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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.


We all know that Americans pay more for healthcare than every other country in the world. But how much more?

According an American expatriate who shared the story of his ER visit in a Taiwanese hospital, Americans are being taken to the cleaners when we go to the doctor. We live in a country that claims to be the greatest in the world, but where an emergency trip to the hospital can easily bankrupt someone.

Kevin Bozeat had that fact in mind when he fell ill while living in Taiwan and needed to go to the hospital. He didn't have insurance and he had no idea how much it was going to cost him. He shared the experience in a now-viral Facebook post he called "The Horrors of Socialized Medicine: A first hand experience."

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But it turns out that there's a much easier way to thread a needle and it doesn't involve licking it. In fact there's more than one way to thread a needle that will save you a headache from trying to see where the thread is going. There's one particular technique that has people thinking there may be witchcraft involved, but it's just science.

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Pop Culture

Two brothers Irish stepdancing to Beyoncé's country hit 'Texas Hold 'Em' is pure delight

The Gardiner Brothers and Queen Bey proving that music can unite us all.

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The Gardiner Brothers stepping in time to Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em."

In early February 2024, Beyoncé rocked the music world by releasing a surprise new album of country tunes. The album, Renaissance: Act II, includes a song called "Texas Hold 'Em," which shot up the country charts—with a few bumps along the way—and landed Queen Bey at the No.1 spot.

As the first Black female artist to have a song hit No. 1 on Billboard's country music charts, Beyoncé once again proved her popularity, versatility and ability to break barriers without missing a beat. In one fell swoop, she got people who had zero interest in country music to give it a second look, forced country music fans to broaden their own ideas about what country music looks like and prompted conversations about bending and blending musical genres and styles.

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Moscow-based comic artist Bird Born explains why adopting a dog changed his life.


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Moscow-based comic artist Bird Born experienced firsthand the power of welcoming a pet into your family when he adopted a dog.

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5 things I didn't want to hear when I was grieving and 1 thing that helped

Here are my top five things not to say to a grieving parent — and the thing I love to hear instead.


In 2013, I found out I was pregnant with triplets.

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My husband and I were in shock but thrilled at the news after dealing with infertility for years. And it didn't take long for the comments to begin. When people found out, the usual remarks followed: "Triplets?! What are you going to do? Three kids at once?! Glad it's not me!"

After mastering my response (and an evil look reserved for the rudest comments), I figured that was the worst of it. But little did I know I would be facing far worse comments after two of my triplets passed away.

On June 23, 2013, I gave birth to my triplets, more than four months premature.

My daughter, Abigail, passed away that same day; my son, Parker, died just shy of 2 months old. Before then, I didn't know much about child loss; it was uncharted territory. Like most people, I wouldn't know how to respond or what to say if a friend's child passed away.

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But two years later, I have found that some things are better left unsaid. These comments come from a good place, and I know people mean well, but they sure do sting.

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