What was life before Cameron Dallas? We’re sure it had less meaning, but thankfully this beautiful being graced the world with his presence on 8 September 1994, and now he’s celebrating his 23rd birthday. Happy birthday, Cam!

In celebration of this blessed event, let’s check out 11 times we wished we were Mr Dallas’ girlfriend – and yeah, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just 11 times…

1. When he woke up like this

GOOD MORNING 😊🤘🏽

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Beyoncé isn’t the only one who’s #flawless.

2. When he cuddled up to the cutest doggo ever

Puppy Rottweiler 😍

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Two sets of puppy dog eyes right there.

3. When he rocked the cover of Rollacoaster

Justin killed this cover @rollacoastermagazine @justinrcampbell @tommyhilfiger @morgaanp @patriciamoraleshair

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Yes, he even makes the corner of the dirty kitchen look good.

4. When he bottle-fed a tiny baby monkey

SOMEONE CHECK BOTTLE FEED A MONKEY OFF MY BUCKET LIST

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BRB, ovaries just exploded.

5. When he worked out shirtless and shared it on Instagram

So thoughtful. So fit.

6. Every time we watch his Netflix series, Chasing Cameron

It’s like a window to his soul.

7. When he caught feels

Hiii

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So here for those.

8. When he posted selfies with his mum

Taking my mom to Milan 😊 @ginabina77

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Gina brought him up RIGHT.

9. When he got all philosophical about *~lUrVe~*

We’re right here, Cameron!

10. When this was his off-duty vibe

Look at that smize.

11. When he stole the show in Charli XCX’s Boys music video

We’ll be busy dreaming ’bout Cam.

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The new school year has started! And if you haven’t got a brand new set of pencils, pens, rubbers, protractors and a new pencil case then OMG what have you been doing with the last week of your summer?

Don’t worry (although we are judging you and your stationery shopping skills), because we’ve found 11 crazy-cute pencil cases for you to snap up. Plus, they’re all under £5…

Banana

Thought the banana theme had peaked at the banana inflatable? Think again. This fluffy, fruity little number will brighten up even the longest of lessons with its capacity for laughter, innuendo and pens.

Be Happy

Sure, it’s a tad trite — but god knows, when you’re nose deep in the disintegration of the Weimar Republic, you need all the help you can get in reminding yourself that this hour will end, just as the Weimar Republic ended, and almost certainly not as badly.

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Truth

Mi-pac pink glitter

I use this for make up, and I have to say this candy-sweet, shiny number fits the bill far better than old-lady leather cases. It’s wipe clean, easily detectable amidst the murky depths of my school bag, and fits a lot more inside it than you would ever think it could.

Orange juice carton

Despite the most convincing of appearances, this is for stationary only: pens, pencils, a 15cm ruler, rubbers — maybe even a protractor if you’re feeling saucy. It’s certainly big enough, though not hugely accessible, being y’know, a square fruit juice carton*

*does not contain oranges. If you’ve juice coming out of this, you’re doing this all wrong.

Banana milkshake carton

I see your juice carton pencil case, and I raise you… a banana-scented milkshake carton pencil case! Yes, really. It’s the same size as the juice one, and it comes with added smells.

Lobster

They are the seafood of the season — and with good reason, because these guys are delicious, nutritious, AND they hold both pencils and pens. What skills.

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Let’s face it: we do so much on our laptops/ipads/phones these day, we barely need pens or pencils and suchlike. Go slimline with a ‘skinny’ pencil case, and buy an Oreo Cornetto with the extra £3.

Lego

Sure, you can get this in Ryman’s — but on Amazon there is a deal whereby you can get a lego pencil case and novelty Lego erasers so…

Clear and personalised

Not the most exciting on this list, granted. But as the number and frequency of exams in your life increase, your patience with transferring all your pens out of a banana into a clear plastic sack will drop rapidly — and this clear pencil case will have your name on it. Literally.

Field roll

A pencil case for the parents this: practical (the leather tie allows the case to adjust in size), and made of the durable, won’t-stain-easily khaki canvas. Yet there’s a free-spirited camper feel to it that will appeal to you too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Animals often give us hope that the world is still a good place to live. Like when your dog sees you crying and comes over and licks your hand. Or when your cat jumps into your lap and watches the scary part of a film with you. When your goldfish… er, does goldfish things. Looks surprised with you? Anyway.

