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Heroes

What's more dangerous, a city or a forest? Depends on if you're a tree.

It's a fake story about a fake tree, but the problem is real.

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Unilever and the United Nations

Once upon a time, there was a lonely tree in the rainforest.

He was lonely because many of his tree friends were being cut down. Just how many?


The range is anywhere from 40 to 62 football fields of trees being leveled on Earth EVERY MINUTE.

Clear eyes full hearts ... no trees. Image (altered) of football stadium via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rainforest Foundation says, "The current rate of destruction is about 1 acre each second, which is a bit less than a U.S. football field. Expanded, that amounts to 60 acres/min., 3,600/hour, 86,400/day, 2.6 million/month, and 31.5 million acres per year."

Ouch.

So this tree decided to go to the only place he felt safe: the nearest city.

Yes, that's a tree on a bridge.

(And yes, this tree has feet. Stay with me here.)

What does it say about Earth that a tree is safer in a city than in its original home?

Well, it says that we as humans aren't paying attention.

At a time when even aliens could tell us that we're kinda going a bit heavy on the whole "chopping down the rainforest" thing, maybe this tree visitor is just what we need.

It's hard to place a number on how valuable trees really are to Earth.

I'm sharing this because when you add up what trees do for Earth's magical ecosystem, each one is worth our personal attention.

And none of them should be lonely.


So here it is, just what we humans need — a visit from a tree to remind us to pay attention — in this goofy, adorable little video below:

All illustrations are provided by Soosh and used with permission.

I have plenty of space.

This article originally appeared on 04.09.16


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This blind chef wore a body cam to show how she prepares dazzling dishes.

How do blind people cook? This "Masterchef" winner leans into her senses.

Image pulled from YouTube video.

Christine Ha competes on "Masterchef."

This article originally appeared on 05.26.17


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Let us not forget his arguably most well known and beloved 90s character—Rick O’Connell from the “Mummy” franchise. Between his quippy one-liners, Indiana Jones-like adventuring skills and fabulous hair, what’s not to like?

During a double feature of “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns” in London, moviegoers got the ultimate surprise when who should walk in but Brendan Fraser himself, completely decked out in Rick O’Connell attire. The brown leather jacket. The scarf. Everything.

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Gordon Ramsay at play... work.

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On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the final prisoners from these camps—7,000 people, most of whom were sick or dying. Those of us with a decent public education are familiar with at least a few names of Nazi extermination facilities—Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen—but these are merely a few of the thousands (yes, thousands) of concentration camps, sub camps, and ghettos spread across Europe where Jews and other targets of Hitler's regime were persecuted, tortured, and killed by the millions.

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What I realized about feminism after my male friend was disgusted by tampons at a party.

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This article originally appeared on 08.12.16


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And it bothered me that he was so incensed about it, but I couldn't put my finger on why. It seemed so petty for him to be upset, and even more so for me to be annoyed with him.

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