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This Lab Loves Greeting the Mailman

Amanda J

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Chuckie is a chocolate lab who waits excitedly each day for his favorite visitor, the mailman, Rene. Chuckie is a rescue dog, and shares his owner, known as Dad, with an older sister named Nestle. Dad videoed the daily greeting and posted it on Youtube. It was posted in 2015, and has received over half a million views. 

It’s heartwarming to watch. The mailman pulls up and Chuckie starts barking asking to be let outside. As soon as Dad opens the door, he runs out and greets the mailman with his tail wagging happily. He even jumps in the mail truck and seems a little disappointed he doesn’t get to go for a ride with his best friend.

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Not Your Typical Mailman

Rene is far from typical. He’s the local mailman in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  He seems to genuinely enjoy the time he spends with Chuckie and Nestle. Not only does he take a few minutes out of his busy day to pet them, he even brings them treats! It’s nice to see someone go a little out of their way to brighten someone else’s day. Watching the mailman interact with the dogs is truly heartwarming. 

Not Just the Mailman

While the mailman may be Chuckie’s favorite, he seems to love anyone who brings mail or packages, including UPS and Peapod (a grocery delivery service). Of course, it may have something to do with the treats, since the UPS man has been known to give them to the pooches as well. 

Youtube Stardom

In addition to the original video that started it all, Dad has continued to video and post Chuckie and Nestles cutest moments. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram under Chuckie the Chocolate Lab #teamchuckie. Follow Chuckie’s life with posts told from Chuckie’s point of view, and of course, more videos.

There are even a series of books available that are based on Chuckie’s story and his antics, including Chuckie Makes Mistakes (Sometimes). 

The Internet Is an Animal Lover

It’s quite clear that Chuckie isn’t the first pet to hit it big with adorable videos. There are many viral animal videos on the internet these days. Chuckie isn’t the first four-legged family member to write his own Facebook post either. Socikington is an average housecat with more Twitter followers than Paul McCartney. Grumpy Cat has reached fame by having a perpetually grumpy expression despite being a warm and loving feline. 

While cats used to get most of the recognition when it came to cuteness overload, Chuckie is proof that dogs may soon be leading the pack. We use the internet for many things these days, but if it has a personality of its own, it is certainly an animal lover. 

The internet seems to be in love with Chuckie, Nestle, Dad, and Mom. With so much controversial content on the internet today, it’s nice to watch a regular family and their dogs just being themselves. 

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Michael Jordan Opens a Clinic in Charlotte for the Uninsured and Underinsured

Danielle S

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Without a doubt, Michael Jordan’s most famous moments are on the basketball court. He won a national title with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team and then went on to write his name in the history books with the Chicago Bulls. In the minds of most, he is the best to ever have played the game of basketball. Even though his career on the court is behind him, he still tries to use his fame and fortune to make a positive difference in the local community. Now, he is a pillar of the community in Charlotte, NC, where he makes his home and owns the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. He is always trying to give back to the community that has given him so much. Recently, he did this by trying to help people who are struggling to find healthcare, which many consider should be a human right.

There are too many people who don’t know how they are going to pay for healthcare. Maybe someone has been diagnosed with cancer. Others might need surgery. Some might have a chronic disease that requires regular doctors’ visits. Michael Jordan decided to help out the people who need it most. He recently opened up a clinic in the local area of Charlotte, NC that has been designed to cater specifically to those who either do not have health insurance or do not have enough insurance. The clinic is called the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic. Novant Health is one of the two major medical networks in Charlotte and is the sponsor of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. Michael Jordan spent more than $7 million of his own money to make this clinic come to life. There are countless people in the local area who, without a doubt, breathed a sigh of relief to finally have some place to go when they need healthcare. 

Better yet, this is also the first of two clinics for low income families that Michael Jordan is going to be funding out of his own pocket. He recently spoke at the opening of this first clinic and many people were smiling as Michael Jordan broke down in tears. He was so excited to give back to the community that has supported him for years. From his ventures with the UNC Tar Heels (which are incredibly popular in Charlotte) to his homecoming as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, the community has supported Jordan from day one. Now, he is using his success to give back to the members of the community who need it most. He considers himself to be a member of the Charlotte community and now his name is emblazoned across the front of a medical clinic for the uninsured.

