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The Parkland teacher who saved 65 students won a Tony Award. Watch her powerful speech.

Each year, at the Tonys, one K-12 theater teacher is honored for their work. This year’s recipient was Melody Herzfeld of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On Feb. 14 — that fateful day in Parkland, Florida — Herzfeld helped save the lives of 65 students by sheltering in place and guiding them to safety. That alone more than meets the Excellence in Theatre Education Award criteria of being a teacher “who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.” In…

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The original Gerber baby met the newest, and the moment was magical.

You know the Gerber baby, right? She’s an American icon. And if you’ve ever wandered down the baby food aisle of the grocery store or checked out the pantry of a new parent, you’ve definitely seen her adorable face peering at you from the label of a tiny jar. That baby was 91 years old in the early part of 2018. Her name is Ann Turner Cook, and aside from being a teacher and writer of mysteries, she’s now the great-grandmother of six. Receipts! pic.twitter.com/UBzFaBSxPK — Chris Colin (@chriscolin3000) June…

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This woman just saved a family of ducks. The video is pure laugh-out-loud joy.

If you see a bevy of ducks, you’re probably going to squeal with joy, right? When Shara Fenell of Memphis noticed a group of them stuck in a drain, she squealed — then she sprang into action. In an adorable video from WREG, Fenell answered the good Samaritan call when she overhead quacking near the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Fenell simply couldn’t let the adorable animals suffer and went out of her way to hop in the drain, get a little dirty, and save the fluffy family.   Shara Fenell…

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These celebrities’ mom texts are hilariously relatable.

In honor of Mother’s Day, Jimmy Kimmel asked celebrities to read very real texts from their own moms: It did not disappoint. Anna Faris‘ mom, for instance, said she believes her daughter is the greatest actress of her generation but also needs Faris to remember to wear sunscreen. And that’s a message urgent enough to send at 3:34 a.m. Then there’s Jack McBrayer. He sends his mom a Christmas ornament for the tree every holiday season. But after receiving the last one, she had quite the morbid response. “Thank you, Jack.…

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Sandra Bullock nailed why we should stop saying ‘adopted child.’ Mic. Drop.

All right, real talk: When’s the last time you heard a parent refer to their kid as their “whoops, we forgot to use protection” child? What about their “it took a lot of help from doctors to make this happen” child? No one talks like that! (OK, other than in a Judd Apatow comedy.) They’d sound ridiculous. Your kids are your kids — regardless of how they became a part of your family. Why do we so often forget to apply that understanding to children who’ve been adopted? It’s a…

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Disappointed by where you are in life? This powerful message is for you.

You don’t need more motivation. You don’t need to be inspired to action. You don’t need to read any more lists or posts about how you’re not doing enough. We act as though we can read enough articles and Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will push us into action. But here’s the thing that nobody really talks about when it comes to success and motivation and willpower and goals and productivity and all those little buzzwords: You are as you are until you’re not. You…

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Over 300,000 babies were born on New Year’s, but this one edged them all out.

In a viral and hilariously maddening tweet, Neil deGrasse Tyson recently informed millions of disappointed revelers that New Year’s Day, i.e. Jan. 1, is an astronomically insignificant event. In other words, it doesn’t mark any sort of cosmic milestone and might as well just be a random date on the calendar. (He does it every year. And every year, it annoys everyone who just wants to have a good time.) you should be arrested pic.twitter.com/50hGPsMjN9 — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 1, 2018 To most of us, the new year is…

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This father-son hockey hug is going viral, and it’s a great example of male affection.

Hockey player Bobby Butler never thought he’d have a shot at making the U.S. Olympic team. Typically, those coveted spots are reserved for America’s top NHL stars. But a surprising announcement from the league — this year, they’ve decided not to allow rostered players to compete in the Olympics — has opened the door to lesser-known players like Butler. Butler during his time in the NHL with the Nashville Predators. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The 30-year-old Butler was, at one point, a journeyman NHL player, bouncing from team to…

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A social worker’s plea is going viral: Don’t give Santa credit for pricey gifts.

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not … let Santa get the credit for the expensive toys you buy your kids for Christmas? The holiday season — and Christmas in particular — isn’t just for kids, after all. A lot of us parents get pretty excited about getting a chance to make our kids’ eyes light up when they open their gifts under the tree. It’s one of only a small handful of times a year where we’re not just allowed, but encouraged to splurge, spoil,…

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A girl was looking for a specific toy truck for her brother. Reddit came through big time.

Cassie Gretschel and her little brother, Max, have a wonderful Christmas tradition. All photos by Cassie Gretschel used with permission Gretschel says Max, who is 25, has severe mental and physical disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy and scoliosis. She writes that his brain development is on par with a 5-year-old, and that he has impaired vision and spends most of his time in a wheelchair. And there’s only one thing Max wants for Christmas — the same thing he asks for every year: A police Hummer Tonka truck. In blue. “Max…

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31 Days of Happiness: This Guy’s Awesome Job Blowing Up Snow. (Day 4)

Hello and welcome to Day 4 of Upworthy’s 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we’re sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It’s been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow for another installment! The weird, invisible jobs that help keep society moving are fascinating. If you sat me down in front of a TV and told…

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The incredible story of baby Eva Grace: the superhero who never lived.

My wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly — some 3 in 10,000 pregnancies rare. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of…

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A Korean festival just made 60 tons of free kimchi for those who need it.

How much do you love kimchi? Probably not as much as this woman. All photos by Woohae Cho/Getty Images. If you grew up eating Korean food or have been to any fusion restaurant or food truck in the last couple years, you’re probably already familiar with the delicious, spicy goodness that is kimchi. On Friday, Nov. 3, people donned red smocks and pinked gloves and dove into the age-old art of making the delicious dish as part of the Seoul Kimchi Festival. The first day’s attendance topped more than 2,300…

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8 thoughtful Halloween traditions kids with anxiety or disabilities may love.

For young kids, Halloween should be fun-scary. Not scary-scary. While your child might do just fine with elaborate costumes, frightening yard displays, and stuffing their face with as much sugary candy as possible, there are many, many others for whom Halloween poses unique challenges. In the U.S., 1 in 13 children have a serious food allergy, for example, and 1 in 68 have an autism spectrum disorder. And about 1 in 20 school-aged children in the U.S. have a significant physical or mental disability. It all starts to add up,…

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Want healthy, happy, confident kids? Throw some dirt on them.

Every parent knows getting dirty and messy is practically part of a kid’s job description. Whether they’re playing outside, coloring on the floor, or just eating, they’ll definitely get covered in something grimy. Given that inevitable result, there are at least two ways parents can react — obsessively clean their child and scold them for their actions or simply embrace the mess. And while it may seem strange to do the latter, it actually can be beneficial for everyone involved. Letting kids have the freedom to get dirty encourages a…

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