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So you think you had a bad day during the coronavirus quarantine. Maybe your internet went down in the middle of your online work presentation. Maybe you tried making IKEA’s Swedish meatballs at home and accidentally made one giant meatball. It’s not the end of the world. Especially when you take a peek at how some people are dealing with bad luck during the quarantine.

Can you imagine how messed up it would be for your hair clippers to sputter and die while you’re in the middle of shaving your head? Or if falling trees crushed your cars?

To brighten up your day and give you a big dose of vitamin L(aughter), Bored Panda has collected the funniest times that people had a very bad day during the quarantine. So scroll down, upvote your faves, and share your own quarantine fails in the comments below. Oh, and you can find our previous post about people having a worse quarantine than you right here. We might not be able to avoid bad luck, but we can take care of our health during the pandemic. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with Dr. Natalie Ashburner, Wellbeing Lead at The Doctors’ Association UK, about how to maintain your physical and mental health during the pandemic.

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Get a bird

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LOL

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My cat thought this was very funny. 😼

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But it’s not just bad luck that we have to worry about when staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. While bad things sometimes do happen to good people, the things that we do (or don’t do) can also have far-reaching consequences.

The two main things that can have a negative impact on your well-being are a lack of physical activity and a lack of social contact. We’re called social animals for a reason: we need other people to thrive.

According to Dr. Ashburner, it’s recommended that everybody does some form of physical activity each and every day.

“For many people who are now working from home or not working at all due to social distancing, it is likely that their physical activity will also be reduced. It is, therefore, more important that they make time for this every day.”

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He looks like a perfect mix of Larry, Curly, AND Moe.

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Thank you for putting yourself on the line to help others.

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you made my day πŸ˜€ thank you! i lol’ed hard πŸ˜€

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She continued: “The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week which is best spread throughout the week. They also recommend doing muscle-strengthening exercise such as yoga or lifting weights twice a week.”

Dr. Ashburner stressed how important it is for your mental health to maintain contact with friends and family. “We recommend that some form of social contact is made every day, even if you don’t particularly feel like it. This is best in the form of telephone calls or video calls but texting, social media, and playing games online are all ways to feel socially connected,” the doctor said.

“Try to get creative. perhaps you could set up a virtual book club, film night, or quiz night,” she added.

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How???

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That is hilarious!

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I have done that and it is a pain to get off your skin.

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The doctor said that it’s difficult to predict the effect that the coronavirus pandemic will have on mental health. “There are numerous COVID-19 related factors that could worsen someone’s mental wellbeing, both relating to effects of the virus, for example, trauma, physical disability and bereavement, and the effects of the measures used to prevent the virus, like social isolation, relationship breakdown, loss of occupation and financial difficulties,” she told Bored Panda.

“Unfortunately, many people’s homes are not a safe environment which can also put both their physical and mental wellbeing at risk. Others may have lost their usual coping mechanisms and could turn to more harmful ways of coping such as alcohol or other substances. Healthcare workers are also particularly at risk due to occupational trauma and stress.”

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Hilarious! This is great!

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Joey wearing a Turkey

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I hope the cars were insured!

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Dr. Ashburner mused that we might see the ripple effects of the coronavirus on mental health for many months (and possibly even years) to come. “However, the most crucial point is that mental health services will remain open throughout this crisis and will continue to provide support and treatment to anyone who needs it, so please do not be afraid to seek help.”

The doctor shared that the NHS provides information about mental health right here.

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Did the pipe rise up through the floor when it broke?

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I would have pee’d my pants if I saw that half asleep.

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This was literally my nightmare as a student

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A 2015 meta-analysis of over 308k people found that you are 50 percent more likely to die if you have weaker social relationships.

“If we think about loneliness as this adaptive response kind of like hunger and thirst, it’s this unpleasant state that motivates us to seek out social connections just like hunger motivates us to seek out food,” lead study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad explained to Business Insider how our need for relationships is hardwired into us.

However, she pointed out that during the pandemic, people need to endure the lack of social contact to protect their health. It’s a real dilemma, but you can maintain social connections by phoning, messaging, or video chatting with the people you care about. It’s a crutch, but it’s the best alternative at this time.

