A Teacher Uses a Full Bodysuit to Help Teach Anatomy

Great teachers find a way to make their students passionate about learning. Most students are lucky to run into one or two teachers that can make important lessons memorable for all the right reasons.

Third-grade teacher Veronica Duqué has garnered praise from people in social media who love the way she’s teaching her students a subject that can be a little bit…funny. Especially for smaller kids.

We’re talking about anatomy.

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Remembering long and strange names for muscles, organs, and bones is hard for almost any kid. I’d bet you’ve forgotten most of what you once knew about the topic, right?

Duqué’s students remember a little easier, thanks to an anatomy suit she found online for sale. She told Bored Panda,

“I was surfing the internet when an ad of an AliExpress swimsuit popped up. Knowing how hard it is for kids this young to visualize the disposition of internal organs, I thought it was worth it giving it a try.”

Her husband, Mike originally tweeted pictures of his wife wearing the suit.

Translation: I’m so proud of this volcano of ideas I’m lucky to have as my wife. Today she explained the human body to her students in a very original way. The children loved it!

But the teacher has more tricks up her sleeve, Duqué said:

“I decided long ago to use disguises for history lessons. I’m also using cardboard crowns for my students to learn grammatical categories such as nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Different grammar kingdoms, so to say.”

Needless to say, the coverage she’s gotten is well-deserved.

Do you like Duqué’s efforts? Share your opinion with us in the comments!

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This Is Why Time Feels Different During the Holidays

The holidays can be a blur of family reunions, gatherings, workplace end of the year dinners, food, and fun. Then, January 2nd comes along and makes us feel like the holidays slipped past us in a curious haze.

Why does this happen?

Well, holidays can change our perception of time. Part of this is because people tend to visit their families and stay in their childhood rooms. Reunions with high school and college friends make us feel farther from the past or make us look forward to the future.

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Anthropologists and psychologists have also been working to answer the question of how different cultures interpret time. Their discoveries show us that time is actually a social construct.

In Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perceptionauthor Claudia Hammond writes,

“Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our mental reality. Time is not only at the heart of the way we organize life, but the way we experience it.”

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Time as we know it today, a 24-hour span divided into increments of 60 minutes with 60 seconds each, technically began as a way to help industries and trains. Soon, all industries used clocks to decide when you should get to work, catch a flight, and do other tasks.

Many people get time off during the holidays. This allows them to experience life without the constraints of a clock – which is totally different from almost every other part of their lives. So don’t worry if you feel that the holidays change your perception of time because you are definitely not alone.

What are your thoughts on time and how it seems to warp during the holidays? We want to know your thoughts!

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Enjoy These Funny Tweets About Self-Care

A lot of times, in the midst of our incredibly busy lives, we forget that we need to take the time to relax, reflect, and take care of ourselves. Maybe not all the time, but at least occasionally.

I’m sure you’ve heard of “Self Care Sunday,” where you treat and pamper yourself after a lot of hard work? Well, these tweets are kind of about that phenomenon, but they flip it on its head a little bit with some humor.

Enjoy…and see if these tweets speak to you…

1. Please fix me.

2. Does it work, though?

3. All good tips.

4. Totally worth it.

5. I have a feeling it would be popular.

6. Do what you gotta do.

7. I do!

8. Sorry about that…

9. Start today!

10. This is so funny.

11. All very good tips.

12. The last one is crucial.

13. Doesn’t seem to be working…

14. I need to talk about how healthy I am.

15. I see…

Take good care of yourself in 2020 and beyond!

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For Some, Public Speaking Is Literally Scarier Than Death—Here’s Why

Many people have a fear of public speaking, but some people definitely have it worse than others. For some, public speaking is literally scarier than death.

In surveys about human fears, public speaking is commonly ranked at the top of the list. In some cases, it’s ranked above dying.

According to Psychology Today, this is because humans evolved to be social animals. Our community-oriented lifestyle helped us survive threats by cooperating with others — helping each other survive, fending off predators together, keeping each other alert, and so on.

