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Go Nuts With These 7 Cute Videos for Squirrel Appreciation Day

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One of life’s greatest ironies is that Squirrel Appreciation Day comes in the dead of winter when many squirrels are hibernating, which makes them harder to appreciate (but easier to juggle). Luckily we live in the age of the Internet and we can appreciate their adorable antics any time we want.

In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day and the world’s fuzzy, nut-loving little friends, here are some of the funniest squirrel videos around:

While human children think merry-go-rounds are a blast, this squirrel has given up on his dream of resuming his normal life:

This squirrel is doing an impression of anyone who made the grave error of signing up for a pole dancing class:

This squirrel is either having a blast—or regretting ever decision it’s ever made to get to this point in its life:

Here’s a flying squirrel who mistook a bird feeder for an all-you-can-eat Sizzler buffet:

This squirrel ate some fermented pumpkins, which is basically a squirrel kegger:

Here’s a water-skiing squirrel, who has more skills than animals with opposable thumbs:

It’s hard to say who is more confused in this video—the Bernese Mountain dog or the squirrel trying to bury his nut in the dog’s fur:

 

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This Rat Hates Broccoli More Than You Do

Broccoli is for the birds

Dexter the rat hates broccoli.

In this video making the rounds of the web, the furry little rodent makes his opinion about the dreaded green stuff abundantly clear—not only does he not want to eat it, he doesn’t even want to be in the same room as it. The only way Dexter’s rejection of the little cruciferous could be more adorable is if he had a French bulldog puppy to pass it off to.

Perhaps his owner should point out that eating more vegetables can increase your longevity, that broccoli sprouts can help with autism, broccoli can ease arthritis, and that it is very high in calcium? Or maybe they should try a different cooking technique altogether to convince the little guy that broccoli is a delicious snack. Cheese, perhaps?

Don’t tell his starving subway rat brethren, because they probably aren’t too good for free food—even if it is broccoli.

[H/T Reddit]

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Twin Brothers Film Themselves Coming Out to Their Dad in Emotional Video

The rising YouTube stars didn't want him to find out the news from their videos

Twin brothers Aaron and Austin Rhodes had come out to everyone in their family except for their father. But as rising YouTube stars, known as the Rhodes Bros, they decided they needed to tell him before he learned the news from their videos.

As the camera is rolling, they are both so nervous (“I think I’m going to pass out,” said one), crying a little bit as they struggle to get the words out.

“I just don’t want you to not love us anymore,”Austin says.

But the father reassures them that he will still be there for them. “Oh stop it,” he says, “It’s the way things are. You know I love you both. That will never change. You have to live your lives.”

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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Watch Chris Hemsworth and Jimmy Fallon Essentially Have a Wet T-Shirt Contest

Hemsworth may have lost, but we all won.

Chris Hemsworth is a good sport. When the Blackhat actor stopped by The Tonight Show, Fallon challenged him to a card game called “Water War” and Hemsworth didn’t even blink when Fallon explained the premise: “We’ll play the card game war, but if you lose the hand, you get a pint of water in the face. The first to throw five glasses of water on their opponent wins, and gets to water cannon the loser.”

Hemsworth gamely went with it, playing cards and throwing water at Fallon’s face. But then Hemsworth’s luck went south (clearly, Loki is to blame) and he lost three hands in row and Fallon dumped an entire pint of water into his lap. At that point, Hemsworth accepted Fallon’s invitation to swap decks of cards. The result? Thor lost the next round, too. That’s when Fallon hosed him down with a water cannon resulting in a wet shirt contest that could double as a Magic Mike III audition tape.

While Hemsworth claims that he won their last game, the truth is that when these two face-off, there are no losers.

 

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Watch What Happens When a Little Girl Challenges Gaston to an Arm-Wrestling Contest at Disney World

It's over the top!

Gaston is quickly becoming the biggest viral attraction at Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland in Florida.

Not only did the big-haired, big-talking character get his comeuppance from a sassy little girl who refused to stand idly by as he delivered his sexist drivel, but also he recently bested a foolhardy challenger at a push-up contest.

Now, YouTube user Peyton Kays has uploaded a video going viral that shows his brave 11-year-old sister challenging the heavily-muscled man to an arm-wrestling contest. Gaston thinks she doesn’t stand a chance, but within seconds, he is been defeated, and the young woman is grinning from ear-to-ear. She earned lifelong bragging rights, while Gaston, whining, retreats to Gaston’s Tavern in shame.

