There are many wonderful things about being life on earth, but as astronaut Christina Koch recently discovered, the love of a dog is simply out of this world.
Koch just returned home from her record-breaking 328-day spaceflight—the longest ever by a woman and the fifth-longest in history—and nobody was more excited than her dog, Sadie Lou, who simply lost her ever-loving canine mind as Koch came through the door.
The reunion melted hearts all over the internet.
Koch posted a video of Sadie Lou—who Koch and her husband have nicknamed LBD, for "Little Brown Dog"—to her Twitter and Instagram feeds, where LBD's palpable excitement instantly went viral.
Prepare yourself for cuteness overload.
Not sure who was more excited. Glad she remembers me after a year! https://t.co/sScVXHMHJn— Christina H Koch (@Christina H Koch)1581621972.0
What a good girl. There's simply nothing better than when a dog gets so happy they run around not knowing what to do.
And that tail-wagging that shakes her whole body... What a good girl.
Of course, LBD's effusiveness only makes sense—328 days is approximately 6.29 years in dog time.
In any case, it seems certain that Koch needn't have worried about LBD forgetting her.
Pretty sure the velocity of that tail-wagging is some kind of land-speed record.
Speaking to reporters at Houston's Johnson Space Center after her arrival, Koch addressed her tear-jerking reunion with LBD:
"She was very excited, I was very excited, I'm not sure who was more excited!"
Speaking to Houston's KPRC News, Koch also spoke of how she stayed focused and motivated while away from home—and LBD—for so long.
"You have to become a mental cheerleader for yourself...It helps you to recognize every day how special what you have is, which then, in turn, makes you feel you need to bring your best to meet that every single day."
The internet was over the moon, if you will, about this adorable reunion.
@Astro_Christina That is pure joy— LorettaFaucher🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@LorettaFaucher🌊🌊🌊🌊)1581629172.0
@Astro_Christina https://t.co/pfV7134K4l— NASA (@NASA)1581622601.0
@Astro_Christina @NASA_Astronauts This is so precious. https://t.co/Ly3KlBhRmL— Codie West (@Codie West)1581622127.0
@Astro_Christina this video is EVERYTHING 😭— Sarafina Nance (@Sarafina Nance)1581624743.0
@Astro_Christina There are three kinds of happy: 1. Regular happy. 2. Dog happy! 3. Insane dog happy!!!— William Singourd, 🌈 #BLM #RESIST #ImpeachTRUMP (@William Singourd, 🌈 #BLM #RESIST #ImpeachTRUMP)1581629177.0
@Astro_Christina This is one of the most pure expressions of joy in history.— Mary Robinette Kowal (@Mary Robinette Kowal)1581655614.0
@Astro_Christina Never underestimate animals. When a pet is well cared for and loved by someone, they reciprocate… https://t.co/F4M1XUeCuh— Nazo (@Nazo)1581629501.0
Astronaut Christina Koch returning to her dog after her record-breaking stint in space is *truly* delightful https://t.co/MbQNqD0GxH— Colleen Hagerty (@Colleen Hagerty)1581622791.0
dogs are just the best. even Twitter can't ruin dogs. https://t.co/sQKMkkuAP2— amateur Zamboni driver of "extraordinary talent" (@amateur Zamboni driver of "extraordinary talent")1581652795.0
someone hold me i'm crying so hard https://t.co/yqNM9q4QN0— Eli Loren (@Eli Loren)1581693101.0
@Astro_Christina Welcome home @Astro_Christina... that’s one small step for woman, one giant leap for woman’s best… https://t.co/EfpBqTI05R— David Schneider (@David Schneider)1581639517.0
Koch launched into space on March 14, 2019, where she conducted six space walks and conducted hundreds of experiments. She landed back on earth February 6 in Kazakhstan, before returning to the U.S. and her beloved LBD.
Welcome home, Christina!
Dad Finds Map That His Teen Daughter Is 'Working On', And Some Of The New Additions Are Hilariously Alarming
The children are our future, as they say.
