Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Never upstage a bride, and other proposal etiquette rules

    Proposing at someone else's wedding? Definitely a 'no-no' proposal. (Imgur)Proposing at someone else's wedding? Definitely a 'no-no' proposal. (Imgur)

    It’s an unspoken rule most of us are well aware of: Never upstage the bride.

    So when a photo of a man proposing to his girlfriend at a wedding in front of a bride and groom was posted on Reddit, the collective Internet made it clear that it does not approve of the hijacking moment.

    Whether he was just trying to take advantage of an already romantic day, or he was well aware of the etiquette crime he was committing, it didn’t seem to matter to Redditors — or the unamused-looking bride: you don’t propose at someone else’s wedding.

    “The new husband seems to be amused, but you can see the wife’s face already beginning to contort into the wrath-like trance of hellfire and fury befitting a woman upstaged,” wrote Redditor PainMatrix.

    Reddit user lcotemi speculated that the faux pas will likely spark a cycle of revenge:

    "When that couple gets married, the current couple will announce their pregnancy. The cycle will continue.”

    And another Reddit user suggested starting a rumour that it’s bad

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  • U.S. health officials blame recent STD ‘epidemic’ on hookup apps

    “These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs and HIV over the years, there is more work to do.”

    Flickr / Thomas HawkFlickr / Thomas Hawk

    Use a hookup app lately? Be careful, health experts warn: STDs are on the rise. 

    A recent and notable surge in STD cases in New Jersey is being blamed, in part, on hookup apps like Tinder and Grindr.

    Health officials found that the number of syphilis cases rose a whopping 79 per cent from 2013 to 2014. Gonorrhoea cases went up 30 per cent and new cases of HIV rose by 33 per cent.

    They even used the word “epidemic” to describe the steep increase.

    “These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs and HIV over the years, there is more work to do,” Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the state’s health department, said in a statement.

    “We are fortunate in Rhode Island to have great partnerships among state agencies, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers to continue to educate, test, and treat for sexually transmitted diseases. This trend reminds us that we cannot become complacent.”

    The majority of these cases are affecting young

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  • Beer company stops production, cans water for flooding victims instead

    "If everyone did one thing nice for another, this world might be a better place.”

    A can of water donated by the Anheuser-Busch company in the fourth year of worsening drought on February 11, 2015 in East Porterville, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)A can of water donated by the Anheuser-Busch company in the fourth year of worsening drought on February 11, 2015 in East Porterville, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    On Wednesday, beer company Anheuser-Busch, the maker of major brands like Budweiser, Michelob ULTRA, Beck’s, Kirin and O'Doul’s, announced that it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery in order to produce 50,000 cans of water instead.

    “Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer,” Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

    About 2,000 cases of the emergency water are already on route to communities in Texas and Oklahoma most affected by the recent flooding. The water should reach those states in the next day or so.

    Apparently this is nothing new. Three times a year, the Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water for the American Red Cross.

    “It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period,” Haas said.

    In the wake of the devastation, more good news stories are emerging.

    When overcrowded animals shelters took to social media for help, dozens of people showed up to

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  • Six-year-old hero helps rescue kitten from storm drain

    “The [fire deparment] crew lowered Janeysha into the hole where she was able to lure the kitten into her arms and handed her out to safety.”

    Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin, left, holds the kitten that was rescued with the help of Janeysha Cruz. (Brett J. Fassnacht/Lancaster Township Fire Department via AP)Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin, left, holds the kitten that was rescued with the help of Janeysha Cruz. (Brett J. Fassnacht/Lancaster Township Fire Department via AP)

    Sometimes heroes come in small packages.

    When firefighters couldn’t reach a kitten trapped in a storm drain in south-central Pennsylvania, a little girl did the rescuing for them.

    Janeysha Cruz, 6, and her friends, spotted the trapped kitten on Tuesday afternoon. Janeysha’s mother called emergency services, then stuck around to give the fire crew permission to lower her daughter almost a metre down into the narrow drain.

