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Baby Is Born Healthy And Whole, But Nobody Knows The Gender

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The first question asked when people have a new baby is usually “Is it a boy or a girl?” The answer is nearly always either one or the other. But a transgender single parent in the Canadian province of British Columbia has a different idea. When Kori Doty’s baby was born, it was outside of a…

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Ben Franklin Ate Tofu, And Other Weird Facts About The Founding Fathers

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Just in time for the fourth of July, we bring you some astonishing facts about the Founding Fathers. Think how impressive you’ll be at your holiday barbecue sharing these wonderful tidbits! Big Ben Most people know Benjamin Franklin as the brilliant inventor and political writer who helped to spark the Revolution. But he can also be remembered…

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The Toilets Are Coming! The Toilets Are Coming!

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We all know that life in Russia can be difficult. Vladimir Putin isn’t exactly warm and cuddly, and people live with a certain amount of fear about what he might do next. But few people would have predicted the attack of the runaway potties. A couple of days ago, Moscow was hit with a strong…

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Say, What? Check These Crazy Translation Fails

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Many years ago, before the Soviet Union fell apart, I worked as an interpreter of Russian for a social service agency in Boston. I took people to the doctor, helped them to get housing, got them enrolled in classes. I was acutely aware of how easy it was to make a small mistake with huge…

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Are You One In A Million? Check These Odd Genetic Traits To Find Out

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Have you ever had someone tell you that you’re definitely “one in a million?” Most of the time the person is just trying to make you feel good. But some people actually are one in a million, at least when it comes to these odd genetic traits. Do you know anyone with any of these strange…

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These Coincidences Prove That Sometimes Fate Is Just Too Cruel

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Life is full of funny little coincidences. Sometimes those happenings are wonderful and amazing. But sometimes they give us the idea that fate has it in for certain people. Take these bizarre and horrific coincidences, for example. 1. The Hoover Dam During the construction of the massive dam in the early part of the last…

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These Incredible Coincidences Will Absolutely Amaze You

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We’ve all had those funny little coincidences that make us wonder about the magic in life. You know what I mean. Like the time you pick up your phone to reach out to an old friend, and find a text from that long lost person has just come in. These stories will convince you that life…

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Watch Out! This Tick Bite Can Give You Catastrophic Cheeseburger Aversion

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Now that summer is here, we are all cowering in terror because of the ticks crawling on every blade of grass. We worry about getting Lyme Disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Powassan virus. Gulp! People are spraying on deet, cedar oil, lemon and eucalyptus. We’re tick checking, showering, doing laundry every six hours. But it’s still…

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If Every Shakespeare Play Was About Donald Trump, The Titles Would Be Hilarious!

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When New York’s “Shakespeare in the Park” decided to perform the play Julius Caesar this summer, they created a real tempest. (See what I did there?)  Casting a lead actor who looked and dressed like Donald Trump was just too much for the fragile ego of the President, especially because in the play Caesar is done in…

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Open Iftar: Muslims Respond To Hatred By Invited Everyone To Dinner

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We certainly live in interesting times. Our country, and all of the western world, is feeling a surge of anxiety that has fueled fear and hatred of those who are different. We’ve seen an increase in hate crimes. Anti-black, anti-LGBT, and more often, anti-Muslim attacks are on the rise. The past few weeks have seen terrorist…

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Your Grandchildren Are Definitely Going To Need These Products

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Now that the President of the United States has decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, it looks like things are really going to be heating up. In fact, it looks like things may be heating up so much that life as we know will essentially be over. Maybe not for us, but…

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Scientists Display The Oldest Human Remains Ever Found

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  You know, there are days when I feel really old. Like, so old. Ancient almost. But I have just been reminded that I haven’t actually been hanging around this earth for all that long. A group of European and Moroccan scientists just found the remains of five people who walked this beautiful earth somewhere…

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Just In: Vladimir Putin Is Not a Woman

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Vladimir Putin always has a great day. Always. He is never, ever, off his game. You want to know how this is possible?  The Russian strongman has an answer. Speaking with legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russia’s President made a statement that could have been taken right out of Donald Trump’s own mouth. The two men…

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It’s Hurricane Season, But Trump Has Left Us Totally Unprepared

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  It looks like it’s going to be an intense Atlantic hurricane season. According to climate scientists and weather predictors, the 2017 hurricane forecast is a doozy, with the expectation of 14 named storms. But if those predictions prove true, we might be in a bit of trouble. That’s because the Trump administration has yet…

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Teens More Likely To Go Crazy If They Live In The City

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  I live in a very rural place. There are turkeys running around, deer all over the place and even a family of black bears who raid my bird feeders. When I look out my window, I see trees, birds, grass and sky. I rarely hear traffic. A new study by King’s College in London…

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Former Speaker John Boehner HILARIOUSLY Explains Why He NEVER Wants To Be President

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  If you watch President Trump in action, you’d think that everybody in the world must want to have his job. He struts around like the king of the world and Tweets endlessly about all the great things he’s doing. He just loves being King. Or President. He isn’t sure there’s a difference. But not…

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Sleep, School And Your Risk Of Getting Dementia

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As we get on in years, a lot of us worry about the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. My friends and I have all started taking fish oil, doing our crossword puzzles and taking regular walks. NO one wants to run the risk of the terrible losses that go with developing…

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Texas Sheriff Says Manchester Bombing Happened Because The Brits Don’t Own Enough Guns

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Well, just in case you were wondering, Texas has not grown any more intelligent or informed in the past week. At least some people in Texas haven’t. That includes Sheriff Tracy Murphree of Denton county. The Texas lawman took to Facebook on Monday to pontificate about the causes of the deadly terrorist bombing in Manchester,…

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Would You Like A Rat With Your Mocha Latte?

