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For millions of people, 2016 will go down in history as the year they finally lost their faith in humanity. And given the events that have unfolded over the last 12 months, who can really blame them. But even though the papers are always full of bad news, there's actually a whole lot of good going on in the world. Don't believe us? Then check out this list, compiled by Bored Panda, to have your faith in humanity well and truly restored. Don't forget to vote for the most uplifting story!

#1 People Are Fleeing War-Torn Aleppo But This Man Is Staying To Care For Abandoned Cats

#2 This Man Saved 1000 Dogs From Yulin Meat Festival Despite Being Beaten For This

#3 Danish Woman Rescues 2-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Who Was Abandoned And Left To Die Because His Parents Thought He Was A Witch

#4 Flight Attendant Adopts Stray Dog Who Wouldn’t Stop Waiting For Her Outside Hotel


#5 Sick Tiger Cub Weighting Only 1/4 Of Normal Weight, Gets Rescued From Circus, Makes Incredible Recovery


#6 Dad And Son Rescued 30 Dogs Left Behind During The Flood In Brazoria County, Texas


#7 This Guy Only Has Vision In One Eye, So He Bought A One-Eyed-Dog That No One Else Wanted





 

Check out this amazing dashcam footage to see a Tesla car apparently predicting a car crash just seconds before it happened. Realizing that an accident was about to occur on the A2 highway in the Netherlands, the car’s autopilot feature, which assists the car to sense what’s up ahead by utilizing safe-driving-pattern monitoring, triggered the alarm and the emergency braking system moments before the crash unfolded. Despite the high-speed collision however, Hans Noordsij, who recently shared the video on Twitter, confirmed that nobody was serious hurt in the crash.



Tesla is expected to roll out its Enhanced Autopilot before the end of the year. Along with improved accident-avoidance technology, the Autopilot will also feature self-parking and automatic lane-changing capabilities. “The foundation is laid for cars to be fully autonomous at a safety level we believe to be at least twice that of a person, maybe better,” said Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla.


 
We have all seen function keys before. They are those keys marked F1 to F12 on our computer keyboards. Most of us rarely use these keys when at the computer, but knowing how to use them can be really helpful.



Function keys can save you a lot of time if you know how to use them properly. Take a look at the diagram below.





Do you ever toss and turn in bed trying to determine which position would be best for you to sleep in? Some people have already determined the answer to that question, but for many, doubt seeps back in every time they have trouble falling asleep. Will you feel more rested on your back? Would lying on your stomach be better? As it turns out, not only do experts say you should stick to your side, but they even recommend a specific one at that.

Dr. John Douillard turns to ayurveda, an alternative form of medicine from India, to explain how sleeping on your left side may be the ideal way to give your body the rest it needs. Here’s a few reasons why this side is seemingly the best one for the job.

1. Spine And Breathing

Joint Essential explains that unless you take specific measures to ensure proper positioning in bed, you should stick to your side, as it is the least naturally harmful for the spine. Sleeping on your back puts too much pressure on the upper back and hips, and leaves your lower back in a suspended state that is harmful in the long run. Likewise, sleeping on your stomach strains both your lower back and your neck. WebMD adds that sleeping on your side is the best at providing optimal air flow to the lungs.

2. Digestion

The way your intestines travel across your stomach, food waste will be processed faster if you sleep on your left side, Douillard writes on LifeSpa. In that position, food will travel more swiftly from your small intestine to your large intestine, then into the descending colon. It is even recommended to take 10-minute rests lying on your left side after eating to help your meal be better digested and to recover from the dreaded “food coma” quicker.

3. Lymph Draining

The majority of the lymphatic system is present on the left side of your body, Douillard explains, and when lymphatic congestion occurs, it is frequently on the left-hand side. So when you sleep on your left side, you’re allowing gravity to take some of the pressure of lymph drainage away from your heart and your spleen, both of which are also located on the left side of your body.

These tidbits all point to the left side as the clear winner in the competition — but Dr. Steven Park, sleep professional, tells WebMD that trying to forcefully change the position you sleep in could actually make things worse, as you’ll be breaking your sleeping habits. However, if you struggle with finding a position in the first place, give it a try and let us know how you feel in the comments section later!

Make sure to share this valuable information with your sleep-deprived friends!





It was a completely normal evening when this German student decided to send her boyfriend a rather hot selfie. What happened next will give you the chills.





28-year-old student Meelah Adams from Cologne, Germany made a truly scary short film, with hardly any budget. She shot the film as part of her thesis about viral media, and with sensational success: nine million people have already seen it.





he world is full of good people constantly looking for ways to apply their creativity in order to help others.
Metallic barriers at the side of roads are meant to keep people safe, preventing cars from going off the highway.



However, if a car hits one of these barriers at great speed, the consequences can be serious.
Recently, however, the South Korean company ETI developed a new kind of barrier specifically designed to save people’s lives and reduce the chance of the driver or passengers being injured.
Plastic rollers are installed between the metal columns of the barrier. While the metal part absorbs the force of the car’s impact, the rollers begin to turn, ensuring that the car doesn’t turn over, and at the same time reducing the potential damage to the car.

We all remember how The Lord of the Rings astounded the world way back in 2001-2003. At the time, thousands of moviegoers dreamed of exploring Middle Earth and debated who was the more handsome character: Legolas or Aragorn.

Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood)

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Apart from continuing to act in movies and providing voice acting for animated films, Elijah has founded the sound-recording company Simian Records. One of his most well-known appearances after The Lord of the Rings was in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as the character Patrick.

Legolas (Orlando Bloom)

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When he took on the role of Legolas the Elf, Orlando Bloom was still a largely unknown actor. A few years later, he starred in another highly successful movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, which will soon delight us with a new installment.

Gandalf (Ian McKellen)

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Ian McKellen first starred in movies in the 1970s, but he became particularly well known in the 1990s. His most famous roles were as Nicholas II in the movie Rasputin and as Magneto in the movie adaptations of the X-Men comic books. In 1989 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen)

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Apart from his acting work, this actor with Danish ancestry is also a famous artist, photographer, poet, and musician. He founded a publishing company which publishes the works of little-known authors. He has also been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog.



Animals have evolved in amazing ways to ensure their survival in what is an unforgiving natural world. Some these defences include:
Camouflage
Venom
Sharp teeth / nails
The animal we are looking at today evolved to look like an adorable baby snake as a defense mechanism.


It looks completely like a snake and while it is cute to us, to other predators they would just see a snake and leave it alone for the most part.

As you can see it does not look like anything other than a small snake, just hanging out off a branch. But it is not even in the reptile family!

Here some more angles of the little guy, would it even cross your mind that it was not a real snake? It even has the body posture down pat in its imitation.


Did you guess what actually was yet? It is infact a caterpillar! Yes the kind that cocoons and turns into a butterfly or moth.


Specifically, it is the hawk-moth caterpillars defense mechanism. It extends its body and takes the shape and look of a snake. Evolution is an amazing and useful thing.