And in some cases, they're up to some truly absurdist genius.
Case in point: NBC Sports writer Craig Calcaterra's 16-year-old daughter Anna.
Calcaterra recently discovered his daughter is either a skilled comedian, a mad genius, or maybe both—and will definitely be taking over the world one day. She's been working on a map that fundamentally reshapes the Western hemisphere, triggers multiple wars and also gives us a second Ohio, and it is... well, it's something.
As Calcaterra relayed on Twitter, it all began with the simplest of parental questions: "Got any homework?"
Last night: Me: Got any homework? Anna: Nah. Me: Whatcha gonna do? Anna: Have a map I’m working on. Just fou… https://t.co/AlJcfy8adc— Craig Calcaterra (@Craig Calcaterra)1581516405.0
Just your average map, just a fun doodle from a teenager's sketchbook.
Until you look closer and do the reading...
Honestly, it's hard to discern whether Calcaterra's daughter needs to be stopped because she's using her genius for evil, or if she's the leader we've all been waiting for. Who's to say?
Because a lot of her proposals seem totally reasonable.
Like combining Vermont and New Hampshire just makes sense. So does melding the Dakotas.
And swapping the Virginias seems fair.
West Virginia's been in Virginia's shadow all this time, so why not switch it around and let West Virginia have a chance to shine?
And letting Florida secede, well... we can probably all get behind that.
It's already its own world in practice anyway.
But increasing the size of both Texas and Idaho—such that it takes over not just the middle of the US but a huge swath of Canada too? By unanimous vote‽‽
And not just because Oklahoma loses its cute panhandle in the process.
And this whole Long Chile thing is... it's just...
And A SECOND OHIO?
We have enough on our hands with the first one.
Anyway, as you might expect, folks on Twitter had lots to say about Anna's new world order.
@craigcalcaterra But! What happened to Alaska?— Ben (@Ben)1581516641.0
@craigcalcaterra OMG. Count me in. Surprised she didn't mess with MI though. Lot to work with here. Suggest she sho… https://t.co/5m7GhzqnZD— Ernst (@Ernst)1581516693.0
@lizroscher @craigcalcaterra As a native Minnesotan, I take umbrage with the name change.— Steven Nelson (@Steven Nelson)1581516560.0
@craigcalcaterra Apropos of nothing https://t.co/kVE8tFoXkg— Scott Moomaw (@Scott Moomaw)1581517022.0
@aboutamoo @craigcalcaterra Fixed it to make it accurate to the new world order map. :-) https://t.co/aiD46vkgjJ— Kyle Eden (@Kyle Eden)1581540292.0
The Ohio thing definitely raised some eyebrows.
@craigcalcaterra Most offensive part is an *additional* Ohio— Lil Dumplin (@Lil Dumplin)1581516751.0
@craigcalcaterra All of this is reasonable except that Ohio 2 should be named 2 O 2 Hio.— Jesse Spector (@Jesse Spector)1581516788.0
@jessespector @craigcalcaterra H2hiO— Marie Baguette (@Marie Baguette)1581525294.0
@kyleinmke @craigcalcaterra Ohio 2: Skyline Boogaloo— Erik Carlson (@Erik Carlson)1581516823.0
As did Canada's seeming acquiescence to Anna's imperialism.
@craigcalcaterra I like that Canada is invaded 3 times in this map and not once goes to war over it.— Trevor Gould (@Trevor Gould)1581519386.0
@TrevGould On-brand— Craig Calcaterra (@Craig Calcaterra)1581519409.0
@stillnfac @craigcalcaterra @TrevGould I'm French Canadian. Please take Alberta.— Renaud 和彦 Lepage (@Renaud 和彦 Lepage)1581530368.0
And that whole thing about the Dakotas had people scratching their heads...
@cybik @stillnfac @craigcalcaterra @TrevGould We already have two Dakotas, all full up here bud.— theurge14 (@theurge14)1581530552.0
But Anna herself quickly put this all to rest.
