This History Buff Defends Millennials After Someone Says They're the Worst Generation of Students

When I moved across the country a couple of months ago, I was trying to find a short-term place to stay while I looked around for an apartment to make my home. I’ve gone through my share of shady sublets, and was so worried I wouldn’t land a spot that I started looking for one to book months in advance. On my first day of browsing, I came across a gorgeous and affordable one-bedroom in a really convenient location, but was super skeptical of the post because of how traumatized I am from my previous experiences. 

I’ve dealt with creeps who ask for a cash deposit then claim they’re in the hospital on the exact same day they’re supposed to meet me for the keys. I’ve had people cancel my reservation once I’ve already landed in their city… Needless to say, I’m a seasoned subletter. When I found this lovely one-bedroom on Craigslist, I was sure the listing was too good to be true. So I took a proactively defensive stance when I reached out via email. I asked for boring specifications on the apartment and went over payment details with exhaustive thoroughness. I even asked if a friend could stop by to make sure there were no secret squatter tenants, or anything sketchy like that. Then, I got an email back. 

TWIST: I recognized the address from the gushing fan mail I had sent it years ago. The apartment belonged to my favorite living writer and here I was, casually emailing with her directly. Flash forward a few months and we’re friendly and occasionally email each other or meet for coffee to catch up. And that’s how my nightmare sublet search turned into a friendship with one of the best and most famous writers of our time.

I live for real-life plot twists like this. They keep us on our toes while we cruise through this journey of life. Which is why when u/whytho37 asked Reddit to share their most insane plot twists, the results were incredible. 

Scroll down for twists so good, you wouldn’t believe they actually happened if you saw them in a film.

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Single Dad Who Went Viral After Mom Abandoned Baby Says the Family Is Done Posting Updates

Single Dad Who Went Viral After Mom Abandoned Baby Says the Family Is Done Posting Updates

I kind of feel like single dads get the short end of the stick. It can be awkward to take your kid to a playground full of moms, or to host a playdate when you know some parents are uncomfortable with the thought of leaving their daughter with just you, a single man.

It’s also true that we’re members of a society that puts single moms on a pedestal while kind of looking down on dads who do the parenting thing on their own. That’s probably why we love stories where single dads triumph over hardship and come out on top. Plus, who doesn’t love it when dads go above and beyond to be loving, caring, and devoted to their kids?

Richard Johnson’s story was one that many parents could identify with, and one that touched many hearts.

Back in 2015, Richard introduced himself to the Facebook group Life of Dad. He wrote,

Life of Dad,

My name is Richard Johnson, and I’m a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her mother left about a month after she was born. We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect post-partum depression played a part. In the first few weeks of it being just her and me, I stumbled upon your page by accident. I was so nervous and scared about being a father in general, but now I was a single father and had to fulfill two roles. I wasn’t sure I could do it.

I had read every “new parent” book I could find and clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues. I then started to watch your page more closely and saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me. The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this.

I always look forward to photo submissions and reading the stories of some of the awesome dads out there in this community. You truly helped my daughter and me through a very difficult time.

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We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together everyday. She’s now 10 months, and I now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly. We’ve come a long way, my daughter and me, and we definitely owe part of that to this page and the people within it. So from both of us, we wanted to thank you.

Sincerely, 

Persephone & Richard Johnson

The post got close to 100k Likes, and it opened up a conversation where other parents shared their stories. 

A strong community is crucial when it comes to single parenting. After all, as Richard himself explained, it was reading about others in a similar situation that helped him persevere with Persephone in the months after her mom abruptly left. 

In fact, the Life of Dad post got so much attention that Richard posted a heartwarming and vulnerable follow-up about how humbled he was by the internet’s comments. 

“You truly can’t understand how much everyone’s words mean to me. I am constantly criticizing myself on how I can be a better father and this was just the right medicine I needed,” he shared. 

