They saying nothing ventured results in nothing gained.

Life is all about taking risks. With the highs and lows, things would be pretty boring, right?

Sure, you may fall on your face at times, but unless you get out there and try you’ll never know what could have been. You may never get into your dream school, score your dream job, or even find the love of your life if you don’t try.

When it comes to taking risks in your love life, what’s the worst that could happen? Since there’s no way of knowing for sure what’s going on in someone else’s head, putting your heart on the line is always worth it. If you truly love someone, tell them right this minute…before it’s too late.

10th Grade

“As I sat there in English class, I stared at the girl next to me. She was my so called ‘best friend.’ I stared at her long, silky hair, and wished she was mine. But she didn’t notice me like that, and I knew it. After class, she walked up to me and asked me for the notes she had missed the day before and handed them to her. She said ‘thanks’ and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I wanted to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.”

11th Grade

“The phone rang. On the other end, it was her. She was in tears, mumbling on and on about how her love had broke her heart. She asked me to come over because she didn’t want to be alone, so I did. As I sat next to her on the sofa, I stared at her soft eyes, wishing she was mine. After 2 hours, one Drew Barrymore movie, and three bags of chips, she decided to go to sleep. She looked at me, said “thanks” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.”

Senior Year

“The day before prom she walked to my locker. ‘My date is sick,’ she said; ‘he’s not going to go.’ Well, I didn’t have a date, and in 7th grade, we made a promise that if neither of us had dates, we would go together just as ‘best friends.’ So we did. Prom night, after everything was over, I was standing at her front door step. I stared at her as she smiled at me and stared at me with her crystal eyes. I want her to be mine, but she isn’t think of me like that, and I know it. Then she said “I had the best time, thanks!” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.”

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Graduation Day

“A day passed, then a week, then a month. Before I could blink, it was graduation day. I watched as her perfect body floated like an angel up on stage to get her diploma. I wanted her to be mine, but she didn’t notice me like that, and I knew it. Before everyone went home, she came to me in her smock and hat, and cried as I hugged her. Then she lifted her head from my shoulder and said, ‘you’re my best friend, thanks,’ and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.”

A Few Years Later

“Now I sit in the pews of the church. That girl is getting married now. I watched her say “I do” and drive off to her new life, married to another man. I wanted her to be mine, but she didn’t see me like that, and I knew it. But before she drove away, she came to me and said ‘you came!’ She said ‘thanks’ and kissed me on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.”

Funeral

“Years passed, I looked down at the coffin of a girl who used to be my “best friend”. At the service, they read a diary entry she had wrote in her high school years. This is what it read: I stare at him wishing he was mine, but he doesn’t notice me like that, and I know it. I want to tell him, I want him to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love him but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why. I wish he would tell me he loved me! `I wish I did too…` I thought to my self, and I cried.”

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If you could do it all over again…

Which British University Should You Actually Have Gone To?

  1. You got: Manchester

    Being the social butterfly that you are, it makes total sense that you should have studied at the biggest university in the country. It’s got all of the prestige of some of Britain’s best unis, without any of the pretentiousness! At Manchester you work hard and player harder. M62!

  2. You got: York

    York is the place you go to when you have all the brains in the world but don’t want the pressure (and stupid clothes) of Oxford. Undoubtedly one of the best looking towns in England, so it’s no surprise that someone as good looking as you would end up there!

  3. You got: Oxford

    The oldest university in the English speaking world is pretty much as good as it gets, as are you, so it makes perfect sense that you’d study there. You’re the best of the best, and will probably go on to rule the world. ALL HAIL PRESIDENT YOU.

  4. You got: Cardiff

    The jewel in Wales’ crown, within minutes of arriving in Cardiff you know you’re going to have a good time. You’ll struggle to find a friendlier town in the whole of Britain, so someone as popular as you will fit right in.

  5. You got: Exeter

    Exeter is a university experience unlike any other. Not only will you be surrounded by one of the most picturesque stretches of the British coastline, but also by some of the finest minds the country (and beyond) has to offer. Studying, surfing and socialising doesn’t sound like the worst way to spend three years – in fact, can we come and stay??

