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  • The unspeakable tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, shocked the nation and the world. Twenty students and six adults lost their lives when alleged gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at the school, forever changing the lives of those present that day, the families who lost loved ones, and the way America views gun control and gun violence in our nation's schools.

    In the aftermath of the tragedy, many questions about mental health have arisen — questions on what the best course of action is to combat and prevent another tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Kaitlin Roig was one of the teachers present on the day of the Sand Hook tragedy, and she has decided to fight the violence with compassion. Roig started the nonprofit organization Classes 4 Classes, whose mission is to "inspire young people to spread kindness and caring to others and to live those universal values every day."

    On its website, Classes 4 Classes says that it "provides

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  • Facebook has changed the way that many of us live our lives, from our everyday interactions to our ability to keep in touch with friends and family members halfway around the world. We can even connect with people we don't know at all, because we share similar interests in music or movies or just because we look alike. Maybe enough alike to be related. Take the case of Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier. Futerman is an actress who lives in Los Angeles. Bordier, a French fashion-design student, lives in London.

    In February, Futerman received a Facebook message from Bordier. Bordier explained that a friend of hers had seen a video of Futerman and noticed a resemblance between her and Bordier. On her own, Bordier did a little Internet searching and discovered a video where Futerman talks about being adopted, so she decided to ask Futerman where she was born, first prefacing it by telling her not to "freak out."

    Both girls were born on November 19, 1987, and they were both put into foster

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  • A little more than two weeks ago, journalist and writer David Drucker passed away. As his son, Daniel, went through his father's possessions, he found a mysterious text file on his dad's computer. It was titled 'Jokes.txt,' and it contained phrases such as 'More birds on that side' and 'Brick the camel.' No explanation was given for the seeming non sequiturs.

    Daniel knew that his dad had had a fondness for bad jokes, and he figured that these phrases must be punch lines to jokes his Father was a fan of. So he enlisted the curiosity of strangers to help him make sense of it all. Daniel took his problem to Metafilter, a website that allows its users to ask and answer questions.

    Daniel's post, "Last Time, You Didn't Have Holes in Your Feet," referencing one of the punch lines, became a hit on Metafilter, as strangers began to fill in the blanks for the jokes' punch lines. In fact, within four hours, 30 of the 31 punch lines had jokes to set them up.

    One user named Elsa suggested that if

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  • Part of the joy of being a toddler is occupying your time with endless fun activities like playing in the sandbox, watching cartoons, and just generally enjoying a worry-free existence. But what happens when you're playing with a game and it's getting the best of you? Do you give up, or do you do what an enterprising youngster did in a new YouTube video, "Toddler gives up trying to figure out which hole the shape fits in," that people all across the Web are getting a kick out of?

    You remember the shape-sorter game where you have to put a block with a certain shape through the proper cutout, right? The circular block fits only through the circle cutout; the triangular block fits only through the triangle cutout. Well, the little girl in this video is playing as her dad says in the background, "Where does the square go?" She struggles to put the block into the circular cutout, but to no avail. So instead of searching for the right cutout, she simply lifts the lid of the toy and tosses

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  • Deep-sea divers have just made the find of a lifetime. A ship that is believed to have sunk almost 400 years ago, has a bounty of treasure on board. Located a quarter mile deep on the bottom of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the sunken ship is believed to be the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. The ship was part of a Spanish fleet of 28 ships, eight of which met their demise on September 5, 1622, during a hurricane.

    Perhaps the most exciting part of the find are the more than 17,000 pieces of real-life treasure. There were 39 bars of gold, ceramic jars, jewels, precious stones, silver coins, and even a device that was used to navigate the ship by the stars. And apparently, those aboard the ship kept parrots as pets, because bird bones were found on board. This is the first time the remains of a parrot have been found in a shipwreck.

    The shipwreck and its contents were found by Odyssey Marine Exploration, a company that specializes in locating long-lost deep-sea artifacts.

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