23 Women Reveal What Their Favorite Positions Are…and They’re Not What You Think

Mar 11, 2016 By Mandy Kennedy 0

This Elderly Woman Handled a Scary Passenger on the Train in a Way No One Else Would Have Dared

Feb 11, 2016 By Christina Caldwell 0

It’s tough to give the strange people you meet on public transportation the benefit of the doubt.

Between the weird, smelly sandwiches they insist on eating to their utter disregard for your personal space, some of the strangest people you meet will be on the train. But one viral Facebook post might make you think twice about judging fellow passengers.

When 6’5″ tall bald man entered the sky train in Vancouver shouting, cursing and generally scaring everyone around, it was a 70-year-old woman who swooped in to ease the situation.

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In a miraculous display of humanity, the woman reached for the man’s hand and held it, according to a Facebook post written by an observer.

“While everyone was scared, this one seventy year old woman reached out her hand, tightly gripping his hand until he calmed down, sat down silently, with eventual tears in his eyes,” witness Ehab Taha wrote.

Sometimes these kind of situations just need a mother’s touch, and the woman gave that to the man quite literally.

“I spoke to the woman after this incident and she simply said, ‘I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch,'” Taha wrote.

Taha’s takeaway from the event is one we could all use to remember in our most stressful commuting moments.

“Don’t fear or judge the stranger on the bus: life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.”

This School Note Softened the Blow Of Test Scores In the Kindest Way

Feb 4, 2016 By Christina Caldwell 0

We’ve all felt the disappointment of a bad test score.

As standardized testing has become the norm at an earlier and earlier age, some educators have noticed that scores sometimes deflate students’ self confidence.

Harmony Hill Primary School in Northern Ireland decided to do something about it.

In a letter that the school asked students to read before opening their Transfer Test scores, they gave kids a little pep talk. And it was beautiful.

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The full note reads:

“Before you open the envelope with your score in it, we want you to read this first.

Inside the envelope is a score. It’s a score you’ve been waiting for but it might not be the score you’ve been hoping for. If that’s the case, it’s only natural that you will feel disappointed.

We will be very sorry about that and will feel disappointed ‘for you’ too – but we won’t feel disappointed ‘in you.’

Unfortunately, in life, things don’t always work out the way we want them to and it can take a little time to sort out the feelings and thoughts we can have when that happens. We know that each of you has worked very hard and with a great attitude. No score can ever take that away from you.

In fact, we believe that your attitude and who you are as a person is much more than any mark on a test. Who you are and the attitudes you have with travel with you whatever school is fortunate is enough to have you as one of their new pupils in September.

That is so important.

You are quite simply ‘unique’ and we are very proud of you. Make us proud whatever school you go to. Don’t give up easily when the going gets tough. Grow up to be kind, caring, generous, loving adults who make a positive difference to this world by how you live your life.

Remember, the score in the envelope is just a mark for some tests. It cannot measure how amazing you are! So, no matter what happens in the next few minutes, today you must celebrate YOU!

With love from all the staff!”

Now that’s how you encourage students to try their best.

LEGO Caved to an Online Petition and Created One of Their Best Minifigs Yet

Feb 1, 2016 By Christina Caldwell 0

Check Out Barbie’s Brand New Body (Or Should We Say ‘Bodies’?)

Jan 28, 2016 By Christina Caldwell 0

People have been saying it for years. Barbie’s one-size-fits-all body type needs to go.

…And now it has!

After three consecutive years of plummeting sales, the big change couldn’t have come at a better time for Mattel.

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Jan 8, 2016 By Abby Heugel 0

These 18 Animals Could Become Extinct in Your Lifetime

Aug 4, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

According to the Guardian, species around the world are disappearing at almost 1,000 times the natural rate — which means we’re losing around 150-200 species every day. Close to 15% of all mammal species and 11% of all bird species are currently listed as threatened with extinction.

And while the human population shows no signs of slowing down, we continue to appropriate more land to develop cities, acquire natural resources, and build farms, not realizing or caring that we’re destroying other creatures’ natural habitats (not to mention man-made disasters like oil spills, climate change, acid rain, and over-hunting and fishing).

These animals are just a fraction of the thousands in danger of extinction…

Hooded Seal

Hooded seals, which are found only in the central and western North Atlantic, have been heavily hunted since the turn of the century.

Prior to the 1940s, they were hunted for leather and oil deposits, though more recently, threats include subsistence hunting, and bycatch.

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Tree Kangaroo

Tree kangaroos, as their name suggests, are marsupials who live in trees. They live in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, far northeastern Queensland, Australia, and other islands in the region.

The two most significant threats to tree kangaroos are habitat loss and hunting. Their natural habitats are destroyed by logging and timber production which, in turn, exposes them to predators. They are also hunted by native tribes and communities, which markedly contributes to the population decline of the species.

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Bearded Vulture

These exotic looking birds of prey inhabit Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.

Bearded vultures have been persecuted in significant numbers because people feared (without justification) that they regularly carried off children and domestic animals.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that are are only 10,000 pairs in the wild worldwide.

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Axolotl

The axolomeh (maddeningly, the plural of axolotl), which are also known as Mexican walking fish, are actually not fish at all. These amphibians originate from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City.

As of 2010, wild axolomeh are nearly extinct due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, and a 2013 search turned up no surviving individuals in the wild.

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Saiga Antelope

Originally inhabiting the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia, the saiga antelope is probably one of the most unique looking creatures in the world. Currently, it is only found in one location in Russia, and three areas in Kazakhstan.

The saiga antelope has been heavily hunted for centuries. Its horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, which has wiped the population out completely in China, where it is a Class I Protected Species, and drives major poaching and smuggling.

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