When you depend on other humans to survive, social isolation is basically a death sentence. Avoiding isolation is baked into our instincts.

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“Ostracism appears to occur in all social animals that have been observed in nature,” Kip Williams, professor of psychological sciences at Purdue, told Psychology Today. “To my knowledge, in the animal kingdom, ostracism is not only a form of social death, it also results in death. The animal is unable to protect itself against predators, cannot garner enough food, etc., and usually dies within a short period of time.”

That’s why public speaking is so terrifying — it carries the risk of social rejection, and our bodies react accordingly. Your fight-or-flight response is triggered, and then come the sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and inability to speak.

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Overcoming stage fright is all about teaching your body that public speaking can’t actually kill you, which can only happen through experience. The more times you get through it without disaster, the less scary it will be.

So get out there!

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Former Homeless People Explain What Their First Night on the Streets Was Like

Over half a million people in the United States sleep without a home on any given night. They’re forced to rest in cars, parks, streets, abandoned buildings, or on friends’ couches. Any kind of person can wind up in this situation, but homelessness is especially common for  those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck without savings – the financial reality for millions of Americans this year. Making it back out of homelessness can be incredibly difficult.

People on Reddit who have experienced homelessness opened up about their stories, describing their first night without a home, and how they were able to adapt to their new circumstances.

1. My mom said we were going camping.

“I was about 9 years old, and my mom said we were going on a camping trip. I didn’t really suspect anything, as it was summertime and we went camping a lot when I was younger. Although I did wonder why we were packing so much stuff. After a few weeks of “camping,” I started to complain, but my mom kept insisting that it was good for us to get in touch with nature, etc. Then school started, and we were still camping. And we kept camping for another 6 months. When we finally got a house, my mom cried with joy. And we don’t camp anymore.”

2. “I remember being really hungry”

“I remember being really hungry and acting weird because of the low blood sugar, almost delirious. This was when I made a futile attempt to run away from an abusive home with no money. I ended up going back because of that.”

3. The police escorted me to the shelter.

“Sleeping in my car wasn’t that bad. It was summer, so it was pretty warm which was my biggest issue.

Showered in the gym, and spent most of my day at the library before going to work.

For the first few nights it wasn’t bad. However one night police found me sleeping in my car and escorted me to the local homeless shelter, which was one of the most terrifying nights of my life. Since I’m lying there in a top bunk, when a huge argument breaks out because one guy breaks out some meth, wouldn’t share it with a second, then a third got pissed and started screaming at them to be quite because he needed to sleep.”

4. The crippling loneliness.

“I was kicked out by my mother at 16 and spent 2 months homeless before the local authority placed me in foster care.

I think what hit me first was how my own mother could make one of her own children homeless. I felt like the least favourite of her children – it all came out of nowhere, I racked my brain for years after, trying to think of what I might have done in particular.

Also the crippling loneliness you feel when you are trying to get hold of people to ask for a place to sleep for the night. I could not feel more alone in the world when someone would either not answer my message or tell me they were busy.

I’m pretty sure I camped out in the park that night. Didn’t sleep at all.”

5. Didn’t sleep a wink.

“It was terrifying and cold and hungry. I didn’t sleep a wink. I adapted over time. Extremely steep learning curve to surviving homelessness. Nothing really prepares you for it.”

“It wasn’t awful until it sunk in that it wasn’t going to change anytime soon. At first it’s just shocking. Like, blank mind shocking. How did I get to this point? Then it’s scary and surreal. AND I had my kid with me…so I was busy keeping him safe and fed. Awful came about a month into it.”

6. Walking “home.”

“I kept waking up in the middle of the night and would start walking “home”. I’d get a few steps then stop and realize I had nowhere to go and turn and walk back over and lay on the ground. The ground is very cold and I felt a lot of shame.”

7. How cold concrete can be.

“I slept at a Catholic Church across from my high school so I could still make it to school and graduate early. I remember feeling really sad because I slept where they put peoples ashes, and I remember being so sad that those people could comfort me in death more than anybody alive. I used to talk to them, if there’s camera footage I look insane. I never realized how alone I was in the world until I was homeless. And I never realized how cold concrete can be, it chills you right to your bones and is painful.”