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oh must hurt bad

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Savage! πŸ™‚

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At least it has an appropiate expression?

Meanwhile, on the flip side, most of us stuck at home are likely moving far less than we normally would. Just 2 weeks of inactivity can start reducing your muscle mass. This also affects your heart which we sometimes forget is also a muscle.

So keep moving and keep contacting your loved ones, dear Pandas—we might not be able to avoid bad luck, but we can be prepared to deal with it when it strikes. 

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My cousin also did this exact thing to her cat, lol.

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how? why?

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Another Class A stress inducer. I commend your bravado, brave citizens of the world.

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Yeah that was done likely by a cat, don’t tell me I’m wrong. Cats love messing with blinds it’s a fact but we love them anyway

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Ouch.

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Swedish candy….you need an IKEA manual.

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And you will have a better time and wake up feeling great.

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Oh that would make me so MAD

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I assume the black blob is to protect the identity of the snake.

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I admire the dedication of finishing the install even after shattering the stove.

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That’s good too, and you don’t even need pants.

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Sell it when quarantine is lifted! We’ll all want human contact after this

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well could it rlly get worse?

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That how you know you’ve had too much alone time when the toaster can sneak up on you.

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Next year? Maybe?

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Your shower is pretty clean. People need to stop posting dirty toilets and scummy bath tubs.

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I can’t decide if I should ask “what” or “why” on this one.

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When I called Alaska Airlines to cancel some flights due to Covid, there was a 9 hour wait, but they had a callback feature, I just entered my phone number and a service rep called me back later that day. Well, their computer called me back, I still had to wait a few minutes to talk to the agent but it was much better than listening to hold-music for 9 hours.

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I saw a video where in one town you could tell the police when your child’s birthday is and in the video, about 8 cops drove up with lights and sirens, and then they all sang happy birthday over their PA’s — the kid loved it.

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Oh, no! The precious!

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You’re a hero. You’re saving us all. We can’t live without you. Your hair looks amazing today, what kind of conditioner do you use? People who are deemed to be essential workers keep hearing compliments like these since the coronavirus pandemic hit and now they’re posting jokes about it online.

To brighten up your day, Bored Panda has collected some of the most hilarious essential worker memes. Enjoy and remember to upvote your faves! And if you’re an Essential Panda, tell us what life is like for you now in the comments.

Essential employees are healthcare professionals, police officers, firefighters, grocery store employees, fast-food workers, truckers, and every single person who keeps civilization functioning during the quarantine. (Oh, and tax collectors are considered to provide essential services in some places, too.) Bored Panda spoke with Dr. Eddy Ng, the James and Elizabeth Freeman Professor of Management at Bucknell University, about essential workers. Scroll down for our interview with him.

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Damn, that’s right…

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Ask most nurses!

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so true!

“Although we hear the term ‘heroes’ being used to describe many essential workers, the term is apt because they perform work that can bring harm to themselves and potentially their families,” Dr. Ng said. “Not all heroes are idolized or worshiped, but there is certainly an element of bravery and self sacrifice here. Thus, the term hero is an expression of gratitude by the collective or community who are dependent on these essential workers. Since many of them are not being paid much or don’t have a choice but to come to work, the term ‘hero’ also provides intrinsic motivation and fulfillment for these workers.”

The professor added that there’s greater recognition of how critically important these workers are now because our health, safety, and survival depends on them. “This gratitude will pass when the pandemic is over and things return to normalcy, thus it is important for us to recognize their contributions now.”

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True. My sister works as a carer, and she called herself cannon fodder. I’m like you’re an essential worker – you’re so important! I tell her this while working from home….

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Plot twist the rich looking guy isn’t the essential worker

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Agreed. Money where your mouth is folks: support hazard pay for essential workers.

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“Few employers (e.g., Cargill, Safeway) are providing better compensation but that also reflects a rapidly declining supply of labor (workers are getting sick) and employers enticing others to join the labor market,” Dr. Ng explained. “Employers need to do more, such as providing the tools to perform these jobs safely. At the very least, they need to provide a pay premium (‘hazard pay’) when asking workers to perform work that can expose themselves to harm.”

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I know someone who is a nurse, she says while people clapping for you is nice she would rather feel safe at work and have a pay rise, the later not dependant on the current health crisis either!

