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Veterinarian finds 21 pacifiers in dog's stomach

Dr. Chris Rispoli has been a practicing veterinarian since 1997, but nothing could prepare him for what he calls his “most fascinating and exciting surgery.”

According to a Facebook post shared by Gentle Care Animal Hospital, Rispoli found 21 pacifiers in a dog’s stomach.

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The Edmond, Oklahoma, veterinarian was brought in after parents of a newborn pieced together the mystery of missing pacifiers.

It started with a grandmother witnessing the pup jump onto a counter and take a pacifier. The dog’s eating slowed, and eventually it vomited up a pacifier. That’s when the parents took the dog in for an X-ray.

What the team initially believed was seven to nine pacifiers ended up being more than double that.

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According to the report, the dog is doing just fine and is heading home.

Kwanzaa: 7 things to know

Kwanzaa is a relatively modern holiday that began just over 50 years ago. Since then, Kwanzaa has grown in popularity and has been commemorated with postage stamp designs and mentioned by several presidents as part of their holiday greetings. Unless you celebrate Kwanzaa, you may not be aware of the traditions and philosophy that are important to its meaning and celebration. Here are seven things to know about Kwanzaa.

>> Read more trending news Why and when it was created Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a black nationalist who became a college professor. He created the holiday in the aftermath of the Watts riots in Los Angeles as an effort to unite and empower the African-American community, and it was first celebrated that year. The origins of its name Inspired by traditional harvest festivals, Kwanzaa takes its name from a Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” Over 2,000 languages are spoken in Africa, so Swahili, which is spoken by millions, was chosen since it’s a unifying language. An extra “a” was added to the end of the original word because seven children each wanted to represent a letter at the first Kwanzaa celebration. Who can celebrate KwanzaaBecause it’s celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, some people assume that Kwanzaa is an alternative to Christmas. It’s a cultural celebration that has a spiritual quality, but the holiday is not a religious one. And although it celebrates African culture, people of any race or ethnic background can participate in the holiday’s events and customs. Why it lasts for seven daysEach of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to a principle, which gives each day a specific meaning and purpose on which to focus. The seven principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The colors of KwanzaaThe colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green, and they’re used to represent unity for people of African descent worldwide. Black represents the people, red for their noble blood that unites them and green for the rich land of Africa. The meaning of the candelabraA seven-branched candelabra called a kinara is used to help discuss and celebrate the principles, with a new candle being lit each night. One is black, three are red and three are green, and the black candle is placed in the center. The black candle, which represents unity, is lit on the first day of Kwanzaa. Red candles are placed to the left and green to the right and are lit in that order. The order of the candles indicates that the people come first, followed by the struggle and then hope. The importance of foodFood is an important part of many holidays, and Kwanzaa is no exception. Many people celebrate with their favorite African-American dishes – along with traditional African, Caribbean and other appropriate recipes – throughout the week. The holiday culminates with a feast (known as Karamu) on Dec. 31, with dishes meant to symbolize the past as well as the current growth of African culture. 

Grammy-nominated Jekalyn Carr to sing the national anthem at Celebration Bowl

Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr will perform the national anthem at the 2017 Celebration Bowl on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The game, which begins at noon, pits North Carolina A&T State University against Grambling State University.

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In 2016, Carr, a singer, speaker and preacher, released her album, “The Life Project,” which included the single, “You’re Bigger.”  Soon, she will release her first book, “You Will Win: Inspirational Strategies To Help You Overcome” and her fourth album, “One Nation Under God.”

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2017 Celebration Bowl will be held noon Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW. For tickets go the Celebration Bowl website   or Ticketmaster, ( 1-800-745-3000.) The Celebration Bowl also offers a “ME Plus 3” ticket purchase offer has been extended through Friday. Fans can purchase four tickets for the price of three. Ticket prices range from $50 to $175. www.thecelebrationbowl.com

She shares her secret list of 200 perfect stocking stuffers all under $2

Stocking stuffers might be last on your holiday shopping list. If you’ve run low on budget by that point in the process, here are 200 options that are each less than $2.