He continues, “The days have been rough and at times I wasn’t sure I could make it another day. I spent more then a few nights holding my little girl as she slept, weeping because I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough father for her.”

*cries silently into computer*

The internet displayed such a tenderness and affection for Richard’s story that he decided to start a Facebook page exclusively dedicated to documenting their father-daughter journey.

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Over the years, Richard has opened up about medical hardships Persephone endured, and how she came out resilient.

“I am proud to announce after a 3 hour long ultrasound, grunts and groans from our Doctor. Miss Persephone Lilith Johnson’s heart is now at 100% health,” he wrote one day.

He even shared some funny memes, proving that he’ll no doubt be a pretty cool dad to grow up around.

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They celebrated her birthdays in the most adorable ways possible, with her dad — who has an obvious knack for moving us to tears with his words — sharing updates like this one:

One year and 24 minutes ago. My beautiful baby girl was born. She changed my entire life. Breathed new hope into a broken man. Gave me hope for a better future. You calmed a storm within me. I can never understand how such luck was bestowed upon me. I certainly did not deserve it. 
 

Miss Persephone Lilith, you are so deeply loved by so many people. You sparked an incredible amount of hope and love. They say the child learns for the parent, however I feel I am learning more from you than you ever could from me. I look at you and can’t just help feel like everything will work out the way it should. Oh princess, this year with you has head so much for us. We have met so many wonderful and beautiful people. You’ve captured the heart of each. Persephone, I haven’t been the greatest guy for a majority of my life, I was a man you would have not been proud of. I strive everyday to make sure I can be one you’ll be proud of. So you will know without a single doubt in your mind that you are severely loved. 

 I love you so very much. You’re painfully perfect and I just cannot express how grateful I am to have you. 
I’m going to give you the world one day Miss Lilith. I’ll work myself to death to do it. Everything you can ever want will be yours or I’m going to die trying. 
Happy birthday my angel. Don’t ever lose the joy you hold in your heart and never forget to smile.

Love, Daddy.

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In the two or so years since she was born, over five thousand people around the world have followed along as she took important calls, put on cool outfits, and ate very delicious food.

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We even watched as precious Persephone (Percy, as they occasionally nickname her) got a new mom. In a heartwarming post about a year and a half into running his Facebook page, Richard posted:

“This lovely lady is my girlfriend and Persephone wonderful and gorgeous Mother Jennifer. We’ve waited a while to have anything on this page however Jennifer has been an amazing mother to Persephone.”

He shares how the two met at a mall when she helped him pick clothes for Persephone.

I explained that I wasn’t sure what actually matched and need some pointers considering my own closet had consisted of nothing but black, faded black, and dark black clothes. We had talked for months before I allowed her to meet Persephone. Upon meeting her Persephone had made the choice that this would be her mommy.

Since then, we’ve been witness to some fun family caricatures, Halloween costumes, and hockey games. To all the thousands of followers who have been there from the beginning, the Johnsons feel like family.

Which is why many were sad when Richard revealed earlier this month that he would stop posting on the page.

“It saddens me to announce that we will no longer be updating this page nor responding to anything. We have decided to let the page go silent. I will certainly save everything so Persephone can see everything when it’s finally time to tell her the story,” he wrote. 

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Most of you have been here from the beginning and all our your heartfelt messages have meant so much to us. However it has come time to let this page go. After recent events, we will not be continuing with the page. We have had an extraordinary journey thus far and it’s certainly not over yet. I’m purging our lives of a few things and realize that would have to include this page.
It’s possible we will pick the page up again some other time down the line. You have all made a “chapter” in the book we call life.

I thank you all again for everything. Take care and keep writing your own story! It’s never truly over.

As Richard shared on his page years ago, “Life isn’t about when the book ends, it’s about how you decide to start the next story in your series.”

We wish you a great next story, Richard and Persephone!

