Senator Tammy Duckworth Shares Selfie After Breaking Her Leg During A Workout

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Usually a photo of a broken leg could be unsettling at best, and gruesome at worst. But Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois just proved that a broken leg can be hilarious. 

For those unfamiliar with Duckworth, she’s a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in 2004 after a her helicopter was shot down over Iraq. She now wears prosthetic legs. 

Clearly a badass woman with a sense of humor, Duckworth tweeted:

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This Mom Is Staging A 'Nurse-In' After She Was Kicked Out Of Church For Breastfeeding

A woman named Amanda Zilliken is organizing a “Nurse In” at her church in North Carolina called Elevation. Elevation is a mega-church with a popular online presence and as the word “mega” implies, it’s pretty huge. That’s why Zilliken was shocked that she was directed to a toilet stall last Sunday when she had to nurse her child. Not only was she upset to be interrupted while at Sunday service, the facilities were hardly what one might expect of such a big organization:

Zilliken toldPeople that she was nursing her baby under a cover during the sermon when a volunteer shone a light on her and made her get up and take the baby to the bathroom.

“It embarrassed me, and drew people’s attention,” Zilliken said. “To take me to the mother’s restroom was totally unacceptable, humiliating — and illegal.”

She’s right. In North Carolina a woman can legally breastfeed her baby while covered or uncovered. Zilliken alleges that the response from Elevation officials has been basically non-existent.

Her post about her experience has attracted the attention of other breastfeeding mothers, and they plan to show up to Elevation this Sunday and nurse their children out in the open together in protest of the church’s treatment.

“That is what God made my body to do,” Zilliken told WCNC. “We should not have to be ashamed of doing something that’s good for our children.”

There are always people online who disagree with that simple statement about normal bodily functions:

But plenty of people are on Zilliken’s side. Maybe church officials need to get off the pulpit and walk amongst the people for a Sunday. The next generation is literally depending on it.

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Teen After Dental Surgery Just Wants To Tell His Girlfriend How Much He Misses Her

Coming out of the druggy haze of dental surgery can be incredibly disorienting—as one teen, Dru, learned when his mom Facetime’d his girlfriend after he got his wisdom teeth removed. 

But unlike David After Dentist wondering if this was real life, Dru just starts bawling during the FaceTime and telling his girlfriend how much he misses her. 

“I wanna see her now!” he says (though the exact words are hard to make out through all the gauze in his mouth). 

Basically, it’s totally adorable. And the internet loved it. 

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People Are Freaking Out Over This Fish That's Flailing After Being Cut In Half

You’ve probably seen a few of those terrifying videos of fish seemingly coming back from the dead and flopping around on a dinner plate. Twitter was horrified when a user from Japan uploaded a video of a tuna fish that had already been cut in half flopping around for a solid two minutes. 

The clip was posted to Twitter by Yutaka Suzuki along with the caption: “The vitality of the fish is amazing.” 

We do have some good news, though. The fish is long dead, and not feeling any pain at all. According to Christie Wilcox of Scientific American, the muscles of a fish that was just killed are so fresh that its neurons are still completely in tact. Add some sodium ions from salt to the exposed muscles and you’ll trigger the neurons, which will signal to the muscles to contract. And the very dead fish will continue to flip around until its use the last of its energy stores. 

It works with squid, as well. 

But that didn’t stop Twitter from being any less terrified. 

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Donald Trump Just Went After Stephen Colbert On Twitter

Donald Trump Just Went After Stephen Colbert On Twitter

President Donald Trump had a very busy Thursday, May 11th. First, he claimed he had invented the term “prime the pump.” This claim was quickly shot down by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, who tweeted out some quick info:

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Then, directly contradicting reports from his own White House staff, Trump insisted to NBC Nightly News Anchor Lestor Holt that he was planning on firing Comey “regardless of recommendation:”  

What I  did is, I was going to fire Comey. My decision… I was going to fire  Comey. There’s no good time to do it, by the way… I was going to fire  regardless of recommendation. He made a recommendation. He’s highly  respected. Very good guy. Very smart guy. The Democrats like him. The  Republicans like him. He made a recommendation, but regardless of  recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. 

