Category Archives: Viral

These Extraordinary Kids Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Harold Ekeh, Victor Agbafe, Pooja Chandrashekhar, Kwasi Enin, Munira Khalif and Stefan Stoykov are among the handful of high school students who have been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools and each of them has one thing in common – they are all children of immigrants.
 
Getting into the eight Ivy League schools – Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and Princeton University – is just a dream for most high school students. And while these students are not the first to achieve this feat, their stories surely make their accomplishment an extraordinary one.
 

Harold Ekeh moved to the US with his parents, Paul and Roseline, as an eight-year old from Nigeria and since then, has only taken on every challenge to be the best that he could be. Now, as an 18-year old, he has gained acceptance into all the 13 colleges he applied to, though he’s leaning towards Yale. So how did he celebrate his achievement? “I went to Chipotle with my friends for a half steak half chicken burrito bowl. It was perfect,” says Ekeh.
 
Another student who made it into all eight colleges, Victor Agbafe, also has a Nigerian connection. The 17-year old worked hard to achieve his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon, a dream he came across when he learned that Michael J. Fox suffered from the ill effects of Parkinson’s disease when he was only 29. This drove Agbafe to find a way to get to a place where he could do more.
 
Pooja Chandrashekhar, another 17-year old, has a similar story. The daughter of engineers from Bangalore, India, Pooja is among the brightest students at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria. Scoring 2,390 out of 2,400 on her SAT is an unbelievable achievement on its own, but pales in comparison to all that Pooja has already achieved. From founding a national non-profit organization that inspires middle school girls to participate in the STEM program, to developing a mobile app that helps pinpoint whether a person is affected by Parkinson’s or not, this one has already done so much in so little time! Kerry Hamlin, her guidance counselor had this to say about her, “She’s taking the hardest courses, the most challenging that we offer, and has exceeded anyone’s expectations in all of them.”
 
Then there are the stories of Kwasi Enin, whose parents were from Ghana, Munira Khalif, the daughter of immigrants from Somalia, and Stefan Stoykov, whose parents came to the US from Bulgaria.
 
Each of these students has explored every opportunity that they had access to, and now, are reaping the rewards for all their hard work. Being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools is no small feat and doing so while trying to fit into a new environment is even more commendable.
 
Kudos to these young achievers, and we’re sure to hear a lot more amazing things about them in the years to come!
 

Featured image (Harold Ekeh) via nypost (Victor Alcorn)
 
 

Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel Campaign Redefines Sexy

Every once in a while, an advertising campaign comes along that defies popular notion and takes a path less traveled, and of course, makes headlines along the way!
 
Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel campaign is one such campaign that is a bold attempt to give sexy back to women all over the world, whether they fit into the skinny category or not, and in style too!
 

Promoting its Cacique range of lingerie, Lane Bryant has come up with a brilliant campaign that takes an opposite road that Victoria’s Secret takes – with hot skinny models and super-small sizes. Instead, with the help of Ashley Graham, spokesperson for Swimsuits for All, and a bunch of plus-sized women – there is actually a campaign to drop the term plus size too – the lingerie line has aimed for beauty that has nothing to do with size.
 
It’s more than a potshot at Victoria’s Secret (the market leader in lingerie) and serves as a reminder that women who do not have the body of a Victoria’s Secret angel can still be sexy too!
 
With the ever-changing mindset of the masses, the need for super-toned bodies to be termed sexy is slowly fading and now with the #ImNoAngel campaign, this is yet another push in this direction, and of course, a push for Lane Bryant products too!
 
The campaign started off with a video featuring Graham as well as other women posing in sexy lingerie while the 27-year old Sports Illustrated model, who made headlines with her photo shoot for the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue, talks about the new sexy.
 
Now, thanks to the attention the video and accompanying photographs have received, the topic seems to be a hot one on social media too. While some are terming it controversial due to its close reference to the angels of Victoria Secret, others are applauding the brand for taking a stand, even though it is clearly for commercial purposes.
 

Our Angels have arrived!!!#imnoangel

A video posted by grownandcurvywoman (@grownandcurvywoman) on

 
Lane Bryant exclusively designs sexy lingerie for sizes 14 to 28 and prefers to avoid the term ‘plus-size’ alleging it is derogatory.
 

