It might sound like the plot of the next terrible Indiana Jones reboot, but recent discoveries in a cave on Mount Bolshoi Tjach in Russia suggest that Nazis might have come into contact with extraterrestrials.

Two devilish-looking skulls were recently found near a Nazi briefcase and map from the 1940s. It would be easy to conclude that their proximity could be boiled down to happenstance, except for the fact that the suitcase is emblazoned with the symbol of a known cult of Nazis with an affinity for UFOs.

Two years ago, scientist Vladimir Melikov found two of these demonic-looking skulls with a distinctively odd shape.

Besides the lack of jaws or cranial cavities, they almost look human. Almost.

But it wasn’t until recently that conspiracy theorists tied these skulls to the Nazis. This briefcase was recently found by a hermit near the cave, and it’s decorated with the symbol of the SS Ahnenerbe.

The Ahnenerbe Institute was headed by Heinrich Himmler. Its purpose was to prove that the Aryan race once ruled the globe. But it soon dissolved into a cult full of people who were obsessed with aliens.

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So did Himmler’s Ahnenerbe Institute make contact with alien beings from another world, or was the infamous SS organization too late in reaching what could have been their greatest find?

For more on the alien skulls and a few other Nazi relics found in the Adygea region, check out this video:

Some archaeologists are already debunking this theory by saying that the skulls are actually just faces hollowed out of animal pelvic bones. Others suggest that they are just human skulls that have been morphed by the elements. Let’s hope that these experts are right, since it’ll probably spare us a sequel to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/nazi-aliens/

You wouldn’t think that the underside of a jellyfish would be a safe place to hang out, but when predators start circling these baby fish, they know that there’s one place where the big guys won’t think to look.

Watch as Earth Touch captures one of the most bizarre forms of symbiosis.

The fish hiding inside the jellyfish are scads and the predatory fish are groupers. When the little scads were near the jellyfish, they noticed that the groupers stayed away from them. Clever, right?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/jellyfish-symbiosis/

One of the many things I love about the Internet is that it preserves little gems like this. Steve Jobs’ legacy is a massive thing, of which this clip is a wonderful little piece. I hope it resonates with you as it did with me.

(Except that thing he says at 0:42. To that I reply: “Easy for you to say, Mr. Jobs!”)

Read more: http://upworthy.com/young-steve-jobs-once-said-something-profound-about-other-people-not-being-smarter-than-you

Watch scenes from Ricardo’s life-changing trip back to Mexico, then scroll down to see how Delta made it possible.

Ricardo comes from a long line of healers.

His grandfather was a shaman, someone who exercises healing practices without a medical degree, in Portuguesa, Venezuela. His father, Al, is a physician and works in his hometown in Venezuela, devoting his life to his patients and their families.

All GIFs via Delta/YouTube.

He had another surprise waiting for him in Mexico.

Ricardo traveled to the Cristo Rey community in Solidaridad, Mexico.

At first, Delta told Ricardo his father would not be able to join him on this adventure, but it was all an elaborate ruse to surprise him!

Once father and son reunited, they were joined by a local physician and medical student from Mexico. This small but mighty team traveled in a mobile home throughout the city’s lower-income neighborhoods to distribute care. They visited nearly 200 people in need over the course of a week.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/see-how-a-father-and-son-brought-life-changing-medical-care-to-low-income-families?c=tpstream

A 7 year-old boy named Owen Howkins was born with a condition that makes him unique. Owen has Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a disease that leaves his muscles constantly tense. Because of his condition he was afraid to interact with others. Haatchi was a lonely dog that faced death and abandonment. Together, though they make a pair that puts smiles on the faces of everyone they see.

Owen was very shy of strangers.

His condition made his muscles permanently tense. He was nervous and he didn’t like to talk to people.

He was constantly in pain.

But then, something miraculous happened. He met Haatchi and everything changed.

When Haatchi was a puppy, he was found tied to railroad tracks. One of his legs was terribly mangled, so it had to be amputated.

The RSPCA tried to find him a home, but they didn’t have any luck. Then Haatchi met Owen.

In that moment, something incredible happened. The two unique souls bonded, they were instant friends.

Now, Haatchi is so happy, his little stump of a tail won’t stop wagging.

And Owen is changed, too. He is so much happier and he has a constant companion.

Now, he can even talk to people. He isn’t afraid any more.

Their bond is so amazing, they won first place in the Friends for Life category at Crufts Dog Show.

Students at the University of Hertfordshire made a short film about the incredible bond between Owen and Haatchi. People loved their story so much, it has been made into a book, available on Amazon. Click below to watch the film:

Source: Facebook via BuzzFeed These two were simply meant to be together. Share their touching story with the world by clicking below.

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Check this out: Your meaningful-video addiction has some major health benefits. But don’t take my word for it. Pay close attention at 4:44 and see if you can’t relate.

BONUS: He also gives us a happiness brain hack at 7:15 that totally works!

