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:

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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