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The Most Depressing — And Funniest — 'Sh*t People Say' I've Seen

Remember "Shit [Bros/Crunchy Mamas/Rednecks/Grandmas] Say?" This is kind of like that, but better — because these are real quotations from real people really saying this. They're read for you by some sweet young people who clearly need more work on not breaking character ... but I can totally understand why they have such a rough time.

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Maybe you want to tell your friend about the wacky things these coal executives said but you're not sure you'll 100% remember the wording. I worked up this handy little quote graphic for you:


Hang on, I think I've got another one in here somewhere:

This one is an actual photograph of one of Peabody's eco-fabulous mines. Plus unicorn, because I was just too depressed. You're welcome.

Fact Check Time!

We made a list and fact-checked it twice. It's pretty unbelievable, right? But it all checks out.*

That's right, folks. A real-life executive at Peabody Energy actually said, "Coal use increases life expectancy and quality of life." Pardon me while I scoop my jaw off the floor.

*By "it all checks out," I mean that these people actually said these things. What they said, however, is total nonsense. Here's a helpful infographic for you if you'd like to learn more about coal's effect on human well-being. It's less rosy than what the coal executives would have you believe.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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This article originally appeared on 02.04.19


As much as we'd like to pretend every phrase we utter is a lone star suspended in the space of our own genius, all language has a history. Unfortunately, given humanity's aptitude for treating each other like shit, etymology is fraught with reminders of our very racist world.

Since I have faith that most of you reading want to navigate the world with intelligence and empathy, I figured it'd be useful to share some of the everyday phrases rooted in racist etymology.

Knowledge is power, and the way we use and contextualize our words can make a huge difference in the atmospheres we create.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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