The clinic has 12 separate exam rooms along with an x-ray room for diagnostic procedures. There is also a separate space in the clinic for those who need physical therapy. This clinic is located close to home for many families, in an area of the community that is mostly impoverished. This is a great clinic for a community that struggles with social and economic mobility. Many children in Charlotte who are born into poverty never find their way out. The second clinic is already under construction and he is looking forward to opening this clinic soon. There are tens of thousands of people who do not have access to key primary care services in Charlotte. These two clinics are going to go a long way toward fixing this serious situation.

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20 by ’20: Tackling Climate Change One Tree at a Time

Danielle S

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The world’s problems never rest easy on anyone’s backs, but a group of YouTube celebrities and angel investors have shouldered the weight with excitement and joy. The group’s commitment to plant 20 million trees springs from the ethos that even small steps beat no action at all toward mitigating climate change.

20 Million Trees to Save the World

YouTube celeb MrBeast, AKA Jimmy Donaldson, reached a milestone of 20 million subscribers in 2019. His fans immediately spammed his channel’s comments section in celebration, challenging him to plant 20 million trees by 2020. MrBeast’s past radical acts of philanthropy have brought some recipients to tears of grateful wonder, so Jimmy has total faith that he will make this challenge a done deal with a little help from his friends.

Celebrating Radical Random Philanthropy

As MrBeast, Jimmy Donaldson gifted 3 million pennies to his 3 millionth subscriber in February 2018. Donaldson also bought out the entire inventory of a Sav-a-lot store in a single visit to donate to charity in May 2019. Topping that off, Jimmy opened a car dealership for a day in August 2019 so that he could give away all 12 of the brand-new vehicles he purchased for the occasion.

Power of One, Times 20 Million

From Treelon Musk to ”Lorax” Lutke, CEOs of major corporations have one-upped each other in a competition to be the biggest donors to MrBeast’s effort. Elon Musk generously donated $1 million — the cost of 1 million trees — on October 29, 2019. Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke followed on October 30 with a showcase showdown pledge of $1,000,001 to dislodge the Tesla founder from the top donor slot. Next, ELF Development A/S joyously donated 250 thousand trees, followed swiftly and happily by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki giving another 200 thousand trees that same day.

Each One Plant One

More than 329,742,464 people live in the United States of America alone, as of November 6, 2019. Planting just a single tree per person means nearly 18 times as many beautiful, carbon-sequestering trees going into the ground as MrBeast’s subscribers requested. How do you join the #TeamTrees effort, you ask? Join the Arbor Day Foundation.

Your $10 Arbor Day Foundation membership fee buys a tree for yourself and nine additional people to plant. The foundation sends carefully-selected trees designed to thrive in your plant hardiness zone. Charity Navigator, which evaluates over 9000 charities for their financial responsibility, gives the Arbor Day Foundation 3 stars out of 4 for fiscal responsibility and four stars for transparency and accountability.

Get Down in the Dirt

Your sports team or academic interest club, or your office or community group can host fundraisers, hold planting days, or join a #TeamTrees event. No money? No problem. Just grab a shovel, a post-hole digger, or a mini backhoe with a power auger attachment. Plant the trees yourself or with family and friends, any day between now and 2022, to take part in this heartwarming, globe-cooling attempt to combat climate change. Take a drone-assisted selfie of your group and post it online with the hashtag #TeamTrees and show your community pride.

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Humpback Whales Close to Being Taken Off Endangered List

Sarrah M

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Humpback whales are among nature’s most beautiful creatures. Sadly, these whales also find themselves son the endangered species list. This means that there aren’t a lot of these whales left in the world and they are in danger of going extinct. Whaling became a tremendous industry in the early 1900s and, since that time, Humpback whales have been hunted to the point of being endangered and close to extinct. They are magnificent animals and hunters quickly took notice. They are hunted for their meat, oil, and simply because they are large. This hunting has brought immeasurable damage to the various oceans across the world, ripping many ecosystems apart. There has been a tremendous focus to help the Humpback whales and restore their populations back to healthy levels. The efforts of numerous experts in the field of ocean wildlife and ecology is starting to notice that the populations of Humpback whales across the various oceans is starting to increase once again.

Recently, a report was published showing that Humpback whales are rebounding in earnest and are reaching the point where they might be taken off of the endangered species list. At the same time, these efforts are not going to stop. When a species is taken off of the endangered species list, they move to the next level up, called “threatened.” It has taken a long time for the Humpback whales to come off of this list. This is because the roots of whale hunting can be found hundreds of years ago.