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She shares fun gifts for kids of all ages. A lot of the things may seem obvious, but once you start thinking of things in the context of stocking stuffers, you start to see options everywhere. Who doesn’t like a good box of crayons?

Spinner lip gloss is the perfect stocking stuffer — here’s how to DIY it

If you can’t get your kids to put down their fidget spinners for a second, you can at least add a little something practical to the toys.

This creative DIY from YouTuber Sylvia Gani shows how to add lip gloss or Chapstick to a fidget spinner.

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Your kids will love finding the upgraded version of this favorite toy in their stockings.

People are raving about Miller High Life’s festive holiday bottle

Miller High Life is taking their slogan “The Champagne of Beers” to a new level this holiday season by selling special-edition champagne bottles of the brew. For the second year in a row, the 750-milliliter bottles will be available in Chicago, and this year they’re rolling out the one-of-a-kind cold ones in Milwaukee.

The bottles will feature a gold wrapping around the top with the logo “the champagne of beers” imprinted on a red label. Miller High Life’s brand manager Taylor Brown explained in a blog post, “It’s a perfect shareable bottle, and we know the holidays are all about sharing beers and fun times with family and friends.” He added, “This is a way to remind drinkers that we truly are the champagne of beers.”

Miller High Life Is Selling Beer In Actual Champagne Bottles https://t.co/bcB8qRIhp4 via @VinePair pic.twitter.com/XYxzbk76LJ — MillerCoors (@MillerCoors) December 11, 2017

When the brand unveiled the bottles last year, they flew off the shelves, and Miller has definitely taken the hint — they say that if the sales are successful this year, they’ll expand into even more markets. As an added bonus, the bottles won’t burn a hole in your pocket; they’re selling for $1.99 individually or $22.99 for a 12-pack.

RELATED: Can you drink 3 beers faster than a friend can finish 3 shots? You can with this nifty bar trick

Miller High Life has a long history in Milwaukee, as the brand launched there in 1903. According to their website, High Life was first served in the Wisconsin city, which has a rich history in the wide world of beer.

Miller High Life wants drinkers in Chicago and Milwaukee to make their New Year’s toast this year with the Champagne of Beers. https://t.co/5RIBlaJ3NZ pic.twitter.com/u32wmUAb4r — MillerCoors (@MillerCoors) December 8, 2017

When it first came out, the beer was even sold in champagne bottles. They released it on Dec. 30, just in time for the new year. From the beginning, they touted themselves as the “champagne of bottle beer,” and the slogan first appeared on the bottles in 1954, though it was in advertisements much earlier. Their mascot — a girl raising a glass of the fine drink while sitting on a crescent moon, hasn’t changed in the century that they’ve been in business.

Can you drink 3 beers faster than a friend can finish 3 shots? You can with this nifty bar trick

Want to score a free drink? Here’s another bar bet that you’re sure to win.

Challenge a friend to finish three shots in less time than it takes you to drink three beers. The loser has to buy the next round.

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There are only two rules: You get to drink one of your beers before you friend is allowed to tackle the shots, and neither of you can touch the other person’s drinks.

RELATED: This bar riddle hinges on a guessing game that you can’t lose

Once you’ve finished your beer, turn the empty glass upside down and place it over one of your friend’s shots. Hey, that’s totally allowed — after all, it’s not like you touched one of the shots to do it! But your friend can’t touch the beer glass to get to the shot! Then, you can drink the rest of the beers at your leisure.

As usual, we recommend only making this bet with a good friend who understands your sense of humor (and is willing to pony up the money for more drinks)!

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Christmas 2017: Top ugly holiday sweater ideas

In recent years, the combination of Christmas and tacky sweaters has taken on a life of its own. Festive people aspire to wear the ugliest holiday sweater possible. Whether it’s including as many adornments as possible, breaking out a ratty and worn polyester pullover or sporting animals in full holiday cheer, here’s a roundup of ugly Christmas sweater ideas to inspire you. Shiny wreathWhat’s says Christmas more than a wreath with a little shine? Take your Christmas tackiness to a new level with a shiny wreath pinned to your red or green sweater. For a little extra bling, string some lights to the wreath and load with a battery pack to keep it shining. The fireplaceIf the coziness of sitting by a blazing fire in the winter tickles your fancy, you’ll love this ugly Christmas sweater idea. This sweater can be pre-purchased with a trimmed fireplace and a pocket in the middle of sweater for your phone. Download an app on your phone to provide virtual flames. Trim the treeGet your craftiness ready to whirl with this shiny and embellished sweater. You’ll need shiny garland, small ornaments and lots of glue, but the end result is a tree to inspire even the grinchiest with a smidge of Christmas spirit. By the way: Don’t forget the ornament to top the tree.