 

Michigan Police Officers Show Good Cops Still Exist

At a time when police officers all over America are facing criticism for dealing with situations in the wrong manner, two police officers in Michigan have shown how cops can actually be great guys and are indeed capable of doing the right thing.
 

In February, Fruitport Township officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges responded to a call at a local McDonald’s related to a woman holding a baby in her arms instead of a car seat. After a brief conversation, the officers realized there was a reason the family did not have a car seat – they couldn’t afford it.
 
Now, while the rulebook would tell the officers to write out a ticket for a traffic violation and go their way, their hearts certainly didn’t allow them to do so. Pavlige and Hodges instead walked into a Walmart and purchased a car seat for the family!
 
Now, how many of us would do that, let alone police officers who are only taught how to uphold what’s written as per law no matter what the circumstance. It indeed takes a certain amount of humanity to look at the bigger picture and have an equally big heart to go along with it, and these two police officers certainly had all those things.
 
In fact, they had even kept the story under wraps and if it wasn’t for the Walmart employee who called the station to inform the Fruitport Township Lieutenant of his officers’ good deed, this inspiring incident wouldn’t even have come to light!
 
Kudos to Pavlige and Hodges for showing all of just how great cops can be! If only every interaction between police officers and citizens made for amazing stories such as this one, America as well as the rest of the world would be a far safer place.
 
 

Loving Uncle Dresses Like Princess With Niece

Manliness is often associated with the wrong kind of actions. However, when a story comes around that turns that entire notion upside down, it’s definitely a welcome change!
 
Jesse Nagy, uncle to four-year old Izzy, showed us what a loving gesture looks like, no matter how it appears to the outside world. When Jesse’s niece wanted to watch Disney’s new live action hit Cinderella, she, just like other little girls that are crazy about fairytales, wanted to dress up for the occasion and look like a princess herself. The only problem was that she wasn’t sure about it because she was worried she would end up being the odd one out.
 
So what did her darling uncle do? With his well-built, tattooed body on display, Jesse put on the dress of a princess himself – a prom dress he borrowed from a friend – donned a tiara, took in hand a little handbag, and made sure his niece was not alone!
 
Check out these pictures and you’ll know that manliness is all about love and standing up to support the ones you love.
 
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Images via boredpanda

 
 

Teen Surprises Grandma With Her Prom Dress

Proms are a big deal in a teenager’s life, and for girls the prom dress is something she cherishes for life.
 
One such girl, after having children and then grandchildren, gave away her favorite prom dress to her granddaughter, assuming she would like to play dress up with it. Only, the little girl decided the dress was worth much more.
 
So when her own day at the prom came by, this granddaughter Cassie, decided to give her Grandma Dottie the surprise of her life, by wearing that same dress to prom!
 
Here’s a video showing just how much it meant to the loving grandma. We just love it when a beautiful and thoughtful plan comes together!

 
 

Voldemort Concocts A Brilliant Uptown Funk Parody!

Uptown Funk isn’t going away anytime soon, especially with brilliant parodies like this one of the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit. And if parodies like Dark Lord Funk keep hitting the Internet, it’s sure to stay around forever!
 
Harry Potter fans and music don’t really go together as far as proclaiming love for the franchise is concerned, but when you have a talented bunch of artists having a go at it, there’s isn’t much that can’t be done!
 
In this parody, Lord Voldemort – oh alright, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – gets funky with his own set of lyrics and what hits you on-screen is hilarious, talented, and extremely intelligent!
 
Check this video out and you’ll see why even JK Rowling has fallen in love with this one!
 

 

We even have the lyrics for you to sing along!

 

This Wiz, I’m ice cold

I’m Voldemort, That White Gold

This one, for that H.P.

Says he hates me,

But what can he do?

Caught the kid, boy who lived

Harry’s outta luck

With the Elder wand, stop the chosen one

Maybe make a new horcrux? (Ha!)

 

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Call an Auror up to try and stop this man

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Make a headmaster retire man

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Don’t say my name, you know who I am!

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Am I bad ‘bout this curse,

Avada down now

 

Albus sent ya, hallelujah (Whoo)

Albus sent ya, hallelujah (Whoo)

Albus sent ya, hallelujah (Whoo)

Cuz Dark Lord Funk gon’ give it to ya!

