Could This Be The Most Upworthy Site In The History Of The Internet?

Hi, we're Upworthy, a new social media outfit with a mission: to help people find important content that is as fun to share as a FAIL video of some idiot surfing off his roof.

Let's be honest: The Internet's been overrun with inanity, and all of us are eating it up. For example, here's a scientific study we commissioned about what comprises the online world:

We can't change all that. But we believe the things that matter in the world don't have to be boring and guilt-inducing. And the addictive stuff we love doesn't have to be completely substanceless. Our core message is:


How do we get there? We're starting out with a heavy focus on curation — finding and sharing the best important stuff that the Internet generates each day. Things that hit this sweet spot:

Down the road, we'll be creating our own memes as well. For example:

The thing is, we're just getting started. We've got huge ambitions — solve all of the world's problems using social media alone, for example — but as you can see, we're not very far along yet:

Sound good? Join us now on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or by electronic mail. We'll share the best stuff we find with you every day, and let you know as more and more of the site comes online. And hey, if you find stuff you think is Upworthy, tweet it to us at @upworthy.

NOTE: This is a chain letter. Share it with at least 500 friends right now or someone somewhere will get a horrible disease. (True fact.)

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Earlier this month, a beluga whale caught the world's attention by playing fetch with a rugby ball thrown by South African researchers off the waters of Norway.

The adorable video has been watched over 20 million times, promoting people across the globe to wonder how the whale became so comfortable around humans.

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One dad is getting attention for the incredibly supportive way he handled his daughter's first period. "So today I got 'The Call,'" Maverick Austin started out a Facebook post that has now gone viral.

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There is a strange right-wing logic that suggests when minorities fight for equal rights it's somehow a threat to the rights already held by those in the majority or who hold power.

Like when the Black Lives Matter movement started, many on the right claimed that fighting for black people to be treated equally somehow meant that other people's lives were not as valuable, leading to the short-lived All Lives Matter movement.

This same "oppressed majority" logic is behind the new Straight Pride movement which made headlines in August after its march through the streets of Boston.

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