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Millennials Had The Best Responses To Article That Says They Should 'Just Work Longer'

Millennials Had The Best Responses To Article That Says They Should 'Just Work Longer'

Pretty much everything costs more now. I’m not just talking about inflation, I’m talking value.

Apparently, according to this Politico article, you’re expected to just work longer, instead of, you know, affecting laws to make sure that the top 1% doesn’t horde even more of the wealth that they already control.

The gut reaction many people had to the article was a simple one:

People weren’t buying the whole “suck it up” and “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” argument.

Probably because the bootstraps are exorbitantly overpriced and you need to finance a pair to own that incurs impossible interest rates designed to keep you in economic slavery forever.

Some people suspect a “baby boomer” wrote the article. You know, someone from a generation where working a single job (no side hustles required) was enough to purchase a home and have a spouse live at that home and take care of the kids.

The article had people responding with all sorts of dark jokes.

While others broke down what the writer’s argument was, in its essence.

But then there those who started serving up facts – and it’s that millennials, despite being ridiculously educated, knowledgeable, and skilled, are underpaid when compared to previous generations.

Never mind the fact that many basic tasks can be solved (and usually are) with computer automation. So you have people sitting around at jobs, who could be innovating, performing mindless tasks.

The fact that it’s “normal” for students to be tens, and in some instances, hundreds of thousands in dollars of debt for majors and professions that don’t pay (adjusted for inflation) as much as they did a generation ago, is absolutely insane.

It’s enough to make people feel all sorts of hopeless.

I mean I’ve come across my fair share of defeatist millennials who don’t hold themselves to the fire and hustle to go after their dreams. But for the ones who are, there’s no question that the economic ads are stacked against them today.

And we’re already seeing the effects of it now.

My own father is 65 years old and he’s hustling now just to hold on to a property that his family has owned for decades.

But that’s just the way things are now, I guess!

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This Fitness Blogger Says Ditching Booze Was The Main Factor In Getting Ripped

It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a crazy new diet tip or fad storming the internet, promising you that all of your weight loss woes are over.

It always starts with some “new knowledge.” You know, like carbs are bad for you, no it’s your daily caloric intake, no, it’s wine, no, it’s sugar, no, it’s actually not enough carbs released slowly throughout the day. Red meat’s bad for you one day, then the next day vegan diets are terrible. It seems like whatever you want to believe, you can find an “expert” who will confirm whatever it is.

It’s all a bit maddening.

However, there are some fitness and diet tips that are backed by science and are applicable to the vast majority of the population. It’s probably also best to try diet advice that, you know, was actually followed by someone who had great results with said advice and knows what they’re doing.

And if you ask any athlete or a person who specializes in fitness or bodybuilding, they’ll probably tell you that cutting out booze completely or greatly mitigating your alcohol intake is a huge part in staying fit. And fitness blogger Jelly Devote agrees.

She compared her body and how she feels today to her body seven years ago to how she felt back then. The difference is astounding and her cutting back on drinks had a lot to do with that.

ALCOHOL VS WATER 🥂💦
UNHEALTHY VS HEALTHY 🍩🥗
UNHAPPY VS HAPPY ☹️🤩
20 VS 27 YEARS 👱🏼‍♀️👵🏼 

Here’s the thing though: for Jelly, it isn’t about numbers on a scale – she doesn’t even weigh herself.

People always ask how much I’ve lost, and I honestly don’t know what my highest weight was (not the picture) due to hating myself so much I didn’t weigh myself (probably around 75kg) and I don’t weigh myself anymore (lightest I’ve been 45kg, NOT HEALTHY MIND) 🙆🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ 

If you take a look at the caloric content of most alocholic beverages, you’ll see that they’re filled with sugar. For example, 4 ounces of champagne has 95 calories – and all of it is sugar. A 12-ounce bottle of Heineken? 150 calories. So two beers and a flute of champagne will put you at almost 400 calories, not to mention any snacks you might be munching on in between drinks.

There’s also another problem big drinkers face that could be messing up their weight loss – even if their workout regimen and solid meals are on point: their liver function.

