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Someone was reunited with their first cat after 5 years in a surprising twist of fate

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There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a missing pet—but there’s also nothing more heartwarming than a reunion. Get the tissues ready, this one is a doozy. 

Twitter user @ngvhi hopped online to share the most beautiful story about how she was reunited, five years later, with her sweet cat and first pet. Meet Panther. 

“Sometime after Panther went missing he apparently turned up in a shelter in the next city 15 mi away,” she wrote. “Days before he was going to be euthanized he was adopted! And lived with a women [sic] for a little while in yet another city.” 

Apparently the woman who adapted Panther kept him until she couldn’t any longer, and ultimately gave him to her parents—who just so happened to be @ngvhi’s neighbor. So, for over a year, Panther (whose name changed to Charlie) was literally living his best indoor cat life right next door.

“These happen to be the neighbors that bought a Siberian husky that quickly turned out to be too much to handle. I started taking care of him until they asked if I wanted to fully adopt him,” she continued.

Yep that’s right, this story also involves a doggo. The neighbors took in her cat, unknowingly, and she ended up with their dog. 

One day, her neighbors called to ask if they had seen a missing Charlie—aka Panther. When Charlie/Panther did turn up, Trotsky the husky (which, side note, is a perfect name) didn’t freak out. “HE ALREADY KNEW HIM. THEY’D LIVED TOGETHER BEFORE,” @ngvhi wrote. 

“Our neighbors were as flabbergasted as us and insisted we keep him because he really was ours. we (I was overruled) decided to give him back since he was comfortable there and we already have a dog and cat,” she tweeted. 

“It was heartbreaking but I can’t even be sad bc today was truly surreal. They’ve given me permission to visit my beautiful boy whenever I’d like. How is it possible that they gave me this dog I adore and have fostered my first best friend.”

“You know how you lose a person or pet and you wish you had one more day with them just to let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you?,” she wrote. “I just had that day with Panther. I never would have guessed that 5 years later I’d get to kiss his little head again.”

Mashable has reached out to @ngvhi for more information but until then, cue all of the tears and all of the feelings.  😭

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Snobs, ranked from worst to worst

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There are those of us who enjoy things without forcing our preferences upon others, and then there are snobs. 

We are all guilty of snobbishness at some point in our lives. Sometimes our opinions truly feel like the only one worth having. This is true of some things (bagels are only good in New York, for example), but not for most. 

So, which snobs are the snobbiest? 

10. Beer snobs

You know what is an absolutely fine beer? Sam Adams. It’s a good, classic beer, and I will shout it from the rooftops. You know what costs (roughly) a million dollars? Four-packs of paper-labeled canned beer from a brewery. Yes, those are sometimes worth the cash. No, you do not need to drink $$ beer exclusively, especially when buying for a crowd. Save your money, and buy a 12-pack from the beer aisle at your grocery store.

9. Condiment snobs

Many will disagree, but: Fancy, small-batch mayo and store-brand mayo are indistinguishable when slathered on a sandwich. Most hot sauces taste great on eggs. Even generic, non-Heinz ketchup is pretty much fine. Just pick one and leave the supermarket.

8. Wellness snobs

It’s great to care about yourself and your own well-being. It is not so great to sandwich Instagram-caption wellness lectures between two angel emojis. I will keep my toxin-laden makeup products, thank you.

7. Cat snobs

There is an overlap of people who insist on owning only cats and people who consider introversion a virtue. But come on, guys. Dogs are good, too.

6. Wine snobs

To possess real wine knowledge is an incredible skill, and one worth showing off. But if you can’t roll with a bottle of $2 Trader Joe’s wine, please leave my birthday party immediately.

5. Music snobs

Baby boomers and older millennials are guiltiest of music snobbery. What can we say? It’s a byproduct of reading Pitchfork everyday in 2007. In 2018, ragging on pop music feels dated and not reflective of where music’s currently at. The truth is that pop music is popular because it’s good and people like it. Now go listen to some Selena Gomez.

4. Cocktail snobs

Cocktail mixing is a cool, worthwhile hobby if you have the wherewithal to stock your bar cart with all the liquor and bar tools one could desire. But if you’re out on the town with friends who’d rather drink cheap beer, please don’t lead them to the nearest $16-cocktail bar. You will ruin their nights and their budgets.