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Want to know where the $1200 figure comes from? It’s a months wages at minimum wage.

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And Imagine Captain Chaos sitting on the stern tweeting : “If we are sinking why am I 150 feet above the see? Fake media. Not good. Enemy of the people. Immigrants are playing sad music. No one here plays sad music. Only they do. “

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We’ve all heard how these hard-working Pandas are being called heroes, but is that term being overused, especially when we look at how little they’re being paid for their efforts?

The fact is, “thank you’s” don’t pay the bills and being an everyday superhero doesn’t pay all that well. So a lot of essential employees have that in common with comic book superheroes!

Some essential employees are sick and tired of being complimented, celebrated, and hailed as heroes. Why? Because they don’t have any choice: they work their low-paying jobs because they need them to survive.

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I’m with Tinky winky, without beer and crisps, society would collapse

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I would love for the CEOs to be here exposing themselves with their essential workers. I wonder if wages would improve?

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One of my real good friend’s parents are both doctors. Both of them have made wills and other paperwork because they are entirely unsure if they are going to make it through this

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For instance, Nelson Santiago quit his job at Wendy’s in Waco, Texas, when he felt “disrespected and humiliated.” He and his coworkers received a bag of candy from Wendy’s corporate HQ, but Santiago was making 8.50 dollars an hour: he didn’t want candy—he wanted hazard pay and safe working conditions.

“For them to say a simple thank-you while they sit in the comfort of their homes with their families protected and reaping the benefits of these chains still being open—it is insulting,” Santiago told Business Insider.

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you wont get away with this

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Society before and after is the above Image flipped.

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Yup. Exactly! And now they know how these poor animals feel in captivity!

Meanwhile, a Taco Bell manager told Business Insider that he was working up to 65 hours per week for no additional pay because some of his coworkers quit due to their hours being cut.

If we call somebody a hero, we should make sure they’re being treated like one, don’t you think? Luckily, some powerful people think so, too. US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is proposing legislation that frontline heroes get up to 25k dollars as part of a financial crisis-rescue package.

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This is exactly what’s happening to my mom! She works in a hospital and they keep changing policies. Somehow a nap policy got added and they recommend doctors and nurses to take a 20 minute nap during their shift. They said you could only have one mask until it got wet or destroyed so people started using homemade masks. Then they said take as many masks as you want. Then they banned cloth (homemade) masks. There have been a bunch of other policy changes too. Some have been good like for units dealing with coronavirus there are pay raises available. There have been so many policy changes and my mom is pretty stressed

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This is why unions are important. Here in Washington state Kroger (which also owns QFC, Fred Meyer’s, and others) has refused to raise wages for essential workers. But the bus union has gotten better wages and requires passengers to wear masks.

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Its not as fun as it seems. I’ve been working from home for a month now, it sucks and it’s frustrating. As an auditor I have to rely on the people I’m auditing to upload stuff, otherwise, I have no work. Then my boss wants to know why I have no work. Then I have to call muktiple times a day asking when they’re uploading work. I know it’s not as bad as what other are going through but it still sucks.

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What would people need to go in for in the ‘once every two weeks’ scenario? Genuinely curious.

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“Essential”. Call them exactly how their employers see them, expendable. You don’t pay them enough so they have to risk their lives for minimum wage but hey at least in the uk we all clapped for them at the same time, maybe they can pay their bills with that.

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We’re looking at you Kroger.

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They drive a Mercedes. They’re getting paid. I’ve much more sympathy for minimum wage cashiers who have 100+ people standing in front of them every day.

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I’m teaching remotely, and some of my students are essential. I’m doing everything I can to accommodate them.

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HOW is this an “essential” job?!

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Not society, government.

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Many delivery drivers have increased targets for delivery numbers as people are ordering more and the companies attitudes are ‘oh well, the roads are empty so you’ll get round faster’. Don’t think it’s been made easier for them at all.

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Dogs behave in the cutest ways. We already saw that with one doggo that went viral because she finds the fluffiest dogs in daycare so she can nap on them. Another canine who became an internet sensation is Ruby, a German shorthaired pointer that shows her affection for other dogs by petting them!

