75-Year-Old Volunteer Literally Takes Catnaps at Animal Shelter

(Facebook/Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.)

If you’re a cat lover you’ll probably agree that 75-year-old Wisconsinite Terry Lauerman is living the dream. He spends most days volunteering at his local animal shelter snoozing with cats.

Lauerman begins his day at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary where he brushes any cat that needs it, then ends up catching a few z’s with his feline friends. The cats and staff at the shelter love the service Lauerman provides and so do thousands of others because of a viral Facebook post about him.

Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, told The Huffington Post that Lauerman never signed up to be a volunteer but just showed up one day, armed with a cat brush and dream to help some kitties.

“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen said. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

(Facebook/Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.)

Safe Haven is a cage-free, no-kill shelter aimed at rehabilitating cats with special needs who would likely be euthanized elsewhere. Feldhausen says Lauerman usually comes in for about three hours every day—he’ll start by brushing a cat but usually ends up dozing off.

“He sleeps for about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,”

The cats aren’t the only ones benefitting from his visits, though. “He said, [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him, as it is for them,” said Feldhausen.

(Facebook/Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.)

The post about Lauerman has received tons of positive attention and according to Feldhausen, they’ve received about $20,000 in donations since the post went viral.

While Lauerman is happy to have brought so much attention to Safe Haven, he wants people to know that there are plenty of other volunteers that put in hours of hard work to make sure the cats are loved and cared for.

Unlike them, however, Lauerman can do it in his sleep.

NASCAR’s Kyle Busch Races in Real Life Mario Kart [WATCH]

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NASCAR is adored for its grand spectacle on race days. With some stadiums being able to seat over 200,000 people, the air is electric with anticipation and excitement.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon.

In a video recently posted to Twitter, stock car driver Kyle “Rowdy” Busch is playing Super Mario Kart with his 3-year-old son, Brexton, who had some insightful ideas for making his dad’s racing a little more exciting.

“Dad, it would be cool if you were in the game,” Brexton says.

“It would be, wouldn’t it,” Kyle replies. “Man, that’s a good idea.”

The video then fades to Kyle’s own version of the Nintendo title, dubbed “Super Rowdy Kart.”

Busch described the process of how the video came about at Daytona 500 media day.

“So Corey Lajoie was making these drift trikes and I asked him, ‘Can we make it into like a Mario Kart?’ like into a four-wheel go-kart looking thing. Make it adjustable where the seat slides forward, the pedals slide backward so Brexton can fit in it; he can actually drive it or a full-sized adult like myself can drive it.

“Corey built these things and as he was building them, he showed me the first one, and I was like, ‘Damn, it looks like a real Mario Kart’,” he added, chuckling. “I was like, ‘OK, let’s theme them then—you know, let’s have a Mario, a Yoshi, and a Donkey Kong, and then we’ll have one for me.’

(YouTube/Kyle Busch)

“So he made them all, built them and then I was like, ‘Now I’ve got to go buy costumes because we’ve got to do something with it,’ and so I found a website that had these costumes on it and ordered them up and there we go: We made a video.”

Besides an obvious misprint identifying Yoshi as Luigi, the video is pretty spot on in terms of Mario Kart accuracy. From items to sound effects to the information on the screen, combined elements from Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64 to create his ideal aesthetic for Super Rowdy Kart.

“The filming of the video took about two hours and then editing of the video took about a week,” Busch said. “The final two hours of editing was me and my web guy. We were just sitting there trying to figure out all the sounds and all the effects and getting them right and timed right and all the things to make it to where it was sensory overload for people. It was fun.”

All of the cartoonish racing antics conclude with Rowdy finishing first (obviously) and Mario, Yoshi, and DK grabbing second, third, and fourth places respectively.

Father Figures: Poop Buddies

“Poop buddies doing their duties… or should I say, doodies.

This is my husband and our 9-year-old. We have 6 people in a camper with a tiny black tank. Dad made a rule that if you need to go #2, you have to go to the campsite bathrooms.

