People post all sorts of annoying things on social media.If you think back to a couple of years ago, you might remember the almighty “Ice Bucket Challenge.”
You know, the ALS fundraising initiative that involved dumping a bucket of freezing coldwater over your head to raise money for research?The novelty of watching people pour cold AF water on themselves quickly wore off once this charity campaign went viral and totally inundated our Facebook feeds.
In fact, many people even deemed the challenge an ice cold display of slacktivism.
However, it turns out the suffering we endured from either doing the challenge or having to watch it 936,532,136 times on Facebook was all worth itbecause the money raised during the campaign was just used to fund a huge breakthrough in ALS research.
Yep, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, a phenomenal $115 million wasdonated to the ALS Association over an eight-week period in 2014 — $77 million of this was dedicated to research, advancing the search for treatments and a cure.
Of this, $1 million went toscientists working on Project MinE at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Thanks to this, they were finally able to identify the gene that is responsible for causing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
According to Bernard Muller, the founder of Project MinE who also suffers from the disease,
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world. This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS.
Over 5,000 Americans are diagnosed with this devastating disease each year. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects cells in the brain and spinal cord, often resulting in total paralysis and death in as little as two to five years after diagnosis.
The findings from this study were published in Nature Geneticsand scientists hope the discovery of the ALS-causing gene, called NEK1, will lead to a deeper understanding of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and help scientists figure out better ways to treat the disease.
I have never been the dumper.Unfortunately (and embarrassingly), I have always been the dumpee.
Whether I wascheated on, people lost interest or things crumbled, I was never the one to end a relationship. I was always on the other side of things the heartbreak side.
You know the side where you take a pint of Ben & Jerrys, turn on The Notebook and listen to depressing love songs full-blast in your car and question where you went wrong? Yeah, thats what Ive been familiar with throughout my relationships.
Honestly, if you had asked me even just a few months ago, I probably wouldve told you I would never take on the role of the dumper. Why, you ask?
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Well, because when I love, I love hard. I put the other person first, always.
In fact, let me let you in on a relationship secret of mine: I treat the person Im dating howI wish to betreated.
Isnt that the key? I take a problem, find a solution and work through hard times. For me, giving up on someone is the last option.
ButI have just lost my dumper virginity.
Its something I never thought I would do. Quite frankly, its something I didnt think I was strong enough to do.
I struggled with the realization that I was about to do what I had always told myself was never an option: give up.
I struggled knowing I didnt want to lose someone I loved, but knowing I couldnt carry on in this relationship feeling the way I had been feeling.
My feelings of love quickly turned into indifference. There was a swelling feeling I could no longer ignore.
I stayed unhappy for several weeks before I finally concluded that even though it hurt like hell, it wasnt fair for me to stay in a relationship that wasnt getting the attention or time it deserved, nor was it fair to him for me to keep on pretending like I was still happy.
It was strange to learn being the dumper hurts just as much as being the dumpee.
But eventually, things came to a head. Even though I was torn as to what to do, I found a strange comfort in knowing I had done all I could on my end to make it work and make myself happy.
I had to stop crossing oceans for someone who couldnt seem to hop over puddles for me.
As a girlfriend, it is an unspoken job that we have to make our SOs life better, happier and easier as best we can. And for any guys reading this article, guess what? Thats your job, too.
So the next time you cant read her mind, or dont understand how the womans brain works, let me make it simple for you: make an effort.
Let me also let you gentlemen in on another secret: Sometimes we dont know what willmake us happy.
But that doesnt mean you shrug your shoulders and tell us, I dont know what to do. Make an effort. All girls want is a solid, true effort to showyou care and want to make us feel better.
I take pride in being a very caring person. If my SO isnt feeling well, I do what I can to make them feel better. If my SO had a bad day, I do what I can to turn that around. If my SO mentions they want to do something, you bet your ass I do what I can to make that happen.
I started to realize everything I was doing on my side in the relationship simply wasnt being reciprocated, which brings me back to my relationship rule of thumb: treat your SO how you would want to be treated.
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In a relationship, its important were reminded how our SOs feel about us. I want to be reminded that I am wanted, loved and beautiful. I want to be reminded you care.
Its healthy, normal and refreshing to know how important you are to someone.
I wasnt getting that. I was relying on someone else for my happiness, and ironically, it spiraled me into a tunnel of sadness. My expectations werent being met, and I was stuck in a relationship where I was constantly being disappointed and it was weighing me down.
After a bout of going back and forth battling with my feelings and deciding what I should do, I had to remind myself what I wanted and deserved in a relationship. And this wasnt it.
I had reached my breaking point, so I stuck my ground and ended things. A relationship means two people, and those two people need to make an effort. I was getting exhausted being the only one.
I found a strange empowerment in realizing my worth. I realized the person I am in relationships, and I realized I need someone who can matchthe effort I put forth.
I never saw myself as the dumper. I was always the dumpee. I told myself Id never hurt someone by ending a relationship, Ive learned now just how important a lesson breaking up with someone is.
I didnt see myself digging out of the unhappiness that had grown around me any time soon, so I ended it. And thats that. The dumpee becomes the dumper.
The most important lesson I learned is to create your own happiness. Dont rely on others to make you feel what you need to feel. Rely on yourself.
When the time comes around for a newrelationship, youll know what you deserve.
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These two kittens were rescued from a pound a few weeks ago and were about to die from eye infections and pre-mature birth. Now they are living the high life and spend their time fighting with lightsabers like Jedi knights, thanks to the YouTuber FinalCutKing.
People on the internet can be really, really mean.
Why? Who knows. Maybe because they’re filled with hate and they need a way to express it, maybe they’re just bored. Maybe they want to take celebrities down a peg or two, butthen maybe they think that the people that they’re mean to will never see it.
Let’s all hope it’s not the latter, because American TV host Jimmy Kimmel makes damn well sure that they do see it. In his hugely popular TV segment, he makes celebs read out the mean things that members of the public have tweeted about them.
It shouldn’t be so funny, but it is. You can check out the ‘Music Edition’, with Megan Trainor, Drake, Mumford and Sons and more, here:
In this artwork by Felipe Luchi, we see famous symbols of technology, the mouse and iPhone, imagined as prisons and jailhouses.
The artwork was done as a print campaign for Outside’s Go Magazine. It’s an interesting thought about technology as we usually associate these devices with liberation and freedom. Whether you agree or disagree the artwork is certainly provocative.
We’ve seen Van Gogh’s iconic “Starry Night” painting as both an iPad app and a domino run, but now an astronomy major has recreated it in perhaps the most apt way: with NASA photos of the cosmos.
Alex Parker, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, made the mosaic-style image out of publicly available downloads of NASA’s top 100 images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Cloudy weather prevented him from working on a recent night at the observatory, so he came up with the idea of creating the image for Hubble’s 22nd birthday.
If you want to check out the image at full resolution, it’s here. A close-up of the top right section is below.