Four dentists, three of whom are brothers, nearly had their lives destroyed over a false accusation. But they haven’t forgotten their principles.

In early August, Ali Badkoobehi, 30, Saman Edalat, 39, Sina Edalat, 34, and Poria Edalat, 30 were accused of rape by a woman while they were visiting Las Vegas.

They faced several years in jail and having their professional and personal lives destroyed. Of course, that’s a fair price to pay if the charges had been true. And in allegations of assault or general sexual misconduct, it’s incredibly rare for charges to be entirely made up. But in this case it appears to be true.


Video evidence provided to authorities reportedly proved the allegations were false and all charges were quickly dropped.

“After review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated,” read a statement from lawyers representing the four men. “The evidence confirmed the men’s innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges.”

It would be understandable if the four men were resentful after their ordeal. But they chose to respond with kindness and respect.

After all, they had been accused of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Even worse, three of the men are brothers and one can only imagine the kind of stress, shame and pain their ordeal placed on their families, friends and colleagues.

However, in a joint statement released by the four men, they went out of their way to state in clear terms that women must still be believed when they come forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.

“At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that women should be respected and heard and believed,” the statement reads.

The decency showed by these four men is all the more powerful in light of the recent Senate confirmation hearings of now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

These four dentists did not have an entire half of the U.S. Senate, the President of the United States and countless lobbyists fighting for their cause. And yet they still chose to take the high road in this uncertain time for supporters and advocates of the #MeToo movement.

It’s just another reminder that men who are willing to be honest and respectful have nothing to fear from a movement that simply seeks to hold accountable those who have committed horiffic crimes and injustices against women for which there is no justification.

It’s not very often we’re left thinking of dentists with a smile on our faces. But in this case, they turned a situation that could have been the absolute worst into a teaching moment for all people, especially men.

That first car is a rite of passage into adulthood. Specifically, the hard-earned lesson of expectations versus reality. Though some of us are blessed with Teslas at 17, most teenagers receive a car that’s been … let’s say previously loved. And that’s probably a good thing, considering nearly half of first-year drivers end up in wrecks. Might as well get the dings on the lemon, right?

Of course, wrecks aside, buying a used car might end up costing more in the long run after needing repairs, breaking down and just a general slew of unexpected surprises. But hey, at least we can all look back and laugh.

My first car, for example, was a hand-me-down Toyota of some sort from my mother. I don’t recall the specific model, but I definitely remember getting into a fender bender within the first week of having it. She had forgotten to get the brakes fixed … isn’t that a fun story?

Jimmy Fallon recently asked his “Tonight Show” audience on Twitter to share their own worst car experiences. Some of them make my brake fiasco look like cakewalk (or cakedrive, in this case). Either way, these responses might make us all feel a little less alone. Or at the very least, give us a chuckle.

Here are 22 responses with the most horsepower:

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Teacher goes viral for her wholesome 'Chinese Dumpling Song'

Katie Norregaard has found her calling—teaching big lessons in little songs.

As educational as it is adorable.

On her TikTok profile, Katie Norregaard (aka Miss Katie) describes her brand as “if Mr. Rogers and AOC had a kid.” And it’s 100% accurate. The teaching artist has been going viral lately for her kid-friendly tunes that encourage kids to learn about other cultures, speak up for their values and be the best humans they can be.


@misskatiesings Reply to @typebteacher the internet gave me this brand one year ago and I haven’t looked back 🎶 ❤️ #fyp #misterrogers #preschool #aoc #teachertok ♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) - 山口夕依


Let’s face it, some kid’s songs are a tad abrasive with their cutesiness, to put it politely. A certain ditty about a shark pup comes to mind. Norregaard manages to bypass any empty saccharine-ness while still remaining incredibly sweet. The effortless warmth of her voice certainly helps with that. Again, she’s got that Mister Rogers vibe down to a tee.

“Miss Katie” has a treasure trove full of fun creations, such as her jazz version of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” but it’s her “Chinese Dumpling Song" that’s completely taking over the internet.
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TikTok about '80s childhood is a total Gen X flashback.

As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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