A couple who died of bubonic plague were mocked online. Then, a biologist showed up to shut it down with cold, hard science.

Earlier this year, a couple from Mongolia died of bubonic plague after consuming the organs of raw marmot. They believed the action would bring them good health. While that may sound strange, according to the World Health Organization, the eating of rodent meat is considered a folk remedy in the region. The loss of two lives is tragic. But it got worse. Soon after news of the couple’s demise broke out, people began mocking them on social media. After one Tumblr user decided to turn the conversation into a discussion of how the deceased should have just adopted a vegan diet, another used showed up to explain exactly why the post was wrong, rude, and ethnocentric. All images in this …

The U.S. Army asked a simple question. The heartbreaking answers revealed a tragic reality.

A simple question from the U.S. Army’s Twitter account resulted in a flood of responses they probably weren’t expecting. Leading up to Memorial Day, the U.S. Army shared a video on their Twitter account showing a soldier’s words about what serving in the military has meant to him. The young scout, Pfc. Nathan Spencer, says he joined to serve something greater than himself. “The army has afforded me the opportunity to do just that. To give to others, to protect the ones I love, and to better myself as a man and a warrior.” Then they asked Twitter the question, “How has serving impacted you?” How has serving impacted you? — U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 23, 2019 Presumably, the U.S. …

A photographer captured a track star’s powerful MMIW statement. We all need to know what it means.

A red hand over her mouth. The letters MMIW painted down her leg. What message was this high school track star sending? When photographer Alex Flett attended the WIAA 1B State Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University, he didn’t expect that to capture an iconic image of a high schooler with a powerful message. Rosalie Fish, from Muckleshoot Tribal School in Auburn, WA, showed up on the track with a statement painted on her body—a red hand covering her mouth and the letters MMIW down her right leg. Flett, a Spokane tribal member, recognized the meaning immediately. MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women—a movement to raise awareness about the epidemic of native women going missing or …

The things men actually believe about women’s bodies is exactly why men shouldn’t legislate women’s healthcare.

There’s a reason primarily male legislatures shouldn’t be making decisions about women’s bodies. Not all men are woefully ignorant about how female bodies work, but far too many are. It’s not necessarily their fault—our sex education programs definitely need a rehaul—but there’s a basic level of biology that needs to be understood before you open your mouth about women’s healthcare. Or about women’s bodies at all. When men outnumber women by vast margins in state legislatures—85% to 15% in Alabama, for example—there’s a problem, especially when said legislatures are making laws about female bodies. Especially especially when we’ve had actual male legislators actually say things like “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut …

We don’t have a gun problem. Americans are just super extra evil, crazy, and stupid.

A gun is an inanimate object. It can’t do anything on its own. Like any other tool, the person using a gun determines its use, right? Therefore—obviously—our astronomical number of guns and comparatively loose gun laws aren’t to blame for America’s 33,000 firearm deaths per year. Guns aren’t the reason that Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by guns than citizens of other developed nations. Guns aren’t why our gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher and our gun suicide rate is eight times higher than 22 other high-income nations. [1] I mean, a gun can’t shoot itself, therefore guns have nothing to do with gun death statistics. The fact that the U.S. accounts for 90 percent …

Someone cleverly reversed the roles of women and men throughout history and it’s simply a brilliant must-read.

If men put themselves into women’s historical shoes for a hot second, how would they handle the heat? Author and Twitter user extraordinaire, A.R. Moxon (@JuliusGoat) shared a thread describing an alternate future where men experience the social and political reality that American women have experienced in the U.S. It’s brilliant. “Try to imagine men’s reactions,” Moxon wrote, “if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 240 years, a man running was considered ‘identity politics.’ We would lose our entire minds.” Try to imagine men’s reactions, if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 240 years, a man running was considered “identity …

Adults get active shooter lessons from a surprising, but unfortunately well-qualified teacher.

“If there was an active shooter, you’d all be dead,” Kayleigh, an elementary school-aged girl introduced as an “expert” bluntly tells a group of adult workers assembled in their office mail room for a team building event. “When you talk out loud, the shooter can tell where you are and where you’re hiding,” she continues. “Sometimes we play the game ‘who can stay quietest the longest’ so we all remember.” The adults look uncomfortable and about as shocked and disturbed as can be expected that an innocent-looking child is instructing them on how to try and protect themselves by pushing tables and chairs against doors, placing paper over windows, and crouching on toilet seats in the bathroom. Then we see …

After pictures of a ridiculous news graphic went viral, Fox host finally apologizes.

