Check out Joe Biden helping a man in need outside a D.C. movie theater.

There was no press at the Georgetown AMC movie theater on March 8, 2018, when Joe Biden took his granddaughter to see a show. But that didn't stop one viral photo purportedly of the former vice president from tugging at heart strings everywhere.

Moviegoer Caleb Baca snapped a pic of an unknowing Biden interacting with a man, believed to be homeless, sitting on steps near a sidewalk. The photo itself may be a little grainy, dark, and seemingly unremarkable, but its message struck a chord with thousands of people online.

Joe Biden took his granddaughter to the movies in Georgetown last night.....on his way out he stopped to speak w/ a...


Posted by Paul Equale on Friday, March 9, 2018

Baca's photo was shared by D.C. businessman Paul Equale and has amassed over 120,000 likes as of publication, Fox 5 in D.C. reported.

The former vice president's office is not commenting on the photo, according to The New York Times.

"Say what you want about Joe Biden," one commenter wrote. "He’s nothing if not compassionate and kind. His life — through tragedy and triumph — is an example of grace."

The photo may have captured a generous act, but it also highlights a darker reality: D.C.'s homelessness crisis.

Surrounding the stunning capitol dome and pristine parks filled with tourists, skyrocketing housing costs have left thousands of city-dwellers calling the street home.

The nation's capital, ground zero for income inequality, has the highest rate of homelessness among the largest 32 American cities, according to a survey from the United States Conference of Mayors released last year. The research found there are 124 homeless people per 10,000 residents in D.C. — more than twice the national average — The New York Times reported.

It's a massive, complicated problem that can't be fixed overnight. But helping organizations solve the problem — and, yes, giving directly to homeless people when you feel moved to — can make a big difference. As Biden showed us, a simple act of kindness means a lot.

"I'm not exactly sure what he gave the homeless man," Baca told Fox 5. "But he appeared to write something down on a piece of paper inside the movie theater, which he then proceeded to give the homeless man outside."

As Equale wrote in his caption, "character is about what you do when no one is watching."

To learn more about and fight homelessness in the capital, visit Coalition for the Homeless Washington, D.C.

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

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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