First You See The Amazing Things We Used To Do. Then You See The Sad Reality.

Space is vast and mysterious and kind of generally mind-freakingly amazing. And yet, we’re not really trying to get there anymore. Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t too pleased about that.

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Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. But They Do Let Them Think They've Been In A 10-Year Coma.

While it remains to be seen whether this worked on that guy, I really like how this shows how friends can try and help someone before something really terrible happens.

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How Carl Sagan Used His NASA Connections To Get A Picture Of The Earth From 3.7 Billion Miles Away

Hey, NASA? Yeah, it’s Carl. Hey, can you do me a quick favor?

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Listen To These People Talk About Living On The Edge And Then Tell Me Why We Can't Change Things

Aren’t minimum-wage jobs usually transitional and mostly taken by teenagers? Not anymore. Single mothers, single fathers, married couples with kids, older folks who can’t find a job with their skill set … those are the folks working at these jobs nowadays. Here are some of their stories.

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Having A Near-Death Experience Is Hard, But The Beauty With Which This Woman Talks About It… Oof

Have you ever had one of those surreal near-death experiences? Even if you haven’t, you don’t want to miss this story from Sarah Kay, who has a way of making everything she talks about sound beautiful and haunting. You know, just like egg salad and death.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/having-a-near-death-experience-is-hard-but-the-beauty-with-which-this-woman-talks-about-it-oof

A Terrible Disease Kills Thousands Every Year. Let's Stop Pretending It's Cute.

There are over 200,000 new cases of breast cancer every year. And despite what some organizations might want you to think, beating the disease has nothing to do with wearing pink and buying specially branded lemonade and perfume. It’s going to take much, much more and many more people like these women.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-terrible-disease-kills-thousands-every-year-lets-stop-pretending-its-cute

She’s Got A Problem With Common Core, And She Ain’t Afraid To Calmly Explain Why She Hates It

Diane Ravitch has no problem getting squarely in the middle of our education debate. As an unabashed critic about where much of education reform is going, she’s bound to rub some people the wrong way. But her points about testing and the root problems of our education system are definitely worth hearing.

At 1:08 is when Ravitch lays out her main criticism of Common Core, and at 2:04, she gives us all a reason to breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to our nation’s future. But feel free to breathe your sigh of relief whenever you feel most comfortable.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/shes-got-a-problem-with-common-core-and-she-aint-afraid-to-calmly-explain-why-she-hates-it

There’s A Learning Curve To Parenthood, And Some Men Are Opting For Tutoring

Sometimes even dads, aka free life coaches, need a little life coaching themselves. The upshot is happier men, happier families, and kids with brighter futures.

Super interesting fact-checky stuff! We found that the statistics often cited about black fathers don’t credit men who do live with their kids or are very involved, even if they’re not married to the mother of their child. In fact, they might be even more involved than other dads. Check out Mic’s “6 Actual Facts Shatter the Biggest Stereotypes of Black Fathers.”

Read more: http://upworthy.com/theres-a-learning-curve-to-parenthood-and-some-men-are-opting-for-tutoring

Can You Match The “Parks And Recreation” Quote With The Character?

  1. 1. “I’ll wear that red thing when you deserve to see me in that red thing.”
    1. NBC ✓ Tom
    2. NBC ✓ Leslie
    1. NBC ✓ Donna
    2. NBC ✓ Ron
  2. 2. “Earlier, I was licking icing off of my finger and boom, I swallowed my wedding ring.”
    1. NBC ✓ Leslie
    2. NBC ✓ Ann
    1. NBC ✓ Jerry / Garry / Larry / Terry
    2. NBC ✓ Ben
  3. 3. “Hey, you know you can hit me up on Facebook anytime day or night, you know that right?”
    1. NBC ✓ Tom
    2. NBC ✓ Donna
    1. NBC ✓ John Ralphio
    2. NBC ✓ Leslie
  4. 4. “The air is too fresh it's disgusting, I can't breathe.”
    1. NBC ✓ Tom
    2. NBC ✓ Donna
    1. NBC ✓ Ron
    2. NBC ✓ April
  5. 5. “One time I accidentally drank a whole bottle of vinegar. I thought it was terrible wine.”
    1. NBC ✓ Leslie
    2. NBC ✓ April
    1. NBC ✓ Ann
    2. NBC ✓ Andy
  6. 6. “I have no idea what I'm doing but I know I'm doing it really well.”
    1. NBC ✓ Tom
    2. NBC ✓ Andy
    1. NBC ✓ John Ralphio
    2. NBC ✓ Leslie
  7. 7. “OH MY GOD THIS MAGIC MARKER SMELLS LIKE CHERRIES.”
    1. NBC ✓ Andy
    2. NBC ✓ Leslie
    1. NBC ✓ Tom
    2. NBC ✓ Ann
  8. 8. “I'm not interested in caring about people.”
    1. NBC ✓ April
    2. NBC ✓ Donna
    1. NBC ✓ Ben
    2. NBC ✓ Ron
  9. 9. “My marbles are full of mouth today.”
    1. NBC ✓ Andy
    2. NBC ✓ Jerry / Garry / Larry / Terry
    1. NBC ✓ Leslie
    2. NBC ✓ Ann
  10. 10. “I finally watched Harry Potter… a tad unrealistic if you ask me. I mean, a ginger kid with two friends.”
    1. NBC ✓ Ron
    2. NBC ✓ Tom
    1. NBC ✓ Andy
    2. NBC ✓ Donna

Can You Match The “Parks And Recreation” Quote With The Character?

  1. You really don’t know your “Parks and Rec.” Leslie would not be proud. NBC
  2. Ehh you did okay. You did slightly better than Jerry—I mean Garry. NBC
  3. Pretty Good! Your modest score put Larry to shame. NBC
  4. Good Job! Leslie would be proud. NBC

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Feminist Women Care About Men. This Cartoon Proves It.

The Big Finish of this cartoon is an is an explanation of why it’s OK that some women sometimes say “I hate men!”

Harsh, right? Well…

After reading this cartoon, I’m thinking harder about what “men” really *really* means, and how the idea of “being a man” might even be annoying to those who identify as male. I *still* don’t think anyone should be screaming hate in any direction … but I understand the deal a little better now.

Understanding — it’s what’s for dinner. After you read your cartoons!

Just to set this up: Turns out (those who identify as) boys have just as many expectations of conformity thrown at them as ladies. Anyone who has all sorts of external cues thrown in their face (aka not just cis-boys or cis-girls but all humans) might find it a little harder to be internally chill, OK?

Then everyone’s trying to live up to a thing (being a good man, etc…) that’s not even real! Here’s a question to ponder: Why is society all into making good men and not just good humans?! I don’t know the answer.

This is my favorite part. I *love* looking behind someone’s angry words to really understand why they’re saying them.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/feminist-women-care-about-men-this-cartoon-proves-it