It’s also important to remember that sometimes humans are good too. Loads of humans. And in fact, perhaps humans are at their best when they’re helping our furry/fluffy/hide-y friends. So here are some of our favourite examples of humans helping out the animal kingdom, to melt your heart on this cold January afternoon.

Pigs in blankets (sort of)

According to BuzzFeed, 150 of these little pink bundles of joy were rescued by Russian firefighters after a barn caught fire in Siberia last week. Guys, this is basically the plot of Three Little Pigs come to life. Just with more pigs. And fewer wolves.

So they could get all the little piggies out in time, the firefighters had to form a makeshift assembly line. But with tiny baby piggies!

And others herded the drove of piggies along on their little trotters.

Let’s all take a minute.

Elephants in jumpers 

Meanwhile in India, the Independent reports that locals have been knitting jumpers for the elephants to protect them during the extremely chilly weather. These elephants have all been rescued from abusive situations, so when the Women from the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre heard that temperatures would dip below freezing, they got knitting. And quickly.

We’ll take three in XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL, please.

 

Penguins in knitwear 

It’s not just the elephants that people are worried about. According to the Metro, Alfred ‘Alfie’ Dent, an Australian 109-year-old, (AKA the sweetest man in the world) started knitting jumpers for penguins following an oil spill that left the little guys unable to warm themselves properly.

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It turns out Alfie has some serious needle skills – these outfits are all #goals, but special shoutout to the Penguin book jacket. We see what you did there.

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Most people’s relationship with social media is a love-hate thing. All that glossy, flawless perfection can be annoying… but also totally addictive. Like Maltesers. And Blake Lively’s hair.

This is the genius of our latest illustrator crush, Jessie Cave. You might recognise her as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter – but since she stopped chasing Ron round Hogwarts, actor/comedian/artist Cave has been winning our hearts with her all-too-real cartoons, which focus on social media and the little details of friendships and relationships in the modern world.

Jessie gets that it’s completely fine to massively contradict ourselves and that it’s ok to question yourself. She knows life isn’t perfect, and neither are we.

That there are highs…

#flashbackdoodle

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And lows…

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That we can make our lives look amazing…

Please come to my show next week. Jesus Christ – it's NEXT WEEK. #ilovedher 💋 #linkinprofile

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Without actually feeling like our lives actually are amazing.

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She gets that you can have a fear of missing out…

sunday

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While still being pleased you didn’t go…

saturday

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She understands that life can be hard…

📺 #lovesick

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And while finding love can be tricky…

#lovesick

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Break ups can be crappy…

20th

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Jessie gets that social media can all be bad for you…

✏️

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And sometimes, the best thing to do is to treat yo’self. 

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After all, no one is actually as perfect as they look on that little screen. Sometimes all you need to achieve in a day is eating a really good burrito.

You can see more of her beautiful illustrations on Instagram @jessiecave or you can grab a copy of her book, ‘Love Sick’ here

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Christmas is a time for giving to those in need. Some people buy a copy of The Big Issue. Some people donate tinned food to the homeless. Some people buy houses for their neighbours.

*Record scratch*

Wait, what?!

According to Indy 100, that’s exactly what Danielle Calder did when her 89-year-old neighbour, Angie Tyma, was evicted from her home in Florida.

When Angie’s husband sadly passed away, a family friend bought their house – at first renting it out to Angie, but then when they needed the money, selling it on to an investment firm. The new owners evicted Angie and with nowhere to go, she spent three weeks living in a motel. Until neighbour Danielle – AKA the Angel Gabriel, fairy Godmother, the Florida equivalent of that lovely old dude from Home Alone 2 – stepped in.

Danielle contacted the company that purchased Angie’s house and bought it back from them.

“Quite honestly, I didn’t need another house,” Danielle, 65, told TODAY. “But I needed her. I couldn’t see her living in a motel room… she’s been here so long. Everyone looks out for her.”

On Angie’s 89th birthday, Danielle handed her the keys to her house back after the entire neighbourhood had helped repaint it.

“It was the right thing to do,” Danielle said. “We’re family — the whole neighbourhood.”

Unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you might not be able to buy your neighbours a house this Christmas, but that’s not the point. This Christmas, let’s all channel our inner Danielle Calder and look out for everyone in our community. The Angies of the world are relying on us.

