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One man packed his grill and drove to a tornado-leveled Kentucky town to 'feed the people'

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Jim Finch showed up to feed people in the aftermath of a devastating tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.

After historic tornadoes tore through towns throughout Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois Friday night, people were stunned to see the aftermath in the light of day Saturday morning. The devastation is hard to fathom. Scenes of not just buildings but entire city blocks leveled are hard to take in, but Mayfield, KY, where an entire town was ravaged, has become the viral face of the destruction.

The New York Times shared a video showing the apocalyptic aftermath in Mayfield, home to nearly 10,000 people. It looks like a war zone, or worse. An entire community laid flat.

As messages of support started pouring in and emergency management began the daunting task of figuring out next steps, one man who lived a half-hour away decided to take a boots-on-the-ground approach and help the people of Mayfield in a way that he could.

Jim Finch packed up his grill, loaded up the back of his pickup truck with food and drove to Mayfield to, in his words, "feed the people."

ABC journalist Victor Ordoñez shared a video on Twitter of Finch in the middle of the destruction, standing in front of his grill in disposable gloves, explaining why he was there.

"I know they don't have any electricity, so that means they don't have any restaurants, no running water so I just figured I would do what I could do, show up with some food and some water," he said.

"Jim wore a smile the whole morning," Ordoñez wrote in another tweet. Finch laughed and shook his head when Ordoñez asked if he had a restaurant. "No sir," he said. "It just needed to be done."

Finch brought hamburgers, chicken, sausage, eggs, "just real simple stuff you can have and not worry about making a mess, grab and go type of food," he said.

Humans helping fellow humans in a time of crisis is something we never tire of seeing. People are praising Finch as a hero—a selfless person who saw a need and decided to fill it. In times of extreme crisis, basic needs like food and shelter become more immediate and vital than ever, and for the people who are reeling from their world literally being torn apart, the simple, thoughtful kindness of being handed a warm meal from a stranger is surely appreciated.

Thank you, Jim Finch, for being an example to us all.

If you're looking for ways to help or places to donate to help western Kentuckians recover from the tornado damage, see this post from the Lexington Herald Leader.

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Music’s biggest night took place Sunday, February 4 with the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Now, fans have the opportunity to take home a piece of the famed event.

Longtime GRAMMY Awards partner Mastercard is using this year’s campaign to shine a light on the environment and the Priceless Planet Coalition (PPC), a forest restoration program with the goal of restoring 100 million trees. Music fans are 1.5 times more likely to take action to help the environment, making the GRAMMY Awards the perfect opportunity to raise awareness.

“Through our GRAMMY Awards campaign, we’ve created an opportunity for our brand, our partners and consumers to come together over shared values, to participate during a moment when we can celebrate our passion for music and our commitment to make meaningful investments to preserve the environment,” says Rustom Dastoor, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, North America at Mastercard.

The campaign kicked off with an inspired self-guided multi-sensory tour at the GRAMMY House presented by Mastercard, where people journeyed through their passion of music and educational experience about Mastercard’s longstanding commitment to tree restoration. Then, this year’s most-nominated GRAMMY artist and a passionate voice for the environment, SZA, led the charge with the debut performance of her new song, Saturn.

Mastercard’s partners are also joining the mission by encouraging people all over the country to participate; Lyft and Sirius XM are both offering ways for consumers to get involved in the Priceless Planet Coalition. To learn more about how you can support these efforts, visit mastercard.com/forceofnature.

While fashion is always a highlight of any GRAMMY Awards event, SZA’s outfit worn during her performance of Saturn was designed to make a statement; made of tree seeds to help spread awareness. Fans can even comment ‘🌱’ and tag a friend on Mastercard’s designated post of SZA’s GRAMMY House performance for a chance to win a tree seed from the performance outfit*.

“SZA has a personal passion for sustainability – not just in forest restoration but in the clothes she wears and the platforms and partners she aligns herself with. It was important to us to partner with someone who is not only showing up big at the GRAMMY Awards – as the most GRAMMY-nominated artist this year – but also showing up big for the environment,” says Dastoor.

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How often do you change your sheets?

If you were to ask a random group of people, "How often do you wash your sheets?" you'd likely get drastically different answers. There are the "Every single Sunday without fail" folks, the "Who on Earth washes their sheets weekly?!?" people and everyone in between.

