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Kurt Cobain said some pretty insightful things during his short life. Here are a few of them.

Kurt Cobain said some pretty insightful and progressive things.

He was the lead singer and guitarist for Nirvana, a grunge band that was popular in the late '80s and early '90s. Although he died at the young age of 27, he made a huge impact on music, helping give alternative rock its day in the sun.

But he did more than that. Cobain was a feminist. He believed in equality of every kind. He wasn't afraid to speak his mind about issues that weren't as widely as discussed over 20 years ago.


Here are a few of my favorite Kurt Cobain quotes.

Cobain on rape.

Yep, that's right! Back in 1991, Kurt Cobain was fed up with women being taught to avoid getting raped instead of men being taught not to rape. Unfortunately, we're still fighting that same narrative today, but regardless, his thoughts on the topic were on point.

Cobain on bigotry.


Cobain asked bigots and racists to please stop being Nirvana fans, please and thank you.

Cobain on oppression.

While some might take issue with the word "totally," the fact is that women weren't treated equally back in the '90s, and they're not treated equally today. Women make less money than their equally qualified male counterparts, women are underrepresented in Congress (holding just 131 seats of the 535 in 2019), and women's right to choose is constantly under fire. Cobain may not have known what women would be dealing with over 20 years after he made this remark, but once again, he nailed it.

If Cobain were alive today, Feb. 20, 2019, he'd be 52 years old. If you want, you can honor his memory by sharing this post with your favorite Cobain quote on Facebook.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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Before 54-year-old Mario passed away, he had one special goodbye he needed to say ... to his favorite giraffe.

Mario had worked as a maintenance man at the Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands for over 25 years. After his shifts, he loved to visit and help care for the animals, including the giraffes.

As Mario's fight against terminal brain cancer came to an end, all he wanted to do was visit the zoo one last time. He wanted to say goodbye to his colleagues — and maybe share a final moment with some of his furry friends.

Thanks to one incredible organization, Mario got his wish.

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Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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