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Christmas time can be magical, but it can also be kinda stressful. Navigating the crowds on the high street, finding the perfect Christmas jumper (psst, check these ones out), working out what to get your mum that says, “Thank you for loving me even when I’m being miserable at 7:30 in the morning,” while also being under £20 and easy to wrap without injuring yourself.

But here’s one thing that’s totally stress-free this Christmas: working out how to dress your pets. And if you don’t have pets, do yourself a favour and have a scroll anyway – for… reasons. Wellbeing reasons. It’s a mindfulness exercise, totally not just because we wanted to look at adorable animals in Christmas outfits.

From Bugs to Black Beauty, we’ve got everyone covered. Mainly in wool and glitter.

Santa Paws

Despite the gloves on this costume seemingly being the wrong way around, it should be a staple in every dogs Christmas wardrobe. All dogs have Christmas wardrobes, right?

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Santa Outfit, Amazon, £5.49

Cat in a hat

No offence to Dr Seuss but this version of The Cat In The Hat might be better.

cat-hat

Cat Hat, Etsy, £11.52

Gingerbread Dog

The dog in this photo doesn’t look like he’s having the best time, but if he saw himself in a mirror there’s a 500% chance he would change his mind.

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Gingerbread Man, Halloween Costumes, £17.99

Horsing around

If ever you get gloomy with the state of the world, remember there’s a woman somewhere making dress up clothes for horses.

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Horse Hat, Etsy, £13.05

A man’s best elf 

You just know this dog would make an excellent elf. He’s got an eager-to-please face and friendly eyes. Plus he’s carrying a gift and everything.

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Elf Costume, Amazon, £5.99

Or grumpy elf 

We have found the canine equivalent of The Grumpy Cat. Look at this dog. Look at this outfit. Just LOOK.

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Grumpy elf, Halloween Costumes, £13.99

Velveteen Rabbit

This rabbit is so on trend – velvet and sequins. And not a hare out of place.

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Rabbit Hat, Etsy, £8.69

Pup in booties

If your dog doesn’t suit hats (or more likely, it just scratches at them until they come off) why not try these adorable little socks. There’s one for each paw.

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Dog Socks, Amazon, 99p 

The Holy Grail

Never in the history of the world has anyone thought £70 for a dog outfit was a good investment until they saw this outfit on this dog. The top hat. The feathers in the top hat. The lacy thingy-majig.

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Caroler, Etsy, £77.51 

What are you waiting for? These are all totally sound and sensible ways to spend your hard earned cash!

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Well, 2016 has been an intense year. Brexit, Drumpf. Brangelina. But every so often, something catches our eye, warms our heart and suddenly things don’t seem quite as tough.

Meet Polly.

Polly is a baby goat (she’s just a kid, badum tssh).

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(Srlsy, who knew goats were so cute?)

Unfortunately, Polly’s got some pretty serious medical issues. She’s blind, as well as having neurological problems that affect her ability to eat, so she’s really underweight for her age.

On top of all of that, poor Polly suffers from anxiety.

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(Yes, that is a goat in a freakin’ dressing gown)

When her owner, Leanne Lauricella, who runs a goat rescue group called Goats of Anarchy (guys, goat rescue groups are a thing), went shopping just before Halloween she caught sight of a child’s duck costume, complete with a big orange bill and two webbed feet.

So she bought it for her kid. Polly. (Sorry, the kid pun was too good to only use once).

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(I think Polly is also wearing a nappy, in case you weren’t already squealing)

In addition to looking adorable, the duck costume turned out to have a wonderful side effect. Lauricella says: “There’s something about that duck costume that calms her. She goes into a little trance. She just closes her eyes and she’s out.”

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(Look at the flippers, guys. The flippers!)

Now, whenever lil’ Polly has a panic attack, Lauricella whips out the duck costume, puts her in it, and voila! Instant calm.

And it doesn’t end there. Because she’s what we call ‘a bringer of joy’, Lauricella went back to the store and bought some more outfits. Here’s Polly as a pig.

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(ha, take that Peppa.)

And a fox.

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(In this one it does look a *little* like the fox is eating Polly, but somehow it’s still cute.)

Thanks to Lauricella’s excellent work taking care of Polly, she’s starting to grow and soon, she won’t be able to fit into the duck costume any more. But Lauricella thinks she’s found the solution; a new rescue goat and ready-made BFF, Pocket.

