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It's been over a month since the instant cult classic "Stranger Things" started streaming on Netflix, and still the internet continues to talk about Barb — everyone's favorite secondary character.

She wears the best of the worst '80s clothes, sports grandmother-style glasses, and has been dubbed a "misfit" and the "unpopular kid," yet that just seems to make us love her more. Perhaps it's because we all feel like Barb sometimes — insecure, on the outskirts, and often left behind.


As it turns out, Shannon Purser, the actress who gave Barb life, can relate, in more ways than one.

"I was very used to the feeling of, when I was younger, kind of being more introspective and not really feeling like I particularly fit in anywhere," she told Entertainment Tonight.

Even though her career is skyrocketing — she's slated to join the "Archie" comic reboot "Riverdale," and many people are hoping she’ll be the face of Squirrel Girl should the character appear in a movie or on TV — she still struggles with body image issues.

Insecurities like this can rear up for any number of reasons, especially when you're becoming a well-known actress.

Thankfully, Shannon has a plethora of fans in her corner who were quick to tell her she's not alone in her feelings and, more importantly, that she's a major inspiration to them.

1. Agnes is right there with you, Shannon.

2. Elan makes it clear she's so over the media churning out more and more Nancys when the world is full of Barbs (though there's nothing wrong with being a Nancy either).

3. Maureen declares that talent trumps outdated beauty standards and even has the power to change them.

4. Maranda is one of many fans that Barb has given a confidence boost.

5. Diverse bodies in the media are a reminder that people of all body types deserve love.

6. This fan's simple "thank you" speaks volumes.

7. And finally, Shannon's career is giving hope to this person who needed some.

We are with you, Shannon. Because Barb is part of you, and in one way or another, we are all Barb.

So here's to your burgeoning career and the great successes you're bound to enjoy. But through it all, don't forget that nerdy outsider who brought you into the hearts of so many. Barb may have only been a footnote in "Stranger Things," but she's a constant reminder that the body you have is part of the reason she'll never be forgotten.

#ImWithBarb

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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