Ruby goes to The Den Doggy Daycare in Burlington, Ontario, together with her brother Miles. It was there that the owner of one of the other dogs noticed Ruby’s strange but adorable behavior a few months ago.

“She does it every time she is in. We think she wants attention!” dog Lexy’s owner Alanah Lorraine told the Dodo about Ruby petting and patting other pets at the daycare. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with Spencer from The Den Doggy Daycare.

When one woman filmed Ruby the dog petting other dogs, her video instantly became popular on the internet

@alanahlorraineruby always trying to make friends!! ##foryou ##fyp ##foryoupage ##dogsoftiktok ##tiktokdogs ##dogdaycare♬ You’ve Got a Friend In Me – Cavetown

Even the very popular We Rate Dogs Twitter account shared the news about Ruby

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According to Spencer from The Den Doggy Daycare, Ruby pets other dogs almost every single time that she comes to daycare. “She usually starts with her brother Miles and as the other dogs in daycare start to chill out, she will get to work on them as well. Miles doesn’t seem interested in giving pets, just receiving.”

“We think it started with trying to get Miles’ attention or to play with him and just evolved from there, most of her friends at daycare don’t mind and see it as her playing with them,” Spencer told us.

People couldn’t get enough of Ruby petting other dogs!

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He also pointed out that they’re the only daycare in Burlington that offers free roam indoor/outdoor daycare. “For the last 3 years, we have won the award from the Burlington Post for Best Doggy Daycare. Our staff that work with the dogs are the absolute backbone of our service and are amazing with the dogs, we could never do this without the team we have.”

“We are so grateful to see everyone enjoying the video Alanah made and now everyone gets to experience the happiness dogs like Ruby bring us every day,” Spencer added.

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The other best boys and girls at the doggy daycare often seem confused, befuddled, and bewildered by Ruby’s actions. Their reactions are priceless! However, they still seem to enjoy Ruby petting them with her paw.

“Most dogs aren’t bothered by it and just let it happen,” Alanah said. She started filming Ruby’s interesting way of showing her love for others every time she saw it happen.

Then, she compiled all of the clips together and posted the video on TikTok where it got more than 620.4k views and over 144.8k likes at the time of writing. The video was also shared by the incredibly popular We Rate Dogs Twitter account and got 7.7 million more views!

According to Alanah, she thought that the video would be adorable. However, she never imagined that it would be as popular as it is.

When dogs paw at each other and their owners, this can mean a lot of things. For instance, they might want attention or for others to play with them. Also, doggos can start pawing when they need something else, like food and they’re trying to “subtly” get your attention.

But, at the end of the day, the explanation can be simple: dogs are pack animals, they want to feel connected to others, so they reached out with their paws to touch other dogs and people.

People absolutely loved the video!

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Here’s how some other internet users reacted to the video

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The spread of the coronavirus means that the healthcare system and medical professionals are getting more attention than usual. Lots of people are pointing out the flaws in the system and Twitter user Doctorow is one of them. But this isn’t another coronavirus story.

According to Doctorow, the US has “the worst healthcare in the developed world.” He then explains why using his personal experience with health insurance and how his provider refused to cover the inexpensive medication that he needed. Scroll down to read Doctorow’s story in his own words.

Doctorow’s thread got over 3.4k likes on Twitter and more than 1.1k people retweeted it. The thread also spread to other social media channels, including Imgur where it got over 4.8k upvotes and was viewed by more than 131k users. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with Doctorow about US healthcare and how it can be improved.

Doctorow explained what he went through with his health insurance provider and why, in his opinion, the US has “the worst” healthcare

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A lot of people agreed with the Twitter user’s opinion about how the system in the US needs to be improved. Preferably, by following the fully-functioning example set by other developed countries.

The Atlantic writes that the US has the lowest-performing healthcare system in developed countries, according to the Commonwealth Fund. The highest performing nations are the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, even though the US spends the most money.

David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, said that this is “consistent across 20 years.” He explained that there are 3 reasons why the US can’t catch up to its allies.

First of all, there’s a lack of insurance coverage: in 2016, over 27 million Americans were uninsured. That’s because they simply can’t afford it. “The literature on insurance demonstrates that having insurance lowers mortality. It is equivalent to a public health intervention,” Blumenthal said.