3. Midcentury-modern furniture snobs

Thirty-something aesthetically-conscious homeowners of the world, please know that there are other styles of furniture in this world. That one West Elm couch that inspired a wildly popular takedown on The Awl? This is where our desire for Design Within Reach style on an actually-within-reach budget has gotten us. Maybe it’s time we looked to another era for decor inspo. The Cut says Memphis design is really big right now.

2. iPhone snobs

Please don’t be the Apple user complaining about your distaste for green message bubbles. It’s rude!

1. Pizza snobs

I, a Long Island native, am a self-admitted pizza snob, but even I tire myself out when turning my nose up at whatever pie’s on offer outside the tri-state area. In this respect, I am terrible, and I can admit it. But the truth is, most pizza is fine. It’s bread, sauce, and cheese — there’s little room for real error there. Just eat it.

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Dear everyone, stop using the stock market as a political football

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Stock markets are taking dives the world over — including here in Tokyo
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Repeat after me: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is not the stock market. The stock market is not the economy. And nobody should be treating short-term shifts in any of the above as fodder for their political fights on Twitter. 

It was probably inevitable that Donald Trump would be ignorant of all this. After a month of tweeting (25 times) about a rising stock market that he falsely claimed the “fake news media” was ignoring, the president was silent during a multi-day sell-off that saw the Dow plummet from just over 26,000 on Thursday, Feb. 1, to just over 24,000 on Tuesday, Feb. 6 — the fastest drop, by percentage, in the index’s history. 

This Wednesday featured a brief rebound into 25,000 territory, but the market’s increasing volatility was a sign of what was to come. Things got worse on Thursday, which saw another thousand-point drop.

Wednesday, of course, also saw what has to stand as one of Trump’s most nonsensical and monomaniacal tweets:

The president has apparently taken to threatening global markets over a sell-off because he doesn’t think it tracks to his interpretation of the news. It’s hard not to see this the greatest example of the hubris of power since King Canute sat on a beach and told the tide it was making a big mistake.

And yet Trump’s legion of supporters on Twitter and on Fox News joined in. This was good sport. They cheered the stock market rebound on Wednesday as they might cheer the Patriots roaring back into the lead in the third quarter of the Super Bowl. The Trump effect is real, they cried. 

There’s not much point in educating Trumpists on this score, but let’s give it a shot anyway. The stock market, in as much as it can be said to have a single mind, is not acting for or against the president. It doesn’t care about the health of the economy as a whole. If there is any one cause of the precipitous drop, it is largely in reaction to the threat of inflation, which may happen as a result of rising wages and low unemployment. 

This is an ongoing global problem affecting global markets, it may well continue over the next couple of weeks, and it has nothing to do with Trump’s take on good (great) news.

So far so Trumpian. But there’s an equally disturbing development among many people who ought to know better. On the resistance side of Twitter, some users have taken the approach that if Trump is hurt politically by a stock market sell-off, a stock market sell-off must be a good thing. 

It should go without saying that this isn’t a joke, and that making it one won’t endear the resistance to  independents and others occupying the middle ground. 

A stock market correction doesn’t just stick it to the president, Republicans and Wall Street fat cats. It affects your retirement, wiping millions off the value of 401ks. It affects pension funds — the world’s largest traders — most of all. 

The fat cats have plenty of cushion; unless they’ve over-leveraged themselves, they’ll be fine. Your neighbor heading into retirement, not so much. 

No president, no political party, owns the markets. Not even if they’re annoying you by taking credit for a rally. Not even if it would help your side in mid-term elections.

As we know too well, Trump has decided to define himself and his political legacy by opposing everything President Obama was for, whether he considers it good for the country or not. It would be a terrible mistake for his opposition to fall into the same trap. 

In short, let’s be sanguine about the markets. They rise and fall in the short term, and steadily rise in the long term (just like temperatures in our current climate-changed world, in fact.) Stock market indices know no political party. They affect everyone in myriad unseen ways. And they will continue to do so long after the current King Canute has left office. 

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Gilbert the cat has mastered the cup game

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Cats are the perfect predator, and have a knack for deterring rodents and hunting down pests. 

In Gilbert’s case, he can always find a bell. 

Redditor Dingingdonging posted a video of their cat, Gilbert, playing the classic cup game. They hid a small bell under a cup, and then shifted it around with other cups. Gilbert was able to expertly locate the bell each time, tapping the cup he thought the bell was inside.