Update: https://t.co/Kh2zYSEoQb— Craig Calcaterra (@Craig Calcaterra)1581521031.0
Well, that's that.
Anna is our Queen now and that's the end of it.
@craigcalcaterra And a child shall lead them.— drmagoo (@drmagoo)1581521085.0
Long may she reign over Long Chile and all eastward territories from sea to shining East Virginia, or whatever.
Woman Whose Hilarious Meltdown About Aaron Rodgers While Coming Out Of Anesthesia Went Viral Gets Heartwarming Surprise
You can buy all their music, see every movie on opening-night, or attend every game in the front row.
But the ultimate fandom is waking up from surgery obsessing over your hero in a slurred-speech anesthesia stupor.
And one young woman who did just that for her hero, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, has now been handsomely rewarded for her obsessive dedication in the coolest way (that pun will make sense in a moment).
Callie Kessler, a young woman from Connecticut, recently had some surgery on her throat to remove her tonsils. She woke up focused on one thing and one thing only: a deep, abiding, sob-inducing—and immediately viral—love of Aaron Rodgers.
Well, that and popsicles.
Next thing you know, she had two new friends—Rodgers and his girlfriend, retired racing driver Danica Patrick—and more popsicles than she could possibly dream of.
It all started with her anesthesia-induced devotional to Rodgers and frozen treats, which immediately went viral.
I guess you can say I love the packers even under anesthesia ? @AaronRodgers12 @Showtyme_33 https://t.co/YR6ZjlHIrk— callie kessler (@callie kessler)1580946633.0
As Kessler put it:
"I love him. I want Aaron Rodgers to come and then my throat wouldn't hurt. Then we could be best friends forever... Aaron Rodgers, he would buy me 400 popsicles."
Wow, yep... that's love!
Kessler also expressed her gratitude for Packers running back Aaron Jones—even though her family didn't know who he is.
"Aaron Jones-uh! You don't know who that is!...Thank God we have a running game so the pressure's a little relieved off of Aaron, cuz he's so great."
And before you knew it, Jones was responding to Kessler.
@Calliekessler 😂😂 I hope you feel better !! Don’t worry only the real ones know about me .... I’ll keep running tha… https://t.co/SBaQUVLJii— Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ (@Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣)1581123528.0
And suddenly, an online campaign began to get Rodgers to respond to his #1 fan.
@Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @Showtyme_33 @AaronRodgers12 will you please get her 400 popsicles and be her best friend?— Brad (@Brad)1581024450.0
@Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @Showtyme_33 @AaronRodgers12, I think it's time you accept her friendship.— 🧀 Packers #1 Fan™ 🧀 (@🧀 Packers #1 Fan™ 🧀)1581031791.0
@ParkerMoes @Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @Showtyme_33 If he doesn’t buy her 400 popsicles, I’ll be moderately disappointed.— Ben Klecker (@Ben Klecker)1581047096.0
And then Danica and Aaron responded in the coolest way possible.
We would like to buy you 400 popsicles. Dm your address. 😉 We hope you feel better, but if you don’t, the popsicles… https://t.co/HahYd8kPT5— Danica Patrick (@Danica Patrick)1581125241.0
But that wasn't just a cute Twitter joke—they actually sent her 400 popsicles!
Thank you @AaronRodgers12 and @DanicaPatrick #gopackgo unreal!!! https://t.co/nw9JgA4W2e— callie kessler (@callie kessler)1581348922.0
The good people at Otter Pops, not to be outdone, then doubled down on Danica and Aaron's gesture.
@Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @DanicaPatrick .@Calliekessler - And if 400 Otter Pops weren't enough, we're going t… https://t.co/DuM4qVEuOw— Otter Pops (@Otter Pops)1581370886.0
And soon after, so did the namesake company itself, Popsicle!
@DanicaPatrick @AaronRodgers12 What a SWEET gesture @DanicaPatrick 😋 What flavors are your favorite @Calliekessler?— Popsicle® (@Popsicle®)1581278223.0
Of course, other folks on Twitter were delighted by all this icy-cool sweetness.
@Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @Showtyme_33 If there is a 'Sports Fans Hall Of Fame' she needs to be enshrined there! #Respect 🙏— derrick johnson (@derrick johnson)1581089000.0
@Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @DanicaPatrick Who cares about free agency and the draft? This is easily the highlight of the off-season— The Lady of Shalott 🧚♀️ (@The Lady of Shalott 🧚♀️)1581379519.0
@Calliekessler Callie, you might be my long-lost twin. I am 100% sure I would say the exact same things coming out of an anesthesia fog.— Molly Jasinski (@Molly Jasinski)1581023553.0
@Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @DanicaPatrick Love our @packers fans!! And of course our QB and his thoughtful girlfriend!!!— Mar💚💛 (@Mar💚💛)1581387827.0
@DanicaPatrick @DustyEvely @AaronRodgers12 ‘We have a running game.’ OMG I love this kid! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤯— Agnes (@Agnes)1581126551.0
@DanicaPatrick @AaronRodgers12 This made my heart smile! ❤️😂— evie ღ 🆘 (@evie ღ 🆘)1581459807.0
@OtterPops @Calliekessler @AaronRodgers12 @DanicaPatrick That’s otter this world! Even this Vikings fan is impressed.— Nearl of the North (@Nearl of the North)1581447358.0
@DanicaPatrick @AaronRodgers12 This is really freaking cool. I love this team.— PackersHistory.com (@PackersHistory.com)1581131900.0
@DanicaPatrick @AaronRodgers12 THIS WINS Twitter!!! 💛💚💛 Way to go @DanicaPatrick & @AaronRodgers12 !!! 🙌🏼— Dawn Little (@Dawn Little)1581128678.0
So what does Kessler think about this whole thing?
As she told Milwaukee's CBS 58:
"I'm sorry for being so embarrassing... But he's a great role model and someone who I look up to... Go Pack Go!"
Hard to argue with that.
Jameela Jamil Comes Out As Queer After Her New Job As Judge On Voguing Competition Show Is Meet With Backlash
In a statement yesterday on Twitter, Jamil identified herself as queer.
But unlike most celebrity coming out stories, Jamil's wasn't inspired by a new relationship or a moment of self-actualization. Rather, it comes on the heels of a fiery online backlash over her role in a new project.
Earlier this week, streaming platform HBO Max announced that Jamil will be the MC and one of the judges of its forthcoming series Legendary, a reality competition show that will center on the competitive vogueing found in LGBTQ drag ball culture. An immediate backlash ensued over Jamil, an outsider to ball culture, being an inappropriate choice for the show.
It was this backlash that prompted Jamil to come out, in a post on Twitter.
✌🏽 https://t.co/YcB6H7YCT0— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@Jameela Jamil 🌈)1580937154.0
In the post, Jamil addressed both the backlash and why she never came out previously:
"This is why I never officially came out as queer..."
"...I kept it low because because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid."
So why the backlash?
For the uninitiated, Ball culture, which has recently enjoyed pride of place in the mainstream consciousness due to the FX series Pose, centers on groups of LGBTQ people, especially people of color and transgender individuals, who arrange themselves into associations called "houses" and compete—at vogueing, fashion shows and other exploits—before a panel of judges at events called "balls."
Ball culture also arose as a safe haven for queer people in a time when society was even more openly violent and hostile toward the LGBTQ community than it is today. As such, ball culture is deeply important to and fiercely guarded by its members.
Which is where the backlash comes in.
Many LGBTQ people felt Jamil was an inappropriate choice for Legendary, especially since prominent LGBTQ people from the ball scene itself, like Transparent actress Trace Lysette, a trans woman, were passed over in favor of Jamil, a total outsider to the ball scene.
Lol.. I interviewed for this gig. As the mother of a house for nearly a decade it’s kind of kind blowing when ppl w… https://t.co/DvnKDcOHYI— Trace Lysette (@Trace Lysette)1580855619.0
And many felt Jamil was appropriating a culture that was not hers.
