Most dogs love to catch Frisbees, some dogs enjoy chasing after cats, and then there are those dogs who just want to spend every moment in bed, taking glorious naps. But there is one dog near San Diego who’d rather catch waves and capture hearts.

Ricochet was born to become a service dog for those with disabilities. But she was a little mischievous and enjoyed chasing after birds a bit too much — not the best trait in a service dog who needs to provide constant attention to her companion. At first her owner was a bit disappointed, but she quickly realized that Ricochet had a very unique talent. A talent so special that it would end up helping hundreds of people with disabilities learn to surf!

What a special dog Ricochet is, and she’s just as valuable on land! She’s raised more than $200,000 for different charities through both her Facebook page and events. Not to mention the countless people around the world she’s inspired with her story.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/ricochet-the-dog/

When brothers Dan and Bret Friend traveled to Payette National Forest in Idaho for a family reunion, they were excited to visit a secret cave they thought nobody else knew about.

But when they arrived, something didn’t feel right. As they approached the entrance of the cave, they heard whimpering sounds and quickly realized that there was a dog trapped at the bottom. They knew they had to do something to help, so the heroes gathered their family members together and sprung into action.

I’m so glad they showed up when they did.

Tinker the hound was being trained to hunt bears when she fell into the hole, making it impossible for her trainer to find her. The poor thing had been trapped down there for two weeks and was starving, only surviving by licking up the condensation that formed on the cave’s walls.

This is amazing.

After being reunited with her grateful owner, Tinker got a nice steak dinner and enjoyed every single bite. I bet you never thought you’d be thankful for a family reunion, huh?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dog-cave-rescue/

A devastating thing has happened in Nigeria: More than 270 girls were abducted from their school in Northern Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It was only after everyday people led a huge campaign to draw attention to the missing girls that the media and world leaders sat up and started listening.

Listen to Nigerian movie star Stella Damasus explain the issue — and hear her challenge the Nigerian government and world leaders to #BringBackOurGirls.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-270-schoolgirls-are-abducted-by-terrorists-and-it-doesnt-make-global-news-somethings-wrong

One of my best friends once paid me quite a compliment. She said, and I quote, “Isn’t Joe the most good-looking black man you’ve ever seen in your life?” Which, I mean, is a real nice compliment, isn’t it? (Like, she’s aware Denzel Washington exists, right?) If I were white, would she have said I’m the “best-looking white man”? Or just the “best-looking man”?

Read more: http://upworthy.com/hey-black-people-have-you-caught-yourself-saying-any-of-this-terrible-stuff-to-white-people

Hold up, guys: You’re telling me these hardworking people are fighting for $15 an hour and the right to form a union, and there is the threat they may be FIRED for it? Yeah, because it totally makes sense to take away their most basic workers rights. Excuse me while I join these kick-ass people in fighting this fight.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/id-like-a-bag-of-fries-a-coke-and-this-massive-injustice-sorted-out-by-the-time-i-pick-it-up

I’m so tired of political ads. Except for this one. THE Steve Martin decided he wanted to help a friend win an election. So he put his face in front of his phone cam and talked about something else entirely.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/are-you-tired-of-political-ads-what-if-they-include-steve-martin-and-say-nothing

I love it when a spoof highlights something a few of us think about, but never express out loud. And if you’ve ever seen ‘Game Of Thrones’ — you know what? If you’ve ever seen a mainstream TV show or movie with nudity, you’ll know why this was made.

**Contains Strong Language**

Read more: http://upworthy.com/think-seeing-a-little-male-nudity-on-tv-is-too-explicit-then-its-time-to-hear-the-hard-truth

I find my fish tank to be a calming presence in a room, but sometimes I wonder if my fish are as calm as I am. It must be boring swimming inside the same four walls day in and day out. Perhaps that’s why Redditor waterking designed this gravity-defying “fish bridge,” which allows his scaly friends to effectively swim above the natural water level. It sounds fishy, I know, but trust me, it’s so cool!

See that tower above the fish tank? Waterking calls it a fish bridge.

