It's Often A Controversial Issue, But One Stunningly Illustrated Picture Book Handles It With Grace

Teaching children about environmental issues is incredibly important, but it can also be pretty darn difficult. When some folks from Tennessee realized there weren’t any good resources to educate kids about mountaintop-removal coal mining (which threatens the land and communities in the region), they decided to make their own. Here’s a few excerpts from their story.


The story begins by introducing the narrator: Lone Mountain.


Lone Mountain discusses a typical day in its life. Birds chirp, children play in the streams, a father and daughter go hunting together, and a grandmother and grandson gather mushrooms to eat.


Then, the story takes a turn …


But the people who loved and relied upon Lone Mountain are not quick to give in. They gather together to discuss how to save the mountain.


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When He Meets His First Child, I Cheer. When He Gets To His Second, I Almost Lose It.

It takes Andrew 13 minutes to tell you how many kids he has. Kudos to you if you can keep your eyes dry that whole time.

And along the way, he meets a buxom necrophiliac (1:50), a doughnut dad (3:00), the love of his life, and the mother of his future childre — and he learns that even gay men can have shotgun weddings (7:00). Tissue alert starting at 9:30.

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Ever Read A Text Message That Changed Your Life? These Women Get Those Every Day.

Every mom’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to help her family. These ladies, who happen to be from one of the oldest tribes in the world, are no different. Just like us, they rely on the latest tech stuff to get it done. But they’ve flipped it in a super-cool way so they’re not only raking in cash for their little ones but can also enjoy tea time with the girls while doing so. Now that’s what I call a group of snazzy multitasking, millennial mamas.

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How To Take Down A Little Word With A Lot Of Power

Some very nice, patient American
Muslims got tired of hearing how poorly people used the word “jihad” and set up a
campaign to fix that. It started
on buses, and now the true meaning of the word is spreading faster than a rumor
on Twitter! 

“Jihad” in
Arabic means simply to put up a good fight against whatever odds or barriers
you might face in your life.  There
are some haters who don’t like this message, but what’s not to like about being
smart and informed?

One of the original MyJihad ads on a Chicago bus.

The public has now started posting MyJihad messages, like this one, on the campaign website.

When Homer Simpson makes an appearance in a campaign, you know it’s gone mainstream.

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The Random Internet Quote Guaranteed To Give You The Chills

I don’t usually go for the poetic stuff, but damn if this quote doesn’t get me every time.

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I Can’t Believe This Is From A Television Show

In the midst of an age of television that glorifies desperate reality stars, unhelpful pundits, and terrifying criminals, this is a
refreshing reminder that television can help instill good moral values.

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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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7 Deadly Sins Map — How Does Your State Stack Up?

Geographers from Kansas State plotted the 7 deadly sins on a map of the U.S. The darker your county is, the more “sinful” it is. The methodology used to calculate each sin is stated below the map.


1. Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line.


2. Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts — robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars.


3. Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes — murder, assault and rape — reported to the FBI per capita.


4. Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases — HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea — reported per capita.


5. Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita.


6. Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment.


7. Pride is the aggregate of all data from the six other sins, averaged into an overview of all evil.

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Yo Steve Jobs, I'mma Let You Finish, But The Book Was The Best Invention Of All Time

I grew up watching “Reading Rainbow,” and it definitely contributed to my love of reading and challenging myself to always strive for what seemed like the impossible. Share this video if you think that kids these days could benefit from reading more and expanding their horizons.

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If This Video Goes Viral, The Internet Could Be In Huge Trouble

Just a reminder to ocassionally stop and zoom in on the flowers.

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