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23 panda cubs make public debut, one adorably face-plants

It was cuteness overload at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Thursday when 23 panda cubs made their public debut.

Research workers had their hands full as they tried to line up all 23 cubs for a photo shoot. While most of the cubs were content to nap, there were a couple of adventurous cubs who ended up falling off the platform.

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One panda cub did an adorable face-plant, to the delight of those in attendance.

According to Chengdu, all 23 cubs were born at the facility this year.

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Chipotle cashier returns huge check to family who lost it

A Florida couple is thanking a very honest Chipotle worker for returning a lost check for $2,000.

Rools Conseillant is a cashier at a Chipotle restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida. He found the check on the floor of the restaurant. He got the address from the check and drove all the way to Cristiane Reis’ home to return it.

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Reis explained that her husband dropped the check accidentally.

“He could easily have cashed it, but he chose to knock on the door of a stranger to return the check,” Reis wrote on Facebook. “Chipotle, be proud of Rools, he rocks!”

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I was making dinner tonight when my door bell rang. This beautiful kid, a cashier at Chipotle Mexican Grill, had found...Posted by Cristiane Reis on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Boynton Beach Police Department also expressed admiration for Conseillant.

Now this deserves to go viral!!! We are so proud of you, Rools Conseillant, but we're told by your former coaches at...Posted by Boynton Beach Police Department on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Life After GreatistYou: Catching Up With Our Contestants

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $1,000!). Can you believe it's over? Watching our contestants get through six weeks of personal goal-crushing has been inspiring, fun, and informative. We're proud of each and every one of them! Now it's time for one final check-in to see how they're doing. Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are still feeling that sense of accomplishment that comes from running a six-plus-mile race like it's nothin' at all. They hope to keep up with their running routine, as well as all the other healthy habits they formed. Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is trying to get back on track after a Panda Express run and a battle with his pants. Don't let your pants tell you how to live, Brandon; show them who's boss! Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is loving every minute of her post-Whole30 brunch. But she's not straying too far from her new way of eating. Eggs and spinach over an English muffin is leaps and bounds better than, say, a big pile of syrup-soaked pancakes. Keep it up! Regina (@greatistregina) is finally relaxing after beating people up last weekend. She's long overdue for some rest, so we hope she spends the weekend chilling out with a Camelbak full of ice-cold white wine. Just kidding, you probably shouldn't do that. Probably. Finally... Our beloved mentor, Jessi (@greatistmentor), came by Greatist HQ to chat with us about the first season. Check out the video to get her take on the competition.

Police officer comforts boy having bad day at school

When a little boy laid on the ground in a moment of frustration, a police officer didn’t hesitate to lay down beside him to talk it out.

Sgt. Precious Cornner-Jones posted a photo of the touching moment to Facebook

She explained that she was attending a high-five rally at Indiana Public School 88 when she spotted the boy.

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“This little fella was having a tough morning and fell out on the floor. I seen his mother step back and look. She stated this is how he is expressing himself lately,” wrote Cornner-Jones wrote. “I decided to get on his level and talk to him. He started to cry so I wiped his tears and told him it will be ok (sic).”

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She said it’s OK for kids to have a bad day once in a while.

“These children are entitled to bad days just as us, so give them that moment to bring it together. Get on someone’s level today and make them smile!” wrote Cornner.

I've been asked WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THIS PHOTO:While supporting my Pastor Preston T Adams III and some other great...Posted by Precious Cornner-Jones on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

7 Apple Cocktails to Throw Back This Fall

We're heading outside to enjoy some sweater weather... and we just might bring a thermos of something to sip on that's a little more adult than cider. Some try to claim that summer fruit makes the best cocktails, but after a peek at these seven apple-based drinks, you'll understand why we're going hardcore (see what we did there?) with Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and McIntosh instead. 1. Cider and Bourbon Cocktail Cinnamon-infused cider sounds fancy and complicated, but if you can boil water, you can do it. A bit of orange zest nods to a classic Old Fashioned cocktail, but a sprig of fresh thyme makes this drink completely unique. 2. Green Apple Martini Standard appletinis are electric-green with creepy food coloring—not the case in this drink. This classier version uses the fruit itself (skin on, blended into a tart green apple juice) for color. Ginger-infused vodka adds just a hint of spice to offset the sweet and sour apple-lime mixture. 3. Apple and Rosemary Cocktail Apples and rosemary are just as good in a cool-weather cocktail as they are in a stuffing. Rye whiskey and bitters tint the drink a fall-like shade of gold, and a splash of fizzy apple soda to finish will please even your brown liquor-hating friends. 4. Apple Shrub Cocktail Have you tried shrub yet? Get on it! While a fruit and vinegar drink may sound weird, the sour-sweet mixture is seriously refreshing. Shrub can be sipped on its own (or with a splash of club soda), but we’re all about using it as a cocktail base. Bourbon and ginger ale over an apple cider vinegar-based shrub? Yes, please. 5. Apple Cider Sangria Whoever thinks sangria is only for summer is just plain wrong. Crisp apples and pears, fresh cider, and a hefty pour of ginger brandy are a super-refreshing base for white wine. Cheers with this bad boy over brunch or happy hour. 6. Cider Moscow Mule Plain ol’ Moscow Mules are tasty, sure (and can we talk about how obsessed we are with copper Mule mugs?), but just wait until you add cider. The spicy ginger beer blends with the sweet apple seamlessly; add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and it’s basically fall in a cup. 7. Cider Gin Fizz For another edition of classic cocktails gone apple-y, we present this cider gin fizz. Creamy and tart with just a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon syrup, this drink is dessert and a buzz all at once. Afraid of raw egg white or avoiding dairy? Top the drink with whipped aquafaba (or omit the froth altogether) and use coconut milk instead of half-and-half.