A part of being an “ally” is knowing your lane and not swerving. https://t.co/35L7EuwbCp— Brooke Obie (@Brooke Obie)1580851833.0
I think Jameela is great, but this show raises eyebrows because this could very well lean into the appropriation of… https://t.co/hUBdLhIp0J— Dino-Ray Ramos (@Dino-Ray Ramos)1580863584.0
Deleted a less diplomatic tweet but without dunking on anyone, this is an odd choice. You'd want a judge to be fami… https://t.co/hODWizPt7M— muna mire (@muna mire)1580855964.0
Jamil called this a mistake on the part of Hollywood news outlet Deadline...
Hello! @DEADLINE says I am the MC of this show! I am NOT. I am just one of the judges. The brilliant @DashaunWesley… https://t.co/WYZTjbelll— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@Jameela Jamil 🌈)1580873866.0
...as well as the HBO press department.
Reading an inaccurate press release about our new show yesterday was upsetting, and it triggered a lot of incorrect… https://t.co/KTjSdno8ay— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@Jameela Jamil 🌈)1580910413.0
Jamil clarified that she is only a judge, along with rapper Megan Thee Stallion and America's Next Top Model judge Luxury Law.
I’m a judge, alongside @leiomy @theestallion and @LUXURYLAW with music from icon @TheOnlyMikeQ I know some of us ar… https://t.co/CpsK5nmqZW— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@Jameela Jamil 🌈)1580910419.0
Jamil further underlined her reason for joining the show in her coming out post.
"I know that my being queer doesn't qualify me as ballroom. But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show..."
"Sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalized stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance."
It was a sentiment that her costars shared.
I’ve been in Ballroom for 16 years! My entire life since 2003 has been BALLROOM driven. My entire Musical career ha… https://t.co/6m6g42KT7g— MikeQ (@MikeQ)1580871603.0
As an ICON who started in BALLROOM who has made a career that has flourished based on BALLROOM. The scene has tried… https://t.co/rUiOFYa5QQ— Leiomy Maldonado (@Leiomy Maldonado)1580871783.0
Anything monumental created will always be combated by the naysayers. There’s no way people who has no idea of th… https://t.co/3JalxbSpiJ— Dashaun Wesley (@Dashaun Wesley)1580876073.0
Pose star Indya Moore, after speaking with Jamil directly, also echoed the sentiment.
This program Is a community centered program & again it is being led, consulted & starred by ballroom Monarchs of w… https://t.co/pyGpKlv0NW— Hot (@Hot)1580876080.0
But, naturally, the wider internet's responses to Jamil's announcement varied quite a bit.
Some gave heartfelt support.
@jameelajamil Hey Babygirl! You do use power for others. We at Women of Color Unite @TheJTCList stand with you. Yo… https://t.co/SocVg64kB6— Cheryl (@Cheryl)1580940396.0
@jameelajamil I personally absolutely hate when lgbt people try to gate-keep queer culture. It’s one of the huge re… https://t.co/qsQgtuxm5n— Case (@Case)1580938773.0
@jameelajamil And this is why I'm ALWAYS so weary of people hating on presumed "straight" people going on LGBT show… https://t.co/uD5wmwo6ro— Celine 🍊 (@Celine 🍊)1580938482.0
@jameelajamil I’m so sorry you felt forced to do this. For whatever it’s worth, many of us think you’re pretty damn amazing. <3— Matthew Mercer (@Matthew Mercer)1580952209.0
@jameelajamil I just discovered you on “The Good Place” and I think you’re brilliant. Welcome to the family, officially.— Kassandra Seven (@Kassandra Seven)1580947714.0
But many others were not having it.
