It’s Time To Give Up On Humanity In Light Of The Tide Pods Challenge

Every generation has made their share of questionable decisions, but what teens and other young people are doing nowadays is seriously risky, not to mention incredibly stupid.

In recent months, videos circulating on social media have shown kids participating in a disturbing fad — biting down on laundry-detergent packets (namely Tide Pods) or letting them dissolve in their mouths. While the pods have for some time presented a hazard to disabled adults and small children who mistake their bright colors for candy, those who take on the “Tide Pods challenge” are purposefully putting themselves in danger for meaningless internet points.

In 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned parents about what could happen if their kids eat liquid laundry packets or capsules, stating, “children who have ingested detergent from the packets have required medical attention and hospitalization for loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing.”

Along with other synthetic chemicals, the pods contain bleaching agents and surfactants, which remove dirt, waste, and stains from clothes. Bleach can burn your digestive tracks, leading to vomiting and even a hole developing in your esophagus. Surfactants cause irritation of the mucous membrane, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and foam in the mouth, which could lead to inhaling toxic materials into your lungs.

In some cases, ingestion can cause depression of the central nervous system, leading to drowsiness or coma. Even just breathing in the substances can cause respiratory distress and damage. Oh yeah, and it’s killed a number of children.

Let’s say it all together now just to drive the point home — do not eat or put Tide Pods in your mouth

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/tide-pods-challenge/

A Life-Threatening Piece Of ACTUAL Fake News Has Gone Viral On Facebook. Please Stop Sharing It

Actual fake news has been going viral on Facebook. Not the type of fake news that’s just a New York Times piece that doesn’t conform to your political biases so you call it “fake news”, but the real kind. The type that is dangerous.

It’s been one of the most engaged articles on Facebook over the past two weeks, according to NewsWhip, despite being entirely made up unscientific nonsense, designed only to scare and misinform its readers.

The article in question quotes made-up medical professionals from the CDC, warns people against taking actions that could save their own lives, and could lead to real people getting ill unnecessarily, or even dying.

The site is renowned for sharing actual fake news. The type that’s dangerous. Yournewswire / Facebook.

The piece, from yournewswire, claims that the flu shot causes flu outbreaks and that many people are dying as a result.

“We have seen people dying across the country of the flu, and one thing nearly all of them have in common is they got the flu shot,” an anonymous doctor (who doesn’t exist) from the CDC told yournewswire, even though they really didn’t.

“Some of the patients I’ve administered the flu shot to this year have died,” the fictional doctor continues. “I don’t care who you are, this scares the crap out of me.”

That’s a terrifying thing to read, and you can see why people are sharing it. If you thought you’d come across some new and horrifying information that could save the lives of family members, you would too.

The piece goes on to attribute deaths to the flu vaccine, and claim that the shot is more dangerous than the virus itself.

“Many medical experts now agree it is more important to protect yourself and your family from the flu vaccine than the flu itself.”

Of course, it’s complete nonsense. Flu shots do not contain any active virus.

“The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot,” the actual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain on their official website.

There are three types of influenza vaccine, none of which can make you ill. One has an inactive form of the virus, one (recombinant version) contains no flu at all, and the third is a nasal vaccine, which contains a severely weakened form of the virus.

After the shot, you may experience side effects such as fever, soreness, or aches, but these aren’t due to a flu infection.

“If these problems occur, they begin soon after vaccination and are mild and short-lived,” the CDC writes. “Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.”

Unsurprisingly, this information does not have nearly the same volume of shares as the article telling you you’re going to get ill if you have the flu shot. It doesn’t contain any of the dramatic language that thrives on social media, just cold facts, learned from studies conducted by scientists.

So let’s put this in a way that’s a little more dramatic, in the vague hope people will share this information, rather than fake news.

If you share articles warning people not to take the flu vaccine, somewhere out there someone could read it. They could be in a vulnerable group. They could be over 65, they could have chronic heart, lung, or kidney disease. They could be put off getting a vaccine because of the article you shared. They could get ill and they could become one of the 36,000 people in the US who die every year because of influenza.

And that could have been prevented if you hadn’t shared fake news.

[H/T: Think Progress]

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/a-lifethreatening-piece-of-fake-news-has-gone-viral-on-facebook-please-stop-sharing-it/

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Trump For Doing Worse Than Nothing To Stop Gun Violence

Jimmy Kimmel pleaded with President Donald Trump to take action on gun control after Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

His voice cracking with emotion, Kimmel called out Trump on Thursday night for offering platitudes instead of solutions.

