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People just realized how weird the Little Caesar’s mascot’s throat looks

This week, Twitter users began noticing something strange about the Little Caesar’s mascot’s throat and took to the social media platform to try to figure it out.

“We need to talk about what’s going on in Little Caesar’s throat,” one user tweeted along with a picture of the mascot, which shows him opening his mouth to take a bite of pizza.

Through his open mouth, however, users noticed the strange horizontal lines across the back of his throat and began wondering about them.

“Looks like a stack of pizzas. He needs to learn to chew,” one user guessed, with others agreeing that the lines must indicate “many layers of pizza pizza.”

looks like a stack of pizzas. he needs to learn to chew. — Erica Cochrane (@EricaCochrane) February 15, 2018 It’s pizza crusts he’s just wedging all the slices back there — (ↀωↀ)✧ ฅ ANE DD #24 (@Glittertooth) February 15, 2018 many layers of pizza pizza — Maxfield Stanton (@DleifxamNotnats) February 15, 2018 Its like a pez machine but pizza slices https://t.co/lEWRe1fUmW — scott (@Hooderman) February 15, 2018

RELATED: A couple found “doo-do-looking stuff” on their Little Caesar’s, and the health department had some very bad news for them

“The simplest answer is that he has a dog snout caught in his throat,” another person theorized.

The simplest answer is that he has a dog snout caught in his throat — Der-shing Helmer @ ECCC P13 (@shingworks) February 15, 2018

As the debate continued, others people’s explanations were a bit more out there:

I once saw a dog that had the same affliction pic.twitter.com/QFaDm4TaeY — Der-shing Helmer @ ECCC P13 (@shingworks) February 15, 2018 It’s obviously @ZacEfron’s hair. pic.twitter.com/2FWVPGMxzE — Jenna Bolmgren (@jennabolmgren) February 15, 2018 pic.twitter.com/CRduCJHe7T — chocobomoshpit (@chocobomoshpit) February 15, 2018

Ultimately, there was no final consensus on the mascot’s throat lines. Although the question still remains, people managed to find solace in the fact that at least the issue had finally been addressed.

“I thought I was the only one who wondered about it all these years…” one person said.

I thought I was the only one who wondered about it all these years… https://t.co/gVD9e8UNL6 — Drew Kaltenbaugh (@toasterdrewdel) February 15, 2018

RELATED: Pizza guy gets caught defiling pizza on camera, and we’ve lost our appetites

Adorable dog wearing seat belt becomes internet’s newest Photoshop battle

There’s only thing better than looking at pictures of adorable dogs — looking at pictures of cute dogs being photoshopped into doing hilarious things. Obviously.

RELATED: Visual artist combines photographs to make trippy images — and we’re entranced

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Reddit’s popular internet photoshop battles returned in an adorable way when a dog in a harness was inserted into ridiculous situations. The images appeared to come from a ZuGo Pet Rockeeter product — a multi-functional harness — and took off from there:

Reddit/The_Guber

He definitely looks like the right pup to handle an attack in space.

Reddit/Rtfhghjty

Fingers crossed he’s not behind enemy lines!

Reddit/theonenamedkirk

No need to “panic” in space with a good boy by your side.

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Luckily the parachute opened — we hear that doesn’t happen sometimes…

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The “Hangover” baby is looking a little different these days…

Reddit/TalkDFS

Pup Cruise totally does his own stunts.

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This is why dogs don’t drive.

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The reboot fans actually want in 2018.

If you can’t get enough of these posing pups, there’s a lot more where these came from.

(H/T Mashable)

Just announced: 3 big changes coming to Sam’s Club in 2018

After abruptly closing 63 locations nationwide, Sam’s Club is moving forward with some big changes that will affect members.

The Walmart-owned warehouse club said in a news release that it’s committed to providing “irresistible value, amazing items, real convenience and simple choices” to its customers.

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Read on to learn how Sam’s Club is changing in 2018 to take on rivals Costco and Amazon…

RELATED:  The dos and don’ts of shopping at a wholesale price club

Here’s what members need to know about the “new” Sam’s Club 1. Free shipping for Plus members 

Effective immediately, anyone with a Sam’s Plus membership will receive free shipping on most items sold online, including nearly every Member’s Mark item — and there’s no minimum purchase.

Plus members will continue to receive other benefits like cash rewards, early shopping hours, and pharmacy and optical discounts.

2. Simplified membership structure 

Sam’s Club is also reducing the number of membership types to two levels: Club for $45 a year and Plus for $100. The cost for additional Club memberships (formerly Sam’s Savings) has been lowered to $40.

Not a member? Sam’s Club regularly offers special sign-up deals, like a $10 gift card for new members. Get the details here.

3. Faster and easier shopping experience

Finally, Sam’s Club says it’s making the shopping experience “faster and easier” both in-club and online. Scan & Go and Club Pickup are already popular with members, but the retailer promised more time-saving options are coming soon.