    “The LTFD [Lancaster Township Fire Department] crew lowered Janeysha into the hole where she was able to lure the kitten into her arms and handed her out to safety,” the Fire Department posted on Facebook alongside a photo of Janeysha, Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Usdin and the kitten.

    “Special thanks goes out to Janeysha for her assistance.”

    The kitten is now being evaluated at an animal shelter where it will eventually be put up for adoption.

    In December 2013, we shared the story of a brave 11-year-old Brazilian boy who stopped traffic to save his dog after it was hit by

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  • Cleveland kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus graduate from high school

    "I always planned to graduate, and my mom always wanted that for me..."

    Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus pose for a photo after accepting their high school diplomas. (Twitter/@EunKim)Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus pose for a photo after accepting their high school diplomas. (Twitter/@EunKim)

    In the spring of 2003, on the day before her 17th birthday, Amanda Berry was abducted by Ariel Castro.

    Gina DeJesus was abducted by the same captor the following year. She was just 14.

    The women, along with fellow kidnap victim Michelle Knight, spent the next 10 years in captivity. Their eventual escape made international headlines a year ago.

    And while they can’t relive the adolescence Castro stole from them, they can celebrate an important milestone they missed out on while imprisoned: high school graduation.

    On Wednesday, the two women donned white caps and gowns and walked across the stage during John Marshall High School’s commencement ceremony, and received honorary high school diplomas.

    John Marshall High School is Berry’s old high school. The idea to honour the women came from a teacher who taught Berry when she attended the school.

    “It was awesome,” Berry told the Plain Dealer not long after the ceremony. “I always wanted to grow up and be somebody and do something with my

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  • Dropped iPhone retrieved unharmed from ocean floor, with video footage of its underwater journey

    “My brother tried throwing my phone to me in the ocean. It ended up going straight under water and sank to bottom of the ocean floor.”

    Not many iPhones can fall to the bottom of the ocean and live to tell the tale.Not many iPhones can fall to the bottom of the ocean and live to tell the tale.

    It’s a vacation hassle no one wants to deal with: a phone sinking in the ocean.

    Fortunately for Gregory Papadin, a San Diego man vacationing in Menorca, Spain, the captain of his boat was quick to dive after his dropped iPhone 5 and retrieve it from the depths below.

    “My brother tried throwing my phone to me in the ocean. It ended up going straight under water and sank to bottom of the ocean floor,” Papadin wrote on YouTube.

    Paladin and his brother considered diving after it, but knew their rescue attempt would fail.

    “The underwater pressure was too much for both my brother and I to swim and get it, but the owner of the boat we rented was able to reduce the pressure using a special breathing method meant for diving,” he continued. “He was able to retrieve it, and my phone managed to survive the whole ordeal!”

    “Oh, no! Thank you!” Papadin exclaimed upon seeing the captain resurface with his still-working phone. “Oh, my God, thank you so much.”

    If only all owners of dropped phones were

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  • New York man takes dying dog on bucket-list adventure across the country

    “He loved it, it was so healing for him. It was like he was five years younger."

    Poh poses for a photo during a stop in Portland, Oregon. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)Poh poses for a photo during a stop in Portland, Oregon. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)

    Poh doesn’t have long to live.

    The 15-year-old pit bull-lab mix from New York City has been diagnosed with a series of serious health problems including tumours and kidney failure. Veterinarians believe that his days are numbered.

    The terminal diagnosis inspired Poh’s owner, Thomas Neil Rodriguez, to embark on a seven-week road trip with his pet, crossing off bucket-list destinations as they travelled the country.

    Poh looks up at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)Poh looks up at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)

    “It was a great trip,” Rodriguez, who adopted Poh from a shelter when the pup was just eight weeks old, told ABC News. “I got to spend seven weeks with Poh. At first, I did not think he’d make it two weeks, but he did.”

    Starting on March 6, Rodriguez, his fiancée, and Poh set off on a 35-city, 12,000-mile road trip that included stops in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon and Arizona.

