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The adorable, important, feel-good story behind Viola Davis' Wonder Woman pic.

It turns out Viola Davis is a pretty big fan of Wonder Woman.

The adorable, important, feel-good story behind Viola Davis' Wonder Woman pic.

Leading up to the release of the new Wonder Woman film, Viola Davis shared an adorable throwback picture of her daughter dressed as Wonder Woman herself.

Davis' daughter, Genesis Tennon, is now 7. On Thursday, Davis shared an old photo of Genesis dressed as Wonder Woman back when she was about to turn 3.

"She wanted to keep her fro," the caption reads.


Genesis at 2 almost 3. She wanted to keep her fro. #WonderWoman! We're ready!!! #TBT

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Suuuuper cute, right?

What you may not know is that Davis herself is a huge Wonder Woman fan. In fact, growing up, she wanted to be Wonder Woman.

In a 2016 interview with People, Davis explained how her childhood experiences led her to look to Wonder Woman for inspiration, saying, "I just thought to myself because I was bullied growing up, I said, 'If I could be Wonder Woman I could take care of all the bullies, and I could be cute doing it,' and so that’s it."

Anyone who was bullied as a kid can probably remember that feeling of tears welling up in your eyes and self-esteem reaching new lows like it was yesterday. While finding refuge and strength in a comic book character might seem a little silly to those who weren't pushed around, for many of the rest of us, it's super real and relatable.

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Davis' story, from her own love of Wonder Woman to her daughter's, is a super sweet and solid reminder that representation really does matter.

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, ages, and religions. It's awesome that Davis could see herself in Wonder Woman, and it's even better that the new movie might inspire a whole new generation of girls, too.

Based on a recent tweet of hers, Davis is obviously pretty excited about that, as well.

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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