She knows her brother's number by heart. But she doesn't tell them. Ever.

When her college class talks about prison, it's always a few steps removed.

That's because when many of us think about prison, we think about what we see on TV.


Or in movies.

It's understandable. For many of us, prison is abstract. It's not real. But for her...

Like so many others, prison is just another part of daily life. It's always there. And when other people talk about prison, they're not talking about a fantasy. They're talking about her brother.

Loving her brother — a five-time felon — isn't always easy. Life can be strange.

And violent.

And sometimes so completely devastating.

So having to explain what it's like to have a loved one in prison to someone who hasn't experienced it just feels wrong. But she sums it up in five haunting words. When you love someone in prison, "Everyone is on the inside."

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Of course, if you've ever had such a blessing, you know your first thought is, "Must be some sort of mistake."

But do you return the extra McNugget? Nope. You don't even feel an ounce of guilt for it. You dunk it in barbecue sauce and relish it like a gift from the gods.

A former McDonald's employee in Edmonton, Canada let the world know that sometimes an extra McNugget is not a mistake and he's become a viral hero.

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The sad thing is that kids that age can be so creative, but they're forced into conformity by their peers.

Some people never escape this developmental phase and spend their entire lives wasting their money on material goods and judging those who do not or can not.

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Since teachers spend more time around little kids than anyone else, they are particularly privy to their profound and hilarious thoughts. That's why NYC kindergarten teacher Alyssa Cowit started collecting kid quotes from teachers around the country and sharing them on her Instagram account, Live from Snack Time, as well as her websiteand other social media channels.

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