A World War II veteran will be given a delayed honor, going on a trip to Washington D.C. with his son, who also served in Vietnam. Bill B. Boyd and son Billy C. Boyd will be taken to sites such as American History Museum and the World War II and Vietnam Memorials.
The father, who is now 90 years old, served in the Merchant Marines in 1945 for over a year, while his son Billy, 69, served for six years during the Vietnam War.
“What we cannot put on paper is the more meaningful really emotional connections that are made on these trips,” Honor Flight Houston chair Ashley French said.
“The guys have the ability to kind of open up and share stories with others that shared the same generation. They understand what life has been like so they have camaraderie there.”
It is a tragedy that many veterans who served in previous wars fail to receive recognition for their contribution and service to their country. “We want to make sure they’re seen,” French said. “We do see them as wonderful human beings honored for their service. They’re not forgotten.”
It was only after a federal judge decided in 1987 that mariners deserved veteran status. This means that, although this wing of the US military are entitled to such status, many don’t realize that.
Billy’s daughter Barbara Kettler hopes that his story will help others also get their credit where it’s due. “The part that is so touching to me is that Daddy did not receive veteran status until 67 years after World War II because he was in the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marines.”
According to father Bill, he joined the Merchant Marines “because I was young and didn’t know better and wanted to see the world.” “I’m glad I’m going to meet other veterans from around here,” son Billy said. “It’s good to go to Washington, D.C. It’s an opportunity I’ll never get again.”
45 People Whose Attempts at Life Backfired in an Amusing Way
The internet has expanded into a candid digital space where anyone, no matter how weird one’s taste is, can convey oneself in any way one wants. Here are some examples of people whose attempts at life backfired in the most hilarious way.
Replacement Went Wrong
The only time we saw the “say thank you instead of sorry” thing was in one of these “how to act like a leader” guides. Generally, it’s a mentality where rather than giving others power over you, you instead word things in a way that puts you in a power position.
Patton Oswalt Looks Like an Unsuccessful Comedian
The man has a point. This guy might not be everyone’s style of comedy but considering that he’s holding an Emmy, he’s obviously someone’s cup of tea. We think he’s pretty funny. He once donated $5,000 to a dude that trolled him on Twitter after he saw that he needed help with medical bills.
What a legend! His standup about the loss of his wife and having to explain it to his daughter is quite moving and has helped us in life.
Filing a Complaint About a Kid Selling Hotdogs
We have no doubt that it was some jealous ‘Karen’ character. A kid selling food to pay for his school uniform isn’t harming anybody. We’re not exactly sure why there’s constantly someone out there to steal the happiness of others.
To knock down children with a powerful sense of entrepreneurial work ethic is just sad. The response, however, was superb! Oh! How we wish to try one of those hot dogs right about now.
Just to Clear the Mess
We all make mistakes, don’t we? He just couldn’t make it to the commode in time but shows he’s happy to make an effort. At the very least he knew the concept of the bathroom and toilet paper! Don’t forget to give him some extra treats!
My dog would’ve been like, “Yeah, I made a boo-boo. What are you going to do about it?” We hope our dogs take lessons from him.
Master of Disguise
This next post is hilariously cringy. What are the chances some girl comes to your place of work, orders a drink, and hands over an ID that you lost two years ago? We can imagine that Twitter user @kleo_patraa here was pretty shocked.
We can’t help but wonder what she did after she was handed her own identification card. Did she laugh and proceed to serve the gal? Did she laugh and kick her out? We have so many questions…
Trying to Show Off
Oh look, you found a loophole and used it as a tool to school the fool. We think that was really cool; it definitely made us drool and want to add our own two cents to the pool.
Now, we think we should let this guy off the hook, before we start to swoon and get in a mood! We know you read that like the worst rapper ever. Or, did we misunderstand that, too?
Does it Hurt?
Now, that’s how you beat the system, dude! This guy doesn’t even have to lay on the cold, damp ground anymore — it’s as if they’ve just upgraded his accommodation! Also, a really cool way to create vertical space.
We can think of numerous ways to avoid someone from sleeping there, but this attempt is pointless and frankly, a waste of metal. Still, we’re not going to say what better options there are, because well, this guy looks like he’s enjoying himself.
Cats Participate in a Race
This one reminded us of a moment from a TV show about pets and domestic animals. A stray cat had her kittens in a middle school building and the litter ended up becoming the school’s mascots. For fun, they aligned the kitties on a running track for a race.
What happened? Each kitten went in different directions. Also, what makes you think a cat would get out of a box? You should put the boxes at the finish line.
