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Learn the Meaning of Everyday Phrases With Comedian Eddie Brill

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Have you ever heard of a famous everyday phrase, but never knew what it really means or where it came from? Well, now you can be the smartest student in class -- grab your notebook and a seat, it's time to learn some awesome trivia on "Famous Phrases!"

HooplaHa's hysterical new hit web series "Famous Phrases" brings you to the front row of the classroom to meet Professor Good N' Well, an expert on everything words! He'll take you through history as we find out the origins of words and phrases we hear and use every day. In this week's premiere episode, Professor Good N' Well searches his home for his beloved cat, but can't seem to find her in the bag she usually hangs out in. With the "cat out of the bag," Professor Good N' Well asks his faithful students on the street where they think the phrase came from.

Professor Good N' Well is played by comedian Eddie Brill. With more than 100 appearances in both TV and film, Eddie is best known for his work on The Late Show with David Letterman and is also a regular contributor to HooplaHa.

Stay tuned for more "Famous Phrases" with Professor Good N' Well, every other Friday only on HooplaHa! Want more feel good videos? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to smile!

Producer/Editor - Andrew "Oz" Osborne

Director of Photography - Dan Salazar III

Production Coordinator - Nina Giordano

Prof. Good N' Well - Eddie...

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Fearless Woman Climbs to New Heights for Love and Community

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Jes Meiris does what few women do -- she climbs some of the largest peaks in our country! She recently smashed a record for climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California. The previous record of four days was easily crushed when Jes completed the climb in under 27 hours....

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Special Olympic Athlete Inspires All With His Triumphant Story

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:25 PM

This week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment is about a boy who inspires through his participation in the Special Olympics. Ian Shepherd participates in the Special Olympics not only for himself but to help inspire and teach other athletes. His positive spirit gives other people hope and inspiration. A sense of accomplishment is the real victory Ian; and knowing he is inspiring others is all he needs!

Check in every week for more Chicken Soup For The Soul Moments presented by HooplaHa! And click here to subscribe.

Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books that, for over 20 years, have allowed people just like you to share extraordinary stories that can change someone's life, or even the world. We have been proud to share this inspirational HooplaHa video story with...

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Soldier's Memory Lives On Through the Kick of a Soccer Ball

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:28 PM

In the town of Wilton, Connecticut, soccer has made a huge impact. Sitting in the town center is a collection basket filled with soccer balls. These soccer balls will make a very unique journey around the world to reach the hands of children of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

Nick Madaras was the son of Bill and Shalini Madaras. Always competitive, determined, and smiling, Nick excelled on the soccer field and was known as "the defender," a role he took to naturally. Unbeknownst to his parents, the senior at Wilton High took initiative and enlisted in the Army. When he returned from his time abroad to see his family, he brought back hundreds of photos of happy, smiling children. Realizing the children didn't have much to play with regardless of their optimistic attitude, he proposed the idea of bringing soccer balls back with him for the second part of his tour.

A month after he left home, Nick was killed in action. It was then Bill and Shalini decided to spread Nick's spirit and love for soccer through the Kick for Nick program, a non-profit organization that distributes soccer balls across the country and the world. Since 2006, Kick for Nick has distributed more than 45,000 soccer balls globally. Nick's passion for soccer also lives on through the Nick Madaras Scholarship Award, given to a Wilton High School soccer player who exemplifies the commitment, dedication and sportsmanship Nick possessed while playing. Other memorials include the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras home in Bridgeport, CT, and Nick Madaras Field in Wilton.

If you would like to learn more about Kick for Nick, please go here. Stay connected with Kick for Nick on Facebook.

This HooplaHa Original was produced by Heather Holloway. Want more HooplaHa Originals? Check out our YouTube channel -- and don't forget to...

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Corporate Executive Trades Briefcase for Golden Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Robert Swanson is the owner of Overlook Goldens in Sherman, CT. Before he was a dog breeder, he was a Vice President in corporate America. When the company he worked for moved overseas, he was given a package and set free.

Then came a new choice -- go back...

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Makeup Tips From the Stars of 'Life in the Dog House'

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:48 PM

As queens of the YouTube series "Life in the Dog House," which follows a family and their eight rescue dogs, Mariesa and Gremlin have many secrets hidden within the drawers of their beauty cabinets. These beauty experts have all the tips and tricks you'll need. Watch them get glamorous and...

