Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Tiny Sweaters For Injured Penguins

How long does it take to master a craft? How about 80 years? Because 109-year-old Australian Alfred Date has been knitting since the 1930s and his latest/most famous endeavor was making mini sweaters… for endangered penguins!

Back in 2013, Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation asked for volunteers to make sweaters for the rare “little penguins.” Alfie, who has yet to learn to say no, pitched in. Knitted penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution.

Father to 7, grandparent to 20, he’s not only been an active knitter, but also a sportsman, having played golf till his 90’s.

His secret for longevity? “Waking up every morning”. See, he’s a joker, too!

More info: Phillip Island Penguin Foundation (h/t: ninemsnmashable)

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Volunteer Pilots Fly Shelter Dogs To New Homes To Save Them From Euthanasia

One of the biggest issues for animal shelters nation-wide is that some regions are overflowing with adoptable dogs while others never have enough. Wings Of Rescue, an extraordinary volunteer organization run by dedicated pilots, flies dogs from shelters overflowing with animals to those that can find them new homes. Often, the dogs they transport would have been euthanized hours later if it weren’t for these pilots.

The organization has saved over 12,000 dogs since 2009, when it was formed. Flights cost roughly $80 per dog, and you can donate to their cause on their website.

More info: wingsofrescue.org | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: mymodernmet)

Overcrowded shelters are often forced to euthanize their dogs

Pilots at ‘Wings Of Rescue’ fly these dogs to those that can find them new homes

“We either do it or the dogs die, so the choice is clear”

“Many of the dogs are immediately adopted”

The organization has saved more than 12,000 dogs’ lives

They hope to save more than 7,000 dogs this year

 

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These 17 Wacky Japanese Inventions Will Blow Your Mind

The whole purpose of an invention is to solve a problem that people have, and while these inventions may do that, some of them are so absolutely insane, we’re wondering if anyone outside of Japan has ever used them.

1. A book shaped pillow

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

2. A chopstick fan

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

3. Sound amplifiers

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

4. A tie that doubles as an umbrella (or the other way around)

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

5. A pillow that catches the sound and amplifies it

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

6. Eye drop funnels

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

7. A completely rainproof

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

8. “Battlescratch” Shirt

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

9. The Butter Grater

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

10. Cupman that tells you when your noodles are done

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

11. Silent Karaoke…for some reason

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

12. A banana holder

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

13. 360 degree camera

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

14. A device so you can see in your ear as you clean them

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

15. Umbrellas for your shoes

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

16. Square watermelons

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

17. Bubble wrap keychain

These 17 Wacky Inventions Prove The Japanese Are On A Totally Different Wavelength

24 Brilliant New Words We Should Add To A Dictionary

When languages evolve, it’s important that scholars and dictionaries keep up. The internet has spawned a new crop of words for stuff, and while you may not like all of them, some of them are really clever combos that seem like they might actually be useful!

Many of these words come from urbandictionary.com, which is basically a dictionary of modern slang. Their site is probably the most complete dictionary of modern slang, but it’s also full chock-full of nonsense.

Most of these words are portmanteaus, which are what you get when you mash both the sounds and meanings of two words together to get a new one. Did you know, for example, that the word ‘smog’ is a portmanteau (smoke and fog)? ‘Brunch’ (breakfast and lunch) is another one that is becoming more and more popular, although it’s been around for a while. And if you’re eating your brunch with a spork, then that’s a portmanteau double-whammy.

Can you think of any fun new words that real modern dictionaries should adopt? If so, add them to this list!

More info: urbandictionary (h/t: demilked)

 

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Steampunk Animal Sculptures Made Of Scrap Metal By Hasan Novrozi

Hasan Novrozi, a talented sculptor trained in Iran, has created a wonderful collection of steampunk animals sculptures that are full of life and emotion – despite being painstakingly assembled from thousands of metal tools, automotive components, and other pieces of scrap metal.

In addition to his epic Pegasus statue, he has also created other creatures in a variety of styles, all of which are stunning!

His more heavily-welded animal sculptures remind us of these magical animal sculptures by Ellen Jewett, while his steampunk pegasus reminds us of these life-like steampunk animal sculptures by Igor Verniy.

Novrozi also sculpts with clay and other media, so check out his Facebook!

More info: Facebook (h/t: kevlaryarmulke)

 

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25 Extremely Beautiful Minerals And Stones

”Mineral” is not the first thing to come to mind when you hear the word “beauty,” and that‘s a pity because they look so, so pretty. This selection of some of the most beautiful minerals and stones in the world will be a feast for your eyes.

mineral is a “naturally occurring substance that is solid and inorganic representable by a chemical formula, and has an ordered atomic structure.” Rocks, unlike minerals, don’t have a specific chemical composition, and can be made of both minerals or non-minerals. Although there are over 4,900 known types of minerals, the ones here are just the most beautiful ones that we and our readers could find.

Have a beautiful picture of a mineral? Add it below!

 

Cuffed at her cross: Heartbroken father arrested for erecting a barricade on bridge where his daughter, 16, plunged to her death in a car accident last month

 

  • Shannon Hamilton was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his 16-year-old daughter had died
  • Cecily and her friend Taylor Swing died just three weeks ago after their vehicle plunged off the bridge and into the river
  • Hamilton, who had grown fustrated waiting for the local authorites to act, has been charged with interference with government property
  • White County Commissioners have approved a motion to add guardrails, but there is no exact timetable for when construction will begin

 

A grieving father was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his teenage daughter had died just three weeks ago.