“You still haven’t done anything, nothing, you’ve literally done nothing,” Kimmel said. “Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing.”

Kimmel then defused Republicans’ standard reaction to mass shootings, which is to blame mental health issues rather than guns:

“You like to say this is a mental health issue but one of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So, I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.”

Kimmel also offered a warning to NRA-backed lawmakers who refuse to help stop gun violence.

“Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us, not the NRA. Us,” he said. “And this time, we’re not gonna allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks until you get an all-clear and we move on to the next thing.”

Then, he urged viewers to visit everytown.org, the website of a nonprofit group that advocates for gun control and helps voters contact lawmakers. 

See his full monologue in the clip above.  

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jimmy-kimmel-florida-shooting-gun-control_us_5a86766fe4b004fc31909dcb

To Save Our Infrastructure, Make Every Road a Toll Road

Few things exemplify the United States’ disconnect between personal freedom and collective responsibility like our automobile habit. Drivers travel at will, as long as they have money for gas and road snacks. But what they pay for that privilege, in the form of gas and other taxes, doesn’t come close to covering the costs of maintaining the roads on which they travel—let alone recoup all the productivity lost in congestion and the damage that tailpipe emissions do to our health. Compared to what society pays, driving is practically a free ride.

Transportation economists have long sought to make drivers pay their fair share without raising the federal gas tax—a political nonstarter. In recent decades, a broad swath of experts has settled on an idea with the potential to fix the three big problems that come with cars: road damage, congestion, and pollution. The answer? Charge ‘em by the mile.

It’s not too crazy to think some version of this might happen. The Highway Fund, meant to provide for road maintenance, is perpetually broke, because its current funding mechanisms are broken. Many states have studied, and some have even tried, what are known as Vehicle Miles Traveled taxes. It just sounds fair. But if the feds ever take the idea national, you can bet it won’t be as ideal as the one I’m about to describe.

Where Has All the Money Gone?

In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave US road infrastructure a D grade, noting that one out of every five highway miles is in poor condition—potholed, pitted, poorly painted lines, the full catastrophe. This is because there’s no money to fix them. Federal gas taxes were supposed to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat, but politicians have refused to raise them since 1993.

“Funding for highways has basically gotten worse since then,” says Robert Atkinson, a longtime transportation policy wonk and current president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Unlike politicians, inflation doesn’t worry about reelection, and the 73 percent increase since 1993 means the 18.4 cents Americans pay per gallon is worth less than ever. As cars get more efficient, drivers are pumping less gas, exacerbating the problem.

Things are so bad that, since 2008, Congress has had to periodically cover the Highway Fund’s shortfall through (potentially illegal) transfers from the general fund—that is, tax money paid by everyone, no matter how much (or how little) they drive.

That’s just at the federal level. In a majority of states, direct user fees (gas taxes, tire taxes, registration fees, and so on) cover less than half of road spending, according to research done by the Tax Foundation. The perceived unpopularity of gas taxes leads many states to draw from their general funds to pay maintenance. So even if you spend the next year on your couch, exploring every inch of PlayStation 4’s Shadow of the Colossus rerelease, some portion of the taxes you paid for the console and game will go toward improving those real life roads you never use.

It gets worse, because shoddy roads slow cars down, worsening traffic—traffic that already costs American drivers an annual $75.5 billion in fuel and time that they could have spent working instead of listening to podcasts, according to a 2014 study by the Center for Economics and Business. Congestion adds to the cost for businesses providing goods and services via those roads. You better believe the price of your Sunday pork chop includes the overtime and excess fuel the driver of that delivery truck (whose CB handle is probably Porkchop) wasted sputtering through your city’s clogged beltway. These indirect costs from congestion add up to a staggering $45.6 billion. And that’s in 2013 dollars. Inflation is unforgiving here too.

Finally, let’s talk about health care costs. Numerous studies have linked tailpipe emissions and tire wear—which include both particulates and volatile gases—to a variety of health problems. An abridged list includes asthma, heart attacks, childhood leukemia, low birth weight, immune system damage, and lower fertility rates. The cost to the health care system and lost productivity comes to billions or trillions of dollars, depending on the study.

If your appetite for doom and gloom left you with some room for dessert, remember that personal automobiles account for about 17 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the county you live in, the effects of, and adaptations to, climate change could eat up as much as 30 percent of your local GDP.

