There are many children in the world who suffer from all kinds of illnesses and are desperate for something to come along and lift their spirits. One tech team has created something that they think could do a lot of good – a duck.
Don’t worry, it’s not an actual living duck – it’s a plush, robotic one. With the press of a button, the device can make young patients laugh from its various emotions. The idea is that, through the power of play, children’s quality of lives will improve.
Robotics expert Aaron Horowitz is the man behind the project and after successful tests in a string of hospitals, expects the model to be distributed nationwide in the foreseeable future.
Horowitz knows how it feels to be stuck in a hospital. He spent much of his childhood coping with a human growth development deficiency. There is nothing more he would love than to bring smiles to the faces of children who he can relate to. He co-founded Sproutel with a college friend.
Although it is only taking off now, robots in aide of social company have been in the works for over a decade now. There are more typical looking robots being used for adults, but the duck is specifically aimed at children who suffer from illnesses such as cancer.
These machines are aimed to improve patients’ psychological and emotional well-being. In the U.S. alone, 11,000 kids get diagnosed with cancer each year. Although the duck has no medicinal value, it does provide therapy for the child with soothing and deep breathing sounds.
One mother, whose 12-year-old son Ethan has B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, was delighted when he was had his first encounter with the duck and used the word “awesome,” to describe him.
Ethan had a positive experience with the duck, engaging in breathing exercises. His mom believes that he’ll benefit massively from having his own.
When people cook something new for the first time, it’s important to get feedback. The internet is a great way to get that without needing to invite people to dinner. There’s a first time for everything, but in cooking, there are certain things you should know. First of all, raw chicken is super dangerous to eat so the meat must be well cooked. You don’t need to be a frying master to tell that the chicken is clearly undercooked in the picture.
Not Much of an Option
Having a baby is really one of the most magical and special times in any person’s life, and for this young mother-to-be, the occasion coincided with the second-biggest dance of the year. Unlike Prom, Homecoming is open for everyone and is connected to sports and the alumni coming back to the school, so it sticks out as an important day. You’re supposed to ask someone special to go with you, even though it’s completely fine to go alone. In this girl’s case, her unborn baby was coming along whether they wanted it or not.
Not That One!
Depending on who you ask, Michelangelo is either a famous Italian artist or he’s one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The former painted the Sistine Chapel and sculpted the mighty David statue, while the latter is a pizza-gorging mutant reptile that somehow learned martial arts. It’s uncertain if making such sublime works of art trumps the difficulty a turtle undoubtedly faced learning how to fight with hands and feet while they’re jutting out of a shell. Either way, the Pietà is an impressive work of art.
The Real Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians when she was just 10. Since then, she has grown up under the public’s eye, but many noted that she had developed in ways that seemed, well, augmented. People’s lips don’t just get fuller out of the blue, and that’s just one of the many of her features that people speculate have had the benefit of plastic surgery. And when you look at this girl, the resemblance to Kylie is unsettling.
Psychopathy is a serious disorder that’s been diagnosed by the psychiatric society for generations, so it’s no surprise that the term has seeped into popular parlance. Indeed, there are apparently telltale signs that someone is a psychopath, ranging from abusing animals to an unhealthy relationship with one’s mother. It’s gotten to the point where some will call people psychos if they display behavior they can’t understand. For example, you might be called a psychopath if you prefer cold showers. In the case of completing a pictureless puzzle, this behavior is certainly confounding.
That’s a Burn
There are so many good things in the world that deciding what’s best is quite hard. If the best thing you can think of is being better looking than your ex’s new love, it says a lot about the type of person you are. In any relationship, it’s important to get one’s priorities straight, and discovering the type of partner your romantic interest will be is very important. It’s time to do some soul searching because there’s a reason they’re now your ex.
Tennis Ball Buzz
This sweet young lady posted this adorable picture of herself to present to the world. If what she says is true, a picture of her smiling is a rare glimpse into an infrequent occurrence. Getting her picture taken right after leaving the hair salon with a fly hairdo seemed like a great idea, especially with that razor fade. She never made the connection, but her fuzzy green buzz looks uncannily like a Wilson tennis ball because of that razor fade.
What Happens When You’re Born to Money
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s kid, North, is only six years old, and it’s crystal clear she’s the offspring of these two fashionable parents. Fans of the couple pointed out that she apparently has a sublime sense of fashion already, which would make her a child fashion prodigy. But to be fair, it’s hardly likely North is dressing herself. Furthermore, as this comment points out, it’s not like North is bankrolling her wardrobe, anyway, so there’s nothing to compare.
