As much as we love the internet for giving us an endless supply of knowledge and inspiration, it can sometimes be a pretty grim place. Every time we go online, we seem to face an onslaught of alarming headlines, rude comments, and heated controversial debates. If you can relate, then you're in great need of some positivity to show you that it’s not all bad.

Fortunately, today’s post is all about balancing out the scales by injecting some wholesomeness into our lives. Enter the 'Now That's The Stuff' Instagram account, full of the most soul-soothing and cheerful stories people share online in hopes of lifting others’ spirits. From hilarious coincidences to the most heartwarming acts of kindness, their posts remind us how selfless, thoughtful, and generous people can be.

With 173K followers and counting, this page serves as a breath of fresh air for anyone who might be feeling a bit down. So get ready to be showered in positivity because we at Bored Panda have collected some of the best posts from the page. Continue scrolling and upvote the ones you enjoyed most!

If you feel a slight concern for humanity right now, you might find comfort in knowing you’re definitely not the only one. News that we see on screens and in the media tends to focus on more negative occurrences. Unfortunately, such information can affect how we feel, and we all know how hard it may be to disperse those dark clouds that start looming over our heads.

Moreover, being bombarded with the worst scenarios every day eventually leads to getting tired of it, and that could be a sign it's time to take a short break or try to balance everything out with some positive content. We’re lucky to have cheerful outlets like the 'Now That's The Stuff' Instagram account that provides us with a quick distraction from the bleak headlines and adds a dash of happiness in challenging times.

Reading about wholesome encounters and incidents can make us feel slightly better about our world and remind us there are plenty of wonderful things that should be celebrated and applauded by as many people as possible. After all, creating joy is a major part of moving past the fear and anxiety we might be feeling today and may help us fight the uncertainty over the future.

#5

Good Man (@wics20)

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Dave Harris
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now that is the kind of leader you want running your country! Bravo Sir!

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#6

Hero (@depheruk)

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KJ
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Got to love people that do things like this. When my mother first battled cancer we had an issue with the boiler, the local plumber knew my mother since he was a boy. After the second call out he took 13yo me with him to teach me how to do the relatively easy and safe fix for the issue to save us having to get him out to do it (not that he charged anyhow but we would be without heating until he could come round).

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While uplifting stories make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, they inspire us to do good as well. When we look at examples of how people lend a helping hand to their families, friends, communities, or total strangers, we want to contribute as well. And it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that when we help others, we help ourselves as well.

There’s an abundance of research that says showing kindness fills our lives with happiness, improves our well-being, and can even lengthen the time we have on this beautiful planet. To find out what an expert had to say about this, we previously reached out to Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., a medical school professor, opinion leader, and author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People.

The professor explained there is a well-known psychological tendency for our actions to affect emotion. Like when we smile, even if we are not especially happy, the action itself will elevate our mood. "There is an emotional 'shift effect' that does not take long, really about one hour in adolescents, perhaps two hours in adults," he said. 

#9

It’s The Frkn Weekend.

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Caro Caro
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep. The joy in this picture makes me happy.

Beth S
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

HELL YES!!!! \m/ I am going to assume by this picture that this is at a metal concert and I would like to say that metalheads are some of the BEST people ever.

InfectedVoice
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We are a good bunch generally, no-one wants to fight anyone for looking at them the wrong way, we just want to have fun, drink beer and high five each other at the end of the night. I've met metallers from all over the world and we're all just cool people, happy and comfortable with who we are and not walking around looking for trouble and puffing our chests out.

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Laura
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Resurrection Fest in Galicia, Spain,a Heavy Metal festival. And they did not know the guy. The festival takes place in a small fishermen village, and the people there are delighted. They say these fans are clean, super polite and nice.

InfectedVoice
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for the info Laura, as a lifelong metal-head this makes me happy.

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Susan Atkinson
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son was 18 when he became paraplegic after his own antibodies attacked a cold that had settled in his back resulting with the destruction of the myelin sheath surrounding the spinal cord. His friend used to pass him a cross the mosh pit at concerts! Lol

Z Alexi
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a lovely friend...sounds like a keeper. Sending good [NYC] karma to your son, Susan A.