  6. You got: Central Saint Martins

    Oxford and Cambridge may be where the best of the best from the world of academia end up, but for those of with more of an artistic flair there is nowhere better than Central Saint Martins. If you don’t go on to form a genre-defining band, then your artwork will probably be on display in the Tate Modern. And you’ll absolutely deserve every success that comes your way.

  7. You got: Leeds

    Leeds is renowned for being one of the best nights out for students in Britain — the 18 stop pub crawl, the Otley Run, is testament to that — but it’s also a top class university. At Leeds you’ll study hard and play hard, because in Yorkshire it’s a case of go hard or go home!

  8. You got: St Andrews

    You think St Martins and you think future monarchs and golf. But that’s just the tip of what is a world-famous iceberg. OK, so the weather can be a little brutal in the winter, but you can overlook that if it means studying at one of the best and most beautiful universities in the entire world. If it’s good enough for Will and Kate, you should be OK!

  9. You got: Cambridge

    When you start to look through the list of successful Cambridge it can be a little daunting, but those Prime Ministers, Royals, Hollywood A-listers and endless comedy legends have got NOTHING on you. You’re one of the best people in the world, so it makes sense you should study at one of the best universities in the world.

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This moment is too sweet to be called campaign propaganda, although it’s pretty great at that too.

A translation of Stephon’s video reacting to his moment with President Obama is available here.

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1. The struggle of trying to get your Popple into his ball shape.

To think there was once a time when children could be endlessly amused by a stuffed animal that simply folded into itself.

2. Putting plastic charms on every possible accessory you could get your hands on — and each charm had its own special meaning.

3. The joy of peeling off your Tinkerbell nail polish.

4. You knew being a rock star with a secret identity was the best job ever!

Also, the life lessons Jem taught you:

1. It’s OK if your man cheats on you, as long as it’s with your secret alter ego.
2. Sometimes it’s way more fun to be the villain (looking at you, Pizzazz).
3. That anything can be solved by pressing down on your earring and saying, “Showtime, Synergy!”

5. Ornamenting your ‘do with a bevy of colorful day-of-the-week and animal-themed barrettes.

6. The importance of nailing the perfect sideways ponytail.

 

7. The smell of Electric Youth.

8. How Jake Ryan is still your perfect man.

9. The fun of a new Get in Shape, Girl! workout cassette (and, most importantly, the rockin’ accessories it came with).

You basically just wore that sweatband around the house all day afterward.

10. Snagging each new My Lil’ Pony that came out (and filling up your Paradise Estate with them).

11. Getting a new Cabbage Patch Kid, hanging her birth certificate on the wall, and carrying her around with you everywhere.

12. Thinking Rainbow Brite was the coolest girl EVER, and drawing fashion inspiration from her colorful getups.

13. Knowing that Over Our Heads was the best fictional store to ever exist.

14. Using scrunchies as your favorite statement piece, and owning one in every color and print in existence.

Never. Too. Many.

15. Stationery was cool, but stationery with Poochie was clearly the coolest.

 

16. How She-Ra was the O.G. badass.

And rocked some slammin’ boots while she showed everyone who was boss.

17. The sugary deliciousness of these cereals:







 

18. The squishy, fun companionship of Pound Puppies.

19. Organizing all your cosmetics, bath products, and jewelry in a Caboodle (which in itself was sort of the reason to buy tons of stuff to put inside it).

Compartments: SO FUN.

20. How you NEEDED a Swatch watch to match every outfit.

21. These batons with glitter and mysterious fluid inside.

…which you used to play pretend cheerleader or princess or just twirl around when you were bored.

22. The pure magic of the acid trip for kids that was Lisa Frank.





 

23. Watching these over and over again:







 

24. The simple thrill of the smell of your eraser collection.

Half of them barely even worked, but they were cute.

25. You went through, like, one Sweet Valley High book a day.

Even though Jessica was too much of a bitch and Elizabeth too much of a Goody Two-shoes for you to really relate to either of them.

