Two survivors of a brutal war meet again years later under astonishing circumstances.

The Iraq-Iran war claimed so many lives. But this is a story about how it brought two lives together.

Also known as the Gulf War before the Persian Gulf War of the 1990s, it lasted 8 years, from 1980 to 1988. It tore almost a million people from their families and their futures. And in that chaos, two men — one Iraqi and one Iranian — met for the first time ... and then again 20 years later, under amazing circumstances:

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These men's lifelines became inextricably linked on the battlefield.


Unbelievable, right? These two men were enemies on the battlefield. But when Iranian Zahed Haftlang (who was only 13 at the time) came across an injured Iraqi soldier Najah Aboud, he could have just shot him and gone on his way. Instead, he decided to go through his pockets. It was there he found Najah's Quran.

When he picked up the book, he saw Najah's girlfriend and her child's picture in the injured soldier's pocket. It was then that he became another human to him. And that he realized that human had a family.

Compassion isn't usually the first thing on someone's mind in a situation like they were. Even in a time where Zahed's orders were to kill every enemy, he found it in his heart to spare Najah.

In war, too often we think of death and death only, but there are many stories about life in war, just like this.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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