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Here's How Advertisements Might Look If They Stated The Things They Make Many People Feel

We're so inundated with images of "ideal" women that whether we intend for it to happen or not, those superficial images — and the ones we never see that might actually represent so many of us — can sometimes affect our feelings about our appearance and self-worth. I know the standard response is, "Well, don't let it bother you!" But that's easier said than done, particularly when we are bombarded with the standards from a very young age. This photo series, called "Stop the Beauty Madness," is intended to start conversations about ageism, racism, fat shaming, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, and more — all the madness that we're presented with regularly thanks to today's beauty "ideals."

If ads (or a lack of certain types) displayed the words that we sometimes feel because of them:


If we could respond to the negativity, it might look like these:

And then, of course, there are the messages that begin for girls when they're very young:

Wouldn't it be nice if the images we saw better represented all of us? If you want, you can share this using the Facebook and Twitter buttons below.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 09.08.16


92-year-old Norma had a strange and heartbreaking routine.

Every night around 5:30 p.m., she stood up and told the staff at her Ohio nursing home that she needed to leave. When they asked why, she said she needed to go home to take care of her mother. Her mom, of course, had long since passed away.

Behavior like Norma's is quite common for older folks suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Walter, another man in the same assisted living facility, demanded breakfast from the staff every night around 7:30.

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