Had to Look Twice
What do you reckon they’re doing? Picking targets? Do you ever wonder if birds sometimes deliberately poop on people? Well, if you’re looking to buy a new car, then buyer beware. Birds do have a color choice when it comes to targeting their droppings.
A survey in England found that red cars are in all probability a target of bird poop, accompanied by blue and black. Green cars were the least likely targeted by birds.
Plot twist — they’re still waiting for each other to come out of hiding. This is called a deadlock. The girl is waiting for her boyfriend to show up, and she can’t leave until he does. The boyfriend is waiting for his girlfriend to show up, and he can’t leave until she does.
They are perpetually waiting for each other because both are waiting for the other but neither can proceed. Jokes apart, we think this is how you know that you’ve found the right person.
Done Adulting for the Rest of the Day!
We’re wondering how the ride order went down — “Destination: Home.” “Pickup: Home.” This reminds us of a friend who had an incident of his own after a night of drinking.
After partying all day and night, he woke up in bed and went to grab his phone; it wasn’t there, but there was a piece of toast in its place. When looking around the house for the phone, he found it in the microwave covered in melted cheese.
The Cutest Nope Ever!
The cat really said, “No thanks, I’m good.” This is how we got our indoor cat to stop driving us crazy by running outside every time the door was opened. We just put her in the snow for five seconds and she basically did a barrel roll in our arms.
We took her inside and she never tried to run outside again. Then, she forgot about the entire thing the very next day.
This one seriously gave us a chuckle! We can see how this look may have started out as a zombie costume. Once the collared shirt and tie were added, though, the whole costume really did transform.
And we had to laugh at the accuracy of it all. This poor kid really does look like an exhausted and stressed accountant who’s having trouble finding the joy in numbers the way he used to. Ugh, life.
Who Are You Trying to Make Fun Of?
We looked at the picture before reading the text and laughed at the stupid bird. Then, we giggled with the guy as he laughed at himself. What a whirlwind of emotions. It makes us wonder — what if the ground is knitted too? In fact, the whole post is knitted!
We are all knitted!!! Recent studies show that knitting can have a positive impact on our happiness, and makes us calm. Actually, according to a 2013 survey of 3,500 knitters, over 80% of them said they felt content after knitting.
Big Brain Time
We’re sure they meant two different people around the globe who chose to listen to a specific song at that exact moment, not just two people who happen to be listening to the same radio station. After seeing this post, we were wondering what it would be like to read other people’s minds.
Then, we recalled that we have a Facebook account and now we’re over it. Sometimes we wish we could delete our account. Why is it so arduous to delete a Facebook account?
Congratulations, you played yourself! Once we posted a joke on our social media account and nobody seemed to notice. A day later, somebody else posted our joke and got tons of likes and comments. They weren’t lying when they said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Still haunts us. So, our joke was, “Accidentally combined ‘all good’ and ‘no worries’ and said ‘all worries’ and it’s the most honest thing we’ve said the entire year.” Please tell us that you laughed.
To Stupidity and Beyond!
Flawless! Additionally, you should be able to make audio contact with other people in real-time so you can tell them, instead of typing a message to them. Alas, we overheard a teenage girl say to another how cool it would be if you could answer speech messages in real-time.
What if, maybe instead of calling an Uber, you could have your own ‘Uber’ that you can use to go anywhere by yourself!?
Never Ever Give Up!
When we watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, their pizza was always so cheesy that it set unrealistic expectations for us whenever we had a slice in real life. Generally speaking, cartoons did that to us as a kid with food.
We couldn’t help but feel dissatisfied while eating a cheeseburger considering that, for years, we’d watch the Krusty Krab serve up some delicious Krabby Patties. We wish we knew that secret formula.
My Life Motto
You see the negative message at first, but then when you change your perspective, you can see what it truly says. Pretty clever actually. This kind of looks like it’s out of The Office. At first, it feels like a cringy failure — but when you look at it long enough, you figure out that in reality, it’s clever and wholesome.
Assuming you actually see the entire message. You just gotta look from the right perspective to find the motivation that you need.
Stop Snitching Bro!
We just imagined a scenario in which Squidward walks over to the Chum Bucket to hand over the secret formula and Plankton is like, “Whoa, man. That’s kind of messed up.” Then, he snitches on Squidward to Mr. Krabs. Setup or no setup, this wouldn’t get them anything.
Coke’s formula won’t do Pepsi any good. If they start using the formula, then they’d just lose their loyal customers. People buy Pepsi because they want Pepsi. If they wanted Coke, they’d be buying Coke. Duh!