And then, in what may be his most insane move yet, President Trump claimed American sweetheart Steven Colbert had “no talent.” 

You  see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he  says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it  only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was  dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he  started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was  dying. I’ve done his show… But when I did his show, which by the way was  very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating  he’s ever had. 

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Wow. There’s a lot to unpack in President Trump’s statement. First, the  “filth” Trump mentioned is most likely referencing a recent  controversial monologue in which Colbert said the only thing the  president’s mouth is good for is “being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster.” The joke jump-started the #FireColbert movement, and drew considerable ire from both conservatives and LGBTQ activists.

Trump also claimed his episode of The Late Show received the “highest ratings they’ve ever had.” This is not true. The Late Show‘s series premiere had a better rating than Trump’s episode, which aired in September 2015. Also, according to the Hollywood Reporter, “Colbert’s Daily Show reunion episode on Tuesday is pacing to be The Late Show‘s highest rated episode in 19 months.”

Trump also asserted that Colbert’s show “was dying” before the host began attacking Trump. While this is also untrue (The Late Show  was the third-most-popular late night program even at its lowest  point), there has definitely been an upswing in ratings since Colbert  began focusing more on politics. The Late Show has been the highest rated late night program (beating out its closest rival, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show) for 14 consecutive weeks.

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Journalist Shares Photos Of Empty Seats After Trump Said His Rally 'Broke All Records'

Journalist Shares Photos Of Empty Seats After Trump Said His Rally ‘Broke All Records’

President Donald Trump held a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday evening, a place he described as “just rotting… a war zone” during his presidential campaign. He seemed to change his mind last night, describing the city as a “wonderful, beautiful place.” The event, which marked his 100th day in office, took place at the same time as the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event which presidents usually attend. Back in February though, Trump declined his invitation via Twitter.  

As we’ve all come to know, President Trump is obsessed with ratings, consistently arguing that his Inauguration attracted the largest audience in history, despite figures to the contrary. And last night was no different, during his speech, Trump claimed that the rally broke the “all-time” record for the arena that seats 7,000. 

But Jonathan Tamari, a Washington correspondent for the Philly Inquirer, seems to think otherwise. After the claim, Tamari shared several photos of empty rows. 

“Large and loud but not quite capacity crowd as Pence arrives,” Tamari wrote. “Several rows open at top of arena, and some space on the floor.” 

Those empty seats? In his speech, President Trump claimed that fire marshals wouldn’t let some people in.  

“Thank the fire marshals. They have a lot of people standing outside. We really maxed out. We broke the all-time record for this arena. We broke the all-time record.”

But in a reply to Tamari’s photo, Associated Press journalist Marc Levy claimed that no one was waiting outside during the event. 

Following criticism of his tweet, Tamari explained that while the crowd was big, Trump’s claims went too far. 

And later clarified that the images were taken as Trump was giving his speech. 

The local fire department is yet to comment on whether they stopped people from entering the arena. 

Ratings aren’t everything, Donald. 

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April The Giraffe Finally Gave Birth After Months Of Anticipation

April the Giraffe has transfixed the internet after holding out on the them for months on end. People have been obsessively watching a live stream since mid-February waiting for April to give birth to a calf, and so far, not much had happened. But that’s about to change. I’m no zoologist, but this definitely looks like a baby giraffe trying to enter the world…

As you can imagine, social media is pretty hyped that after months of waiting something is finally happening. 

Knowing April, she’ll find a way to hold out on us a while longer. But here’s the live stream if you want to watch.

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CeeLo Is Now Internet's Newest Meme After Showing Up To The Grammys Dipped In Gold

Award shows are held to a really high standard nowadays. Having a handful of the greatest entertainers the world has to offer perform just doesn't cut it anymore.

Evidently, CeeLo Green was on the same wavelength as the rest of us. He showed up dressed in gold from head to toe, and set the bar high for anyone else hoping to be turned into a meme before the Grammys were over.

In case you missed it, this was the red meat thrown into the cage that housed everyone on the internet.

