President Obama was interrupted by a bunch of bees. He responds with some pretty solid advice.

Earlier this week, at the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Obama sat down to read to a group of children, only to be interrupted by a bee.

Right in the middle of "Where the Wild Things Are" (awesome book, BTW), a girl in the crowd yelled out, "Ah! A bee!" This caught the president's attention.


Trying to calm the children, the president told them that bees are actually good.

Not to mention that acting naturally is pretty sound advice when it comes to keeping their stingers at bay.

Wait, what are good?

Yes, bees!

But really, bees are good. It's true.

We need bees to pollinate a lot of the plants we eat.

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anther of a plant to the stigma. This allows plants to be fertilized. As expertly explained in this video by Earth Rangers, the bee's role in plant fertilization is huge!

They're responsible for pollinating a third of our food. Without them, we wouldn't have any of these fruits and vegetables:

They're responsible for $15 billion per year in crops!

Bees are responsible for the entire world's supply of honey.

Not only is honey delicious, but it also has a number of other useful qualities. Did you know that honey has been used successfully to treat wounds because of its medicinal and antibacterial properties?

This is one of those cases where "They're probably more afraid of you than you are of them" rings true.

Bees don't want to sting you. I mean, I'm not an expert on the inner thoughts of bees, but they're not predisposed to stinging people. They have better things to do — like make honey, pollinate plants, and so on.

While "wild things" might not be scared of bees, a lot of people are, and that's OK.

Some people, such as those who are allergic to bee stings, have good reason to be cautious around bees. But the rest of us should do our best to stay calm (and to not flail or scream like the kids in the video were doing). If you don't bother them, they're not likely to bother you.

So, yeah! Bees are good.

Watch the video of President Obama's bee-interrupted reading of "Where the Wild Things Are" below:

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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