The liver plays a huge role in helping your body metabolize fat, which is basically breaking fat molecules down so your body can use it as energy.

Excessive drinking may inhibit your liver’s ability to do that, so you’re doing yourself and your fitness goals a disservice by pounding down the brewskies. It’s not just the empty calories – you won’t be able to burn fat as efficiently even if you are within your daily caloric limits.

Just looking at the difference between a healthy liver and a damaged one tells you all you need to know about the dangers of too much booze. Plus, since the liver also acts as a filter for toxins in your body, a prime functioning one will help give you energy throughout the day to tackle those intense workouts and just overall feel better about yourself.

Which is what it’s all about at the end of the day, isn’t it?

Although Jelly has a pretty strong Instagram game, she’s not afraid to let everyone know that more often that not, no matter how in shape someone gets, their body doesn’t look so glamorous in every position.

And although we all know that in the back of our minds, it’s comforting to know how much of it is “smoke and mirrors.”

Because at the end of the day you can only make your body look as good as it possibly can for you.

That doesn’t mean you’re any less sexy or dedicated as someone else – as long as you work to your highest ability, you’ll be happy. It’s a cheesy message, but one that Jelly promotes in a ton of her posts.

Even if her before and after photos are night and day transformations.

Pretty darn motivational.

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Everyone Is Joking About The Sketch Of The Guy Stormy Daniels Says Threatened Her About Trump

Stormy Daniels appeared on The View Monday and released a composite sketch of the man she alleges threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot. Daniels has revealed intimate details of her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and the money she was reportedly paid as an agreement for silence. Because of Daniels, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided and is being investigated by the DOJ. The idea that she might be threatened by hired muscle is all too real.

Daniels alleges the man saw her infant daughter in the back of the car and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom. Forget about this story, leave Mr. Trump alone.”

She then shared the composite sketch of her memory. She says the man’s face was “burned in her memory.”

She comments that the man was well-dressed and she remembers him as being “kind of handsome.”

Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said they’re now offering a reward of $ 100,000 for any information that might lead back to this guy, though they imply Trump  or someone on his team was the one who sent him.

People have a few ideas of who the mystery man might be:

If not Tom Brady, he looks like a lot of other fellas in show biz:

And I know what you’re thinking, but Mark Hamill has an alibi:

Could it have been The Mooch?

But it always comes back to Tom Brady:

While $ 100,000 is an enticing sum, it’s not enough to cover the costs of actually besmirching Tom Brady’s name. Do not report him unless you’re sure.

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Woman Says That Taco Bell Is 'Racist' Because They Don't Have French Fries

Being drunk and ordering fast food is a time honored tradition, but there are some rules. Don’t puke and don’t give the cashier a hard time. Fortunately, this possibly wasted girl in a Taco Bell managed not to vomit, but unfortunately she made a few Taco Bell employees pretty miserable.

In this two minute clip posted to YouTube, a woman approaches the counter and attempts to order a “medium fries from the dollar menu.” She is absolutely sure she is in a Burger King. The cashier explains that they have tacos or burritos, because this is a Taco Bell. The employee sounds a little sarcastic, but just barely considering the situation.

Then the customer turns to address the other patrons as though they’re gonna back her up, saying, “This is racism at its f—king finest.”

Someone off camera says, “It’s not, girl.” Thank goodness.

But she insists, “No, it is.”

At this point the cashier tries to help her read the menu, which she seems to be struggling with, but the woman decides to leave. Though she doesn’t seem to know exactly what’s going on, she at least knows she’s embarrassing herself.

Oddly enough, some Taco Bells are serving nacho fries, which are potato fries with a cheese dipping sauce. But it doesn’t seem like that’s what this woman is referencing, much to everyone’s amusement.

Being too confused to know what you’re eating is one thing, but don’t politicize Taco Bell. You’re ruining everyone else’s buzz.

