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Joy

10 things that made us smile this week

From grandpa "breastfeeding" to prancing pups to Scrat finally getting his acorn, here's this week's roundup of joy and delight.

10 things that made us smile this week

Upworthy's weekly roundup of happy things.

Mother Nature played a silly trick where I live this week, dumping inches of snow, days in a row. And while I'm tempted to say bah humbug to second winter in April (OK, more than tempted—BAH HUMBUG) I know it's a temporary blip. The daffodils and tulips peeking out from under the white will persevere, the snow will melt as it always does and spring will emerge in her full, green glory soon enough.

Sometimes the world feels like this. Cold when it should be warm. Snow where there should be flowers. Struggle and suffering when there should be peace and prosperity. Yet we persevere, knowing this too shall pass. We try to look toward the horizon with hope, knowing the light will penetrate the darkness eventually.

And while we wait, we work to help ourselves and our human brethren through the unexpected rough patches. Sometimes that means fighting the good fight. Sometimes it means finding joy in simple things. Sometimes it means letting music move us in its mysterious way. Sometimes it means zoning out on goofy cat videos or laughing along with an infectious viral baby giggle.


Goodness knows we can all use a little lift in our spirits, and small snippets of beauty and delight can help give us the energy we need to persevere. We've collected 10 of them to get you started as you wrap up your week.

Enjoy:

BOY singer had the most delightfully surprised response when fans started singing along.

When Swiss/German girl duo BOY performed their song "Little Numbers" at their first U.S. show in Brooklyn in 2013, they were totally surprised by the crowd singing along with the chorus. Lead singer Valeska Steiner's reaction is so pure and sweet, each time. "You're giving us goosebumps!" she says. Such a moment is a dream come true for a musician.

Dad's pride at his daughter passing her nursing exam is so heartwarming.

That proud pops could not be sweeter. That kind of support means so much.

Grandpa creatively "breastfed" his godson when he wouldn't take a bottle.

@xo.weendyy

To all the dads out there who struggle with their little ones not taking the bottle 😂💀 #fyp #foryou #parati #fypシ #4u #grandchild

Speaking of support, this is so awesome. And hilarious. Read the story here.

Dads set their pride aside to entertain their daughters in silly cheerleading competition. 

@cedarcheer

Cedar High’s first annual Cheer Dad Jump Off! The competition was sure fierce! #fyp #cheer #cheerdads #cheerleaders

Speaking of dads and hilarity, get a load of these guys. A couple of them actually have some skill! Read the full story here.

Veterinarians get down with a dancing cockatoo. (Sound up!)

You definitely want the sound on for this. Cockatoos dancing is always entertaining, but seeing professional humans dancing along is just pure joy.

Fenix the "happy dog" has a pep in his step like no other. 

@fenixlumiere

I’m just a dancing with myself. I’m just a prancing with myself! Have a great day, doing it your way! #happydog #prancingdog #rescuedog #husky #doglove #dogs #cerebellarhypoplasiadogs

And speaking of pure joy, nothing says it like Fenix the husky's prancing. He was almost killed due to a neurological disorder that affects his coordination and causes him to prance like he's dancing, but his owners rescued him and now he lives a happy dog life. May we all have this much enthusiasm in our steps today!

Hahaha. Maybe should have thought that one through, Jeff. 

Oh, Jeff. The best part of this tweet is that you can just picture it perfectly. "Your name?" "Jeff." "And your cat's name?" Pause…"Baby Jeff." So funny.

Teen who was homeless gets reunited with dog he surrendered to an animal shelter.

A homeless teen who selflessly surrendered his dog to a Mississippi animal shelter with a bag of dog food and a blanket because he couldn’t care for her properly has been reunited with his dog—and has a place to stay as well. Read the full story here.

After vowing he'd never sing it, Julian Lennon performs his dad's song, "Imagine" for Ukraine.

Julian Lennon has always said that he would never publicly perform "Imagine," in deference to the incredible power the song held. However, in light of the war on Ukraine, which Lennon called an “unimaginable tragedy," he changed his mind. "Within this song, we’re transported to a space, where love and togetherness become our reality, if but for a moment in time," he said. "The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel, that we are all hoping for." Read the full story here.

In a sweet farewell, "Ice Age" studio artists finally—finally!—let Scrat have his acorn.

Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio responsible for the "Rio" and "Ice Age" series of films, was founded in 1987. In 2021, Disney announced it would be shuttering its doors, and this week a final "Ice Age" short made by a small team of artists from the studio was released. If you've watched the "Ice Age" movies, you know that Scrat is always trying to get his precious acorn, but there are always hilariously painful mishaps that prevent his success. This time, they let him have it—a fitting final farewell from Blue Sky.

Hope that brought some joy to your day. Come back again next week for another roundup of small delights to boost your spirit.

Pop Culture

Artist uses AI to create ultra realistic portraits of celebrities who left us too soon

What would certain icons look like if nothing had happened to them?

Mercury would be 76 today.

Some icons have truly left this world too early. It’s a tragedy when anyone doesn’t make it to see old age, but when it happens to a well-known public figure, it’s like a bit of their art and legacy dies with them. What might Freddie Mercury have created if he were granted the gift of long life? Bruce Lee? Princess Diana?

Their futures might be mere musings of our imagination, but thanks to a lot of creativity (and a little tech) we can now get a glimpse into what these celebrities might have looked like when they were older.

Alper Yesiltas, an Istanbul-based lawyer and photographer, created a photography series titled “As If Nothing Happened,” which features eerily realistic portraits of long gone celebrities in their golden years. To make the images as real looking as possible, Yesiltas incorporated various photo editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, as well as the AI photo-enhancing software Remini.

“The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me,” Yesiltas wrote about his passion project. “The moment I like the most is when I think the image in front of me looks as if it was taken by a photographer.”

Yesiltas’ meticulousness paid off, because the results are uncanny.

Along with each photo, Yesiltas writes a bittersweet message “wishing” how things might have gone differently … as if nothing happened.
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All images provided by Adewole Adamson

It begins with more inclusive conversations at a patient level

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

melanoma,  melanoma for dark skin Avery Smith (left) and Adamson (sidenote)

This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

american cancer society, skin cacner treatment"What matters most is how we help patients at the patient level."https://www.kellydavidsonstudio.com/

The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

via Dion Merrick / Facebook

This article originally appeared on 02.09.21


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Nurse turns inappropriate things men say in the delivery room into ‘inspirational’ art

"Can you move to the birthing ball so I can sleep in the bed?"

Holly the delivery nurse.

After working six years as a labor and delivery nurse Holly, 30, has heard a lot of inappropriate remarks made by men while their partners are in labor. “Sometimes the moms think it’s funny—and if they think it’s funny, then I’ll laugh with them,” Holly told TODAY Parents. “But if they get upset, I’ll try to be the buffer. I’ll change the subject.”

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