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Remember That Kid In Nigeria Who Almost Died of Hunger? See His Incredible Transformation!

Remember That Kid In Nigeria Who Almost Died of Hunger? See His Incredible Transformation!

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A Danish woman who saves abandoned children in Nigeria made the news and brought major focus to the horrible situation which these young children go through, while highlighting one particular child, a 2-year-old boy who was left to die on the streets. Apparently this kid, along with many others, are abandoned by their families because they are found to be witches under some deluded rational involving accusations of them trying to kill their parents or siblings. Social aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven of Denmark found this little boy roaming the streets. On January 31st of 2016 he was rescued. This photo shows Loven giving the poor child biscuits and water. The child was in such desperation that she took him in her arms to care for him. His chances of survival were very thin. But they a...
LGBT Ally: Off! Bug Spray Announced That Its Bug Spray Will No Longer Be Effective In North Carolina

LGBT Ally: Off! Bug Spray Announced That Its Bug Spray Will No Longer Be Effective In North Carolina

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Now here is a company that totally gets it.Most people only associate Off! insect repellent with camping trips and barbecues, but now the brand is part of something much bigger: equal rights. In response to the highly controversial North Carolina law that removes protections for gay and transgender people, Off! has announced that all of its bug sprays will no longer be effective within the borders of North Carolina.Boom! Mic drop!Off! confirmed in a press statement Friday that for as long as House Bill 2 is upheld, Off! products will not repel mosquitos in North Carolina, which could lead to some itchy, unpleasant consequences for the Tar Heel state as the hot and humid mosquito season nears. Here is the companys amazing statement of equality in full:Off! believes in inclusivity and respe...
Starbucks could teach KFC a lesson when it comes to how it treats veteran employees.

Starbucks could teach KFC a lesson when it comes to how it treats veteran employees.

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Everybody who works for a living deserves to make a living wage. Everybody. But the words of Derrell Odom, a Marine and veteran of two tours in Iraq, bring it home even more when he talks about life at minimum wage. "I don't want my son to look at me like I'm something less because I have to work for $7.25 and I bust my butt every day and I take pride in what I do we have a voice and we want it to be heard." Don't we owe it to people like Derrell that good jobs with benefits and a decent paycheck are part of the deal when they come back home? I'll say it again: Good jobs with benefits and a decent paycheck should be part of the deal of living here. On Veterans Day, rather than only posting well wishes to vets on Facebook, how about getting the word out that there are people like ...
What happens when a supermodel has cancer? 1 woman bravely shows the world.

What happens when a supermodel has cancer? 1 woman bravely shows the world.

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Mieko Rye has been a model for 20 years. And a successful one, at that. Gracing magazine covers andads for major brands, Rye has had what many modelsstrive for:a consistent, accomplished career in the business. Like all models,Rye has made a career that is partially dependent onmainstream approval of her appearance. She has spent the past 20 years acutely aware of what others think of her body, her skin, her hair all of it. Now Rye is battling stage 3 breast cancer. Living with canceris hard and, as we all know, takesa heavy emotional and psychological toll. But the impacts of the disease on one's appearance can also be devastating for any woman, let alone a woman who has maintained financial security and independence based on her beauty. But Rye isn't feeling sorry for herself. ...
Here are 5 times when humans helped Earth’s creatures survive.

Here are 5 times when humans helped Earth’s creatures survive.

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Sometimes in the course of human events, we really really screw things up. Some of those screwups have small consequences. Others almost wipe out entire species. Fortunately, sometimes we also realize what we've done and try to fix it. And even succeed. Here are five times when good conservation saved animals we couldn't imagine our world without and and what we could do to help out right now. 1. That time hand puppets helped save the California condor The California condor has an image problem. It's a giant roadkill-eating vulture with a bald head and a face only another condor could love. So, in grand human tradition, we did our best to get rid of them. After decades of being hunted and losing its habitat, the California condor was at the brink of extinction. By 1982, th...
Im a Dad of 3 Boys. I Married a Rape Victim& I Have Something to Say to Brock Turners Father

Im a Dad of 3 Boys. I Married a Rape Victim& I Have Something to Say to Brock Turners Father

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Sex is always intentional, and they are going to understand that even consensual sex needs to be cared for with the utmost delicacy. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life. The fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life forever alters where he can live, visit, work and how he will be able to interact with people and organizations. What I know as his father is that incarceration is not the appropriate punishment for Brock. Dan Turner Steep? Mount Everest is steep. The peak of the emotional roller coaster Brock Allen Turners rape victim has only begun to descend is steep. Six months in jail is a joke; a speed bump, if you will. The 20 minutes of action that Brocks father minimizes in his above statement will...

How Facebook is helping your friends with visual impairments ‘see’ photos.

