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  • Every holiday season, the Gap rolls out a new campaign that typically creates a lot of buzz, and this year is no different. However, controversy around one photo shows that the Gap is willing to stand up to racism. The theme of the holiday campaign is "make love" and the Gap posted this image in store windows and in outdoor ads.

     

    The two people in the photo are model and filmmaker Quentin Jones and actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, who happens to be a Sikh. New York photographer Robert Gerhardt noticed that one of the posters outside a New York City subway had been vandalized. The word "love" in "Make Love-"' was replaced with "Bombs," and "Please stop driving taxis" was also scribbled on the poster. Gerhardt snapped a photo of the defaced ad and forwarded it to Arsalan Iftikhar, senior editor at the "Islamic Monthly."

    Defaced Gap ad found in New York City

    Iftikhar shared the shameful image on Twitter, and his post quickly went viral. Hundreds retweeted the photo, and one well-known Twitter account-holder even took

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  • Some people can go beyond chucking bottles and cans into a blue bin, and really take recycling to the next level. Either because of lack of materials, money, a desire to create something new, or stubborn ingenuity, the creative forge on creating things we would have never imagined. Model hobbyist Wesley Pereira de Souza is one of them. In a recent video, de Souza is seen operating a scale model excavator, which seems totally normal, until you realize how it is operated. Using old syringes (don't try this at home!), tubes, and wood scraps, the excavator's movements mimic almost perfectly the hydraulic movements of a large-scale, diesel-powered backhoe.

    The video is partly titled, "Lack of resources is no problem..." and this kid really proves it. Now, we just need to find him some kind Smurfs-size village to use it on. If you'd like to see more innovative videos like this one, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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  • Xena, the "Warrior Dog," is a Staffordshire terrier mix who was rescued from the brink of death by veterinarians and a loving family. Jonny Hickey, part of that family, is an autistic 8-year-old boy who had problems coming out of his shell.Xena was 4 lbs when she entered the shelter. The way the two have helped each other is nothing short of remarkable. Xena was taken to the Dekalb Animal Services Shelter in March of this year at just four pounds, deeply malnourished. Veterinarians were able to bring her slowly back to health, and she was shortly thereafter adopted by the Hickey family.Xena and Jonny became fast friends

    Jonny's mother, Linda Hickey, says that immediately, Jonny and Xena were pals. She says that Jonny went from being "painfully shy" to being an "outgoing chatterbox." She added, "These two were destined to be together, to save each other at a level that humans just can't understand."

    The pair's relationship got some attention from the ASPCA, which at its annual awards show on Thursday crowned (literally, with a tiara) Xena "Dog of the Year." Of Read More »from "Dog of the Year," After Massive Recovery and Adoption, Helped Autistic Boy Overcome Fears
  • Did your mother ever tell you not to play with your food? Well, she probably never saw ‘Dr. Dan the Pancake Man’ who turns batter into art. Daniel Drake has been creating pancake art at the Courtesy Diner in St. Louis, MO for four years, but recently got national recognition thanks to a Reddit post. It linked to Imgur photos uploaded by one of Dan’s friends showing his cool creations, affectionately called Dan-cakes. So far, he has whipped up pancakes that look like a dog, Aladdin, a jellyfish, and Pac-man to name a few.

    Dr. Dan the Pancake Man's creation

    Dr. Dan the Pancake Man's creation

    Dan says he started creating the pancake doodles after he saw someone make a Mickey Mouse pancake. His first creation was a huge smiley face for a male customer who laughed at the pancake, and then left a $15 tip. Dan knew he was on to something.

     

    Dr. Dan the Pancake Man's creation

     

    He even has his own Facebook fan page with over 1500 admirers flipping over his creations! When he isn’t fulfilling diners specially requested Dan-cakes, Dan is playing in the band ‘The Psychedelic Psychonauts.’

    Until his music

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  • We love a good animal rescue story, but this one today is dog gone amazing. Tourists visiting the world’s largest man made hole in Kimberley South Africa spotted a dog swimming at the bottom, 700 feet below the ground!

    The Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa



    The pooch, nicknamed ‘Underdog’ survived 8 days at the bottom of ‘The Big Hole’ which was used as a diamond mine up until 1914. During days of rescue attempts, she was kept alive by Good Samaritans who dropped food down into the hole.

    'Underdog' seen here at the botton of The Big Hole

    On day eight and after five hours of work, she was brought to the top by the fire department and search and rescue teams. It took so long to rescue underdog because ropes were not long enough to reach her, and at first attempt, she got scared and jumped into the water. After reaching the top of the mine, underdog was taken to an animal shelter. And we are happy to report, hundreds of applicants have requested to adopt the adventurous canine. The shelter said they will go through all applicants in order to find Underdog the best home possible.

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