The game shows just how precise a cat’s hearing is. 

And redditors were pretty amazed by Gilbert’s patience.

Some tried to teach their pets the same game, but it didn’t work out very well.

Keep it up, Gilbert!

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Subway cat just wants to nap

This cat just wants to nap, even if it’s blocking a busy subway exit in Taksim, Instanbul.

The street cat seemed perfectly content relaxing in front of the escalator, despite multiple commuters almost tripping over it. 

In true cat fashion, the feline didn’t really care that it was getting in the way of others, as long as it was comfortable. 

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Professor Eric suggests in tweet that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the #DeepState

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The Deep State apparently now includes such malicious actors as James Comey and a daytime television talk show host who loves cats.

That’s according to top National Security Expert, Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s second oldest son. In a tweet Tuesday night, Eric implied that not only were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were part of this mysterious deep state, but so too was Ellen DeGeneres.

Professor Eric made the previously unexamined connection between the Deep State and Ellen based on his Twitter recommendations.

It’s unclear whether or not Eric was being entirely serious, though given his past “research” and public statements, its certainly within reach. In August 2016, Professor Eric told CBS This Morning that if his daughter were to ever be harassed in the workplace, he would hope she switched careers or found another company to work for — and not actually, you know, receive justice. 

Remember — though some may disagree, Eric Trump is widely held to be the smarter one.

At least we have Twitter to hold Eric accountable.

The Executive Producer of The Ellen Show released this public statement:

Maybe this is just Eric’s way of asking to be invited to the show? It’s possible he just really wants to dance to “Uptown Funk” with Ellen. Is that so much to ask?

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Dogs at a shelter were sorted into Hogwarts houses to stop breed discrimination

Humans aren’t the only ones that can turn into wizards. 

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando animal shelter is sorting dogs based on their personalities into Hogwarts Houses from the Harry Potter series in order to increase adoptions. 

Everyone, including dogs, deserve a magical destiny. 

“Pawgwarts” was inspired by the famous wizardry school Hogwarts, which, of course, sorted people into four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw.

However, the sorting event got a doggy makeover with houses like Gryggindogs (the brave ones), Hufflefluffs (the loyal ones), Ravenpaws (the smart ones) and Slobberins (the cunning ones). According to ABC News, the dogs are sorted based on their interactions with their toys and each other. 

It’s not surprising that the Florida shelter found out they host a lot of Hufflefluffs, which only makes sense. Let’s face it, all cats are Slytherins.

Once the dog is sorted, they are given their perspective color scarves and charts for potential adopters to view. The main takeaway of the sorting is to eliminate breed discrimination and look at dogs for who they truly are.

(And spoiler alert: All dogs are amazing.)

According to ABC News, the shelter has seen an increase in traffic and possibly sparked a bigger conversation about giving every dog, regardless of breed, a chance to have a family. 

The non-profit even created an online quiz for dog owners to sort their own pets into the Hogwarts houses.

Just imagine what Hogwarts house Lassie is in. Or Bo Obama. The Portuguese water dog is definitely a Gryffindor. 

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Accidental Facebook post about a toddler becomes an unexpected hit

Not Ramona, but we wish it were.
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UPDATE: Oct. 3, 2017, 12:55 p.m. UTC NPR published a story Tuesday stating that Ramona is, in fact, not a cat—she is a baby. But she does have a cat. 

Here’s hoping Ramona and her feline friend become NPR mainstays in the coming weeks.

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Original story:

Accidentally posting personal stuff onto a work page is every social media manager’s worst nightmare.

This time, after the last few days, it came as a moment of relief. On Monday, an NPR staffer’s accidental Facebook post went viral, amassing more than 20,000 reactions at the time of writing. It concerned none other than a cat named Ramona, presumably belonging to the author of the post.

“Ramona is given new toy: Smiles, examines for 20 seconds, discards,” reads the original post. “Ramona gets a hug: Acquiesces momentarily, squirms to be put down.”

Yes, even the mistake reads like something from NPR.

The post was edited shortly afterward with an apology for the error, indicating that it was intended for a personal account.

But it was too late, and people had caught wind of Ramona the cat. They wanted more.

People were also calling on NPR to ensure the poster in question wouldn’t be disciplined for their minor error.

After all, what’s more certain in life than mistakes and misbehaving cats?

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