A 99-year-old woman in the Netherlands got the help of her local police to fulfill her longtime wish of getting arrested.
Attaining centenarian status might be a grandiose accomplishment for many, but 99-year-old Annie is determined to do more than that in her long life. In fact, she’s outlined an entire bucket list of everything she’d like to do before she passes, and one of the goals was to get arrested.
Fortunately, she didn’t need to commit a serious crime to make this a reality. Instead, she contacted the Nijmegen-Zuid police station and authorities were more than willing to help her dream come true.
Like a hardened criminal, Annie was handcuffed and “briefly allowed” to sit in a cell with fastened handcuffs. This occurred after officers picked her up from her home. A rare exception was made for the 99-year-old, as citizens who haven’t committed a crime aren’t ordinarily allowed to be in the cells.
The photos below perfectly encapsulate how pleased Annie was to be able to check “go to jail” off her bucket list. She clearly loves to live on the wild side and because she’s an advocate for living life to the fullest, her story has been shared on True Activist.
99-year-old Annie wanted to fulfill her life-long dream of going to jail…
…so contacted officials at a local police station.
They made her dream come true, and she was more than pleased to check the feat off her list.
After Her Husband’s Death, She Was Cleaning His Workshop When She Sees A Note Under His Bench… get some tissues
When her beloved husband and father of her children passed away suddenly in February 2016 at the age of 51 from a ruptured artery, his wife was devastated. For years, he had been her rock and without him, she didn’t know how she could go on.
In the months that followed his loss, his wife got involved in metal engraving to help subdue her grief. It worked for a time. Eventually, she needed a space to expand her work and moved to the workbench her husband had built for her, being a skilled carpenter.
During that same time, their grieving son realized that the work bench was wobbly. So, he went to reinforce the leg and secure them with bolts. He learned that technique from his departed father.
That’s when he realized something was hidden on the bench…
The son flipped over the workbench and saw something startling. His father had scribbled a note on the underside of the workbench. He had written paragraphs of lovely words in his trademark red marker.
If the grieving son had not been proactive to fix the workbench’s wobbly legs, they never would have discovered the beloved father’s final words. And he just had to share his miraculous find with the internet.
“My dad passed away on February 26th at the age of 51 from a ruptured artery,” his son wrote on Imgur. “He made this workbench for my mom, Becca, when she got into metal engraving.”
The son continued: “He was technically my step dad, but being as how I’ve never met my biological father, he was the only and best father I had.”
Mason, the man who passed, taught his son everything he knew about carpentry. Without his father passing on his skill, the young man never would have discovered the secret message.
The inscription read:
“I love you Becca.
“Whatever day this is, I hope it’s a good one. God truly answered my prayers the day he gave me you. I know that these days are the best I’ll ever have, and I’m glad you’re in them.
“I’m not sure if you’ll ever see this, but if you do, just know that I love you very much. If there is one thing want in life, it is to be as good to you as you are to me. If I can do that, I’ll be the happiest man alive.
“I love you beautiful wife. — Mason”
When the boy showed his father’s inscription to his mom, she was touched to tears. The discovery of the love note was both emotional and bittersweet.
Mason’s son and wife wanted the inscription preserved. The young man removed the two planks from the workbench and then installed them in a frame.
Now this man’s love note is going viral. And it is inspiring men all over the country to do the same kind of thing for their wives and loved ones.
Their son says, “I have never seen two people so much in love.”
This video of an adorable little boy dressed as a Queen’s Guardsman will melt your heart!
The video, taken at Windsor Castle in England and posted on the Instagram account of a tourist joanna___feng, shows four-year-old Marshall Scott saluting members of the Queen’s Guard as they march past him.
The boy was celebrating his birthday at the castle with his mom, Imogen Scott.
#niceness #gratefulforlife #windsorcastle🇬🇧 It’s unbelievable, that the video is spread to the wide world. I was really lucky to meet Marshall at his 4th birthday. That was also one of the best moments in my life. Very grateful for the kindness and niceness of the world. Hope all the beautiful moments could be recorded.❤️ Best wishes to cute Marshall’s beautiful childhood all the way！❤️
Though Queen’s Guardsmen typically do not interact with guests, Lance Corporal Paul Edden posed for a photo with the boy.
“I just remember when I was younger when I wanted a picture with a soldier, and seeing Marshall in a Coldstream guard’s uniform just made me proud of what I do. And I just thought I would give him a chance to have a picture for himself for his own memories,” Edden told Forces.TV.
