Christmas is the best time to spread the love and joy everywhere we go. The digital world has taken over our lives and Christmas cards and greetings are now sent online. Still, others still take the classic option by sending cards and mail them to their loved ones. Even the kids share their lovely voices by singing Christmas carols and spreading the message of Christmas.
A group called Prunty Farms decided to do something different. The thought of a unique way to send their holiday cheers and joy to other people. One of the farmers hopped into his tractor when ten inches of snow covered their field. He started it off to begin on his Christmas mission!
Prunty Farms is a fifth generation family farm located in South Dakota. Their primary products are soybeans, corn, and alfalfa, but they also raise beef and cattle. The group wants to promote farming and agriculture and they even have a YouTube channel to spread fun and educational family-friendly videos. One of their most popular ones is their Christmas greeting through a snow art.
One of their farmers named Dan planned to imprint a message in the snow and this is his only chance!
He would not be able to go back and fix the snow to make it look fresh again because this would already be pushed down. Still, the other people from the Prunty Farms believed that Dan would be able to do it. As he started for the field, the others sent a camera to the sky to capture every moment for all the world to see.
Dan started to drive through the vast field while his partner films what he’s doing. Even though he would not be able to see his work, he has faith that the spirit of Christmas would guide him.
Dan plans to drive around the two acres of land while the drone films as this magical moment unfold. Nobody would be able to see the results until its done but everyone is hopeful. All they were praying for is that this would please the people in their community. However, it did more than just that.
Dan’s creation became a viral sensation!
This was filmed two years ago, but the video is still continuously being shared online. Here’s what the Prunty Farms has to say for their Christmas message:
“What do you get when you mix a Tractor, a Drone and 10″ of Snow? A TWO ACRE MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hopefully, Santa will see it when he flies over on Christmas Eve!”
Those who have seen the video were amazed by what these farmers did. Christmas is the time for giving. But this does not mean that we can only give material things. Farmers are some of the most important people in our agriculture industry and sometimes, their voices are often forgotten. To be heard, they have learned to use their land to speak to the world.
Seeing an effort as huge as this makes us feel the real meaning of Christmas. Who would have thought that something as epic as this can be possible? This snow art became viral and the farmers were not only able to spread their Christmas greetings to the entire community, but also to the rest of the world!
Dance-offs are usually the stuff of movies, but once in a while, a real-life dance duel breaks out. This example happened to break out at a mall and involved a teenager… and a very unlikely competitor. YouTuber Noster, aka Noah Kenaley, faced off with a human statue. If you’re unfamiliar with the human statue concept, it’s an art form in which a person commits to impersonating a statue.
The patrons at this shopping mall were in for a treat when Noster and one of The Millennium Robots decided to throw down and see who was the better dancer.
Noster uploaded the video to YouTube in which he and The Millenium Robot member Eclypse begin dancing to a Skrillex remix. Noster steps back and the challenge is underway, as the teen mimicks the human statue’s robotic performance.
Things take off from there as a crowd gathers to watch.
The two start slowly but build on their moves as the dance-off progresses. After the statue has shaken off his creaky moves, he breaks out in perfect rhythm to the beat. Eclypse, despite being robotic, can move so fast and smoothly, all while atop his platform – it’s remarkable, really.
But who won the battle? Both of the YouTubers turned out to be big winners in the viral video game, as millions have viewed this video and both Noster and The Millennium Robots’s channels have even more dance battle videos.
In another video, Noster and Eclypse dance to another Skirllex remix in a busy shopping area. Again, viewers were won over by the dubstep dance battle.
Other videos on Millenium Robot’s channel include a dance routine to a song by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, which features two statues in a dance off against each other in front of a movie theater.
There are also tons of other dance battle videos out there, such as a 10-minute compilation called “Craziest Dance Battle Rounds of 2K18.”
If you’re looking to catch one of these battles in person, one will be coming to Phoenix, Arizona at the World Hip Hop Dance Competition held in August 2019.
Among the many comments left on this dance-battle video were those who believed that Noster did a good job, but the human statue bested him.
One person commented: “Dude, you have skills but you got schooled. Keep at it though. Dance for the love just like I do. It’s the best way.”
Other comments included: “Eclypse won! He had way more control and was only able to dance in one place” and “both were good, but silver man killed him standing in one spot.”