26. When you felt like Minnie Mouse was finally on your wavelength on the Totally Minnie album.

27. The delicious smell of Rose Petal and Strawberry Shortcake dolls:

 

28. The only Degrassi you remember didn’t star Drake.

29. Making something in your Easy-Bake Oven was your favorite way to spend a Friday night.

30. Sleeping with your Glo Worm — and getting creeped out by that softly glowing face staring straight through you in the middle of the night.

31. You remember a young Alanis Morissette on You Can’t Do That on Television (and the show kinda creeped you out a little bit but you couldn’t stop watching).

32. The unrivaled style icon that was Denise Huxtable.

33. Wanting to paint your room like Punky Brewster’s.

34. And totally wanting that badass sofa chair from My Two Dads.

35. The horrible smell jelly bracelets left after you wore them all day…

36. …but knowing that these smelled worse:

37. Your Le Clic camera — which, let’s face it, you only bought because it came in awesome colors.

38. Drooling in front of your TV on 21 Jump Street night.

39. L.A. Gear was the only sneaker brand that mattered.

Don’t even get me started on L.A. Lights.

40. You knew someone who had a My Child doll, but you always thought they were too creepy to own.

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It seems that with every passing hour we get closer and closer to a U.S.-led strike on Bashar al-Assad in Syria after a toxic gas attack that killed hundreds of his own people. Since President Obama is likely to bypass Congress and the American people on this decision, he could at least let us help him name his war.

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The father of Omar Mateen, the shooter of a gay nightclub in Orlando,said in a statement to NBC newshe believes his son was not motivated by religion, but by the anger he felt when he saw two gay men kissing.

Seddique Mir Mateen told NBC News his son saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a couple of months ago, whichhe believescausedtheshooting to happen. He apologized “for the whole incident” andis “in shock like the whole country.” He also said, in regard to speculationthat his son reportedly pledged to ISISwhileon the phone with 911 before the attack, “this has nothing to do with religion.”

PresidentObama echoed similar statements when he addressed the country Sunday afternoon and called the massacre “an act of terror and an act of hate.”

He said,

This is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends our fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds and to advocate for their civil rights.

A mass shooting is always heartbreaking. But amass shooting at a gay club at the height of Pride Month issomething else entirely.

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A decade ago, mainstream publishers became convinced they could make millions by churning out books for the right — and now the bubble may be bursting. From Allan Bloom to Ann Coulter.  

The conservative book business has seen better days. Ten years ago, the genre was a major source of intellectual energy on the right, and the site of a publishing boom, with conservative imprints popping up at industry giants like Random House and Penguin. But after a decade of disruption, uneven sales, and fierce competition, many leading figures in the conservative literati fear the market has devolved into an echo of cable news, where an overcrowded field of preachers feverishly contends for the attention of the same choir.

“I think the problems in the conservative publishing arena are more acute than in the rest of the industry,” said Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld, who now runs a communications firm in Washington and works as a literary agent for conservative authors.

The challenges afflicting the market are varied, but in interviews with BuzzFeed, several editors, agents, and executives faulted the same trend they were celebrating in 2003, when mainstream publishers began elevating conservative editors, like Adam Bellow and Adrian Zackheim, and luring high-profile Republican figures like consultant Mary Matalin into the book business. At the time, many on the right welcomed this development as the sort of victory that had eluded them in Hollywood, academia, and the mainstream press — a mass influx of conservatives that would wrest the industry from the hands of liberal elites, and work to reverse the tide of the culture wars.

Instead, what followed was the genrefication of conservative literature. Over the next 10 years, corporate publishers launched a half-dozen imprints devoted entirely to producing, promoting, and selling books by right-leaning authors — a model that consigned their work to a niche, same as science fiction or nutritional self-help guides. Many of the same conservatives who cheered this strategy at the start now complain that it has isolated their movement’s writers from the mainstream marketplace of ideas, wreaked havoc on the economics of the industry, and diminished the overall quality of the work.

