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The Martin Luther King Quotes You’ve Never Heard Because They Shatter The Sterilized Version Of Him

This MLK greatest hits album doesn’t actually exist *yet*, but it’s a pretty damned good idea.

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Now of course, this video is meant to be satirical, but it does end on an incredibly truthful note:

“Let’s not sanitize a great forward-thinking man into a our nation’s feel-good corporate diversity coach. This MLK day, share ‘The Deep Cuts.’ Because there’s no better way to honor a great man’s legacy than actually knowing what it is.”

So in the spirit of honoring MLK’s legacy beyond “I Have A Dream,” take a look at some of his more “radical” quotes below.

On war

On materialism

On capitalism

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This Scares The Hell Out Of Me. World Leaders Are About To Give Away The Keys To The Internet.

How would you feel if you found out your own country was working on an international treaty that would allow big corporations to force your Internet provider to dump you if they say so? Well…

This video’s concerned about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty will affect the Internet, but its dangerousness actually goes way beyond that. For example, this attempt to rewrite intellectual property laws may repress speech and make whistle-blowing less likely. Others are concerned it will protect and extend the patent rights of big pharmaceutical companies so they’ll be able to make money off medicines for longer periods, causing them to keep prices high and ensuring that getting medicine to people in need remains an often prohibitively expensive proposition.

All in all, people need to know about this treaty and get the attention of their public officials to make changes before it’s finalized and signed.


If you’re in the U.S., the copyright time periods referred to in this video may seem a little off. They’re not. The video was produced in Canada, where things are similar to the U.S., but a little different. Her points apply in either country.

The history of “Happy Birthday” is actually more complicated than people generally know and than what’s mentioned in the video. Lots of people believe the song was in the public domain — where no one owned it — for a while and then re-copyrighted, but the company claiming the copyright was able to prove that it never was. It just seemed to be the case because the copyright holder didn’t publicly assert ownership for a long time.

This video was produced by OpenMedia. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

He Climbs On His Desk, Insults His Teacher, And Leaves The Whole Class Speechless. Point Made.

Sometimes we need to feel a little uncomfortable to understand something.

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We don’t always know what someone is going through.

Because we don’t know what’s happening with others, we can sometimes make remarks that are out of place. That’s OK. It happens. We just need to remember that things aren’t always as they seem.

Enter humor.

This PSA makes a great point about how things appear versus how they are. It starts off funny. The teacher is annoyed with the student. Another student chimes in with a snide remark.

The student cracks a joke.

The teacher responds.

And the student makes a joke at the teacher’s expense.

And for the finale: the truth.

But then it gets real. And this is what I meant when I said things aren’t always as they appear. The message is strong and important.

Mental health disorders are real.

1 in 10 young people in the U.K. will deal with a mental health disorder that necessitates help from a professional. 1 in 5 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 in the U.S. experiences a mental health disorder in any given year. 1 in 4 adults in both the U.K. and the U.S. will experience a mental health issue over the course of a year.

Unfortunately, there’s a stigma attached to mental health disorders. Time for Change explains:

“The attitudes people have towards those of us with mental health problems mean it is harder for them to work, make friends and in short, live a normal life.

  • People become isolated
  • They are excluded from everyday activities
  • It is harder to get or keep a job
  • People can be reluctant to seek help, which makes recovery slower and more difficult
  • Their physical health is affected

Many people say that being discriminated against in work and social situations can be a bigger burden than the illness itself.”

It really is time for change. If you know someone struggling with a mental health disorder, be a source of support if you’re able. If you’re struggling, there’s help. If you’re in the U.S., visit

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She Proves That Being A Sexy, Swaggery Woman Has Nothing To Do With Having Breasts Or Being Under 35

Powerful and touching.

What does it look like when someone is “ideal” looking?

I don’t know that answer, but I’ll let you decide what it means for you. For many she is “ideal.” Her name is Gail Chovan. Gail is a mom, a wife, and a fashion designer. After listening to her talk, she’s someone I’d totally like to get to know. She’s confident, and she offers good advice through her lived experiences.

She’s had some ups and downs and like many of us, and she feels vulnerable and sad at times.

And she finds strength in her family, and that makes her happy.

Gail recently lost her ovaries and both of her breasts.

Like many woman who’ve had mastectomies, Gail had to think about her “new ideal.” She did not want to see her breasts go, but she is content inside of her body both with and without her breasts.

