Making Your Own Delicious Gummy Bears At Home Is Easier Than You Think

What is it about gummy bears that makes them so irresistible for everyone from toddlers to teens…and full-grown adults?

Perhaps we’ll never know whether it’s their squishy consistency or their sugary flavor, but one thing we do know is that we can finally stop spending money on the store-bought versions. Yes, my friends, you can indeed make these childhood treats at home!

And the recipe is really easy!

Your kids are about to tout you as the best parents ever.


This Squirrel Befriended Some Humans For The Most Ingenious Reason

I grew up around tons of woodland creatures, including squirrels.

My college was so well-known for its squirrel population that they even considered changing the mascot to a fearsome squirrel. In all that time, though, I’ve never made friends with one. They were more likely to scare me by popping out of a trash can on my way to class than anything else.

Scott and Pam Martin, however, have come to love their squirrel friend, Putter, who comes to visit every day and gets treated like a queen.

The Martins own a local business and they realized that they saw Putter show up on their outdoor patio regularly. The customers loved her, so they didn’t try to shoo her away.

Now, they just call her down from her tree and she comes scurrying. Find out on the next page what makes Putter so excited!


If You’ve Ever Been In A Stupid Argument, You’ll Identify With This Unbothered Cat

You know those fights where you’re so sick of the other person’s yapping that you don’t even care whether your point gets across anymore? This cat can definitely relate.

The feline was hanging out with some of its friends in Kirsanov, Russia, when they were rudely interrupted by a dachshund looking to stir up some drama. And while the pup barked relentlessly to get a reaction, the oddly zen-like kitty couldn’t be less impressed.

As the end of this video proves, though, this cat isn’t totally fearless.

Sorry, little wiener dog. Maybe next time you’ll find a cat that actually gives a crap.


10+ Times Asshole Cats Hilariously Photobombed Purrfect Shots

Cats like attention, and as you can see from these photobombing felines, they’ll do anything to get it! Whether they’re crashing family photo shoots, private selfies, unsuspecting dogs, or even each other, these cats are on a mission to turn every purrfect picture into an absolute cat-astrophe! Check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, for some hilarious furry photobombers. Don’t forget to vote for the best!


Artist Uses Technology To Turn Animals Into Cubes, and They Will Blow Your Mind

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Rescued Puppy Finds A Friend In A Rescued Kitten

It’s sad to think about it, but the vast majority of dogs and cats at pet stores come from puppy mills. These animals are raised in deplorable conditions, and many that survive suffer from serious health issues. On top of that, almost all of these animals are emotionally scarred in some way from the ordeal.

The dog featured in this video goes by the name of Ruggles. Ruggles was fortunate enough to be rescued from a puppy mill, but he wasn’t in great shape. Brought to the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Georgia, he met another rescued animal — a cat named Chompers. Chompers was rescued after being found under a porch. Both were extremely shy at first, but look how quickly things change after a bit of playtime.


Cat Person: the short story that launched a thousand theories

Kristen Roupenians 4,000-word tale about a stilted romance sent the internet into meltdown this week. Heres the lowdown on the battle lines that formed

After inspiring a cacophony of venom on Twitter, an exhausting avalanche of hot takes and a chasm of opinion between those who think it is a work of genius and those who consider it misandrist drivel, is there anyone left who is still a Cat Person person? The New Yorker short fiction by Kristen Roupenian follows the stilted romance of Margot and Robert, whose ultimately unfulfilling relationship is fuelled only by the power of text message banter.

The 4,000 word story has provoked, at the time of counting: a BBC short story written from the perspective of Robert; a Twitter account that only tweeted responses from bewildered men, to the scornful laughter of quite a few more women; and responses from approximately 10,000 millennials, who recounted their own slightly sad dating experiences. It is perhaps the most talked about short story ever, apart from maybe Annie Proulxs Brokeback Mountain (also published in the New Yorker, in 1997) or The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (which graced the magazines pages in 1948).

Spared the internet sleuthing … Brokeback Mountain author Annie Proulx. Photograph: Patrick Kehoe for the Observer

It is now easier to read about Cat People than the story itself, with Proulx and Jackson spared the intense internet sleuthing to which Roupenian and her story have been subject. Irate readers have determined to win arguments about a creative work that is arguably subjective, like all art before it, and can be what anyone wants it to be. Here are some of the battle lines.

Is it fat shaming or slut shaming?

When they finally make fairly rewardless love, Margot is dismayed by Robert and his belly, thick and soft and covered with hair, but they have sex regardless; she decides that saying no would make her seem spoiled and capricious. Robert, meanwhile, obsesses over Margots sexual history, invents imaginary men to compete with for her time and ends the story (spoiler alert) by calling her a whore. So, maybe it is both. Maybe it is neither. Based on the haunted reactions of many women to the story, the pertinent questions to ask are: why do women try to please even when they hate it? And do men truly not notice this?

Is Roupenian Margot? Is Robert real?

Roupenian told the New Yorker that the story was inspired by a small but nasty encounter I had with a person I met online. So, arguably yes to both.

Is it fiction or is it an essay?

Falling as it does in this era of sexual anxiety and #MeToo, some people have claimed that Roupenians story is a polemical essay on modern sexual politics, as though fiction cant tackle contemporary events and New Yorker editors dont rush out stories to fall in the middle of relevant public conversations (surprise: that is what they did).

Does Robert even have cats?

No way.


10+ Brutal Life Truths Told By Cute Cats Will Give You Mixed Feelings

A lot of facts about our lives (like the lack of control over it and the inevitable death afterwards) are tough to swallow, so it’s best you learn about them from somebody soft and fluffy. Luckily, there’s a tumblr, dedicated to using cats to deliver heavy information. It’s called Hard Truths From Soft Cats, and it helps to carry the burden of existence.

