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Usually, monster trucks do this...

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And when they're not doing ... whatever that is ... they're presumably sleeping. In monster garages. Or getting their monster oil checked by monster mechanics.

Celebrity monster trucks like "Grave Digger," "Spiderman," and "Higher Education," (which is a monster school bus) can be seen at events like Monster Jam, which is attended by millions of people every year. They jump around, flip over, roll on top of cars, and engage in other high-octane stunts for the cheering masses, all based on their ability to crunch windows, mash steel, and otherwise DESTROYYYYY (cue Mötorhead or something).

The point is, monster trucks are not usually saving people's lives. That is, until two days ago.

Southeast Texas has been dealing with historic and deadly flooding this week. So far, at least seven people have died and over 1,000 homes have been destroyed by water damage.

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According to USA Today, all of the tragic deaths occurred after people drove their cars into flooded roads.

Which puts the people of Texas in an incredibly tough position. In many cases, their homes are surrounded by water, but they can't safely flee without risking their lives.

Luckily, Cole Geeo from Parker County, Texas, had an unexpectedly perfect rescue vehicle.

One of these bad boys:

Photo by Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images.

Well, sort of. His looks more like this:

F*** yeah. Photo via Nomdesoul/YouTube.

That's right, Geeo broke out his monster truck (or rather, his pick-up truck with raised tires and springs) and drove it straight through the flood...


All GIFs via Adella James/YouTube.

...to rescue Debora Wright, a neighbor who had been stranded on the roof of her home in Millsap.


"That's a redneck rescue I do believe," said Dina Gray, a co-worker of Wright's, who called for help when she found out her friend was stranded.

"It’s just been an adventurous day," Wright said when she finally reached dry land.

As any classic adventure story concludes, the day was saved and our hero Geeo and his monster truck rode off into the sunset.

It's pretty awesome that a monster truck ended up being the perfect tool in this situation.

But not as amazing as the fact that Cole Geeo was ready, willing, and able to help his neighbor when she needed it.

"That’s just how [people in Millsap are]," said Gray. "We just look out for one another ... If this didn’t work, we were going to get a boat."

Watch the video of the whole rescue below:

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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Marlon Brando on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1973.

Marlon Brando made one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks in 1972 after playing the iconic role of Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The venerable actor's career had been on a decline for years after a series of flops and increasingly unruly behavior on set.

Brando was a shoo-in for Best Actor at the 1973 Academy Awards, so the actor decided to use the opportunity to make an important point about Native American representation in Hollywood.

Instead of attending the ceremony, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, a Yaqui and Apache actress and activist, dressed in traditional clothing, to talk about the injustices faced by Native Americans.

She explained that Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this generous award, the reasons for this being … the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee."

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