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This comedian absolutely shredded a heckler who got mad at him for supporting Bernie Sanders.

There are two types of people in this world, those who want to be right and those who want to get it right. The former have opinions first and then look for validation, the latter form their opinions based on reality.

The two butted heads recently at the San Francisco Punchline when comedian Steve Hofstetter made a political joke about the 2016 election.

Hofstetter supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election versus Donald Trump.


“I’m a Mets fan. Love the Mets. Hate the Braves,” he said. “But if the Braves were ever in the World Series against Isis, go Braves!”

In a question-and-answer session after his set, a man in the audience told Hofstetter that Sanders never held a job until he was 40 years old. While his point seemed to come from nowhere, it’s actually a commonly-held belief in the right-wing bubble.

It’s mentioned in the American Spectator here and debunked here.

The narrative that Bernie Sanders couldn’t fend for himself as an adult feeds into the stereotype that Democratic Socialists are simply people who want to mooch off of hard-working Americans. Which is far from the truth.

So Hofstetter pulled out his phone, Googled Bernie Sanders’ employment history and found that he was gainfully employed shortly after he left college. “[The audience member] asked his question in a very ‘I am smarter than you!’ way,” Hofstetter told Upworthy.

“I figured if I could publicly show him he wasn’t, maybe he’d actually learn something,” he continued. “And he was so ridiculously far from the truth, I knew that bringing up the truth would be hilarious.”

The exchange is a perfect example of confirmation bias, the psychological concept that people seek out information that supports their chosen worldview while dismissing information that challenges it.

“This guy wants to believe that Bernie Sanders is some sort of free-loading slacker, so when he heard this ridiculously dumb urban legend that supported his viewpoint, he just accepted it as truth,” Hofstetter told Upworthy.

“If he actually took the 30 seconds to Google it, he’d have to confront his world view," Hofstetter continued. "Instead, he just repeats the fiction, as that is easier for his ego.”

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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People have clearly missed their free treats.

The COVID-19 pandemic had us waving a sad farewell to many of life’s modern conveniences. And where it certainly hasn’t been the worst loss, not having free samples at grocery stores has undoubtedly been a buzzkill. Sure, one can shop around without the enticing scent of hot, fresh artisan pizza cut into tiny slices or testing out the latest fancy ice cream … but is it as joyful? Not so much.

Trader Joe’s, famous for its prepandemic sampling stations, has recently brought the tradition back to life, and customers are practically dancing through the aisles.


On the big comeback weekend, people flocked to social media to share images and videos of their free treats, including festive Halloween cookies (because who doesn’t love TJ’s holiday themed items?) along with hopeful messages for the future.
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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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