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Meet Jenny, a horse that has been enjoying daily walks through town for 14 years—all by herself.

If you met a horse with no owner wandering through a city, you'd probably assume it was lost. But not if you met Jenny.

Raphael Wöllstein was walking his baby in a stroller on his way to the train, when a white Arabian mare wandered over to say hello. It was nothing new, however. Jenny the horse has been taking daily walks through the Fechenheim district of Frankfurt, Germany for the past 14 years. Visitors are often surprised to see her, but locals simply greet her as she passes.

Jenny's owner, 79-year-old Werner Weischedel, opens the stable doors for the 22-year-old mare every morning. He used to take her on walks through town, but is no longer able to. So now Jenny walks herself.


Jenny wears a note that tells people she's not a runaway—she's just out for a walk.

Jenny's halter has a plastic sleeve attached that holds a handwritten note: “I’m called Jenny, not a runaway, just taking a walk. Thanks.”

The note keeps Frankfurt police from having had to field concerned phone calls from people who aren't used to seeing a horse wandering the streets by herself. Indeed, most of us would be worried she had gotten lost or run away, but Jenny has proven over the years to be perfectly happy and safe in her daily sojourns through town.

Weischedel told FNP that he and his wife's German shepherd, Evita, sometimes joins Jenny on her walks. Police say they've never had an incident with her in 14 years.

People are loving learning about Jenny and her place in the community.

Facebook user Keith Anderson shared Jenny's story on Facebook, and in less than two days, the post has been shared more than 250,000 times.

Every morning in Frankfurt, Germany, you might catch a glimpse of Jenny, a horse who goes on a long walk every morning,...

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"Be still my heart! Oh how I love this story! Thank The townspeople for their love of this amazing wonderful horse," wrote one commenter.

Another wrote, "I love this! I love Jenny! I love her beautiful owner! I love the darling sign he gave her, and I love the entire community’s responses to her! This just warms everyone’s and my heart up!"

People love the fact that Jenny is allowed to wander at will and that the townspeople understand that this is a thing. While no one would recommend letting horses wander around towns as a rule, Jenny's unique relationship to her community is touching people's hearts and making people's day.

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.

Democracy

Appalachian mom's speech on Kentucky's proposed abortion ban is a must-hear for everyone

Danielle Kirk is speaking up for those often overlooked in our cultural debates.

Canva, courtesy of Danielle Kirk

Appalachian mom gives passionate speech.

Many people felt a gut punch when the Supreme Court issued its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the decades-old Roe v. Wade decision that protected a woman's right to an abortion. However, for some this was a call to action.

Danielle Kirk, 27, a mom of two and an activist on TikTok, used her voice in an attempt to educate the people that make decisions in her small town. Kirk lives in Kentucky where a trigger law came into effect immediately after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Being a former foster child, she knew she had to say something. Kirk spoke exclusively with Upworthy about why she decided to speak up.

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Memories of childhood get lodged in the brain, emerging when you least expect.

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.

Nostalgia is fleeting and that's a good thing because it’s best not to live in the past. But it does remind us that the wonderful feeling of freedom, creativity and fun from our childhood can still be experienced as we age.

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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