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An incredible new video shows one man’s miraculous journey after being paralyzed


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A year ago, Brian Kidwell suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He faced a situation that could easily break the spirits of even the strongest person.

Catastrophic injuries not only take an impossible toll on the body, but Kidwell and his family turned to GoFundMe to help raise funds to pay for his expensive medical bills.

But with even a slight chance to turn the corner, Kidwell stayed the course with the help of his girlfriend, family and friends. Over the course of the next 12 months he began the slow, painful and challenging journey back from his injury.


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A year later, Kidwell was walking and even married his girlfriend. And it turned out she had a gift of her own: She had been quietly documenting his recovery process which she turned into an unbelievably inspiring 6 minute video. Writing on his YouTube page, Kidwell explained:

Last year I suffered a serious spinal cord injury which left me paralyzed from the neck down. Yesterday was my one year anniversary. My wife surprised me with this video: 'One year ago today, I almost lost you. You got a second chance at life. Here's my gift to you'

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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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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