Cuz Dark Lord Funk gon’ give it to ya!

Cuz Dark Lord Funk gon’ give it to ya!

Saturday night and we takin Hogwarts

Don’t believe me, just watch! (Come on!)

Don’t believe me, just watch! (x5)

Hey, Hey, Hey, Oh!

 

Stop!

Wait a minute

Fill my goblet, put some fire in it

Grasp the hands, make the vow

Come on ‘Trix, seal this now!

We takin Diagon, Knockturn, Hogsmede, Anywhere!

If we show up, we gon’ curse out

Badder than that Devil’s Snare (Ha!)

 

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Call an Auror, try and stop this man

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Make a headmaster retire man

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Witch, say my name, you know who I am!

I’m too hot (hot hand)

Am I bad ‘bout this curse

Crucio now

 

Albus sent ya, hallelujah (Whoo)

Albus sent ya, hallelujah (Whoo)

Albus sent ya, hallelujah (Whoo)

Cuz Dark Lord Funk gon’ give it to ya!

Cuz Dark Lord Funk gon’ give it to ya!

Cuz Dark Lord Funk gon’ give it to ya!

It’s Saturday night and we takin Hogwarts

Don’t believe me, just watch! (Come on!)

Don’t believe me, just watch! (x5)

Hey, Hey, Hey, Oh!

 

Before we leave

Imma tell Harry Potter a lil’ somethin

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up

I said Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up

 

Come on, curse! Just cast it,

If you got the mark, then blast it

If you’re pureblood, we’ll have it

No need to fear the dark magic!

Come on, curse! Just cast it,

No need to fear the dark magic,

Saturday night and we takin Hogwarts,

Don’t believe me, just watch! (Come on)

Don’t believe me, just watch! (x5)

Hey, Hey, Hey, Oh!

 

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up (Say Whaa!?)

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up (Say Whaa?)

Dark Lord Funk you up, Dark Lord Funk you up…

 
 

38 Weddings In 83 Days And All Over The World Too!

Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard are among the most adventurous souls you will ever find out there. They already have an acrobatic career to boast of and now, have another claim to fame – the couple that celebrated 38 weddings over 83 days, and all around the world!
 
“It was exactly what I wanted, to travel the world with my wife and marry her again and again and again in so many different ways. That was perfect for me. I feel like there are more people sharing this wedding with us than if we had rented a single venue for a single day and tried to invite everyone in the world that we knew,” Platt said, outlining the idea behind the extraordinary adventure.
 
As soon as Cheetah got a yes from Rhiann last year, the plans for the adventure began; and soon enough, they were off on their extraordinary trip!
 
The first flight that would take them on the journey of a lifetime took off on February 8th and since then, the duo have travelled across countries and continents, showing off their acrobatic skills and of course, getting married in many ceremonies! And since they are ordained, they can marry themselves to each other all the time!
 
Check out these photos and you’ll see just how incredible their journey has been. Of course, it’s still on and if you wish to contribute towards their dream, you can do that too!
 
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Images via Facebook
 
 

Cop Manhandles Drunk College Kids!

So you think you’ve seen it all as far as police action is concerned? Once you’ve watched this video, you truly will have!
 
This is a mix of cops and WWE style action that will make college kids think twice before they go berserk on their spring break!
 
It all went down in in St.Pete’s in Florida when Sgt. Bryan Bingham was called in to rein in troublemakers on the beach. Only, Bingham chose to do it in true pro wrestling style.
 
We don’t want to spoil the fun for you by giving out details so simply sit back and enjoy!
 
You might say the brutal moves by the cop were partly unnecessary, but hey, when you’re surrounded by college kids and do not know where the next drunken outlaw might pop up from, a show of strength might be as great as any other form of backup!
 


 
 

Ariana Grande’s First Talk Show Appearance Rocked!

Did you know Ariana Grande hasn’t ever been on a talk show as a guest? Well, we found that surprising too since we have seen her on the best of the lot so many times! Well, it turns out that Ariana had been on them only as a singing act and had never actually been invited over as a guest. Well, Jimmy Fallon changed all that when he invited Ariana to The Tonight Show and what a show it turned out to be!
 
