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10 things that made us smile this week

If you need a little pick-me-up to round out your week, we've got you covered:

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Upworthy's weekly roundup of joy and delight from around the internet

Phew! So this week's internet has been dominated by The Slap Heard Round the World, which is unfortunate because there were some really lovely moments at this year's Oscars that got lost in the hubbub over it. Lady Gaga's and Liza Minnelli's sweet interaction, for example, is on our list of 10 things that made us smile this week. So is Troy Kotsur's acceptance speech after becoming the first deaf man to win an Academy Award for acting for his role in "CODA."

We've got some other gems lined up as well—a dog whose dream came true when his owner dressed up as his favorite toy, doting adult children sharing heartwarming messages they got from their parents, Paul Rudd successfully pranking Conan O'Brien on his podcast and a couple of pups whose adorableness is simply irresistible.


Oh, and otters. Always gotta have some otters.

If you need a little pick-me-up to round out your week, we've got you covered:

Troy Kotsur's acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor was a moment to remember.

From Youn Yuh-jung's sweet announcement to Troy Kotsur's wonderful acceptance speech to audience members honoring him with sign language applause, the whole clip is so full of beauty and joy. Read more about the Oscar wins for "CODA" here.

Her dad traveled a lot when she was young, but he managed to stay close in spirit.

It's not an easy thing to balance parenting and a career, especially if your job takes you away from your family a lot. These postcards are so precious. What a gift.

This dog owner dressed up as his dog's favorite toy.

@charliethegolden18

Dressed up as our dogs favorite duck toy. Full video on FB & YouTube. Link in bio. #dogsoftiktok #petsoftiktok #dogs #goldenretriever

Was Charlie beside himself or what? So hilarious.

Lady Gaga being there for Liza Minnelli was a masterclass in grace and class.

Lady Gaga has a soft spot for the elders of show business, and we can all learn from her example of how to interact with older people with respect and dignity. Read the full story here.

Elderly British gentleman has the most wholesome TikTok channel you'll ever see.

@brian..smith

Reply to @2_millimeter_defeater_ #generations #language #youth

It's like if David Attenborough and Mr. Rogers morphed and made a TikTok channel to bridge the generation gap. He's just delightful. See more of his videos here.

Ma'am, I think your dog is broken—but please don't fix anything.

Cutest walk ever.

This puppy is 100% sure his owner needs some emotional support at the gym.

Or maybe the pup needs emotional support. There's definitely emotional support happening here.

Dad's wisdom and love triumph, despite disease and disability.

Thanks, Dad. Exactly what we all need to hear.

Paul Rudd pulls off a prank on Conan O'Brien that been going for 18 years.

You need a little background for this one, but the gist is that since 2004, Paul Rudd has repeatedly gone on Conan O'Brien's show to talk about one of his projects, and when the time comes to show a clip from the show or film, Rudd shows this clip from the 1989 film "Mac and Me." Silly but hilarious. O'Brien had come to expect it on the show, but never saw it coming on his podcast.

Read the full story here.

Aaaaaand a bunch of otters eating popcorn, just cuz. (Sound up.) 

Hope that brought some light and joy to your day! Come back again next week for another roundup of the internet's best.

Kevin Bacon's farm songs have become a social media favorite.

When Beyoncé dropped two songs from her upcoming album of country tunes, Renaissance: Act II, she may not have expected to make history, but that's exactly what happened. Her first single from the album, "Texas Hold 'Em," shot to the No.1 spot on the Billboard country music charts, making her the first Black female artist to hit that top spot. The catchy tune also topped the Billboard Hot 100 the last week in February 2024, a week after it debuted at No. 2.

Presumbaly, Queen Bey didn't expect her song to become an Irish stepdance hit, though that's also exactly what happened. And surely she didn't expect it to be sung by Kevin Bacon to a bunch of farm animals, yet that also has happened.

Perhaps we should all have expected that, though. There's a precedent here, after all.

