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I Laughed, I Cried, I Clicked 'Refresh' Until He Posted Another Picture

Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, is a crazy popular site, featuring his journalistic photographs of people in the city along with a word or two from the subject. They're by turns heartbreaking and giggle-inducing. The U.N. invited Brandon to take his camera past the five boroughs and into the great world beyond on an epic, 50-day tour.

"I’m studying to be a lawyer. He likes books about frogs." (Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo)


"We just want to be together and not be afraid." (Erbil, Iraq)

"She shares her yogurt with me." (Nairobi, Kenya)

"If you speak gently, you’ll find good people wherever you go. If you find a bad person, just move on to the next person." (Petra, Jordan)

"This one likes photos too much. If he takes one more photo, I will break his camera. But don’t translate that." (Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)

The U.N. sent Brandon around the world to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals. These goals, created in 2000, were pretty audacious, like eradicating extreme poverty and reducing the number of women dying in childbirth by 75% (as compared to 1990 numbers). The deadline is 2015. You'd be amazed at how far we've come, but there's still more to do.

For me, these photos have the same effect as the famous Pale Blue Dot image taken from space — serving as a reminder that, no matter what happens, we're all in this together. Share this with the humans in your life, OK?

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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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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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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