A Beginner Flow for Anyone Who's Intimidated by Yoga

A yoga studio can be an intimidating place. Just imagine: uber-limber people standing on their heads talking about downward dogs and cat-cows. Cat whats? Exactly. Before you even head to a studio class, get to know the basics with this beginner flow. This video focuses on one of the fundamental principles of yoga: connecting movement to breath. By doing so, you'll develop a proper practice and experience all of the mental and physical benefits yoga has to offer. Plus, the next time you're feeling stressed or low energy, you can use this breathing technique along with a few key poses to instantly chill out or perk up. This video is the first in a 30-day beginner yoga series led by Grokker's Celest Pereira. The program is designed to introduce new students to the foundations of yoga by teaching the basic poses, postures, and sequences that will develop strength, flexibility, and balance. Just grab a mat and hit play. Looking for more short and effective at-home workouts? Grokker has thousands of routines, so you’ll never get bored. Bonus: For a limited time, Greatist readers get 40 percent off Grokker Premium (just $9 per month) and their first 14 days free. Sign up now!

This Burn Survivor Refuses to Let Her Scars Define Her

Andrea Grant suffered third-degree burns from a gas explosion as a child. Doctors said her her skin wouldn't be able to handle the stretching that happens to women's bellies during pregnancy, but Grant proved them wrong. She has a 4-year-old daughter and another baby on the way. Now she's sharing pics from her pregnancy photo shoot to help anyone with scars realize they can feel empowered and beautiful. Grant started the organization Beyond Scars for just that reason: to help burn survivors build self-esteem and confidence. This photo shoot practices exactly what she preaches—and it makes us think of the ways we could do a better job loving ourselves.

Trendy Fall Food Ideas We Think Will Stick Around for Good

'Tis the season for pumpkin-spiced everything—and we get it, really! But there are plenty of other cool-weather eats that deserve more recognition. These seven fall foods (cider donuts! apple pie! sweet potatoes!) should be blowing up right now. 1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes Pumpkin pancakes seem like an overrated ploy to turn every fall food orange, but don’t write them off just yet. These fluffy whole-wheat cakes do involve pumpkin, but believe us when we tell you that the puree is simply there to add extra moisture to the batter. By using pumpkin instead of oil or melted butter, you can feel free to heavily pour all the maple syrup your heart desires. 2. Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola Use pumpkin to add a depth of flavor to (not overpower) an already satisfying snack. A few tablespoons of the velvety purée complements the spices and crunchy nuts that typically star in granola. We’d use this recipe for pie crusts (see #7), atop yogurt, or straight up. 3. Deep Dish Caramel Apple Pie There’s nothing wrong with fall’s favorite cavity-on-a-stick—known more fondly as candy and caramel apples… just kidding, we've got a few issues with them. Skip the tooth-chipping snack for a massive slice of deep-dish caramel apple pie. The date-nut crust envelops a maple and almond butter-based caramel filling. Make this ASAP. Take a bite. Is the caramel dripping down your chin? Good. 4. Moroccan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are a fall staple, but they don’t have to be mashed with cinnamon and ginger to taste good. The chickpea filling gets an upgrade with ras el hanout (a spice mixture that's available at most grocery stores or which can be made at home using the accompanying recipe). The cooling yogurt sauce is the best way to mellow the spicy garbanzos. 5. Baked Apple Cider Donuts Cider donuts are one of those fall-specific foods we wish were available year round. Cakey and finger-licking friendly, these baked versions are the only breakfast pastry you should make this season. Take a bite and you’ll get it. 6. Melting Sweet Potatoes You’ll find no marshmallows in this even-sweeter sweet potato dish. Roast sweet potato rounds until caramelized and tender; meanwhile, boil maple syrup with pecans until thick. Pour the world’s easiest caramel over the taters and get busy. 7. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars We never feel guilty for having a slice of pie for breakfast (hello, we had salad last night), but if you’re looking for a little less sugar than what comes in the standard back-of-the-pumpkin-can recipe, these bars are the answer. Greek yogurt and maple syrup to the rescue! Our favorite part is definitely the granola crust, something we’re going to do with all our pies from now on.

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