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This speech had all the things, and the Maid of Honor wasn't even there

May we all have a best friend like Ally Lothman.

Lothman had just given birth to her first child (according to Today.com) and was unable to make it to the wedding of her lifelong best friend Michelle Levenson. But Lothman’s Maid of Honor duties were still gloriously fulfilled.

A now-viral video, posted to TikTok by wedding photography and videography company Woodell Productions, shows that even though Lothman couldn’t celebrate in person, her FaceTimed wedding toast managed to bring everyone at the reception—along with everyone who watched online—to tears.
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Two brothers Irish stepdancing to Beyoncé's country hit 'Texas Hold 'Em' is pure delight

The Gardiner Brothers and Queen Bey proving that music can unite us all.

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The Gardiner Brothers stepping in time to Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em."

In early February 2024, Beyoncé rocked the music world by releasing a surprise new album of country tunes. The album, Renaissance: Act II, includes a song called "Texas Hold 'Em," which shot up the country charts—with a few bumps along the way—and landed Queen Bey at the No.1 spot.

As the first Black female artist to have a song hit No. 1 on Billboard's country music charts, Beyoncé once again proved her popularity, versatility and ability to break barriers without missing a beat. In one fell swoop, she got people who had zero interest in country music to give it a second look, forced country music fans to broaden their own ideas about what country music looks like and prompted conversations about bending and blending musical genres and styles.

And she inspired the Gardiner Brothers to add yet another element to the mix—Irish stepdance.

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People think everyone should experience these things 'at least once in their lifetime'

Things like seeing an eclipse and having a true best friend make life worth living.

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Here are some things everyone should experience once in their lifetime

If there’s one thing human beings all have in common, it’s our shared impermanence. No matter our race, gender, social class, wealth status, health regimen, moral code, political leaning, or any other divisive element, we all get one life. One life to hopefully fill with as many memorable, soul nourishing, expansive experiences as possible.

But let’s face it, there are more experiences available that there are days and hours in which to do them. Therefore, we have to use discernment. So, which experiences are truly must-haves in our all-too-limited time on this planet?

The answers to this question are undoubtedly personal, but perhaps some things, just like the inevitable exit of mortal coil, are universal.

According to a recent discussion on Ask Reddit, here are things one must absolutely “experience at least once in their lifetime”:
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Helicopter's thermal imaging helps save a young autistic girl lost in a Florida swamp

“I just love how the deputy greeted her. What a beautiful ending. You guys are the best!”

A deputy locates a missing girl in a Florida swamp.

A 5-year-old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) wandered off into a swamp near Tampa, Florida, around 5:00 pm on Monday, February 26. The good news is that the girl was saved in about an hour thanks to the work of some brave sheriff’s officers and their incredible thermal technology.

The girl wandered from her home and was quickly reported missing by her family to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff quickly dispatched its aviation unit that used thermal imaging technology to scan the nearby swamplands to try to find the young girl before nightfall.

Thermal imaging technology captures images based on the heat emitted by objects, allowing us to see temperature differences even in the dark, making it super handy for night vision and heat detection. The thermal technology helped the officers quickly identify the girl from high above the trees.

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10 things kids get in trouble for that adults get away with all the time

Why do we expect children to have more self-control than grown-ups?

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Kids know when we're being hypocritical.

Raising kids is tough and no parent does it perfectly. Each child is different, each has their own personalities, strengths and challenges, and each of them requires something different from their parents in order to flourish.

But there's one thing that parents have long said, with their actions if not with their words, that justifiably drives kids bonkers: "Do as I say, not as I do."

To be fair, both moral and actual law dictate that there are things that adults can do that kids can't. Children can't drive or consume alcohol, for example, so it's not hypocritical for adults to do those things while telling kids they cannot. There are other things—movies, TV shows, books, etc.—that parents have to decide whether their kids are ready for or not based on their age and developmental stage, and that's also to be expected.

But there are some gaps between what adults do and what they expect kids to do that aren't so easy to reconcile.

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