Details are few, but the company said it’s focused on creating “the quickest and most convenient shopping experience.”

RELATED: Costco vs. Sam’s Club: Which one really is the best deal?

What’s the difference between the Whole30 and Paleo diets?

With all the diets out there, it can be hard to tell some of them apart.

Two of the currently popular ones — Paleo and Whole30 — look pretty similar at first glance. Both are made up of whole, unprocessed foods, like meat and vegetables. And they both encourage eliminating such food groups as dairy and sugar.

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However, these two eating plans are actually very different.

RELATED: 10 tips for doing Whole30 on a budget

Paleo, which is short for Paleolithic, is modeled after the diets eaten by our caveman ancestors. There are no additives or refined ingredients here.

Whole30, meanwhile, helps dieters identify and eliminate foods that make them bloat and gain weight. It focuses on overall health over the number on the scale. It’s also meant to be short-term (the 30 refers to 30 days), unlike Paleo, which is really more of a lifestyle change than a diet.

My first Instant Pot recipe is a Kung Pao Chicken that tastes even better than takeout

Why is everyone going crazy for the Instant Pot?

I honestly think it’s just because it cooks food fast. Yes, it’s cool that it’s basically seven appliances in one, but with everyone in a hurry nowadays, we appreciate something that can get the job done in half the time.

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I bought an Instant Pot so I can experiment with some recipes for you guys. Because I love takeout, I decided my first recipe should be homemade Kung Pao Chicken. If you use the Instant Pot, this recipe cooks in only 15 minutes, which is faster than it takes the delivery guy to get to my house!

You will need: Chicken
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1½ pounds chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ⅔ cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot (chef’s choice!)
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or olive oil (chef’s choice!)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Green onions, sliced, for garnish
Sauce
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes (or more if you love spicy food!)

The Instant Pot is, first and foremost, a pressure cooker. I used that function to fully cook my chicken in just three minutes. And it really did cook in those three minutes!

But be very careful when releasing steam from your Instant Pot! I learned that the hard way! Don’t get too close!

Serve your finished Kung Pao Chicken over rice, and don’t forget to garnish it with green onions and sesame seeds.

You guys — this dish is so delicious. It tastes just like takeout (without a ton of MSG), and it was quick enough to make on a weeknight. Seriously, make it in your own Instant Pot!

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From 1 child to 6 overnight: how this growing family was determined to stay together

If you have ever found yourself wondering if the popular online dating sites work, question no more. Nicole and Bruce Barlow are a true testament that if you’re willing to take the time to fill out the cumbersome questionnaires, you may find the love of your life.

This couple didn’t only meet online; they also feel in love very quickly. After only one month of dating, they got engaged. One month after the engagement, this passionate couple was married.

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Bruce explained that although it was fast, it truly was meant to be.

“We met at a coffee shop. I was watching her walk up through the window, and I was immediately overwhelmed, in a good way. In that moment, I knew that she could be the one. I didn’t believe in love at first sight before I met Nicole. We talked for hours, and it just felt so natural. I couldn’t believe that I had truly met the perfect woman. I knew I had to move fast so she couldn’t get away.”

Their life started together, and they were originally thrilled to be a happy family of three; Nicole’s son quickly bonded with Bruce. Although they were a happy family unit, there was something missing.

Nicole was helping lead an after-school Bible study for elementary school children when her will was made clear.

“I was volunteering with elementary school children, and one of my students was a foster child. Once you see the faces that are in the foster system, once you see their hearts, it’s much harder to turn your back on them.”

After the foster system was placed on Nicole’s and Bruce’s hearts, there was only one thing they could do. The couple decided to step up and open their home to children in need. Nicole explained that everything in their life moves fast, so it was no surprise that the process of getting children in their home took no time at all.

“We went to an informational meeting one weekend. The next weekend, we went to a training class, and the next weekend, we had children in our home. Our first placement was two wonderful boys who stayed with us for two and a half years.”

As Bruce and Nicole loved on these children, they were also aware that the boys would eventually go back to their biological family. The couple loved the boys’ family, but after so much time together, it was a very difficult goodbye.

READ MORE: All of Rare’s heartwarming love stories

Bruce explained that although the pain was so real and so raw, it was necessary.

“We loved those boys; we still love those boys. Them and their family will forever be a part of our family, but knowing they wouldn’t be living with us anymore was hard. It’s still hard not waking up to them every morning. The thing is though, it’s supposed to be hard, you’re supposed be feel grief and pain. If you don’t hurt, then you haven’t put your whole heart into these children.”

When the family became a party of three, Nicole and Bruce knew they needed to open up their home once again to children in need. While preparing their home for their next placement, the couple took part in a program, respite care, where they would help other foster families.

“When you’re a foster parent and you want to get away for a weekend, you have to place the children with an approved caregiver. We would help other families that would go out of town. Sometimes we would keep children for a week, other times just a weekend. In the process of helping other families, we ended up meeting a few of our small children.”

