Officer Helps Autistic Boy With Push Ups

People with autism often have a different way of approaching the world; they sometimes have sensory discrepancies and see/hear/feel things much differently than others. As such, they can get overloaded or worked up easily, and it sometimes takes a unique and individualized approach to help them calm down.

Christy Richardson knows this very well. Her son 19 year old son, Bubba, has autism, and sometimes when he gets worked up, there isn’t much she can do to help him out. However, Bubba has always been fascinated with police officers. So when Christy couldn’t get Bubba to calm down recently, she called the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department for help.

Deputy Loftis responded, and he was a godsend. The department explained how the officer was able to help Bubba, “When Dep. Loftis showed up, he was able to calm ‘Bubba’ down and showed him how to channel his frustration by doing push ups.” Christy snapped a photo and shared it online to thank the officer, and it quickly went viral.

Soon, people were sharing the photo on other pages and posting in places Christy would come across randomly. But everywhere she saw it, Christy saw praise for the innovative police who were helping her son learn to cope. Bubba is now keeping track of his push up count and is currently at 711,886!

It just goes to show what a little kindness and empathy can do. Share if you agree!

Delta’s App Tracks Your Bags!

One of the most strenuous parts about air travel isn’t that we strap ourselves into a tiny metal tube rocketing hundreds of miles an hour in the air because apparently we have somehow gotten used to that part. No, it’s that when we arrive at our destination, there is no guarantee that our baggage has made the journey with us and will be available for pick up when we need it. Lost luggage is one of the most frustrating and annoying things that can happen on a trip, but now one airline has a plan to combat it.

Delta Airlines, which one disgruntled customer online insists stands for, “Don’t Expect your Luggage To Arrive”, is turning around it’s image. They updated their app that to work with the new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system that the company started using in April of last year. This new method replaces the barcode system of tracking bags and ensures that at several points in your bag’s journey, it is scanned and confirmed to be in the right location. When a bag is in the wrong location, the whole belt stops so attendants can identify the misplaced bag and get it on the right belt. Yay for the future!

However, that isn’t the coolest part about this system. The app lets users track their luggage in real time right from their phones by seeing when it is unloaded from the plane and when it arrives at baggage claim! Delta’s senior vice president of airline operations, Bill Lentsch, commented on the app: “From the moment our customers drop off their bag, we want them to know we’re looking out for it every step of the way and working to take the stress out of flying one innovation at a time.”

Delta Airlines Baggage Carousel, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Atlanta. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

It definitely will remove stress seeing as the new system is 99.9% effective! So remember, if you absolutely need your baggage to arrive on time, consider flying Delta and tracking it yourself!

Father/Daughter Find 2 Carat Diamond!

 

Have you ever been interested in prospecting for gold or gems? Putting on your suspenders, ten-gallon hat and getting knee deep in a river to try to find your fortune among the pebbles sound familiar?

Well, you can do just that at an Arkansas State Park called Crater of Diamonds! There, visitors can pay a flat fee of $5 and go gem hunting for themselves, and if they find anything it’s theirs to keep! People flock to the park in the hopes that they will come away with a big prize. In addition to diamonds, the site also produces garnets, amethysts, jasper, agate, and more!

That’s not quite what father-daughter team Dan and Lauren Frederick were hoping for when they visited the state park earlier this week. The pair are amateur gem hunters and consider it a fun way to bond, not to make a living. Not half an hour after they arrived, Dan saw something glittering among the rocks three feet in front of him. What he picked up is truly astounding.

It was a white diamond, and park officials nearby who help visitors identify their gems estimated the colorless rock to be about 2.03 carats, an incredible find for amateurs! The happy pair named their gem “Lucky Diamond” and have get to get it appraised, but looking at the size of it in Dan’s palm, we’re sure it’s worth a pretty penny!

Not that the Fredericks will be selling it any time soon. They’re going to keep it as the ultimate souvenir. “It really was the cherry on top of a fun and special trip with my dad,” Lauren said.

Believe it or not, while the find is rare, it is by no means the largest gem unearthed in Crater of Diamonds. Last year, a visitor found a whopping 8.52 carat diamond in the area!

We definitely know where we’re headed on our next vacation!

All Your Favorite Celebrities Proudly Display Voting Stickers This Presidential Election

One of the defining factors of the United States of America is our election days. Since the beginning of our country, our founding fathers wanted to make sure that the people of the country got to have a say in who was leading our country and policies that got put into place. Elections happen at least every two years in the U.S., but no election seems to be as important as the presidential elections.

On Tuesday, November 8th, citizens everywhere took to their local polling places to cast their vote for president, congressional seats, local officials, governors, statewide propositions, and local policies. While some people mail in their ballots in a less climactic fashion, lots of people like to go in-person to their local polling places, if only for the inspirational photo op.

Just like most citizens, many celebrities headed out to vote, and used their “I Voted” stickers and social media to spread the importance of getting out and voting. No matter who or what you vote for, stars used their celebrity statuses to encourage people to get out and make their choices heard. Some stars posted who they specifically voted for, but most just asked fans via Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram to get out there and fill in those tiny bubbles!

There's still time! 🇺🇸👍🏼 #ElectionDay (#VoteYall spirit courtesy of @draperjames)

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We did it!!!😍 @joemanganiello #vote

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#We'reWithHer

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Just voted!!!!!! – KU #ElectionDay #vote

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We Got This!!!!!! 🇺🇸 H.R.C. 🇺🇸 🙏🏻🇺🇸🙏🏻🎉

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Today is the day. Go out and VOTE 🇺🇸

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I voted ✨🇺🇸✨

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Baby girl's first election. It's a cool time to be alive. #tearsofjoy

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Intro to democracy

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JUST VOTED! And YOU should too! Every vote counts!

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When The Countdown Reaches Zero, You Can Snatch Up A Pair Of Snapchat’s New Video Goggles

Snapchat is arguably the newest social media platform that is taking the world by storm. First released five years ago in 2011, it has since become one of the most popular ways for people to keep in touch and update friends and family about the inner workings of their daily lives.

The company and the app have grown exponentially in the last five years. Going from a company that was literally making no money at all  to a $3 billion dollar company that still offers the majority of its feature for free. Recently, Snapchat has taken a new step by releasing some its first merchandise in the form of Spectacles.

While the announcement of Spectacles got many Snapchat fans excited, waiting for their debut was practically unbearable.

Spectacles are sunglasses with built in cameras that allow wearers to automatically record ten second video Snaps. These snaps will be in a format Snapchat is calling “circular video” which more or less follows the eyes and view of the wearer.

It also allows viewers to turn and rotate their phone while watching the responsive videos.

After much anticipation, Spectacles have finally made their debut in one of the most clever and adorable marketing formats: Snapbots. The first Snapbot recently popped up in Venice Beach, California, which is where the company is headquartered. It’s a yellow vending machine that  looks like a Minion that dispenses the $130 Spectacles from its smiling mouth.

In true Snapchat filter fashion, the machine has a camera and monitor that allows users to preview what they’d look like wearing the Spectacles. The machine will spit out as many pairs as you choose to buy in black, red, or blue. And, they are all wrapped up in a self-charging carrying case.

The demand for the Spectacles have already been crazy, and no one knows where the next Snapbot will pop up. The Bot Map website features a countdown page that will only reveal where the next Snapbot will be 24 hours prior to its arrival. Could your town be next?