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An adorable ad shows a father looking after his daughter. Decades later, the roles change.

Two sweet moments between a father and daughter, with decades in between.

An adorable ad shows a father looking after his daughter. Decades later, the roles change.
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Did your mom or dad ever feed you with the “airplane technique"?

Maybe they got really into it and made great sound effects...


ShoooooOOOoOoOOooooOom! GIF via Baby Bullet/YouTube.

Maybe you actually had a spoon shaped like a plane...

Incoming baby food. Prepare for landing. GIF via Samantha Skolnik/YouTube.

Or maybe you were so resistant to the ol' "plane technique" that they had to go for the bait and switch...

Oh no, you didn't. GIF via BlueChainsawMan/reddit.

Families take care of each other in all kinds of ways.

And today, there's a new group of people who are taking care of both their own kids and their parents. They're called the "sandwich generation."

The sandwich generation is a generation of adults who are caring for their aging parents while simultaneously supporting their kids. This scenario may be a lot more common than you think.

1 in 7 middle-aged adults provides financial support to both a parent and a child.

And that doesn't even begin to cover the amount of people providing emotional support to their families. 68% of all adults who have a living parent aged 65+ say they provide emotional support for that parent at least some of the time.

Why do we care for our aging parents?

You could certainly think of it as a social responsibility — many Americans do. 75% of adults believe they have a financial responsibility to support an aging parent.

Maybe we feel like we owe them something after all the years they fed and clothed and cared for us. Maybe we feel that without us, they'd have no other option.

Or maybe, it simply comes down to love.

GIF via Ad Council.

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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Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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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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