Those small children they watched were placed up for adoption. Their parents’ rights were terminated, and they needed to be placed in a loving home as soon as possible.

Nicole and Bruce knew that God was speaking very loudly to them in regards to this family. Nicole recalled praying and asking for guidance in their situation.

“I prayed, and I just asked God to give me guidance. There were five children, five siblings, that needed a home. We had the room and the means to keep this family together, and eventually it was made very clear that these kids were the missing pieces to our crazy puzzle.”

This family of three quickly expanded to a family of eight. Although the process was fast, it was far from easy. Nicole explained that foster to adoption isn’t what it looks like in the movies; it’s not always a feel-good, magical experience.

“To be honest, not all of our children wanted to be adopted. We had five children of varying ages coming into our home. There has been a lot of butting of heads and a lot of arguments, but I think it’s all worth it. These kids know that no matter how much they push and how much they fight, at the end of the day, we will love them unconditionally. They are forever a part of our family, and we love them more than they will ever know.”

This experience has not only bonded their family, but it has also strengthened Nicole and Bruce’s relationship. The foster care and adoption process has taught this couple to love when they don’t feel like loving, and stand by one another when they feel like walking away. Nicole explained that their family is forever.

“We are in this for the long run, in all aspects. I love my children, and I love my husband more than my own life. And I will say, neither one of us wants to be left alone with six children! We need each other!”

6 unexpected benefits of getting a massage

It’s more than an indulgence at the spa. Massage therapy has some pretty serious health benefits.

Did you know that getting a massage can do these six remarkable things to your well-being?

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1. It’ll make you sleep better

Horrible things happen to your body when you don’t sleep. But a massage relaxes you, and when you’re relaxed, you get that much-needed rest.

2. You’ll sit up straighter

Good posture is  more important than you may realize. Being massaged rids your body of pesky aches and pains, allowing you to sit up straight.

3. It’s good for your head

Massage has been proven to help with recovery from sinusitis and migraines. Really!

RELATED: These simple massage techniques can get rid of a headache without drugs

4. It alleviates other pains too

Injured athletes can stave off further problems by getting sports massages, which also improve flexibility.

5. It makes you happy

Literally! Massage therapy positively affects the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s functions while it’s at rest. This is another part of the reason why massages are so relaxing.

6. It improves circulation

And it also rids the muscles of toxins.

So what are you waiting for? Book a massage!

If you have more money than you could spend in a lifetime, these 5 vacation locations are for you

Most of us have to scrimp and save in order to afford any sort of vacation.

But if money is no object for you (lucky!), why not jet off to one of the most luxurious locations in the world? Here are five places where you can rub elbows with celebrities and enjoy endless pampering when you need to get away from it all.

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RELATED: You’ll definitely want to add these mind-blowing vacation spots to your travel bucket list

Dubai

May we recommend the  Burj Al Arab , the world’s only 7 star hotel? Rooms start at $2,700 a night, but the amenities are well worth the hefty price tag.

The hotel boasts nine restaurants, five pools, a spa, a fitness center, and even a private beach. Every guest receives a gold-plated iPad, a choice of 17 types of pillows, and a set of 14 full-size Hermès toiletries.

(Burj Al Arab)
French Polynesia

It’s easy to see why celebrities adore the turquoise waters and sandy shores of such locations as Bora Bora and The Brando (named for the famous actor who once owned the island).

For added opulence, stay in one of those iconic over-water bungalows!

Fiji

Laucala Resort boasts 25 villas on an island bursting with natural features, including beaches, rainforests, and mangroves.

Guests can partake in scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, island hopping, and hiking, among other adventures.

Cabo San Lucas

No wonder the rich and famous adore this Mexican paradise — it’s only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles.

From beaches to water sports to nightlife, “Cabo” has something for everyone.

(Mauricio Ramos/Red Bull Content Pool via AP Images)
Maldives

Much like Fiji and French Polynesia, Baa Atoll is a paradise, with pure white beaches and crystal waters — the perfect place to kick back and relax.

Valentine’s Day: This amazing love story begins with a blind date and wedding days later

LaNelle and Perry Holland’s love story begins with a blind date on a winter evening in 1968.

A mutual friend invited LaNelle to join him in a gathering at Perry’s house in Kennesaw, Georgia. By the time LaNelle arrived, the roads were slick with ice. It was too dangerous to drive anywhere.

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The Hollands’ first date never left a living room couch.

Instantly smitten, LaNelle and Perry stayed up through the night talking about music, politics, sports (they were both passionate Georgia Tech football fans).

Just a few days later, Perry proposed. 

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

Sometimes people wait years, even decades, to find The One. For this lucky couple now in their early 70s, they were struck by Cupid’s arrow on a quiet winter evening and then tied the knot after knowing each other just two weeks.

What they didn’t know back in 1968 is how they would grow together and develop a passion for teaching and caring for children in their community. They would speak up, even march for social justice.

Read more about their amazing love story and how they would build a family beyond their own here at myajc.com. 

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