Momma Duck Quacking For Help Leads To A Tense Duckling Rescue

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we tend to focus on ourselves, and sometimes forget that we share this world with millions of other organisms. There are other animals all around us, even in urban settings.

One man in Phoenix, AZ was out taking a walk recently and noticed a feathered friend quacking at him. A lone duck stood by a grate off the side of the road  repeatedly quacking. The good Samaritan noticed that in addition to the quacks, he was also hearing little chirps. After deciding to get a little closer to investigate, he quickly noticed that this mama duck’s baby ducklings had slipped through the grate and into the pit below. She was standing guard of her roost and trying to flag down some help.

The man enlisted the help of the Phoenix Fire Department who soon arrived at the scene to help the ducklings in distress. While the firemen got to work figuring out a way to help get these little guys out of the storm drain, the mama duck flew in circles overhead to keep an eye on her babies. Luckily, the fireman found a cooler nearby, got into the storm drain and were able to rescue all nine ducklings safe and sound!

After safely pulling the ducklings out of the drain, mama duck had settled in a neighbor’s yard nearby. The firemen were able to release the little duckling back into mama’s care. While mama duck learned a hard lesson about watching where she steps, she was lucky enough to find a kind-hearted fellow Earthling or two to help her out!

Things You Should Never NOT Do When You’re Dieting

Lately it seems like everyone has their own secret to losing weight, something they swear by over all other methods. Whether it’s counting calories meticulously to going paleo to only eating foods that are a certain color (we’re not kidding), every new diet trend promises it’s better and healthier than the rest.

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While the most sensible advice doctors give is, “Go with what works for you,” there are some pretty generally terrible dieting beliefs out there that should be stopped in their tracks. For example, have you noticed that everyone seems to be asking for gluten-free everything? Gluten is the proteins that are found in wheat based foods like breads and pastas, and while some people can have a gluten allergy (or celiac disease), for most people, gluten is a healthy and necessary part of their diet. Cut out overly processed foods instead, like cakes and cookies, and stick to whole grain breads and pastas.

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Another bad piece of advice is to avoid bananas and carrots because they have a lot of carbs and sugar. While they do have slightly more than the average fruit/vegetable, they also contain lots of good vitamins and fiber, and are a much more healthy alternative to the sugars and carbs in processed sweets. All calories are not created equal, and while it’s true that you could lose weight by eating a small amount of junk food, it’s not good the overall well being of your body. A good general rule is to cut back on foods that are made, and eat more foods that are grown.

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Another one you may have heard is to avoid egg yolks, and only eat the whites. A new study has debunked the idea that the yolks contribute to heart disease, and in fact says that consuming whole eggs could lower the risk of stroke! Similarly, dieting people have been consistently told to avoid fat at all cost. This is flat out wrong. Healthy fats are an important part of a diet and can keep you full so you don’t snack on addicting foods full of sugar and salt between meals. In moderation, nuts and avocados are a good source of healthy fats that make losing weight easy!

Clever Doormats for Your Home

First impressions are everything. From how you shake someone’s hand to how you say hello, people’s first impressions can dictate their entire opinion of you. Just like when someone meets YOU for the first time, when you welcome someone into your home, you want to set the right impression about your space, and some of these amazing doormats might just do the trick.

Perhaps you don’t even want your doormat to be welcoming at all, which is why this begrudging doormat is perfect for your hermit self.

 

If you’re into something more utilitarian and perhaps more selfish, then this helpful doormat that has no intent on welcoming guests, but instead is based on reminders is perfect for you.

 

For those who love pop culture references, AND want to compliment their guests, this mat has it all.

 

If you’d rather embarrass your guests a little as they walk into your home, and have a mind that lives exclusively in the gutter, this mat from Urban Outfitters has your name all over it.

 

 

If you want to prepare your guests for what sort of furry friends reside inside your home, and also tell them that you are totally obsessed with your pets, then these mats have got your back.

 

Front Porch Dos and Don’ts

If you are lucky enough to be a non-apartment dweller, then you also might be lucky enough to have a front porch. Front porches are notoriously leisurely spots for homeowners to lounge and people watch or just enjoy a beautiful day. The trade off is that whatever you do on your front porch, the whole neighborhood can see, which is why it’s important to stick to proper etiquette when enjoying some porch time.

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Most importantly is keeping your porch tidy, neat, and maintaining it as a relaxing place. Make sure your porch doesn’t become a hotspot for all the random stuff you don’t know what to do with, like piles of magazine, or a broken bicycle you don’t ride anymore. Not only does this prevent your front porch from slipping into eyesore territory for neighbors, it ensures that you’ll be happy and relaxed every time you sit on it.

Of course, your whole neighborhood or any passersby can see your porch, clear as day. That means that if you’re on your front porch, they can see you, too. If it’s important to keep a clear, tidy front porch you’re proud of, it’s also important to look like someone who is proud of their front porch, meaning try not to dress like a swamp person who lives on their front porch.

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Wear clothes that are appropriate and not embarrassing that make it look like your porch is just an extension of your bedroom. A good rule of thumb: would you wear your current outfit to the grocery store? If no, then don’t wear it on your porch.

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Decorating your house and your front porch is just as much a form of self-expression as the clothes you wear, but keeping those decorations out on your front porch well past the holiday they’re celebrating is a front porch no-no. Leaving decorations up too long makes your whole home appear unkempt, and nobody wants that! Another good rule of thumb: take any holiday decorations down no later than 30 days after a holiday.