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(It’s a tiny goat being cuddled by an even TINIER goat.)

Lauricella noticed that when she lay teeny Pocket on Polly’s back, “It was almost like that duck costume. I’ve noticed that anytime he’s lying next to her, she just gets calm. I’ve never seen her do that with another goat here.”

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See – didn’t that make 2016 just that little bit better?

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All Images: Goats of Anarchy

Right, well this is a harder week to round up than most.

But hey, it’s still a Friday morning. And by the end of reading this we hope you’re looking forward to the weekend, smiling a little wider and laughing a little louder…

This is all we’re going to say about the Presidential election

If you haven’t watched Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, you should. It’s filled with grace and poise and strength and courage and… oh, you’ll see when you watch it.

There was some good news for women in politics this week

As one political race dominated the news this week, it would have been easy to miss the hundreds (literally hundreds) of other American elections that also took place on the 8th of November. In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto was elected the first Hispanic senator in US history, while in Minnesota, Ilhan Omar became the nation’s first Somali-American legislator. See, there’s always some progress worth smiling about.

#BusterTheBoxer

Flying in like a misery-seeking missile to boost everyone’s spirits, the John Lewis Christmas ad has landed.

Lauren isn’t sold (“the foxes look too fake'”), but Lily welled up and Amy was excited about all the animals. It’s Weepy Girls’ Corner in advert form.

Planet Earth is back!

After a decade, Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth is back, and it’s as miraculous as ever. Episode one follows penguins in Antarctica, lemurs in Madagascar and Komodo dragons on an island of Indonesia. Let Dave’s voice soothe all your sorrows.

Thank God for dogs

Buzzfeed put together a list of 23 tweets about dogs to remind us there is good in the world. I mean, look at them!

The UK’s golden eagle population is taking off

Thumbs up to the golden eagle population. According to a new survey there are now 500 breeding pairs, which apparently makes their long-term future look pretty damn rosy.

Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, Tollerton, Nottingham

What do we do now?

Hillz may not have won this election, but the fight for a woman in the White House is far from over. This t-shirt from Pull & Bear is a nice reminder to stay positive.

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Feeling better? Now go, enjoy your weekend!

ps. Look out for our special guide on Monday to understanding, processing and tackling big political dramas. We’ve got your back.

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Last week, seven-year-old Lilly captured the internet’s heart when her mum, Jennifer, posted an emotionally charged and inspirational letter Hillary Clinton sent to her daughter on her blog.

Earlier in the year, Jennifer Rosen-Heinz sent a note to Hillary Clinton about how Lilly wanted to change her name to Lillary (which as a Lily, I totally appreciate):

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Jennifer didn’t really expect anyone to take the time to respond to her note. She thought they might one of those vague, stock letters that politicians and famous people often send out.

Which is why she was so surprised when this letter landed in her letterbox:

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I literally tear up every single time I read the last line, “I may become the first woman President, but you Lilly, could be the next.”

Lillary’s parents decided to share the letter with everyone so that others could share in the Hill-spiration – and ohh, we’re glad they did.

So what have we learned, weepy gals? Whatever you want to be, don’t quit. Because Hillary sure as hell hasn’t.

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Sometimes, the internet gets you down. Instagram makes you wish that you were somewhere in the Bahamas; Snapchat makes you wish that your parents had lets you go to Daisy’s birthday pool party; YouTube makes you wish you could do amazing winged eyeliner.

But then sometimes, the internet gives you a gift, something so absolutely perfect that you literally have to spend a minute just starting longingly at the screen. This is one of those things.

You know the only thing cuter than babies, with their chubby legs and their gummy smiles?

Babies dressed as old people.

Why is this so cute? Well, there are a number of theories being bandied about at the betty offices.

Theory #1

Babies actually look a lot like old people. They have thin hair and gummy smiles and they sometimes need help walking.

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Theory #2

Their chubby cheeks actually support glasses really well. And my god, they can rock a cardigan and mid calf socks like it’s nobody’s business.

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Theory # 3

Old people sometimes have a wistful look in their eye; a look that says “I have been places and I have seen things. I remember the day JFK was killed and the day the Neil Armstrong landed on the moon”. It’s pretty much the exact same look that babies get when they learn the word for ‘pasta’ or take two steps without falling over.