 

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Watch Bradley Cooper Show Off His Epic Air Guitar Skills on The Tonight Show

Wearing a wacky wig, he performs Neil Young's solo from "Down by the River" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The word “epic” gets bandied about a lot on the Internet, whether it’s describing a prank or a touchdown pass in a football game, or a battle between good and evil, but when you watch this video with Bradley Cooper playing air guitar on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, future generations will know what epic truly looks like.

The producer-film actor-Broadway star swung by The Tonight Show, and instead of promoting his Oscar-contender film, American Sniper, Cooper used the show to promote his incredible air guitar skills. His take on Neil Young’s shredder classic, “Down by the River,” is downright impressive. As Fallon and Tonight Show house band The Roots watch from the sidelines, Cooper takes over the spotlight, rising from his seat as the spirit moves him. His fingers fly over the invisible fretboard, his arms wail on the imaginary guitar and his very real wig bounces in time. It is completely silly and, yes, truly epic.

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Watch a Husky Go Berserk Over a Furby

Or maybe the dog and the talking toy are just conversing?

In a viral video, a friendly furball faces off against a chattering Furby. The husky looks like it is trying to protect its human family from the tiny automaton, but its fervent barks are matched by the Furby’s stream of Furbish sayings. The dog circles its potato-shaped prey, incessantly alerting the household to the relentlessly rolling intruder, because while the Furby looks sleepy eyed, there’s no saying when it might awaken from its stupor to attack. The only real question is whose battery will wear out first?

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This Impromptu Subway Singalong Will Brighten Your Day

All these commuters want is "A Little Respect"

London subway riders just want a little respect, apparently.

A new video circulating the web not only proves that Aretha Franklin, Rodney Dangerfield and Madonna were right and everyone does want a little respect, but the video also proves that everyone loves Erasure (and “The Circle of Life”) .

Almost exactly a year after Erasure’s first Christmas album came out, the band gave the world a new Christmas miracle by way of a subway rider who got in touch with his inner Vince Clark in the best way possible.

The intrepid and bold London commuter—a local singer named Neil Francis (who admitted to the BBC to having had a few drinks to “wet the whistle”)—belted out a few lines of Erasure’s “A Little Respect” on a crowded North London subway platform. Soon enough commuters up and down the platform were singing along, asking the world at large—or perhaps just the transit authority— for “a little respect” during their travels.

[H/T Death and Taxes]

 

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Watch Jenny Slate as Marcel the Shell Sing Fleetwood Mac on Conan

"Landslide" didn't take Marcel the Shell (with Shoes On) down

Jenny Slate has many credits to her name: a brief stint on Saturday Night Live, a reoccurring role as Mona-Lisa in Parks and Recreation and a star turn in Obvious Child, but she is perhaps best known for her work as a tiny tiny shell (with shoes on).

The comedian stopped by Conan Tuesday night and used some of her couch time to talk about her creation, the beloved talking snail (?), Marcel the Shell. It turns out that Marcel isn’t just talking anymore, but covering pop songs, too. Slate showed off the shell’s skills by singing a few lines of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” telling Conan O’Brien, “just a little bit because I don’t want you to have to pay.” Stevie Nicks would be so touched.

Slate noted that Marcel the Shell’s voice is “so little, so little,” but as Conan points out the adorable univalve sure has some “big lungs.”

TIME psychology

10 Videos Guaranteed to Inspire You

Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

1) How to be happier

Harvard professor Shawn Achor is the author of the wonderful book The Happiness Advantage.

2) Is it better to come in first… or third?

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of the bestsellers Blink, Outliers and The Tipping Point.

3) Why do we lie? And why do we lie to ourselves?

Great interview with Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves.

4) What’s it take to free yourself of bad habits?

A fantastic interview with Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit.

5) Are there two kinds of happiness?

An excellent presentation on happiness by Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow. In it, he draws an insightful distinction: there may be two very different types of happiness.

6) Is vulnerability the key to connecting with others?

One of the most popular TED talks of all time is Brené Brown‘s presentation on vulnerability.

7) What do you want to do before you die?

Candy Chang gives an inspirational talk about a project that asked people to finish the sentence: “Before I die I want to…”

8) Can trying something new for 30 days change your life?

Matt Cutts gives a great talk about how trying new things for 30 days not only helped him learn new skills but also changed him as a person.

9) What motivates us?

Dan Pink, author of the excellent book Drive, explains what makes us do what we do.

10) “What’s more dangerous: incompetent idiots or overconfident experts?”

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestsellers Blink, Outliers and The Tipping Point, gives a great talk about why the overconfidence of smart people can be far more dangerous than the incompetence of stupid people.

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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