A Fair and Balanced Remedy

More than a decade ago, Congress realized the funding problem was becoming intractable, so they recruited a bipartisan, independent commission of experts to find solutions. “We dug into the analysis on gas taxes, looked at electric vehicle adoption rates, and sort of came to the Vehicle Miles Traveled tax as the obvious conclusion,” says Atkinson, who led the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission.

A Vehicle Miles Traveled tax is what it sounds like: a toll that applies wherever you go. Drivers pay by the mile, at a rate that reflects the actual cost of driving. The idea is popular. More than half of states have looked into taxing VMT. The most prominent has been Oregon. In 2006 the state recruited 300 drivers for a pilot program, and outfitted their cars with GPS. For each mile, they pay 1.5 cents. (They are also exempt from paying the state gas tax.)

Oregon’s ruling class considered the program a success and enshrined it in law, capping participants at 5,000—presumably to limit any potential negative effects of having everyone suddenly opt out of the gas tax.

Your Car the Smartphone

Such limited trials have been fairly successful, but a simple price per mile doesn’t come close to tapping the VMT tax’s full potential. “This is a broad tool that allows you to adjust the price of driving based on a number of different factors,” Atkinson says. Consider the VMT framework a platform on top of which other fee structures could be layered.

In 2011, the RAND Corporation released a research brief that outlined how “rates could be structured to help reduce congestion and harmful emissions, metering devices could provide value-added services (e.g., safety alerts, real-time traffic information and routing assistance, and the ability to save money with pay-as-you-drive insurance), and the system could generate rich travel data for improved transportation planning.”

A VMT tax could tamp down on congestion by adding a few pennies to the per-mile fee during rush hour or when drivers enter city centers. (That second bit is also known as a congestion charge.) To control emissions, gas guzzlers could pay a higher per-mile rate.

The technological challenges are minimal. “Modern cars are essentially giant smartphones,” Atkinson says. It’s not difficult to imagine coupling a financial framework (like those used by extant tolling agencies) to a mapping application on your car. Older cars would be gas tax laggards—the fleet takes 10 to 15 years to fully change over. Even there, you could rig up a dashboard GPS unit capable of calculating vehicle miles traveled.

In any case, these mapping systems would need additional data. “Every road segment can be annotated by who owns it, prices by time of day, and notes saying who gets the money,” Atkinson says. At the end of the month, your car aggregates the various fees and sends your payment off to the relevant agencies—local, state, and federal.

How granular can this sort of externality-tracking get? Take tailpipe emissions. Particulates and volatile gases disproportionately impact children and the elderly. Municipalities with a heart could code a buffer around schools, hospitals, or retirement communities and charge a premium for people driving nearby. A city below sea level might implement a surcharge for greenhouse gas emissions, filling the coffers in preparation for battling rising seas. (Though the punitive attention would probably be better spent on big polluters like coal plants and the oil industry.) Hyperconscious mapping software might even be programmed to detect cars that spend too long idling in one place—more wasteful emissions. And real-time congestion mapping à la Waze has obvious implications for easing traffic.

While this sort of nuanced and dynamic system might seem excessive, something like it will be essential going forward. “If we do get to point where fewer cars are fueled by gasoline, we need to think of alternatives to gasoline tax,” says Jessika Trancik, an energy systems engineer at MIT. The gasoline tax now responsible for funding our roads.

No Panacea

All of this potential for equitably charging drivers is super exciting—unless you drive. The sense of revulsion you feel in response is partly why VMT taxes are more policy wonk fantasy than reality. Maybe you understand that the direct fees you pay for road use will actually lower the overall cost of living, as you spend less time driving, on better roads, through cleaner air. You probably still have reservations.

Like privacy. Government-installed tracking hardware in every car sounds like a rejected Black Mirror plot device. Such concerns are understandable, but not totally warranted. GPS systems can be rigged to only collect location information; no transmitting. That data would be stored in your car’s brain, then aggregated at the end of the month, with mileage totals organized by road type, time of day, and proximity to any pertinent landmarks. That total would ping your account, which would dispense the dollars—this is how multiagency toll networks like E-ZPass work. The cofounder of the libertarian Reason Foundation has even testified before Congress that GPS-based VMT collection systems could be designed such that they pose no significant privacy concerns.

And if you (or your elected representatives) still aren’t comfortable with that, the RAND Corporation outlined eight different technological categories capable of taking down Vehicle Miles Traveled information—ranging in sophistication from self-reporting odometer readings to toll-like transponders to GPS (which would be the most versatile and effective).