Gail’s story may seem rare, but it’s not. Hundreds of thousands of women have undergone the same process. In fact, mastectomy clothing is currently one of the fastest-growing areas of the fashion world.

What is ideal? Again, I don’t know, but what I do know is every body is normal. Gail has some great quotes and thoughts about life, how we see ourselves, and each other. If you can’t listen to her entire video, you can read the transcript below.

Original video by StyleLikeU. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

It Took A Mountain Of Courage For Him To Record This. Do You Know Someone Who Needs To See It?

He calls this his “finest hour.” I’m inclined to agree.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer from mental illnesses. Every single one of them is different, but they have one thing in common. They battle stigma.

On top of the pain and turmoil their mental illness brings, they also battle the fear and shame that comes with being different in a way that people refuse to understand.

But every time one of them stands up and refuses to let the stigma force them to suffer in silence — every time they force people who have the luxury of a quiet mind to hear them — they make the world better for those who can’t.

Thank you, Faris Khalifa, for being brave for the rest of us.

1 in 4 adults experience a mental health issue in a given year.

  • 1 in 2 are afraid of people with mental illness.
  • 9 in 10 people think its inappropriate to tell a coworker about your mental illness.
  • 2 in 3 people think there hasn’t been any progress in mental health treatment in the last 20 years.
  • 4 in 5 people think having a mental illness is harder than having other illnesses.

Will you be part of the problem? Or will you be a compassionate ear?

This video was created by Faris Khalifa. This infographic was created by the National Alliance on Mental IllnessNYC Metro chapter. Their initiative, I Will Listen, is battling the stigma and is worth a click or two.

At First, It Felt Like A Lot Of Little Coca-Cola Bubbles On Her Tongue. But Then She Saw It.

It’s called a BrainPort.

A recent episode of Radiolab updated us on a story they reported on a few years ago about a young artist losing her eyesight. It was (and remains) one of Radiolab’s most popular stories.

Now, that young artist is learning how to “see” again using something that sounds, frankly, unbelievable.

The device works like this: We have a lot of ways to communicate with our brain using our senses. Usually, we *taste* with our tongue, *see* with our eyes, etc., and the “roadways” these signals travel to our brain are well-established. But our bodies
can create new pathways for those signals to get to our noggin. That’s what this device does for the sense of sight.

Using a combination of a camera placed near the eyes and a small piece of titanium with thousands of electrodes placed on the tongue, this BrainPort Vision Device miraculously creates a new way for the brain to receive “sight.”

It’s tough to describe so listen to how Radiolab explains it, and especially check out how Emilie Gossiaux describes the sensations on her tongue:

Now you’ll appreciate this video of Emilie in action. Here she is using it to paint:

In the hunt to find even more information about this fascinating device, I found some footage of another person using the device. It features this really deep quote:

“You don’t see with your eyes, you see with your brain.”

Cue jaw drop. Before discovering this device, I hadn’t really thought of it like that before. Check it out:

And there you have it — technology making the world a better place. All day, every day. Crushing it.

I found this story through a recent Radiolab video upload, which led me to the podcast, which led me down an Internet rabbit hole, which led me to Erik Weihenmayer’s story. Here’s the original, goosebumpy Radiolab story about Emilie’s accident. For more information on the BrainPort device, check out its website, and here’s even *more* information on the Lighthouse International school that introduced the device to Emilie.

Here’s A Story About Martin Luther King Jr. You Don’t Hear Too Often (The Hilariously Drunk Version)

A little-known (drunk) story.

In March 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

The speech is (of course)
very famous and was a pretty huge moment for the civil rights movement. But did you know about its darker side? Its unintended consequences?

See, J. Edgar Hoover heard the speech and was really ticked off.

Hoover was the director of the FBI. He’d been pretty obsessed with tracking King for a while, but when he heard that famous speech in ’63 … well, he didn’t respond too kindly.

In response, he decided to ramp up the FBI’s monitoring of King and the civil rights movement. The FBI had King’s phone wiretapped, followed him pretty much everywhere, and recorded his private meetings.

At one point,
Hoover held a press conference and went so far as to call King “the most notorious liar in the country.” Whoa.

This is
also around the time when the FBI sent King an anonymous letter calling him a fraud and insinuating that he commit suicide. Yeah, that actually happened.

(The letter is public domain.)