8. Starting to spiral.

“I started being homeless at 19, a previous foster parent put me out for coming home from college one night, and I had called up a friend last minute. When I started to realize I wouldn’t be able to crash or stay anywhere, I am fairly certain I started to dread, and spiral into a constant, underlying depressive state. All I could think about was “am I going to die like this? Do I matter? Will no one help me? I’m sad, I’m scared. I don’t want to feel like I have to beg. What if I’m stuck like this? Is this really my life right now?” 19-26 was a very challenging time…”

9. Hours upon hours of nothing to do.

“I was getting high, so it really didn’t truly sink in until I was broke and dope sick. Then the desperation started. Going to gas stations jumping car to car asking for money. Stealing what I had to. It was a miserable existence. There are so many things you don’t think about when your not homeless…taking a shower, washing your clothes, and the boredom. Hours upon hours of nothing to do. And the constant noise. There was nowhere to go where it was truly quiet.”

10. Mom was just crying.

“I didn’t really realize what was going on, I was about 6-7 at the time. Dad said we were going to go for a drive and to pack my backpack with all the clothes I could fit and one toy. Mom was just crying. Me and my brother sat in the backseat, he was a little older and was holding our Sega Genesis and looking scared.

We drove for a little while (it was already getting dark) and we parked in front of a Walmart and dad said he had to rest for a while. Was the first of many….many nights we slept in the car.

I remember one of my parents was always awake, with their hand in their coat pocket. Looking back it was obvious they had a gun for protection, sleeping in shifts.”

11. No one wants to let you use the bathroom.

“Its terrifying at first. You feel so unsafe. I was a teenager, and wasn’t willing to close my eyes and sleep on a park bench alone. So, I went to a local shelter and lied about my age. The forced me to shower and do a pee test. It turns out the women in that shelter were scarier than the street so the next night I didnt go back. I slept in a park but ultimately made squatter friends and stayed with them. It was very much a community and I felt safe and loved there.The biggest problem with being homeless in the city is no one wants to let you use the bathroom. Even park bathrooms are locked. Squat peeing in between cars can be done quickly and undercover, but when you get your period its a nightmare.”

12. The first night was miserable.

“I was homeless for a couple of months a year or two ago. I had a car and a low paying job so I lived in the woods in a tent for a bit. The first night was miserable. I ended up sleeping really uncomfortably in the passenger seat of my car and it was a really cold night. After that I got a tent and slept on an old climbing pad i had. The first night was hell but the next several weeks were actually not so bad. I had a spot in the woods where I was well hidden and would cook over a fire. I really didnt have it that bad but it gave me quite a bit of sympathy for people who really do end up on the streets in a much more desperate situation. Shit is not easy.”

13. We climbed up the slopes of a mountain.

“First night my wife and I landed up sleeping outside we slept in a local park that I knew. We had come down from the countryside with a few Rands (enough for 1 meal maybe) and had hoped to stay with a friend. He was unable to give us a place to stay, so we had to sleep outside.

After the insecurity of that 1st night I told my wife that we have to find a safer place to sleep, so we climbed up the slopes of Table Mountain (about a 1 hour walk) and found quite a obscured spot amongst some bushes and trees. We cleared it out of sticks and rocks, made it a bit habitable and then went make to the city looking for work. We’d spend the day going from one place to the next looking for work until it started growing dark. Then we’d head up the mountain to our little spot for the night.”

14. It really messes with your self-esteem.

“My mom used to lock me out of the house regularly for no reason and I never had a place to sleep either so I would walk two hours to the beach and just wait until sunrise when my mom went to work and would sneak in thru my window. Sometimes I would spend a few nights on the beach at a time. It’s terrible, lonely, and really messes with your self esteem especially when you’re young and have nobody to take you in (I didn’t really have friends she prevented that). I’ve been solicited for sex tons of times by grown men when I was 14/15 and was terrified the first few times but quickly leaned that being meek gets you in bad situations so I would bring a knife with me and tell at them. I’ve learned a lot from those times and I hate remembering the loneliness and the hopelessness. I felt like I could’ve died and nobody would’ve cared or even known who I was. It’s a sad feeling knowing that if you disappeared nobody would come looking for you or even care.”

