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CORRECTION: That Time We Let Pretend Science Ruin Real Science And Decided To Apologize For It

FROM THE EDITORS: Hey everyone. So a video made it onto our site that put Chicken McNuggets under a microscope. It had some problems (there's a link at the bottom of the page if you REALLY need to see it.) You let us know. Rather than explain the problems ourselves, we're going to let all our brilliant commenters do it for us.

CORRECTION: That Time We Let Pretend Science Ruin Real Science And Decided To Apologize For It


Part of what makes this an amazing place to work is how careful we are to deliver only the highest-quality content for you to share, not the fluff that usually gets passed around. We have a very cohesive and well-implemented vetting and fact-checking process at Upworthy. Editors look at content before it's curated for our site. Our trained fact-checking team investigates finalized content before we publish it for public consumption.

Yet somehow, ALL of us totally blew it on this one. We'd like to let you all know that we are collectively really really sorry. This was not our best show. You deserve better than that, and we really appreciate the fact that so many of you brought it to our attention.

To keep ourselves accountable, we will be creating a page devoted to our screwups (coming soon.) You will always see our latest major corrections there. Additionally, whenever we let something this egregious happen, you can be damn sure we'll try to give the correction as much attention as we gave the original piece of content. It'll go up on our wall with new information, and we will do our best to make sure nothing like this falls through all the cracks again.
Now here's a palate cleanser in the form of an explanation of the scientific method from a dude who actually understands science.

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"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

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The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

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"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."