Ariana was her usual cute and bubbly self but what impressed the audience, as well as Jimmy Fallon the most was her impression of Celine Dion. To say that Ariana nailed it would be an understatement! She had every detail associated with Celine incorporated in her act, even the French-Canadian accent and chest-thumping the veteran singer is famous for!
 
While this impersonation was certainly among the best we have seen in a long time, Fallon made sure he got Ariana to team up with him on an Ew! singoff too, and that one was as hilarious and entertaining as her Celine impression!
 
With a great appearance under her belt, we are sure more talk shows will now end up scrambling to get Ariana Grande come and pay them a visit, not only as a singing sensation but also as a guest!
 

 
 

Heartbreaking Image Of Doctor Goes Viral

In the medical profession, the loss of lives is unfortunately, almost always an everyday affair. Ask a team of doctors, nurses and EMT specialists who are in the midst of all the action each day and they’re sure to tell you stories of how they’ve seen precious lives sinking in spite of their best efforts to save them. But, it doesn’t mean they ever get used to the heartache of losing a life.
 
An image of an ER doctor, crouching down next to a wall after losing a 19-year old patient, has now gone viral and has helped hundreds of doctors as well as the loved ones of lost patients revisit the emotions that surround such a moment. Taken outside a hospital in Southern California by an EMT working there, the poignant image speaks of heartbreak in a way no words can.
 

NickMoore911, the one who posted the image that was taken by an EMT friend of his, wrote of the picture, “The man pictured was unable to save one of his patients. Though this is a common occurrence in our field of work, the patients we lose are typically old, sick, or some combination of the two. The patient that died was 19 years old, and for him, it was one of those calls we get sometimes that just hits you.”
 
“I think people should know that the care providers are just as human as the patients, and this shows that stronger than anything I’ve seen in a long while,” he continued.
 
He also shared how those in the profession have to quickly forget – they only have time to catch a breather such as this one in order to get back to doing what they do best – saving lives. “Within a few minutes, the doctor stepped back inside, holding his head high again,” Moore concluded.
 
The post has since garnered thousands of replies and comments, with plenty of doctors and the patients who have lost their loved ones, sharing their own stories through the post as well as their own blogs other media.
 
 

Hello World! I’m Kit Kardashian!

Nope, that’s not a typo you see there. We just want you to get acquainted with the Kim Kardashian of cats, Kit Kardashian!
 
This tabby from Surrey, thanks to her prominent derriere – like Kim’s, does have an uncanny resemblance to the reality television star. Moreover, the way she carries herself has made sure the comparison stick!
 
Originally named Phoebe, the cat weighs in at 8.4 kilograms, or double that of the average domestic cat. This gives her a behind that reminded her rescuers of none other than Kanye West’s gal!
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But the animal rescue workers who now hold her do not plan to keep her resemblance to Kim. They have put Kit on a strict diet and are helping her lose all that unwanted weight, especially since it is restricting her movements.
 
Belinda Smith, her caretaker, is also looking out for a new home for the 9-year old cat. “I hope we are able to find her a home. She tries to run around but struggles. But she has got such a pretty face and is such a lovely cat, I’m sure she’d make a new owner very happy,” says Smith.
 
Kit’s adoption listing reads just as sweet as her. “Hi, I’m Phoebe. I’m 9 years old and my owner died recently so I am now staying with Blue Cross until I find a new home. I’m a very sweet girl, but these cheeky Blue Cross people have nicknamed me Kit Kardashian because my bottom is a bit too big!”
 
We’re sure Kit will find a home soon! Any takers?
 
Featured image: telegraph.co.uk

Big Cats Love Their Playing Time Too!

If you thought only kittens and cats loved their playtime sessions, these big cats will prove you wrong. These otherwise fierce and powerful animals have a side to them that’s just as cute as those endearing kittens you find all over the Internet and thanks to their size, it makes it even more interesting.
 
A string of videos from Big Cat Rescue show just how much fun these predators can be in the right environment. From boxes and kids’ pools to special celebrations on days like Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and even Valentines, the folks at this rescue center sure give these big cats plenty of opportunities to indulge in some fun. The videos they share help us appreciate these unique moments too!
 
Enjoy!