Cecily Hamilton, 16, and her friend Taylor Swing, 18, died on March 15 when their car plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below.

Shannon Hamilton, who had grown fustrated waiting for the local authorites to act, was arrested by deputies on Gene Nix Road on Sunday.

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Shannon Hamilton was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his 16-year-old daughter had died
Hamilton, who had grown fustrated waiting for the local authorites to act, has been charged with interference with government property

Shannon Hamilton was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his 16-year-old daughter had died

Taylor Swing died on March 15 when the car she was in plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below

Cecily Hamilton died on March 15 when the car she was in plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below

Cecily Hamilton, right, and her friend Taylor Swing, left, died on March 15 when their car plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below

‘Every day that goes by is another day that we’re risking a life that goes into that creek,’ he told AJC.com.

Hamilton, together with friends and family members, had traveled to the bridge to errect a temporary barrier he had created to prevent cars from driving off the roadway.

But before he could complete the work, Hamilton was arrested by deputies.

His 18-year-old son, Kale, captured the moment his father was charged with interference with government property on his cell phone and posted the footage on Facebook.

On Monday Hamilton told 11Alive that he doesn’t condone breaking the law, but he has no regrets about attempting to prevent another tradegy.

‘I pleaded with them to…put some concrete barriers up, some kind of temporary safety measure in place to prevent another father to have to walk across that bridge and identify their baby girl on the other side,’ Hamilton said.

Man arrested for attempting to put up temporary barricades

Hamilton's son captured the moment his father was charged with interference with government property on his cell phone and posted the footage on Facebook

Hamilton’s son captured the moment his father was charged with interference with government property on his cell phone and posted the footage on Facebook

Since the teens' deaths, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge

White County Commissioners have approved a motion to add guardrails, but there is no exact timetable for when construction will begin

Since the teens’ deaths, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge

Since the teens’ deaths, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge.

Two weeks ago White County Commissioners approved a motion to add guardrails, but there is no exact timetable for when the construction will begin.

‘We’ve talked to our engineers and they recommended that we do a permanent fix and not something temporary,’ said White County Manager Mike Melton.

He is confident that construction will start in the next week or two, but  Hamilton says it isn’t quick enough.

‘I think to not have something in place immediately by the end of the day, or a week ago, two weeks ago, or the day after this happened, I think that’s disgusting. I think that’s disrespectful and I think that’s reckless disregard,’ Hamilton said.

The district attorney has stated that he will keep in mind what Hamilton has had to endure when it comes time for sentencing.

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Monster Boxes That Will Protect Geeky Travelers

If you’ve ever had a problem identifying your luggage at the airport, the Fine Line Workshop in Pennsylvania will fix that for you – they’ve got a line of leather-clad ‘monster boxes’ that are hard to miss and look like they carry a serious bite.

Each hand-made box is decorated by sculpting leather over a wooden box. Glass eyes, fake teeth and paint transform them into ‘mimic’ creatures from the Dungeons and Dragons table-top roleplaying game that trick adventurers into approaching them by disguising themselves as treasure chests.

The workshop, run by artist Mellie Z, uses fantasy and RPG elements heavily in their work, so if this is something you’re into, be sure to check out their Etsy shop for tons of other leather products!

More info: finelineleatherdesign.com | Etsy | Facebook (h/t: demilked)

Boxes like these and more can be found on Fine Line Workshop’s Etsy store.

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You’ll Never Guess Why This Photo Of Two Women Embracing Went Viral In Brazil

A Brazilian man named Nelson Felippe posted an image with an angry rant on Facebook yesterday that went viral almost immediately, earning more than 7,000 Facebook likes.

I’m not prejudiced. I think people should do whatever they want to with their lives. But I think it’s absurd that I should be forced to witness a scene like this,” he wrote.

A Brazilian man named Nelson Felippe posted this metro scene with two women embracing

“I’m not prejudiced. I think people should do whatever they want to with their lives. But I think it’s absurd that I should be forced to witness a scene like this”

“What people do in private is their business only, but yes, what they do in public concerns me, and I refuse to see a scene like this and consider it normal”

“They’re challenging social conventions, and that can be dangerous. What if some tragedy strikes, or worse, if someone dies, who’s to blame?”

“What would happen to a child who sees this scene every day? Kids will think it’s normal to wait for the subway on the yellow line. So, don’t act like that guy over there. Follow the example of the girls”

Fellippe’s message went viral instantly with more than 7000 likes on Facebook!

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Dutch Retirement Home Offers Students Free Rent For Time Spent With Elderly Residents

Humanitas, a social service organization in the Netherlands, has come up with a brilliant model for helping students with their expenses and the elderly with the care and social interaction that they need to remain physically and psychologically healthy. In return for free lodging at a retirement home in the Dutch town of Deventer, six students will spend at least 30 hours a month with the 160 elderly residents living there, doing anything from helping prepare their meals and shopping with/for them to teaching them to use computers or even paint street art!

The program, spearheaded by Humanitas Deventer CEO Gea Sijpkes, has inspired social organizations elsewhere in Europe to explore similar opportunities as well!

More info: humanitas.nl | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: mymodernmet, thejournal)

Students get free housing for spending time with elders at the retirement home

The students spend at least 30 hours a month eating, talking, shopping or even playing games with them

“It’s important not to isolate the elderly from the outside world,” said Gea Sijpkes, Humanitas Deventer CEO

“When you’re 96 years old with a knee problem, well, the knee isn’t going to get any better…”

“But what we can do is create an environment where you forget about the painful knee”

 

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