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Actor Idris Elba doesn't have a date for Valentine's Day.

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner.

And to every man, woman, and child on Earth, this should be a travesty.


If Elba isn't a catch, nobody is a catch.

His resume is stacked with interesting, important, boundary-pushing work, like when he shined in HBO's "The Wire," brought tears to eyes in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," or snagged a Golden Globe for his role in the BBC's "Luther."

He's also a writer, musician, possible future James Bond, and just generally really cool dude who's stood up for diversity in the entertainment industry on more than one occasion. (Plus, let's get real — he's not exactly hard on the eyes either.)

He is the catchiest of catches.

This is why Elba needs a valentine this year. And the best part is, that person could be you.

No, this is not a drill.

Let him explain:

Be Idris Elba's Valentine

This year, I want YOU to be my Valentine. We’ll have a romantic candle-lit meal, maybe some champagne, and see where the meal takes us. It’s for a good cause, so will you be mine? If yes, GO: http://bit.ly/BeMine-Valentine

Posted by Idris Elba on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

If you enter and win Elba's new Omaze campaign, you (and a friend) will get flown out to have a delicious dinner with Elba and stay in a four-star hotel.

"That’s right, love," Elba says in the video. "Just you and me. No one else around. Just us."

Elba isn't the only catch involved, by the way — the contest has one too. It's one, however, that'll make your romantic dinner even more worth it.

Every entry to the contest requires a donation toward W.E. Can Lead, an organization helping connect girls in Sierra Leone with educational and leadership opportunities.

The nonprofit has Girls Empowerment Clubs, for instance, that teach young women anything from financial literacy to positive self-esteem practices. W.E. Can Lead's Young Leaders Development Program focuses on making girls' professional goals a reality, connecting them with higher education opportunities or assisting them in starting their own business.  

"I grew up with a sense that anything and everything is possible!" says the group's founder, Isha Sesay. "Quite simply, I believed I could lead. I want to foster that same confidence in other young girls."

Sesay speaks at an event in New York City in 2014. Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The African-American Institute.

These programs can make a world of difference in Sierra Leone, a country with deep-rooted gender inequities where women generally lack access to decision-making power and control over resources, according to USAID.

To call this contest a win-win may just be the understatement of the year.

Even if you (tragically) fail to win Elba for a romantic dinner, your donation will help create a better world for girls and women in one of the countries where it's needed most.

That definitely beats spending your money on a box of chocolates, right?

GIF via Idris Elba/Facebook.

To learn more about the contest and enter to win, visit the campaign on Omaze.

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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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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