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The Most Disgusting Science Experiment I've Ever Seen, Or A Terrifying Wake-Up Call?

I think we're all aware that cigarettes contain tar and other carcinogens, but I didn't realize just how gnarly that stuff looks when it goes into someone's lungs. Check out the whole experiment, or just skip straight to 2:37 for the main event. Remember, many smokers put this amount of sludge (and often more) into their lungs every month. If you liked it, share this video in the name of science experiments everywhere. Or share it in the name of something else — I'm not the boss of you.

The Most Disgusting Science Experiment I've Ever Seen, Or A Terrifying Wake-Up Call?

This experiment uses 400 cigarettes and simulates a 20-pack-per-month habit. For the traditional pack-a-day smoker, this is low.

Note from the producer and creator of this project:
"During running this experiment, the speed and air pressure of the machine was very high and strong, made it difficult to stop and catch some of the filters before burning a cigarette up to the end. Some filters burned down and sucked down into the water inside the bottle, what you see at the end of the video, the black substance, is tar mixed with the ashes of burned filters, that is what made it hard and look dry after boiling. The pure tar is sticky and usually remains softer than what you saw in this video."
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.