A family of woodchucks ate Paul Ryan's car. The internet responded hilariously.

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Apparently, nature also has a grudge against House Speaker Paul Ryan.

During his appearance at the Economic Club in Washington, the Wisconsin Republican told the audience that a family of woodchucks ate up his Chevy Suburban.

“My car was eaten by animals,” he said. “It’s just dead.”


As a top congressional leader, Ryan's security detail provides him transportation. Since he had no need to drive it, Ryan loaned his car to his mother in Wisconsin. After her recent return from a vacation in Florida, the car would no longer start. A mechanic "realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody,” Ryan said. “They ate all the wiring out of it.”

Public response to the incident has been ... interesting.

A few Twitter users expressed their support for the woodchucks and others have considered them to be unofficial members of the far-left-leaning militant group, antifa.

Ryan is not new to being the subject of resistance and protest. While Ryan condemned some of Trump's discriminatory policies throughout his presidential campaign, he has since evolved into becoming one of his quickest defenders and enablers. Ryan has defended and proposed some of the most harmful and discriminatory viewpoints in this country. He doesn't believe in climate change, he has supported bills to defund Planned Parenthood, and he has defended Trump's Muslim ban and draconian immigration policies.

There's sound reason for the woodchucks to eat up Ryan's SUV.

Whether an act of resistance or not, the woodchucks' choice does make sense. The Midwest is known for its unforgiving winters — and Wisconsin is no exception. Seeking shelter under the hood of the House Speaker's big SUV seems like a smart move.

If Ryan won't budge on his views and stand up for the rights of all Americans, these woodchucks seem to have a solid plan for action — and they aren't afraid to use it.

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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The world is dark and full of terrors, but every once in a while it graces us with something to warm our icy-cold hearts. And that is what we have today, with a single dad who went viral on Twitter after his daughter posted the photos he sent her when trying to pick out and outfit for his date. You love to see it.




After seeing these heartwarming pics, people on Twitter started suggesting this adorable man date their moms. It was essentially a mom and date matchmaking frenzy.




Others found this to be very relatable content.








And then things took a brief turn...


...when Carli revealed that her dad had been stood up by his date.



And people were NOT happy about it.





However, things did work out in the end. According to Yahoo Lifestyle, Carli told her dad about all of the attention the tweet was getting, and it gave him hope.

Carli's dad, Jeff, told Yahoo Lifestyle that he didn't even know what Twitter was before now, but that he has made an account and is receiving date offers from all over the world. “I'm being asked out a lot," said Jeff. “But I'm very private about that."



We stan Jeff, the viral Twitter dad. Go give him a follow!

This article originally appeared on SomeeCards. You can read it here.

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