Little man was terrified of those bathrooms and made Dad come in to see all of the spiders (aka webs, no spiders). Dad made a deal that he could go poop in the camper as long as he learned how to dump the tank when it was time.

So he had his spider-free poop sesh and then lived up to his end of the bargain the next day! #lifeskills”

– Melanie Lehnen

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Honey Bunches Of Oats Is Having a Midlife Crisis

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While only about 30 years old, it seems as though Honey Bunches of Oats, the delicious cereal has found itself looking back on who it has been and what it wants to become.

New Honey Bunches of Oats Flavors
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Yes, like a 46 year old man who suddenly decides he’s a “hat guy,” the family favorite cereal is going for a new vibe. Yahoo News reports that two new HBoO flavors – Chicken & Waffles and Maple Bacon Donuts – will be available for an extremely limited time. Like, 1 Day Only limited. And only at some 2,000 Walmart locations. So things will be back to normal in no time, but if you’re itching to try some brunched-up clusters, be sure you’ve got an extra three bucks handy on March 7th.

These special boxes are in honor of National Cereal Day, a day that, apparently, exists. Because what better way to celebrate cereal than by making a great cereal taste like something other than cereal? Still, the flavors do sound pretty intriguing. Maple Bacon Donut is an easy win, but will the Chicken and Waffles taste like chicken and waffles?

It should be noted that Post is marketing these limited edition boxes as classic breakfast flavors, and that’s fine for the Maple Bacon Donut variety, but chicken and waffles is decidedly not a breakfast food. Sure, you CAN have it for breakfast, but that doesn’t make it breakfast food any more than eating cereal in your underwear at 9pm makes that “dinner food.”  Of course, chicken and waffles could be considered brunch food, but only if you’re pouring a Bloody Mary instead of milk.

Dad and Brother Help Groom out of Wheelchair for Wedding Dance [WATCH]

(Facebook/Marcelo Henrique da Silva)

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, who you’re marrying, or even if it’s your first or fifth marriage: your wedding day is special. It’s a landmark day, it’s a life milestone, and it’s one hell of a good party. Anyone who chooses to have a wedding should have every opportunity to enjoy it. God knows that arranging and planning one is a hellish months-long stress fest that definitely requires one hell of a celebration, if only for getting through it unscathed.

For many couples, one of the most beautiful, and nerve-wracking, portions of the wedding is the first dance. My wife and I agonized for months over which song to choose and then took dancing classes to make sure we (mostly I) didn’t end up looking like fools on the dance floor.

Dance classes weren’t really an option for groom Hugo Rohling, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair to get around. But that didn’t stop him from partaking in the tradition with his new wife on their wedding day.

In a Facebook video that has gone viral for good reason, Marcelo is seen dancing with his lovely bride, she in her beautiful, flowing wedding dress and he in his wheelchair. The pair gracefully maneuver around the dance floor and she gets in his lap for a kiss.

And then his father and brother come out for a surprise.

Chairs are seated on either side of Marcelo and each of his legs are strapped to theirs. He puts his arm around each of their shoulders and they all stand up in unison as the crowd cheers. Hugo’s bride walks over and embraces her husband at his full height, and the trio sways together to the music. Despite his brother and father flanking him, it surely seemed to the couple that they were the only two in the room at that moment.

The caption, from guest Marcelo Henrique Silva, reads: “I had the pleasure of participating in this incredible wedding of my friends Cinthia Zanuni II and Hugo Rohling in Cuiabá, and I’m going to share this video of what Love is really capable of.”

A lot of people have witnessed just that, thanks to Marcelo’s video, which has been shared over 400,000 times and has more than 16 million views.

KFC and Pizza Hut Unite to Create Gravy-Filled Pizza [WATCH]

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During the holidays, gravy is the great emulsifier. No matter how much you manage to pile onto your grandmother’s “fancy plates,” that brown, viscous liquid is there to be poured over into every nook and cranny.

But why should we stop there?