Once everyone got a look at his costume, things went from 0-100 real quick.

Other people showed up in over the top outfits, but they may as well have come in with jeans and a hoodie. For example, Girl Crush, who I just learned was a person because my fingers aren't as close to society's pulse as they once were, came in dressed as a ball pit. At the very least, she deserves an honorable mention.

But even though he didn't win any awards, he definitely won fans' attention and will forever be immortalized online in a plethora of dank memes.

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New Yorkers Cleaned Up A Subway Carriage After Someone Drew Swastikas All Over It

New Yorker Gregory Locke got on the subway yesterday to find that someone had vandalized every advertisement and window with Swastikas accompanied by hate speech such as “Jews belong in the oven.” 

At first, people didn’t know how to react, and as Locke puts it, “the train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.” That is until one guy had an idea. If you’ve ever traveled on New York public transport, you’ll know that hand sanitizer is imperative if you want to avoid catching the plague. And since alcohol is perfect for wiping off sharpie, people got to work.

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And it worked pretty well, once everyone on the carriage for involved. “I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel,” Locke wrote in a Facebook post. “Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.”

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Locke continues: “‘I guess this is Trump’s America,’ said one passenger. No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.” 

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Locke’s Facebook post has been shared more than 286,000 times since it was posted just a few hours ago. Hundreds of commenters applauded the New Yorkers for cleaning up.

“My city is under attack,” one commenter wrote. “New Yorkers coming together to make sure love wins. I love my city, and we are seeing the best of us when they show us the worst.”

Another commenter added:  “Thank you for sharing this and thank you for not remaining silent.”

Leave it to New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves and get on with it. 

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Uber's CEO Is Leaving Trump's Advisory Council After Facing Backlash From Customers

The #DeleteUber campaign that surfaced over the weekend after the company was accused of trying to capitalize on New York City’s taxi union strike At JFK Airport while nationwide protests against Trump’s executive order that banned all travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries has shaken the company to its core.

People saw the tweet as Uber trying to turn a profit while concerned citizens and workers stood out in the cold in solidarity with those who were told they weren’t welcome into the country they were cleared to travel to once they landed.

In an attempt to clarify their stance, Uber later released this statement:

“We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet—it was not meant to break up any strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night.”

It was too little, too late for the people of New York City. Both drivers and passengers began canceling their accounts with Uber and deleting the app, sparking the hashtag #DeleteUber that continued to trend the days following the protest as the company scrambled to do damage control.

The fact that CEO Travis Kalanick was on Trump’s economic advisory committee didn’t help their image. 

Uber publicly stated that they were against Trump’s immigration ban, but because the statement came after the backlash had already begun, people doubted the company’s sincerity on the matter.

On Thursday, Kalanick spoke with Trump and told him that he was leaving his advisory board. The following is a letter he sent to employees regarding the matter:

Dear Team,

Earlier today I spoke briefly with the President about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community. I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this and mapping it to our values. There are a couple that are particularly relevant:

Inside Out – The implicit assumption that Uber (or I) was somehow endorsing the Administration’s agenda has created a perception-reality gap between who people think we are, and who we actually are.

Just Change – We must believe that the actions we take ultimately move the ball forward. There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America. Families are being separated, people are stranded overseas and there’s a growing fear the U.S. is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants.

Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s. I am incredibly proud to work directly with people like Thuan and Emil, both of whom were refugees who came here to build a better life for themselves. I know it has been a tough week for many of you and your families, as well as many thousands of drivers whose stories are heartfelt and heart-wrenching.

Please know, your questions and stories on Tuesday, along with what I heard from drivers, have kept me resilient and reminded me of one of our most essential cultural values, Be Yourself. We will fight for the rights of immigrants in our communities so that each of us can be who we are with optimism and hope for the future.

Kalanick’s relationship with Trump has strained the company’s relationship with employees, contractors, and customers.

Do you think the people one and the #DeleteUber campaign was successful or that it was a mistake to pressure the head of one of the largest tech companies in the world to leave a panel that would ultimately be responsible for guiding Trump to make certain decisions that would impact the economy while he’s president? Let us know in the comments.

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