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Watch a 7-Week-Old Baby Hear Mom’s Voice For The First Time After Getting Hearing Aids

The miracle of life meets the miracle of hearing

This video reveals the emotional moment when a seven-week-old baby hears his parents’ voices for the first time after getting hearing aids.

Diagnosed with moderate-to-severe hearing loss in both ears at birth, the little boy named Lachlan looks unhappy to have something shoved into his ear canal. But when his mother and father, Michelle and Toby Lever of Victoria, Australia, start talking to him, his eyes widen and a giant smile spreads across his face.

While this YouTube video is dated August 31, 2014, the moment happened back in July 2012, and is just starting to go viral now. A Facebook video that mom Michelle Lever posted on November 18, 2012, now boasts nearly 300,000 “likes” and has been shared 440,000 times.

Lachlan, now two years old, has worked with therapists at Taralye “the oral language centre for deaf children,” in Blackburn Victoria. Michelle Lever told Daily Mail Australia that she hopes the video, by going viral, will reassure parents in similar situations: “I want them to realise that there is a lot of support and help available to them.”

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Video Captures Moment When a Mom with Alzheimer’s Remembers Who Her Daughter Is

"I love you," she says

The task of caring for an aging parent is never easy, but it’s made even more difficult when Alzheimer’s has robbed them of the ability to remember who you are, let alone your name. Days or weeks can pass when children are nothing more than gentle strangers to their parents, until up from the fog floats a moment of lucidity.

Georgia resident Kelly Gunderson has been caring for her 87-year-old mother, Daphne Tresher, who Gunderson says has Alzheimer’s disease. To pass the time and document the experience, Gunderson has been making videos with her mother and had the cameras rolling when out of the blue, Tresher remembered her daughter’s name.

“I had been taping her, just asking her questions or singing, ‘Jesus Loves Me,’” Gunderson told Today.com. “That morning, I was just lying in bed with her, and we were just talking, and I decided to do a selfie video.”

In bed with her mother, Gunderson asked her if she knew who she was. That’s when Tresher surprised her daughter by saying, “Kelly.” In the video, the one-word answer caused Gunderson to lift her head from her pillow in surprise. The cameras captured the sweet and fleeting family moment as Tresher says, “Well, I love you, Kelly,” and Gunderson smiles, “I love you, Mama.”

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Little Boy Finds The Idea of His Mom Being Pregnant Simply “Exasperating” in Adorable Video

"What were you thinking?!"

Typically when parents break the news to their children that they are going to be big brothers or sisters, it goes over really well or really badly.

A mother named Shanee Gibson Hart of Fort Lewis, Washington, posted a video on Facebook and YouTube describing the moment she told her son Tré and daughter that they are going to have a new sibling, and the news sends her son off on a tirade that would make Gordon Ramsey blush.

“What were you thinking?!” he wails. “It’s too much! This makes no sense!”

Turns out that the kid is not preaching from a replacement level fertility platform, it’s just that he’s really worried his mom and dad will replace him. “You have two babies! You keep loving them forever not having another baby!” Tré yells from the back seat. His mother assures him that his parents will love him and his little sister forever, which temporarily calms the kid.

The détente is broken, though, when his mother points out that his baby sister looks happy about the news and the boy realizes he has a very important question to ask: Pointing his finger at his mom, he demands to know, “What kind of baby is it?”

His mother patiently talks him down, and the boy finally concedes that the baby can exist, but only on one condition: “Buy me some earplugs.”

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David Lynch Plays Trumpet in Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Putin

Exactly what you'd expect from the director

As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge makes its way around the globe, it was only a matter of time until it eventually came around to director David Lynch. Naturally, the man who brought us Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and Elephant Man interpreted the fundraising and awareness-raising exercise in a very David Lynchian way.

Challenged by Laura Dern (who starred in his film Wild at Heart) to dump iced coffee over his head, the director dumped a double shot of espresso into a bucket of ice water and proceeded to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the trumpet until someone drenched him with the jumbo iced Americano. It was an odd cinematic moment that still managed to makes more sense than Mulholland Drive.

Lynch made the video a two-for-one deal, as he was also nominated for the stunt by The Leftovers star Justin Theroux. Still soaking from the original dousing, Lynch had another bucket dumped on him, disappointingly with just plain old ice water.

As water dripped down his face, Lynch passed the nomination forward. To Vladimir Putin.

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Get “Happy” With This American Sign Language Performance of Pharrell’s Hit Song

This video gives new meaning to the term "happy campers."

Pharrell’s “Happy” is the song that keeps on giving (and giving and giving and giving).

Whether it’s watching adorable kids dance to the catchy tune, listening to an acoustic version, checking out the full choir treatment of the track or watching Weird Al Yankovic’s take on it, it’s hard not to smile when you hear the song, no matter how many times you’ve heard it. While a “Happy” overdose may be setting in, there’s one more take on the chipper tune that you’re going to want to check out.

In a new video posted to YouTube, campers and staff from the 2014 Deaf Film Camp put a new spin on the song by performing it in American Sign Language (ASL). Produced by campers and staff at Deaf Film Camp — a two-week summer program for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens interested in filmmaking — their joyful take on the song gives new meaning to the term “happy campers.”

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Little Girl and Tibetan Mastiff Are Best Friends

The Tibetan Mastiff is a gentle giant

While Internet users seem to love watching videos of small dogs having fun instead of working (or twerking), today Simba the Tibetan Mastiff proves that big dogs deserve attention, too.

If you aren’t familiar with the Tibetan Mastiffs, the breed dates back to around 1100 BC in China, according to the American Kennel Club. The dogs, who are known for their loyalty and protectiveness, are massive animals that can stand over three feet high and weigh well over 100 pounds.

So if you are a little girl, a Tibetan Mastiff could easily look more like a mountain than a playmate. In this video uploaded to Facebook by Lin Zhihong, Simba proves that the whole “gentle giant” thing can be a reality. In the clip, Simba lets his tiny little friend Weiwei clamber all over him while he sweetly sits there and puts up with anything the little girl dishes out. It’s an adorable reminder that big dogs can be all heart.

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This Video of a Tiny Hamster in a Tiny Mansion Is Hugely Adorable

If you love watching tiny hamsters eat tiny burritos, then you'll love this clip

Whether it’s Tumtum and Nutmeg or Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Two Bad Mice, the joy of seeing tiny animals act like people is universally appealing.

In the wake of viral video Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos and hit sequel Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Pizzas, YouTube hamster fanatic and tiny food enthusiast April’s Animals has released a follow-up that you have to see, featuring a tiny hamster living in a tiny mansion. It’s two minutes of adorableness as a tiny rodent sleeps in a tiny bed, sits in a tiny chair, and uses a tiny bathtub before eating a giant strawberry with its tiny little hands.

It’s a much-needed cute break for when the news cycle gets you down, and you have watched all of Beyoncé’s VMA performance. Twice.

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Mesmerizing Six-Second Timelapse Video Shows How the Earth Changed Over Six Months

Created by NASA using images from January to July

According to NASA, no planets have “matched the dynamic complexity of our own.” This video by the NASA Earth Observatory, which will take you just six seconds to watch — unless you keep hitting refresh like we did — showcases that dynamic complexity over the course of six months.

You see the eastern hemisphere, from January 18 to July 25, and its subtle changes in weather systems and vegetation. The best part is the clouds — swirling, lovely, mesmerizing clouds. Good job, Earth. You’re pretty awesome.

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