Two fast food behemoths agree that saturating things in gravy shouldn’t simply be an activity delegated to the holidays. In fact, it should be used to elevate current culinary favorites to utter new heights of deliciousness.

So, like a beautiful and greasy fast food Megazord, KFC and Pizza Hut are combining their palatable powers to provide customers with something truly special in honor of National Pizza Day (February 9th).

“The Gravy Supreme” consists of a standard pizza base with a cheesy bites crust, a heavy slather of KFC signature gravy (instead of tomato sauce), and then topped with popcorn chicken, sweet corn, and garlic sprinkles.

“[It’s] a match made in heaven. Believe me when we say it’s an absolute thing of beauty,” said a spokesperson for KFC UK & Ireland, via Evening Standard.

Whether you think it sounds amazing or just bizarre, you can’t say you aren’t at least a little bit curious to try it. It’s like dubstep music—I don’t really understand it but it still manages to get me excited for some reason.

Unfortunately, The Gravy Supreme will not be widely available anytime soon. It’s currently being tested at a few select Pizza Hut and KFC locations. Depending on the response (which I can only anticipate will be astounding), a larger rollout of the wonderful gravy pies will take place next year.

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3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

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Good dads know how important it is to spend quality time with their kids and how fun it can be too. But it can be tough to keep coming up with new stuff to entertain your kids. If you’re dreading a weekend of kids complaining about being bored while you countdown the seconds until bedtime, we feel your pain. So each week we feature 3 simple ideas of things to do with your kids.

Make Paper Airplanes

(Fold N Fly)

All you need for this activity is a tiny stack of paper and a little patience. Challenge your aviators to create a fleet that will compete for distance and acrobatics. Check out Fold ‘N Fly – it’s the perfect wingman for this. The website features over 35 different paper airplane designs, data on their aerial abilities and crystal clear instructions on how to make them.

GPS Treasure Hunt (Geocaching)

Treasure hunting… there has to be an app for that? Yup, and there’s an entire online hobby based around it! Download the app, register and you can instantly use it to navigate to a geocache location. Don’t forget to bring a pen – once you find it you’ll sign and date your visit and then log your experience online.  If your kids really dig this they can level-up and create their own geocache to hide for others to hunt down.

Ice Cream Challenge

Let your kids choose the ice cream flavors, cone and let them go nuts with toppings. Chop up their favorite chocolate bar, use sprinkles, whip cream, chocolate chips, syrups, jams, etc. Use the selection at your favorite ice cream shop as inspiration. Once everyone is done, share ’em and then vote for the most artistic and most delicious. I know what you’re thinking…the dreaded sugar high – but that’s been debunked by science.

For more suggestions check out last week’s 3 Things to Do With Your Kids.

Valentine’s Day Before Kids VS After Kids [WATCH]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Unless you’re a parent, in which case, Happy Make Sure Your Kids Brought Enough Valentine’s For Everyone In Their Entire Class So No One Gets Left Out And Feels Bad Do Why Do They Even Celebrate This Day In Schools I Heard Of One School That Changed It To Happy Friendship Day And I’m Torn Between Appreciating That And Losing My Mind Anyway Don’t Forget To Get Your Spouse Some Chocolate Day!

There’s no getting around the fact that Valentine’s Day, and romance in general, aren’t quite the same once you’ve been married for a while and have a few kids in the house. You’re tired, you’re rushed, you’re cleaning, you’re shuttling kids to practice, you’re helping with homework. You don’t have a lot of time or energy or headspace to celebrate your significant other the way you did when your relationship was still young. When you were still young!

The Holdernesses, a North Carolina couple who’ve been grinding out viral video after viral video of parenting-based song parodies for years now (starting with the infamous “Christmas Jammies”), are back this February to lay out all the ways Valentine’s Day has changed for couples with kids.

From the kinds of gifts you give each other to the date nights you arrange, nothing stays the same once kids are in the mix. You used to book dinner at an exclusive restaurant months in advance, now you’re angry that the restaurant doesn’t allow kids.