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The World Wide Web began in 1989. Soon after was the first iteration of AOL. (Remember AOL? And for those too young to remember ... just count yourself lucky.)

(Insert dial-up modem sound here.)


Invented by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, the web's goal was to help scientists share information around the world. Here's what the first webpage looked like:

Snazzy, right?!

Just four years later, it was announced that the World Wide Web (or W3, as some called it then) would be free for everyone who had Internet access. And the rest of that history ... is still being written.

One thing is clear: Nothing has brought us closer together as humans and engendered empathy like the web.

From staying in touch with our loved ones, to helping people halfway across the world who are living through tragedies, to millions of us understanding just a bit more about how other human beings live every day, to seeing firsthand what we're doing to the earth ... the web helps us all connect with our world and the beautiful creatures that reside in it.

BUT not everyone on the web wants to use it for good.

It's also a place where some folks want to take over your video camera and spy on you. And where people try to steal your credit card numbers. And more.

But guess what? They don't have to win.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Joy

10 things that made us smile this week

Here, have a round of joy. It's on us.

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Upworthy's weekly roundup of delights.

When headlines and social media seem to be dominated by the negative, we all need reminders that the world is full of wonderfulness. Joy connects and inspires us and can be found everywhere—if we keep our eyes open and look for it. One of our goals at Upworthy is to make that search a little easier by telling stories that highlight the best of humanity and sharing the delights, large and small, that unite us.

Each week, we collect 10 things that made us smile and offer them to you to enjoy and share with others. We hope this week's list tickles your heart and brings a smile (or 10) to your face as well.

1. Tico the parrot is a master vocalist. Not even an exaggeration.

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On a dark desert hwy, cool wind in my hair…

We've shared some delightful parrots in these roundups before, and each one somehow seems to out-entertain the last. I did not see Tico's vocal skills coming, though. The intonation! The vibrato! Even my music major daughter was blown away by this singing bird.

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Family

A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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