Editors at these imprints face unprecedented pressure to land cable news and radio provocateurs like Ann Coulter, rather than promote the combative intellectuals, like Allan Bloom and Charles Murray, on whom the business was first built.

“You are left to rely completely on cable and radio [for promotion] and as a consequence of that, you have to provide those venues the type of material they want,” said Bellow, who runs Harper Collins’ conservative imprint, Broadside. “It’s become a kind of blood sport and the most ruthless gladiator comes out on top.”

The gutting of the conservative book market could mark the end of a cycle that began in the summer of 1987, when a roomful of bemused Manhattan publishing types gathered at the offices of Simon & Schuster to toast Bloom, a University of Chicago philosopher whose new book, The Closing of the American Mind, condemned the American higher education system for having “impoverished the souls” of its students. The volume had become a surprise mega-hit, eventually selling more than a million copies by channeling a popular sentiment on the American right that few in the literary class could relate to. Roger Kimball, a conservative critic present at the party, recalled meeting Simon & Schuster publisher Joni Evans. Kimball said Evans was “pleased as punch” to have a runaway bestseller on her hands, but seemed perplexed by the book’s success. “It was clear she had never opened the book,” he said. “She had no idea what was in it.”

Still, the book had alerted the New York publishing industry to a potentially lucrative fact: Conservatives knew how to read.

One of the first editors to figure this out was Bellow, who has been present at every stage of the conservative publishing evolution over the past two-and-a-half decades. The son of the late novelist Saul Bellow, he spent much of his career as a rare conservative editor in mainstream publishing — first at Free Press and then Doubleday — building a list that included general-interest books alongside provocative right-wing works like Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein’s The Bell Curve, and Dinesh D’Souza’s Illiberal Education. In the ’90s, when the independent partisan publisher Regnery was dominating best-seller lists with anti-Clinton polemics, Bellow was one of the few mainstream editors to take advantage of the phenomenon, commissioning a young, right-wing reporter named David Brock to write 1996’s The Seduction of Hillary Rodham. (Brock would undergo a political epiphany shortly thereafter and reinvent himself as a Democratic operative.) Bellow continued to usher conservative books onto the best-seller list from his post at Doubleday in the 2000s — including Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism — before eventually being wooed to Broadside in 2010.

Bellow said he’s proud of the work his imprint has done, but he’s conflicted about the current conservative publishing landscape.

“I was happy to publish conservative books as part of a mix of general books,” he said of his earlier career. “There’s a tension for conservatives. They didn’t want to be ghettoized. The whole point was that they wanted to bring their ideas to a mass audience. The irony was that just as they achieved respectability for their views and were accepted into mainstream publishing, they were hived off into imprints.”

That of course isn’t the only problem afflicting the conservative publishing market. Borders bookstores, whose widespread placement in exurban malls and rural communities made them magnets for right-leaning customers, shut down in 2011. And the web has decimated the subscription-based “book clubs” that launched a slew of conservative best-sellers in the ’90s and early 2000s.

Meanwhile, the proliferation of conservative publishers has made the economics of their genre much tougher, with an ever-increasing number of books competing for an audience that hasn’t grown much since the ’90s. One agent compared conservative literature to Young Adult fiction, an unsexy niche genre that quietly pulled in respectable profits for years until the big houses took notice, and began entering into bidding wars for promising authors, and flooding the market in a frenzied attempt to find the next Twilight.

While best-sellers by famous pundits like Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus, and Charles Krauthammer’s Things That Matter continue to give conservative publishing a veneer of wild success, publishers say the ruthless competition on the right has made it increasingly difficult to turn a profit on midlist books.

This dynamic may be best illustrated by the quadrennial scramble in publishing to sign prospective presidential candidates, who are bound by tradition to write an autobiographical manifesto ahead of the election. The casual Barnes & Noble browser is unlikely to have ever purchased one of these books — almost nobody does — but he will recognize the subgenre by its uniform covers: the patriotic color scheme, the besuited politician striking a square-shouldered pose, the author’s name and title stamped across the dust jacket in imposing, all-caps lettering. Inside, the books follow a well-worn formula, lacing lofty talking points and vaguely drawn policy proposals with a sanitized personal narrative that reads as though it has been vetted by a thousand political operatives and stripped down to a fourth-grade reading level.

