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Different people get lucky in different ways. The people we’re going to tell you about today were lucky enough have relatives who always helped, supported, and improved their mood in any situation.

Bright Side wants to give you the chance to read some warm family stories that were shared by people online.

  • There’s a family I know — they’re fairly quiet people, but not always. Their child had a problem at school: he was bullied but the school psychologist didn’t care and neither did the teachers. They went to school to talk to the principal and politely told her that there was a problem that they could only solve together. The principal denied the bullying and said, “The children are just playing.” Then, the father calmly took her bag, threw the contents out on the floor and kicked the bag so hard that it flew onto the table. The principal was in a state of shock and the father told her he was playing with her just like the kids did with his son. The bullying problem was solved.
  • My grandfather has always been a person who admired every little thing I did as a child. I mean, everyone had a positive attitude about what I did and praised me but my grandfather’s delight was so real…he admired every little thing I drew. It has been 20 years since then and thanks to him I still love art and make paintings and other things. And I do all of it while picturing his happy face.
  • At my home, my mother, father, 3 cats, and I all live together. I came back from college and was having a rough day. I grabbed my cat and sat down on the couch moaning, “I can’t do this anymore.” Sometime later, my mother came in saying exactly the same thing while grabbing the second cat. 30 minutes later, my father came in, grabbed the third cat and said, “I can’t do this anymore.” This is what it means to understand each other in your family.
  • My 13-year-old son was bullied by his classmates. The boy is very bright and kind and he didn’t even try to fight back. My wife and I didn’t know what to do about it: our son prohibited us to intervene. And a week ago, he came back from school looking happy and said, “The boys apologized today. They said they wouldn’t bully me anymore and they asked my sister to never touch them again.” It turned out that my daughter beat their leader and pierced his football with a kitchen knife. By the way, my daughter is 7 years old. I’m now too scared to punish her.
  • We have a very big family but nobody likes to cook. We decided to make our sister learn how. She did but lived for only 6 months with us before getting married. But we didn’t give up. Every Sunday, we visit her for lunch. All of us. 14 people. Her husband is very happy. We think.
  • I have a problem with weight — an eating disorder. And I don’t like to talk about it. I totally hate being asked about it. My relatives, on the contrary, love discussing this topic. So my sister and I came to a family gathering. I was pretty smooth in the beginning and then the questions started: “Why do you weigh so little,” and “Are you ever going to start to eat?” If you think there’s nothing terrible about these words, you’re wrong. I was about to start crying. I just wanted to stand up and run away. And then my sister said, “She doesn’t eat enough? Just look at this cow…” And then she changed the subject quickly so nobody even realized it. This is what I call understanding.
  • My father went to a hotel out of town for something work-related. While he was working, he went outside and saw squirrels in the park.
    He talked to the guard:
    “Can I come here a week later? I just want to show the squirrels to my daughter.”
    “Of course, you can come when you want. How old is your daughter?”
    “She is 22.”
    It’s nice to know that even though I live in a different town, am married and have 2 jobs, I’m still his little daughter he wants to show squirrels to.
  • Before I was 12, my father and I had arguments often. He was explosive and stubborn. So I often went to bed after that and it was always difficult to fall asleep. But when my father came to the bedroom at night, I pretended to be asleep and he picked me up together with my blanket, sat down in the other room, rocked me, stroked my hair, apologized, and told me he loved me. He held me for 30 minutes and then brought me back to bed. I never opened my eyes. And this is my secret. I forgave my father for everything!
  • I’m the first to the bathroom and she starts running. I pull her arm, trying to go first, get into the bathroom, and she tries to push me out. I jump in the shower in my jeans and sweater. She turns on the water and it pours all over me. I run back into the hall. Closing the door, she happily says, “I always win.” Daughter, 21. Mother, 47, who won again.
  • My sister was 23 years old, we already lived separately. My mom and I were coming from the store on a bus when my sister called me crying. I start yelling, “What happened? Calm down and tell me. I’ll be there quick!” The passengers were scared and looked at me. A few minutes later, she was able to say, “The fish are dead…” I yell, “Wow. I’ll be there!” And I was thinking to myself, “Her fish died and my heart almost stopped.”
  • My brother was watching a cartoon on TV in the evening. I wanted to tell him to brush his teeth but I ended up watching the cartoon with him. My mom tells us it’s time to go to bed. We mumble, “Yeah, yeah,” and we continue watching. 15 minutes later, Mom sends in Dad. We ask him to watch until the commercial starts. 30 minutes later, Mom comes in and sees this: the 3 of us lying down, watching a cartoon. Dad let us finish. My brother is 10, I’m 23, and our dad is 47.
  • Our mother is very intelligent. Everyone admires my sister and me: we speak foreign languages and we’re good housewives. But nobody had any idea that our modest, elegant mother once taught my sister and me to drink wine, steal light bulbs, play cards, lie (we lied on the phone when she asked us to), climb trees, and so on.
  • When my breasts started to develop, my mother took me to a lingerie store and helped me choose the right bra. When I wanted to start wearing makeup, I bought a small makeup kit and asked my friend to explain the basics to me. When I wanted to shave my legs, she explained to me how to avoid getting cut. When everyone in my class at school started drinking, my parents told me that they would understand if I showed up at home a little tipsy. They told me how much was too much and made me promise to have my father’s phone on speed dial just in case.
  • I was 20 years old when I came home from college. I really wanted some melon but my father told me it was too early in July and I had to wait 2 weeks till August. 2 weeks later, I forgot about it completely, went over to my friend’s place and stayed there till very late. My mom calls me and says, “Come home quickly, your dad won’t let anyone touch the melon until you come home.”