15. Food or blankets.

“I don’t think it all really hit me until I had to choose one night between food and blankets because the temperature was expected to drop down to the mid 30s and I had only had one somewhat thin blanket at that point.”

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Funny Tweets About Hanukkah From Parents

For those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, I’m sure you’re going to appreciate these jokes from parents about this special holiday.

Let’s get started!

1. Created a monster.

2. Eight days to go…

3. Interesting…

4. Uh oh…

5. The official mascot.

6. Good thinking.

7. Yeah…

8. That day is here.

9. A maddening pace.

10. It was only a dream…

11. Absolutely!

12. The way it was meant to be.

13. Mother of the Year.

14. Nobody’s perfect.

15. Lucky kid.

Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays, and have a great New Year!

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Here Are Some Funny Tweets About Holiday Movies

Did you get your fill this year?

I love holiday movies! Some of my favorites are Beautiful GirlsDie Hard (it is a Christmas movie, okay?), and of course, the classic A Christmas Story.

Let’s enjoy some funny tweets about holidays flicks in all their glory!

1. Heard that.

2. And again…and again…

3. Plot twist.

4. Might be time to get some new kids.

5. Think about that one…

6. Doesn’t seem like he’d be a great dog owner.

7. Time to move on.

8. You knew this was coming.

9. I’m reminded of this every year.

10. That looks to be the case…

11. That’s basically the plot.

12. Worried about The Grinch.

13. A pure legend.

14. Mind = Blown.

15. That’s a tough one to swallow.

What are your favorite holiday movies?

Share them with us in the comments!

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An 8-Year-Old Boy With a Multi-Million Dollar Income Was Named the Highest-Earning YouTuber of 2019

Well, this is depressing…

How much money did you make in 2019? This 8-year-old kid on YouTube probably out-earned you.

In fact, he out-earned almost everyone.

Ryan Kaji earned a stunning $26 million on YouTube in 2019, making him the highest-earning YouTuber in the world. Ryan started his channel, Ryan’s World (formerly Ryan ToysReview), when he was just 3 years old. It consists of toy reviews, science experiments, educational videos, playing games, and more.

This is the second year in a row that Ryan has been the highest-earning YouTuber, beating other popular YouTube celebrities like PewDiePie and Jeffree Star. His income last year was $22 million.

Ryan’s YouTube fame has also evolved into other, more traditional show business deals, like a preschool-aimed series on Nickelodeon and a deal with Hulu.

Unsurprisingly, Ryan’s impressive year is causing a lot of jealousy on social media.

“I hate my life,” one person wrote.

“I need a YouTube channel,” another said.

“I might fuck around and start reviewing toys,” another joked.

Life isn’t quite that simple for this 8-year-old millionaire, though. Earlier this year, Ryan’s channel was the subject of a complaint filed to the Federal Trade Commission. A nonprofit called Truth In Advertising (TINA) claimed that the channel “deceptively promotes a multitude of products to millions of preschool-aged children in violation of FTC law.”

“When a YouTube video directed to children under the age of 5 mixes advertising with program content, as Ryan ToysReview videos frequently do, the preschool audience is unable to understand or even identify the difference between marketing material and organic content, even when there is a verbal indicator that attempts to identify the marketing content,” TINA Executive Director Bonnie Patten and Legal Director Laura Smith wrote in their complaint.

Ryan’s dad says their family strictly adheres to YouTube’s terms of service and cares about their viewers’ safety.

Something else to consider: Ryan is eight. So does he understand?

Who knows?

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People Share What Happened to the Person Who Took Their Virginity

Let’s dig up some old dirt, shall we?

Do you remember the person who took your virginity? Do you know whatever happened to them? Heck, maybe you’re still with them…

AskReddit users shared what happened to the people who took their V Card.

Share your story in the comments if you’re brave enough!