Other critiques concern equity. Poor, disadvantaged, and rural people tend to commute farther than the affluent, and drive less efficient cars. The gas tax already charges them disproportionately. A straightforward VMT would too. Any lawmakers crafting a Vehicle Miles Traveled framework would need to consider such concerns. Again, technology could come to the rescue, identifying drivers who merit discounts or subsidies.

For now, any arguments for or against VMT taxes are stuck in political gridlock. But Atkinson sees a glimmer of hope for road payment reform—Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure promise might put Congress in a fund-raising full Nelson. And who knows—state-level interest in VMT taxes might foment into a national schema. The only sure thing is that freewheeling personal travel is running out of road.

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/gas-tax-vmt-toll-road/

Lamar Odom Reveals When He Realized His Love Story With Khlo Kardashian Was O-V-E-R!

Lamar Odom has only love and respect for ex wife Khloé Kardashian.

However, the former NBA baller is well aware that he and the KUWTK star’s love story is well over. In a teaser for an upcoming episode of the Mancave, the 38-year-old sent KoKo only well wishes amid her happy baby news. Oh, and he even admitted when he realized they were REALLY done.

Related: Khloé Isn’t Bothered That Kimye’s Third Child Stole Her Thunder!

While discussing Khloé on the BET late night program, the ex Los Angeles Lakers player shared:

“I’m happy for her. She took care of me. She’ll be a good mother, for real. She’s a great woman.”

In case you forgot, Khloé put a halt on their divorce so that she could be there for Lamar during his health scare in October 2015. The twosome were married between 2009 and 2016. So, it’s no wonder Odom still has a fondness for Kardashian.

Regardless, he knows that the E! starlet has fully moved on with her life. He added:

“I still got my shawty’s name still on me, her initials still on me. But for no reason. You know what I’m saying? I understand when it’s over, it’s over. When she was with her second or third NBA ball player, I could see that.”

Hey, at least he can admit that without any resentment. You can ch-ch-check out Lamar’s words on the matter for yourself (below)!

Odom marks the first celebrity guest on the new Steve Harvey produced chat show. Be sure to catch Mancave when it airs on January 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

[Image via Instagram/Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2018-01-17-lamar-odom-talks-khloe-kardashian-pregnancy-when-he-realized-they-really-over

Here’s How One Psychologist Says You Can Tell If Someone’s Lying

Ever feel like you’re being lied to but have no idea how to tell for sure? Welcome to the club.

Everyone lies to varying degrees, with most of us fudging the truth just a bit to make our everyday interactions go a little smoother. But there’s a big difference between insignificant white lies and the big, relationship-altering falsehoods, making the ability to detect the latter an invaluable skill. While there is no foolproof method of figuring out whether someone’s trying to deceive you, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, a clinical psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, shares seven common ways liars unknowingly expose themselves.

1. Duping delight, or the flash of a smile at the unconscious pleasure of successfully manipulating someone or getting away with a lie. It’s a subtle, suppressed smile that may show itself during inappropriate moments.

2. Non-congruent gestures, or when the body visibly “disagrees” with what the person is saying. A shrug of the shoulders or a slight shake of the head paired with a strong, affirmative statement probably means the person isn’t being truthful.

3. Gaze aversion, or avoiding and breaking eye contact. Some people feel uncomfortable, guilty, or overwhelmed when lying face-to-face, causing them to look away from the other person’s eyes.

4. Their statements are filled with an excess of words when they can easily get the point across with a few. For example, instead of saying, “I didn’t cheat on you,” they say something like, “given my behavior throughout our entire relationship, it’s ridiculous to assume that I could or would ever want to have sexual relations with anyone who isn’t you.”

5. They stick to their scripts, telling complex lies in strict chronological order. Hendriksen notes that liars tend to rehearse their stories from start to finish, so asking them to recount a detail out of order can throw them off their game, so to speak.

6. Distancing, or using vague phrases and pronouns that help them avoid being specific, such as “that man” or “that woman” instead of a name. Liars are also reluctant to use the word “I.”

7. Hendriksen calls it the used-car salesman vibe,” or trying so hard to appear trustworthy that they say all the right things and smile at the right times, often overcompensating with exaggerated, fake smiles.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lie-tells/

50+ Hilarious Conversations That People Overheard In New York And Decided Theyre Too Good Not To Share

When you live in the city, sometimes it’s impossible to hide your ears from private conversations. A fittingly named Instagram account called Overheard New York joins Overheard L.A., documenting some of the funniest things to be said in the streets.