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“No self-respecting seeker of high office can enter the fray without a book that bears his name on the title page,” said Kimball, who now runs Encounter, a small nonprofit imprint for smart conservative books. “You know, next to catalogues for exhibitions, they’re probably the least read sort of books being published. They’re sort of a union card for candidates, I suppose.”

These books have been a ritual in American politics for decades, and in the past, experts said, publishers were relatively clear-eyed about signing such authors; they paid reasonable advances, held their noses as they signed off on the sterilized prose, and then crossed their fingers in hopes that that their guy would become president — an outcome that would ensure massive book sales for years to come. If their author didn’t make it to the White House, they could usually count on relatively minor losses, or even breaking even. It was always a risk, but a calculated one.

But today, as numerous conservative imprints, Christian publishers, and mainstream houses compete to sign a finite number of aspiring Republican presidents, publishers are being forced to pay much larger advances than they’re used to.

For example, Tim Pawlenty, a short-lived presidential candidate in 2012, received an advance of around $340,000 for his 2010 book Courage to Stand. But the book went on to sell only 11,689 copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks most, but not all, bookstore sales. What’s more, Pawlenty’s political action committee bought at least 5,000 of those copies itself in a failed attempt to get it on the New York Times best-seller list, according to one person with knowledge of the strategy.

This pattern continues as you scan the works of recent and prospective Republican presidential candidates. According to one knowledgeable source, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker received an even larger advance than Pawlenty’s, and Bookscan has his 2013 book Unintimidated selling around 16,000 copies. Sen. Rand Paul’s latest, Government Bullies, has barely cracked 10,000 sold; and despite spending months in the 2012 GOP primaries, Rick Santorum’s book about the founding fathers, American Patriots, sold just 6,538 copies. Perhaps most surprising, Immigration Wars, co-authored by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who consistently polls in the top tier of the Republican 2016 field, sold just 4,599 copies.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio’s 2012 autobiography, American Son, has sold around 36,000 copies — a figure one conservative agent described as “respectable,” before pointing out that Rubio received an astounding $800,000 advance, according to a financial disclosure. The publisher’s bet, he speculated, was that Rubio was going to be selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate. He wasn’t.

“The publishing business is more like a casino than a real business,” Bellow said. “We’re gambling… and editors are inveterate optimists. That’s just part of the job description.”

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1. The waving panda cub

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A giant panda cub stretches out and shows his belly while animal care staff check him over during his weekly exam at the San Diego Zoo.

2. The son who reunited with his mother after seeing her photo online

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Olga Hernandez hugs her son Gabriel Salmeron Hernandez in Mexico. Salmeron Hernandez, who had disappeared during his journey through Mexico to reach the U.S., was reunited with his mother after seeing her photo on the Internet with a group of parents traveling through the area.

3. The dog who reunited with his human after getting lost in a hurricane

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Fred Hollier is reunited with his dog T-Chen, who got lost during Hurricane Isaac, in Louisiana.

4. The little boy who reunited with his father after his tour of Afghanistan

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Gavin Shaw flashes a smile as he hugs his father, Master Sergeant Adam Shaw, during a Welcome Home Ceremony in Fort Carson, Colorado. The soldiers had been deployed for nine months in various regions of Afghanistan.

5. And the family that reunited after months apart

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Jeremy Hudson hugs his wife as his 10-year-old daughter Averie holds a “welcome home” sign at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

6. The boy who loved his donkey

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An Afghan boy stands next to his donkey cart outside a timber market in Kabul.

7. The sailor and his wife

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An Argentine sailor greets a relative as he arrives in Buenos Aires airport. Nearly 300 navy cadets arrived in Argentina’s capital from Ghana on an Air France charter hired by the government after Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez refused to negotiate the release of the Argentine naval sailing ship, Libertad. The ship had been held in a port outside Ghana’s capital when a Ghana court ruled to detain the vessel as collateral for Argentina’s unpaid debts.

