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He Died Too Young. So All His Friends Got Together To Make Sure Future Generations Of Kids Don't.

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Back in May 2013, my life changed forever. A fan wrote to let me know that a teenage musician named Zach Sobiech, who I had written about earlier in the year, had just passed away from a rare cancer. Zach had written a song called “Clouds” about coming to terms with his imminent death. Cancer […]

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Photo Challenge: Show Off Your Curiosity

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The successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars recaptured worldwide interest in space exploration, likely inspiring thousands of kids to build cardboard spaceships in their backyards once again. While the allure of exploring the unknown is probably the greatest draw of becoming an astronaut, there’s still plenty of exploring to do in everyday life. For this […]

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It Might Look Like A Bunch Of Scribbles, But It’s Actually Packed With Buckets Of Wisdom

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This is one of the coolest summaries of a book I’ve seen. A blogger named Sacha Chua went to a talk by C.C. Chapman about his book, “Amazing Things Will Happen,” and these are her notes. I love how she takes “sketchnotes.” Now all my messy handwriting looks so boring. Must. Change. This. Immediately. Maybe […]

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A Little Girl Doesn't Respond To A Stereotype About Her Dog, But Her Look Says It All

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Some people have old-fashioned ideas about the kinds of pets up for adoption at shelters. Don’t they realize that shelters are full of healthy, beautiful, loving pets? For every person who wants to fill that little void or enhance their already fabulous life, there’s a cat or dog waiting to do just that. Read more: […]

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Watching This Video Is Like Having Sex With Like A Million People. But Not That Kind Of Sex.

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Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the world. Sometimes I think there won’t even be a world to enjoy when my daughter grows up. Scary, right? But this crazy-smart science writer and member of the British House of Lords just dropped some serious knowledge about ideas and sex (and ideas having sex) to explain why we […]

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Before We Use Certain Words, We Should All Look At These Pictures. They Might Make Us Think Twice.

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It’s not always as easy to see the lasting effects of verbal abuse. Domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying can all leave emotional scars that aren’t visible. These powerful images give us something to think about. WARNING: These images may be too graphic for some people. Read more: http://upworthy.com/before-we-use-certain-words-we-should-all-look-at-these-pictures-they-might-make-us-think-twice

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There's Something Absolutely Wrong With What We Do To Boys Before They Grow Into Men

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“Be a man” is something we’ve all heard at one time or another, even a few of the women reading this right now. Being a “man” in that sense means something completely different to me (and maybe you, too) than what that phrase implies. I can’t even begin to describe the toll that the concept […]

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17 Magical Spots To Escape To In London

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Off the beaten path. View this image › BuzzFeed / Flickr: garryknight / Flickr: londonlooks We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their favourite secret spot in London. Here’s what they said: View this image › BuzzFeed 1. St James Park View this image › Flickr: garryknight Closest station: St James ParkBudget: […]

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What’s The Worst Possible Way Someone Can Propose To You?

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Please, don’t take me out to the ball game. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409147487); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3414549”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409147487); }); 1. Getting engaged is a special moment in a person’s life. View this image › VH1 / Via realitytvgifs.tumblr.com 2. It’s an experience that a couple remembers […]

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How Standardized Tests Are Destroying The Future Of Technological Advancement

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Humans are born curious. Just think about how vigilant you have to be to make sure a curious baby doesn’t try to eat the table because it wanted to know what cedar tasted like. Something changes, though, as the prejudices of a society creep into a child’s life. It’s much harder to wonder about things […]

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The First 52 Seconds Of This Video Are Easy To Watch. The Rest Of It Is Unforgettable.

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This video starts with a celebration of what “freedom” means to different people. But at 0:53, the video takes a sudden turn into what life can be like without it for some young women and girls. It’ll have you thinking about what “freedom” would mean to them, what it means to you, and what you […]

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What 99.5% Of People In America Will Never Experience, Despite The Hype

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The award for the most popular crime in America goes to … larceny? So why doesn’t the news report on THAT? That 99.5% in the graphic is a projection based on crimes reported in 2010 that I hope will be true for most of us during our lifetimes. It doesn’t refer to current crime rates, […]

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Every War On Drugs Myth Thoroughly Destroyed By A Retired Police Captain

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Retired police Capt. Peter Christ is about to make more sense about the War on Drugs than anyone you’ve ever heard in the past. His basic premise is that we need to legalize drugs, but if you’re skeptical, just give him a few minutes to convince you. Highlights include a very honest answer to a […]

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The One Where A Woman Keeps Repeating A Hurtful Term That's Been Hurled At Her For Her Entire Life

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? What a lie. One lady flipped them around and used them to make a statement. WARNING: strong language that may hit you hard. Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-one-where-a-woman-keeps-repeating-a-hurtful-term-thats-been-hurled-at-her-for-her-entire-life-aa2-4a

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A Comedian Silences A Room For 9 Minutes. It's Not An Awkward Silence.

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Comedians spend years honing their stage persona, but when all-star comic Anthony Griffith tells the story of his life as a comedian and as a father, not even he can keep it together. To be honest, I couldn’t either when I watched this video. It’s so important to remember that the people we idolize aren’t […]

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Forget Vampires And Zombies, Here's A Real-Life Monster Way More Worthy Of Our Attention

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All right Hollywood, you’re cute with those vampire and zombie movies, but it’s time for some real monster talk. There’s an actual one lurking around out there that killed 6 million children last year. WHAT! Read more: http://upworthy.com/forget-vampires-and-zombies-heres-a-real-life-monster-way-more-worthy-of-our-attention-10

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When This Rapper Realized Why He Was So Distracted, The Song Just Kinda Wrote Itself

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When Talib Kweli (one of my favorite emcees!) got this beat from a producer, a lot of huge events were taking place in the world. Those events were breaking through the noise, pushing the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, and other who-gives-a-f*ck topics onto the back burner and forcing important issues into the forefront of people’s thinking. […]

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The Meaning Of Life Explained With A Monopoly Board And 3 Minutes

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Monopoly is one of my all-time favorite board games, but I spent an unimaginable amount of time playing it with my neighbors. We learned to buy property, strike backhanded deals, and even cheat to win. The real takeaway from all that time spent playing, was no matter how good we got, every game of Monopoly […]

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Do You Ever Feel Insignificant? Here's Why That's A Good Thing.

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Being insignificant is actually one of the most wonderful, awe-inspiring, significant things about being human. So next time you’re feeling like the world’s really big and you’re really small, just remember how precious and empowering it is that we exist at all. If you’re not sure you’re on board with this perspective just yet, jump […]

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