>> Read more trending stories Stuffed stockingNeed some wine or sweet treats to keep you going through the holiday season? This stocking stuffer sweater is just what you need. A beer lover’s ChristmasYet another DIY ugly Christmas sweater idea, this one entails the usage of hundreds of bottle tops to make a Christmas tree. Take a red or green sweater and gather all your bottle tops. Arrange them on the sweater and glue them into the shape of a tree. Top off the tree with a metallic bow for a touch of glitz. Snow globeBring the wishes of a White Christmas to life with this ugly Christmas sweater in the fashion of a snow globe. Take a plastic tablecloth and fold in half, being careful to stuff it with the insides with a pillow to look like artificial snow. An ugly tie tree For this creation, all of the old ugly ties of Christmases pasts can be put to good use. Gather your ugly Christmas ties and arrange them in a tree pattern on an old sweater. Easy peasy Christmas sweater to don at all your holiday parties in the season. Matching couple sweaters Want to look tacky as a pair? Wear the ugliest Christmas sweater connected to one other person to have double the fun and double the tackiness. Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerPay homage to Santa’s favorite reindeer and favorite helper of them all with this Christmas sweater. Start with a black sweater vest and decorate with big eyes and a red nose. Layer a brown long-sleeved shirt underneath the sweater vest, attaching stems to look like antlers on your sleeves.

Hitler-themed homework assigned to middle-schoolers angers parents

Parents in a Chicago suburb are furious after their kids brought home a homework assignment called “If You Give Hitler a Country.” The assignment reportedly told the students to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler.”

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At Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, eighth-grader Michael Masterton told WGN that “everyone in the class was given the paper and it tells you all the requirements.” His mother, Kelly, was a bit more taken aback by the homework, telling the Chicago station, “I asked him, ‘Did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’ and he said yes. … I’m not sure what the appropriate manner is to use a swastika.” The concerned mother posted the image to her Facebook page and said, “[I] don’t think [the teacher] did it to be anti-Semitic. I think she was trying to teach that there was propaganda. ... It did not come through that way.”

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On the handout, a cartoon character is shown wearing a Nazi uniform and sporting an Adolf Hitler mustache while giving a Nazi salute. Michael told NBC Chicago that he asked for an alternative assignment, saying, "Some kids were being a bit immature and trying to make this assignment a little bit funny, and it’s disgusting.”

School board president Carla Little apologized in a statement and said the assignment was aimed at teaching students about the appeasement negotiations between the Nazis and opposing countries and the events leading up to World War II. Kelly said she’s not satisfied with the school's explanation and wants to know “that they’re not going to go ahead and give more assignments and make light of it.”

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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel holds infant son during tearful monologue about children's health care

On Monday, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue while holding his 7-month-old son, Billy, after taking a week off as the baby boy recovered from heart surgery.

>> Jimmy Kimmel: Senator ‘lied right to my face’ about health care

A tearful Kimmel asked lawmakers to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired two months ago.

>> Round 3: Jimmy Kimmel continues criticism of GOP’s health-care bill

"This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids," Kimmel said. "It’s always had bipartisan support, but this year, they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their billionaire and millionaire donors."

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He continued: "And imagine getting that letter, literally not knowing how you will be able to afford to save your child’s life. It's not a hypothetical. About 2 million CHIP kids have serious chronic conditions. I don’t know about you, I’ve had enough of this. I don’t know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children."

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Kimmel's son, who was born with congenital heart disease, has had two heart surgeries and will have another at age 6, according to his show's YouTube page.

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