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The World’s Tallest Man Met the World’s Shortest Woman in Egypt for One Epic Photo Shoot

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Revolutions, some more unrest, a coup or two (depending on how one counts), and Egypt’s political crisis over the past few years have sent a message to the rest of the world. Well, lots of messages really. But among those messages is this one: We still got the pyramids, but a picture may be safer more than traveling a thousand miles.

Tourism has taken a hit in Egypt, with fall-out somewhere between 20% to 33% compared to recent years. So what’s a troubled country to do to bring back the tourists? How about a 1930s style world record stunts. In the 1930s, all manner of unique individual and daredevil climbed buildings, sat on flag poles, crammed into cars, or did whatever else one could think of to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, and thus make a name for the town or city in which the world record was broken.

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Recently, two world record holders, the tallest man in the world and the shortest woman in the world, got together at the Giza Pyramid for a photo shoot. The shoot was meant to emphasize the uniqueness of the pyramids and to announce that Egypt was once again a welcoming place for tourists.

Sultan Kosen, the tallest man in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is a whopping 8’3″ tall, and his counterpart, the shortest woman in the world, Jyoti Amge, is a very tine 2’1″ tall. Kosen is one of only 10 people in history to be confirmed at over 8ft tall, and it’s been more than two decades since any other person has claimed the 8ft plus mantle.

Jyote Amge is just over 6cm shorter than the last record holder. Most two-year-olds can lay claim to being taller than Jyote. However, that hasn’t stopped her from getting around. Amge works as a television actor and personality all over the world, and recently had a recurring role in the US television series American Horror Story.

The Pyramids won’t be the pairs only stop. They are scheduled to visit other famous sites around Egypt in order to help make a difference and bring back the tourists to one of the worlds most beautiful and historic countries. Egypt would like to get back to see about 15 million tourists a year come to the country.

Jyote and Sultan hope their trip will highlight the vast contrasts of Egypt, from the towering pyramids to the wide and winding Nile river. Egypt holds a lock on every child’s imagination from the first moment one sees a picture of the pyramids. While many have a trip to the pyramids on their bucket lists, current events have put off many would-be trips. Hopefully, the pair’s efforts will demonstrate that there’s no time like the present to make the journey to Egypt.

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Owners Reveal Adorable House Rules Put In Place By Their Animals.

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As a pet owner, you’ll quickly come to realize that your pets are unique creatures with their own sense of self. As a result, you’ll find that your pets have certain demands, superstitions, or desires that you have to accommodate. A recent thread was posted to Reddit which explored how prevalent these ‘house rules’ were among animal owners throughout the world. As you’ll soon find out, nearly every pet owner had special rules that they had to live by in order to keep their pets happy. Buckle up, these rules are as adorable as they are hilarious!

When Reddit user DLordJr took to Reddit, he had this question to ask, “What rule has your pet instituted in your house that you now follow?’ The question skyrocketed to the top of the subforum AskRedditwhereupon thousands of pet owners shared their own story. From parrots and lizards to dogs and cats, it seems like every pet owner had a special rule that they were following. One user revealed that their parrot had extreme demands when it came to conversing with people. According to that user, if the parrot asked ‘What are you doing’, you had to respond. If you didn’t respond to their parrot, the bird would throw a tantrum while waiting for a response.

As the Reddit thread continued to attract more responses, it became clear that almost every pet owner has unique rules that they have to live by. According to user Chimerical_Shard, you simply are not allowed to close the doors around their pet as they will begin to scream at any surface that blocks their path. Another common ‘pet rule’ was that visitors weren’t allowed to leave their seat in the presence of their dog. Why? Well, the dog would immediately jump in and steal the seat. The user called this seat-stealing pupper’s action, ‘paying the toll’. Another dog, a Berner/Pyr mix, would get angry if it heard someone whispering. Apparently, secrets aren’t allowed in their household!

While house rules were different among the species of animal, it seems like there was a lot of overlap when comparing pets within the same species. For example, many of posters in the thread pointed out that their dogs demand to go on car rides every time that their owners go out. Other users pointed out that their dogs loved being chased by people who were clapping. It is pretty easy to see that certain personality types were more frequent among certain animals!

When it came to dealing with luxury, cats reigned supreme. Apparently, cats are almost completely beholden to being treated like Kings and Queens. One user pointed out that their cat, Potato, would refuse to eat her food until she was placed gently in front of her bowl. To make matters worse, Potato had managed to brainwash her owner’s boyfriend to accommodate the new rule. Another cat demanded the bathroom sink be left running so that she could get fresh water in the morning. When ignored, the cat would meow and scream at the bathroom door until the faucet was turned on.

So, what do you think? Do your pets have any special house rules that you have to live by?

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Guinea Pig and Dog Share Beautiful Friendship, Similar Fur Patterns, In a Story DESTINED to Make You Cry!

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If you grew up in the 80s and 90s then you probably remember the animated film, The Fox and the Hound. In the movie, two species of animal that have no business getting along end up becoming the best of friends. The film was adorable and touching, but was it realistic? As it turns out, interspecies friendship is relatively common in nature, and even more common among pet owners. This is where the story of Mr. Jenkins, an adorable puppy, and his best buddy, the guinea pig named Maple, begins.

