The Most Dangerous Sea Creatures In The World Are On This Graphic

Though this references the Mediterranean Sea, it totally applies to all of our oceans. And, honestly, that means it applies to all of us. Even you folks in the Midwest! 😉

FACT CHECK TIME! Here’s what our fact checkers found:

We couldn’t verify that “8 million tonnes of waste reach the sea every day.” Greenpeace says that about 25,000 tonnes of plastic reach the oceans each day. Another widely cited figure is about 17,400 tonnes of trash reach the sea per day.

Either way, it’s waaaay too much.

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This Ain’t No Ellis Island: The Top 5 Immigration Myths

Some of these surprised the heck out of me. You?

FACT CHECK TIME:

Myth 1: “It’s easy to gain legal status in the U.S.” The reality is that it can take 20 years (largely due to backlogs!).

Myth 2: “Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes.” In 2010, they paid $10.6 billion in state and local taxes.

Myth 3: “Most new immigrants come from Latin America.” Yeah, ummm … no. And, no. And once again, no.

Myth 4: “DREAMers affect the U.S. economy negatively.” More like they’d add $329 billion and 1.4 million jobs to the economy by 2030. (FYI, here’s who DREAMers are.)

Myth 5: “Most immigrants are undocumented.” In fact, two-thirds are documented.

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When Women Have Equal Rights, It's Amazing How Many Other Problems Are Resolved

25,000 young girls are forcibly married every day. That’s 10 million girls every year. EVERY. YEAR. Kids that young should be playing pretend wedding. Not ACTUALLY getting married.

The first half of the video is depressingly depressing, so if you want to skip that, jump straight to 1:27 to hear all the ways ending the tradition of child brides will benefit women and all the ways empowering women will help improve society for everyone.

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Malala's Father Explains That His Daughter Is So Strong Because He Didn't 'Clip Her Wings'

Ziauddin Yousafzai’s daughter Malala was shot by the Taliban in 2012 after she had just boarded a bus to school. Today, Malala is recognized around the world as a global leader for women’s rights … at the age of 16.

Ziauddin explains in his TED talk how he was determined to raise his daughter to be strong, confident, and passionate. He stresses that the plight of millions of women could be changed if both men and women think differently and break against the norms of family and society.

His message gives an inspiring lesson for all of us — fathers, mothers, men, women — to hear.

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Men: You May Never Be In A Woman's Body, But This Film Puts You There For 65 Seconds

Every once in a while, you’ll see a statistic that shocks you out of your seat. This is one of those statistics.

I know not every man in Egypt is a predator, but this seems like a woefully underreported problem. Take 60 seconds and see what it’s like to be a woman in Egypt.

Trigger warning: Depiction of sexual violence.

Share this if you think more people should know about this stat.

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What Being Imprisoned Taught George Takei About America

When George Takei was only 5, he and his family were imprisoned in an American internment camp. While it might seem that World War II would challenge his faith in America, hear George talk about what he learned from that experience, his parents, and a segregated Japanese-American army battalion.

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All She Wanted For Her 9th Birthday Was $300

Here’s why it doesn’t make her a spoiled brat: At age nine, this girl was already well ahead of her years. Instead of thinking about princesses, she was thinking about how to help other people. Watch and learn about the legacy she left after her tragic death, and if you’re inspired, click the link below to follow in her footsteps.  

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Guess Where The 'Most Dangerous' Place In The World Is To Be A Journalist

Riding motorcycles, chasing ambulances, and dodging death threats? No, it’s not the plot of a new crime thriller — it’s the real story of a fearless few in search of a story few others would try to tell.

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'My Big Fat Gypsy' Stereotype Is Over. Say Hello To The Real Gypsies.

They’re not mythical characters from old movies or the stereotypes portrayed in modern media. Rich in culture and history, the Roma (gypsies) are the fastest growing demographic in Europe. All they’re asking is to have the same rights as everyone else. Right now, it’s not even close.

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These Badass Kid Skaters In Ethiopia Are Awesome

Do you know what’s cool? Skating. Do you know what’s even more ace? Kids skating in their community and changing their lives without even realizing it.

Oh, and to the haters asking, “Errmm, what does skateboarding do to empower youth,” how about the fact that it encourages confidence, community involvement, talent, and leadership. See it now?

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