Bad news generates clicks and dollars, so the media focuses a lot more on the negative than the positive. It's easy to get caught up in reading how the world is going down the drain, but that's not the case.

To remind themselves and everyone else about the bright side of life, redditor ExtraterritorialBird asked people to post 'very comforting facts'. And they delivered. In just 6 days, the request has received over 15K comments, many of which are so wholesome, you simply can't help but smile. After all, what's better than knowing random trivia about Mother Earth? We coupled the facts with relevant pictures to make your experience even more pleasurable, so put everything on hold, continue scrolling, and enjoy!

#1

Comforting-Facts During the Second World War, a Muslim man owned a mosque in Paris. After France got captured by the Germans, the french Jews were being killed. The Muslim man offered every Jew he could find shelter in his mosque and handed out fake Muslim certificates so they wouldn’t be questioned. He saved over 400 lives. No ones your enemy, except for the ones you make yourself believe are.

Hello-Im-Omar , wikipedia Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
8 months ago

The last sentence is not always true. The Nazis were the enemies of humanity, not because someone made themselves believe they were.

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#2

Comforting-Facts Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for insisting on going to school, recently completed her final exams in the University of Oxford.

With_Trees , Southbank Centre Report

Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Up yours Taliban!

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#3

Comforting-Facts Swedish blood donors receive a text whenever their blood is used to help someone.

deyvena01 , Jeffrey Kontur Report

pei meow
Community Member
8 months ago

“well done for donating your blood!”

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#4

Comforting-Facts My boyfriend has a panic and anxiety disorder. Whenever he gets a panic attack, one of our cats will sit on him and purr loudly. It always comforts him and calms him down. We always joke that she is our little support animal.

She is very attuned to our emotions and feelings. When my grandmother passed away and I was very sad, she would not leave me alone. She would just sit next to me in silence or occasionally let out a small mrew to inform me she was still there.

So, as conclusion, even if you are having a s**t day, your pet still loves you.

kemicat88 , Pizzalord19 Report

Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Pets are really tuned into our moods. That's what makes them so great

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#5

Comforting-Facts America had a black President longer than the confederacy existed.

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Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

That's one in the eye for the racists out there

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#6

Comforting-Facts In Switzerland, it is Illegal to own just one guinea pig because they are very social animals. Its considered animal abuse to only have one.

TinyButMean , wikipedia Report

Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

That's now my favourite law ever

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#7

Comforting-Facts Elephants think you're cute just like humans think dogs and cats are cute.

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Tee
Community Member
8 months ago

I love Elephants! My favorite animal!

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#8

Comforting-Facts All of the cardigans Mister Rogers wore on camera were knit by his mother.

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Tee
Community Member
8 months ago

Aww. I miss you Mr. Rogers. You made my childhood awesome!

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#9

Comforting-Facts My country is pushing for a series of laws that would make "ecocide" (the destruction of the ecosystem) a punishable crime.

chinchenping , pxfuel Report

troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

This should be a law everywhere

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#10

Comforting-Facts The voice actors of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

That is adorable.

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#11

Comforting-Facts The word for ‘penguin’ in Mandarin translates to ‘business goose’.

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Kelly Gore
Community Member
8 months ago

Are whales 'business dolphins'?

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#12

Comforting-Facts Van Gogh didn’t start painting until his late twenties. JK Rowling didn’t publish Harry Potter until her late thirties. Samuel L Jackson didn’t get his first big role until his 40s.

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

plant10000 , wikipedia Report

Bhuvy
Community Member
8 months ago

Great!!

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#13

Comforting-Facts Otters hold each others hands when they sleep so their mate won’t drift away.

odagled86 , wikipedia Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
8 months ago

cute

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#14

Comforting-Facts It's highly likely your pet dreams of you in their sleep

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troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

I love my cat even more now ♥

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#15

Comforting-Facts Scientists have discovered that rats LOVE playing hide and seek and squeal with joy when finding/being found.

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Kelly Gore
Community Member
8 months ago

Hide and squeak!

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#16

Comforting-Facts There's a volunteer organization called 'No One Dies Alone'. You're at Sacred Hearts medical center, you're terminal, you need a companion. From someone to talk to, or just someone to hold our hand. They'll make sure someone will be there for you.

Other hospitals have this too.

shaka_sulu , intermountainhealthcare Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

This should be a compulsory service, no one should die alone. That is just so sad.

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#17

Comforting-Facts Cheetahs are very shy animals. So some zoos give them support dogs like those for humans. Its the cutest thing ever.

pxxrthshetty , Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Report

Chuckie
Community Member
8 months ago

They dont belong in zoos in the first place

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#18

Comforting-Facts Cows have best friends.

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Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Will moo be my friend?

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#19

Comforting-Facts Dogs make cute little sneezing sounds to tell you they are playing and not fighting.

