Viral Twitter story illustrates the one time it might actually be admirable to litter

For anyone who has even a modicum of respect for the earth and the environment, the idea of dumping trash on the side of a highway is unconscionable. Who does such a thing? There's no excuse for littering like that, right?

That's what I would have thought before reading this Twitter thread by Glen Cantrell, but now...I don't know. While it pains me to think of polluting an area with trash, this might be the one exception where I'd be like, "Oh heck yeah. I can totally see why someone would do that."

Cantrell starts by explaining that his mother was not an activist, then goes on to describe a deliberately illegal act of defiance and subterfuge she invited him to join without his knowledge.

"My mother didn't have an activist bone in her body," Cantrel wrote. "Not one. But once, when I was visiting from school, she woke me up and told me to help her load up the truck with barn trash."

She didn't tell him where they were going.

"My family is from the Ozarks, mom lived in a little farm town outside Springfield. We hit 65 and drove south from there. Through Branson, past Table Rock, not slowing down until we hit the Arkansas border," he wrote.

"Mom pulls off right past the state line, in front of one of those Adopt-a-Highway signs," he continued. "'Look,' she points toward the sign. Her face is set. I'm a little scared. It's THAT face. All moms have it. You know the one. I read the sign. 'The next mile has been adopted by…'"

"'… The Grand Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (there was also some dumb ass sounding chapter name).' I get it now. Remember, the 'not an activist bone in her body' bit from the first tweet in this thread? There's a 'but.' And, it was the KKK."

Ah. There it is.

Cantrell explained that his mother's feelings about the KKK went beyond hatred. "It was more than that," he wrote, "scarier, even."

They emptied an entire truck load of garbage under the KKK's adopt-a-highway sign, then his mother ripped every bag open and kicked the trash around to mix it "with all the others who'd done the same."

Cantrell and his mom drove home in silence, feeling "lighter somehow." They never really talked about it again.

"Mom wasn't political or outspoken," Cantrell wrote. "But, that day, she inspired me."

Cantrell shared that the 8th anniversary of his mom's death was coming up, which may have prompted this memory (along with the response to Texas's recent legislation). What a fitting tribute it is to share her secret little slice of "good trouble" with the world.


1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.


Appalachian mom's speech on Kentucky's proposed abortion ban is a must-hear for everyone

Danielle Kirk is speaking up for those often overlooked in our cultural debates.

Canva, courtesy of Danielle Kirk

Appalachian mom gives passionate speech.

Many people felt a gut punch when the Supreme Court issued its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the decades-old Roe v. Wade decision that protected a woman's right to an abortion. However, for some this was a call to action.

Danielle Kirk, 27, a mom of two and an activist on TikTok, used her voice in an attempt to educate the people that make decisions in her small town. Kirk lives in Kentucky where a trigger law came into effect immediately after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Being a former foster child, she knew she had to say something. Kirk spoke exclusively with Upworthy about why she decided to speak up.

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Memories of childhood get lodged in the brain, emerging when you least expect.

There are certain pleasurable sights, smells, sounds and tastes that fade into the rear-view mirror as we grow from being children to adults. But on a rare occasion, we’ll come across them again and it's like a portion of our brain that’s been hidden for years expresses itself, creating a huge jolt of joy.

It’s wonderful to experience this type of nostalgia but it often leaves a bittersweet feeling because we know there are countless more sensations that may never come into our consciousness again.

Nostalgia is fleeting and that's a good thing because it’s best not to live in the past. But it does remind us that the wonderful feeling of freedom, creativity and fun from our childhood can still be experienced as we age.

A Reddit user by the name of agentMICHAELscarnTLM posed a question to the online forum that dredged up countless memories and experiences that many had long forgotten. He asked a simple question, “What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?”

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