He also pointed out that the US wastes a lot of money on administration. “Doctors and patients [report] wasting time on billing and insurance claims. Other countries that rely on private health insurers, like the Netherlands, minimize some of these problems by standardizing basic benefit packages, which can both reduce administrative burden for providers and ensure that patients face predictable copayments,” the Commonwealth Fund reports.

Lastly, we have underperforming primary care in the US. “We have a very disorganized, fragmented, inefficient and under-resourced primary care system,” Blumenthal explained. “Many primary-care physicians struggle to receive relevant clinical information from specialists and hospitals. We don’t invest in social services, which are important determinants of health.”

In other words, if the US improves in these 3 key areas, it can solve the problem at its source and help millions of Americans get the care they deserve.

A lot of people agreed with Doctorow’s conclusion about healthcare in the US

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Doctorow told us that, in his opinion, creating a Medicare for All system with a single payer and eliminating the private insurance industry is the best way that the US can catch up to other developed countries.

“The poorest and richest Americans should rely on the same healthcare system so that anything that makes things better for influential, connected wealthy people makes things better for the nation,” he said.

According to Doctorow, the main thing holding the US healthcare system back is “unlimited political spending by a concentrated, highly profitable insurance industry.”

Doctorow said that this is due to a combination of “Citizens United and lax campaign finance laws; financial secrecy laws that allow for dark money campaigns; antitrust malpractice that has led to massive concentration in the health (and every other) industry; the rise of private equity and its financially destructive MO, which has transformed healthcare by consolidating hospitals, doctor’s groups, labs, etc under PE structures that rely on debt-loading and other extractive practices.”

But what should Americans who can’t afford to be insured do? Doctorow had this to say: “Mobilize. Find a candidate that supports Medicare for All and donate, volunteer, and vote for them. This is a year in which M4A’s significance and profile are on a rise and rise with no peak in sight. It’s our moment.”

“The American healthcare scandal is a microcosm for dozens of similar circumstances, in which concentrated industries collect monopoly rents that they can use to influence politicians,” he said. “The policies that these politicians create—and the regulators who enforce them—are designed to make the donor class wealthier, not to improve the lives of the American people.”

He continued: “Whether it’s cable and wireless, energy, finance, movies, music, online services, pharma, eyewear, or even pro wrestling, industries have dwindled to a handful of companies that use anticompetitive tactics to crush or buy competitors, reducing choice, competition, and the hope of a pluralistic future.”

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Jason Momoa is Ozzy Osbourne. Or is it the other way around? Fans of Momoa and the Prince of Darkness alike can’t handle the concentrated awesomeness in Osbourne’s promotional clip for his latest album, Ordinary Man. (If that isn’t the most metal album name ever, I don’t know what is.)

In the teaser video, Khal Drogo Aquaman Conan the Barbarian Momoa steps into Ozzy’s shoes (and cowl) as he lip-syncs the brand new Scary Little Green Men song. If you haven’t listened to the full song yet, I heartily recommend it. I’ve never been a huge Osbourne fan, but the song might have just changed my mind about the singer. I’m not sure how I’ll have to tell my parents.

Scroll down for the full video featuring Momoa and let us know in the comments if you think the Hollywood actor makes a good Prince of Darkness.

Ozzy Osbourne recently released his newest album

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The promotional clip has Jason Momoa stepping into the Prince of Darkness’ shoes

It’s only fitting that Osbourne and his team approached renowned actor and muscle-master Momoa—he’s a major metalhead.

In fact, Momoa previously said that Tool, Metallica, and Black Sabbath inspired him when playing his characters on-screen, including Aquaman.

“Aquaman’s pretty metal. I know no one thinks that, but Aquaman’s metal. I kind of build my characters off of metal songs. Conan The Barbarian was really heavy Pantera, I’d say Aquaman was probably mostly built out of Tool and Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All. Ticks and Leeches, if I want to get specific. There’s a lot of Sabbath in there too.”

What’s more, Momoa was at Slayer’s final show in Los Angeles, sang Pantera songs with heavy metal superstar Philip Anselmo, and even took death metal singing—scratch that, screaming—lessons from Oli Peters of Archspire.

