This Candid Picture Of The Royal Family Is Cuter Than The Official Photos

Every since Prince Harry’s engagement to actress Meghan Markle was announced, Royal Family fever has swept America. He’s marrying that beautiful woman from Suits! She is one of us, only far more cool!

I’ve never particularly cared about the UK’s symbolic figureheads. A queen? Who cares. Being born into the royalty just seems like the luck of the draw. Being married into it, however, is an accomplishment. Taking an interest in what’s going on with queenie and her crew is new to me, but plenty of people have made it into their hobby. A mom named Karen Murdoch got up early on Christmas day to catch a glimpse of the royals leaving St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, where they traditionally celebrate. 

And she caught the perfect picture:

Don’t they look incredible? You really couldn’t have staged a better image. And people tried. As a comparison, here’s a picture from Getty:

It’s not a bad image, but so stiff and formal in comparison to Murdoch’s candid. Her picture has gone wildly viral, and the replies are full of people congratulating her and also telling her to be careful. Everyone wants a piece of this photo’s action.

Murdoch told the Telegraph that she took the picture on an iPhone and all she did was shout the season’s greetings at the group to get those smiles.

“I’m just very bubbly by nature and I was with my daughter and I got a bit excitable, I suppose,” she said. “I was just sort of shouting and I just went, ‘Merry Christmas!’ like an idiot. I was fan-girling.”

She was there with her daughter, and hopes she’ll get some money for the image to send her kid to school. I hope she does, too! It’s fed my interest in Markle’s upcoming nuptials for another day.

The early bird gets the pic. 

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Actress Marlee Matlin Writes Tweet, Gets Unfollowed By All Trump Family Members

Academy-award winner Marlee Matlin was recently unfollowed by the whole Trumpclanfamily.

The actor and advocate for the deaf community was unfollowed because of this tweet she posted earlier this week:

How do we know they all unfollowed her? Well, there is a Twitter bot that actually tracks the follows and unfollows of the Trump accounts. Because, of course there is.

Needless to say, supporters had Matlin’s back. 

They all followed her BECAUSE the Trumps unfollowed her.*

I think that’s beautiful! 

(*Also, as someone born with only 50% of their hearing, I admit this got me a little teary-eyed.)

But, this message will really make you smile!

Here is a bit more detail about the unfollowing heard ’round the world:

Since Ms. Matlin dealt with worse on “The Apprentice,” and still followed them on Twitter, hard to believe she’s that petty.

Do I think the Trump offspring are that petty?

I mean, consider the source!

Thank you, Marlee for your courage in the face of ignorance! 

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80 Beachgoers Formed A Human Chain To Save A Family Stuck In The Riptide

Something that Roberta Ursrey’s family unfortunately experienced first hand when her sons were first caught in a rip current.

Ursrey heard her children screaming for help, so she swam out with her relatives to rescue them, but they were all soon caught in the current. All nine of them were trapped in 15 feet of water.

But beachgoer Jessica Simmons, who, by chance, had picked up a discarded boogie board that day, noticed the family out deep in the water, and paddled towards them with intent of helping. Meanwhile, her husband, along with some others, made a human chain that started at the shore.

The chain eventually grew to 80 people and stretched nearly 100 yards, with the stronger swimmers wading in the deeper waters. The help came just in time, too. Simmons recounts seeing Ursrey swallowing a lot of water as she helped bring the children back to shore.

The 80 or so beachgoers safely brought Ursrey and her entire family to safety. Ursrey doesn’t recall being rescued, just waking up on the shore.

Simmons counts the rescue as a victory for humanity. 

One of the witnesses, Rosalind Beckton, who uploaded photos of the rescue on Facebook alleges that there were people in uniform who sat idly by as the human chain was being formed.

In any event, it’s amazing to see complete strangers think so quickly in the nick of time to save some fellow human beings. (h/t news herald)

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These Siblings Recreating Their Family Photos Will Make You Want To Host A Reunion

If you have a sibling, you know that shared memories are your most precious gift. They are also your most hilarious gift, because when you think back on what you used to do, it seems really crazy. That’s why the “family photo recreation” genre is so good. It takes the past and highlights how ridiculous we all were, even when we were being cute:

Facebook page “A Different Type Of Art” compiled an excellent post of some of the greatest sibling recreation pics of all time, making it clear that you can grow old, but still not grow up:

Though the best part of the post may be all the people sharing their less viral versions in the comments. Recreation photos are now a family tradition:

Hmm, what can I get my family to do at Thanksgiving dinner? I have six months to plan, so it better be good.

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These Prize-Winning Christmas Decorations Earned A Family $50,000 Because They Were So Good

I didn’t grow up decorating my house for Christmas, but there’s nothing I love more than walking out on a chilly night with a huge mug of coffee and taking a stroll through the neighboring towns that go all out during the holidays.

Something about seeing bright red and green and white sparkling lights really warms me up and although I grew up Muslim, I can’t help but get all warm and fuzzy during Christmas time and get in the holiday spirit.

That doesn’t mean I’d go through the trouble of decorating my own house. No, no, I’m much too lazy for that.

But it makes me happy to see that people who work so hard to spread good cheer are getting rewarded for it, like this family from Glen Allen, Virginia.

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Well, they actually entered a competition for it, called, “The Great American Light Fight,” which kinda of goes against what Christmas is all about.

That doesn’t mean that Esther and Al Thompson didn’t work their butts off though. 578 hours went into setting up their home for the light-off.

