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Ellen used 'Finding Dory' to send a vital message to Trump about immigration.

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The order came just days after proposing tariffs on Mexican imports to pay for an (unpopular) border wall with our southern neighbor.

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The travel ban, which barred refugees and green card holders, was far-reaching and deemed unconstitutional or illegal by many — including Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired shortly after announcing that she would not enforce the ban.

The very next day, the president held a screening of the film "Finding Dory" for White House staff and their families.

Cute, huh?

When Ellen DeGeneres, who voices the film's titular forgetful fish, heard about the screening, she decided to bring it up on her talk show.

"On Friday, the president gave an order banning people from seven countries from entering the United States," she explained. "Then on Saturday [Jan. 28], the president screened 'Finding Dory' at the White House. I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against one of those two things."

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DeGeneres — in completely "nonpolitical" fashion, of course — then explained to her audience the plot of "Finding Dory," which felt eerily familiar:

"Dory arrives in America with her friends, Marlin and Nemo, and she ends up at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. And they all have to get over the wall. You won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out."

...Yeah, that doesn't sound at all similar to what Trump has promised to do along the American-Mexican border...

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"Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family. But the other animals help Dory — animals that don’t even need her, animals that don’t even have anything in common with her."

... The travel ban must be a coincidence ...

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"They help her even though they’re completely different colors, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need," DeGeneres continued.

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"You help them."

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"That is what I hope everyone who's watching 'Finding Dory' has learned," DeGeneres concluded.

As Dory's story reminds us, sometimes it's best we revisit the simple lessons we learned as kids to help us figure out what to do during complex crises as adults.

Millions of men, women, and children have been displaced by war in Syria. They lack access to even the most basic of necessities, like food, water, and shelter — not to mention other vital services, like counseling and attending school. They desperately need our help.

While sometimes the best thing to do when times get tough is to "just keep swimming," sometimes we all need a leg up. For refugees around the world, that time is now.

Watch DeGeneres' totally non-political explainer of "Finding Dory" below:

A map of the United States post land-ice melt.


Land ice: We got a lot of it.

Considering the two largest ice sheets on earth — the one on Antarctica and the one on Greenland — extend more than 6 million square miles combined ... yeah, we're talkin' a lot of ice.

But what if it was all just ... gone? Not like gone gone, but melted?

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Toronto-based animator and video wizard Kevin Parry has gone mega-viral for his mind-boggling collection of videos where he turns himself into random objects.

In a series of quick clips he changes into everything from a pumpkin to a bright yellow banana and in most of the videos, he appears to suffer a ridiculous death. The videos combine studio trickery with a magician's flair.

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Pop Culture

A brave fan asks Patrick Stewart a question he doesn't usually get and is given a beautiful answer

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through.

Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through. However, how he answered this vulnerable and brave fan's question is one of the most eloquent, passionate responses about domestic violence I've ever seen.

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Chloé was born at 32 weeks.


Every single day, babies across the world are born prematurely, which means that they're born before 37 weeks of gestation.

In Canada, about 29,000 infants are born prematurely each year, roughly 1 in every 13. But in the United States, around 400,000 to 500,000 are born early. That's about 1 in every 8 to 10 babies born in the U.S.!

Red Méthot, a Canadian photographer and student, decided to capture the resilience of many of these kids for a school photography project.

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Democracy

Teacher tries to simulate a dictatorship in her classroom, but the students crushed her

"I’ve done this experiment numerous times, and each year I have similar results. This year, however, was different."

Each year that I teach the book "1984" I turn my classroom into a totalitarian regime under the guise of the "common good."

I run a simulation in which I become a dictator. I tell my students that in order to battle "Senioritis," the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has "been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success." I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is "Senioritis."

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The MC Hammer dance though.

Father and daughter dances are a traditional staple of weddings. They tend to range somewhere between tearfully sweet and hilariously cringey. But sometimes, as was the case of Brittany Revell and her dad Kelly, they can be so freakin’ cool that millions of people become captivated.

Brittany and Kelly’s video, which amassed, I kid you not, more than 40 million views on TikTok, shows the pair grooving in sneakers (Brittany’s were white because, hello, wedding dress) to their “dance through the decades.”

It all began with Young MC’s “Bust a Move,” to give you a clear picture. And bust a move, they did.

Though the duo did a handful of iconic moves—the tootsie roll, the MC Hammer dance, the Carlton, just to name a few—“the dougie,” made famous by Cali Swag District, was the obvious fan favorite.
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