Badass UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus pulled off a must-watch floor routine.

Even if you're not a fan of gymnastics, you need to see her wow this crowd.

"I think right now my main goal is to become part of the floor lineup."

That was UCLA senior gymnast Sophina DeJesus' goal last year. As UCLA Athletics' "Bruin Banter" interviewer Samantha Peszek noted, Sophina was already a great dancer at the time.

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It's a year later, and guess what? Sophina reached that goal — and the Internet has reason to be thankful.

Not only did one of her floor routines include impressively powerful traditional tumbling like this:

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But it also included moves like this:


And this:

And she made the crowd do this:

Sophina's hip-hop-influenced routine immediately went viral, racking up millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

"I wanted to end my senior year with a bang," she told the New York Times. Well, yeah, she certainly did that. The judges were also pretty impressed with her new routine, giving her a score of 9.925 out of 10 and helping UCLA beat rival Utah by just 0.025 of a point.

It's not every day that a gymnast finds a way to incorporate the Quan, the Dab, and the Whip/Nae Nae into a traditional routine. So there's reason to get excited. The whole thing was genuine, unapologetic, and just plain amazing.

We could sit here all day trying to describe how awesome her routine was, but you really just need to see it for yourself.

Check out the video below.

This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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