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    Updated on Dec 10, 2018. Posted on Dec 7, 2018

    27 Uplifting Facts That Prove Things Aren't Always That Bad

    This one's for all my cinnamon rolls out there~

    1. The voice actor for Mickey Mouse married the voice actor for Minnie Mouse.

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    They were both married to other people when they first met, but years later, after each had divorced their partner, they found their way back to each other!

    2. Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort.

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    It also takes them a while to learn how to use their trunks, which results in some very cute videos.

    3. The center of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum.

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    Researchers identified a molecule in the center of the Milky Way that is responsible for the flavor of raspberries and also notably smells like rum, which sounds like a new cocktail!

    4. The Pillsbury Doughboy's real name is Poppin' Fresh.

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    He is married to one Poppie Fresh with whom he has two children (Popper and Bun Bun), a cat (Biscuit) and a dog (Flapjack).

    5. Your dog is probably just as happy to see you as you are them!

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    MRI scans of dogs show that the same pleasure center of the brain, the caudate nucleus, lights up in dogs when they see humans—the same way humans' do when they see dogs.

    6. Marie Curie tried to donate her Nobel Prize medals to the war effort during World War I.

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    During the war, the French government put out a call for gold and Curie, then a two-time Nobel Prize winner, offered to return her medals. They refused.

    7. Norway knighted a penguin, who lines guards up to inspect their uniforms.

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    Please refer to him as "Brigadier Sir Nils Olav."

    8. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were best friends who inspired each other to write The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe respectively.

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    Some actually credit Tolkien's influence for returning Lewis, formerly an atheist, to religion.

    9. Sheep can tell sad and happy faces apart, and would rather approach a happy-looking human.

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    If you don't feel like smiling, do it for the sheep!

    10. Nikola Tesla was severely ill while at school and credits Mark Twain's books for his recovery. Later, they would become best friends.

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    There's even a rumor that Tesla returned the favor, curing Twain of a bad bout of constipation.

    11. Polar bears rub noses to communicate, especially if asking a favor or question.

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    Rubbing noses is seen as a nonthreatening behavior.

    12. Octopuses really do keep gardens!

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    They're called middens and they're made out of stray rocks, shells, and other scavenged materials so they can hide from predators.

    13. This woman met her girlfriend on Tinder—and her girlfriend turned out to be a perfect match for her much needed kidney donation.

    Couple who found each other on Tinder match for #kidney donation https://t.co/todxqQLWRv #OrganDonation #giftoflife

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    Alana Duran was in need of a kidney after being diagnosed with lupus. Her girlfriend, Lori Interlicchio, told her they were a match in the cutest way possible, proving that Tinder is good for something.

    14. Horses love the smell of lavender.

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    If you want to calm a horse down, just have a few drops of lavender oil at the ready.

    15. The writer Samuel Beckett used to give rides to schoolchildren in this Irish countryside, where there were no buses.

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    One of these schoolchildren was André the Giant, who would later (falsely) claim that he became close friends with Beckett during those days.

    16. Rats care for sick or lonely cats at a cat cafe in Brooklyn.

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    They'll groom them, keep them company and cuddle with them, proving that cats and rodents don't have to be mortal enemies.

    17. Ben and Jerry learned how to make ice cream from a $5 correspondence course from Penn State. They split the cost.

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    They started because Ben couldn't make a living off selling his pottery and Jerry hadn't gotten in to medical school.

    18. Shakespeare used to call hedgehogs "hedgepigs."

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    They get their name from their love of hedges and the little snort they make, so it's not entirely inaccurate!

    19. At a university in Finland, doctoral candidates get a top hat and sword when they graduate.

    Get a load of this! Via @BeckiePort If you get a PhD in Finland they give you a top hat and & sword. #fashion

    Sara Sheridan

    The hat symbolize freedom and the sword represents truth.

    20. Bob Ross kept an alligator in his tub when he was a child because he wanted to nurse it back to health.

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    Ross was a lifelong animal lover and had hoped to host a nature show called Bob's World.

    21. A wild turkey that terrorized a Wisconsin town is now a beloved figure they've adopted as their unofficial mayor.

    ‘Smoke’ turkey is Wisconsin town’s honorary mayor - https://t.co/EKhn0jeWcK #news965 #wdbo

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    They nicknamed the bird "Smoke" and have made a Facebook page for him.

    22. Dorothy Parker left her entire estate to Martin Luther King Jr. despite never having met him because she wanted to support the Civil Rights movement.

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    After his death, her estate was passed on to the NAACP. They still get royalties from her work.

    23. A stray cat wandered into a nursing home and is now a permanent fixture there.

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    “I’m not sure if Oreo was in need of us, or we were in need of Oreo,” the director of the nursing home said.

    24. The National Parks Service released a soundtrack of soothing nature sounds for their 102nd birthday, free of charge.

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    It's free to stream or download!

    25. Disney used to have a hotline kids could call if they want to hear Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald or Daisy wish them goodnight.

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    It was called the "Sleep Shot Hotline" and ran until August 31st.

    26. Astronaut Eugene Cernan wrote his daughter's initials on the moon.

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    He said he wished he had written her whole name, so a fellow astronaut painted a moonscape for him and included her name for him.

    27. Looking at cute things actually improves your focus.

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    *slides you an extra pupper video on the house*

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