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Watch A Man Playing Piano In His House After The Floods For A Heartbreaking Reason

Colorado is under water. (My house was barely outside the flood zone in Aurora. I got lucky.) As of Monday night, according to the Denver Post, "State emergency management officials say that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed along a 200-mile stretch of the Front Range, but the numbers could change as the waters recede and emergency workers reach more isolated areas." Eight people have been reported killed, and many hundreds more are still unaccounted for. Here's one group's story. Watch it, then scroll down and see what you can do to help Colorado recover.

Roommates Mark Changaris and Stephen Smith came back to their house after Stephen had been busy rescuing his sister, her partner, and their 8-month-old baby from the Lyons floods. They had just finished cleaning up and taking showers when this happened.


After the waters died down, Mark sat down at his piano, and his roommate, Maren Keeley, turned on her camera.

She had this to say:

"He loves the home, he's lived there for almost 4 years. He loves the piano. We needed something beautiful amidst the destruction and mud, rocks, and debris. Watching him play was the first time I actually felt sad and heartbroken by the events..."

If you want to help, there's a great organization that just sprang up to help, Boulder Flood Relief. I called them up and talked to a member of their all-volunteer staff. They are an amazing and resourceful organization. I'd like to get them 10,000 fans by the end of the week so they can get more volunteers and support to help keep things moving in the right direction. Like them on Facebook so more people can see that they exist, and then PLEASE share this. I'll owe you one.

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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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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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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