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9 Photos of Comic-Con Cosplayers Eating

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You don't usually see the heroes of comic books, TV shows and video games going to the bathroom, eating, or sleeping. But unlike fictional characters, the people in the costumes at San Diego Comic-Con do need to do these basic human activities. Here are a few photos we snapped of cosplayers at SDCC chowing down.

1. Lunch Date

Eating in a costume can be challenging. Some cosplayers need to worry about their accessories getting dirty—but the truly lucky ones even have someone else around to help them eat without messing their clothing up.

2. Accessories Not Included

Those worried about their costumes who don't want to be fed by someone else (or who don't have someone else to feed them) tend to find somewhere quiet where they can remove all the accessories that might otherwise get in the way and relax while they snack.

3. Simple Snacks

Some of those in costume choose to eat relatively simple items because they minimize the risk of messing up the costume and are a lot easier to munch on as well.

4. Burger Time

Of course, for some cosplayers, eating actually works with their costumes. In fact, as long as this Children's Hospital character didn't mess up his makeup while enjoying this burger, a little spill wouldn't hurt his look at all.

5. Unmasked

In other cases, eating is actually a pretty simple process, as long as you don't have your mask or gloves on.

6. Costume Capers

As you might guess, the simpler the costume, the easier it is to eat in. Megara's costume even allowed her to store her cell phone while she enjoyed her lunch.

7. Chat and Chew (Or Not)

Like most people, cosplayers aren't exactly thrilled to have people take pictures of them as they stuff their mouths with food. Luckily, they are also incredibly kind and wonderful people, so when I explained to them why I wanted a picture of them with food, they were all really nice about it...though many of them still asked if I could just shoot them holding their food rather than chewing it.

8. Sandwich Smiles

In part, that's probably because they were so darn excited to finish lunch and get back to the biggest pop culture convention in the world.

9. Chow Down

These cosplayers show that if you ever decide to don a costume at a convention, you have a few options: wear something simple; bring something easy to eat that's not messy; or have someone else feed you. You certainly don't want to walk around in a full-body Transformers costume all day without enjoying so much as a granola bar.

If you couldn't care less about the eating, but just want to check out some great cosplay, don't miss my gallery with over 200 costumes, or if you're looking for a pretty face, I also have 50 photos of some of the most lovely women at the convention.

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This 90-Year-Old Has Knitted More Than 2000 Hats for Newborn Babies
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Since 2009, 90-year-old Barbara Lowe has been a fixture at Hillcrest Hospital outside Cleveland, but she's not a patient. Almost a decade ago, the Mayfield Heights, Ohio, resident took it upon herself to begin knitting tiny hats for newborn babies delivered at Hillcrest, and has now delivered 2252 hats and counting, according to ABC News.

Lowe lives in a senior living complex across the street from the hospital, so it was an easy jump to go from whipping up hats for the children of her family and friends to delivering teeny headgear to the maternity ward.

Seven pastel knit caps lie on a wooden table.
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Using fine baby yarns, Lowe makes ribbed hats with a brim and a detachable flower, spending around four hours on each one. They come in a variety of pastel colors. Lowe is known around town for her work with the hospital, and the manager at the Michaels store she buys her supplies from gives her a discount on the yarn she uses for hospital caps.

"It's my therapy," Lowe told ABC News. "When you're 90, you've got aches and pains. You don't want to think about it. Well, you're not thinking about it if you're concentrating on what you're doing."

Lowe learned to crochet and sew as a child, and later taught herself to knit. She considers it a "dream" to be able to give back to her community by gifting the hats to new parents and their bundles of warm-headed joy. According to the hospital, the hats do more than just keep babies toasty after their first bath—they provide a teaching opportunity to help new parents learn how to keep their babies feeling warm, as a hospital official told Cleveland.com.

[h/t ABC News]

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Meet the Golden Retriever Who is Cleaning Up China's Polluted Rivers, One Plastic Bottle at a Time
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Instead of simply teaching his dog to “sit,” “shake,” or “roll over,” one environmentally conscious pet owner in China has trained his Golden Retriever to fetch trash from the eastern Jiangsu province’s polluted rivers, Vocativ reports.

When the dog is commanded to “retrieve,” it goes searching for plastic water bottles. The pooch reportedly collects around 20 to 30 bottles a day, and has removed more than 2000 items from the region’s waterways in the past decade.

According to a 2016 report by Public Radio International, China—along with Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—is one of the world’s leading producers of plastic ocean waste.  Together, the five Asian nations contribute as much as 60 percent of the plastic waste that enters the world’s seas.

This statistic is staggering—but thanks to this persistent dog, we’re reminded that every little bit helps to make a difference.

[h/t Vocativ]

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