The figure takes off its cowl and Jason Momoa reveals his face

Momoa lip-syncs Osbourne’s Scary Little Green Men

Momoa is a huge metalhead

Ozzy suffers from Parkinson’s disease and had to cancel his concert tour

Osbourne’s newest album came out on the 21st of February 2020. However, it’s release is slightly marred by the fact that Ozzy canceled his 2020 North American concert tour. The Prince of Darkness is currently engaged in battle with his inner demons (health issues, including Parkinson’s disease) and is seeking treatment in The Old World (Europe).

Bored Panda reached out to Parkinson’s, a UK-based charity that fights for better care, treatments, and quality of life for those affected by the disease. We spoke to Claire Bale, Head of Research and Engagement at the charity, to learn more about Parkinson’s disease, as well as to learn whether Osbourne will be able to continue his career.

“Everyone’s Parkinson’s is unique, so different combinations of medication, exercise and therapies will suit different people,” Bale told Bored Panda. “Medication can be incredibly effective in helping people manage their symptoms, but current treatments cannot slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s and also come with serious side effects. That’s why Parkinson’s UK is striving to find new and better treatments for the 145,000 people living with the condition in the UK.”

“We’re currently funding more than 40 research projects into Parkinson’s. Every project works towards delivering better treatments and one day a cure. For example, recent research has shown that 2.5 hours of vigorous exercise each week can be as effective at controlling symptoms as medication.”

According to Bale, “The last big breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s came through Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). The process involves electrodes placed into the brain that, when switched on, can help with some of the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s. Our research has helped demonstrate the life-changing benefits this surgical therapy can have and now approximately 300 people with Parkinson’s have DBS in the UK every year.”

“However, DBS is not a cure and it isn’t suitable for everyone. That’s why we’re driving forward pioneering research to develop new and better treatments. We were the majority funder of the recent groundbreaking clinical trial of GDNF: an experimental drug that was delivered directly to the brain via a revolutionary delivery system designed specifically for the task. And we’re funding a new study exploring the potential of cannabidiol, a chemical derived from cannabis, for treating the terrifying hallucinations that many with Parkinson’s experience at some point with the condition.”

Looking for a cure for Parkinson’s

The charity’s ultimate goal is to find a cure for the disease. Bale told us that they “won’t stop” until they achieve this.

“A cure would mean that people could live entirely free from the condition. But because Parkinson’s varies so much from person to person, there may not be a single ‘cure.’ Instead, we may need a range of different therapies that can be used in combination to meet the needs of the individual and their specific form of the condition. In the past 50 years, we’ve made vital discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of Parkinson’s and the brain. Armed with this hard-won knowledge, we now believe the science is ready for us to develop the new treatments and cure that people with Parkinson’s so desperately need.”

But what are the chances that Osbourne will be able to continue his career? According to Bale, “Parkinson’s affects everyone differently, and many people with Parkinson’s are able to continue working for many years, depending on the type of job they have and how their symptoms progress. We hope Ozzy will be entertaining us for many years to come.”

She added: “Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. It can affect anyone at any age. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremors and pain to anxiety. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure yet.”

Fans couldn’t handle the amount of awesomeness in Ozzy and Momoa’s video

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There’s a special place in our hearts reserved for cats who have the good/bad (delete as appropriate) luck of having a grumpy resting face. Over the years, we’ve featured some pretty amazing grumpy cats, from Koyuki and Loki to Meow Meow and Louis. Well, now we’ve got a brand new contender for that title: Barbara, previously known as Belle.

We’ve collected some of the grumpiest (aka cutest) pics of Barbara the cat, so scroll down and upvote your faves. Be sure to let us know which photos were your favorites and whether you’ve had the pleasure of meeting any grumpier cats.

“Barbara’s priority in life is to be on me, wherever I am, and that includes the bathroom,” Sarah joked. “She takes time throughout the day to enjoy playing with cat toys (the cat dancer, a rainbow ball she’s decided is the only ball she will play fetch with) but she gets tired of games easily,” Barbara’s owner Sarah Borok told Bored Panda. Scroll down for the rest of the interview about her cat’s lovely and amusing character.

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gorgeous cat <3

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she looks like somebody just woke her up, better sleep with one eye open πŸ˜€

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That cat really wants you off the lawn.

