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Raped at 13, this beauty queen walked away from her crown after an emcee’s #MeToo joke.

Miss America pageants are changing for the better, but that change has been slow to catch on in some state competitions. On June 30, 2018, the emcee of the Miss Massachusetts pageant mocked #MeToo, blaming the loss of the swimsuit competition on the movement. In a brief skit, a woman spoke to someone dressed as God, saying, “We may have very well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting, and I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.” And the person playing God held up a…

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Barack Obama’s 3 questions everyone should ask before getting married.

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. If you’re going to get relationship advice from someone, the Obamas seem like a great place to start. When Barack Obama’s former adviser announced he and his girlfriend were moving in together, the president shared some advice. Dan Pfeiffer had a job most of us could only imagine: advising then-President Obama. Of course, that didn’t stop the commander-in-chief from occasionally dropping some personal wisdom of his own. When Pfeiffer was leaving his post in 2015, he told Obama about his plans to move in with…

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The world is celebrating: Thai rescuers have found missing youth soccer players alive.

Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images. After 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing inside Thailand’s Tham Luang Nang Non, people feared the worst. 10 days later, they were celebrating. “We found all 13 safe,” said Chiang Rai province Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn. “We will take care of them until they can move.” The group had disappeared after a flood trapped them inside the cave. Rescue workers searched around the clock, but as time went on, the odds of finding the boys alive seemed slim. The desperate search began when a…

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Even in red Texas, locals were not having it with this sign. So they got a better one.

A billboard was spotted near Vega, Texas, with a very clear political message to those passing through. “Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS,” the sign read. A billboard on Interstate 40 eastbound near Vega is making waves on social media. The billboard states, “Liberals, Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.” https://t.co/pjOgorcOR5 pic.twitter.com/s0RmLMgtiE — ABC 7 Amarillo (@ABC7Amarillo) June 19, 2018 The board began ruffling feathers in mid-June 2018 after a Facebook user shared a photo…

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This innocent question we ask boys is putting more pressure on them than we realize.

Studies show that having daughters makes men more sympathetic to women’s issues. And while it would be nice if men did not need a genetic investment in a female person in order to gain this perspective, lately I’ve had sympathy for those newly woke dads. My two sons have caused something similar to happen to me. I’ve begun to glimpse the world through the eyes of a young male. And among the things I’m finding here in boyland are the same obnoxious gender norms that rankled when I was a…

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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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