14 fact-checked things to make your pessimistic friends realize 2014 might not be a factory of awful

The always awesome John Green took a look at a bunch of fancy statistics that affect our world and decided to share with you 14 reasons why things don't suck as much as we thought they did. At 1:48, there's good news for my cancer-predisposed family. At 3:34, he makes the obvious point about good news not being the cure to all that ails us. But it's a nice start. We had our fact-checkers comb through his math, and we officially approve this message.

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If you want to see John Green say more smart things, you should probably Like him on Facebook. Also you could share this if you want to give your friends a nice start to 2014. Totally your call though.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21

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