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  Some business ideas are unique and quirky. Some are just plain bizarre. The idea of opening a coffee shop combined with a cat rescue is kind of cute and fun. One such cat cafe opened a few years ago in Oakland, California and has been an enormous success. The owners had the idea of opening a…

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Food As Diplomacy: Will Trump Really Ask The Saudis For McNuggets?

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  President Donald Trump is set to embark on his first overseas trip as the leader of the (ahem) “free world.” The President is scheduled to leave Washington tomorrow, heading first to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He will also visit Israel, and the Vatican, in Italy. He is then supposed to go to Belgium,…

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Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Steps Out Against Ivanka

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  At the age of 83, Gloria Steinem has earned the right to speak her mind. The feminist icon and political activist has been speaking truth to power for more than half a century. She has been fighting for women’s empowerment and equality for all of her adult life, and continues to write and lecture even…

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New Mystery: What Held Trump On Air Force One For 40 Minutes After Landing?

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  As usual, President Donald Trump spent this past weekend away from the White House. As usual, he and his entourage spent their time (and our money) at a Trump property. This time Trump was at one of his golf resorts in New Jersey. The press pool reported that Air Force One got back to Washington…

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These Lucky Sailors Could Lob A Bunch Of Nukes, Then Go Take A Swim

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  Do you remember the old movie Private Benjamin? It’s the one where Goldie Hawn plays a widow who signs up to join the army after falling for a recruiting film. It promised her things like luxurious accommodations and fancy clothes. So silly and unrealistic, right? If Private Benjamin had only known it, she could have signed up…

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Test Scores Are Completely Useless, Says This Top Tech Company

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Well, well, well. As a retired public school teacher, I find this bit of information both validating and completely enraging. If you are a student, a recent graduate, a parent or a teacher, you know that for the past 20 years this country has been completely obsessed with the importance of “data” and “test scores”…

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Think You Had A Good Night’s Sleep? You’ll Have A Great Day!

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  I’m a middle aged woman. That means that one of the things I’ve given up is the belief that I will ever again sleep through a night. Between kids, jobs, menopause and daily aches and pains, sleep has become an elusive goal. But new research has given me hope that I can still have…

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Russian Navy Tweets Photo Of Beautiful Tabby Cat…In Syrian Battle Zone

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  Since ancient times, cats have been common travelers on ships. The clever little animals are independent, able to feed themselves on the ship’s vermin, and are thought to bring good luck. Ships’ cats were helpful in controlling the rats and mice that often got into the food stores and brought disease to the sailors. And cats…

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How Wearing Tutus And Cowboy Hats To The Bar Helped Teach A Lesson On LGBTQ Rights

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When will politicians learn the risk they’re taking when they meet with groups of high school students? Teenagers are way smarter and way more direct than adults think they are. Recently Wyoming’s Republican Senator, Mike Enzi, visited a public middle-high school in Greybull, Wyoming. He was asked what he’s doing to improve the lives of LGBTQ citizens…

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Stopping Homegrown Terror Doesn’t Seem To Be On The Top Of Trump’s “To-Do” List

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  The Trump administration has been trying convince us that they’ll keep us safe from terrorism. You know, building that big old wall and stopping all those scary Muslim refugees from coming here. They claim to be all about public safety and stopping terrorists in their tracks. Trump himself just loves to act tough, believe him. He…

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This Geographical Error Could Spark War – Good Job Trump

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With every passing day, the ignorance of Donald Trump becomes more obvious. The man who has somehow managed to become President of the United States has consistently alienated our allies and baffled our friends. He has criticized NATO, and complained about the financial support of our allies in the organization. His ugly rhetoric has upset…

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Georgia Parents Win Battle To Give Their Child This Name: ACLU Cheers

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  This story proves that nothing is ever as simple as it seems. A couple in Georgia gave birth last year to a baby girl. They gave her the name ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina. Unusual, intriguing and kind of cool.   But the couple, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, wanted to give her the surname “Allah.” While…

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Synchronicity: One Heart That Beat For Two Athletes

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Sometimes life is just full of amazing coincidences and moments of pure synchronicity. The story of baseball legend Rod Carew and his second chance at life is surely one of those moments. Carew had a historical career as an infielder for nearly 20 years. He played for the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels. He…

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Get Ready, America. You’ll Be Paying Putin For Gas Soon