Geeze, FBI, maybe you need to take it easy on the middle-school-level insults? The letter says, “[Y]our last name calls to mind only the type of King such as King Henry the VIII and his countless acts of adultery and immoral conduct lower than that of a beast.”

Needless to say, tensions were high.

In December 1964, Hoover and King had a meeting.

It probably
didn’t go exactly like this…

…but whatever
did happen in that meeting, it definitely didn’t ease tensions between the two. The FBI continued to eavesdrop on King, badger him and his family, and track his every move, right up until King’s assassination in 1968. (For the record, at that point the FBI launched a full-scale investigation to find the killer).

So, one of America’s most celebrated heroes was being intensely watched and intimidated by the FBI. How’s that for some history trivia?

Here’s the “Drunk History” version of the story. Check it out for a laugh!

Original episode of “Drunk History” on Comedy Central.

If You Saw This At A Crosswalk, You’d Probably Not Want To Cross. Point Made.

We’ve all been there. The light just turned green, but you’re certain you can make it across the crosswalk in time. This is, of course, extremely dangerous for you and people behind the wheel. This social experiment examines a more creative and fun way to keep people out of the crosswalk. Best of all? It actually works!

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When you’ve got places to go, waiting for the crosswalk can feel like an eternity.

Whoa! This guy is totally cutting it close. Look dude, I doubt you need to be anywhere that badly.

What if waiting for the light was more fun?

In an effort to make the streets a little safer, Smart did a really fun (and smart) social experiment. They created a dancing traffic light to distract people from jaywalking.

It worked so well that it stopped people in their tracks.

It even got some of them dancing!

But did the dancing traffic light really keep people from jaywalking?

Pretty cool, right? Even though this was just a social experiment, ya gotta hand it to the folks at Smart. This is fun, smart, and best of all, promotes safety. And it’s a great example of thinking outside the box to make something fun and functional, which I can get behind.

Hopefully, someone will take note and bring the dancing traffic light to reality and keep our crosswalks a bit more fun (and a whole lot safer). Look both ways and be careful out there!

If this video brought a smile to your face and made you think a bit more about street safety, give it a share!

Original video by Smart. Thumbnail image by Emilien Etienne used under Creative Commons License.

They Came Out To Their Dad To ‘Keep Things Normal.’ His Response Is Extraordinary.

Twin brothers Aaron and Austin were visibly nervous when they decided to come out to their dad. Thankfully, he just wants to see them happy.

Meet “The Rhodes Bros.”

They run a weekly YouTube channel where they share video blogs about their lives as teenagers and aspiring models and funny lists about everything from being from the Midwest to pros and cons of being a twin.

But their most recent video is very different and a lot more personal. In it they share that they’re both gay and have decided to tell their dad together, on camera. What follows is an incredibly emotional, honest, and touching conversation about a parent’s love and embracing who you are.

The whole video is really touching. But what stuck out to me most of all is that the Rhodes brothers turned their coming out story into a chance to encourage others to love who they are no matter what, which is really beautiful.

Coming out is a different experience for everyone, and sadly not every parent is as accepting. But hopefully this video can inspire others to find the courage to talk to their parents. I also hope this video reminds people everywhere that you are who you are, no matter who you love.

Check out the full video below, along with Aaron and Austin’s inspirational message at 7:25.

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Original video by The Rhodes Bros.

A Question All Couples Should Talk About Before They Get In Too Deep

When you think about the top questions people ask when they’re in a serious relationship, this may not be one of them.

But vlogger Cristen Conger of “Stuff Mom Never Told You” thinks that it should be.

And the more she talks about this controversial topic, the more she has a point.

When they get serious in a relationship, most people…

…talk about each other’s goals

…talk about commitment

…talk about marriage and whether or not it’s for them.

A lot of people talk about religion.

They talk about putting down roots and maybe even buying property somewhere.

Or maybe being nomads and traveling a bit.

But the one thing that most couples who are getting serious often talk about is starting a family.

So, that’s what brings us to this question.

It’s a really important one.

Cristen says the question alone makes her sweat…

…and break into hives.

Do most couples talk about abortion?

Do they know where each other stands?

And should a man in a relationship with a woman have a say when it comes to that?

She gets straight to it at 1:34.

“Should men have a say in abortion?” was produced by Cristen of “Stuff Mom Never Told You.” She likes to vlog about “bodies, boys, and the female brain.” Thumbnail image via Thinkstock. GIF from Giphy.