@jameelajamil congrats to you for sharing your truth, and welcome to community! you are still not at all right for… https://t.co/mvMu9LBrDj— the green hunter beetleborg. (@the green hunter beetleborg.)1580938514.0
@jameelajamil 1). Congrats on coming out and I'm sorry it had to be like this. But 2). "it wouldn't sell with mor… https://t.co/p819nAqO0K— Theo Hendrie (he/they) (@Theo Hendrie (he/they))1580948530.0
@jameelajamil I’m sorry you had to come out like this. I’m glad that you’re a part of the community and we welcome… https://t.co/WGvpVCQyFZ— 🌺 Vaneet misses NYC! #20ThemTy 🌺 (@🌺 Vaneet misses NYC! #20ThemTy 🌺)1580944913.0
@jameelajamil Girl bye! You never walked any balls, never did anything for the ballroom community so therefore you… https://t.co/dFo36sXMAh— Bobby James (@Bobby James)1580945381.0
In any case, Jameela is who she is, and the show goes on—filming starts today according to Jamil's post. Soon the media landscape will have a bit more LGBTQ representation, which can only be a good thing.
Remember when you were a kid and everyone would tell you not to plug your nose when you sneeze because it was dangerous?
Pretty sure there's still no one who knows if that's actually true.
But if ever there was a story that gave credence to the idea that you should never suppress a sneeze, it is this one.
It comes to us via LivinCrazy, who was having a bit of a challenging day at work. While eating their lunch, Living Crazy did that thing where you somehow, accidentally, basically punch yourself in the face?
Or as they eloquently put it:
"...I went like brain dead for half a second and I lifted my hand up too fast and hit my nose with an uppercut Mortal Kombat style."
Yep. Been there. Not cute, not fun.
The situation was further complicated by the fact that LivinCrazy was also under the weather, which obscured the severity of the beating they dealt themself.
"I felt like my nose was bleeding but I dismissed it as my nose running since I have a cold."
You see where this is going, right?...
So LivinCrazy goes on about their day.
Their boss asks them to pick him up lunch, so they go grab him a hamburger.
And as they're on their way into the boss's office...
"I felt a little sneeze sensation up in my nose but I try to hold it in because my boss is waiting for me."
And then, it happens—the sneeze.
But not just any sneeze...
I walk into his office, give him his hamburger and this point my body can't hold it. Cue three very bloody and harsh sneezes all over my bosses white shirt, paperwork, and hamburger.
The biggest "yikes" to end all yikeses—all the grossness of a regular sneeze PLUS you've made the entire place look like a murder scene. The mind—and the stomach—truly reels.
Thankfully, LivinCrazy's boss—after sending LivinCrazy home, thank God—took it all in stride.
"...he seems to have found it a little funny so I don't really feels as bad."
Which is pretty much the best-case scenario when you sneeze blood all over your boss and his stuff.
Of course, LivinCrazy's fellow Redditors had plenty to say about this nasal massacre.
"This is how a pandemic starts in the movies." --u/elcondormagnificente
I'm laughing so hard right now at the image of blood spraying out of your nose 3 times like a shotgun blast --u/Finnish-Karelian
"Never hold in a sneeze, always let them out! Sneezing is such a freeing sensation!" --u/Lima1998
"That tingly air is gonna find its way out, some way or another." --u/DK_Son
"You got off light. You could have shi* your pants." --u/sbeesp
"I figured you were going to say you did what I've done in the past. I've completely throws out my back/shoulder a few times from holding in a sneeze." --u/joleme
"I think the one living crazy is your boss, if someome [sic] sneezes blood all over me I'd be freaking out running to the next clinic/hospital or whatever to check for any deseases [sic] and not wait for another clean shirt lol" --u/Iago4400
"Your boss totally thinks you did a lot of cocaine." --u/johnnyutah0305
"I would be mortified but the outcome seems to have been alright." --u/expiredgatorade
So the moral here is listen to your body and let those sneezes fly.
But as more than one fellow Redditor pointed out...
"...It doesn't matter if you are at a rave or at home all alone like you will be for the rest of your life: COVER YOUR UGLY-AS* FACE WHEN YOU SNEEZE!" --u/itsthreeamyo
God gave you elbows for a reason.