How Big Is Your Microwave?
We slept like that until we were three or four. We remember, in bits and pieces, that this position was the coziest. We figure having your arms and legs tucked under with most of your body weight on top mimics the sensation of being in the womb.
We suppose it’s kind of like snuggling with yourself. However, it’s completely fine to allow a child to sleep on their stomach if they’ve rolled themselves over.
Ouch! That Must’ve Hurt
Regardless of how worthy of a politician you are, there will always be people who argue with you. It could be that he’s an outstanding left-wing candidate with some right-wing relatives. He could’ve been the finest politician around the world and they’d still disagree with him.
After he decided to run, he clearly tried to portray a good image to people (family taken into consideration). But, it seems as though they just don’t see him as the individual he wants to be.
The Billie Eilish Starter Pack
This kid’s mom is a legend! We honestly miss our JNCO jeans. We don’t care how ridiculous everybody thinks they look. They were by far the coziest denim pants we’ve ever worn. That’s absolutely all that matters.
We dislike jeans now, as no matter what cut they are, they’re just always too tight and not comfortable at all. The pockets are 1/100th the size! Just bring back our JNCOs, please!
Overly Attached Neighbor?
One day, when we lived in the city, our roommate arrived home early. She left the front door unlocked for us and was in the kitchen when a strange man opened the door and came in. She looked up, saw the man, and picked up a large knife off the counter, and just stood facing him.
He looked at her, looked at the knife, turned, and walked back out without saying a word — as if it was no big deal. On a scale of one to ten, how strange was that?
The Mom Screenshot!
This reminds us of the ’90s. Our aunt was on the phone with 411 when they asked her what city and state she was looking for. So, she repeated “city and state,” took a breath, “city and state!” Louder now — CITY AND STATE!
Finally, our uncle interrupts her and asks, “Honey, umm what are you doing?” Then, she remarked, “It keeps asking me to say city and state!”
Why Man Why?
We can admit that the tattoo looks somewhat warped because of this dude’s jaw and bone structure. But, seriously?! How can anyone mistake this face for Cardi B? One was a German diarist that went into hiding during World War II.
The other is a 28-year-old American rapper who rose to fame in 2015. With that in mind, don’t you agree that these two people are quite hard to mix up?
Yes, in 2018, people learned to mind their own business and not judge others for being different. What this says about society is, baby boomers (or whoever the non-tattooed guy is supposed to represent) spend too much time judging others than worrying about themselves.
The main thing that they can’t come to terms with is the fact that they’ve almost reached their expiration dates. They can’t control that so they try to control everything else, thinking it will somehow stop the inevitable passage of time.
Stranger Things Intro in the Background
Cursed Thatcher effect! The Thatcher effect or Thatcher delusion or Eyemouth-Wrongway is an occurrence where it becomes more complicated to detect local feature changes in an upside-down face, despite identical changes being evident in an upright face.
It’s a fascinating visual phenomenon that can disclose deep insights about face processing in the mind. The outcome was primarily developed in 1980 by Peter Thompson, Professor of Psychology at the University of York.
This Isn’t Cute at All
Our friend’s Rottweiler has a terrible habit of jumping on people when he wants attention. The first time we met him he was about a year and a half old and almost matured.
He tried to jump on us as we came through the door, so we gave a light knee to his chest, not hard enough to hurt him but with decent force to let him know that attitude would not fly with us. That dog never jumped on us again. Still jumps on everyone else, though.
Oh, You Poor Guy!
Aww, he looks so sad and defeated! Our brother’s dog would have this problem, too. She’s friends with everyone. Poor guy will have to be sedated and it takes time to remove all those quills. We hope you heal very soon and learn to keep away from objects that shoot spikes.
We hope you find a new animal to be friends with that won’t hurt you and won’t misunderstand your intentions. We bet that the kitty is totally concerned for him, too.
This Is Just Sad
This really has got to stop. While we understand that airport security is a necessity, there’s no need to randomly select innocent people who are just trying to get to their destination.
We can only hope that this Twitter user still enjoyed his trip despite this experience at the airport. From the looks it, though, this random check didn’t get the guy down considering that he’s still standing there with a smile.
Now That’s Dumb
All this is going to do is cause more people to drive under the influence. If Uber is so worried about people throwing up or roughhousing in their cars — which is logical — they should charge a deposit or something.
Maybe the driver can invest in sick bags placed on the backs of the seats — just remember to point it out when the passenger first gets in, or even hand it to them first.