Noster hopped on to the comments to shared: “for everyone who is just seeing the video and commenting on how we both did please go look at both our channels because both me and Eclypse have improved greatly! Also check out our performances together!”
Another commenter believed that Eclypse was tough competition, but offered this encouragement: “Noster, keep working kid you’re awesome but eEclypse’s level of moves is serious business, keep working at it man.”
Over the weekend, I was talking to my wife about seat belts. Sometimes people don’t like to wear them when they’re sitting in the back seat. But I prefer when people do. My reason? While I may be a decent driver, I cannot protect the passengers in my car from other people on the road who might be texting while driving or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Seat belts might not be perfect, but they certainly do help save lives. Buckle up, even when you’re in the back seat, and you’re increasing your chances of surviving a crash.
When it comes to other people on the road, we really don’t know who we’re dealing with. And now police have come forward to issue a terrifying warning. It comes after a victim in Rock Hill, South Carolina found herself in a terrible situation. Two men drove right in front of her and blasted their high beams at her. That’s when all hell broke loose.
The high beams blinded the woman. And the men left their car and started to pry her door open. Thankfully, the would-be victim was able to drive off and get to safety. But she was left horrified about what could have happened.
Because the woman is still afraid for her life, she wanted to share her message, but she didn’t want her identity to be known. A friend spoke to NBC Charlotte on her behalf.
“Someone turned on their high beams, and she looked up, and she can’t really see anything. She asked her identity to remain protected for her safety.”
The woman suspects that the would-be assailants are still on the lookout for her.
“And then of a sudden, she heard two men on both sides of her car, the passenger and the driver side. As she was pulling away, they were still trying to get in her car. They were wearing hoodies, and they had the hoodie part down past their eyes. Thankfully she locked her doors. It was just too close to home, and I wanted people to be aware.”
Thankfully the victim had her doors locked. If she had forgotten this simple safety trick, the men would have been in the car and all over her and her possessions. She still does not know if they were there for her car, her possessions, or something more valuable than all of that – her life.
“Who knows what would’ve happened if they had gotten her car and she didn’t lock the doors?” the friend said.
The woman did not call the police. But she told her friends about it and the Rock Hill South Carolina Police Department was horrified to hear this happened right under their nose.
They launched an investigation after the story went viral.
The police department learned that it was a real incident and shared the following update and warning to all Americans:
“Be careful in shopping areas not only at Christmas time but all year round. Her co-worker was the one who had this incident happen to her. I have spoken with the posting individual by phone, and we will get with Walmart and try to determine if we can identify the (assailant’s) car.”
When the weather starts to get cold, gone are the days where you can just hop into your vehicle and take off. Many mornings, you have to warm up your vehicle and let the defroster run so that you are able to see out of your windows. This can take time, especially when the temperatures dip below zero. If your vehicle is covered in ice or snow, getting ready for the morning commute can become an even more tedious experience. However, with a sock and a little creativity and information, you can stop those foggy windows so that you are ready to roll as soon as you buckle your seat belt.
To get started with this incredibly smart idea, you will need an old sock that is clean and free from holes and structural issues so that the litter is not able to leak out. You also need cat litter and masking tape. It is recommended that you use a low-odor or no-odor cat litter just so that your vehicle’s cabin does not smell like litter.
Fill the foot part of the sock with the litter and then use your tape to secure the open ends of the sock that you are using. It is a good ideal to use a smaller tube sock for this so that you can put in adequate litter and still have plenty of room at the end to tie it off securely so that the litter is not able to spill.
Once you create your litter-filled sock, simply put it on your dashboard when you are parked. You might also consider creating one to put in the back window too since this can also get really foggy on those cold days. And, this is it. You will come out in the morning and not have to worry about eliminating fog before leaving your driveway.
So, why does this work? Kitty litter is exceptional when it comes to absorbing moisture. If you have a car, you are surely aware of how effective in can be. Condensation on your vehicle’s windows is the result of moisture getting trapped in the air inside the cabin of your vehicle. The kitty works to essentially leech this moisture from the air, reducing its level enough to where it is unable to cause condensation to happen on your windows. The sock simply works to keep the litter from getting all over your car.
Condensation in the cold months is common because the inside cabin temperature is higher than the outside temperature. You often see this in reverse when you grab a cold glass of ice water on a hot summer day. You notice the condensation on the outside of the glass because of the external temperature being higher than the ice water that is inside.
