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  • Almost weekly we talk about animals being able to experience and express humanlike emotions. Today's story falls under that category.

    Eva Armstrong is one of the directors of Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. It is a completely volunteer-run rescue group that has saved more than 800 dogs from the kill list of high-volume pounds in the rural South.

    During the group's last trip to Alabama, volunteers rescued a dachshund they named Captain Morgan because he had only one eye -- like a pirate. The night he was rescued, Captain Morgan slept at the foot of Armstrong's hotel bed. She took care of him until he was adopted by a family several months ago.

    Well on May 5, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue had a block party reunion where Captain Morgan and Armstrong were reunited. The picture of the two of them in a warm embrace, taken by photographer Hilary Benas, went viral after it was displayed on Buzzfeed. It shows Captain Morgan, who is now called Cappy by his adopted family, resting his head on

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  • So who has it worse, men or women? In the ongoing battle of the sexes, there has always been a debate on who feels more pain. That is the question that the Kensington Church set out to solve with a new video that discusses one very specific type of pain: childbirth.

    At the beginning of the video, two men walk side by side and one says, "Did you know that according to women, childbirth is the worst kind of pain there is?" The other man says, "And did you know according to women, that us men can't handle any of it?" The men also mention that they think women are exaggerating the pain associated with giving birth.

    So the two men visit Dr. Julie Masters, who places electrodes on their abdomens to simulate the contractions experienced in labor. Before the simulation begins, as Dr. Masters explains what's about to take place, one of the guys even says, "That sounds fun!"

    Then the simulation starts. Each man groans, hisses and moans as the constant pain continues. The two men's wives are in

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  • Graduation season in America means that caps and gowns are the mandated wardrobe for hundreds of thousands of people participating in commencements all around the country. But it's not just beings of the two-legged variety who get to don the popular graduation garments—a certain canine wore his own cap and gown at graduation and has become an Internet celebrity.

    A woman known only by her Reddit name, f3b14, responded to a thread on the site about the happy commotion that she and her service dog, Hero, caused at a commencement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the weekend. She and Hero wore matching caps and gowns to the ceremony, and even crossed the stage together when she went to accept her degree.

    A picture of the woman in her wheelchair with her dog standing next to her was uploaded to Reddit on Sunday, and it quickly went viral.

    In her response, f3b14 wrote, "Hero knows over forty commands to assist me! He loves to retrieve objects for me like envelopes, pens,

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  • In 2010, during his tour in Afghanistan, Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez stepped on an improvised explosive device. The IED caused him to lose both of his legs and his right arm.

    When Dominguez returned home, the residents of his hometown of Temecula, California, and his fiancé, Alexis, stood by him during his recovery. As a way to honor Dominguez's service to his country, the town of Temecula donated $30,000 in services to give Juan and Alexis a dream wedding. Local businesses donated everything from the rehearsal dinner and the photography to the entertainment and the cake at their reception. Dominguez was even able to walk his new bride down the aisle.

    They were married on April 27.

    Even though Dominguez is a triple amputee, he still can do the things he loves like driving, swimming, playing drums in a band, and snowboarding with his wife.

    "Nothing's changed, you know. I'm a little bit shorter, you know. Lost a couple of legs and an arm, but my brain's still here, and my heart's still

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  • Most of us are able to recite the alphabet because it's one of the first lessons we learn in kindergarten. It's the ABC song, and because of it and one kid's quick thinking, his father is alive today.

    Nathaniel Dancy Jr., a 5-year-old Newark, N.J. kindergartner, was picked up from school by his dad and as they made their way home, his father became violently ill. Thankfully, his father was able to pull the car over before getting into an accident. Nathaniel said his father, "got out of the car and started throwing up." He then had a seizure and became paralyzed.

    Here's where Nathaniel's bravery turned into action. He used his father's cell phone to call his grandmother, Susan Hardy-Blackman, and ask for help. Because Nathaniel cannot read yet, he did the best he could to describe where he and his dad were. He spelled out, "F-U-R-N-I-T-U-R-E." Hardy-Blackman was still confused and not sure where they were located. Nathaniel then told her, "Grandma, use your active listening skills."

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