31 Days of Happiness Countdown: where to find some real fantastic beasts. (Day 15)

Hello and welcome to Day 15 of Upworthy's 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we're sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It's been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow for another installment!

Finding a Strange Animals post in my Twitter feed is like finding a toasted marshmallow Jelly Belly in a sea of juicy pear.


Because ... listen, there's a lot of crap in the world right now and things can seem really bad. Really bleak.

When I was a kid and I felt this way, I'd often retreat into fantasy stories. I'd read about Harry and Buckbeak the hippogriff, or Sam Vimes and the swamp dragons, or Dinotopia's dinosaurs. I still do that, leaning into fantasy worlds when the real world's just a little too much.

But when you get to see real fantastic beasts, well, that's kind of like someone taking you aside and saying, "Hey, I know things are tough right now. But don't forget, there's still amazing things out there."

I mean just check out some of these critters.

Strange Animals puts a little fantasy back in your day and you can't help but love it for that.

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One little girl took pictures of her school lunches. The Internet responded — and so did the school.

If you listened to traditional news media (and sometimes social media), you'd begin to think the Internet and technology are bad for kids. Or kids are bad for technology. Here's a fascinating alternative idea.

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This article originally appeared on 03.31.15

Kids can innovate, create, and imagine in ways that are fresh and inspiring — when we "allow" them to do so, anyway. Despite the tendency for parents to freak out because their kids are spending more and more time with technology in schools, and the tendency for schools themselves to set extremely restrictive limits on the usage of such technology, there's a solid argument for letting them be free to imagine and then make it happen.

It's not a stretch to say the kids in this video are on the cutting edge. Some of the results he talks about in the video at the bottom are quite impressive.

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