8. The newlywed frogs

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Two frogs are married by Hindu farmers in order to please the Rain Gods.

9. The space geeks who made it to Mars

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Curiosity team members celebrate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, after the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars.

10. China’s first female astronaut

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Liu Yang, China’s first female astronaut, waves next to her comrade Jing Haipeng as she comes out of the re-entry capsule of China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft.

11. The little girl and the statues

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A child plays in between two cartoon military statues on display outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China.

12. The unlikely dinner guest

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A shopkeeper greets U.S. Army Captain Kelvington in southern Afghanistan. Afghan and U.S. Army soldiers were invited to dinner with one of the local elders in Senjaray.

13. The woman about to see her husband

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Chloe DeLay takes off running to be reunited with her husband, Sgt. John DeLay.

14. The nose-nuzzling politicans

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, shares a traditional Maori welcome called a “hongi” upon arriving in Auckland, New Zealand.

15. The nose-nuzzling little kids

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A boy leans rubs noses with a girl in Delhi, India.

16. The Marshmallow Kid and the POTUS

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U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon in the State Dining Room of the White House during the second White House Science Fair in Washington.

17. The cruise ship survivor and his family

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Jonathan Pathri, a survivor of the capsized Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, is greeted by his parents on his arrival in India.

18. The North Korean war veteran reunion

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North Korean war veterans greet each other on War Victory Day.

19. This perfect wedding photo

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A newlywed couple poses for wedding photos on a street corner.

20. This perfect Indian monsoon photo

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Two girls laugh as a soaked rickshaw driver transports vegetables during a monsoon.

21. The people watching the final beam being lifted up the new World Trade Center

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People watch as the last steel beam of the World Trade Center, signed by members of the crews that helped build the tower, be hoisted 977 feet to the tower.

22. The baby saved from the flood

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Firefighters rescue a baby from a stranded bus after it became trapped in floodwater after heavy rain.

23. The boy and his cat

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David Nyssen holds his family cat Baby close after being reunited with him at Michigan State University’s Veterinary Clinic. Baby was shot in the head with a crossbow in the Nyssen family’s neighborhood in Jackson, Michigan.

24. This military couple

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About 300 men and women of the 4th Brigade Combat Team reunite with family and friends in Anchorage, Alaska.

25. Also this military couple

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A soldier is reunited with his loved ones in Wiltshire, England.

26. The therapy mini-horse and the old man

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Jack Cutler smiles as he pets Tootsie, a miniature horse, at the Total Life adult day care center in Cary, North Carolina. With their calm personalities and small size, Tootsie and her companion Carmen, not seen, work well as therapy animals.

27. The (fancy) therapy goat and the old lady

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Jean Clausen cuddles with Gigi the goat, a therapy animal.

28. The kids at the 7-5-3 festival

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Children in traditional dresses are all smiles at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine to mark the 7-5-3 festival. The 7-5-3 festival celebrates when children reach the ages of three, five, and seven.

29. Ramon and his “R” tooth smile

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An miner named Ramon flashes a gold letter “R” on his tooth as he smiles after working in a mine in the southern state of Bolivar. In the triangle that connects Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana, a large number of illegal gold and diamond prospectors dream of changing their lives overnight by finding a huge bonanza.

30. The dancing Pearl Harbor veterans

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Pearl Harbor survivors Victor Miranda smiles as Paul Kennedy and Mickey Ganitch dance to music from the ’40s era before the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

31. The gold medalist

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Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win gold.

32. Happy Holi people

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A couple smiles with their faces covered in coloured powder during Holi festival celebrations in Kuala Lumpur. Holi, also known as the festival of colors, celebrates the death of the Demoness Holika, and the love between Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.

33. The Washingtonians celebrating their historic gay marriage victory

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Revelers display U.S. and gay pride flags as they celebrate early election returns favoring Washington state Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage.