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Ian Somerhalder Says He Threw Out His Wife's Birth Control Pills, And People Weren't Happy

Meet Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed. Cute couple, right?

In July, Reed gave birth to their first child, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder. How sweet!

On a recent podcast called Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy, Somerhalder talked about that time he was ready to have a baby but Reed wasn’t sure. Here’s the couple talking to Dr. Berlin and his cohost, a midwife named Blyss Young:

Yeah, Twitter, we know.  This is really messed up:

Not surprisingly, the podcast has been deleted.

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Woman Says She'll Send Any Man’s Unsolicited D*ck Pic To Their Mom, And A Guy Actually Challenged Her

Woman Says She’ll Send Any Man’s Unsolicited D*ck Pic To Their Mom, And A Guy Actually Challenged Her

Madi Kohn is a 20 year old student at Arizona State University and is really over getting unsolicited d*ck pics from guys online. Like, really over it. She’s so over it that her Tinder profile includes a warning that if she gets one, she will pass it along to the dude’s mother. 

Madi is not playing, you guys.

Like lots of other young women, Madi has her Tinder account linked to her Instagram, and, unfortunately, she’s kind of come to regret that decision. Having the two profiles linked creates a sort of loophole in the Tinder process. Whereas normally on Tinder people can’t message you unless you’ve matched with them, linking your Instagram account allows people you didn’t actually match with to still message you. 

That’s where Ryan comes in. 

He didn’t match with Madi on Tinder, but he began sending her “kind of creepy and kind of gross and annoying things” via Instagram. The messages, which Madi initially ignored, culminated in — you guessed it — an unsolicited d*ck pic. At six in the morning. Seriously. who sends d*ck pics at six in the morning?!? LET THE GIRL SLEEP! 

Madi was both tired and unimpressed.

So Madi did what she said she would. She did some digging through his profile, found the guy’s Facebook, where he had family members linked, and forwarded the pictures along to his mother. 

Madi is a woman of her word, y’all.

In the message, Madi wrote: “Hi, I see that your son is Ryan (redacted). I have never talked to him or met him, but he has sent me this picture through Instagram after discovering my profile. Can you please tell him not to send unsolicited pictures to women? I did not ask for it.”

Mom replied, apologizing in both English and Spanish, and saying she would have a talk with her son. The guy changed his Instagram name and username shortly after and has not contacted Madi since. But that’s not where the story ends. 

When Buzzfeed reached out to Ryan for his side of the story, he complained that he felt violated and that Madi couldn’t prove it was him who sent the pictures anyway. Evidently, he’s very concerned about matters of consent.

I will say this. If that was ‘me’ what she did was illegal. You can’t share those types of ‘private’ pics without consent. I am not sure if you are aware of that. My mom, my sister, other family members, my friends – no one cared.”

He then went on to talk about possibly pressing charges, but how he’d be willing to skip that if Madi leaves him and his family alone.

When Twitter caught wind of that aspect of the story, they went IN.

The “Shaggy Defense” didn’t hold up long this time.

We want to know what his friends and other family members have to do with this. Madi only sent the picture to his mother. Did he decide to hold an entire friends and family meeting and show them all? 

So confusing.

Not everyone thinks Madi did the right thing. While most of the women cheered her response, some of the men just didn’t seem to get it or understand just how often it happens. 

“It happened once, and I just ignored it.”

Michael took issue with what Madi was wearing in one of her images. We were going to describe it, but IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT A PERSON IS WEARING, THEY ARE NOT ASKING FOR IT UNLESS THEY LITERALLY ASK FOR IT. Sorry, caps got stuck there… 

Anyway, here’s Michael’s take on the issue.

Steven is just sitting here lamenting the greatness of our nation. 

And we’re kind of like “same.”

So once again, gentlemen, please remember d*ck pics are fine as long as you have the okay to send. Just ask, and if the answer is “no,” it’s “NO.” That’s it. 

Got it? Good.