According to a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by Mattress Advisor, the average time between sheet changings or washings in the U.S. is 24 days—or every 3 1/2 weeks, approximately. The same survey revealed that 35 days is the average interval at which unwashed sheets are "gross."

Some of you are cringing at those stats while others are thinking, "That sounds about right." But how often should you wash your sheets, according to experts?

Hint: It's a lot more frequent than 24 days.

While there is no definitive number of days or weeks, most experts recommend swapping out used sheets for clean ones every week or two.

Dermatologist Alok Vij, MD told Cleveland Clinic that people should wash their sheets at least every two weeks, but probably more often if you have pets, live in a hot climate, sweat a lot, are recovering from illness, have allergies or asthma or if you sleep naked.

We shed dead skin all the time, and friction helps those dead skin cells slough off, so imagine what's happening every time you roll over and your skin rubs on the sheets. It's normal to sweat in your sleep, too, so that's also getting on your sheets. And then there's dander and dust mites and dirt that we carry around on us just from living in the world, all combining to make for pretty dirty sheets in a fairly short period of time, even if they look "clean."

Maybe if you shower before bed and always wear clean pajamas you could get by with a two-week sheet swap cycle, but weekly sheet cleaning seems to be the general consensus among the experts. The New York Times consulted five books about laundry and cleaning habits, and once a week was what they all recommend.

Sorry, once-a-monthers. You may want to step up your sheet game a bit.

What about the rest of your bedding? Blankets and comforters and whatnot?

Sleep.com recommends washing your duvet cover once a week, but this depends on whether you use a top sheet. Somewhere between the Gen X and Millennial eras, young folks stopped being about the top sheet life, just using their duvet with no top sheet. If that's you, wash that baby once a week. If you do use a top sheet, you can go a couple weeks longer on the duvet cover.

For blankets and comforters and duvet inserts, Sleep.com says every 3 months. And for decorative blankets and quilts that you don't really use, once a year washing will suffice.

What about pillows? Pillowcases should go in with the weekly sheet washing, but pillows themselves should be washed every 3 to 6 months. Washing pillows can be a pain, and if you don't do it right, you can end up with a lumpy pillow, but it's a good idea because between your sweat, saliva and skin cells, pillows can start harboring bacteria.

Finally, how about the mattress itself? Home influencers on TikTok can often be seen stripping their beds, sprinkling their mattress with baking soda, brushing it into the mattress fibers and then vacuuming it all out. Architectural Digest says the longer you leave baking soda on the mattress, the better—at least a few hours, but preferably overnight. Some people add a few drops of essential oil to the baking soda for some extra yummy smell.

If that all sounds like way too much work, maybe just start with the sheets. Pick a day of the week and make it your sheet washing day. You might find that climbing into a clean, fresh set of sheets more often is a nice way to feel pampered without a whole lot of effort.

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People born before 1990 are sharing their now-useless but 100 percent nostalgic skills

For instance, recording songs on tape from the radio while yelling at the DJ to shut up during the intro.

From holding the phone on your shoulder to folding a map to knowing what "cornflower" and "goldenrod" are, here are pre-Y2K skills at their finest.

Hey there, millennials! Welcome to the "Holy crapoly, I have real-life memories from 20 years ago!" club. It's a strangely disorienting milestone to reach when you find yourself starting sentences with "When I was young…" or "Back in my day…" isn't it?

Your Gen X elders have been here for a while, but even we have moments of incredulously calculating how the heck we've arrived at this place. Time is a tricky little jokester, isn't he?

To highlight how much has changed for middle-aged folks since we were young, a user on Reddit asked people born before 1990 what useless skills they possess that nobody has a need for anymore. It's both a hilarious trip down memory lane and a time capsule of life pre-Y2K. (Do kids these days even know what Y2K was? Gracious.)

If you're down for some good-old-days nostalgia, check out people's responses:

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A boy told his teacher she can't understand him because she's white. Her response is on point.

'Be the teacher America's children of color deserve, because we, the teachers, are responsible for instilling empathy and understanding in the hearts of all kids. We are responsible for the future of this country.'

Photo by John Pike. Used with permission.

Emily E. Smith is no ordinary teacher.



Fifth-grade teacher Emily E. Smith is not your ordinary teacher.

She founded The Hive Society — a classroom that's all about inspiring children to learn more about their world ... and themselves — by interacting with literature and current events. Students watch TED talks, read Rolling Stone, and analyze infographics. She even has a long-distance running club to encourage students to take care of their minds and bodies.

