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Here in the USA, most of us spent 4th of July weekend in a blissful, prolonged, delirious meat coma.

Must. Not. Stop. Or. Freedom. Dies. Photo by CxOxS/Wikimedia Commons.


But last month, across the pond in Ireland, one teary little girl threw down and schooled her mother's partner on why she doesn't want to eat animals anymore.

Fortunately, he caught it all on tape. And the Internet's collective heart exploded.


"I just don't want them to be chopped up ... If this is how we keep chopping them up there will be no more animals."

... Um, brb. Got something in my eye. It's, uh, really dusty in here.

The question of whether or not to eat meat has bedeviled humanity for centuries.

On the one hand, meat is delicious.

Photo by Jon Sullivan/Public-domain-image.com.

On the other hand, animals are adorable.

Photo by Giang Ho Thj Hoang/Flickr.

Not to mention animals are living, breathing, fellow travelers on this Earth and all that jazz.

For the great majority of us who struggle, the question remains:

What's a person who doesn't want sentient creatures to suffer but still loves BLTs to do?

One possible solution is to eat less meat. Not only would the various cows, pigs, and chickens that would potentially be that meat appreciate it, but cutting down on animal protein has been shown to have some pretty major health benefits, as well as massive environmental benefits.

Another is to support more humane farming practices when you decide to buy meat or meat products. Animals raised to be meat are generally treated quite poorly. Thankfully, many major restaurants and supermarket chains are moving toward more ethically sourced meat thanks to increased consumer demand. If it keeps paying off for 'em in the pocketbook, they'll undoubtedly keep at it.

This way, we can all feel at least a little more OK about enjoying turkeys in their natural, not-chopped-up state.

Photo by Steve Voght/Flickr.

Because that little girl is 100% right.

GIF via JonasSunshine/YouTube.

And if we eat meat or not, we can all do better by them.

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Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.