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Professional Organizer Turns House Into Home For a Single Dad and His Boys

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:08 PM

For professional organizer Barbara Reich, no cluttered room is a challenge. With a 360-degree approach to organizing, Barbara can take any room from messy to magical! With more than 15 years of experience, Barbara has appeared on TODAY and has also written an award-winning book for Simon & Schuster, "Secrets...

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Dentist Crowns Career With Love for Lifelong Talent

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:29 AM

Steve Lipman is an accomplished dentist with a passion for music! Known as "The Singin' Dentist," Lipman not only runs a successful dentist practice, but is an accomplished jazz singer with sold out shows!

In this fun video, we sit down with Steve as he tells us the stories...

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Comic Book Artist Draws From Passion to Rescue Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:01 AM

In the latest installment of Chicken Soup For The Soul moment we bring you the creative and heroic Matt Miner. Matt is a comic book creator, and animal activist from Rockaway, NY. He and his wife are dedicated animal rescuers who are fiercely passionate about giving abused dogs and cats...

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Non-Profit Matches Veterans With Therapy Dogs for Life Changing Support

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:11 AM

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11). Their goal is to give a new "leash" on life to both rescue dogs and to military vets who were injured -...

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New Movie Theater Provides Meaningful Employment for Disabled Adults

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:52 AM

The Prospector Theater is a brand new and fully functional, state-of-the-art, first-run movie theater, restaurant, entertainment and event venue in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The mission behind the Prospector is to provide adults with disabilities opportunities for meaningful employment and vocational training, which allows them to be a part of their community....

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5 New Year's Resolutions to Make Every Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 11:17 AM

With every new year comes a clean slate and the opportunity to make your next 365 days as meaningful as possible. What are some of your resolutions? We came up with some resolutions you should make this year and every year after. Happy New Year from all of us at...

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7-Year-Old Gives Bags Full of Blessings to the Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Caiden is a 7­-year-­old boy who lives in Winston­-Salem, North Carolina. After observing homeless people on the street, he initially wanted to host a pizza party for them. However, when his church came up with the idea of "Blessing Bags" -- Ziploc bags with water, toothbrushes, socks, and other daily...

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Acceptance Workshop Encourages Teens to Gain a New Perspective on Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Challenge Day is a traveling workshop tailored for high school students in an effort to break barriers. Focused on the similarities they possess rather than their differences, students go through multiple activities to learn more about themselves and each other. We went to Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, to...

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Hit the Jackpot With 5 Breathtaking Las Vegas Views

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:13 PM

If you are lucky enough to join some 300,000 people for New Year's Eve in the party capital of the world, make sure you don't miss these spots. In this #LuxeVegas trip, our favorite Vegas tour/party guide, Robin Leach, shows us breathtaking views from some of the highest points. Trust...

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Conventional Wisdom With Prince EA

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Prince Ea is an inspirational spoken-word artist. With millions of likes and shares on Facebook, HooplaHa is so happy to team up with Prince Ea to help spread inspiration and motivation! Check out the first episode of this awesome series, Conventional Wisdom With Prince Ea, where Prince tells us how...

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Spring Comes to Life With These Beautiful Flowers

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 6:27 PM

At the beginning of March, I was able to shed the dreary gloom of winter from my life and step into something a little more refreshing. Unfortunately for me, this change of scenery consisted of rain, a lot of it. For the past few weeks, leaving the winter doom meant...

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Happiness Sprinklers Invade Street Corners in Search of Smiles (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Tell them you love them.

You are enough.

YOU are the good news.

It's going to be okay.

A little positivity can make gray skies blue again and that's exactly what the Happiness Sprinkling Project aims to do. With encouraging signs, free hugs, and endless smiles, check out all of the positivity that the "sprinklers" are spreading to make the world a happier place, one street corner at a...

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Babies Waiting for Dad to Come Home is Adorable x 1,000,000 (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Babies get excited about everything -- from food to new toys -- but nothing is more exciting (or adorable) than getting to see their parents! Check out this compilation video of these precious babies expressing their excitement when they see their dads come home! Think you can handle the cuteness?

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WATCH: Grab Your Lederhosen, 11 Year Old Kid Chef Celebrates Oktoberfest

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Chef Peter decides to get in touch with his Bavarian roots as he turns the traditional barbecue into a kid-friendly Oktoberfest. With bratwurst, weisswurst, potato salad, and apfelschorle it will be the best wursts you've ever had!

For more Oktoberfest fun, check out

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