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  • He got one last kiss for the road.

    After a 54-year-old zoo worker from the Netherlands discovered he had terminal cancer, he wanted to say goodbye to the zoo's giraffes, some of his closest friends.

    A charity arranged for the man, known only as Mario, to visit the giraffes, whom he'd looked after his entire adult life, according to the Ambulance Wish Foundation.

    Their reunion is incredibly touching. In a photo that made waves across the Web, Mario lies in a hospital bed, wrapped in blankets, while a giraffe leans over and plants a nice big lick on his face.

    Kees Veldboer, founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation, said the animals seemed to recognize Mario, according to KRON.

    The foundation, a kind of "Make a Wish" for adults in the Netherlands, specializes in taking terminally ill patients to places they love or have always wanted to see. Ambulances in the foundation's fleet have been outfitted with extra large windows so that bed-bound passengers can take in the view while out on

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  • There should have been a sign reading, "Thou shalt not park here." Then a New Orleans nun — who was delivering food to the homeless — might not have gotten towed.

    Sister Beth Mouch had just finished delivering food to the St. Jude Community Center in New Orleans, according to WWLTV.com. When she went back outside, she found that a tow truck was preparing to take her vehicle away.

    With her vehicle not yet hitched to the tow truck, Mouch begged the driver to stop, she told WWLTV.

    "Please, sir, stop. I'm a getting ready to move," Mouch recounted. The driver apparently offered little sympathy. Mouch noted that her truck wasn't ticketed before it was towed.

    This isn't the first time volunteers at the community center have been ticketed or towed while delivering food or other items, Mouch told WWLTV, and to her, that's a problem.

    Volunteers helping in the city, people trying to do acts of kindness, are not treated with the same respect, and that is a concern from me," Mouch said.

    Mouch said

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  • Twitter has come a long way in its eight years. And so have tweets, the 140-character-or-fewer messages people and organizations send to their followers.

    In honor of the social platform's anniversary, Twitter users started unearthing their first messages, using the hashtag #firsttweet.

    We rounded up a selection of the best ones from companies, individuals and organizations. If there is a theme here it's, "We're on Twitter. Can anybody hear us?"

    Twitter founder Jack Dorsey published the very first tweet on March 21, 2006.

    Twitter's first official company tweet came on July 11, 2007. The message wasn't exactly Neil Armstrong-esque.

    July 6, 2007, was a hot one, according to the first tweet from Yahoo News.

    How about President

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