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Here's Harry Shum Jr. — dancer, actor, and singer.


Harry smiles at his pops. All images from Welcome US.


Recognize him? Of course you do. That's 'cause he had a minor role in "Step Up 3D," the third installment in the epic "Step Up" trilogy we all know and love.

... No? Not that? OK fine. He also had a much bigger regular role on the ever-so-popular show "Glee." He was Mike Chang, the hands-down, no-questions-asked best male dancer in the entire series (in, like, everyone's opinion).

If Harry said, "I was born in a country [that] starts with a 'C'," what would you guess?

Where d'ya think this wee little Harry was born?

If you guessed Costa Rica, *ding ding ding!* you're RIGHT!

Let's back up and take a look at Harry's story, which his parents explain in this awesome short video made by Welcome US and directed by Paola Mendoza.


See, Harry's parents were born in different parts of China.

Then they moved from China to Costa Rica, where their three kids were born.

Then when Harry (the youngest sibling) was 6, the family moved to California.

Harry grew up with awesome influences from three different cultures: Chinese, Costa Rican, and American.

How cool is that!?

He talks about trying to learn English and Cantonese at the same time as a kid, after having learned Spanish as a first language. Um, wow.

Harry with his sisters.

Harry explains that he feels mostly Asian-American because he was so young when the family moved away from Costa Rica. But he's learned a lot of things about Latin culture from his older sisters.

As a kid, he was always really into performing. But he says, "it took [being] here in America" to know that he could "actually go and perform around these people that are incredibly talented."

Harry's love of performing grew over the years until it became his career — eventually leading to his most famous role on "Glee."

People come from all over the place, and everyone has a different story.

(Sorry, not sorry, for the cheesefest — it's true.)

Harry's not just American. He's also not just Costa Rican. Aaanndd — you guessed it — he's not just Chinese. He's a little bit of everything. And it's that little bit of everything that's led him down the path to where he is today.

And, if ya ask me, that's pretty darn great.

Harry performs a choreographed dance to a voice-over about being shy as a kid. See the dance here.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

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.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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There are certain pleasurable sights, smells, sounds and tastes that fade into the rear-view mirror as we grow from being children to adults. But on a rare occasion, we’ll come across them again and it's like a portion of our brain that’s been hidden for years expresses itself, creating a huge jolt of joy.

It’s wonderful to experience this type of nostalgia but it often leaves a bittersweet feeling because we know there are countless more sensations that may never come into our consciousness again.

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A Reddit user by the name of agentMICHAELscarnTLM posed a question to the online forum that dredged up countless memories and experiences that many had long forgotten. He asked a simple question, “What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?”

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