Lautertal, Germany Michael Probst/AP
Hungarian sheepdogs run through the snow in southern Germany
Pulik (the plural of Puli) are rare Hungarian sheepdogs, and while look like moving mops, they have all the great sheepdog qualities, such as agility and loyalty. But as this photo of Quastie and Gin-Gin, two Pulik from southern Germany, shows, the mop look is a bonus, not a flaw. Watching videos of these dogs running across fields, their big old cords of hair bouncing around, is unbearably cute. If you need a pick-me-up, searching "Puli dog" on YouTube should do it.
—Amanda Marcotte, politics writer
Beverly Hills, California Photographer/Agency
Host Jimmy Fallon kisses a camera during preparations for the 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards
The Tonight Show host is showing the camera almost as much love as he showed Donald Trump. If only it had hair he could tousle?
—Matthew Rosza, breaking news writer
Saulburg, Germany Armin Weigel/Getty
An elderly woman shovels snow in the bitter winter cold
In Germany, if you have a sidewalk in front of your home, you are legally required clear it of snow and ice by 8:00am. Usually, when this responsibility falls to an elderly person, the neighbors will pitch in and help. But some Germans, paying no mind to their advanced age, refuse to accept such charity and will justify their actions by explaining, "Die frische Luft tut mir gut!" (The fresh air is good for me!). I suspect that is the case with this indefatigable senior citizen.
—Michael Hardy, director of optimization
Chonburi, Thailand Roberto Schmidt/Getty
Baby elephant 'Clear Sky' drinks milk from a bottle before going to her hydrotherapy session to strengthen her leg muscles after losing her foot
I understand crops are important and families rely on their growth. I also understand that it's easy to ignore one injured animal when you save money, to say, "well the ends justify the means." But that one injured animal happens to be an ADORABLE six-month-old elephant named Clear Sky. I hope the people responsible look at this and cry.
—Tatiana Baez, social media coordinator