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Last October, Facebook announced it had found a way to make its platform more accessible for users with visual impairments. Today, the company has done just that. It's all thanks to the fine folks on Facebook's Accessibility Team. Image description: Matt King is on the left, Jeff Wieland is in the middle, and Shaomei Wu is on the right. Together, they make up Facebook's Accessibility Team. Photo courtesy of Facebook, used with permission. The team, which took shape about five years ago with a goal of making the social media giant useable for everyone, celebrated the launch of automatic alternative text on April 5, 2016. The feature looks like it'll be a game-changer for the more than 39 million Facebook users who are blind and the 246 million users who have severe vis...
Couple on life support hold hands as they say final goodbye in hospital

Couple on life support hold hands as they say final goodbye in hospital

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These heartbreaking pictures show a couple holding hands as they said their final goodbye to each other in intensive care. Jim Minnini, 58, was in hospital with terminal lung cancer on May 4 when he made a desperate plea to see his wife, Cindy, one last time. Cindy – who was recovering from a heart attack she suffered after Jim was hospitalized – was in the next room after doctors transferred her to Kingston General Hospital, in Ontario, so she could be with her dying husband. She was sedated and unconscious when her partner of 24 years was taken into her room, and she did not know he had been with her until after she woke up – but by then her husband had died. The touching photographs of the couple holding hands were shared by their son, Chris, who said his father was no...
Why you should let this comic book writer inspire you to be more productive, using text messages.

Why you should let this comic book writer inspire you to be more productive, using text messages.

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People are always looking for that "one weird trick" that will rocket them to success. Life hacks are up there with cats and reaction GIFs on the list of Things the Internet Loves. Everybody's eager to find that perfect shortcut for living a full, productive life without actually doing anything. There are probably more Super Clever How-To Guides for Being Awesome online than there are people in the world. Which kinda makes sense when you think about it: We still haven't found the One True Way to Do Things Better/Stronger/Faster, so we have to keep hunting for the next best option. (Unless someone has figured it out, and they're just not telling us. In which case, not cool.) But if there's anyone who knows how to get sh*t done, it's comic book writer (and certified BA...
Its Halloween! Can You Trick-Or-Treat Your Way To A Massive Candy Haul?

Its Halloween! Can You Trick-Or-Treat Your Way To A Massive Candy Haul?

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This feature requires JavaScript to function. Its a crisp autumn night, with only the slightest hint of chill in the air. Perfect weather for your favorite thing in the world: trick-or-treating!Thats right! Today is October 31, which means its time to celebrate Halloween and go out hunting for the mouth pleasures known as candy. Are you ready to hit the streets and load up your bucket? Yes! I want to start this candy festival! No, I dont want to celebrate Halloween. This is what its all about. The crystallized fantasies known as candy, those sugary catastrophes that your tongue lusts for. Normally, your parents dont let you eat too much candy, but on Halloween you can swallow all the sweet filth you want!However, to go trick-or-treating, youre going to need a cos...
What Kind Of Magic Happens When A River Returns To The Sea?

What Kind Of Magic Happens When A River Returns To The Sea?

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It's hard-working, much-beloved, and much-abused. It hasn't even reached the sea for half a century. Until this year. 100 years ago, the Colorado River reached the sea at a 3,000-square-mile lush, green delta in the desert, home to hundreds of thousands of birds, animals, fish, and people too. After a visit to the delta in 1922, Aldo Leopold wrote, "... the river was nowhere and everywhere," for he "could not decide which of a hundred green lagoons offered the most pleasant and least speedy path to the Gulf." But for the last 50 years, that delta has been a salty wasteland, almost devoid of life. People in the U.S. and Mexico are cooperating on Minute 319, an agreement that is working to restore a regular "base flow." In spring 2014, they created a one-time pulse of wat...

The oldest whales on the planet are more ancient than ‘Moby Dick’ and have the harpoons to prove it.

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You're probably familiar with the literary classic "Moby Dick." But in case you're not, here's the gist: Moby Dick is the name of a huge albino sperm whale. (Get your mind outta the gutter.) There's this dude named Captain Ahab who really really hates the whale, and he goes absolutely bonkers in his quest to hunt and kill it, and then everything is awful and we all die unsatisfied with our shared sad existence and oops, spoilers! OK, technically, the narrator Ishmael survives. So it's actually a happy ending (kind of)! Whale's tail pale ale GIF via GoPro/YouTube And yet by some miracle, there are whales who were born before "Moby Dick" was published that are still alive today. What are the odds of that? Honestly it's hard to calculate since we can't exactly swim up to a bowhead and...
Only 4% of the world’s oceans are protected — and a lot of that’s in a country you haven’t heard of.

Only 4% of the world’s oceans are protected — and a lot of that’s in a country you haven’t heard of.

