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  • Pickles is not your ordinary pet. The ginormous cat measures 3 feet long and weighs in at over 20 pounds. Pickles can't exactly leap tall buildings with a single bound, but he can touch a countertop with his paws still on the floor.

    "He's so big that it's kind of a workout to pick him up," Emily Zervos told Barcroft TV of the cat. The YouTube channel uploaded a story on Pickles, which has been viewed almost 400,000 times since Friday. "He really doesn't know his size at all. He thinks he's just a little kitten still."

    Zervos and Andrew Milicia adopted the pet after discovering him at a Boston MSPCA shelter. Pickles had been found on the side of a road and went through two different houses before landing with Zervos and Milicia.

    "Pickles is definitely a part of the family now," Zervos said. "He's our son. We love him."

    Both Zervos and Milicia, who live in Boston, were students at the New England Institute of Art.

    "He's actually probably bigger than a lot of small dogs," Milicia said.

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  • Have you noticed a decline in the traditional shopping mall? It seems these malls are giving way to outdoor centers, superstores, and of course, online retail outlets. Sure, the National Retail Federation projects a 4.1 percent increase in retail sales this year, but it forecasts as much as a 12 percent spike in online sales.

    It isn't as if people aren't spending money. The International Council of Shopping Centers reported that in the fourth quarter of last year, U.S. shopping center income rose 5.6 percent from the same quarter the year prior. However, the council also noted that JCPenney and Macy's, two chains that traditionally anchored indoor malls, would close 33 and 5 stores, respectively, this year.

    The shift in shopping trends has left buildings that were once bustling with storefronts and food courts desolate. The pictures of these vacated malls are interesting and perhaps a bit creepy as well .

    Take the White Flint Mall in North Bethesda, Maryland, for example. It opened

    Read More »from Dead Mall in Maryland an Eerie Reminder of Bygone Era
  • So you’re bored at home on a snow day. You’ve already checked your e-mail, your Facebook newsfeed, your Twitter timeline, and watched our latest Trending Now episodes multiple times. Thanks for that, by the way.

    You’ve already watched anything you might find remotely interesting on Netflix and have taken the dog out multiple times. Wait a minute, but the dog could provide some entertainment right? Have you played with the dog yet?

    In this video, a dog named Fudge and its owner are having a lot of fun with a plate of food and some excellent dog-hand coordination. The owner and the Fudge share a hooded sweatshirt, with the human behind the dog. The person then uses their arms and hands as if they are attached to Fudge, feeding him food off a plate and mimicking mannerisms like wiping the dog’s mouth and adjusting his hood.

    Earl Francis uploaded the clip to YouTube but tells us that he actually found it on his Facebook newsfeed. We now know how he spent his snow day.

    Turns out Penny

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  • From the same people who gifted the Internet with "#Xmas Jammies" comes a new production inspired by snow days.

    Parents Penn and Lynn Holderness and their children Penn and Lola in Raleigh, North Carolina, star in "Snow Day: The Musical." The video chronicles a typical day in which the kids are home because there is no school due to inclement weather. The singing family decided to produce this video on Wednesday, when schools in Raleigh were closed.

    The song's story begins at 6 a.m., when father Penn wakes up with a sigh and feels "like Bob Costas's left eye." He superimposes the sportscaster's head on his for the full effect. By now, the kids are already awake and well aware that the white stuff is falling from the sky.

    By 7 a.m. the family is outside sledding, and at 10 a.m. young Penn is well, creating yellow snow outdoors. Apparently he is wearing too many layers and "going inside would spoil [the fun we're having]."

    The Holdernesses move inside at 4 p.m. to watch a few movies. By

    Read More »from Parent's 'Snow Day' Musical Shows Realistic Side of Having Your Kids Home from School
  • A Dallas sportscaster is earning praise after defending the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. That player, Missouri's defensive lineman Michael Sam, announced on Sunday that he is gay.

    Dale Hansen has anchored sports reports at ABC affiliate WFAA since 1983. He started his " Unplugged" segment on Monday by noting that Sam came out to the world and that he was projected to be picked in the third to fifth round of the NFL draft. Hansen then offered up what he believes was the most alarming part of the story.

    "The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really?" Hansen asked incredulously. "That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too."

    The TV anchor referenced a Sports Illustrated article that quoted anonymous NFL executives saying that Sam's draft stock would be affected by his announcement. Also in the report, an NFL player personnel assistant said an NFL locker room is not ready to embrace its first openly gay player.

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