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The Deez
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Attended a Descendents concert a few years ago and got a great pic of a guy in a wheelchair, being crowd surfed from the pit onto the stage! It was awesome!

LivingTheDream
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This IS metal! Everyone is welcome in the pit, we all bleed the same. \m/(>,<)\m/

glowworm2
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That dude looks totally badass up there.

BasedWang12
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Got to help someone do this before... A few times. They were STOKED

kjorn
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when i was young people were afraid of metalhead people. they are the greatest people ever!

InfectedVoice
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love my metal community, looking forward to seeing everyone at Download in 6 weeks.

Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Metalheads are some of the kindest, funniest, sweetest people you could ever hope to meet xx

Trash Panda
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When science advances enough to heal a variety of disabilities, I don’t want the way we treat them to be conditional on whether or not they’re disabled. They’re people. Let’s work on how how we treat people first, while the science does what it does. Jesus always looked and saw the person before he healed their ailments.

Mel Anie
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now that's rock n roll!

Dpl do
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a person that has been in a wheelchair at different points in my life this absolutely thrills me!

Tami
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love lift us up where we belong, Where the eagles cry, On a mountain high...

Beck Latta
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

include everyone no matter what

TonyTee
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Goes to show no one should (and will) be left out of the fun 😉 ROCK ONNNN 🤘🏻

Thomas Schnuppelhase
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not the first time.i see a wheelchair crowd surfing - neither the first time I joined. Alt. Scenes stick together 🤷🏼‍♂️

J.Norton
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, so, so lovely and joyful! I love everything about this..............

Glenda Whare
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's good friends right there.

WoodenLion
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wouldn't be surprised if some of those holding him up do not know the guy.

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Eliza May
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The joy is great, I don't understand how he it appears he is lifting/moving his legs /why the wheelchair? Not criticising, just wondering if someone knows the story?

Baali Venomax
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thats coz Metalheads treat each other with respect. I've been to plenty of clubs and there is no nastiness there, no bullying, everyone is equal and if someone does make trouble, the crowd comes together to get rid of them. Rock N Roll \m/

Lorna Anne Skinner Emmons
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should be number 1 in votes. All time best inclusion

Hollyn
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like he just found that sock that’s been lost for a year

Capo3Tanya
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Indeed, very powerful! Thanks for sharing 😭

Sandy D
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen that done at rock concerts before. Very cool

Cat Girl
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One person seems really excited 😄. The others… really got that energy flowing, yeahhh 😐😐

MimSorensson
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And this, ladies and gentlemen, but most of all myself, is also humanity. Sometimes one can feel almost overwhelmed by all the egocentric, underhanded nastyness that goes on in the world, but we’re also this. We can all be this. I know I’ll keep trying to be this; the kind of creature and person who’ll help lift a fellow humans wheelchair up over the crowd.

Mouse
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This actually happens often at metal shows, so nice 🤘

Mokayokok
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That wheelchair has to be heavy, if one person isn't paying attention someone could get hurt.

Sandy D
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Metalheads will make sure he stays up. It's like a brotherhood / sisterhood at rock and metal concerts

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Christopher Swain
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This showed the best of human nature, f*****g awesome

Bryn Price
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw this also happen when I went to go see Hatebreed live.

Darla Payton
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this ❤️🎼❤️🎼

Sonya
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo brings me so much joy and I just wish someone would have this nice action towards me if I go to the Backstreet Boys concert in October, but I won’t be so lucky to have someone care enough that I’m on a wheelchair and make me happy as happy can be for just a few seconds… well maybe I can adjust my expectations to the fact that most people around me will be girls :-P

Huddo's sister
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dylan Alcott (former Paralympic tennis player) created a whole festival so that more people could have experiences like this. It is in Australia and is called Ability fest.

Wendy Dyson
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes but why do they have to swear to express themselves ?

backatya
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you just ruined it by saying the F word

Aurora Borealis
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does he have a wheel chair if he can move his legs? I feel like I need some background here.

H G
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why? There are many conditions besides paralysis that require the use of a wheelchair. You know nothing about this guy.

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Morgan
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No one else bothered by the fact that he is lifting his right leg?

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Post added that helping also diverts attention from the self and its problems. "[It] engages the mesolimbic pathway, which releases one of the happiness chemicals dopamine. When engaged, this tends to shut down pathways associated with destructive emotions like rumination, hostility, and anxiety."

