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Cops Thought The Black Teen Had A Rocket Launcher. So Neil Taught Them All A Lesson.

The story of Neil deGrasse Tyson starts a a few billion years ago, but don't worry — this animated look at the life of the world's most famous cosmologist only lasts a a few minutes. But you'll wish it were longer.

Cops Thought The Black Teen Had A Rocket Launcher. So Neil Taught Them All A Lesson.

The story of Neil deGrasse Tyson begins, like most other stories of heroes, with people just not *getting it.*

When he first began the adventure that would lead him to be an astrophysicist, folks said:

"Astronomers look like this*...

*Newton


...they don't look like this**!"

**Neil

But his parents had seen his curiosity and had given him a telescope.

And there was no going back.

But even though his parents understood him, police didn't like the looks of an astronomer *who looked like Neil* on top of a roof with ... THAT.

"Hands up! That looks like a rocket launcher!"

But lucky for US ALL, those policemen gave things a closer look.

They looked closer at Neil, and in so doing, looked closer at ~*~The Cosmos.~*~

And instead of the worst outcome coming from policemen facing a young black kid who *appears* threatening, they looked closer and fell in love with science just a little bit on that night.

Powerful stuff.

Yeah. More science and emotion and hope below. Press "Play" if you're into that kinda thing. :)

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Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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