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Best Oktoberfest Winners: 2017 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest <br>Chicago<p>Chicago is no stranger to Oktoberfest, with celebrations staged throughout the city, but handmade bratwurst, cold …

Yes, Donald Trump can win. Here are 4 maps that prove it.

Two things that may seem contradictory at first are true of this election campaign in its final days:<p>1. Donald Trump is making up ground on Hillary Clinton.<p>2. Hillary Clinton still has a solid hold on the 270 electoral votes she needs to be elected president in six days’ time.<p>But how solid is the …

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8 Simple iPhone Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

The best tricks of 2015.<p>Whether your phone is about to die or your charger is frayed, this year's best iPhone hacks can solve all of your smartphone-related problems. Try these shortcuts as shared by Facebook users, tech experts, and more.

What do college students think of Ben Carson's new ads?

Is a new radio ad by Ben Carson attracting new supporters? CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

Watch Kanye West Cover Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Before Kanye West took the stage Saturday night for his Glastonbury headlining slot, the rapper spent weeks weathering news stories about how nearly …

Does Your Dog Recognize Your Face?

Have you ever wondered how your dog knows it's you coming home after a long day at work, or an evening out? How does she know, as you come through the door, that you're not some scary stranger invading her territory?<p>It could be she hears familiar "coming home" sounds, like the garage door opening …

Whooooo's There? Baby Owl Shows Up At Woman's Doorstep (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Whooo would have expected this guest?<p>Jan Spence opened her door to find a small owl sitting at her doorstep in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida last week.<p>"It was amazing," Spence told the New York Daily News. "It wouldn't move. It just sat there and looked at us. It was so cute and it was just a foot …

Autotune The Dog (VIDEO)

Dogs: They're like people, but infinitely more tolerable.<p>The same can be said about this dog's auto-tuned whining. If you autotune a baby having a conniption, it's still annoying as hell. Apply the same pitch filter to Fido, and it's a work of art.<p>This two-year-old video got a burst of popularity …

This Cat Is A Total Ninja

Here's a cat that knows the element of surprise like the back of his paw... his lightning-quick, razor-clawed paw.<p>Like a ninja of feudal Japan, he stealthily stalks his mark, striking out of the shadows when the moment is right.<p>Enjoy your weekend. But remember: Like this cat, Monday lurks just out …

Liam Neeson Read a Bedtime Story on Kimmel and It Will Haunt Your Children's Dreams

A practical retelling of 'Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.'<p>This should go without saying, but if you want your kids to get a good night's sleep, don't have Liam Neeson read them their bedtime story. He did just that last night on <i>Kimmel</i>, though, treating viewers to a chilling rendition of the …

Wally The Squirrel Uses A Fork To Eat, Just Like Any Other Polite Squirrel Would

Is there some crazy finishing school for squirrels that we don't know about?<p>Because Wally the squirrel seems awfully polite for a critter. Just watch him eat almond butter with a fork!<p>Sure, Wally needs to work on putting the fork down -- he's also been known to bury Cheez-Its in the family dog's …

Burnt Paws and Broken Spirits: What Happens When the Circus Lights Go Out?

I grew up going to the circus. As a little girl, it felt like a place of innocent fun and joy. I believed that circus animals were also having fun as they did their amazing tricks, and of course being treated with the kindness and compassion that they deserved. I also believed that their handlers …

Supremely Patient Dog Gets A Thorough Checkup From His Toddler Friend

Dog, the doctor will see you now.<p>In this adorable video, watch as a toddler gives her friend, Neckar the Bull Terrier, a thorough checkup.<p>The pooch proves to be one patient patient.<p>The video was first uploaded to YouTube last month but has enjoyed a viral resurgence this week. The cute clip has …

Amazing Slo-Mo Video Of Baby Praying Mantis Jumping Gives Scientists Big Surprise

Praying mantises are pretty amazing jumpers--and you don't have to take that on faith. Just have a look at this amazing new video (above) of a baby mantis making a heroic Hail Mary hop and nailing a very tricky landing.<p>The video is a slowed-down look at a leap that in real life takes only 80 …

Coolest Lizard Ever Spends His Day Jammin' On A Leaf Guitar (UPDATED)

Just a lizard strummin' on a leaf guitar. Nothing to see here.<p>Photographer Aditya Permana said he happened upon a forest dragon lizard in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and managed to capture the moment the little reptile picked up a leaf and held it like a guitar. Permana watched the lizard for an hour …

Sock Puppet Metal Band Do Slipknot Cover

"Wait in Bleach" the latest from the best band to keep your feet warm.<p>It’s time to rock out with your socks out. Sock Puppet Parody gets …