Which of these stories did you like the most? Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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Internet Users Shared Their Head-Scratching Findings That Are More Like Riddles Until You Realize What They Actually Are

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You can find nearly anything on the internet. And people who bump into something unusual turn to it to find answers. On Reddit, there’s a topic where users easily solve challenging riddles. They know everything about mysterious marine creatures, extraordinary tools, and exotic musical instruments.

Bright Side likes to learn more and more about this world, and internet users are ready to share their knowledge with us. Enjoy!

18. “Found these unusual scissors. They’re uncomfortable to hold, in either hand, 2 or 4 fingers.”

These are children’s training scissors for preschoolers. The extra holes are needed to let a grown-up co-scissor and help the child.

17. “What is the purpose of these mirrors? I came across them in Trosa, Sweden.”

In Sweden, these mirrors are called “Skvallerspegel” which can be translated to “gossip mirror.” In the Netherlands, they’re called Spionnetje, or “small spy.” These mirrors allow you to see what’s going on in the street from the comfort of your couch. They can be also found in Norway and Finland.

16. In Spain, why are there water bottles outside all the driveways and entrances?

Citizens use this approach to fight cats’ and dogs’ urges to mark their territory. Maybe animals don’t want to pee where they can drink water or the bottles serve as obstacles that confuse them.

15. “I found this in an old church.”

This is used to fill multiple communion cups with wine at the same time. The way this tool works is depicted in this picture created with the help of Photoshop.

14. “My girlfriend found this shell on the beach.”

13. “What is this tube full of balls in the wall?”

This is a tool that helps to detect termites at home. Its indicator lets you know if there are termites in your house.

12. An unusual tree

It’s the Agave Americana in blossom.

11. “What is this animal? This image was caught on a trail camera.”

This is a fisher, it’s a member of the mustelid family. Sometimes it’s also called “pekan.” Despite its name, the animal doesn’t always eat fish.

10. “I saw this in a shop near Manchester.”

It’s a tool that helps you get your boots on and off. The way it works is shown here. Inside the tool there are hooks that help you put your boots on.

9. “20 years of research and the internet is my last hope!”

These are the teeth of a Black Drum fish, they’re also called corbs.

8. “Found this at an antique festival near Atlanta. It’s 17” by 5.5″.”

It’s for rolling newspapers into a “log” for the fireplace.

7. I found some kind of jellyfish on the beach.

The Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) is a marine hydrozoan (invertebrate.) A big transparent bladder is filled with gas, which lets it float on the water’s surface. Its tentacles have stinging cells and the poison is dangerous for human beings.

6. “My friend found this thing in the water.”

This is an Orisha figure used in Santeria. One hand holds a snake, the other hand holds a mask. These figures are kept in water 100% of the time in accordance with the rules of the religion.

5. “Something’s falling out of the sky.”

No, it’s not a UFO. It could be a condensation trail produced by an aircraft. Contrails are composed primarily of water, in the form of ice crystals.

4. “Found this in my grandfather’s basement.”

This is called an ocarina, and it’s an ancient musical wind instrument. It’s used all over the world: in China, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In Europe, this instrument is more like a toy for kids.

3. “Found this figurine in the forest near my house.”

It’s a broken part of a candle holder. Though some people use it as an ashtray.

2. “I found this on the Caribbean side of Eleuthera in the Bahamas at low tide.”

It’s a sponge. They don’t have nervous, digestive, or circulatory systems. They consume oxygen, filtering water through their bodies.

1. “What is this fish for?”

Iron deficiency is a serious problem in developing countries. These fish help people get enough iron if they boil these figurines in water.