This certainly seems like a quick and easy way to make your mornings a bit faster and more pleasant once Old Man Winter makes his appearance. Are you going to grab a sock and some kitty litter and try this for yourself?
A Ukrainian father of four was recently arrested after a camera apparently caught him throwing his six year-old daughter down a flight of stairs in front of a supermarket.
The incident allegedly stemmed from an argument between the girl and her brother over who would get to push a shopping cart in the store.
The CCTV video footage appears to show the father – who has been identified only as a 46 year-old man named Artem – lead his daughter outside the supermarket by the arm.
The girl appears to be struggling, and she soon takes a violent tumble down the steps leading to the supermarket front door.
The girl seemed to be okay after the fall and only seems to have suffered minor bruises. Artem was questioned by police due to the incident, and the video has rightfully sparked outrage online.
Employees of the supermarket accused Artem of deliberately throwing his daughter down the stairs, but he says that he was only trying to lead the tantruming girl outside after she had an argument with her brother.
She fought against her father, he lost his grip in her arm, and she slipped down the stairs. As we said before, she was mostly unhurt and apparently suffered only minor bruises.
After the fall, the girl gingerly made her way to her feet and followed her father back inside the store.
Unfortunately for Artem, the police did not believe his story and charged him with parental neglect.
He is currently awaiting trial, and local social services plan to monitor his family to ensure that his children are safe.
Whether or not Artem deliberately threw his daughter down a flight of steps out of anger is a matter for the courts to decide.
However, it is known that Artem’s wife considers him to be a good father who – according to her – has suffered a bit of a nervous breakdown.
She herself had recently been in the hospital, leaving Artem to care for the couple’s four children until she was well.
If found guilty, Artem faces a maximum penalty of one year of hard prison labor.
The biggest thing just about any parent wants for their child is for them to be able to live independently.
To know that your child is prepped and ready for their adulthood and their foreseeable future is always a huge relief for a parent – it is like taking a massive burden off their shoulders.
For parents of disabled children, this worry is only doubled.
This is because there is only so much we can do to take care of our disabled children, and to train them for a future without us, or to even be independent.
We would have to hope and rely on infrastructure and social systems to take into account the disabilities of our children, so they may access resources they need and travel with as much independence and dignity as possible.
So what happens when the promised support you expect doesn’t exist?
For Nicole, the mother of this 6-year-old child, she is not taking this situation lying down.
Her son, Kayden Kincle, was born with omphalocele – a condition where the baby’s internal organs develop outside the body.
This meant Kayden had to undergo dozens of surgeries to correct this condition from the moment he was born.
And if this in and of itself wasn’t bad enough, while the boy was in his mother’s womb his umbilical cord wrapped itself tightly around his legs and feet, requiring that he underwent double amputation.
In spite of all this, the boy still possesses a fighting spirit and has not only survived but thrived.
A video of him learning how to walk with prosthetics when he was two years old went viral, and he became an inspiring internet sensation with his bright personality.
Now in first grade, he is making headlines once more, but for a less positive reason.
As a disabled child, he is entitled to have the school district provide him with a school bus that will pick him up with a wheelchair lift.
This is because although he hardly uses the wheelchair, the steps on a normal bus are still too high for him, so he relies on the wheelchair to get on and off a bus.
However, on the first day of school, the bus never showed up.
Furious, Nicole drove her son to school herself and then began calling the school incessantly, only to find out later the school hadn’t provided a bus for her son’s return trip home either.
According to the bus company she dialed, they didn’t have a bus that had a wheelchair lift, and so they were not picking her son up.
The school itself was of no help either, initially promising a temporary solution, only to fall silent and refuse to respond to her inquiries.
She has not received any information since then.
Throughout all this, Kayden has proven to not let this whole situation bog him down, and remains one of the most social and interactive students in his year.
This has inspired his mother, who plans to relentlessly pursue the authorities until her son is provided for.
Ashton Kutcher may have stepped back from the Hollywood spotlight for a bit, but he’s making a huge comeback… as a humanitarian, among other things. Some famous folks use their celebrity status and visibility to bring light to issues that need attention and, in this case, Ashton has really done something amazing. Ashton has a successful acting career, as well as being an investor in successful companies, like Airbnb, Spotify and Uber.