Dirty Pig Pulls Over Man, Takes Bribe (VIDEO)

Let's hope no one squeals.<p>A Bradford, Maine, man was cruising along last Sunday when an officer of the hog stopped his vehicle.<p>"What's up, big guy?" the man in the vehicle says during the 51 second confrontation.<p>It's clear the swine isn't taking any beef, snorting and sniffing at the man until …

Bathing Parrot Turns On Faucet And Keeps Up Pressure Just The Way She Likes It

Miss Iris the parrot has learned a thing or two about personal hygiene in her 13 years.<p>For one, she likes to shower in the sink and prefers to do it herself. Watch her turn on the faucet and nudge up the water pressure as needed. Cutest bird bath ever?<p>"She has been bathing since she was a baby and …

Man Throws Brick At Window. Brick Bounces Off Window. Brick Knocks Man Out. (VIDEO)

We've come a long way as a species.<p>Once nothing but bacteria floating in a salty ocean, we grew legs, pulled ourselves up by our boot-straps, and started walking on land. We hunted animals with our bare hands before developing spears and other weapons. We built pyramids. We sent humans into space. …

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Bank of Canada says it’s legal, but not appreciated, to Spock your cash

Since Leonard Nimoy’s death last week, Canadians have been honoring Mr. Spock by drawing his likeness over Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s face …

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31 Things Only "The Walking Dead" Fans Will Understand

Those who arrive, survive.

Dog Pitches In, Helps Shovel Snow Off Hockey Rink

You have to earn your keep somehow, and Elsa the yellow Labrador knows it.<p>While her family sat back and relaxed, Elsa took it upon herself to shovel the hockey rink in her backyard in Guelph, Ontario. Sure, she didn't shovel all <i>that</i> much, but hey, better than nothing, right?<p>The Canadian …

4 Clever (and Kind of Sad) Ways Animals Adapt to Humans

From songbirds to manatees, some animals are taking advantage of how people change their environment.<p>Their habitat is disappearing due to widespread logging, but orangutans seem to have found at least one tiny silver lining: traveling on timber roads instead of the more challenging tree …

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Dogs Can Spot People Who Are Trying To Fool Them, Study Shows

Dogs are certainly no dummies when it comes to understanding humans.<p>Canines can understand our voice commands and know what it means when we point (something even chimps have trouble with)--and recent research shows that they can even read our facial expressions.<p>Now a study from Japan suggests that …

Let This 'Idiot's Guide' To Money Show You How Smart People Are Ripping You Off

Feel like you're always falling behind financially? Above Average has some news for you.<p>To put it gently, you may be what the online comedy network refers to as "an idiot." In the latest installment of their series "The Idiot's Guide To Smart People," Above Average schools idiots on how smart …

Lil' Led Zeppelin Xylophonists Get A Rockin' Thumbs-Up From Jimmy Page

The student musicians of Louisville Leopard Percussionists already wowed YouTube with their xylophone-driven Led Zeppelin performance.<p>Now they have a rock god to count among their fans.<p>Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page posted the ensemble's video to his Facebook account on Friday, writing, "Too …

Police Salute Retired K-9 Officer On His Final Journey To Animal Hospital

After a months-long battle with Cushing's Disease, a retired K-9 officer named Judge was put to sleep last week -- but not before 90 police officers could send him off properly.<p>In a ceremony last Friday, officers with New Jersey's West Deptford Police Department lined the sidewalk of the St. …

20 Photos Of Pets At Weddings That Are Almost Too Cute For Words

February 20 marks an unofficial and little-known holiday called National Love Your Pet Day. We were as surprised as you probably are that there is a day dedicated to loving your fur baby -- that's pretty much all day, e'ry day in our book.<p>We took advantage of this opportunity to ask our readers and …

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PETA Hires Lobbyist to Quash Bill That Would Restrain Their Pet Killing

The Virginia Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would restrict PETA's mass killing of dogs and cats at its Norfolk headquarters; but PETA has hired a crack lobbyist in an effort to push for the vote to fail tomorrow in the Virginia House of Delegates.<p>Senate Bill 1381 would redefine the …

Obviously, This Is How You Survive The Apocalypse

Would it kill you to listen to Mr. Forthright for once?<p>Well, it might. But listen up anyway.<p>The Internet's droll dispenser of questionable advice is dropping apocalypse survival tips this time. Among his recommendations: Ask yourself "WWLND?" -- "What would Liam Neeson do?" (Very important.)<p>Just …