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A thief tried to steal a woman’s phone and quickly learned she was an MMA fighter the hard way.

Recently, our partners at GOOD shared the story of a would-be kidnapper who chased a woman into a karate dojo and got what was coming to him.

A week later, we have another story of poetic justice from Brazil.

Polyana Viana is a 26-year-old mixed martial artist with an impressive 10-2 record. On Saturday January 5, she stood outside of an apartment building waiting for an Uber when a sketchy guy approached her.


He asked her the time and she told him, but he wouldn’t leave. “Give me the phone,” the thief said motioning to her smart phone. “Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.”

The thief half-concealed a gun with one hand, but Viana thought the visable part of the object was “too soft” to be a weapon. So she opened up a can of whoop ass on the thief that he had no idea was coming.

“I threw two punches and a kick,” Viana told MMA Junkie. “He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.’”

The thief then dropped the “gun” which was actually made of cardboard.

UFC president Dana White shared a photo of the thief’s rearranged face after the altercation.

The thief asked to be released from her MMA hold, but Viana wouldn’t let go until the police arrived. According to Viana, the thief was happy when the police arrived “because he was scared I was going to beat him up more.”

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

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.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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