Have you ever found anything unusual?

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14 Ads From Marketing Gurus Who Are at the Top of Their Game

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It’s great that commercials are no longer something unbearable or something that distracts you from watching your favorite movie. Modern marketers sometimes create such amazing masterpieces that they captivate your attention and you forget that this is just something that is supposed to sell you a product.

You probably already know that the Bright Side team loves advertisements that are made by talented people. So we would like to highlight these commercials that we think you might love.

1. The IKEA designers recreated the designs of the living rooms from The Simpsons, Friends, and Stranger Things

2. Adidas inspires you to climb all the mountains.

3. BMW: More power, less consumption.

4. The National Geographic Wild channel shows predators and their prey.

5. McDonald’s is sure that children love Happy Meals because they can be eaten with their hands.

6. This is LG’s way of telling you that delicate and non-delicate fabrics can be washed together.

7. Rota Uniprag pest control will make all the bad insects leave your house.

8. This bookstore knows that some books trap you from the very first pages.

9. Burger King, for those who love grill

10. Stabilo: highlighting the most important things

11. There is no way you can miss this STIHL blower magazine ad.

12. Nivea’s way of letting you know they can help you get rid of cellulite

13. Wilkinson Sword shows us how individuality is created.

14. PlayStation is the best way to train your fingers.

Which of these commercials do you think deserves a round of applause? And we would also like to know if you have ever bought things because of good commercials or do you always try to shut down your emotions while shopping?

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Big Little Lies season 2, episode 2: “Tell-Tale Hearts” recap

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If Big Little Lies second-season premiere was the calm before a storm of consequences, then the second episode, “Tell-Tale Hearts,” is a whole new maelstrom of melodrama.

This episode sees our five scheming socialites falling deeper into the web of secrets and lies that have surrounded them, as family tensions, spousal betrayals, and devastating reveals about sexual assault and domestic violence all churn to the surface. It probably shouldn’t be as fun to watch as it is, but Big Little Lies has always been pretty gleeful about its sordid affairs.

Strap in, because a lot happens in this episode.

Celeste and Bonnie are both trapped in isolating guilt spirals

“Tell-Tale Hearts” gives everyone a squalid tale to tell, and the result is that their stories spill forth almost immediately. This is partly because, as the bard once said, “Children will listen,” and all the kids of Big Little Lies have not only been listening to their parents, but also talking among themselves. The repercussions are significant, and I’m excited to watch how the sons and daughters of the group, who are now dubbed “the Monterey Five,” deal with the sins of their parents.

Celeste (Nicole Kidman) is still so plagued with guilt and tortured memories of her late husband, Perry, that she’s having trouble sleeping. But while on Ambien, she sleep-drives and crashes her car in the middle of nowhere, leaving her searching for a way to explain her behavior to Perry’s already suspicious and ever-watchful mother, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep).

While giving Celeste a lift home, Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) spots Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) walking aimlessly along the deserted highway. Bonnie’s own spiraling guilt over Perry’s death at the end of season one has left her increasingly listless and disconnected from her friends and family. While Bonnie resists Madeline’s concerned scrutiny, Celeste seems to know exactly how Bonnie feels. “That woman’s not well,” Madeline tells Celeste, ignoring the obviously unwell woman right next to her.

In another parallel with her kindred spirit Celeste, Bonnie’s emotional detachment has caused her husband, Madeline’s ex Nathan, to call in Bonnie’s mom, Elizabeth ( Crystal Fox), to come stay with them, without telling Bonnie in advance. Her mother’s arrival — and her practice of witchcraft, which leads her to do things like sneak around at night, leaving animal bones in Bonnie’s room — only escalate Bonnie’s unease and exacerbate the tensions between Bonnie and Nathan. But Elizabeth does identify the basic thing that’s wrong with her daughter, the thing no one else seems willing to say outright: She saw Perry Wright die (at the end of season one), and she’s traumatized.

Bonnie’s mom seems to be the only person willing to fully and openly discuss what’s going on under their noses. That is, apart from the kids. And when the kids start talking, the dominoes start to fall.

The spilling of one closely-held secret causes a cascade of new problems

When she’s back home, Celeste dodges Mary Louise’s questions, only to have to break up an increasingly familiar bout of violence erupting between her sons, twins Josh and Max. This time, Max hits and swears at Celeste, who reacts by pushing him away and accidentally knocking him to the ground, screaming that she won’t let Max become like his late dad. Tick another box in the obvious mental checklist — “Signs your daughter-in-law killed your son” — that Mary Louise is keeping. (Oh, and she’s making plans to rent an apartment nearby, so that she can continue to keep an eye on Celeste.)

