'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?

No, it's not. GIF via Giphy.

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

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

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Senator Ted Cruz and a kangaroo.

Conservative media in the United States has painted Australia as a state on the brink of authoritarianism due to strict COVID-19 protections in some parts of the country. These news outlets appear to be using the country as an example of what can happen in America if liberal politicians go unchecked.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson ran a story on Australia earlier this month claiming the country "looks a lot like China did at the beginning of the pandemic." He ended it by saying that "what's happening in Australia might be instructive to us in the United States" and that things can "change very quickly" and become "dystopian and autocratic."

Carlson provides zero reasons why Americans should be fearful of becoming an autocratic country due to COVID-19, beyond the idea that "things can change very quickly" so his appeals sound a lot more like fear-mongering than genuine concern.

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