'The Daily Show' rightly tears apart the 'dadbod' trend.

Kristen Schaal tore apart the "dadbod" trend so deftly on "The Daily Show" on May 12, 2015:

In case you don't know what dadbod is, let me break it down for you:


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On March 30, 2015, Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called "Why Girls Love The Dadbod." In it, she essentially released the term into the wild, as most of us who know it now remained blissfully unaware of it. A dadbod is, as Pearson defines it, "halfway between a beer gut and working out." I think the idea is that a man's body that looks like he worked out before he started a family indicates a good family man. Or whatever.

As you can imagine, the response online has not been good.

There's a problem with "dadbod."

Let me just say, I love a good dadbod. The problem with this trend isn't anyone's bod, per se.

It creates an unacceptable double standard between women and men.

Men can do whatever the hell they want and still be considered desirable while women must be relegated to salad, spin class, and hope.


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Guys like Leonardo DiCaprio get to sport their natural body and still date Victoria's Secret models. And that's completely fine. If they're into each other, that is neat. But if any of those models eats one too many bites at dinner and — god forbid — started looking like they missed a workout, the Internet would descend on her like napalm.

That's not fair, is it Ms. Schaal?

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When will everyone's "bod" be the prevailing hot trend?

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Starbucks is the most popular coffee chain in the world and it's also one of the greatest producers of waste. The company uses more than 8,000 coffee cups per minute, which adds up to four billion a year. Over 1.6 million trees are harvested every year to make its disposable cups.

Since the cups are lined with plastic only four cities in the U.S. will accept them for recycling.

Starbucks has attempted to address this issue in the past by making bold proclamations that it will reduce its waste production, but unfortunately, they have yet to yield substantial results.

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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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