Some of these messages are objectively true and some are subjectively false but the collection of these images can be described as a healthy introduction to pessimism. American philosopher and psychologist William James came up with the equation: happiness = expectations / reality. According to it, there are two ways to live a happier life – change reality, or change expectations. Pessimists reduce the expectations. They prepare themselves for the worst by reducing tension and shielding from disappointment. However, don’t think of them as grim – they can easily fill the gap between what should be and what is with laughter. Just like these comics do!


15+ Photos Of Animals Eating Thatll Make You Smile

It’s usually agreed that you need to eat to live and that living to eat might be a tad unhealthy. But look at these cute animals having a go at it! From the cute-yet-gruesome sight of bunnies eating strawberries (so that’s how Monty Python got inspired) to everyone except otters enjoying watermelons, it’s a zoological dinner extravaganza. We’ve made this list specifically for your enjoyment.

However, animal feeding is not as easy as it sounds. From the extremely nebulous rules on cats and lactose to the fact that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate, you would do good to Google any relevant information before feeding that squirrel your sriracha-laden macaroni salad.


Nicolas Cage, the cat and the magic mushrooms

The financially challenged actor was on particularly good form on Letterman this week

Feline-based hallucinogen news, now, as we are given another glimpse into the world of cinema’s Nicolas Cage. The genuinely nice thing about the Con Air star is that he does seem to regard being an actor as a bit of a joke somewhat aptly, in his case and is all the more lovable a screen presence for that.

Anyway, when last we caught up with Nicolas, you’ll recall, he was in the process of divesting himself of some of his 15 residences, after the taxman had finally tired of his failure to meet tax demands. He’d already bid farewell to a Bavarian schloss, had put a Bahamian island up for sale, was on the point of doing the same with a trefoil-shaped castle near Bath, and was in a bate about the fact that four of his other mansions were being foreclosed upon. The fate of a flotilla of yachts, 22 luxury automobiles and a $276,000 dinosaur skull he’d purchased after a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio were uncertain.

Whether Nicolas has turned a financial corner we cannot say, but he was certainly singing for his supper on a US chatshow this week, barely settling into his seat before telling David Letterman how his cat Lewis had just adored the bag of magic mushrooms he’d kept in his fridge back in the day.

“He ate them voraciously,” Cage explained gamely to Letterman. “It was like cat-nip to him. So I thought what the heck, I’d better do it with him.”

Well, it’s only sociable, isn’t it?

“I remember lying in my bed for hours,” he went on, “and Lewis was on the desk across from the bed for hours, staring at each other . . . not moving. But he would stare at me,” Nicolas concluded sagely, “and I had no doubt that he was my brother.”

Truly, he adds to the gaiety of every nation in which he owns a hopelessly mortgaged home.

All that remains, meanwhile, is to remind you of Lost in Showbiz’s official policy as far as frothing emails and indeed comments from animal rights posters are concerned. All such missives are printed out and fed to actual animals so once again you must decide whether you want to be part of the problem, or part of the solution.


The internet has chosen the latest meme and it’s this sly looking bird

Image: twitter

Another day another meme, my friends.

The internet never takes an off day and is a fickle beast when it comes to its memes. Today’s meme is an image of a mischievous looking duck that looks like it knows something you don’t. The origin of said image is already lost to history, of course, but needless to say the internet has had a great time with it over the past couple of days.

According to the meme lifecycle this meme will be dead in 20 minutes and a new meme will rise. What will it be? Angry Looking Pug? Side Eye Rabbit? Me? Only time will tell…

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The teacher protecting marine turtles in the Seychelles

(CNN)The first time Vanessa Didon saw a turtle, she was blown away.

“Every encounter is like my first one,” Didion says. “I go a little bit crazy and then I remember I need to measure the turtle, watch out for what she is doing, so every encounter is like the first one for me.”
Four years ago, she left her job as a science and maths teacher to start a family. Along the way she discovered an unexpected passion for marine conservation. Through a warm smile, she admits that while teaching she’d use any excuse to get her science students outside, encouraging them to play in the dirt and explore.
    “It’s always been in me, the environment had been calling me for some time,” she says.
    The Seychelles archipelago hosts one of the largest remaining global populations of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, and significant populations of the endangered green turtle.
    In 1994 the Seychellois government made it illegal to harm, kill, or be in possession of sea turtles, including their meat and their eggs. The penalty is up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $37,000.
    But despite the strict laws, Didon says poaching is still a major issue because of the country’s traditional appetite for turtle meat.
    “Some people would say it’s in the culture, but in terms of population we know that the turtle population had gone down, and the human population has gone up, so of course there is going to be some sort of problem there,” Didon says.
    October marks the beginning of the nesting season in the Seychelles, when female hawksbill and green turtles emerge out of the comfort of the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs on the very beaches where they hatched.
    During the nesting season, Didon and her colleagues can be seen patrolling the beaches where they know turtles might come to nest. If there are no turtles on the beach, they look for tracks and the tell-tale signs that a female has laid her eggs.
    “Sometimes it’s very apparent that the turtle has nested,” she says. “You can see sand thrown around, but sometimes if you are not too sure, it’s quite good to just feel the sand and if you feel loose sand, this gives you an indication that there is a nest there.”
    If a nest is found, its precise location is recorded using GPS, to monitor its status until the hatchlings appear after a two-month incubation period.
    Despite no longer teaching in a classroom, Didon says a big part of her job is educating others about the plight of sea turtles and other local marine wildlife. During the off season, she visits schools and hotels to host awareness programs and presentations.
    “I want future generations to be able to see all these lovely things that we have, like the wildlife,” she says.
    “People have kids, I have kids, and I would want them to grow up maybe doing the same job that I’m doing.”