He provided an example of how volunteering improves our well-being: a survey of 5K American adults indicated 41 percent of them volunteered about 100 hours per year or an estimated couple of hours a week. The vast majority of the participants, 70 to 90 percent, said they felt happier, more resilient, and physically healthier. Moreover, they had better friendships and found more meaning in their everyday life, Post told us. 

"Studies indicate it is good to get together with fellow helpers to debrief and process the experience," Post added. It appears that when we are forming fulfilling and enduring relationships with other people, it adds a lot. Creating small circles of trust is good for reflection and can bring value to our lives.

"Our friends are no longer just the folks we hang out with or part with. Helpers report deeper relationships formed in the community of fellow helpers," Post said and noted it’s always good to celebrate giving.

#13

Hero 🙏 (@redcrossau)

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Beth S
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This man is a literal legend. Such a selfless person.

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#14

Did They Bring Their Own Snacks? (T:todd_spence)

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The incredible part came immediately after the show ended, when all the dogs gave a standing ovation. No word yet on how they managed that...

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"As one who has managed several large volunteer programs, it is best to let helpers self-select the activity or venue they prefer." Sometimes they only want to do the things they are good at, other times they want to try something entirely new. "Some report a flow state of deep immersion and satisfaction, even a loss of a sense of time," Post said.  

#17

Happy Happy Joy Joy 🤩

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KJ
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think he may like his new family, just a hunch.

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If you feel that volunteering or making grand gestures is not your cup of tea, there are small steps you can take every day to make people around you just a bit happier. Dr. Stephen Post would like to remind you that it’s "not the amount of helping others that matters, but helping from the heart." He advises starting with small things done with kindness. "I like to Stop, Look and Listen mindfully to people around me so I can notice their needs better," he explained, adding that chronological rush can keep us from observing or hearing others’ needs. 

#19

Not All Heroes Wear Capes (@abcnews)

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#20

Life Hack (@advil)

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Caro Caro
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haahaha, his face. That grin is beaut !

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#21

Word (@lcmikevan)

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can people be so cruel? Teach love and inclusiveness.

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However, we’re well aware that life can sometimes be difficult. Even when we’re driven by the best of intentions, we may get affected by unexpected situations and adversities in our personal lives that can make it hard to support others. Post mentioned there is a side of "human nature that humiliates and de-dignifies others. It is widely expressed."

But the good news is that we are all wired for altruism and kindness. "So we must always remember that everyone has that wonderful generous kindly flip side of the coin. The negative is just a part of the story," he concluded. 

#22

Shell Sweet Shell.

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Beth S
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is super wholesome. A shame crabs have the ability help each other out and humans can't seem to get it down.

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#23

Fixed It.

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A.J Milne
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I found a NASA shirt in the girl isle as well, I'm wearing it right now. It's my favourite shirt

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#25

Baby Hippos? Say No More. (T:realscientists)

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Ja Le Gr
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just because one has a degree, doesn't mean that they're automatically entered into that fields workforce. I went to school for my associates in computer networking, but no one would hire me because I didn't have experience, I never really did do much with that degree unfortunately because of that. But I have worked for Starbucks before, and trust me when I say you can do a lot worse. They're one of the few companies that offer health benefits for part-time employees.

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#26

Love To See It 🙏 (Img:scarcenewz @wellsy351)

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Mistralok
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can do this Jarod. It had me down to 80 lbs, but I'm now up to 137. Have a little faith baby!

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#30

Well Played (T: @lorenzothecat)

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Hawkmoon
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just put pictures of cats everywhere and the world will be better.

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#34

Now That's The Stuff (@thatericalper)

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Beth S
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ahhhhh!!! This gave me chills in the best way possible! I LOVE THIS. <3

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#35

Queen (@ritajking)

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Michelle Muirhead
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was a lovely gesture. Get more girls into science! In my physics class in High School, I was one of 3 girls!

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#36

A Reasonable Request (T:afolfie)

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Odette Boisvert
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my daugther and I did the same in the Louis-Hyppolite tunnel with Cotton Eye Joe!! a couple of cars rolled with us and we had a blast!!

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#38

*boop* (T:juliewbee)