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“Occasionally, she’ll obsess over a box or the laundry hamper and camp out there. Barbara’s character fluctuates between being profoundly disappointed in everything I do, to being an adoring ball of mush that I can manipulate into any position without resistance,” the owner told Bored Panda. “She is up for affection and smothering any time of day. If anyone else enters the house though, she basically threaten to murder them.”

Sarah said that Barbara “has a routine of falling asleep spooned into my arm and will follow me every single time I change position throughout the night. I don’t think Barbara is capable of sleeping in any position that is detached from my arm.”

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bisquseeeeeeeeeeeee meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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This face is slightly less grumpy. Looks like “ok fine whatever”.

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My spirit animal

“The internet has fallen in love with Barbara’s grumpy face but mostly as it completely contradicts the extreme smothering affection they see in her with me. It seems to give her more complexity, and also makes me the envy of, like, millions of women?” Sarah once again showed her sense of humor.

We were interested to know what could be done to help animals with unusual looks get adopted. In Sarah’s opinion, “ultimately there’s only natural chemistry that can really determine why one human gravitates to any particular cat, but being open to expanding your experience with cats who look all sorts of ways is key.”

“Social media accounts are extremely helpful in allowing viewers to build a broader pool, but visiting local shelters or adoption events, especially those that have interaction rooms is extremely important. I believe anyone who is looking to adopt an animal, should take their time, put in a lot of research, and be very ready to commit to the life they’re going to nurture,” Barbara’s owner told us.

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I really, really want this cat.

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Awww… she’s just putting up with that cuddle.

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“Human, you are NOT leaving the house dressed like this!”

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According to the ASPCA, feline aggression is a common problem and most owners will deal with it sooner or later. Sometimes, a cat hurting its owners might be related to underlying medical issues. Like ones that cause it to feel chronic pain. What’s more, issues with health are in part related to a cat’s diet.

But if your cat’s acting aggressively, you ought to speak with a veterinarian or another expert before making major changes in your pet’s life. Qualified professionals can create a personalized treatment plan for your cat which should improve its quality of life.

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I’m sitting. Right. Here!

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shmoosh

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I love the curls on her chest and her ear tufts.

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However, there may be other reasons behind aggressive behavior besides health issues. These include living in fear (a common reaction if the cat was abused in the past) and defending one’s rightfully claimed territory (which may include but is not limited to: your couch, your laptop, and the top of your head).

A quick and easy way to reduce your cat’s anxiety is to get it a scratching post and a cat condo so the animal has something stimulating to do. Also, if you’re knackered, you won’t have the energy to be mad at someone.

And remember to immediately stop playing with your cat if it starts acting aggressively—you don’t want to reward bad behavior with positive attention. Otherwise, your pet will think it’s okay not only to look grumpy but to be grumpy.

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She really is quite terrifying.

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You are really starting to annoy me, interfering human!

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This one’s the best: grumpy *and* skeptical.

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You’re lucky my human is holding me back!

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I. Will. CONQUER MUSICCCC

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Yes, may I help you?

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I love when my cat kneads! It’s relaxing and grounds me to the moment

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What is this sorcery?!?

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Move along… nothing to see here.

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Too tired to be grumpy… much.

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But I am comfortable…

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I am protecting my human…

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Black & white unimpressed-ness…

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She thinks were playing hide and seek…

Note: this post originally had 38 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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We haven’t seen a new top-quality cat meme in a hot minute. But the odds are ever in our favor and our prayers have been answered. Meet Chestnut the Smiling Cat who went viral after its owner, ChazaySSB, uploaded it onto Reddit’s ‘Aww’ community.

The cat looks like it’s incredibly proud of a joke it just told. Many redditors loved the catto so much, they couldn’t help but come up with dad jokes that would fit the photos.

We’ve collected some of the best Smiling Cat memes (dad jokes included) for you to enjoy, so scroll down, upvote your faves, and be sure to let us know which ones you liked the most and why. And if you have any awesome dad jokes up your sleeves, we’d love to hear them, so drop us a comment! And be sure to read Bored Panda’s interview with Chestnut’s owner below.

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In an interview with Bored Panda, the cat’s owner said that they’re “blown away by how much attention Chestnut has received.”

