While we were busy grilling and posting Instagram video of fireworks in celebration of America's independence, Egyptians were posting pics of protests, as they demanded a more inclusive government. President Mohammad Morsi was eventually ousted – and the whole coup played out online.
Stateside, things online were much calmer – and cuter. Check out what happened this week.
What began as a fun day at the zoo ended with a lesson in the sometimes brutal nature of life.
A man accompanying a boy to the zoo caught the circle of life on camera when a snow leopard attacked – and devoured – a squirrel in its enclosure.
"Look, Justice, the tiger is coming to talk to you!" the man says excitedly, right before the big cat pounces on its prey.
We've been waiting all year to say these words: The Puppy Cam is back.
It's been four years and four litters since the Internet discovered that watching lumpy, wiggly mounds of fluff could be the most engrossing and blood-pressure-reducing activity known to man, and it's a thrill to say hello to the latest group of Shiba Inu puppies from San Francisco.
This litter, named the D-Team, consists of five puppies: boys Dalichi and Dango, which means dumpling (could this get any cuter?), and girls Dosha, Daisuki and Dakota (the only one in the litter with a cream-colored coat).
These humans had a working vacation for a good cause.
Kristen Bell has a thing for sloths – by now, the whole world knows this.
The actress outed herself as an extreme sloth enthusiast this week when she told Ellen DeGeneres the story of how she suffered an all-out meltdown after fiancé Dax Shepard surprised her with a sloth visit for her birthday. What's there to love – so much – about the tree-dwelling animals?
"Whenever I'm feeling down, I Google 'baby sloth videos,'" she once said. "I challenge you to do it right now if you're in a bad mood and not absolutely have a smile on your face."
Fluffy, wide-eyed, bushy tailed – quite possibly the prettiest kitty we've ever seen.
What's the most frightening creature you can think of? Marvin Cruz, a burly, 47-year-old man with tattoos and a shaved head, can't think of anything worse than being in the same room as a puppy.
In fact, his fear of pit bulls is so debilitating that he cries at the sight of a pit bull puppy at a dog park.
Marvin is just one of the subjects of Animal Planet's My Extreme Animal Phobia, a series in which people who fear everything from birds to snakes to moths go through immersion-therapy treatment with psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio in order to overcome their phobias.
In the new movie 50/50, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan put a funny spin on cancer – with help from a furry friend.
Gordon-Levitt, who plays a man suffering from a rare form of cancer, seems less than thrilled when his on-screen girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) gives him a retired racing dog named Skeletor to help with the healing process.
"What, does he have a medical license?" he says, staring blankly at the doe-eyed pooch who looks like he just wants a hug.
An interview with the President of the United States is serious business, and Scholastic News kid reporters Jacob Schroeder and Topanga Sena kept things very professional for their interview with President Barack Obama.
The two members of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps asked their subject tough questions about the country's challenges and the importance of a good education, and they kept straight faces throughout the interview. But the President had other ideas.
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