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It's an undeniable fact that Dolly Parton is America's sweetheart.

Don't believe me? Twitter is full of evidence.

First of all, she's a hilarious meme queen.

Dolly's able to take any old photo of herself (or even an animated GIF!) and find a way to make people laugh.


She's also not afraid to poke a little fun at herself.

It's no wonder she's got some pretty famous friends.

Like fellow southern gal Reese Witherspoon.

Supermodel Tyra Banks.

Grammy-winning singer Adele.

The one and only, Oprah Winfrey.

Not to mention she's the (fairy) godmother to the one and only Miley Cyrus.

They've even recorded a song together: "Rainbowland."

And it's not all about glitz and glamour. For decades, Dolly has been using her platform to give back to her community.

She's most well-known for her efforts to support early childhood literacy. In 1995, Dolly launched her Imagination Library, a free book gifting program, to ensure that every child in her Tennessee hometown had the opportunity to grow up in a home with books.

Since then, the organization has gone international. In February 2018, Dolly's Library donated its 100 millionth book.

Her generosity and passion for children extend far beyond literacy. She recently pledged $1,000,000 to the children's hospital that successfully treated her niece's leukemia.

And she even wrote a song to help encourage kids undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

She's also quick to support natural disaster victims — and she encourages others to do the same.

Dolly's even won two Emmys for her outstanding public service efforts.

But beyond her humor, her A-list friends, and her generous spirit, Dolly is a G*DDAMN inspiration.

Seriously. If you're in need some motivation (or just general life advice), follow Dolly on Twitter. Let her words wash over you.

Here's to you, Dolly. And here's to many more years of making us smile.

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Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

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Since I have faith that most of you reading want to navigate the world with intelligence and empathy, I figured it'd be useful to share some of the everyday phrases rooted in racist etymology.

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Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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