This before and after pics is incredible, as it shows just how much this adorable pooch has grown in the space of one year. While the dog-year conversion would make the puppy seven years old now, his growth still seems astronomical. There are only 365 days in a year, and this dog’s already bigger than his owner. It’s a shocking transformation, to say the least, and one comment stood above the rest. Now that he’s grown so big, it looks like it should be him taking his owner for walks.
Love comes in all shapes and sizes, which is one of the most beautiful things about it. She just wanted to post something cute about her and her love, but she got much more than she bargained for. That being said, when you put it like that the first image that conjures up in people’s minds is when the taller person has to bend at the waist while the shorter one stands on tip-toes just for their lips to meet.
You’re Saying it Doesn’t Apply Anymore?
Kids do the darndest things at times, especially when they realize it can help them get what they want out of life. The coolest thing for many kids is seeing all the colorful images on the TV screen, but the real game-changer is when they realize there are video games they can play on it. For a kid, this has got to be the coolest thing. In fact, this is pretty much the coolest thing around for adults, too.
Surprising Amount of Truth to This
This comment is hilarious for so many reasons. ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was involved in a scuffle in Stockholm, Sweden, for which he was arrested. Not only was he arrested, but he served about a month and a half of jail time. Not long after, he returned to the country to perform once again. Psychologists have long had a name for an abductee who goes back to seek and join his or her former captives…
The original poster meant this as a sort of motivational poster. If you’re under 58, you first feel guilty that you’re nowhere near in as good of shape as Jasvinger Singh. After all, 58 is pretty old to be so ripped! But then again, when you’re less than half his age, it’s only fair that you don’t look like just yet. Heck, he’s been building those muscles for years, and the 27-year-old still has 31 years to get to Singh’s level.
While this image can make some people think about a close couple that is unable to be separated physically for too long, it also can mean something completely different to somebody else. The original poster associated this with a serious relationship, which is really sweet. Too bad this also looks like an image of people packed like sardines waiting to get to where they need to go. When it comes to public transportation, all socially-accepted personal distance is thrown out the window.
A New Reason to Go On
Something happens when you have a child: you cease to live for just yourself and begin living for your offspring. When it comes to turtles, though, they don’t have the same biological clocks as we do, which means they can go lay eggs long after we would be gone. Their long lifespans make humans’ look like a joke, and it’s all the more poignant when you see a 140-year-old turtle raising her baby. Looking back on the past 140 years, Mom’s had a wild time!
Shanghai at Night
Shanghai is a remarkable city, and one of the most magnificent in all of China. There’s quite a lot of beautiful cities in the country, from Beijing to Guangzhou, but it’s one of the most unique ones there, mixing old and new. Like many cities around the world, Shanghai claims to be a city that never sleeps. Whoever posted the original post had enough positive qualities in front of them before settling on something that’s the same in literally every other place on the planet.
Ground Control, Change of Plans
Women have worked long and hard over generations to get to where they are today. Although there’s still a lot of work to be done, we have come a long way in terms of gender equality. Space, the final frontier, is no exception but luckily this is a field that women entered. As the first female commander of the International Space Station, she’s the only person that truly has the authority to decide what goes on in the station, and it’s only fair.
Terry Gets You
Terry Crews has overcome much to be the calm, composed actor you see today. After working hard to make it into the NFL, he left behind professional sports to be an actor. As much as he’s able to control his emotions, there are some things that you really should not do around him. Do you know what really grinds Terry Crews’ gears? When someone at the dining table snatches some of his yogurt when he’s not paying close enough attention to be guarding it. At that point, you’re on your own.
Name Your Price
For those of us trapped in a corporate job, with the expectations of people higher up weighing down heavily, this comment is for you. The original picture looks like the boss is serious about considering how long the employee believes the task will take, but in reality, it’s just a command in disguise. That’s how it feels like when you’re working sometimes. But to hit unreachable goals, it’s only fair that the worker gets paid an unreasonable salary.
Sometimes expectations versus reality can be quite disappointing, but not in this case. This amateur chef is trying out one of the simpler recipes around because it’s just a mix of batter poured onto a skillet. The real skill here is knowing how to flip them perfectly. Even though they wanted to get a perfectly circular shape, they gained what looks to be a friendly extraterrestrial because the shape that appears in the finished product looks like a face of sublime joy.