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Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

They totally do!

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#20

Comforting-Facts I’m 19 weeks pregnant today, so my miscarriage rate has dropped to 0.1%.

After undergoing 6 rounds of infertility treatments and 2 miscarriages, this stat is very comforting to me!

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Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Good for you! Good luck :)

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#21

Comforting-Facts Scientists, earlier this year, made a massive breakthrough in curing blindness, like verging a cure. It was masked by the virus headlines though.

yeetoveeto , wikipedia Report

Ksenia M
Community Member
8 months ago

Ok, what? Curing blindness? What kind of blindness? Blindness is not a disease, you can't "cure" it.

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#22

Comforting-Facts Given all the atoms in the universe are recycled in various ways (having formed in the first stars), our entire body has already experienced billions of years of each atoms own personal history. Even more comforting, it's plausible those atoms will eventually become part of someone else in the future and will continue to exist in various forms - transforming continuously - until the end of time itself. So in a way, we're connected to something absolutely eternal and our ultimate fate is to be spread across the stars. Hell, depending how deep you want to get, there's also a tiny, tiny chance that your pattern of DNA will form entirely by chance again, creating someone that is biologically you but with a whole new memory, experiences and history. Basically, everyone and everything is connected. The best part? None of this is based on religion or wishful thinking, it's actual established and current scientific fact.

AugustineBlackwater , wikipedia Report

Woody
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8 months ago

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Shame. I guess it was a pretty good fact, but have of it sounded like mumbo jumbo to me... 😂

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#23

Comforting-Facts Jupiter gravitational mass is so immense modern science believe it's been protecting us from meteors for millions of years.

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Chuckie
Community Member
8 months ago

Earth's big brother!

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#24

Comforting-Facts Crows and ravens love to play in snow. One of their favorite activities is rolling hills.

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pei meow
Community Member
8 months ago

Just like me!

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#25

Comforting-Facts Goldfish can recognize their owners.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

They also have a better memory than people think.

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#26

Comforting-Facts Liechtenstein once deployed 80 men for protecting the border against Austria. Despite their worries, they saw exactly zero combat.

When they called it a day they returned home - with 81 men. Because an Italian bloke bumped into them and wanted to come live in Liechtenstein.

They literally made a friend on the way.

OmegaRaptor_CH , wikipedia Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
8 months ago

They did not protect their border against Austria. Liechtenstein participated on the side of Austria in the war of 1866 against Italy and Prussia. The soldiers from Liechtenstein marched towards Italy but returned without fighting because the battle expected in the area of Bormio didn't happen. There they made an Italian friend.

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#27

Comforting-Facts Since animals have evolved next to human for thousands of years, they have learned to show their feeling towards us; Dogs will wag their tag, lick you, step on your feet, press their body against your legs, lay on you, etc, all in effort to show affection and be as close as physically possible to you. Cats make eye contact and slowly blink at you to say 'i am comfortable, I am pleased', they headbutt you as their form of a hug, they groom you as they would a kitten to care for you, they rub their scent on you to say 'this is my human, all mine' and it reassures them of your bond. Cows will also groom you, and enjoy being pet as it is relexing and they truly trust you. Also elephants get excited and happy looking at humans because we are to them as dogs are to us- they think we're cute, and want to play and pet us.

HowraditsMichelle , Tony Alter Report

Jordan
Community Member
8 months ago

"wag their tag"

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#28

Comforting-Facts Bees take naps in flowers! so yeah, it’s okay to need a nap, even busy bees do.

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Kelly Gore
Community Member
8 months ago

Poppies, poppies, poppies...

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#29

Comforting-Facts In dog/wolf movies where they use real life dog actors, the people who have to edit all that sometimes have to add cgi tails because their dogs can’t stop wagging their tail as they are so happy.

some_random_Potatos , New Line Cinema Report

kasa alex
Community Member
8 months ago

Sooooo cuutte doggos

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#30

Comforting-Facts some fish like to be pet

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

Some pets like to fish.

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#31

Comforting-Facts Blind people can smile even though they have never seen one. It is human nature.

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Woody
Community Member
8 months ago

Say cheese!

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#32

Comforting-Facts People see you 20% more attractive than you see yourself.

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

Attractiveness is 50% attitude.

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#33

Spiders can't fly. Lets all take a moment and appreciate this fact.

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Scagsy
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8 months ago

If they could, they'd be flies

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#34

Comforting-Facts An eiderdown comforter by Matouk sells for over $16,000. Eiderdown is harvested by collecting it from the eider's nest, making it the only down product that doesn't result in harm to the bird.

SeveredHead , wikipedia Report

Kelly Gore
Community Member
8 months ago

Beware the eiders of merchandise!