Read more: http://upworthy.com/turns-out-happiness-is-sorta-like-a-muscle-and-heres-how-you-can-exercise-it-2

The Fields Medal is an award given out only every four years to a select group of individuals — we’re talking, at most, four people — who are pretty much the most genius of the math geniuses. And so, of course, it only took them 78 years to award it to a woman (please read: deep sarcasm). Better late than never?

Read more: http://upworthy.com/i-dont-understand-half-of-what-shes-saying-but-thats-because-shes-a-genius-and-i-aint

Brides and grooms always want guests to take special memories away from their ceremonies.

After agonizing over centerpieces, flowers, seating charts, dresses, food, and decor for months, happy couples everywhere hope that their weddings leave lasting impressions. One particularly important piece of the matrimonial puzzle is the music. Some people go with DJs, and others do things the old-fashioned way by hiring bands. While those choices are always entertaining, performers with a flair for getting preciously personal tend to stand out.

And this little girl named Emma is a wedding singer of the most adorable variety. The bride and groom had no idea what to expect when their little friend grabbed the microphone, but when she started singing, everyone in the room practically melted.

Emma’s rendition of “Love Is an Open Door” will go down in wedding history as one of the cutest acts ever.

These are the wedding moments that people talk about for weeks. It’s pretty obvious that she stole the show at this ceremony, and based on the bride’s reaction, she didn’t mind one bit.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cute-wedding-song/

There’s nothing quite like a professionally poured craft cocktail. Hard-to-pronounce ingredients, infused spirits, and elegant glasses make me feel so fancy.


Sadly, though, those cockails are a luxury only to be enjoyed once in a blue moon.

I’d rather not spend $15 on a drink, thankyouverymuch. I could buy a cute top with that money instead!

Buthad I known that you can make your own infused alcohol at home, I would have been doing this for literally years. While it might sound way complicated, infusing is basically a fancy word for ‘soaking for a long time’ — at least in this case.

Don’t believe me? You can infuse your vodka with just about anything…including BACON.

You can do the same thing with whiskey — this guy added cherries and a cinnamon stick.

More into gin? This way of infusing the alcohol with cucumbers is super fast.

And this pineapple and jalapeño-infused tequila would be perfect just served over ice.

Well, there you have it. Infuse your alcohol with all of the things! The best part? They last just as long as any other boring, uninfused liquor.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/infused-alcohol-diy/

A dog’s love knows no bounds. Time and distance can never break the bond between a dog and his human…even if the two have only been best friends for a little while.

Last year, Mark and his girlfriend Kerrigan adopted a rescue dog named Patch. The happy pup absolutely loves his new family, especially his new dad. So when Mark had to go away for a week, Patch was completely lost without him.

Here is the beautiful moment the pair were reunited.

No matter how many times I watch videos like this, I always end up in tears (happy tears, that is)!

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

Fishing off the northern coast of the land Down Under, a group of fishermen caught something that has the internet abuzz.

If you’ve spent any amount of time following us here at ViralNova, you’re probably familiar with the fact that some of the world’s creepiest critters call Australia home. It’s pretty amazing, actually, and I can imagine that Aussies are pretty immune to the fact that they share their land with these fearsome beasts.

And that’s why we need to pay attention when they start freaking out. This video will show you what I mean.

“It’s a cod, and it’s got a snake in its mouth,” is a sentence that could only be said in Australia. I think he might be onto something with that lure idea, though! Someone get him a patent!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/snake-in-fish/

From dolls with removable feet to pet rocks, there are plenty of weird toys out there.

Fortunately, there are old standbys that are decidedly less strange, like blocks, toy cars, and train sets. Well, maybe not that last one. While toy trains are typically pretty innocuous, Marc Settle of the BBC just encountered one train set’s baffling secret.

Take a look at what he discovered while he was tidying up around the house.

It seems totally insane, but here’s what’s going on.

What you’re seeing in this video is the Jastrow illusion. Discovered in 1892 by psychologist Joseph Jastrow, this illusion affects the viewer’s perception of length. Because the longest side of the bottom piece sits up against the shortest side of the top piece, it appears as though the bottom piece is larger. If you were to line up the longest sides of both pieces, however, you’d realize that they are both the same size.

Check out this video for a demonstration.

(via Mashable)

Can’t get enough illusions? Check these out!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/jastrow-illusion/

The world’s fourth-largest lake has just about completely dried up, and that’s super bad for things like food production and the general barometer for where humanity is probably headed. One way to start the reversal of global warming is to elect people who are ready to tackle this issue head-on. The only way I know to help people understand the importance of this topic is to share content like this with you in the hope that you’d like to share it too.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-4th-largest-lake-just-poof-disappeared-and-heres-a-map-to-show-you-how-fast-it-happened-mo2-7a

He charges way more. He leaves the oven on. And he steals from you. I’m pretty sure I won’t be calling this guy anytime soon. 

