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She dressed up like a psychic and told them what they wanted to hear. Guess what they believed?

Don't even be tempted to rely on psychics or palmist or tarot card readers or any other charlatans.

She dressed up like a psychic and told them what they wanted to hear. Guess what they believed?

Remember Miss Cleo?

She was a scam artist. Before she became Miss Cleo, she was Youree Harris. Youree Harris was not Jamaican, but she played one on stage whose name just so happened to be Cleo. Using the name Miss Cleo, she was the spokeswoman for a pay-per-call service called Psychic Readers Network that would — you guessed it — provide psychic readings.


But "Miss Cleo" didn't have psychic powers. She was just good at teasing out enough about people to make plausible assumptions about them.

She was just doing what this lady is doing.

Now watch this delicious throwback of Miss Cleo on "The Jenny Jones Show" and see if you can spot it.

They ask her a question and give their birthdate. She does some quick mental math to figure out how old they are. Then she jumps to some conclusions that are plausible given the information she has about them.

Surprise! Her company was sued by the Federal Trade Commission for fraudulent claims and misleading business practices.

Don't wait for the FTC to save you.

If you want to ask a psychic a question, try a life coach or a therapist instead. You're much less likely to get ripped off.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.