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These Quotes Prove Why Pink Out Day Is So Important

Planned Parenthood is painting the world pink on Wednesday. The organization has declared this March 29 to be Planned Parenthood Pink Out Day, an opportunity for people to show support for Planned Parenthood and the work they do for women’s health and reproductive rights. And, as these Planned Parenthood quotes show, there's still so much work to be done. The fight for reproductive rights is still very much a fight. The threat to defund Planned Parenthood remains one of the rallying cries of the…

By Mia Mercado

How To Make Sure No Kids Go To School Hungry

If you haven’t experienced it first hand, the idea of truly “going hungry” is hard to imagine. And the idea of “ending hunger” can sound ambiguous and lofty, like a cliche answer at a beauty pageant. However, living without sufficient food is a reality for many, and you don’t have to look far to find people affected by hunger. In the US, an estimated 13.1 million children don’t have access to enough food. For them, ending hunger isn’t lofty; it’s life-saving. Many organizations are already findi…

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The Best And Worst Cities for Single Moms

Moving to a new city on your own is difficult in its own right. It’s even harder when you’re also a mother. However, this new analysis on the best and worst cities for single moms to live might be helpful for any single mothers looking to relocate. The analysis was done in 2016 by WalletHub, a website on personal finance. While not conclusive on every city in America, the analysis looks at the 150 largest cities in the United States. To rank the cities, WalletHub weighted 17 different metrics re…

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PSA: You Should Never Feed Bread To Ducks

Sorry to ruin your day/life leading up to this point, but you shouldn’t feed bread to ducks. According to this sign shared on Twitter, the bread crumbs you’ve been tossing to your local ducks can do more harm than help. The sign’s warning reads: “Bread makes us ill, as it does not contain the right nutrition or calories that we need to keep us warm in the winter. Rotting bread pollutes our water and causes nasty surface algae, which kills our fish and gives us diseases. It also makes our water s…

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This Dog Had The Best Reaction To Her Birthday Cake

You may think that the universal language is love or even music. But you’re wrong. It’s cake. If you need proof, look no further than this dog’s reaction to her personalized birthday cake. Lucy, the dog, recently blessed the earth with another year of her existence. Christopher Vrankovic, her human, celebrated that momentous occasion with a professionally made, dog-friendly cake. Vrankovic tells Today he needed some initial coaxing from his wife Jackie to justify spending human money on a dog bi…

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This Crying Unicorn Candle is Relatable AF

Do you appreciate whimsy and beauty but are also filled with constant existential dread? Then, this crying unicorn candle will likely speak to you on an emotional level. You have Firebox to thank for the Crying Unicorn Candle. According to the website, when you light the wick of the rainbow candle horn, the white ceramic unicorn cries waxy, multicolored tears. It also comes with two spare horns, in case you run out and you’re a masochist. The Crying Unicorn Candle is available for pre-order, but…

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Costco Is Going To Start Delivering Soon

All rejoice hallelujah, you might be able to get bulk wine and toilet paper delivered straight to your home soon. Yes, that’s correct. A Costco home delivery service is in the works. Costco is teaming up with Shipt, a grocery delivery service, to let shoppers fulfill all their bulk grocery dreams without having to leave the house. The service costs an annual fee of $99 and allows you an unlimited amount of deliveries. Which is great if you, like me, go to Costco with the intention of getting pap…

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6 Things You Should Never Be Afraid To Do At Work

On the first day of one of my first internships, I got locked in a parking garage stairwell because I was afraid to ask someone for directions on how to get to a meeting. Asking for directions is one of those things you should never be afraid to do at work. Perhaps to you that seems to go without saying, but there are ways in which everyone can be a little more fearless at work. (Note: I made it out of the parking garage eventually. In hindsight, asking how to get to a meeting is significantly l…

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Down Syndrome PSA On Why Needs Aren't "Special"

What are we really saying when we say that people with Down syndrome have "special needs"? This year’s PSA for World Down Syndrome Day challenges that euphemism, saying the primary needs of people with Down syndrome aren’t ‘special’; just human. The video was part of the #NotSpecialNeeds campaign for World Down Syndrome Day, which was this past Tuesday. It features actors with Down syndrome like Lauren Potter, who you may know as Becky on Glee, as well as Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, two fri…

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The 6 Most Feminist Of The New Proposed Emoji

Can I get a praise hands? Emojipedia has released samples of 69 new emoji that could be hitting your phone in the coming months. Some may argue we already have more emoji than we know what to do with. And to that I say this: Just because you haven’t figured out what to do with a pig snout emoji yet, it doesn’t mean the rest of us should go without. The effort to make more diverse emoji is present in this latest batch. In addition to the skin and hair color ranges as well as the professional gend…

By Mia Mercado