It’s his involvement in the anti-human trafficking effort that should get all of the attention, however.
In this 2016 interview, Ashton talked to the Today show about his Netflix series The Ranch, but there was also discussion of the organization he founded with his ex-wife Demi Moore in 2008.
The organization, called Thorn, has the following goal: “to build technology to defend children from sexual abuse.” In 2015, Thorn reported that 75 percent of child sex trafficking survivors surveyed noted they were eventually “sold” online.
Asia, a survivor who talked to Thorn during a 2015 study, explained: “People are posted and sold online multiple times a day. As far as the ad that was posted up [for me], there was a girl who eerily looked like me… just [like] you can go find a car, there was a picture, and a description, and a price.”
Ashton explained: “Basically, the purchase and commerce for human trafficking is happening online, just like everything else now, and so we’re building digital tools to fight back against it.”
Armed with this information, Ashton noted that Thorn “built a tool to help law enforcement prioritize their caseload and recover victims and find traffickers.” He added: “And we’ve found and identified and recovered over 6,000 trafficking victims this year. And we’ve found, identified, and recovered 2,000 traffickers.”
The organization’s website explains:
“We partner across the tech industry, government and NGOs and leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children.
The site also lists 20 members of what it calls The Thorn Technology Task Force, comprised of technology companies that lend their knowledge, time and resources to the work that we do.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Adobe are listed among the names who are helping Thorn’s cause.”
The organization’s work doesn’t end, however, as Ashton noted: “Our next battle, my next commitment… I’m going to make a pledge that I’m going to eliminate child pornography from the internet.”
Kutcher testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 2017, where he gave a speech about modern day slavery, saying, in part:
“I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion: ‘the right to pursue happiness.’ It’s bestowed upon all of us by our constitution. Every citizen of this country has the right to pursue it. And I believe that it is incumbent on us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others, upon each other, and upon the rest of the world. But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away — it’s raped, it’s abused, it’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.”
After six long years of loneliness, Lucy was finally going to be adopted into a loving family. She had lived at an orphanage since her birth in China, and had been unloved her entire life. Although the good people at the orphanage tried their best to care for Lucy, she was just one of many and never got special attention or the love of a parent.
As a special needs child, she stayed “unwanted” for a lot longer than other children at the orphanage. When she was six, Lucy was matched with a family eager to adopt her. But the family lived thousands of miles away in the United States. That mean Lucy needed to take a flight from China, trust the process, and land in an entirely new place where she knew no one and nothing.
But Brent and Audrey Shook were waiting for Lucy at the airport. With five biological children of their own, the Shooks wanted to adopt an “unloved” child and give the little one a shot at a good life. Lucy was the perfect candidate to join their large family. The reason Audrey wanted to adopt a Chinese baby was that she watched a documentary about it two decades before.
“I knew in my heart that someday I was going to be a family to one of those babies,” Shook told Today.com.
They had thought about adopting but were stopped when Audrey became pregnant again. But now that their youngest is five-years-old, they were ready to fulfill Audrey’s dream of helping a Chinese orphan. But then they were contacted by a hosting organization. It was not adoption, but it was close.
“My husband and I had it in our hearts that we couldn’t just have her here for a month and send her back, especially with what we were feeling about her,” Shook said.
The adoptive parents paced the gate at the Houston, Texas airport waiting for their Chinese child to arrive and meet them. And when the camera captures the moment Lucy leaves the plane and meets her parents, you’ll be brought to tears.
Lucy departs the plane with a chaperone and scans the crowd of strangers for her new parents. But it is Audrey who sees Lucy first. When she sees the six-year-old, Audrey slaps her hands over her mouth, trying to contain the emotion that is bursting forth. Mom runs through the crowd toward her new daughter. And as you watch, you won’t be able to deny the love the Shooks have for this little girl.
Within a minute of meeting Audrey and Brent, Lucy was already referring to her as “mama.” And it is the most heartwarming thing you’ll see all day.
Lucy quickly took to her new life in Texas. And her parents are spoiling her with lots of love.
“It’s crazy to think that just over a week ago she was a baby in an orphanage and now she’s a princess,” Shook said. “She’s so treasured here.”
You can see how much love there is in the video. But the Shooks still plan to keep Lucy connected to her Chinese culture.
“There are a lot of ways we can keep her culture a part of her,” Shook said. “We want her to be part of her heritage.”