Tim Burton's next adorably gruesome animated adventure, Frankenweenie, comes out in theaters today, and I'm totally smitten by Sparky, the pointy-nosed Bull Terrier so loved by little Victor that his buddy brings him back from the dead. He's, of course, adorable when alive, but he's almost more darling in his undead form with a few stitches and missing parts! Resurrected Sparky has now joined a long line of movie critters that aren't real . . . but I wish they were! Check out the others in this slideshow, and chime in with your favorites.
Last week, scientists in Japan released a study demonstrating that viewing images of cute critters can improve concentration. A paper titled "Power of Kawaii" describes experiments in which groups of university students were asked to perform tasks before and after looking at photos of puppies and kittens. Researchers report that "viewing cute images makes participants behave more deliberately and perform tasks with greater time and care."
You heard that right: all that time you spend on PetSugar actually helps you focus on completing the sales report for which your boss is impatiently tapping his toe. So go ahead and click through this slideshow of insanely adorable Instagram fuzzies without fear of wasting valuable time. It's now a work-related activity! You're very welcome.
Pumpkin may be a great tummy-settler for cats and dogs, but while most pups will down just about any substance (food or otherwise) that you place in their bowls, felines exhibit more discriminating tastes. Fish, cheese, and chicken are, of course, easy sells to a cat's palate, but squash? Often not so much. Nevertheless, these kitties prove that you don't have to eat these Halloween gourds to like pumpkins!
There's a reason why celebripup Boo is so darned adorable . . . beyond the fuzzball haircut and cute widdle pink tongue, the social media giant comes from a long line of teeny toy dogs called Pomeranians. These petite personality powerhouses can melt the iciest of hearts with one glance from their big, brown eyes, no matter if they are peeking out of a purse or prancing through the park. We've found some ridiculously awww-dorable Poms that will give Boo and Buddy a run for their money!
We all know the effect that a baby white-handed gibbon can have on the ol' heartstrings (tug, tug . . . YANK, YANK, YANK!), but there are some moments when even such an icon of awww-someness just takes it too far. This is one of those moments for Chuck, the resident rescue cat at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary. Her quiet pose may imply zen-like tolerance, but that facial expression and swish-swish-swish of her tail just say it all.
There's nothing sweeter than watching your children hold hands, or play together peacefully, or snuggle up at night...and these photos out of Australia's Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre show that it's not just our own tots who can play on these heartstrings!
Anzac and Peggy, both orphans, are two of a kind — except that Anzac is a baby kangaroo and Peggy is a baby wombat. Both are tiny and defenseless at this stage, and as these photos show, they're best buddies. In the absence of their moms, they cuddle together at the Rescue Centre, reassured by one another's movements and heartbeats.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put your kids in charge of the grocery shopping? This short video, which follows a little girl around a grocery store at high speed as she fills up her cart, will surprise and delight you!
To find out which item she can't get enough of (hint, it's neither candy nor junk food), watch the video at the Huffington Post >>.
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There's nothing like an unexpected one-liner from your child to remind you how fun it is to have kids. Here we've rounded up some of our members' best stories about the funny things their children have said.
1. Sex Ed
"We have twin boys [who] wouldn't stop asking EXACTLY how the Labrador dad got the lab in our 'Labradoodle.' This was the moment we were waiting for to explain the birds and the bees. I didn't expect to be alone with them in a drive through. After my 'sex education 101' in a chicken joint parking lot, they sat open mouthed and silent. There [were] head tilts and scrunched noses and finally one of the boys said, 'Aren't you glad you only had to do THAT once to get two babies?' -Abbie of All that makes you...
2. Five Senses of Bananas
"The other day my 6-year-old said, 'Mom, I don’t like all five senses of bananas. I don’t like to taste them. I don’t like to smell them. I don’t like to see them. I don’t like to feel them.' 'And you don’t like like to hear people eat them?' I asked. 'I don’t even like to hear people talk about them!' he said. I guess he really doesn’t like bananas!" -Gina of I Choose Joy!
3. Baby Almonds
"The absolute most hilarious thing my daughter ever said was when she was around 2 years old. Myself, being a vegan, I wasn't crazy about the idea of her drinking cow's milk, so I tried one day to introduce her to almond milk. I told her, 'Cow's milk is for baby cows, not people, so I want you to try this almond milk and see if you like it.' My little 2-year-old answered back, 'Is that what baby almonds drink?'" -Boho Mom of Bohemian Single Mom
"When my son was little, and he sneezed, he would say, 'Splash You.' Quite descriptive. . . . My youngest once crawled into my husband's lap and tenderly told him, 'Daddy, your breath not stinky today.' The ultimate compliment!" -Lisa Smith Molinari of The Meat and Potatoes of Life
5. Life-Changing Decisions
"Here's one from our 6-going-on-14-year-old daughter: 'I just made a decision that could be life changing. I'm going to start coloring more with crayons than markers.' I guess if your life consists mostly of coloring, I can appreciate that. :)" -Lynn C.
"I was getting ready to get in the shower when my 3-year-old son busts open the bathroom door and yells 'Woah, BIG BOOTY!!!'" -Alexis R.
7. Talking Too Much
"The funniest thing my twins have ever said (and they still say it all the time) is, 'Mom, you talk TOO much!' - it's funny because they are 100% right! I'm a talker - as a mom, for my work, and in life. I love to chat." -Laura Rossi of My So-Called Sensory Life: 365 Unexpected Gifts from Motherhood
8. Out of Nowhere
"My 11-year-old makes up all these weird stories, like how Betty White drinks a half gallon of pure evil every morning before a jog." - Veronica
9. Public Bathrooms
"While in a stall in a busy public restroom with my 3-year-old, she loudly annouces that 'Mommy has a penis!' I started giggling before I could correct her and then she says, 'No, I mean Mommy has a big vagina!' The ladies' room erupted into a cacophony of laughter. I was mortified." Shannon Lell
10. Just Asking
"My son asked me the other day, 'Mum can I have a baby sister?' I said no, you already have two big sisters. He turned to me and said 'Oh well I just thought I'd ask. You don't get anything if you don't ask so just thought I'd ask.' Then he just walked away, leaving me laughing." -Lindsey W.
Cats have a way of appearing in the most unlikely of places — in your linen closet, halfway up the Christmas tree, even atop the refrigerator — but their favorite direction tends to be straight up. Whether basking on Spanish tile, skittering across tar and gravel, or tiptoeing on — yes — tin, cats love to get away from it all at the tippity top of our homes to survey the bird population and keep tabs on the neighborhood tabby. While scaling a roof on Summer's most sweltering of days isn't how we would choose to stay cool, these cats seem perfectly happy to greet the July heat.