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Study Says Puppies Understand Baby Speak Better Than Regular Speech

If you’ve ever played with a puppy, you’ve probably talked to it like you’d speak to a baby.  If you’ve ever talked baby talk to a puppy, you surely had a very un-fun person ask you why you were doing that. The next time this happens you can just say “Science!” and continue to play with your dog. 

A study published in Proceedings of Royal Society B showed some fascinating results about the effects of baby talk on dogs of different ages. The study was conducted by having female volunteers record the line “Hi! Hello cutie! Who’s a good boy? Come here! Good boy! Yes! Come here sweetie pie! What a good boy!” while looking at pictures of puppies, adult dogs, old dogs, and humans. 

 While there was little change in the pitch while looking at other humans, there was a noticeable difference when looking at the pictures of dogs. On average, the pitch increased by 13 percent for the old dogs, 11 percent for the adult dogs, and a whopping 21 percent for the puppies. 

The scientists then played the recordings over the loudspeaker in an animal shelter in New York City. Upon hearing these recordings the puppies rushed over to the loudspeaker and stayed there for a while. Furthermore, they reacted better to the puppy recordings than to the human recordings, staying at the loudspeaker for longer. 

The adult dogs reacted similarly to both the recording for adult dogs and the recording for humans. In both cases, the recordings were mostly ignored. They would glance over to the loud speaker and then go back to whatever they were doing before. Nicolas Mathevon, co-author of the study, speculates that “[M]aybe older dogs do not react that way because they are just more choosy and they want only to react with a familiar person.” 

This study was then replicated in France and Italy with French and Italian speakers, respectively, where it achieved the same results. 

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So what does this all mean? An early theory has to do to do with the “Baby Schema” which is that humans evolved to find things like big eyes cute as a way to ensure early humans had a desire to take care of there offspring. As a result, we have a desire to care for other animals that also have a classically cute appearance.

However, this does not seem to be the real reason why we speak this way to puppies. According to Mathevon:

One of the hypotheses was that we humans use this dog-directed speech because we are sensitive to the baby cues that come from the face of a small baby [animal] as we are sensitive to the faces of our babies. But actually our study demonstrates that we use pet-directed speech or infant-directed speech not only because of that but maybe we use this kind of speech pattern when we want to engage and interact with a non-speaking listener. Maybe this speaking strategy is used in any context when we feel that the listener may not fully master the language or has difficulty to understand us.

So be sure to use a high pitched voice when you explain this to your pup tonight. Otherwise they might get confused. 

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Elon Musk Says Tesla's Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Ordinary Ones

If you’re an energy company right now, then you’re probably assembling a team of sleazy lawyers to try and come up with laws to halt the sale of Tesla’s solar roof tiles.

Why? Because they’re about to make solar energy affordable for every contractor and home owner in America.

Solar absorbing roof tiles won’t just provide homes with free energy, but they’re going to cost less than most ordinary roofs.

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The electric energy giant’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk says that the solar roofs will have a longer life span than their regular counterparts, so it doesn’t make sense for building manufacturers to use other roofing tiles.

It’s worth noting that a lot of the energy saving doesn’t come in the manufacturing process of the roofs, but in shipping and handling.

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Bloomberg speculates that when Tesla’s solar roofs become commercially available, the cost will be extremely high, as they are pricey to manufacture.

However, the benefit of the solar roofs are that they’re lighter and not as fragile as traditional roof tiles making the process of shipping them easier and exponentially cheaper.

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Plus, there’s also the coolness and sexiness factor, which has been Musk’s concern with green and electric products from the beginning:

“The key is to make solar look good. We want you to call your neighbors over and say, ‘Check out this sweet roof.'”

The tempered glass roof tiles will be offered in four styles: Tuscan, Slate, Textured, and Smooth.

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The solar energy picked up by the tiles can be used to directly power a home or even stored for later use in Tesla’s power wall battery or other solar power banks you’ve got in your home.

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