A recent blunder on ‘Fox & Friends’ went viral because it perfectly played into the common perception that the news channel traffics in ignorant racism. Recently, “Fox & Friends” ran a news graphic touting President Trump’s decision to end foreign aid to “3 Mexican countries.” (For the record there is only one Mexican country — Mexico.) This is an actual banner from “Fox & Friends Weekend.” 6:03am today. I double checked because I didn’t believe it at first. Hat tip @BadFoxGraphics pic.twitter.com/tTNH0Y7a25 — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 31, 2019 However, while the chyron ran, the Fox anchors correctly stated that the State Department announced the administration will be cutting federal aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. All of which …

This billboard for a sex toy is actually a message about women’s empowerment.

People tend to think of Canada as a progressive oasis and for good reason: quality health care, beautiful environmental landscapes and a general attitude of inclusion and tolerance are all very Canadian things. Of course, nobody is perfect and it turns out that Canada has some fairly regressive attitudes when it comes to women talking about sex in public. But one company has countered that narrative and is making a huge splash with their new billboard that contains an unmistakable message of female empowerment. Fun billboard copy out of Canada: “Scream your own name.” For sex toy company Wow Tech Group from agency @TheGardenVoice pic.twitter.com/xtHOU9Mu1d — David Griner (@griner) March 19, 2019 “You can use sex to sell anything, except …

A homeless man left a note on a bus stop. The teenager who found it changed his life.

via Pedro Ribeiro Simões / Flickr Of all the horrors that people experiencing homelessness endure, being shunned by humanity is one of the most difficult to bear. Gregory P. Smith, a man who had no home for 25 years before turning his life around and receiving his PhD, has great advice for how we should treat people experiencing homelessness. “Maybe you cannot make a difference to that person’s circumstances, but you can make a difference to how you see them,” he said. “Many are hurting with the shame and stigma of being homeless. Don’t pretend they don’t exist: they are people too.” Charlotte Howard, a 16-year-old in England, didn’t look the other way when she saw a homeless person reaching …

This billboard for a sex toy is actually a brilliant message about women’s empowerment.

People tend to think of Canada as a progressive oasis and for good reason: quality health care, beautiful environmental landscapes and a general attitude of inclusion and tolerance are all very Canadian things. Of course, nobody is perfect and it turns out that Canada has some fairly regressive attitudes when it comes to women talking about sex in public. But one company has countered that narrative and is making a huge splash with their new billboard that contains an unmistakable message of female empowerment. Fun billboard copy out of Canada: “Scream your own name.” For sex toy company Wow Tech Group from agency @TheGardenVoice pic.twitter.com/xtHOU9Mu1d — David Griner (@griner) March 19, 2019 “You can use sex to sell anything, except …

This group is bringing clean clothes to anyone who needs them, one laundromat at a time.

It all started with a man named T-Bone and a simple desire. 25 cents is one way it starts…. www.laundrylove.org Posted by Laundry Love on Thursday, December 18, 2014 His name was Eric, but he was T-Bone to the people he knew and liked. Greg Russinger met him in 2003, when he and his friends were working with under-resourced individuals and families in Ventura, California. Russinger remembers asking T-Bone one question: “What would it look like for us to come alongside your life in a way that would matter to you specifically?” “He just said ‘If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me as a human being,’” Russinger recalls. This lack of clean clothes is sadly all too …

Kindness costs nothing, but it can make all the difference. Here’s how.

Being kind takes so little effort. The effects, however, can be life-changing. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Sometimes a smile can be the one thing that gets someone through their day. Sometimes receiving a friendly, quick phone call is all someone needs to make it through a hard time. If you’ve ever been shown an act of kindness, you know that even the smallest things can make a difference. Acts of kindness, however, can be as unique as people in this world, so we wanted to share some that might surprise you. We asked four people to tell us about a time that being shown kindness changed their worldview. Their answers may give you a whole new reason to be …

Kentucky just passed a major abortion ban. Here’s how that could affect you.

Kentucky Legislature just became one more in a growing line of states to pass a strict abortion ban. Last night, the Kentucky state House passed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks, otherwise known as a “heartbeat bill.” What that means is any medical practitioner offering abortions would first have to check for a heartbeat, and if one is detected, they would not be legally allowed to perform an abortion. As of now, there are only a few exceptions to the ban, for example, if the mother’s life is in danger, but if someone is seeking an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis, the ban would stand. The bill has now been sent to the Republican Governor Matt …

In rural Kenya, women’s healthcare can be hard to access. This program is changing that.

Susan, a 25-year-old who lives in rural West Pokot, Kenya, has a daily routine. All photos via Pfizer. She wakes up at 6am every day to get water from the river. She prepares breakfast for her family. She gets her five children ready for school. Then she sets off for work, caring for her animals and plowing the earth on her farm. On her one day off a week, she takes her family to church. She loves spending time with her family and community. Susan, and women like her, have always played an important role in the local culture. However, they’ve often had challenges accessing information and resources about their health, including the importance of healthy timing and spacing of …