Imogen said Edden has even offered Marshall a private tour of the castle.
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Ingo, a Belgian shepherd, and Poldi, a one-year-old owlet, share a very special bond which is evident in the following photos.
For years, photographer Tanja Brandt has made it her mission to capture magnificent photos of animals and wildlife. Recently, the German artist found a new challenge when she photographed the unique bond between two unlikely friends: Ingo, a Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (Napoleon), a one-year-old owlet.
WhiteWolfPack relays that the owlet and canine have a special “protector-protected” relationship and that their affection towards each other couldn’t be any more evident. Ingo lovingly guards Poldi, who apparently “doesn’t know how to live free.”
The owlet hatched two days after his six brothers and sisters, therefore, has always been very vulnerable due to his small size. Comparatively, Ingo was raised to by a family of strong, and oftentimes ruthless, police dogs.
“They respect each other and they can read each other,” says the photographer.
When unique relationships form between animals of different species, it’s almost natural to celebrate their friendship. If animals can overcome prejudices to befriend and love other creatures, what’s stopping mankind from following suit?
Following are some adorable photos of the unlikely best friends
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All images credit Tanja Brandt
Kleenex alert! Santa Claus gives a dying boy his final Christmas wish. This is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story all wrapped together.
Sometimes… it’s not easy being Santa Claus.
It’s a Christmas story from East Tennessee that has gained worldwide attention.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen spreads Christmas cheer year-round and grants wishes as Santa Claus. His long white beard and curled mustache makes him perfect for the part.
He and his wife, who joins him as Mrs. Claus, even went to Santa school six years ago.
But a month and a half ago, he answered the call to grant what would end up being one child’s final Christmas wish.
“He was more concerned about missing Christmas, than dying,” Schmitt-Matzen recalled to WBIR 10News.
He said he had just gotten home from work when a nurse at a local hospital called and said there was a very sick 5-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus.
He was at the hospital in about 15 minutes and met the boy’s mother and other family members. She handed Schmitt-Matzen a toy to give to her child.
“When I got there, it was my job to make sure he got Christmas,” Schmitt-Matzen said.
With this tough task ahead of him, he asked everyone else to leave the room so that he wouldn’t break down in tears.
This is how he described what happened next, to a Knoxville News Sentinel columnist:
“When I walked in, he was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep. I sat down on his bed and asked, ‘Say, what’s this I hear about you’re gonna miss Christmas? There’s no way you can miss Christmas! Why, you’re my Number One elf!
“He looked up and said, ‘I am?’
“I said, ‘Sure!’
“I gave him the present. He was so weak he could barely open the wrapping paper. When he saw what was inside, he flashed a big smile and laid his head back down.
‘“They say I’m gonna die,’ he told me. ‘How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’
“I said, ‘Can you do me a big favor?’
“He said, ‘Sure!’
“When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.
“He said, ‘They will?’
“I said, ‘Sure!’
“He kinda sat up and gave me a big hug and asked one more question: ‘Santa, can you help me?’
“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there. I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him.
“Everyone outside the room realized what happened. His mother ran in. She was screaming, ‘No, no, not yet!’ I handed her son back and left as fast as I could.”
In the days that followed, Schmitt-Matzen was left with uncertainty about whether to continue being Santa.
Looking for reassurance, he shared what he experienced with other Santas.
“They told a story who told the story to somebody who told the story to somebody,” he said.
They continued to share the story and that’s how it ended up getting to Knoxville News Sentinel Columnist Sam Venable. His powerful column on this child’s final wish was shared thousands of times in a matter of hours.
A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.
The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”
The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:
1. to see
2. to hear
3. to touch
4. to taste
5. to feel
6. to laugh
7. and to love.”
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
Just a gentle reminder – that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
“Each day comes bearing its own gifts — learn to untie the ribbons.”
Reagan had just finished his second (and final) term of office as Governor of California when he was invited to appear on the Tonight Show’ in March of 1975. The discussion was wide ranging and entertaining. It’s clear the two men enjoyed the banter and Reagan made this great point about government. In 6 years he would be President.
Ronald Reagan knew this in 1975 and it’s still relevant today!
A Diabetic Alert Dog was acting op, so a mom called the school to check on her daughter. What the dog sensed is remarkable.