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For something that makes up 71% of the surface of the planet, it's kind of crazy to think that we only protect 4% of our ocean water. It goes without saying that water is important. It comprises 55% to 78% percent of our bodies and about 19% of the electricity in the world. tl;dr it's pretty crucial to our survival. But while water can do some amazing things, it can't stand up and protect itself from things like massive oil spills or other man-made damages to its regulatory systems. Mostly it just lays there, passively sloshing back and forth, and oh yeah, cultivating an incredible ecosystem for millions of amazing creatures. And yet, for all the time that we've spent fighting over land, there's still 140 million square miles of the Earth's surface that no one's looking out for....
He Found A Baby In The Woods In The 50s. 58 Years Later, Sheriff Tells Him THIS

He Found A Baby In The Woods In The 50s. 58 Years Later, Sheriff Tells Him THIS

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Dave Hickman was only 14 years old when he earned the label of hero. While out hunting with his father in the woods way back in the 50’s he began to hear a strange sound coming from nearby; when he checked he discovered something that would change his life forever. He found a baby girl, soaked to the bone and trapped in the weeds. After helping to nurse her back to health, this little 14-year-old boy held her one last time before she was placed up for adoption. Years went by but the thought of that little girl never left his mind, until he began searching for her in the 70’s. Finally, decades later in 2013, he got the call he had been waiting for years to get – they found her! Her name is now Mary Ellen, and like her rescuer thought of her she had often wondered what be...
A 9-year-old boy learns to be a superhero with the help of a friendly waiter.

A 9-year-old boy learns to be a superhero with the help of a friendly waiter.

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Born with a congenital heart defect, Oscar underwent open-heart surgery when he was just six days old. He was born with the condition transposition of the great arteries. "His father and I faced an uncertain future with our newborn son," Oscar's mom, Jeni, told me via email. "Our world wasn't just turned upside down it was inside out and shaken around and very confusing." Here's Oscar, the day after his surgery. All photos courtesy of Jen Goodhand-Wyatt. Thanks to help from Heart Link Children's Charity, Jeni and her husband were given accommodations near the hospital to stay near their young son as he worked through the early stages of recovery. The charity also helped by providing some of the equipment Oscar would need for his long-term survival. Now 9 years old, ...
What is modern living like for people in the Arctic Circle? These native artists will show you.

What is modern living like for people in the Arctic Circle? These native artists will show you.

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It didn't take long for Khadry Okotetto to realize he wasn't cut out for a life in finance. Born in the remote Siberian tundra, far beyond villages and roads, Khadry didn't learn Russian until he was sent off to boarding school at age 7. His native tongue is that of the Nenets, one of the many indigenous peoples of the Arctic Circle and barring a brief moment (which now makes him laugh) when he studied banking in college, Khadry has dedicated his life to the traditional music and folklore of his people. Photo by Asya Malysheva/Circum-Arctic Art Show. Used with permission. In the Nenet language, Khadry's name means "eternal blizzard." He finds that oddly fitting. "I end up all over, in unexpected places," he told the Circum-Arctic Gallery in Reykjavk. "I love freedom. I l...
What would you write in a love letter to the planet? Here are 19 beautiful examples.

What would you write in a love letter to the planet? Here are 19 beautiful examples.

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Everyone knows that Paris is the city of love. But the Earth itself rarely gets the romance it deserves. When you think about it, that's kinda messed up. Our home planet does so many amazing and selfless things for us. And what do we do in return? At best, we call it beautiful; at worst, we neglect and abuse it. That ain't cool. All photos by Thom Dunn/Upworthy. But an art installation at Paris's Petit Palais aims to shower our planet with the love that it deserves. The installation was created as part of the two-day Earth to Paris summit and coincided with the COP21 Climate Conference also going on in Paris. Activists and artists from all across the world were invited to share their messages of hope, love, and adoration for our dear Mother Earth. (and, by extension, the global...
Stepping Up: When Their School Dissolved Its ROTC Program, These Students Formed Their Own Paramilitary Group

Stepping Up: When Their School Dissolved Its ROTC Program, These Students Formed Their Own Paramilitary Group

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Well, heres even more proof that self-starting young people are just amazing. When East Springfield High School lost funding for its ROTC program, dozens of young cadets were left without an extracurricular outlet. Thats when these resilient students stepped up big time and created their own on-campus paramilitary organization! They were told that they could no longer use the schools field for drilling. They were told the program was done for good. But these awesome and resourceful teens didnt listen. They pooled their money together to replace their ROTCs firearms arsenal.And it didnt stop there. Pretty soon, theyd renewed their efforts to acquire a fleet of ATVs, several months of survival rounds, and a bulk crate of live ammunition, and even designed an eye-catching new red armband tha...