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#35

Comforting-Facts It doesn't matter how old you are, it's still OK to hug a teddy bear or soft absorbent toy of your choice when you are heartbroken and need someone to cry on.

Deiyke , istockphoto / bernardbodo Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

I slept with a teddy bear for about 3 months in 2011 after an ectopic pregnancy and about another 3 months in 2014 when my beloved dog Bubbles got put to sleep.

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#36

Comforting-Facts 2020 is halfway over.

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Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Thanks f**k for that

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#37

Comforting-Facts If you make it to the airport without dying, you've already passed the deadliest part of plane travel.

Aninio , pikist Report

Tee
Community Member
8 months ago

If you make it to your destination without dying, you've passed the deadliest part of plane travel.

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#38

Comforting-Facts A penguin was once knighted in Norway.

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Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Of course he was. Why wouldn't he be?

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#39

If you’re ever feeling lonely, remember there are billions of cells in your body and all they care about is you!

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Ciara McMurdo-Farr
Community Member
8 months ago

Love this

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#40

if only 1% of the world population liked you, that would still mean 70 million people likes you.

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Bhuvy
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh! Thats a lot

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#41

Don't feel bad next time you mess something up. Every single living thing is an accident! Evolution was just a series of some cell messing up. It's literally nature to make mistakes!

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kasa alex
Community Member
8 months ago

Hmm, good point :)

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#42

If you've lost someone, and you feel like that are completely gone from you life. Think about the impact they have had on you, on your loved ones, on others and think of how that impact continues to live on throughout all of life, that impact won't die with them either. The chain of life goes on.

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Richard Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

I do. I have dreams where I talk to my mom over a cuppa and sometimes a sherry at a bistro table in a floral garden. She passed on July 2nd 2005

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#43

You are living a second on earth that nobody has ever lived before. So every moment of your life you are making history

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Lina B.
Community Member
8 months ago

Trippy

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#44

Comforting-Facts Smiling is actually contagious.

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Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
8 months ago

Yawning also 😊

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#45

Once an unborn child starts develops hearing, they’re able to hear their mother’s heartbeat.

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Richard Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

And the dad making stupid noises, softly humming tunes, telling mum she looks beautiful not fat, how much he loves her followed shortly by the first attempt at a dad joke

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#46

Despite the fact that the universe is roughly 13.8 billion years old , you managed to exist around the same time as Bob Ross and mr Rogers

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Savanna Winters
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8 months ago

All my theatre kids: and Lin Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton Movie

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#47

Comforting-Facts Stan Lee started creating the fantastic 4, Spider-Man, iron man, etc at around 40, so even if you think that you can’t get anything out of life, you still can push yourself creatively and leave a lasting impact on the world at an older age.

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B
Community Member
8 months ago

Is that really a photo of Stan Lee? Doesn't look like him at all.

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#48

Pillow fighting is a real, recognized sport in Canada. It was founded in Toronto in 2004 by the Pillow Fighting League.

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Squirrelflightisawesome
Community Member
8 months ago

Awesome 👍 where can I sign up??!!;)

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#49

Your body is home to its own unique ecosystem, the human gut. Sounds gross, but billions of little creatures living inside you are helping you digest things, dispose of waste, and survive natural toxins in the food you consume.

If you ever feel like you're useless, or that your existence means nothing, that's not true. You literally mean the world to your gut flora.

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What's In Your Head?
Community Member
8 months ago

I'll remember that. XD

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#50

Comforting-Facts Pillows exist.

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troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Depends on the pillow

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#51

Think of all the worst days of your life.

You've made it through every single one of them and are still going strong. There's always another day on the other side.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
8 months ago

Until the really bad day where there is no day on the other side, your death day....

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#52

Admitting you're wrong is not show weakness. It's the necessary step to become better!

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Bhuvy
Community Member
8 months ago

And yet people around me think It's them who is always right...

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#53

All those embarrassing/cringy memories that come flooding into your mind when you least expect it?

Nobody else remembers them.

Every last one of us has them, it's part of this complicated process called living. While you're busy remembering yours', everyone else is remembering their own.

Its in the past, nothing you can do right now can make it any better; chalk it up as a lesson and reap the exp.

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Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh okay, so the guy I liked in HS don't remember that I farted in front of him so loudly that it echoed in the hallway? Good to know, I wish I had known that 23 years ago... 😳😳

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#54

Comforting-Facts Whenever I’ve experienced heartbreak or something scary or intimidating, I remind myself Im not the first person ever to have gone through and for some reason I always find it comforting. I’m not the first person to be scared or sad and thousands of others have gotten through what I’m going through and if they can get through it, why can’t I?

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kasa alex
Community Member
8 months ago

This line of thinking comforts me too, which is why sometimes I like people telling me their problems

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#55

Your dog loves you.

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SuGu
Community Member
8 months ago

More Than Anything Else!