Smith is such an awesome teacher, in fact, that she recently received the 2015 Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing.

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British high schoolers try southern food for the first time

Southern food is beloved by many, and those of us raised on it just consider it dinner, not a special cuisine. But since Southern food is pretty geographical, there are plenty of Americans who haven't had the opportunity to try authentic Southern food. There are a few soul food restaurants that get it right sprinkled across the country, but all are not created equal.

Since Southern cooking isn't available throughout all of America, it shouldn't be a surprise that it's not a staple across the pond. Josh Carrott, author of "Once Upon A Time in Carrottland," runs the YouTube channel Jolly, where he has people try new foods. He decided to invite a group of British schoolboys to try a few Southern staples. The boys are in year 9 in England, which means they're between the ages of 13 and 14.

Since Carrott isn't Southern, or even American for that matter, I can't say how the food was prepared. What I can say is that my very Southern grandmother would give the sausage gravy preparation the side eye, but other than that, it looked as authentic as possible.

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5 surprising ways THC Seltzers enhance relaxation

Cycling Frog offers a Unique Beverage Experience for modern drinkers

In a world where relaxation often feels like a luxury, THC seltzers are emerging as a refreshing solution. With the buzz around cannabis products reaching new heights, these fizzy beverages are making waves for their unique ability to blend relaxation with enjoyment. Among the pioneers in this burgeoning market is Cycling Frog, a brand that's not just hopping onto the trend but leaping ahead with its innovative offerings.

By infusing the calming properties of THC into delicious seltzers, Cycling Frog is offering modern drinkers a whole new way to unwind. This article will explore five surprising ways these THC seltzers enhance relaxation, demonstrating how Cycling Frog stands out in this effervescent field.

Enhanced Relaxation

THC, the natural compound found in cannabis, is no stranger to its reputation for promoting relaxation and easing stress. But what happens when this age-old relaxant meets modern innovation? Enter Cycling Frog's THC seltzers, a delightful twist on traditional methods.

These seltzers encapsulate the essence of relaxation in a can, offering a convenient and contemporary approach to unwinding. Whether you’re looking to de-stress after a long day or seeking a gentle chill during a weekend hangout, these seltzers are the perfect companions, providing a subtle, soothing experience that fits seamlessly into our fast-paced lives.

Unique Flavors

Cycling Frog's THC seltzers aren't just about relaxation; they're a carnival of flavors waiting to tantalize your taste buds. Imagine sipping on the tartly sweet Ruby Grapefruit, a perfect blend of citrus zing that invigorates as it relaxes. Or dive into the bold, award-winning Wild Cherry, a flavor that's as playful as it is soothing. And for those seeking a tropical escape, the Guava Passionfruit is like a mini-vacation in every can, offering a serene taste of paradise. Each flavor is a unique adventure, ensuring every sip is a moment of relaxation and an exploration of delightful tastes.

Quality and Sustainability

A deep-rooted commitment to quality and sustainability is at the heart of Cycling Frog's ethos. They're not just creating THC seltzers; they're cultivating a better future. By embracing sustainable farming practices and performing rigorous testing for quality control, Cycling Frog ensures that the hemp in their seltzers is grown with care and respect for the environment. This hemp is 100% pesticide-free, guaranteeing a pure, unadulterated experience in every can. That’s why all our packaging contains a QR code that directs consumers directly to ourtesting results.This dedication to quality doesn't just impact the environment positively; it elevates the sipping experience, ensuring that each fizzy drink is enjoyable and responsibly crafted. With Cycling Frog, you're not just tasting a seltzer; you're savoring a commitment to a healthier planet and a superior product.

Health and Wellness

In today's fast-paced world, finding a moment of tranquility can be a treasure. That's where THC seltzers, like those from Cycling Frog, step in. Not only do they offer a delightful taste experience, but they also bring health and wellness benefits. THC is known for its potential to ease stress and anxiety, making these seltzers more than just a refreshing drink. They're a gentle nod to self-care, a way to help quiet the mind and soothe the soul in natural, enjoyable sips. It's relaxation, reimagined for our busy lives – a small, fizzy step towards better mental well-being.

Delivered To Your Door

Getting your hands on a Cycling Frog THC seltzer is as easy as a few clicks. Their user-friendly online store brings relaxation right to your doorstep. Just browse, select your favorite flavors, and voilà – a box of serene, bubbly bliss is on its way to you. This convenience means no more store runs, just pure relaxation delivered. Whether at home or planning a get-together, these seltzers are just a few taps away, ensuring that unwinding with Cycling Frog is always within easy reach.