Dire as this situation seems, it’s just the beginning of new troubles for Celeste. Josh and Max have been picking up gossip from Madeline’s younger daughter, Chloe. Thanks to Madeline’s glib discussion of her friend circle and its fraught dynamics, Chloe’s sussed out that the twins’ late dad, Perry, is also the father of another boy at their school — Ziggy, the daughter of the fourth member of the Monterey Five, Jane (Shailene Woodley). Now she’s shared the big secret with the twins and Ziggy, unbeknownst to their parents. Josh and Max have, in turn, told their grandmother about their other brother.

The repercussions of this revelation are immediately sobering. Mary Louise is understandably confused about why Celeste didn’t tell her that she has another grandchild. This means that Celeste has to tell her the truth — that Ziggy is a product of a sexual assault. Jane is also thoroughly shaken by the news that Chloe, Josh, and Max are all privy to the secret of her son’s paternity — one she had wanted to tell Ziggy herself first. She makes the difficult choice to be honest with him about how he was conceived.

Meanwhile, Madeline, in the middle of trying to scold Chloe for spreading private secrets among her classmates, runs into trouble with her own husband, Ed (Adam Scott), who’s weirdly shocked and angry that Madeline didn’t tell him about her friends’ big secret. (Ed is presumably meant to seem hurt by his wife shutting him out of her life, but he mostly just ends up looking like a giant gossip, because, as Madeline points out, he’s asking her to fill him in on her friend’s sexual assault. Not cool, Ed!) This uncomfortable moment of conflict between Madeline and Ed is rapidly overshadowed by a revelation from the elder of Madeline’s daughters: While high school senior Abigail continues her ongoing argument with her mom about why she doesn’t want to go to college, she lets slip that Madeline had a short-lived affair last year with the local theatre director … and Ed overhears her. After processing this second, more legitimate bombshell, he tells Madeline their relationship is over.

And the hits just keep coming: When Celeste tries to talk to Mary Louise about Perry’s sexual assault of Jane, Mary Louise flatly rejects the idea that her son could be capable of committing rape and labels Jane a liar. She also implies that Celeste is disloyal for believing Jane, and then goes even further by disbelieving Celeste herself when Celeste tells her that Perry has a history of domestic violence. Insisting on branding Jane’s rape an “affair,” she coaxes the confession out of Celeste that she only learned of the assault the night of Perry’s death.

This is clearly a smoking gun to Mary Louise in terms of motive. Armed with all this new circumstantial evidence and an incendiary timeline, she tells Celeste she’s going to the police to report all the secrets that Celeste has been keeping: the existence of Perry’s other son, their combative history, and Celeste’s secret plans to leave him once and for all — arrangements Celeste was making last season on the eve of Perry’s death.

This episode asks whether the family that shares its secrets can survive them

The spilling of all these secrets all tie into the episode’s overarching theme — the concept of family and what the hell that even means, anyway. “Tell-Tale Hearts” suggests that there’s ultimately not much difference between a dysfunctional family that shares its secrets and a dysfunctional family that doesn’t. In an early scene, Celeste tries to tell her sons that they can talk to her about their dad, only to have them accurately inform her that she’d rather avoid the whole subject. “I shouldn’t do that,” she admits. “Families should be open with one another.”

“I don’t think we’re that kind of family,” her son Max replies shrewdly.

He’s echoed later on by Ed, who coldly challenges Madeline’s idea that there is an “us” during their breakup. “What does that even mean?” he asks. “It can’t mean honesty, truth, or trust.”

But if this episode makes a pretty strong case that the only way to keep your household happy is to never open your mouth, it also reminds us that, even then, the truth will come out. Which brings us to the fifth and final member of the Monterey Five. Just as she’s on the cusp of national prominence, Renata (Laura Dern) finds out that her useless husband has been committing fraud — when the feds show up to arrest him. Not only that, but he’s been squandering her fortune as well as his.

Renata reacts to his confession by flying into a hilarious rage and yelling, “I will not not be rich!” This is highly relatable, and also amazing — but she still winds up bailing him out and giving him a lift home from jail, which, let’s face it, is pretty much as great a show of loyalty as this show can deliver.

So far this season, Renata has mostly popped into the unfolding drama of her friends’ lives to be busy and important, which is typical Renata. I’m intrigued to see how the show will weave her storyline back into the larger narrative, but even if it doesn’t, and Laura Dern’s job this season is to drop in and have empowered tantrums every now and then, Big Little Lies will be five-star viewing. The crime melodrama is one thing, but if you can’t have a self-aware sophisticate screaming about her right to a slice of the patriarchy, what’s the point?

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