Adorable Baby Can’t Stop Laughing At A Kitten Playing With A String

Is there anything in this world more precious than a silly, giggly baby? The answer to that question is, of course, a firm no. But there is one thing that comes pretty close, and that is a playful kitten! Lucky for us, this video has both of those adorable things.

Watch as baby Winter just can’t stop belly laughing as she watches Mom drag a piece of string around which Oreo, the family kitten, frantically tries to catch.

Baby Winter just can’t contain her happiness as soon as she lays eyes on her fluffy friend. Wiggling around, she is just laughing her adorable little head off!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/funny-string-kitten/

Babies Too Young For Vaccines Are At High Risk During Outbreaks

A mother recounts losing her 2-month-old son to whooping cough. She has a sharp message for parents who don’t vaccinate: “You could kill somebody’s baby.”

Kathryn Riffenburg

As the measles outbreak rages on, some voices in the anti-vaccine movement are focusing on the mildness of the measles. Some argue that it’s a benign infection, while others have gone so far as to say that kids have “the right” to catch the bug.

But to Kathryn Riffenburg, a mother of three in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the measles outbreak isn’t about the measles. It’s about babies. Three years ago, Riffenburg lost her 2-month-old son, Brady, to pertussis (also known as whooping cough), a disease that deals a harsh blow to the weak lungs of infants. Brady was one of the 20 who died during the 2012 pertussis outbreak. The majority of these victims were babies younger than 3 months.

“I just don’t understand why some parents choose not to vaccinate,” Riffenburg told BuzzFeed News. “You could kill somebody’s baby. I don’t like using that [line] all the time, but now it’s getting to the point where I have to say that.”

Public health experts agree. While pertussis and measles are entirely different infections, babies are at high risk in any disease outbreak.

“While the circumstances are quite different, infants are definitely a particularly vulnerable population,” Dr. James Cherry, a professor of pediatrics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, told BuzzFeed News. “These young babies — it’s hard to know what to do. We need to find ways to protect them.”

Last Saturday, for example, a baby boy in Los Angeles caught the measles, leading to a quarantine of 14 other infants under the age of 1 who attended his daycare. On Thursday, five babies at a suburban Chicago day care were diagnosed with measles. The first measles vaccine is typically given at 12 to 15 months, so until then babies rely on the immunity of those around them.

It’s unclear how measles may continue to spread among infants in the current outbreak. But there’s no question that they are at very high risk: 90% of babies under the age of 1 who come into contact with the measles virus will catch the disease. During the last big measles outbreak, in 1989 to 1991, measles rates in babies were almost twice as high as any other age group. Because of this, more and more pediatricians are rejecting unvaccinated patients in order to protect the babies (and other people with weak immune systems) sitting in their waiting rooms.

When young babies get the measles, they develop the characteristic rash and fever. They also cough and have muscle pains, and have trouble sleeping. In rare cases, measles leads to complications such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and, in very rare cases, death.

With pertussis, infected infants are in even more danger, with half requiring a hospital visit. Of those, 67% will have slowed breathing, 25% will get a lung infection, and 2% will die.

Kathryn’s son, Brady, was born chubby and healthy on Nov. 20, 2011. A month later, he went to his sister’s preschool concert and met Santa Claus.

Within a week or two, Brady developed what seemed like a cold. Riffenburg and her husband, John, didn’t get too worried until the night of Jan. 7, when Brady developed a 104-degree fever.

They took Brady to the emergency room, where doctors tested him for a few common infant viruses. But all came back negative. Meanwhile, his symptoms got worse. His breathing became so labored that doctors gave him asthma meds. He started eating less and vomiting more. On Jan. 16, just a few weeks after he started getting sick, Brady was admitted into the hospital. Eleven days later, tubes protruding from his tiny body, he died.

To Kathryn, whooping cough was a disease of the past. More than 200,000 annual cases of whooping cough were reported just before the vaccine was developed in the 1940s. By the 1980s, this number was down to fewer than 3,000 cases a year.

Since then, the numbers have been steadily rising — up to 28,000 in 2013. The reasons are unknown, though likely tied to people refusing the vaccine. Just as with measles, pockets of unvaccinated people trigger outbreaks.

For awhile, Kathryn said, she couldn’t help running the scenarios through her head of who had infected Brady. “You always think, who could it have been? It’s always in the back of your mind.”

She’s channeled her anger by getting involved with the vaccine advocacy group Every Child by Two. But the current measles outbreak has made her feel the need to share Brady’s story more widely.