1. Sad.

“He died in a car accident about 15 years ago. I found out when I was cyber stalking people from my past and found his obituary. It was quite sad finding that out. Just wasn’t the expected outcome of that particular internet search.”

2. Don’t do drugs.

“I saw her at a parade a while back. She had a couple of kids and looked rougher than I remembered. Meth will do that.”

3. Still in good standing.

“She’s an attorney. She gave me some advice when I wanted to adopt a few years ago. Sweet girl, and still gorgeous 20-something years later.”

4. No need to dig up the past.

“Man, haven’t seen her since she moved out and divorced me 5 years ago. I honestly have no idea what she’s up to, but I actually hope she’s found help for her mental illnesses and is generally happy.

But she can stay wherever she is, I don’t need to see her again.”

5. That’s terrible.

“She killed herself 13 years ago. She was a great person.”

6. Not a pretty picture.

“She married some military dude, and had a hard life. Last I found her on Facebook she was promoting a GoFundMe so she could get new teeth. Had recently lost everything in a house fire. Has a couple of kids.”

7. I still wonder…

“He passed away at 19 after suffering a seizure in his sleep. We’d broken up about 6 months before.

Its been 10 years, but every once in a while I still wonder who he’d be today.”

8. In the basement.

“Cheated on me, got fat, had a kid, cheated on that guy, had another kid, cheated on that guy, and now lives in her mom’s basement.”

9. Good luck.

“Single mom, 30 years old, with two kids. She seems like she’s a terrific mom and tries the best she can with limited resources. Thanks for the memories, Olivia, and good luck.”

10. Right here.

“Sitting next to me eating Spaghetti O’s out of a pyrex bowl. Not because of a lack of better food or bowls, but because he like it and the pyrex is the biggest glass bowl.”

11. Doing well.

“I ran into her on the street not too long ago. She’s engaged and seems to be doing well otherwise too. Still drop dead gorgeous as well.”

12. Oh boy…

“She married the next guy she dated. Had 2 kids and moved to Boston. He cheated on her with another dude and left her recently.”

13. Ugh!

“In jail for child abuse and recording it.”

14. It’s all good.

“We are still decent friends for the last 19 years, she recently got married to a very nice guy and they have good careers in tech. I am very happy for them.”

15. Awwwwwww.

“I see her almost every day. She’s my wife after all.”

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Meet the Woman Who Made the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Go Viral With a Single Tweet

You know you love it…

2019 was the Year of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, and it’s all thanks to one genius social strategist: Angela Brown.

The chicken sandwich came out in August of this year and immediately broke the internet. It wasn’t the sandwich itself that really brought the frenzied attention, though. It was one tweet that Popeyes posted in response to a slightly underhanded tweet from Chick-fil-A about their own chicken sandwich.

“…y’all good?” the Popeyes tweet read.

That tweet went massively viral and caused the popularity of the sandwich to shoot into the stratosphere, leading some customers to literally commit crimes just to get their hands on one.

The tweet came from the mind of Angela Brown, who works for GSD&M, the Austin, Texas-based ad agency that worked with Popeyes to market the sandwich.

Angela was named the Daily Dot’s Internet Person of the Year for her work on the marketing campaign, especially that infamous tweet.

The tweet wasn’t part of Angela and her team’s original advertising plan, but it obviously changed the game. So why was it so successful?

It was the perfect two-word zinger, calling Chick-fil-A out without being overly negative. But also, it tapped into the culture and language of “Black Twitter,” one of the most active and influential demographics on the platform.

The success of this tweet speaks to the power of hiring black creatives at ad agencies — and truly giving them a seat at the table.

“There is something unprecedented and incredible about the power that a two-word tweet had to ignite a collective of people who already are extremely creative and extremely loyal—when they want to be loyal to something,” Angela explained to the Daily Dot.

“There’s a lot of things that [as a Black person/woman] I’ll bring to the table that our team will bring to the table that our clients aren’t aware of.”

Popeyes’ success may be unusual, but ultimately, it’s a useful lesson for any company’s social media presence.

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