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13 genuinely happy facts that will warm your heart

Because it’s Tuesday ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

1. Babies start smiling in their sleep from birth

shutterstock_142342939 Source: Shutterstock/Olesya Feketa

Babies don’t usually start smiling socially until they reach the two-month milestone, but they can be spotted smiling in their sleep from birth.


2. Dolphins have been known to protect people from circling sharks

Travel-Trip-Creatures of the Keys Source: AP/Press Association Images

Whether you’re a surfer or a swimmer, dolphins have your back. (See here.)

3. The actor who voiced Mickey Mouse was married to the actress who voiced Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Source: AP/Press Association Images

Voice actor Wayne Allwine was the voice of Mickey Mouse between 1977 and 2009. His wife? Russi Taylor, who has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1986.


4. In 1847, the people of Chocktaw Nation donated $710 to assist Irish people affected by the famine.


In 1995, President Mary Robinson thanked the Chocktaw people for their generous donation, which, adjusted for inflation, is equal to $17,791.


5. And after 9/11, Masai people from Kenya donated 14 blessed cows to the people of the United States

Masai Shepherds - Kenya Source: AP/Press Association Images

The tribespeople donated the cattle after only learning of the attacks months after they occurred. Cows are among the most cherished gifts Masai people can give, which makes this all the more touching.

6. The dot above the ‘i’ or ‘j’ is called a tittle


A tittle! What a silly word!

7. Otters have been known to hold hands when they sleep

Source: Otters holding hands/YouTube

The lovable saps.

8. An astronaut once wrote his daughter’s name on the moon

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Eugene Cernan walked on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. While up there, he inscribed his daughter Tracy’s initials – TDC — into the moon dust, where they ought to remain for thousands of years.

9. Forgetful squirrels are basically to thank for trees…

South Africa Squirrels Source: AP/Press Association Images

The New York Times once described squirrels as “the inadvertent heroes in forest restoration”. It’s simple: squirrels forget where they hide their nuts and, in turn, trees grow.

Thanks, little guys.

10. Male penguins offer pebbles to female penguins during courtship

Penguins in Edinburgh Zoo Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The little dotes.

11. The official animal of Scotland is the unicorn

Scotland - Inverness Unicorn Statue Source: PA Images Contributor/Press Association Images

It is!

12. When you graduate in Finland, you get a top hat and sword

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Not the usual cap and gown.

13. Finally, you and Leonardo DiCaprio have the same number of Oscars.

Something to think about when you lack a little pep in your step.

leo Source: Giphy

(h/t to this Reddit thread

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