After attaching a separate acrylic compartment, he removed the air from it. The water rises into it as if it was part of the tank…only higher!

It also gives his fake plant a little more breathing room.

This isn’t sorcery, I promise. It’s actually a pretty simple process. Here’s YouTuber NightHawkInLight showing you how it’s done.

You can even do it in a koi pond!

As NightHawkInLight says, due to the water rising into the extended part of your tank, you might want to add some more so that the water level in the original tank remains the same. This will give your fish more room for all their fishy fun!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/fish-bridge/

There’s one thing we keep getting wrong about Halloween year after year, but the point she makes about is totally right … and seriously, seriously NSFW. Unless you work on a garbage scow. If you work on a garbage scow, you should definitely watch this in front of all your coworkers.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-comedian-takes-on-so-called-slutty-halloween-costumes-in-3-minutes-of-nsfw-amazingness

It doesn’t negate your faith. It doesn’t invalidate your personal beliefs. All it does is tell us how the universe works. Science. It’s a real thing, y’all. (And over 50% of scientists surveyed hold some sort of belief in a higher power.)

If you think science is real you could Like They Might Be Giants on Facebook. And you could share this. FOR SCIENCE!

Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-most-obvious-thing-about-science-that-i-shouldnt-ever-have-to-ever-explain-ever

Pufferfish may be the second-most poisonous vertebrates in the world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be tickled!

When scuba diving for the first time in Hawaii, this group of divers discovered a pufferfish who is just as affectionate as your average labrador. The little guy let the friendly swimmers scratch, pet, and hold it as long as they wanted.

It’s amazing that after being handled by so many people, this thing didn’t unleash its quills on anybody. I guess I just thought that a pufferfish might have a more prickly personality.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pufferfish-friend/

The topic seems simple, yet as you can see here, sometimes it’s hard to put into words. Human rights are extremely important, and they apply to every single one of us. Let’s have this conversation about the rights we are all entitled to have.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/heres-how-something-that-happened-in-539-bc-has-everything-to-do-with-how-we-live-our-lives-today

If the Evil Queen from Snow White were to ask this mirror “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” she’d get a surprising answer.

It would tell her that we all are the fairest, everyone is beautiful in their own way!

A recent study showed that over two-thirds of Britons claimed image insecurity and self-doubt. Because of that, IKEA created this ‘Motivational Mirror’ and placed it in a store in Wembley, London. When customers approach it, they get the most wonderful surprise.

(Source: IKEA UK)

IKEA says the mirror works by using the Kinect motion sensor technology from an Xbox One, which detects data about customers’ facial and body features. Then, it displays a corresponding compliment stored within the system.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/ikea-mirror/

Say you got the flu. What if you were taken to the hospital and forced to stay there indefinitely? What if, when you got out, you couldn’t tell anyone you were sick, because you knew if you did, no one would ever take you seriously again?

This is Elyn Saks. She’s a distinguished law professor, a
best-selling author, and she’s about to tell you the most fascinating, most
devastating, funniest, ballsiest story of living with mental illness that
you’ve probably ever heard. At 6:30, I was livid. At 8:45, I was slowly nodding “yes.” And at 12:20, I was pumping my fist and clapping my hands like I was in the
front row at a Bruce Springsteen concert. Go do this clip right now.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/she-wasnt-violent-or-suicidal-but-they-strapped-her-to-a-bed-and-let-her-suffer-for-hours

Russell Brand is my hero for taking a stand against
unprofessional journalism. Sure, he’s on a morning show, but the hosts
are acting pretty much like this is their first day. Russell, at 3:30, debunks a tried and true method for making TV news seem “busy,” and at 4:37, one of the hosts says something super offensive about him. At 5:10, Russell has had more than enough, at 5:50 one of the hosts starts calling her guest by the wrong name (seriously), and at 7:34, he remarks on what’s wrong with this morning news program in general. Hear hear!

Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-the-most-professional-person-on-your-show-is-the-guest-its-time-to-pack-it-in