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This art teacher helped stressed out students 'chill' with a Bob Ross flash mob.

This art teacher knows that the best way to battle stress is to turn on a Bob Ross painting tutorial.

Thanks to Netflix airing "Chill with Bob Ross," a whole new generation is enjoying the smooth vocal stylings and relentlessly positive vibe of everyone's favorite paint-by-television icon. I grew up watching episodes of "The Joy of Painting" after school. I can't count how many times I've watched Ross mix a little Phthalo Blue with a little Titanium White and tap out happy little cloud after happy little cloud.

My husband and I recently introduced the show to our kids, and we all came to an agreement: There is nothing more oddly therapeutic than chilling with Bob Ross.


Brady Sloane, who teaches art at Madison Middle School in Abilene, Texas, agrees. She noticed that many of her nearly 50 advanced art students were under a lot of stress because of their workload, and she wanted to find a way to reward them for their hard work.

That's when she decided they could use a little Bob Ross therapy.  

Sloane provided Bob Ross costumes to make it extra fun for students.

Ross's bushy perm, buttoned-down button up shirts, and 80's jeans have become a classic Halloween costume. So Sloane took advantage of the look and created a painting "flash mob" in her classroom, making her nearly 50 pre-AP art students into mini-Bob Rosses, complete with curly wigs.

The students seemed to enjoy the goofy costumes. "We were laughing so much when we put our wigs on," one student told KRBC news.

"I was really wanting to reward my students in a meaningful way and provide an enriching art-related experience," Sloane told the news station, "But also honor the hard work that they've been doing."

It wasn't all silly fun and games—the students actually learned some valuable art skills during the class period.

Sloane said her students got a lot out of the Joy of Painting episode they painted from, in which Ross painted a landscape scene in grayscale.

"They're actually learning sponge brush techniques, landscape painting, alla prima painting, working at an easel. But they're really getting to paint like so many artists do in real life."

They're also undoubtedly learning to internalize Ross's favorite phrase of encouragement he offered his students: "We don't make mistakes—we only have happy little accidents."

What a fun lesson for these eighth graders. Watch more about the students' Bob Ross day here:

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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There are some people who live under the illusion that everything they say is deeply interesting and have no problem wasting your time by rambling on and on without a sign of stopping. They’re the relative, neighbor or co-worker who can’t take a hint that the conversation is over.

Of all these people, the co-worker who can’t stop talking may be the most challenging because you see them every day in a professional setting that requires politeness.

There are many reasons that some people talk excessively. Therapist F. Diane Barth writes in Psychology Today that some people talk excessively because they don’t have the ability to process complex auditory signals, so they ramble on without recognizing the subtle cues others are sending.

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