To Create a Unique Sign
Roadside billboards have been around for over a hundred years. In the car-loving USA, billboard advertising is still an essential and proficient way to reach millions of civilians.
However, if you’re going to invest your hard-earned cash in a massive, high-rise advertisement, you want to make sure it’ll be a victory. How do you make sure that your billboard is both eye-catching and powerful? This is definitely how you should not do it!
Ham for the Cat!
When our dog was a few months old, our mother dropped a bag of cheese on the ground and he ran away with the bag. She chased him for about 15 minutes. Our dog hid somewhere and the bag was nowhere to be seen.
He ate the cheese with the packaging and plastic bag! We contacted the vet and he told us to keep an eye on him for a week. Fortunately, he just pooped more than usual but no harm was done.
You Just Got Bamboozled!
Our cousin’s daughter had the same experience. She had one card left, then it was her friend’s turn. BOOM! Her friend finished first, our cousin’s daughter and her other friends were either shook or mad that their friend had finished first.
Though the look on this kid’s face at the end was like, “I’m not even mad — that’s impressive.” He totally took it like a grown-up. Thumbs up, buddy!
That Escalated Quickly
They actually had us in the first half, not going to lie! This reminds us of an escalator prank video we saw a few years back. So, a guy randomly touches strangers’ hands and stares at them while going up and down the escalator.
Everybody targeted was shocked at the beginning, but then their reactions varied. Some laughed, others flirted back. Then, there were those that seemed irritated and angered by the touch. Later, he explained that it was a part of a social experiment.
That sudden urge you get first thing in the winter morning when you pull back the drapes to see a blanket of amazing white covering everything after the first snow is something you never really grow out of.
Take that emotion and amplify it by 1,000 times — then, you might be close to the exhilaration of the doggo here. The look on his face says it all! How quickly that turned into instant regret!
This Dog Is Our Spirit Animal!
Thinking of taking your dog out for a swim after watching this video? You might want to think twice. While you might think your dog will be a natural in the water, the truth is that swimming isn’t easy or convenient for a lot of dogs.
Even if your dog loves water, specific behaviors can put him at risk of drowning, unless you take precautions from the start. Don’t leave them unsupervised or without a life jacket. Make sure they don’t feel scared or tired.
Well, That’s Unfortunate
All this man was trying to do was get a selfie with Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. And while this photobomber probably wasn’t intentionally trying to ruin the photo, she couldn’t have done it any better.
Her hand is literally placed right in front of Mona’s face. Of course, we’re sure that this Snapchatter got his selfie in the end — but only once the gal passed by.
Trying to Make the Dog Stay
Although most dogs can learn to swim, some may have a difficult time swimming considering the way they are built. Overweight dogs and dogs with long torsos and short legs might have a troublesome time staying afloat, so they must wear sport life jackets every time they swim.
Reflective badges and bright colors are necessary so your dog is noticeable in the water. Plus, there should be handles for simple retrieval from dangerous situations — plus uncomplicated functioning snaps for quick removal and application.
Ugh! The Beard Always Gets in the Way
We’ve all seen cats drinking in peculiar places — like the kitchen sink, the bathtub, that dripping faucet, or even the toilet! Here’s an interesting fact about why they do it. One of the explanations as to why cats might be doubtful of water in a bowl is the intuition that whispers to them saying standing water isn’t always safe.
It might be contaminated, for instance. For the majority of wild animals, we think we can safely say that most cats are at least wild at heart-running water.
We Absolutely Want Him on Our Team!
Soccer is really dissimilar to a lot of other famous sports, because most games are so low scoring that every opportunity of a goal is a big deal. So, whereas one basket in basketball will rarely have a large impact on the game as a whole, every single goal in a soccer game that isn’t a blowout is a massive deal.
Don’t go anticipating a lot of goals, but the pressure and moments of magic and the hype for a single clutch goal near the end of a match are incredible!
Caught Him Red-Handed!
When it comes to food, our fuzzy pets are willing to go to great lengths to grab a piece for themselves. We recall growing up, whenever our dog did something mischievous, it mostly involved some kind of sneaky food grab.
There was the time that she broke into the kitchen cupboard where we stored all the pets’ dry food. She left her own kibbles behind, but she gladly ripped open the cats’ dry food bag and ate a pretty good portion of it.
A Royal Response
When the Daily Mirror posted this article on young Princess Charlotte’s impressive bilingual ability at just two years old, the newspaper expected to receive praise in the royal family’s favor. Instead, the piece was torn to shreds when Twitter user @_colenewberry made a sadly true comeback.