Whaling first started in the South Atlantic back in the 18thcentury, the United States was still a very young nation. Two of the superpowers at the time, Britain and France, decided to industrialize the practice. They realized that there was a lot of money in hunting these beautiful creatures. Then, starting in the early 1900s, more than 25,000 Humpback whales were captured in the South Atlantic in a period of just 12 years. For those doing the math, that is greater than 2,000 whales each year. For such large animals, where their populations are relatively small, that number is absolutely staggering. Therefore, the population of Humpback whales not only in the South Atlantic but all over the world, started to plummet. 

By 1964, the global population of Humpback whales had dropped to only 5,000. In the South Atlantic, there were less than 500 whales present. Clearly, the various regulatory bodies decided that they needed to step in. The International Whaling Commission stepped in and ordered people to stop hunting the population of Humpback whales, issuing a ban across the world. Unfortunately, this total ban did not start until 1985, which was far too late for many Humpback whales . Furthermore, there were still people who decided to hunt the Humpback whales illegally. In 1970, the Humpback whales found themselves placed on the endangered species list, which is quite an ignominious award. 95 percent of all Humpback whales died and there were many people who thought the population would never rebound.

Fortunately, the Humpback whales are a resilient species and they have rebounded. The habitats in which they live have started to recover. The ecosystems are starting to rebound. Now, the Humpback whales are close to being taken off of the endangered species list. There are many people who think that if the whales rebound, there might be tons of CO2 taken out of the atmosphere, helping the problem of climate change. Now, the population of Humpback whales is close to 25,000 strong. This is a happy sight for those who love Humpback whales.

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Rinse, Recycle, Repeat: Mandy Moore and Garnier Partner to Promote Beauty Product Recycling

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Actress and singer, Mandy Moore, started recycling in the 1980s as a kid. She separated plastic, glass, and paper from trash, which was revolutionary at the time. “I didn’t grow up with the education that kids today have, in terms of their global footprint,” notes Moore. Unfortunately, today not much has changed from the 1980s version of recycling.

Even though there is more education available about our impact on the environment and reducing our footprint, humans are still producing more waste and not recycling as much as they should. Only 35.6% of all trash in the United States is recycled, according to a study by the EPA, and when it comes to plastic specifically, only 10% is recycled. The other 90% ends up in a landfill – a third of which are plastics from beauty product containers.

A lot of this is an information and education issue. Folks aren’t aware that their products can and should be recycled, so they just throw them in the trash. Other folks just toss them in with glass jars and cans, which can’t be recycled together. 

In an effort to bring awareness and promote education about the issues with beauty product recycling, Moore has teamed with Garnier for their “Rince, Recycle, Repeat” campaign. The campaign is a partnership between Garnier, DoSomething.Org, and TerraCycle, where consumers are urged to keep their empty beauty product bottles until they have 10 pounds worth, and then send them to TerraCycle who will recycle them. It takes the guesswork out of figuring out what can and can’t be recycled and is an easy way for the consumer to make changes that will impact the environment.

The program, which started in 2011, has been very successful. Garnier and TerraCycle have collected over 10 million empty beauty containers and kept them out of landfills so far. Moore joined the campaign because she believes in bringing awareness to instigate change in the emerging generation: “I hope that they see something as simple as recycling just a shampoo bottle or a face lotion bottle can really make a difference.”

After all, change always starts small. But the more you put into educating yourself and practicing mindfulness, the more awareness you have about creating an eco-friendly life that reduces your footprint on the environment. You just need to realize that your actions, albeit small, can instigate change.

Moore hopes to show people that a simple change like collecting your empty beauty product packaging to be recycled can create a huge impact on our future.

The emerging generation of young people are action-oriented: they see the change they want to make in the world, and they’re doing it. Moore hopes to inspire them and bring the impact of our environment into the foreground. By making meaningful and mindful changes, like recycling a shampoo bottle, we can positively impact our future. Climate change is real, folks! And you can help make a difference, one bottle at a time. 

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These are the Rarest and Most Valuable Items EVER Featured on ‘Pawn Stars’!

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If you are a fan of collectibles, ancient antiques, and haggling, then you’ll no doubt enjoy watching Pawn Stars on the History Channel. The series follows the team at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, NV. The reality TV series has been airing since 2009 and the show has featured some incredibly rare and valuable items along the way. Today, we are going to leap behind the counter of your favorite pawn shop so that we can highlight the rarest and most valuable items in Pawn Stars’ history!

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