While we weren't paying attention, Miley Cyrus started a foundation to save our nation's homeless.

Once upon a time, Miley Cyrus took homeless runaway Jesse Helt on a date.

To the MTV Video Music Awards.


Jesse accepted Miley's VMA Award for Video of the Year with this speech:

"I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I'm one of these people. ... I've survived in shelters all over the city. I've cleaned your hotel rooms. I've been an extra in your movies. I've been an extra in your life. Although I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."

The whole world was like, "What's the deal with Miley?" Some of the world was like, "Miley, is he your boyfriend?"

!!!???

Miley was not messing around, world. She was seriously serious about homelessness.

And not just homelessness, but also LGBTQ issues — which is a seriously serious crosspoint for homeless youth. Here are four reasons that explain why:

1. 20% to 40% of America's homeless are LGBTQ.

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2. 10% of America's entire population is LGBTQ. That's a small amount of the entire population and a large amount of the homeless population.

It gets even harder for transgender homeless youth.

3. 1 in 3 homeless transgender youth are turned away from homeless shelters because of their gender identity or gender expression.

4. Over half of LGBTQ homeless youth commit suicide.

Miley says she doesn't really identify with gender so much, and she doesn't want gender expression to hold anyone back, much less force anyone into homelessness, much LESS make anyone's life in any way less than great.

Queen.

And now Miley is using her fame to support homeless and LGBTQ youth.

What began as a date to the MTV awards that many people wrote off as a publicity stunt, Miley has turned into a big foundation. A legit foundation. It's called Happy Hippie. And her aim with Happy Hippie is to bring more awareness and help to this really horrible problem of homeless youth — particularly LGBTQ homeless youth.

The beginning of solving this problem is PURE awareness, so she's starting in the right place.

She's just bein' Miley.

Seriously.

Watch to find out more about Miley's foundation:

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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