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#56

Kittens exist.

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troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

Thank goodness! :)

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#57

Whatever has happend to you in your life, you've made it this far, so well done!

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Sue Sanders
Community Member
7 months ago

Quality obviously doesn't count, so maybe not entirely well done.

#58

We are made of star matter. That has always comforted me

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
8 months ago

”We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan

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#59

"About 65 % of America's aluminum is currently recycled. Every minute an average of 123,097 aluminum cans are recycled. On average, Americans recycle 2 out of every 3 aluminum cans they use. The average aluminum can contains more than 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum."

Its just aluminum but it shows that we CAN as a society recycle over half of the stuff we use and we can start keeping the world clean. That and a push to renewable energy would be nice.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

Meantime Trump has lifted a lot of laws aimed to prevent environment pollution and preserve nature and wildlife. He even allowed fracking in some wildlife reserves. Reminiscent of some European leader in the previous century that said "If I go down, this country goes down."

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#60

Everyone has that fear of not fitting in, which consequently makes everyone the same.

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Fish Boden
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8 months ago

This one's dodgy.

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#61

When you were born you were once the youngest person in the world.

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MJ
Community Member
8 months ago

The oldest person in the world, outlived 7 billion people...

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#62

No one remembers all the stupid s**t you did as a teenager.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

Except you.

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#63

After nearly two years, the DRC finally declared the end of its ebola outbreak.

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Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
8 months ago

And announced the coronavirus outbreak. Great for the DRC though, that’s awesome.

#64

You are not as bad or as troubled as you paint yourself to be in your head.

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chi-wei shen
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8 months ago

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Who writes such quotes? Most grownup people, including me, do not think they are troubled or bad.

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#65

A group of pugs is called a grumble.

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
8 months ago

love grumbles

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#66

This too shall pass.

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Bhuvy
Community Member
8 months ago

Bye. I won't be missing 2020

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#67

Cats will slow blink at you to give you kisses

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

should I worry if all cats do this?!

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#68

There is another person in the world who's heartbeat is synced with yours. Helps me sleep at night.

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
8 months ago

That's creepy

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#69

Toads can eat bread. And toast.

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Richard Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

This means they can eat Yorkshire pudding! Can they eat sausage? Imagine: Toad in the hole in the toad!

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#70

Comforting-Facts We have been born into arguably the best point in human history.

True that we have a whole slew of troubles. These issues are only minor examples compared to the plagues, social Darwinism, and overall pretty crap quality of life you’d live say 100 years back.

We still have those plagues, racial biases and hatred but we are lucky that we are alive in a time where over the past century so many strives towards equality have been made.

Except Black Licorice, we are unfortunately still in that era.

SirFrogger , hippopx Report

Scagsy
Community Member
8 months ago

Black licorice rocks! Don't be dissing the Sherbert Fountain man

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#71

You will always have a second chance as long as you still want to get better.

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
8 months ago

Every day you wake up is a new day. It's up to you with how you want to use your energy that day. The only person to blame for not achieving your goals is .... Y O U. You can either decide the "world is against you" and shrivel up and die and blame others for your mistakes (kinda like tRump) or you can take ownership and responsibility and works towards becoming a better person.

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#72

When I sit on the couch my dog likes to cuddle between my body and the cushion and sleep with his head resting on my shoulder.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

When I sit on the couch my cat likes to annoy me so she can have the couch for herself.

#73

When the gas gauge first reads empty, you usually have 50-60 miles of fuel left.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

Wouldn't bet on it though. As a rule of thumb, gas gauge should never be any lower than 25%. Driving on empty can cause that the sediments, residu and pollution from the bottom of your gas tank end up in your engine.

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#74

Existing is hard, but most things around you are also alive and going through their own cycles, so in a way, you're on this together.

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#75

It's in our innate nature to love and be connected.

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Sancho Cruz
Community Member
8 months ago

True. I woudnt want others know that. People love to take advantage of the "softer side" its nature..

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#76

When you die, if you cease to exist, then you won't be able to miss things. So if the thought of losing everything in life causes you distress, think of the fact that you won't be here to miss it. That thought saved me from a lot of sorrow one night.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

I believe that when we die we are in an eternal deep sleep kind of like being under anaesthetic forever.

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#77

Nothing is permanent

So even if you have no hope, everything sucks, or you've f**ked up, nothing is permanent.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
8 months ago

Death is permanent.

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#78

When you die your brain shuts of everything unnecessary, so when there is absolutely no hope one would feel piece and acceptance, no pain, no fear.

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Kjorn
Community Member
8 months ago

so it means i'm already dead

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#79

No one is judging you, they are too busy worrying if they themselves are being judged.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

As my father always said: "You must be quite full of yourself if you think that some stranger actually notices you or even thinks about you."

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