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A lot of celebs stare awkwardly at the camera without saying a word. Here's why they're so quiet.

Normally, the faces Will Ferrell makes crack me up. Not so much in this video.

A lot of celebs stare awkwardly at the camera without saying a word. Here's why they're so quiet.
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Waiting. That's what a lot of people are doing. It's not a big deal for the celebs and others in this video, but for the people in Ebola-stricken areas? It's everything.


Actually, that's not really what the kind of waiting I'm talking about looks like. For a lot of people, it looks more like this:

Because when people in a handful of countries needed help, our leaders didn't jump to action.

Too many people are still waiting. But again, it's not the people in this video who are being affected by the waiting. They just want to make sure we know that action is necessary.

In the words of the people behind ONE, "ONE is a strictly non-partisan organization. We work with elected officials of all stripes to push for smart and effective policies that fight extreme poverty. This video is meant to build public pressure on world leaders everywhere to step up and do more."

As of mid-November 2014, the CDC reported that over 15,000 cases of Ebola had been diagnosed in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Over 5,400 of those people died. (Keep in mind that many claim the actual numbers are higher than the reported numbers. But for now, these are the figures we have.)

Particularly distressing is the sharp increase in recent cases.

How much longer can we wait? You can sign the petition to encourage world leaders to take action to stop the spread of Ebola. Want to find out what your country is doing to help? Check out ONE's Ebola Tracker.

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

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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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