34. This happy couple just married in Seattle

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Corianton Hale and Keith Bacon embrace after becoming the first couple to get married at Seattle City Hall in Seattle, Washington, on Dec. 9. Washington made history last month as one of three U.S. states where marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.

35. This Paralympian

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Richard Oribe of Spain celebrates after winning the silver in the men’s 100m freestyle in the Paralympic Games.

36. These Paralympians, too

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Katherine Downie, Ellie Cole, and Maddison Elliot of Australia celebrate as teammate Jacqueline Freney wins them the gold medal in the women’s 4×100m freestyle, also in the Paralympic Games.

37. The man who thought he lost his dog

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Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in East Limestone, Arkansas.

38. The Sandy survivors who thought they lost their family history

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Rosemary McDermott and her husband opened a safe containing a family genealogy in the Breezy Point section of Queens. They salvaged the safe from the basement of Rosemary’s mother’s home after Superstorm Sandy.

39. The ridiculously happy polar bear

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For Pike’s 30th birthday, the San Francisco Zoo brought in some snow. Her face says it all.

40. This couple that finally got their wedding photo after 88 years

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A centenarian couple who have been married for 88 years have their wedding photos taken. Wu Conghan, 101, and his wife Wu Songshi, 103, married in 1924, and have been together for almost 90 years. When they got married, there wasn’t the option of wedding photographs.

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When even the abominable King Joffrey Baratheon recognizes something is unfair…

Seriously though, actor Jack Gleeson’s rapid rise to fame gave him a unique perspective on how vapid and abysmal the concept of celebrity is.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/an-actor-who-got-super-famous-overnight-has-some-profound-thoughts-on-celebrity-worship

Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

The Golden State Warriors went through all of the celebratory traditions after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to become this year’s league champions: They relished in falling confetti, took photos with their beaming families, promptly donned their new “NBA champions” hats, and raised their shiny new trophy into the air as one.

But there’s a very big tradition the Warriors may not be partaking in this year: meeting the president.

According to some unconfirmed reports that surfaced in the hours after the game, the Golden State Warriors may not be visiting the White House to meet President Trump.

Pro teams often get White House invites after bringing home the gold in their sport. But, according to an unsubstantiated tweet from CNBC analyst Josh Brown, the Golden State Warriors voted to opt out of the event just hours after beating the Cavaliers.

Brown’s tweet quickly took off, with people both praising and critiquing the team’s “unanimous” decision.

In response, the team released a statement on the matter, contradicting Brown’s Tweet.

“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the statement read. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

If the Warriors do end up deciding against a trip to D.C., though, it won’t be all that surprising to many Golden State fans.

Many Warriors players have been critical of Trump over the past several months.

In February, star player Steph Curry was asked if he agreed with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s comments referring to Trump as a “real asset.”

“I agree with that description if you remove the ‘et’ [from ‘asset’],” Curry shot back.

Steph Curry. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr whose father was killed by terrorism in Lebanon in 1984 also slammed Trump’s proposed travel ban targeting Muslims in January:

“As someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, and having lost my father: If were trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, [were] really going against the principles of what our country is about, and creating fear. Its the wrong way to go about it. If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror.”

Coach Steve Kerr. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

Golden State guard Shaun Livingston said months ago that, should his team win the championship, he “definitely wouldn’t go” to the White House. After Trump’s inauguration, player David West claimed Trump voters “responded to some of the most infantile, non-decent language that you could expect coming from a [presidential] candidate.”

The Warriors’ big NBA win comes after many New England Patriots skipped out on their White House visit following their Super Bowl victory. Defensive tackle Alan Branch was one of the players who sat on the sidelines for the event, citing the “disgusting” way Donald Trump talks about women as the main reason he couldn’t follow through.

The attitudes of many Warriors and Patriots illustrate why each team and every player should make their own decisions when it comes to a White House visit.

After all, very little about this presidency is normal.

In years past, pro sports teams and their players have put politics aside regardless of who’s in office and accepted the honor. But an abnormal president calls for bucking normal traditions.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/why-sports-teams-and-players-shouldnt-be-obligated-to-meet-the-president