Homophobic couple wrote 'Dear Abby' for advice and got a lesson in not being a**holes
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Oftentimes when people write into Dear Abby it's with the secret (or not so secret) hope that Abby will justify their longheld beliefs.

Whether someone is writing to rag on their messy ex, or laying out complex family dynamics, it's only human to hope that she will confirm that you are the one in the right, and everyone else is crazy.

However, this is definitely not how it always goes down, and for those of us reading and not writing, the letters that get called out often prove the most entertaining.


Reddit user generic_bitch posted a delicious example of Abby shuttting down a letter writer, and you may want to save it and frame it for a rainy day.

Truly though, reading this is cathartic. Basically, a woman wrote Abby laying out how her and her husband are homophobic and don't allow their gay neighbors over for dinner. After word of this spread, the other neighbors rallied and decided to disinvite the homophobic couple from future hang outs.

Well, now, the woman wrote Abby claiming the neighbors are the "real bigots" for not including her and her husband, somehow not realizing the deepy irony of this claim.

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Abby's response is a great example of how to concisely and firmly shut down someone's whining about facing backlash for their bigotry. She obviously has practice at shutting down nonsense.

This article was originally published on March 26, 2019.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"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."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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