Spongebob Squarepants has been entertaining kids and adults for years, specifically because it often sprinkles adult themes in between a silly plotline revolving around Spongebob’s adventures. This comment refers to the “most diabolical Krabby Patty ever spawned” featured in the episode “Nasty Patty.” Spongebob and his boss, Krusty Krab, must deal with a health inspector whom they (erroneously) believe is an imposter, so they do all sorts of terrible things to make the Nasty Patty. But before the health inspector can eat it, a fly flies into his mouth and chokes him.
Humans have come a long way in understanding how diseases work, but eradicating certain illnesses depends on everyone’s participation. Thankfully, germ theory has replaced the miasma theory of disease, which held that miasma, or bad air, caused illnesses instead of microbes. Polio is a thing of the past, yet there are a slew of other disease-causing organisms that remain at large, spreading from person to person because we haven’t all taken the preventative measures to make these illnesses a thing of the past.
Stay Tuned for Method Two
This video, posted by Ninja Nate on YouTube in 2008, is a low-quality, amateur production of a striking tutorial. You can see the Bruce Lee influence, so if you want to emulate the master, this video held a lot of promise as a good place to start. His technique is lightning fast, but one commonly-cited downside of Wing Chun is that many of the strikes use shocking speed at the expense of power. That being said, against someone with no arms or legs this technique is still rock-solid.
Storing for Later Use
Dizzy Gillespie is one of the legendary names in jazz, with a sweet-sounding horn that has moved those who appreciate fine music for generations. People going to see his show without seeing any pictures of him playing with his band, though, were doubtlessly shocked to see his distinctive sound coming out of one of the most distinctive-looking musicians. For one, his trumpet had a bent horn, yet that was nothing compared to the image of his cheeks puffing out like a chipmunk’s storing nuts ahead of winter when he played.
The Cruel Real World
We all want things to be all nice and dandy, with many of us feeling that the right way to spread positivity is by public service announcements in the form of social media posts. Why can’t we all get along? It’s easy to say this sort of thing, but the real world is a much harsher place than we’d like to believe. Try coming to the bank with that attitude when you owe them money and we’ll see how far you get.
It’s Not Fair
Art mimicking reality works almost all the time, but it doesn’t work nearly as often going the opposite direction. Just try to do some of the seemingly benign things that happen in music videos, for instance, and you’ll get slapped with a lawsuit in no time. This guy had to learn the hard way that society frowns on certain activities in ice cream parlors. It should be illegal for them to have a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy. Three strikes is fair.
Let’s be fair, here, Darth Vader has a lot to cry about. If you watch the Star Wars saga in the order they were released, one of the best bad guys in the history of film is revealed to have a tragic past. He long ago abandoned the noble Jedi code and lost his humanity by the time he boards Princess Leah’s transport ship, having committed atrocious acts, yet he’s the ultimate tragic hero in the prequel series. And that makes this peculiarly-shaped showerhead hilarious.
The Smartest One of All
It looks like a team of serious laborers came out to do some work, but look very closely at the division of labor. It appears as if one of them isn’t helping out at all while the rest do all the heavy work — but, in fact, it’s the person with the camera who’s really not doing any work. When it comes to heavy lifting and strenuous labor, remember it’s always best to be the one taking pictures.
Gastronomy for Grass Masters
Leafy greens are an important part of a nutritious diet, and it’s recommended that all of us incorporate this into the foods we eat daily to promote healthy bowel movement and more. The only thing is it looks like the kind of food rabbits eat to those who hate eating their greens. Usually, kids are the ones who refuse to eat their greens, but now it makes a bit more sense why it’s unappetizing.
Everyone Has a Bore Quotient
The original post isn’t really that funny, as it’s the comments that followed that make it so hilarious. Indeed, having a rational number, to begin with, is a bit boring, and the second person is only making this already boring exercise all the more frustrating. Why cancel out the infinite amount of numbers in between consecutive whole numbers? Only someone who deserves to get a 10 on this scale would take the little fun left to be had out of it.
BAE: Breaking and Entering
All too often there’s an online post talking about an apparently desired thing but, in fact, the person hit “post” without completely thinking it the whole way through. Being kissed is always nice unless, of course, you don’t want to be kissed. Kisses are really sweet to give when your loved one is sleeping, but they’re also unwelcome by strangers, particularly when you’re supposed to be the only one in your home at night, in your sleep. Gives you chills, doesn’t it?
No One Quite Like Her
When you get told by a woman that she loves you for the first time, the feeling is a magical one that you will remember for the rest of your life. But on second thought, none of us should even remember the first time. We hope this is something every mother tells her kids from the moment they leave the womb, which is what makes this burn all the worst. According to the comment, this person is still too miserable to have found love!