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  When candidate Donald Trump promised to make America great again and to bring back prosperity to the country, some people thought that sound just spiffy. The way Trump described the economy, prosperity sounded so simple. Make stuff in the US, buy that stuff, charge more for stuff that come from somewhere else. Easy peasy.…

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This Young Mom Just Wants To Bring Her Boy Home

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  Like many young people on the verge of beginning their lives, Emily Lartner wanted to experience the world before settling into a professional life. The young British woman was only 22 years old when she chose to take a gap year and travel. Wanting to do something helpful, Ms. Lartner travelled to Uganda to…

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Trump Continues To Parade His Delusional Beliefs In Front Of The Whole World

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If you have been watching Saturday Night Live for as many years as I have, you’ll probably remember the character known as “The Pathological Liar.” Comedian Jon Lovitz played the liar, named Tommy Flanagan. It was hilarious to watch him lie about his own fabulous achievements. One clip from the show featured Tommy Flanagan making a…

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Tuition Free University Education: You Won’t Believe Who Wants It (VIDEO)

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It sounds like it could be coming from the mouth of Vermont’s famously progressive, Democratic Socialist Senator. The sentiment expressed by the President of the Federal Reserve sounded more like it was coming from one of the so called “Bernie bros” from the election than from the man in charge of the nation’s central bank. Nevertheless,…

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Wow! Maryland’s Republican Governor Made This Surprising Liberal Move (VIDEO)

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  You have to love Maryland, don’t you? I mean, those delicious crabs, the beautiful harbor, the Orioles. What’s not to love? Now Maryland has made a move that will endear itself to progressives and, even better, to low income women everywhere. The state just became the very first in the nation to guarantee that…

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Emaciated Girl Rescued From Her Jungle Dwelling Family (VIDEO)

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  By now almost everyone has seen at least one version of Rudyard Kipling’s famous Jungle Book, the story of a feral child who grew up happily with the help of his animal friends. And we all know about Tarzan, the fictional character who was said to have been raised by apes in the jungles of Africa. But…

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Feeling ‘Hot Under The Collar’? It’s Not Your Imagination

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  President Donald Trump seems to be intent upon rolling back or undoing every single thing that was accomplished during the Obama years, no matter the consequences. He seems to have a particular desire to reverse any advancements made toward slowing down global warming. His proposed budget would cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

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A Tadpole’s Tail…Teaching The Blind To See (VIDEO)

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  Scientists have made huge strides in transplantation techniques. People routinely receive new hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys. There have been hand transplants and even a small number of face transplants. But one organ that has remained impossible to transplant is the eyeball. That’s because it’s been necessary to connect the donor eye to the severed…

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In China It’s Time To “Sweep The Tombs” And Celebrate Spring (VIDEO)

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  For thousands of years, the people of China have practiced various ways to honor the dead. The Chinese culture is known for its respect for the elderly and even for deceased ancestors. One holiday to honor a family’s ancestors was traditionally held in early April, shortly after the spring equinox. The holiday, known as Qingming,…

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Still Feeling The Bern In Beantown

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  Senator Bernie Sanders may hail from Vermont, but people in Massachusetts absolutely love him. The progressive icon, long the symbol of Democratic Socialism, drew huge sellout crowds in New England during the primary season. Massachusetts is obviously the bluest of blue states, even with a moderate Republican Governor, Charlie Baker. And Massachusetts came out strong for…

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Angelic Voice Heard In Boston Hospital Is Comfort Food For The Soul (VIDEO)

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  Very, very few people enjoy being in the hospital. Most people find it frightening and depressing to have to spend any time under hospital care. The antiseptic smells, the bright lights, the impersonal workers who bustle around while you wait for your nurse or doctor. Not the kind of place where you expect to do…

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The Future of Stroke Treatment May Lurk In This Deadly Venom (VIDEO)

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  Nobody is comfortable with the thought of suffering a stroke. When a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel happens in the brain, the damage is quick and devastating. Brain tissue dies off quickly from lack of oxygen, and often the damage is irreversible. It’s a very scary medical emergency. Up until now, stroke treatment…

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Extra Charges Apply When You Get Your Pancakes To Go (VIDEO)

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  The police have a difficult job. Day after day, they put their lives and their safety on the line to protect the rest of us from violence, gang activity, drugs. They respond to accidents, to fires, to domestic disturbances. It’s easy to see that the job can become overwhelming.  It makes sense that police officers…

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‘Two Moms’ Doesn’t Always Mean What You Think (VIDEO)

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  They say that families come in many forms. There are traditional nuclear families and step families. Some families have one parent. The courts and society have come to accept families with biological children and families with adopted children. In the past few years, we have made tremendous progress in accepting families with parents of…

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Gwyneth Paltrow Has An Odd Way Of Deciding What’s On The Menu (VIDEO)

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  When I was a kid growing up in the Boston area, the only people who ever ate octopus were Sicilians like my own family, who ate the seven fishes on Christmas eve. Yum. My Grampa made it steamed and served it with olives and capers. Now almost everyone has tried the seafood delicacy. It’s…

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