Tahnee Reid was born and raised in Australia. Based out of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Reid had grown up as an animal lover. Reid was living with her pet guinea pig when she made the decision to adopt an adorable three-year-old puppy named Mr. Jenkins. At first, Reid was incredibly nervous about how Mr. Jenkins and Maple would get along. After all, Maple was smaller than Mr. Jenkins’ head. If the new dog wanted to put an end to Maples, he could make that happen. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending!

Upon bringing home Mr. Jenkins, an excitable Boston Terrier, Tahnee was shocked to see how her two animals got along together. Not only did they bear a striking color resemblance to one another, but they quickly became the best of friends. Tahnee said, “I really can’t believe how close they are to each other. They’re total best friends.”

According to Tahnee, Mr. Jenkins was the excitable pet that she had concerns about. If Mr. Jenkins couldn’t calm down around the little guinea pig, Tahnee would never be able to relax. However, Tahnee soon came to realize that the two pets shared a mutual passion, eating carrots! Tahnee says, “I think their friendship first blossomed over their mutual love of carrots.” Tahnee went on to explain that she would give Maples a carrot only for Mr. Jenkins to run over and beg for his own. Soon, they were sharing carrots with one another and before long they were napping together!

Nowadays, Maples is the proverbial shadow to Mr. Jenkins’ excitable daily routine. While Mr. Jenkins is the younger of the two pets, Maples tends to treat him like her own personal hero. According to Tahnee, Mr. Jenkins even acts like a parent as he’ll check on Maples throughout the day in order to make sure that she is okay! Tahnee says, “They really do have this amazing and strange little friendship. It captures the hearts of everyone that meets them or sees their photos.” Tahnee went on to explain that Mr. Jenkins had quickly grown attached to his little shadow and that he was proud to have a little sidekick who followed him around the home.

In the divisive world that we live in, it sure is nice to see how two creatures can overcome their differences. What do you think of the adorable Mr. Jenkins and his best buddy, Maples?  Do you want to bring home your own monochromatic buddies?

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Dismembering Dear Old Dad: Helping Ralph the Pug Deal with Age-Related Separation Anxiety

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Welcoming Ralph the Pug

Ralph the Pug came to join us a bit over ten years ago. He was five, a rescue dog who had been turned in by his old owner and was looking for a forever home. We hit it off right away as he bounced into our arms, then our hearts, and we took him home the same day we met him. We bonded, Ralph and the rest of us, playing together in the back yard, getting muddy and barreling across the grass after sticks. We even took him on vacation.

Clearly Dad’s Doggie

Ralph was especially fond of dad, resting on the couch beside his lounge chair so dad could reach over and pet him while relaxing. Ralph sat under the dinner table by dad’s feet when we ate, and mom and dad indulged him with space on their bed at night, always close to dad. The years together were good for us all.

As Time Goes By

Aging was tough for Ralph. His body got to be more of a challenge for him, and he seemed a bit forgetful at times. We’d had him for over ten years, and we knew that aging pets need special care. We took care of his medical issues as they arose, but we weren’t sure how to help his state of mind. He was always a loopy lil’ guy, of course, so why worry?

The Veterinary Perspective on Ralph’s Mental Changes

Our vet recommended a veterinary behaviorist, suggesting that Ralph might be experiencing some canine dementia. Nothing serious, he said, but Ralph might seem lost at times, get clingy or upset by change. The behaviorist recommended ways to support Ralph, keeping his environment simple and stable. But Ralph threw us a curveball.

Once we set to work adapting his environment to his age, Ralph got much happier and more active. When dad went to work, though, Ralph was sometimes inconsolable. He would pace, moan, lose appetite and sleep all day. It was only when dad came home that he’d jump, run about, devour his dog food and be his old self. We puzzled over Ralph’s attachment issues until mom had an idea.

Mom’s Idea: The Dad-Doll Arrives

Mom found a place online which sold life-sized mannequins, ones which looked close enough to dad to maybe make her plan work. She ordered one, and we all waited to implement this crazy idea. Would Ralph be fooled?

When the huge box arrived, we unpacked it in secret and set the mannequin on the bed. When dad went off to work, while Ralph was dancing anxiously around, then curling up and whimpering, we put it in dad’s easy chair. We got Ralph’s attention and led him around the corner to the living room. He stopped and stared at the figure in the chair: dad! He spun around in a circle and jumped up and down, four legs in the air at once. He made a sort of airy ruff-ruff sound and he charged dad-puppet’s leg. He nipped at his fingers, and – wait a moment – he tugged on them and bit them and pulled off dad-puppet’s hand! Whoops!

Ruff Love and Peace at Home

After loving on the doll in his way, Ralph laid down on the rug, content. Each day as dad left he’d turn to the doll and jump on it, then play with it. He stayed playful but proper with the real dad, and we were just glad that mom’s idea had helped dear Ralph.