While hearing stories about the intelligence of young kids is endearing, let’s not forget that privilege plays a major role in the process. We hope this British publication will be more mindful of that in the future.
The Police Just Got Cooler
This next backfired post excites us because it really shows just how cool the police are. Not only do they rule the world in real life but it turns out they also do on Twitter. This was proved when party host @KinSayCo, tagged the local police in his post that promoted his “my parents are out of town” bash.
Instead of him getting praise for tempting the cops, it was the police who stole the show with their roast of his seemingly unpopular post.
An Accidental Shrine
We’ve all made those regretful online purchases where the package that arrived looks nothing like what we thought we ordered. In this case, you can either send it back and get refunded or work with what you got.
This girl here chose the latter and we commend her for having a great sense of humor. Plus, her friend got a successful Snapchat out of the failed purchase so kudos to them for looking on the bright side of life!
A Four-Footed Fail
Nowadays, seeing mannequins of all shapes and sizes in shop windows is pretty common and in fact, recommended but what you’re seeing here (if you look closely) is a four-footed fail.
This shop obviously only stocked the petite mannequins and wanted to show some diversity in sizes, so instead of ordering the correct ones, someone decided to cut corners and fit two bodies into one. While the top half looks passable we can’t get past the many feet.
A Symbol of E-Love
When you e-meet someone, this means that you are meeting them for the first time virtually. In this digital age, e-meeting is a common way to start up a relationship but there are still set boundaries of what’s appropriate.
For example, getting your “egirl” tattooed on your wrist before physically meeting her would be categorized as a definite no-no. Unsurprisingly, this symbol of love was not well-received and the girl ended up ghosting her not-so-secret admirer. Awkward much?
Another One Bites the Dust
While our subheading should ring a bell as it is indeed the name of an Iconic Queen song, if in the case it didn’t and your memory is rather dusty (get it?), stick with us a little while longer for an explanation.
The reason we used this phrase is that it refers to the unfortunate situation when we are defeated and fall on our faces – and such was the case for another person whose online purchase for his daughter’s birthday gift turned out to be a profane piece of clothing.
While we are taught at school to ask as many questions as we need to expand our knowledge, we need to ensure our questions are fully sensical before putting them out into the open. So, although we do sympathize with @TallyHigh for (probably) attempting to bring attention to the global loss of reindeers over the past two decades, we also have to fault her use of a double entendre.
This literary device is used to give a double meaning to a sentence but in Tally’s case, this was unintentional. At least she spread some awareness.
Don’t Rain on My Parade
Getting engaged is one of the most exciting milestones out there that couples can experience and it calls for some serious celebrations all around. So, when we saw this Facebook post and the respective comments, we wanted to track down this dimwit of a fiance and teach him a thing or two about engagement etiquette.
We get that the bride-to-be was quick to make the news public but hey, that’s what people do nowadays. Instead of this partner joining in on the fun, he backfired on his duties and just rained on his fiance’s parade.
A Funny Bone
We are just on a roll today with our strong subheading game. You see, while the “funny bone” refers to that painful area of your elbow that you really don’t want to hit, it also perfectly captions this image.
The backstory here is that this dog-owner made a failed attempt at an online snack purchase for his/her fluffy bundle of joy. The end result here – a dog bone that is clearly twice the size of the dog that’s supposed to eat it.
A Desperate Attempt
While it is always sad to see people struggle to make or keep friends, this particular Facebook user might be his own worst enemy. We came to this conclusion after reading this girl’s comment that justified them no longer being friends because this dude kept hitting on her.
To all the friendless souls out there, it’s a well-known rule that you DO NOT hit on your friends unless the feeling is mutual. So, while this guy’s desperate attempt at making friends failed, at least now we can understand why.
Don’t Shoot the Messengers
We have so many thoughts about this. For one, rapping about guns won’t make your song a hit, especially when you know nothing about guns.
And although we couldn’t help but shake our heads at that initial tweet, we found ourselves laughing at the comments that these Twitter followers replied. We mean, technically they’re not wrong — glue guns and price guns are actual things, and they’re not nearly as harmful!
To Defame the Special Olympics
We can’t believe someone actually had the nerve to express these thoughts about the Special Olympics! You know it’s messed up when Arnold Schwarzenegger says that you won’t be remembered.
We’d rather be fired from a new job that we’re thrilled about than have Arnold look at us once in apathetic disgust while half-smiling and say, “No one will remember you.” Plus, he’s been to the future so he certainly knows how well remembered the person is.