Visit Cycling Frog to learn more and experience THC Seltzers for yourself.

5 reasons WishGarden Herbs is revolutionizing herbal supplements

Discover the artisanal approach and deep-rooted wisdom behind today’s most innovative herbal solutions

In a world where wellness often comes bottled in synthetic formulas, WishGarden Herbs stands out like a breath of fresh mountain air. Established in 1979, this family-owned gem has been quietly revolutionizing the herbal supplement industry with its artisanal approach and a deep-rooted wisdom that only comes from decades of dedicated practice. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Colorado, WishGarden Herbs is not just another supplement company; it's a beacon of hope for those seeking a more natural path to health and well-being.

So, what makes them so unique? From their handcrafted, small-batch production methods to their commitment to sustainability and community, each reason is a testament to their unwavering dedication to redefining herbal wellness. Get ready to be enlightened, inspired, and, perhaps, pleasantly surprised!

Tradition Meets Innovation

At WishGarden Herbs, the past and future of herbalism blend seamlessly. Born in the heart of the herbal renaissance of the late 70s, this trailblazing company has its roots firmly planted in traditional herbal wisdom. It's not just about herbs; it's about a legacy of healing, and a deep understanding of plant power passed down through generations.

But don't think that WishGarden is stuck in the past for a second. They're leading the charge with modern innovation, like crafting condition-specific blends that are as unique as the individuals they help. This fusion of time-honored knowledge with cutting-edge science isn't just revolutionary—it's changing the game in herbal supplements, making ancient wisdom accessible and relevant in our modern world.

Artisanal Quality in Every Bottle

In a world where mass production is king, WishGarden Herbs stands out with its commitment to artisanal craftsmanship. Each bottle of their herbal extract is crafted with the kind of personal touch that only small-batch production can offer. Their herbalists blend each formula with a meticulous eye for detail, ensuring that every drop holds the essence of nature's healing power.

This isn't your run-of-the-mill, factory-line supplement. It's a labor of love, where quality trumps quantity every time. In every bottle from WishGarden, you're not just getting an herbal supplement. You're experiencing the culmination of care, expertise, and passion. This unwavering dedication to artisanal quality sets each of their products apart as a true testament to the power of handcrafted perfection.

Pioneering Specific Condition Blends

WishGarden Herbs isn't just mixing herbs for the sake of it; they're pioneers in creating specific blends for specific conditions. It's like having a herbal concierge for your health. Whether it's a blend to soothe your stress, boost your immune system, or enhance your sleep, they've got an herbal remedy tailored just for that.

This isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Each blend is a symphony of ingredients chosen for their targeted efficacy and safety, working harmoniously to address your unique health needs. With formulations for the whole family—kids, pregnancy, postpartum and adults—this thoughtful, precise formulation makes their products not just supplements but personalized herbal solutions. With WishGarden, you're not just taking herbs. You're embarking on a wellness journey.

Commitment to Sustainability

WishGarden Herbs isn’t just about what’s inside the bottle; their heart beats for the planet, too. In a world crying out for sustainability, they're not just listening—they're leading. WishGarden Herbs ensures every single ingredient is sustainably sourced, respecting the earth and the delicate balance of our ecosystems. And in 2023, their peerless commitment to green practices was officially recognized by the Nutrition Business Journal, which awarded WishGarden Herbs their prestigious Supply Chain Integrity Award.

At WishGarden Herbs, sustainability is more than just a business model; it's a pledge to Mother Nature. By choosing wild-harvested and organic herbs, WishGarden is tapping into the pulse of what conscious consumers crave today—products that heal us and the planet. So, when you pick a WishGarden product, you're not just choosing your health. You're also choosing the Earth's well-being.

Community and Education Focus

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goes beyond just selling products; they're nurturing a community. Through educational efforts and outreach, they're spreading the word about the wonders of herbal remedies.

It's not just about buying herbs; it's about understanding them, too. They empower their customers with knowledge, transforming them from mere consumers into informed, health-conscious community members.

Learn More

Ready to join the herbal revolution? Click here to dive into WishGarden Herbs and discover the blend that speaks to your health needs. It's more than a supplement; it's a step towards empowered, natural wellness. Choose WishGarden, where every bottle promises purity, potency, and planetary love.