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Neglected Puppy Loses Vision, Saved By New Owner in Wholesome Story!

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There is just about nothing worse than seeing an animal suffer, especially when that animal is an adorable puppy. When Puddin was first adopted, she was neglected and abused by her owners at their home in Texas. The poor little dog soon had an infection develop behind her eyes. Unfortunately, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in of Texas would not get to the puppy in time to save her vision. As a result, Puddin ended up losing her vision after veterinarians were forced to remove her eyes. Had the vets not acted in time, the infection could have cost Puddin her life! This story doesn’t end here, however, as there is a happier ending on the horizon!

After animal doctors saved Puddin’s life by removing her eyes and sewing her sockets safely shut, the future for the animal was in question. After all, it can be hard for new owners to be found when a dog is so clearly handicapped, even if that handicap came as a result of the heinous behavior of their prior owners.  The team at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals remained hopeful that they would find the perfect new home for Puddin to go to and that is where Cory Gonzales comes into the story.

Cory Gonzales was a young student when he first saw Puddin on the internet. Gonzales said, “When I saw Puddin online, I immediately fell in love with her ears, of all things.” Gonzales, just 22-years-old, would quickly schedule an adoption meeting with Puddin so that he could get the chance to meet the dog to see if they were a match. Gonzales said, “The day after I met her, I came back in and adopted her.” After meeting Puddin, Gonzales was quick to fall in love with the adorable puppy and the adoption paperwork would soon be filled out.

Despite losing her vision to the vile behavior of her former owners, Puddin soon found herself in a home where she was loved and revered. Gonzales was recently contacted concerning an update on Puddin. Gonzales said of his new puppy, “She is five months old now, and the way she has adapted to her new life is incredible.” Gonzales went on to explain that Puddin had managed to learn how to live in relative comfort without her sight. Gonzales explained that Puddin has begun to embrace her other senses to find toys, run around, play, and even stop herself from walking into things. Gonzales said, “It’s really amazing to watch.”

While Puddin was fortunate enough to find a happy ending, not all animals are so lucky. If you or someone you know suspects that an animal is being abused, do not hesitate to reach out to your local animal advocacy group. All animals deserve to be treated properly with love and respect!

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A 5-Year-Old’s 911 Pizza-Craving Inspires a Police Response

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It’s not every day that the 911-dispatcher gets a call from a 5-year-old boy, but when Manuel Beshara called he wasn’t calling with an emergency. He knew about 911, and he wanted to report that he was hungry, and he wanted a pizza.  

Immediate Police Response 

The response was immediate. Officers Morales, Mejia, and Hernandez headed out from the Sanford Police Department, to perform a wellness check on the 5-year-old. Initial details had indicated that Manuel reported that he was hungry, so they wanted to make sure he was ok. Before they got far, though, further details came in. They were able to determine that the little boy had not only reported that he was hungry, but that he wanted a pizza.  

Initially, the response from the officers must have been relief, and perhaps a chuckle. The officers probably know other precocious little boys or girls who would pull pranks or shenanigans to get a pizza. Despite the relief, though, they needed to make sure that the little boy understood the gravity of the situation (and that he wouldn’t do it again). 911 is for emergencies only.

At that point, it was pretty clear that the 911 call was probably not an emergency, but the officers still needed to check on the boy to make sure their assumptions about his safety were correct. At the same time, they needed to be sure that he would not try a similar stunt in the future. 911 is not the way to get a free pizza!

Meeting Manuel  (5-year-old)

Officers Morales, Mejia, and Hernandez arrived at Manuel’s home, and they spoke to him and his older sister. It was clear that he had made the 911 call without his sister’s knowledge, and also that he was not in any danger. In his conversation with Manuel, Officer Morales determined that the boy knew that what he’d done was wrong. There’s nothing quite like the experience of seeing a group of police officers show up to your house to put a damper on any impish pleasure over a pizza prank call.  

So, it was a teaching opportunity for the officers with Manuel, but they also made sure he didn’t come away with a negative impression of police officers in general. While gently chiding him for the serious offense of calling in his pizza emergency, the officers also brought him a Pizza Hut peace offering. So, Manuel learned a lesson. He discovered the value of 911, but he also discovered that the police officers really wanted to deliver his fondest desire, a pizza.  

The crisis was averted, but it’s also unlikely that Manuel will ever try that prank again. It’s also strongly suggested that you refrain from trying a similar prank at home. While the officers were kind and understanding to the 5-year-old kid, it’s just as likely that you could end up with far more serious repercussions than a stern talking-to, and a hot-and-fresh Pizza Hut delivery. It’s a cute story, because we’ve all been that kid, who carries out crazy, unforgettable antics. It’s also easy to believe that the little boy was super lucky. He experienced police officers who were kind and understanding, but a 911 prank is a serious offense. The story could have ended very different!  

Have you ever done something crazy like calling 911 to report a pizza emergency? What about your kids? Do you remember the crazy antics they tried to pull off?  In this case, it’s all’s well that ends well, but it’s interesting to hear about other situations that were not so friendly or forgiving. 

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