    It didn’t start off as a seven-week trip. It just grew into one.

    Poh and Thomas enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)Poh and Thomas enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Instagram/pohthedogsbigadventure)

    Rodriguez, a DJ, had a gig booked in Arizona. Not wanting to leave his sick dog behind, he decided to bring Poh — and a daily IV

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  • Teens terrorizing themselves with #CharlieCharlieChallenge and filming the results

    Move over Ouija boards and “Bloody Mary.” There’s a new creepy game in town, and it involves a sombrero-wearing demon named Charlie.

    Teens everywhere are convinced they’ve been able to summon a Mexican demon named Charlie through a new Ouija board-inspired game called the Charlie Charlie Challenge.

    According to TIME, this is how the game, a supposed “ancient tradition” — the BBC debunked the challenge’s rumoured history here, while the Washington Post linked the game to a generations-old schoolyard game in Spain — is played:

    “The game is simple: draw a grid on a piece of paper with ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in the boxes, balance one pencil on top of another in the shape of a cross, and ask something along the lines of ‘Charlie, Charlie are you here?’ or ‘Charlie, Charlie can we play?’ Then watch as the pencil moves and proceed to scream, etc. For viral fun, film yourself doing this and share the result.”

    What is the Charlie Charlie Challenge/Pencil Game? (The Source)What is the Charlie Charlie Challenge/Pencil Game? (The Source)

    “Hundreds of people have reported moving furniture and spooky sounds after summoning the

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  • ‘He broke the rod!’ Florida fisherman catches 552-pound giant goliath grouper

    “I thought he was going to kill me."

    We’d be screaming, too.

    Joe Black, a tackle shop owner from Cape Coral, Florida, recently caught the largest fish ever from a kayak in Sanibel: a 552-pound giant goliath grouper.

    “He broke the rod!” Black yelled, both shocked and excited by the massive catch.

    According to the video posted on YouTube, the fish measured in at 83 inches long and more than 73 inches in girth.

    “I thought he was going to kill me,” Black told Chew On This.

    Because goliath groupers are endangered, Black released the fish back into the water after it was measured.

    We’re big fans of “big catch” stories here at Daily Buzz — although the following catches make us want to hit the gym before getting our fishing licenses:

    Earlier this year, an Italian fisherman reeled in a 280-pound catfish.

    (Facebook/Sportex Italia)(Facebook/Sportex Italia)

    Last August, a Texas fisherman caught a 809-pound tiger shark in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Ryan Spring poses with an 809-pound, 12-foot, 7-inch tiger shark he caught in the Gulf of Mexico.Ryan Spring poses with an 809-pound, 12-foot, 7-inch tiger shark he caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

    And in July, a California man on a weeklong fishing trip in Alaska reeled in a 482-pound halibut.

    Do you fish? What’s the largest fish

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  • Roux the two-legged ‘bunny cat’ becomes an Instagram sensation

    "I keep telling her about how many people around the world love her and are so inspired by her."

    Roux the bunny cat resting on the floor. (Instagram/lilbunnysueroux)Roux the bunny cat resting on the floor. (Instagram/lilbunnysueroux)

    This cute cat proves you don’t need four legs to be a star.

    Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux Hendrickson Deak Akey — also known simply as “Roux” — has more than 63,000 Instagram followers.

    The adorable two-legged online sensation is the adopted pet of Jackie Deak Akey, who first learned of the “bunny cat” while working at a veterinary clinic in New Orleans.

    Roux, a Siamese mix, had been surrendered to another shelter because her congenital deformity — she was born with only two hind legs — made it impossible for her to bury her waste in her litter box.

    Akey wasted no time in adopting the kitten, who was otherwise healthy, not in pain, and able to get around on her own.

    “Roux has adapted her special walk by not just walking on her back paws but by keeping the lowest portion of her hind legs flat for more balance, like a kangaroo,” Akey told meowbox.

    “Her nubs swing back and forth while she walks but they do not touch the ground. When she wants to move quickly or play (her favourite move is to run

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