the phone needs to bring you holiday joy is a fingerprint. Security and efficiency; what more could you want?

As it turns out, even a touch ID can’t protect you from the conniving mind of a 6-year-old. 

6-year-old Ashlyn Howell from Little Rock, Arkansas surprised her parents this Christmas — by racking up a huge Amazon bill on their account. 

Ashlyn’s mother, Bethany Howell, knew trouble was afoot when she received 13 confirmation notices from Amazon about recent Pokémon-themed purchases. At first, she and her husband believed their account had been hacked, but their daughter made sure to clear things up for them: while Bethany slept on the couch, Ashlyn gently took her mother’s thumb and used it to unlock the Amazon app on her phone. The 6-year-old preceded to order $ 250 worth of Pokemon paraphernalia. 

This seems particularly enterprising for a young child — perhaps she’d ordered it by mistake? “No, Mommy, I was shopping,” Ashlyn confirmed.

Ashlyn’s little shopping spree is indicative of a larger problem. 

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A 6-year-old’s ability to break into her mother’s account emphasizes just how simple it is for people to hack these online retailer apps. 

Luckily, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to crack down on companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon to put in place a more secure system to avoid these kinds of hacks. In the meantime, the commission suggests wearing gloves while you nap. 

…You never know when an enterprising toddler will try to steal from you. 

So, what happened to all the Pokémon gear?

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The Howells were only able to return four of the items (and returning too many items will get you banned from Amazon, FYI) so it looks like those toys aren’t going anywhere. Ashlyn’s mother, however, informed the future hacker that Santa would not be delivering all those presents this year. (h/t KENS5)

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This Family's Living In The Arctic Thanks To A Cool Geo-Dome

I remember learning about the seven continents in school and always remembered Antarctica as the place no one lived in. Seriously, I can’t name a single city on that whole icy mass of land. As far as I know, only penguins, polar bears, and scientific research outposts exist out there.

But apparently people do live in the Arctic Circle. Like real-life, actual, honest-to-goodness families.

The Hjertefølgers are one such clan. The family of six live in a house that is surrounded by a Solar Geodesic dome.


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Inhabitat first wrote about the Hjertefølgers a while ago and revisited the family of six to see how living life on the island of Sandhornøya in the northern part of Norway is like in their unique, energy-trapping house.

The dome allows the family to grow all sorts of fruits and vegetables inside, regardless of the harsh weather conditions of their natural surroundings.


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The house inside the dome is a traditional Cob home, which, on top of being very sustainable, can “last forever if you keep it dry” Ingrid told Inhabitat.


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It took the family a good three years to finish the home and for the most part, are happy with how it turned out, despite a few concerns.


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According to Ingrid, the glass “drips” in the winter time, so a double glass design, although pricey, would solve that problem and allow them to have a tropical garden. Aside from re-arranging plant beds for optimal placement, the Hjertefølgers couldn’t be happier with their home. 

If you want to see more photos and learn more about the Hjertefølgers arctic living, check Inhabitat for more.

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Man's Russian Doll Proposal Steals The Internet And Our Hearts

Everyone loves a good proposal story, and it usually takes a lot of planning to get one started. For Logan Rondi’s mom, it seemed as though everyone was in on it but her, and you can see that in the video she posted to Twitter below.

The Russian doll approach was a good strategy. It catches people off guard because you don’t know what direction the final box is going to go into. It wasn’t until she pulled this letter out that Logan’s mom realized what was coming.

Boom.

The reactions to a 2016 win like this were what you’d hope they would be.

Too cute.

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Girls Get Teddy Bears With Late Grandfather's Voice Recording And We're In Tears

Family ties are important to everyone. Even those who don’t communicate all that well throughout the year make an effort to contact those they really do love during the holidays. Personally, the only significance holidays have to me are that I get some extra time off from work to spend with my family, and I know I’m not alone when it comes to that.

As anyone reading this knows, however, our time on this plane of existence is limited, and your first holiday without a parent, grandparent, sibling, or anyone you’ve been close to your entire life is going to be difficult. 

Losing a loved one is a difficult concept to grasp, even more so for a child. One Twitter user shared a moment this Christmas when her aunt gave her sisters teddy bears that had a familiar voice to them.

The response to the video assured is what you might expect. 

The girls immediately recognized the voice of their late grandfather once they squeezed their respective bear’s hand.

Possibly the best feature Build-A-Bear has ever offered, as it’s definitely a lovely way to ensure that their grandpa was around for this Christmas and will be for many more to come.

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The FBI Made A Hilariously Bad Holiday Greetings Card And They're Getting Roasted

It’s the time of year that you start to hear “happy holidays” from friends, family, and businesses whose mailing lists you accidentally signed up to five years ago. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which gets billions in taxpayer dollars to protect us, is no exception. Except this year they didn’t really seem to put much effort into it. In fact, it looks like an intern spent all of five minutes on it. And that’s being generous.

In fact, it looks like an intern spent all of five minutes on it. And that’s being generous. Here’s how they wished their followers on Twitter happy holidays…

LOOK AT THAT WORK OF ART. Unsurprisingly, they’re getting roasted pretty hard for it by Twitter users. 

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Marine's Response To Daughter Asking For Pride Flag Is Best Thing Ever

This Christmas, Twitter user Dakotah from Ohio decided to add something special to the gift list that she gave out to family — a gay pride flag. And this morning, she got it. Along with a pretty touching letter from her father, a retired marine.

Dakotah took to Twitter to share the letter…

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People were touched by the response, with Dakotah’s tweet acquiring some 15,000 retweets and 45,000 likes. 

She explained further…

And people were pretty touched by the whole thing.

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People Are Sharing Things That Santa Once Told Them And We Can't Stop Laughing

This year has been a long year, and with Christmas coming up, we’re finally winding things down with last minute holiday shopping and improvised travel plans with people named Lauren that still have no idea what it means to pack their things ahead of time so we can leave on time, but that’s beside the point.

While the rest of us responsible travelers were sitting around and waiting for everyone else to make this holiday weekend the stress-fest we knew it would be, the #SantaOnceToldMe hashtag surfaced and people used it to share some holiday cheer. And jeers because, you know, it’s the internet, but mainly cheer. Check them out.

  1. Let’s start off with something positive

  2. Here’s the Twitter we know and love

  3. Mind = Blown

  4. All we ever did was wreck him.

  5. Last minute tip:

  6. We’ve all had our suspicions

  7. Oof

  8. Also explains why he doesn’t mind the cold

  9. I guess cashew milk will have to do

  10. Well that’s a little different

  11. Hmph

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