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On the Origins of Santa’s Elves

On the Origins of Santa’s Elves

Any employer would be lucky to have a limitless workforce of hardworking magical creatures, and really, that’s the only kind of workforce that could hope to make toys for the world’s entire child population. So how did Santa Claus get to be so lucky? Where did all of these elves come from? Elves have always […]
Fun Stories
Why Santa Claus Prefers Reindeer to Caribou

Why Santa Claus Prefers Reindeer to Caribou

It’s that time of year again when Santa readies the team for his annual Holiday World Tour. His eight deer (nine if you count Rudolph), strain with anticipation to sail through the stratosphere on a time-bending mission to spread joy and cheer. But the iconic image of Santa’s sleigh begs the question, what makes his […]
Animal Stories,Environmental Stories
Cook and Janitor Become Unlikely Caregivers, Heroes

Cook and Janitor Become Unlikely Caregivers, Heroes

In October 2013, the California Department of Social Services shut down Valley Springs Manor Assisted Living Facility for policy violation. Owner Mary Manuel closed up shop, and all but two staff members left because they were no longer being paid. The seniors were left to fend for themselves. The two staff members who stayed behind […]
Humanitarian Stories,Inspiring Stories
The Comet Landing: Small Finding, Huge Implications

The Comet Landing: Small Finding, Huge Implications

“You are all stardust,” said theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss, in his book A Universe from Nothing. Krauss was describing how all the known elements on this planet, including those that compose us, can be traced to exploding stars. This is part of a complex theory known as panspermia, which is Greek for “Seeds from Everywhere.” […]
Environmental Stories
Students Rally for Callie: A Homecoming Dream Come True

Students Rally for Callie: A Homecoming Dream Come True

So many stories from high school revolve around cliques and pecking orders. Then there’s the story of Callie Beers. Gallatin High School’s new Homecoming Queen is not your stereotypical high school royalty. Callie was born with a very rare disorder known as Apert Syndrome, which caused her skull bones to fuse prematurely and her fingers […]
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Cat Receives Life-Saving Transfusion from Dog

Cat Receives Life-Saving Transfusion from Dog

“Xenotransfusion” is a big, brainy word for “life-saver,” at least for one sick Florida cat, named Buttercup. Buttercup is little older than a kitten, so his human became concerned when Buttercup became lethargic and even collapsed in September. It became immediately apparent that Buttercup needed professional help, fast. A healthy cat’s blood has a packed […]
Animal Stories,Success Stories
Reintroduced Wolves Are Rebuilding Yellowstone

Reintroduced Wolves Are Rebuilding Yellowstone

After being essentially eliminated from the lower 48 states by the mid 1900s, wolves are finally on the rebound. Their most elegant success story is playing out in Yellowstone National Park, where the US Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced them from Canada and Montana between 1994 and 1997. Since then, the wolf population of the […]
Animal Stories,Environmental Stories,Success Stories
Claudio de Oliveira Looks at Life from a Different Perspective

Claudio de Oliveira Looks at Life from a Different Perspective

Claudio Vieira de Oliveira is defying doctors’ predictions. The 37-year old accountant from Monte Santo, Brazil sees life from a different angle… literally. Claudio was born with badly deformed legs, almost no use of his hands or arms, and a neck that is folded back on itself, meaning that he views the world upside down. […]
Inspiring Stories,Success Stories
Police Dogs Hiring New Recruits from Shelters

Police Dogs Hiring New Recruits from Shelters

Dogs in high-kill shelters can make the best pets, but people do not often think of all the amazing things they can do for a community, if given the chance. Universal K9 is a dog training company that sees the potential in every dog, even those in shelters. They take shelter dogs and train them […]
Animal Stories,Inspiring Stories,Success Stories
Video Chat Allows Students to Practice English with Seniors

Video Chat Allows Students to Practice English with Seniors

When learning anything new, practice is the most important thing. Learning a language is no exception. But when you’re learning a new language, how do you find someone to practice it with, especially if it’s not the language of your country? Enter CNA’s Speaking Exchange, connecting students who are learning English and want to practice, […]
Fun Stories,Inspiring Stories