“It started out as an accident,” the anonymous creator of the two accounts told VOGUE. He was sitting at Erewhon, a cult L.A. health market, when he couldn’t avoid a “long and absurd conversation between two girls” (it included vegan bistros, tanning, egg freezing, and pit bulls, all at the same time). After he posted the exchange on his personal Instagram page, it quickly became a hit among his contacts. Fast forward by a few similar posts and a screenwriter friend suggested he should create an individual account, dedicated to cataloging the eccentricities of L.A.’s population.

Eventually, the creator started taking submissions via e-mail and direct messages. “We get about 100 submissions a day.” After West Coast comedy account became viral, he started thinking about New York City. “I think people who follow the L.A. page see 10 percent of themselves, but it feels more like fantasy land. Whereas I think New York feels more real. I think it’s a little more harsh; it has a little bit more of an attitude. I think you would read those posts and think they’re funny and relatable.”

Scroll down to check out the funny conversations, upvote your favorites and let us know if you think they represent the locals appropriately!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/overheard-conversations-new-york-overheardnewyork/

ICE Grants Stay To Arizona Father Whose 5-Year-Old Son Is Battling Cancer

UPDATE: Feb. 12 ― Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided to allow Jesus Berrones ― an undocumented father in Arizona whose five-year-old son is battling cancer ― to stay in the U.S. temporarily. 

“In an exercise of discretion, ICE has granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds,” ICE spokesperson Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe said in a statement Monday.

Last week, ICE had denied Berrones’ request for a stay and planned to deport the 30-year-old, who is originally from Mexico and has been living in the U.S. since he was one and a half years old. But following significant media coverage of Berrones’ situation, the agency reversed its decision. After the one-year stay, Berrones will have to file for a renewal.

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deport an undocumented man from Mexico whose child is battling cancer.

On Thursday, ICE denied an extension to remain in the U.S. for 30-year-old Jesus Berrones, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children. The immigration agency ordered Berrones to appear on Monday to be deported, according to his lawyer Garrett Wilkes.

Berrones has been living in the U.S. since he was 1½, when his parents brought him here in 1989, according to his wife, Sonia. In 2006, at age 19, Berrones was caught driving with a fake license and deported to Mexico. He then twice re-entered the country unlawfully to rejoin his family.

In 2016, ICE granted Berrones a stay of removal based on his son’s illness. Even when it has grounds for deportation, the agency can use its discretion to grant stays and has commonly done so in the case of individuals caring for a sick child. 

Last year, under the new Trump administration, Berrones went to ICE to refile a stay, and officials told him it was not necessary because he was no longer a deportation priority, Wilkes said. But in January, Berrones got a notice from ICE that he would be deported. The lawyer filed another request for a stay, but it was recently denied.

Berrones’ 5-year-old son has been battling leukemia since 2016 and is undergoing chemotherapy. Berrones is the family’s sole breadwinner.

“He’s a hard-working man,” Sonia Berrones, who is a U.S. citizen, told HuffPost on Friday, in tears. “We’re scared. The kids will ask me: ‘Where’s Daddy?’”

HuffPost reached out to ICE for comment, but did not receive a response by early Saturday.

Sonia Berrones
The Berrones’ 5-year-old son, Jayden, is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

On Friday, Berrones took refuge at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix, which is a “sanctuary church,” according to Wilkes. The church is one of hundreds of congregations nationwide that have welcomed immigrants facing deportation to live in their church until they are no longer under threat. ICE has designated churches as “sensitive” places to avoid when carrying out arrests.  

“We’re just fulfilling our mission to provide a safe place for people, to keep families together,” Shadow Rock’s Rev. Ken Heintzelman told HuffPost on Friday, when asked about providing sanctuary for Berrones. “We think the immigration policy and its enforcement is unjust.” 

The Trump administration has made it a priority to crack down on illegal immigration. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in June that undocumented immigrants should “look over [their] shoulder.”

Berrones plans to remain at the church until ICE grants a stay or Wilkes is able to find a legal resolution. The lawyer is considering filing a petition that argues Berrones was not granted the opportunity to go before an immigration judge when he was first deported in 2006.

Sonia Berrones
Sonia and Jesus Berrones with the children in January.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ice-deport-arizona-father-cancer_us_5a7e6fbbe4b08dfc93043436

Mom Pleads You to Look for These Flu Symptoms After Healthy 27-Year-Old Daughter Dies

As of mid-January, The Centers for Disease Control reported that the most devastating flu season in years is upon us.

Emergency Room doctors everywhere are overwhelmed with patients reporting severe symptoms from the dominant H3N2 strain that is resulting in thousands of hospitalizations, and even death.