“Now measles is spreading like wildfire, and I just don’t understand why some parents choose not to vaccinate,” Kathryn said. “We shouldn’t see children dying from these diseases that people haven’t really been dying from in over 50 years.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/babies-too-young-for-vaccines-are-at-high-risk-during-outbre

Uh-oh: Soulja Boy’s social media accounts hacked

http://twitter.com/#!/souljaboy/status/313697504204050432

Tough break. The rapper claims that he was hacked across multiple social media platforms:

@youtube hey, A hacker hacked my youtube.com/souljaboy and deleted all of my videos, can you contact me and help. thanks

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

This is only going to make me go harder, they deleted all my YouTube videos that’s some real hater shit right there

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Why they hating on me? twitter.com/souljaboy/stat…

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Because haters gonna hate.

Fortunately, Soulja Boy’s Twitter account was functional enough for him to let people know about the hack job. He used it to reach out to various social media gurus in the hopes that they could help him out of his predicament.

Instagrammers:

@jayzombie hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

@rbranson hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

@dantoffey hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

@baileyelaine hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Twitter’s Caroline Mizumoto:

@caroline hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Facebook managing editor Dan Fletcher:

@danielfletcher hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

And Facebook engineer Ruchi Sanghvi:

@rsanghvi hey

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

His outreach efforts weren’t super-successful, but he did manage to hear back from Mizumoto:

@souljaboy heya! ^_−☆

— caroline mizumoto (@caroline) March 18, 2013

@caroline :-) someone hacked my twitter I’m still logged in on my iPhone 5 can u help me luv

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

@souljaboy oh noes! thought it was @instagram that got hacked. twitter too? will email you! ^_^

— caroline mizumoto (@caroline) March 18, 2013

@caroline @instagram yeah it’s Instagram and my twitter :-( I will send u my new email because they have my gmail too

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Gmail, too? Sheesh. Well, slowly but surely, at least, Soulja’s luck seems to be changing:

i’m 100% back into my twitter. now gotta get youtube,instagram, and facebook smh

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

I’m 100% back into my iCloud, iMessage, and @me Email Address. Working on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube. Thank you to my fans for everything.

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

But he still has a ways to go:

@youtube hey, A hacker hacked my youtube.com/souljaboy and deleted all of my videos, can you contact me and help. thanks

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

I need someone from @google @instagram @youtube @facebook to reach out.

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Don’t worry #teamsouljaboy everything will be fixed soon, hopefully. Thanks for your support! twitter.com/souljaboy/stat…

— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 18, 2013

Oh, thank goodness!

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/18/uh-oh-soulja-boys-social-media-accounts-hacked/

Uncomfortable Sleep Positions Never Looked As Cute As They Do With These 20 Animals

I’ve always been jealous of how easily my pets sleep in the weirdest positions.

My cats can basically contort their bodies to fit into anything, and my dog loves sleeping with his head hanging off the couch. I used to master this impressive art as a kid, but now, I’m lucky if I can find one good position without tossing and turning all night.

That’s why these photos show that pets must have supernatural flexibility or maybe just really high pain tolerances. Either way, these animals sure have some funny preferences when it comes to snoozing.

1. Standing is obviously the optimal way to sleep.

2. He’s not gonna get a headache from this at all…

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3. Tables are WAY comfier than pillows.

4. This guy had a really late night at the office.

5. My neck hurts just looking at this.

6. “‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night!”

7. Is this a cat or a goose?

8. Human legs are like fleshy pillows and provide awesome support!

9. I’m not sure how this even happened…

10. “You’ve been doing it all wrong, hooman.”

11. There are no words…

12. Blood rush to the head = lights out.

13. Sleeping, much like life, is a balancing act.

14. Breathing is overrated, anyway.

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15. Such a beautiful and majestic creature.

16. It takes talent to keep your game face on while you’re asleep.

17. Poor little guy! It looks like his life is one big disappointment.

18. “I prefer sleeping with my neck practically broken.”

19. Reading really puts her to sleep.

20. Folding yourself in half just screams comfort.

Though I think it’s great that these animals can basically sleep however they want, I’ll just stick to my bed for now.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pet-sleep-positions/

Family Research Council shooting suspect indicted on terrorism charge

http://twitter.com/#!/washingtonpost/status/261217456008343553

As Twitchy reported in August, Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., was charged by a grand jury with assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a handgun during a crime of violence, along with a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, in connection with an August 15 incident which wounded a security guard at the Family Research Council’s headquarters.

Corkins had not been charged with terrorism or a hate crime at the time, but the Washington Post reports today that Corkin now faces charges of seven additional crimes, including committing an act of terrorism while armed, attempted murder while armed, aggravated assault while armed, second-degree burglary while armed, and three counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say Corkin is the first suspect to be charged under Washington, D.C.’s  Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/24/family-research-council-shooting-suspect-indicted-on-terrorism-charge/