Polar bears aren’t actually white and more amazing facts about Arctic animals who need your help

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It's hard out there for an Arctic animal. The Arctic Circle is one of the last intact ecosystems on the planet to be mostly unaffected by industrialization (so far). But between the wind and the cold and the encroaching industrialization of the Arctic region, things are pretty rough above 66 degrees north latitude. That's exactly what makes these animals so remarkable. Adorableness aside (so much adorableness), these majestic critters are survival experts, built to tough out the most extreme conditions. But the looming threat of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil drilling might be the one challenge they can't overcome. So while we celebrate their utter cuteness which is of course important let's not forget that they're also Mother Nature's Arctic BAMFs, but it's up to us to keep 'em ar...
Every Halloween This One-Legged Guy Makes An Epic Halloween Costume, He Just Revealed A New One

Every Halloween This One-Legged Guy Makes An Epic Halloween Costume, He Just Revealed A New One

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When he was only 9-years-old, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with cancer. The prognosis was a 50% chance of survival. Despite chemotherapy, he still ended up losing his leg. But at age 13, he emerged cancer free. At age 16 he was actually ski-racing! Overcoming cancer and dealing with only having one leg led him to become a motivational speaker. He has since become a popular figure on social media due to his epic Halloween costumes which try to incorporate his leg amputation in very clever, and extremely funny, ways. Heres what Josh has to say about his condition: Ive always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor. But now Im more comfortable with who I am and what I look like, and I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate ...
13 bizarre creatures prove there’s plenty we don’t know about Earth.

13 bizarre creatures prove there’s plenty we don’t know about Earth.

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Did you know that more than 95% of Earth's oceans remain unexplored? It's a pretty startling figure, but it's absolutely true. Oceans cover more than 70% of the planet's surface, and yet the overwhelming majority of them remain untouched and unseen by human eyes. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images. There are two fairly massive challenges to exploring the depths of the ocean: pressure and light (or rather, the lack of light). At its deepest, the ocean goes 36,200 feet (6.85 miles) below the surface. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, we're increasingly able to learn more about what kind of life is capable of existing so far away from the surface of the sea. Mostly we've learned two things: There are some pretty weird creatures living in our oceans, and we aren't even c...
15 times politicians did the right thing in 2015.

15 times politicians did the right thing in 2015.

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2015 has been a big year in a lot of ways. The Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality and upheld the Affordable Care Act. The people of Ireland became the first country to grant the right to same-sex marriage by popular vote. There have been lots of good political things happening behind the scenes, but how about a few examples of positive things politicians did throughout the year? 1. World leaders came together and signed on to a historic climate change agreement. Earlier in December, world leaders met in Paris to address an issue vital to the Earth's survival: climate change. And for once, the politicians in attendance got real about the need and urgency to take immediate action. In the end, 195 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement, agreeing to reduce their carbon output as s...
Both parents are almost six foot tall. But when they had a baby, they didn’t expect this surprise.

Both parents are almost six foot tall. But when they had a baby, they didn’t expect this surprise.

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Jaime Jenkins, along with partner Jakob Lang, both from Sydney, Australia, were about to have their first child together. It was during the 12th week, where the ultrasound revealed something. It was unclear what exactly was the issue, but something wasnt right. So the would-be parents had to plan for a future that was uncertain, as they didnt know what exactly was going on with their soon to be daughter. Finally, a few weeks before birth, doctors talked with Jamie regarding what they believe was happening. Turns out the baby had not grown any lung tissue. She should terminate the pregnancy they advised. Not an easy thing to do, nor an option, as the mother relays: “I could feel her kicking and we’d already named her, there was no way I couldn’t give her a chance at lif...
Artists got fed up with these ‘anti-homeless spikes.’ So they made them a bit more … comfy.

Artists got fed up with these ‘anti-homeless spikes.’ So they made them a bit more … comfy.

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These are called "anti-homeless spikes." They're about as friendly as they sound. Photo courtesy of CC BY-ND, Immo Klink and Marco Godoy. As you may have guessed, they're intended to deter people who are homeless from sitting or sleeping on that concrete step. And yeah, they're pretty awful. The spikes are a prime example of how cities design spaces to keep homeless people away. Not all concrete steps have spikes on them, but outdoor seating in cities like Montreal and Tokyo have been sneakily designed to prevent people from resting too comfortably for too long. This guy sawing through a bench was part of a 2006 protest in Toulouse, France, where public seating intentionally included armrests to prevent people from lying down. Photo by Eric Cab...
She Was Forced Into A Death March. She Survived By Leaning On Her Best Friends … Literally.

She Was Forced Into A Death March. She Survived By Leaning On Her Best Friends … Literally.

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Her best self-defense from the Nazis was her mind. Edith Eger couldn't control her circumstances, but she controlled how she responded. And today, as both a Holocaust survivor and psychologist, she shares her survival skills with us. Read more: http://upworthy.com/she-was-forced-into-a-death-march-she-survived-by-leaning-on-her-best-friends-literally