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5-year-old saves baby from peril, dressed as Batman. This is not pretend. It really happened.

He is vengeance. He is the night. He is a 5-year-old boy in a Batman costume, and he just saved a little girl's life.

5-year-old saves baby from peril, dressed as Batman. This is not pretend. It really happened.

According to Yahoo! Parenting, it was a scorching July afternoon when John and Caroline Penny went to the Tesco with their 1-year-old granddaughter, Iris Adamski ... and then accidentally locked her in the hot car.

The Pennys called the police, but the toddler was beyond their reach — and thus, beyond their help.

The good officers did what they could, but their only option was to smash open the back window. And even then, there was no one small enough to crawl inside and retrieve the keys or the child.


GIF from "The Dark Knight Returns."

It was then that Batman arrived, like a beacon in the night. Or at least a 5-year-old boy dressed like Batman.

"Yes, father ... I shall become ... a bat." Photo by SWNS, used with permission.

"That morning [Zavi] decided he wanted to be dressed as Batman, I don't know why," Emma Ahmed, the mother of the 5-year-old hero, told The Daily Mail.

Was it fate or some greater power that inspired Zavi to don the mantle of the Dark Knight on that of all days and for his mother to bring him with her to the Tesco at such a fortuitous time?

The Caped Crusader risked life and limb as he crawled his way through broken glass.

Zavi was the only one around small enough to fit through the car's back window, retrieve the keys, and save the trapped damsel in distress.

GIF from "Batman."

It should be known that Zavi's brother, Nadeen, who was dressed as Superman, stood by and did nothing during his brother's remarkable show of bravery.

GIF from "The All-New Super Friends Hour."

In fairness, it should also be known that Nadeen is 2 years old.

With the innocent returned to safety and justice served, the Dark Knight ... went into the Tesco with his mom.

Zavi Ahmed and Iris Adamski. Photo by SWNS, used with permission.

Presumably, Bat-Zavi and Super-Nadeen returned to the Hall of Justice and spent the afternoon gorging on Aero bars, although our sources can neither confirm nor deny this development.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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