If you like a guy or a girl a lot, but want to be more than just friends, the last thing you want to have happened to you is to be trapped in the friend zone. You pursue your romantic interest with vigor, only to find out that they see you as nothing more than a friend. This is a serious quagmire, as you risk being a total jerk by stopping to be friends, all the while you’re stuck in a situation where you will always want more.
Ton Anderson might not be as famous as other tech company founders of his day like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg, yet Anderson made an incredible exit when he sold Myspace. Instead of working hard to make even more money, Anderson decided to enjoy the finer things in life like photography in his spare time. After all, he’s one of the small minority of people in the world who don’t need to work at all, so let’s just say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to tech news…
Her Swag Can Put You Through School
It’s ridiculous for many that clothes and other fashion items can reach such exorbitant prices, yet this is the way it is in the world. When it comes to some of these items, you might think to yourself, who in the world buys this? The answer is almost always one of the Kardashians/Jenners. Kim dressed one of her and Kanye West’s kids in some of the finest kiddy clothes money can buy, but the outfit is so high-class it can pay for this person’s college tuition.
There are many specialized kitchen utensils to measure servings of spaghetti available on the market, but the example that this person offered is one of the more ridiculous ones. Why in the world would there be a horse shape, when it’s definitely not enough to feed a horse, other than it meaning, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse?” The other person commenting took our minds on the only logical path to follow, and now we’re faced with accepting no other conclusion.
OG Dave Miles
When you’re trying to make it as a serious rapper, you have to make sure that you do the most you can to give the public a taste of the new mixtape you’re about to drop. But imagine the horror when you see over a thousand more disliked the video than liked it! While there’s plenty to laugh about watching this video because this guy is hardly an OG, but we’ll let him keep those letters because he’s one of the original gems of the internet.
The Indie Side
There’s a good reason why we classify music into genres, as many songs and artists have surprisingly a lot in common. A lot of hair metal singers look the same, for example, just as boy bands look the same, which is curious considering how each member of each boyband is supposed to be unique to his bandmates. For Indie music, evidently, almost all music videos have a sepia tone effect to give the clip an added warmth. Why is this so widespread? No idea, but look and you will see that it’s true.
Immersed in Prayer
There’s a lot of stock footage out there to illustrate a variety of different situations and, believe us, many of them are devoted to broken-hearted men and women in a variety of different set-ups. Sometimes these pictures are so on point that it’s a struggle not to post them on social media and share with all of your friends. This is not one of those images. It looks like a stock image of exactly the sort of situation the last person described.
Sixty Symbols is a really informative YouTube channel that tackles a variety of science matters, specifically physics and astronomy. They have a variety of different people come on, with many years of expertise, and explore various topics. But there was one instance where they got the ultimate speaker, the one scientist who looks like he knows all there is to know and more. It doesn’t even matter what subject because this man looks like the embodiment of science itself.
Dogs are really sweet and cuddly, so we’re sure this dog is a cute one instead of the demonic creature before us with the glowing eyes. It’s only natural for a dog to want to have a taste of your food while you’re eating, but the way things look in real life doesn’t always translate well on camera. Next time you post a picture of your pet, make sure you use the red-eye filter! Otherwise, he or she is likely to end up looking like this.
There are only two logical explanations for what is going on in this video. Either the crossbow is miniature like it says or the man is actually a giant holding a normal-sized crossbow. As we don’t really have any third reference in the video, we’re left uncomfortably in the dark regarding what’s actually going on here. People have a right to know the truth, and the fact that the channel doesn’t even regard one of the possibilities makes it all the more suspect.
This young lady was just trying to get some feedback on this cute outfit, so someone took her picture and the rest is history. The sort of social media buzz she wanted to get wasn’t at all what she got, but let’s hope she took it well. After all, it’s not every day that you get your picture taken at such a perfect angle. While she was smiling and saying cheese, an angry face formed in one of her knees.
If you don’t know Meek Mill, he’s a rapper from Philadelphia who has been in the game for a while now. Despite that, he might be best-known for his high-profile relationship with Nicki Minaj, who is certainly more successful and makes more money than him. The couple broke up a few years ago, but while they were together, someone found it hard to believe that Meek Mill was the one that did the hard work to earn that money, which is easy to understand.
Fish and Quips
While most of the wittiest comment crafters you will find online are private citizens, don’t forget big companies hire some of the very same people to run their public relations departments. Someone was being smart with some fish puns after shopping at Sainsbury’s, a U.K. grocer, and was delighted that he was replied to with more fish puns. There’s nothing like a company that knows how to speak the language of its patrons, and Brits love some good old wordplay.