According to the CDC’s weekly flu report released on January 13, 2018, 14,401 new cases were confirmed, bringing the season total of laboratory-confirmed cases to a whopping 74,562. Ten children also reportedly died in the week of the 13th, bringing the season’s death toll to thirty.

Head of CDC’s Domestic Flu Surveillance team, Lynnette Brammer warns that “the elderly, children under 2, pregnant women, and people with chronic health problems” are at the highest risk of developing complications from influenza.

But a grieving Orange County mom is sending a new message to America after her perfectly healthy 27-year-old died of the flu: Nobody is immune.

“You never believe it would happen. And the flu, pneumonia—I mean it’s just unimaginable,” Liz Gallagher told CBS2/KCAL9 after her daughter Katharine passed away last month.

Katharine, a Boston University grad, was living with her boyfriend in Tustin when she came down with what she thought was a harmless stomach bug. Though she was experiencing chills, fever, stomach pain and a persisting cough, the 27-year-old was certain she could kick the flu with a little rest.

After all, she was in perfect health and had what she thought was a pretty resilient immune system.

When the symptoms didn’t relent after day three, Liz took her daughter to urgent care to get her checked out. Two days later, she also tried taking Katharine to the ER, but she refused, certain that she would heal on her own.

“If I get some sleep, I’ll be fine,” insisted Katharine.

By day 5, her concerned mother was texting her every hour to check in.

“At 3:20 she texted me that ‘ahh I’m finally laying down,’” said Liz. “And I just texted back ‘get some sleep and text me when you wake up.’”

But that was the last text Liz would ever receive from her daughter…

Her boyfriend found her lifeless body laying on the bathroom floor when he returned from work. Katharine had passed away just one hour after sending that final message to her mom.

“It’s the beginning of the worst nightmare that we’re not gonna wake up from,” says Liz, still shaken by the devastating loss.

But amidst her unspeakable grief, she still has one ray of hope that keeps her going. If Liz can save just one life by spreading Katharine’s story, she knows her precious daughter’s death will not have been in vain.

“If young people hear this, they will realize that this is not to be trifled with,” she says. “And that they’re not invincible. Whatever it is that’s going around is really dangerous. If there is even one person who goes and gets checked and doesn’t end up dying in a few days, then it will be worth it.”

Liz wants to be very clear that her daughter had a difficult time breathing and was dizzy in addition to all of her other symptoms. She has one urgent word of caution: “If you have those symptoms, go to the ER.

“Young people just think they’re invincible, and most of them don’t want to pay what it costs now to go to doctors,” added Liz.

“Life is short, and I guess it’s trite to say ‘Live every day the best way you can,’ but nobody ever thinks it will happen to them.”

Please SHARE Liz’s urgent warning with the ones you love today. After all, it could be the life that Katharine’s story saves. 

Read more: https://faithit.com/healthy-27-year-old-daughter-dies-flu-mom-warns-symptoms/

The Shirk Report Volume 456

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

20 IMAGES

Friday!
When your favourite frozen pizza is on sale for $2.99 | When you get home and your friend tells you they’re now $1.99
The kids are going to be alright (fyi for those curious like me, it seems that it likely wouldn’t be an issue as accurate DNA testing from hair requires the root not just the hair shaft)
Never change Al
Some house chores aren’t chores at all
The day he quit soccer
I’m hilarious
When anyone in front of you at the post office takes longer than 2 seconds
Now give me your hand so I can stab you
I did my own study
I’m hilarious pt. 2
Oh crap cameras, act natural
Shwing!
You know it’s windy when..
Let me try, let me try!
Love my little cold house
Absolved
How to prevent carpal tunnel
All hail the king
Until next week

10 ARTICLES

Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars’ Surface
Just Eat More Fiber
Your smartphone📱is making you👈 stupid, antisocial 🙅 and unhealthy 😷. So why can’t you put it downâ”â‰ï¸
Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?
New York Times’ Annual 52 Places to Go (in 2018)
Why Costco Will Never Raise the Price of Rotisserie Chicken
Our Best Evidence Yet That Humans Are Fixing the Ozone Hole
99% of These Sea Turtles Are Turning Female—Here’s Why
52 things learned in 2017 (a reader shared this but I couldn’t locate who, thank you kind Internet friend!)
Improving Ourselves to Death

5 VIDEOS + persistence

HERE’S TO DEEP THOUGHTS THIS WEEKEND

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2018/01/the-shirk-report-volume-456/