Culture Wars/Current Controversies

100-year-old woman’s speech against book bans in Florida school district goes viral


Help is on the way for a desperate mom who couldn’t find size 23 shoes for her teenage son

A local reporter at Hometown Life shared a unique and heartfelt story on March 16 about a mother struggling to find shoes that fit her 14-year-old son. The story resonated with parents everywhere; now, her son is getting the help he desperately needs. It’s a wonderful example of people helping a family that thought they had nowhere to turn.

When Eric Kilburn Jr. was born, his mother, Rebecca’s OBGYN, told her that he had the “biggest feet I’ve ever seen in my life. Do not go out and buy baby shoes because they’re not gonna fit,’” Rebecca told Fourteen years later, it’s almost impossible to find shoes that fit the 6’10” freshman—he needs a size 23.

The teen’s height doesn’t stem from a gland issue; he comes from a family of tall people. Both his parents are over 6 feet tall.

Eric plays football for Goodrich High School in Goodrich, Michigan, but doesn’t wear cleats, which led to a sprained ankle. He also suffers from ingrown toenails that are so severe he’s had two nails on his biggest toes permanently removed.

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Kind driver stops his bus full of passengers to comfort crying girl

In a world where people are often too busy to notice what is happening around them, it is heartwarming to come across someone who takes the time to care. And that is exactly what this bus driver did when he saw a little girl in distress.

A beautiful post has been shared on Reddit by u/legendary_Russian where on a routine day, a bus driver was driving his usual route when he spotted a young girl sitting by the side of the road, tears streaming down her face. Without a second thought, he stopped his bus and stepped out to see what was wrong.

It turns out the girl had been bullied that day and was feeling very upset. The bus driver took her under his wing and offered her a comforting shoulder to cry on. What is truly amazing about this story is that the bus driver did all this while his bus was full of passengers. He put his own schedule on hold to show compassion and kindness to a young girl in need. And the passengers on the bus did not seem to mind one bit, as they all understood the importance of the moment.

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Former teacher shares the funny ‘secret code’ she used when talking to parents

There are many things that teachers think but cannot say aloud. Teachers have to have a certain sense of decorum and often have strict rules about the things they can or can’t say about children, especially to their parents.

Plus, it’s a teacher’s job to educate, not judge. So, they find ways to kindly say what’s on their minds without having to resort to name-calling or talking disparagingly of a student.

Jess Smith, 33, is a former teacher who goes by the moniker Miss Smith as a stand-up comedian and on her podcast, Hot Mess Teacher Express. She decided to have a little fun with euphemisms, or the “secret code” she had to use when speaking to parents about their children.

The video has gone viral on TikTok, receiving over 70,000 views, after being shared by the Bored Teachers page.

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100-year-old woman’s speech against book bans in Florida school district goes viral

Four hundred years ago, copies of William Tyndale’s English translation of the Bible were publicly burned by the bishop of London, with church authorities insisting that the Bible should only be read in Latin (and only by the clergy). In the centuries since, many books we now consider classics such as Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe,” Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables, Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species”—even Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “Benjamin Bunny”—have been banned or censored in one way or another in various countries.

Battles over books are nothing new, but once in a while, they become particularly ugly or absurd, prompting people to speak out against book bans.

People like 100-year-old Florida resident, Grace Linn, whose speech at a Martin County School Board meeting has gone viral.

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have the cutest friendship, and she has the receipts to prove it

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have the cutest friendship, and she has the receipts to prove it

Let’s face it, platonic relationships between men and women rarely get the same amount of attention as romantic ones, to the point where we debate whether or not they can actually exist in the first place.

That’s what makes a clip of Jennifer Aniston gushing about her decades-long friendship with Adam Sandler so cool to watch. There’s no Harry-Met-Sally-ing here, just one pal talking about another pal.

Aniston sat down with Jimmy Fallon to promote the film “Murder Mystery 2,” starring both Aniston and Sandler, but the conversation quickly veered into several anecdotes about “The Sand Man,” including how the two first met at a deli in their 20s.

As with any healthy friendship, there’s plenty of ragging on each other.

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