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Look, it’s impossible to really pinpoint what exactly is so cute about paediatrics dressed as geriatrics, but let’s not explain the magic away. Let’s just stare at the adorable tiny humans and weep.

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Stop whatever you are doing. No, I mean it.

If you’re painting your toenails – abandon it mid-toe, no one will notice.

If you’re watching an episode of Gilmore Girls, press pause. Like, actually press pause. The only background noise that is appropriate for this level of adorableness is this song, so put it on before you scroll.

If you’re performing open heart surgery – yeah, you should probably carry on doing that. But as soon as you’re done, you should look at this.

In Melbourne, Australia there was a dachshund race this weekend. In case you’re unfamiliar with dachshunds, they are the most ridiculous looking dogs, with long bodies and tiny, tiny legs, often known as sausage dogs. Because, you know, they look like sausages.

Watch their tiny legs!

Dachshund Racing #sausagedog #puppies #hophausdachyrace #races #costumeparade with @misssubashini

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And, because sometimes the world is truly a magical place, there is also a dress up competition.

There was Longfellow. Who has a lead made of sausages and was dressed as a Pokemon trainer. Longfellow, you caught all of our hearts.

This is a dog dressed as a taco. A TACO. And his body is the sausage. Wahh.

#hophausdachyrace #tacos

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What is this, you ask. Is that a tiny dog dressed as a tiny bus? With picture of other, even tinier dogs in the windows. Why, yes, yes it is.

We are so excited to be sponsoring the Dachshund Race in Melbourne today. 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each of the 4 category finals each take home @rosehipvitalcanine – as do the 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the costume competition. Now those are some lucky daxies!! 💙🙌 This morning our friend Naomi & her beautiful boy pictured here (Joshie) from @my_dachshund_online were interviewed on ABC 774 about the event! They are raising money for Dachshund Rescue Australia. Our friends @bella_and_bailey_the_dachies & @frankiethelilsausage will be there too. Good luck everyone 👏💖💙 #hophausdachyrace #rosehipvitalcanine #wienerraces2015 #raffle #donate #showbags #dachshund #dachshundlove #dachshundsonly #dachshundoftheday #dachshundsofinstagram #dachie #doxie #wiener #sausagedog #minidachshund #standarddachshund #weekend #weeklyfluff #aplacetolovedogs #my_dachshund_online

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These ones are in love, guys. They are in love. And they’re a bride and groom and it’s just too much.

Outside the church on the way home from the dachshund races #hophaus #hophausdachyrace #doggroom #dogbride

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This is an animal dressed as another animal. It’s a dog dressed as a purple octopus. Except, it’s got the eight fake legs and four real ones, so it’s more like a dodeca-pus. Whatever, it’s cute. Accept it.

Then there was this little guy, who looks like the perfect prom date.

Chillin in the VIP area like… 😑 #nophotosplease . . .

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And finally… the tied winners of the fancy dress prize were these tiny criminal sisters. Their owner Olivia even got in on the fun, dressing up as a police officer that was accompanying her miniature delinquents. In case you were wondering, but didn’t believe it was possible for anything to be quite this cute, yes those ARE striped cupcake holders on their heads that look like tiny hats.

Thanks for dressing up with us our favourite hooman Livvy! #hophausdachyrace #bestdressed

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Ok, now you can go back to your toes or Gilmore Girls. You’re welcome.

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Prepare to squeal, because Weepy Girls’ Corner has come to life – whiskers and all.

Yes, the inside of Clapham Common tube station is now entirely covered in cat photos. All 68 advert spaces in the South London Underground station have been filled with photos of adorable wide-eyed felines. No more weight loss ads, no impossibly glam models or fast food or mortgage loans or holidays you can’t afford – just cats.

It’s all the work of The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (‘CATS’, lol), who have been crowdfunding money to fund the #catsnotads stunt for months. Over £23,000 was raised by campaign supporters, enough to make the furry dream a reality.

Cat photos on tube station barriers

Um, why though? The answer: because it is nice. Or as the CATS team put it,

Wouldn’t it be great not to worry about the holiday we can’t afford, the car we don’t need, or the body we don’t have? Imagine a world where public spaces made you feel good.

It would! We can!

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And just in case your heart isn’t warmed enough, most of the cats in the photos are residents at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home or Cats Protection – meaning they’re all in need of loving homes. Don’t all hug the posters at once, now.

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Images: Twitter/weglimpse ; CATS