I think the internet is an invaluable resource for absolute crap. The more I see, the more it fills me with dread. But, I also find some of that crap that makes my heart swell.
For instance, this guy made a prosthetic leg for a parrot named George, who could be heard yelling out "bloody hell!," in his frustration of not being able to stand up on one leg. Two days later, they followed up on the story, to see how George was taking to his new prosthesis. Deemed by the aptly titled "Parrot Eats False Leg," turns out, he ate it.
Good boy, George. &=)
As a sidenote to this, some ass was making comments as to why they didn't just let the bird die, because there are no prosthetic legs in the jungle - I pose to you this. The United States spends billions of dollars a year on the most useless things, while people are dying and starving, WITHIN OUR OWN COUNTRY. I think this is a great deal cooler than that.
As Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Ok, not that that means a whole lot for the United States, who continues to somehow allow children to get gunned down within the sanctity of their own schools. Gun control, my ass. It's called "WARNING SIGNS," people! Anyway, I think the treatment of animals pretty much boils down to the true being of an individual. If you don't like animals, then I don't like you. And, if you don't like me, then what are you doing here?
But, I'm wandering.
Ok, so there was this other story, of which I'm sure you'll be receiving the cutesy emails with these pictures attached in T-minus 5...4...3...2...
Here's the only story I've been able to discover thus far. Whether or not it's true, I'm not entirely sure:
Dachshund mom is fostering this guy for another mom who couldn't take care of him. He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. She loves this little guy more than the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest "puppy" ever because she licks him all the time.
I know everyone's also heard the wonderful story about Dennis & Nubs:
I hate to abbreviate, but to sum it up, while on duty in the Anbar Province, a Marine found this dog, who's ears had been cut off, possibly to enhance the dog's aggression. Nubs would come visit with them while they were on border patrol, and they'd repay him for his companionship by feeding him. He'd also chase their Hummers as they'd pack up to leave. Later on, after Nubs had barely survived a harsh, freezing winter, they discovered he'd been stabbed with a screwdriver, so Dennis nursed him back to health, and has managed to raise the $3500 necessary to have him sent to San Francisco. So, now Nubs is going home to live in the lap of luxury and wait until his new daddy gets home.
Whether or not it's fake, I could care less. I just think it's an exemplary story of how all humans should STRIVE TO BE, in any and all scenarios - compassionate without hope of reward.
Here's a pic of a lady who lets turtles hibernate in her fridge. There, of course, people made comments about the food being in with the possibly salmonella-laden turtles. I think the food was probably placed there for aesthetic value. And, if you get salmonella from a turtle touching your pepper, then oh well. I held a baby bat and didn't get rabies, when he bit me thirty-eleven times. And if I did, then oh well. I just have that opinion of stuff. At least I'm not racing damn race cars or wrestling alligators.
Again, it boils down to my "GOD, keep your nose out of every mother-fucker's business already!!!!" philosophy. You can give someone the info, but you're sure as shit not going to change them, so stop trying!
Or as xkcd so satirically puts it:
If animals can love beyond skin, color, imperfections, and boundaries...
...then why can't we?