No, I don’t really think Exxon hates your kids. Yes, I do think this ad is sensationalist. Here’s all the reasons why the creators of this ad are saying that. You should read it. They make a great case.

Then join me in the comments on Facebook and tell me what you think of the ad. Is it unfair? Is it justified?

However, only comment AFTER you have read why they made this ad.

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These videos would be a lot funnier if they didn’t actually play a role in deciding the leader of the free world. If tonight’s debate is anything like this… well, we’d rather not think about it.

1. Mitt Romney offers Rick Perry a $10,000 bet:

2. Rick Perry’s “oops” moment:

3. Rick Perry tries to paint Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper and fails miserably:

4. Mitt Romney & Rick Perry get feisty and physical:

5. The audience encourages Ron Paul to let uninsured people die:

6. The crowd applauds Rick Perry for executing more people than any other governor:


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Have you ever had one of those surreal near-death experiences? Even if you haven’t, you don’t want to miss this story from Sarah Kay, who has a way of making everything she talks about sound beautiful and haunting. You know, just like egg salad and death.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/having-a-near-death-experience-is-hard-but-the-beauty-with-which-this-woman-talks-about-it-oof

Did you know that blindness is 500% more prevalent in developing countries?

Whoa, that is a lot. And not only that, but about half of the blind kids and adults in the developing world could get their eyesight back with a relatively straightforward surgery.

National Geographic brings us the story of sisters Anita and Sonia, who come from a very poor family in India.

All GIFs via National Geographic/YouTube.

They’ve been blind since birth.


When kids from acutely poor families remain blind for life, their families often send them to beg on the street. But there is an amazing way out.

Like an “in-15-minutes-you’ll-have-eyesight” way out.

See, there’s this miracle surgery that can restore the eyesight of a blind child in 15 minutes.

15 MINUTES! And the organization 20/20/20 is helping thousands of kids receive the treatment for free.

Imagine giving someone the gift of sight. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Anita and Sonia were able to get the surgery. Their reactions after the bandages came off? Incredible.



To see Anita and Sonia’s full story and hear from their parents and doctor, check out the video below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/2-sisters-see-the-world-for-the-first-time-ever-thanks-to-a-15-minute-procedure?c=tpstream

Prepare to be seriously entertained as a brilliant 14-year-old comedian who has cerebral palsy has the best experience of his life. You’re welcome.

PS His set starts at 2:00, but you’ll be seriously missing out if you don’t watch the whole video.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/youre-about-to-laugh-at-a-boy-who-has-cerebral-palsy-and-thats-okay

Fighting the spread of HIV might come from an unexpected source: law enforcement.

How? For starters, by treating people like people.

What do we mean? Check it out:


Though HIV infection rates have been on the decline in much of the world, certain population groups are actually experiencing an increase in new infections.

There are roughly 35 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS; more than half aren’t aware that they are HIV+. Economic factors play a huge role in pinpointing areas experiencing high rates of
new infections.

The problem is made worse through a combination of stigma, financial hardship, and perhaps surprisingly, law enforcement.

When treated, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. One of the reasons the virus continues to thrive in certain parts of the world, however, stems from the fact that law enforcement groups have a habit of targeting people at the highest risk such as sex workers or intravenous drug users.

But why would you make it harder for people real human beings to protect themselves? Doesn’t that go against the purpose of law enforcement?

In a number of countries, being caught by police with syringes or even just condoms has been used as evidence that someone is (or plans to) commit a crime. Up until May 2014, police confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers to use as evidence was standard even in New York City. Doing this increases the likelihood of someone engaging in high-risk, minimal-protection activity.

But why would you make it harder for people real human beings to protect themselves? Doesn’t that go against the purpose of law enforcement?

Needle exchanges and condom distribution programs have been a huge success.

The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed needle exchanges and methadone maintenance programs as effective ways to combat new HIV infections among intravenous drug users. Syringe exchange programs basically give a safe way to dispose of used syringes and obtain sterile syringes at no cost.

They found that police-supported needle exchanges, combined with on-site HIV screenings, lead to a reduction in new infections.

Photo of clean needles from a needle exchange program in Washington state. Photo by
Joe Mabel/Wikimedia.

The same goes for free condom distribution programs, which have been
found to significantly affect condom use behaviors, making a drastic reduction in HIV and STI transmission. Again, like the needle exchange programs, these are only effective if done right, with support of law enforcement and local government.

Like all things, it starts with building trust.

“By supporting programs that work with the key populations to reduce their risk of HIV infection, law enforcement officials can make a significant contribution to public health and public safety and ensure that the fundamental right to health of all citizens is protected.” United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

Law enforcement agencies cannot be seen as enemies to sex workers and IV drug users. Community outreach is important, and decriminalizing these nonviolent crimes and showing good faith support to those engaging in these activities is key to building trust. So long as drug users and sex workers worry that they risk arrest with each police interaction, there will be no true trust.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/how-do-we-end-hivaids-start-by-treating-people-as-humans-not-criminals?c=tpstream