The Thompson family have been long-time Christmas decorators for a while now. Every year they go all out to put on a brilliant display for the neighborhood to put everyone in the holiday mood.

ABC 8 reported that the Thompsons “couldn’t believe” they made $ 50k by doing something they’d done for years.

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“Not in a thousand years. I always look at ourself as the house on Wendurst Drive, you know, I make my decorations out of plyboard during the summer and how am I going to compete against these big mega decorators that have the computerized shows and so on. All homemade, a lot of interactive, all that kind of thing played a part, so we were quite surprised.”

The couple said that they planned on giving some of the earnings from the show to their local church while Esther says she wants to use the money to take a trip to Israel. A fitting way to spend money that you won in a Christmas competition. (h/t wric)

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Brother Sends Out Christmas Cards For Sister And Trolls The Entire Family

Twitter user Morgan Svobodny recently decided to share the Christmas card that her brother, Zach, photoshopped and sent to everyone in their family on her behalf. 

In the card, Zach claims that Morgan is now in love with rapper Chief Keef, and adding that she’d dropped out of college after discovering that she was pregnant with his child. 

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That picture is actually a superb photoshop of these two individual images…

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Twitter was understandably impressed with Zach’s photoshop skills…

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This Poor Pup's Former Family Showed Up To Her Shelter To Adopt A Different Dog

Usually, pet adoption stories are the kind of news that brighten your day and remind you that there’s still some good left in this world. Unfortunately, the most recent news in the realm of rescue dogs is about as heartbreaking as it gets. 

Meet Zuzu, a 2-year-old German Shepherd currently residing in the Downey Animal Care Center in California.

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Shelter volunteers describe the pup as “beautiful and loving” and “amazing” — which is evident from her sweet profile photos on ShelterMe, a site dedicated to matching prospective pet owners with shelter pets. 

Unfortunately, Zuzu’s life hasn’t been easy, thus far. According to her former owners, she “cried” constantly after her father passed away. Eventually, the distressed doggo jumped the fence into a neighbor’s yard and the neighbors called animal control.

Shelter volunteers had previously assumed Zuzu was a stray — until her former owners showed up at the shelter and Zuzu couldn’t contain her excitement. 

“Doing dog intros we got interrupted by a distracted and overly excited Zuzu,” shelter volunteer Desi Lara wrote on Facebook. “With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners Zuzu lite up like a Christmas Tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yeah, she’s going home.”

In a heartbreaking turn of events, though, Zuzu did not go home with her former family. In fact, they were at the shelter TO ADOPT ANOTHER DOG INSTEAD. 

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“Their reason was because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She wasn’t a happy dog anymore,” Desi wrote. “Their solution for her unhappiness was just leaving her here. And [to] go get another dog.”

Obviously, people are outraged by poor Zuzu’s situation and calling for her former owners to be banned from taking another dog. 

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Most importantly, though, people are sharing the video to make sure Zuzu gets adopted by a deserving family.

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“Let’s get her into the perfect home please,” Desi requested. 

While Zuzu’s story is heartbreaking, we should be glad that she’s being taken in by a shelter that will find her a good forever home. 

“[I was] honestly sad but glad,” Desit told Buzzfeed of Zuzu’s situation. “I knew the rescues who come to [the shelter] would find her a good home where she would be a family member.”

We can’t wait to see Zuzu go home to a family that loves and appreciates her! (h/t buzzfeed)

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Cop Ignores Guy's Arrest Warrant To Drive Him 100 Miles To Reunite Him With His Family

Whenever you hear distressing news, it’s like the laws of the universe don’t apply to you. When my wife was pregnant, I suddenly became a hyper aware driver; I don’t think I’ve ever made it that fast to the hospital before in my life.

So when Mark Ross found out early Sunday night that his teenage sister tragically died in a car crash, he hopped in a friend’s car and told him to gun it.

Ross didn’t own a car and needed to quickly get from Indiana to Detroit to be there for his family.

Naturally, they were driving fast. And naturally, while driving through Ohio, they got pulled over. Because everyone gets pulled over for speeding in Ohio.


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What’s worse is that Ross’ friend was driving with a suspended license, so he was arrested and his car was towed, basically getting screwed over for trying to help his friend out.

Ross worried that he would be arrested too because of a petty warrant, but Michigan officials refused to pick him up because of the distance. Ross then broke down crying.

“I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP. I broke down crying, and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He reaches over and began praying over me and my family.”

So Sgt. David Robinson of Ohio State Highway state patrol did something amazing. He drove Ross over 100 miles to Detroit to be with his family. Ross was stunned.

“Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly grateful for this guy. He gave me hope.”

Officers: more of this and less shooting unarmed people, please.

I just hope there was leniency for Ross’ friend who put his neck on the line trying to do a solid for his buddy.

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Steve Harvey Meets Contestant That Looks Exactly Like Him On Family Feud

Steve Harvey and Family Feud were a match made in heaven. His reactions were so great that people began uploading them to the net before Family Feud decided to start uploading clips themselves and prompted those that have never bothered with the show to scroll through footage for hours at a time.

His reactions to the over the top answers some contestants give him are really what everyone looks forward to.  With each new episode that airs, you can see his faith in mankind diminish more and more, along with his will to continue hosting the show.

On a recent episode that aired, something interesting happened; one of the contestants shared an uncanny resemblance to the host, all the way down to his signature mustache and inquiring facial expression.  

The guest insisted that he should be compensated to some degree for constantly being mistaken for Steve Harvey, who countered by pointing out one very important difference between the two.  Take a look:

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