How do you live up to a name like Hero?
Well, for this clever little Lab, it’s all part of the day job.
Hero is a trained diabetic alert dog. He has kept four-year-old Sadie safe ever since he joined her and her family as a puppy.
Sadie was born with Down’s syndrome and, three months later, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Hero is there to let her parents know when Sadie’s blood sugar levels drop too low or get too high, using his strong sense of smell.
He’s able to detect changes to her blood sugar levels through an odour that’s emitted by the body when those chemical changes occur.
When the blood sugar levels are too low, Hero whines and will offer her parents his left paw. When they’re too high, he offers them the right paw.
Which is pretty incredible in itself. But, last December, the family say the closeness of the bond between Sadie and her Hero became even clearer.
On the day in question, Sadie was in her special needs class at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, while Hero was at home in Pleasant Grove, over five miles away.
Hero started behaving as he would whenever Sadie’s blood sugar levels are dropping. ‘He’s normally a very quiet dog. Whining is not in his protocol. But he just started whining and he would not stop,’ mum Michelle Brooks told KUTV News.
Michelle wasn’t sure what it could be, given that Sadie was miles away, but decided to call her school just in case.
‘(Sadie’s mom) called me and asked if I could check her numbers and they were fine,’ teacher Ms.Stoneman explained. ‘I tested her and it was fine. Then within half an hour she went down.’
Sadie’s headteacher Caroline Knadler, who also has Type 1 diabetes, couldn’t believe the dog had sensed a problem, despite the two being miles apart.
‘I’ll be honest, it kinda blew my mind,’ she said. ‘How can it be based on smell? It really got me thinking. What is Hero alerting on?’
Hero’s trainer KC Owens agreed it was pretty unbelievable. ‘I can’t explain it,’ she said. ‘I think it’s like mother’s intuition. These dogs have abilities and senses beyond our understanding.’
In a Facebook post, written after the story of Sadie and Hero was shared on US TV, mum Michelle wrote: ‘We were nervous to do the story because we didn’t want to give the impression that all dogs alerts long distance. They don’t. We didn’t want to appear like we were making crazy claims about our dog’s ability.
‘While we can’t and won’t even try to explain how this happens, we feel blessed. Even without the long distance alerts, he is amazing!’
She also responded to comments that Hero was a little more ‘cuddly’ than he should be. ‘I want to assure everyone that he is very healthy and we see his vet often to assure he stays that way,’ she said.
‘Bottom line is he’s the perfect dog for Sadie in every way. His size and structure was actually one of the reasons KC matched him to us.’
The clue’s in the name really.
This guy didn’t kneel during The National Anthem, he painted.
The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform The National Anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast. Watch what followed:
This is Bob Ross meets patriotism meets hockey. It is amazing!
No matter how many renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner you’ve seen as a sports fan, there’s a good chance you’ve never witnessed an anthem like the one before an ECHL game this weekend.
The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform the national anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast, and he brought a unique twist to the duty that not many could pull off. Everson is more a visual artist than of the recording variety, so his singing was accompanied by a live canvas painting performance that left fans captivated.
While it wasn’t quite clear what exactly Everson was painting at the start, his grand finale was well worth the wait.
Here’s the final product:
Her story may just move you to tears.
Former Miss Wisconsin and Trump supporter Melissa Young says the GOP presidential candidate helped her family when she was terminally ill.
Are these the actions of a misogynist? This brave woman shows Trump’s true colors.
A former Miss Wisconsin and Donald Trump supporter sought to counter charges of racism and sexism against the GOP presidential candidate on Friday, saying he had come to the aid of her family in “its darkest hour.”
Speaking on CNN’s Newsroom, Melissa Young, who was crowned Miss Wisconsin 11 years ago, described a dramatic moment involving Trump, before he was a presidential candidate. Young was told she was gravely with a blood clot, and while in the hospital, she received an envelope from the businessman.
“Handwritten by Mr. Trump, it said ‘must be delivered by 8 a.m.,” she told CNN’s Carol Costello. “I opened it and there was a message from him saying, ‘To the bravest woman I know.'”
“It lifted my spirits,” she said. “He continued to do that, to reach out to check on me, to check on my son to see how he was doing.”
Her compassionate characterization of the businessman stands in contrast to the widely-publicized feud between former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, whose weight gain has been the target of negative comments by Trump. She’s also accused him of calling her racially-charged names.