When 27-year-old Holly Butcher was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, she found herself facing mortality at far too young an age. On January 4th, the Grafton, Australia, woman passed away.
But before she died, Holly penned a letter which she asked her family to post on her Facebook account once she was gone.
The letter has since gone viral, with more than 85,000 shares and 61,000 likes. And it’s easy to see why:
Holly starts by discussing what it’s been like to face death at the age of 27.
Jason Momoa was in London over the weekend, according toBuzzFeed, promoting his new film. But just because you have to work, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for play. You know who else was in the area? Most of the cast of Game of Thrones, and when Khal Drogo is in town, the group gets together.
Momoa posted a delightful recap of his time visiting old friends that gets hilariously darker and blurrier as the party seems to go on. He’s also wearing a crazy hat for some reason:
But here’s the big news: we finally get to see Khal Drogo and Tormund together, at long last! And Jon Snow snuck in there. This is like a reunion that is entirely based on fan fiction, and it’s perfect.
Momoa also reunited with his Khaleesi, Emilia Clarke, and introduced her to another superhero, Gal Gadot. What if Wonder Woman just showed up in Westeros? That would be a rad crossover.
But this is adorable enough on its own:
It’s wonderful when fans get to see TV and movie stars they love looking like they love each other. Now, if only we could figure out what pub they’re at tonight…
Past mistakes can echo throughout an entire lifetime. Just ask anyone who invested thousands of dollars into Beanie Babies thinking that the stupid little sacks of fabric would be worth a lot of money someday. A moment of silence for those poor souls.
But the entire world doesn’t have to know about your TY toy obsession; you can keep that on the DL.
But people who were apart of violent gangs and got themselves all inked up really don’t have as much of a choice. Their past mistakes and lives will follow them wherever they go until they remove the majority of their visible tattoos. Unfortunately, however, the process of removing tattoos is a costly one.
But there are a few places who are offering reformed ex-gang members a new lease on life by removing their tats for free.
Jails to Jobs is one organization based out of the Bay Area in San Francsico that is providing free training to medical professionals, tattoo artists, nonprofits, prisons, and other government programs on how to remove tattoos for free or cheap to people looking to put their sordid pasts behind them.
“We see that as many as four out of five previously incarcerated individuals who successfully find a job do not return to prison. Keeping someone out of prison costs much less than sending them back, yet we as a nation, have primarily focused on trying to fix overcrowded prisons. A better, more sustainable approach is to help individuals remove visible anti-social or gang-related tattoos, get jobs and turn their lives around,” said Mark Drevno, founder and executive director of Jails to Jobs.
One of the biggest hurdles ex-cons face when they leave prison is getting gainful employment and businesses aren’t exactly in a hurry to onboard someone who’s covered head-to-toe in ink with a criminal record.
Steven Burton, in his project Skin Deep, digitally removes ex-cons tattoos in photos and records their reactions.
He’s got a Kickstarter together to document the project and help bring awareness to community programs like Jails to Jobs that will help to bring formerly incarcerated individuals into the workforce.
Unfortunately, the return to crime rate for many ex-convicts in the US is high.
Many people who fail to find gainful employment when they’re released from prison find it easier to return to criminal activity in order to earn a living. That’s why other programs like Homeboy Industries and Fresh Start Tattoo Removal are helping ex-cons not only help them get their tattoos removed, but also assist with job placement.
It seems like it only makes sense to offer programs that help people who are willing and able to give back to society, despite their pasts.
We all have that friend. The friend who rocked the Eleven Halloween costume. The friend who can’t leggo their Eggos. The friend who watched all of Stranger Things in one (very long) sitting. The friend who still isn’t over the sick injustice that was Barb’s fate.
This holiday season, it’s time to think of our loved ones who dedicated so much time to obsessing over Stranger Things. Thankfully, the Internet has plenty of gift ideas:
Perhaps the thing that makes dogs so goddamn pure is the fact that they’re so easy to please. Some love, walks, treats, and belly rubs are all they require for a completely blissful existence (is your heart hurting already?).
So, when you go above and beyond for your dog, their excitement goes THROUGH THE ROOF, and it’s a wonderful thing to witness. One such moment is circulating all over the Internet and one pup is getting her moment of viral fame.
Meet Jolene, a lovable (and newly Instafamous) Golden Retriever living in Modesto, California.
She likes dressing up.
And she loves her toys.
But nothing could prepare Jolene for the excitement she felt upon seeing a life-sized version of her favorite Gumby toy.
At first, Jolene isn’t sure what to make of the whole situation, but once she recognizes the smell of her human inside the Gumby suit, she absolutely NO CHILL. So, of course, she tackles Gumby to ground for lots of hugs and wrestles.
Jolene’s mom Emily Crisp originally shared the video to Facebook on Thursday night — and it’s been viewed nearly 5 million times since.
Following the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police last week, outrage spread across the country. While a single man used it as an opportunity to justify his murdering of five police officers, the vast majority of outcry was peaceful.
And the good news is that Alton Sterling’s family is probably set for life. Concerned citizen Issa Rae set up the GoFundMe page for Alton’s family after seeing his relatives devastated in a news video.
“If you feel helpless, but want to play a small part in easing the burden of #AltonSterling’s family, consider donating to this scholarship fund for his 15-year-old son (and his other kids),” Rae wrote on the fundraising page.
Rae hoped to raise $ 40,000 for each child’s future college education, and the goal was originally to raise a total of $ 200,000. The fundraiser just ended and at $ 714,448, it’s raised more than three times the original goal.
And so far, two more crowdfunding pages for Philando Castile have so far raised around $ 250,000 total. The first was set up by writer and director Xavier Burgin, while the second was set up by Castile’s sister, Allysza.
She wrote that her brother was “gunned down by Saint Anthony police for no reason:”
“At this time the family is grieving we just lost a very good man never in trouble a law abiding citizen,” she wrote. “Please donate anything to help contribute to his homecoming and family. I love you brother — your little big sis Allysza.”
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I have a younger brother who is color blind. Now I don’t know what that’s like, but I can imagine it must’ve been pretty frustrating for him growing up thinking that the flag was red white and green or that the Ninja Turtles were all brown, especially when the theme song says otherwise.
And if Paul Dano’s character in Little Miss Sunshine was any indication, not being able to see color is a deal-breaker for some careers and there really isn’t any way to rectify it.
Well, it turns out there is. With this nifty new invention called enchroma glasses.
Brammerz isn’t the only one enjoying the benefits of wearing the glasses, there are tons of people who can now see all colors in their true vivid glory thanks to these magical spectacles, courtesy of motherf*cking science, baby. Like these two brothers.
To learn more about color blindness and these shades, click here. The cheapest pair costs $ 349, which isn’t that much considering they give people the ability to do something they were biologically incapable of doing before.