“I definitely did not expect him to blow up the way he did. It makes me happy to see how many people love his infectious smile! He’s a sweet boy and I’m glad that he’s receiving the attention he deserves!”

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We wanted to get to know Chestnut a bit better, so we asked his owner if they could tell us about him. “Chestnut was abandoned at a pet store that my sister works at when he was about a week old. He was riddled with ringworm and needed a loving home. My sister brought him home to foster him and I ended up adopting him a couple months later! He is now a healthy and happy 6 month old boy with loads of love and energy.”

“Unfortunately, I do not know what his breed is exactly due to the circumstances in which he was adopted, but I’m fairly confident that he has some tabby in him and maybe some Bengal as well!” the owner said. “He enjoys causing mischief, chasing invisible creatures at 3 AM, and playing with my other cat, Clyde! Clyde doesn’t enjoy it nearly as much since he’s older and can’t match the insane energy that Chestnut puts out, though. His favorite meals are tuna, chicken, and wet food, but I’m convinced he’ll eat anything that fits in his mouth!”

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Chestnut’s owner said that their favorite dad joke (and one that they know that their cat would enjoy) is “What do you call a fish with two knees? A two-knee fish!”

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for their sweet comments about Chestnut. This has been a wild ride for sure! I will continue to post photos and updates of Chestnut on his Instagram, @prince.chestnut!”

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Millions love dad jokes, and millions hate them. I personally enjoy lighting up my co-workers’ day with some cheesy dad jokes during breaks and over lunch. And if they’re cringing or hiding their faces in shame, it’s only because they’re embarrassed to admit just how good dad jokes are. R-right?

The main issue people have with dad jokes is that they’re harmless but “only barely clever,” according to The Atlantic. But what makes a dad joke a dad joke? In one word—wordplay. But why we call them ‘dad jokes’ is a different deal.

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For instance, McKay Coppins states that dads getting their dad jokes has to do with a “combination of exhaustion and your kids laughing at anything when they’re very young, which creates a perverse incentive system and endows you with false confidence.”

University of South Carolina English professor Stanley Dubinsky tends to agree with Coppins’ theory. In his opinion, cheesy dad jokes are a way to recapture the nostalgia of when your kids were still little by telling “stupid old jokes they used to think were funny.”

He also adds that some people disapprove of dad jokes because “we judge the sophistication of our peers by how sophisticated they are with use of language.” And dad jokes really aren’t shining beacons of sophistication. But they sure are fun! Especially when combined with Chestnut the Smiling Cat.

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Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/cat-meme-joke/

“When creating my miniature pieces, the process can take from one month to almost two years to create a single piece,” this is what professional miniature artist Chris Toledo of Toledo Miniatures told Bored Panda about his finely-detailed, expertly-crafted 1:12 scale historic building interiors.

Chris has the patience of a saint and the focus of a Jedi. His childhood love for art and architecture eventually grew into what it is now: a resounding success that fascinates tens of thousands of people.

“Each model I create starts with extensive research of the era and time period I’m trying to recreate,” Chris said. “Over the years I’ve collected home plans and building guides from the early 20th century to make sure my pieces are 100% accurate representations of the past.”

Scroll down for the rest of our in-depth interview with the artist and upvote your favorite miniatures. Let us know in the comments what you think of Chris’ art and whether you’ve tried making miniatures yourselves.

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“The process for building my pieces is much like building an actual house or room. I start with simple layout drawings to make sure everything flows cohesively and harmoniously,” Chris explained how involved his creative process is.

“From there, I create a more detailed blueprint which I eventually construct on a 3D computer modeling program. This helps me visualize each project and allows me to make any changes before I begin construction of the actual piece.”

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According to the artist, building his miniatures is a lot like building an actual house: “After I have a solidified design, the construction process begins. When building my pieces, I use many tools similar to those of building something full-sized, except they have been scaled down to accommodate the pieces I make such as a table saw the size of a show box or a hand saw made specifically to cut tiny hair sized details into wood.”

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Chris fell in love with constructing miniatures just over 20 years ago. He revealed that he’s “always” been fascinated by them.

“I remember going to Disneyland as a child and being totally fascinated with the miniature buildings along the Storybook Canal Ride. About that same time, I discovered the world of dollhouse miniatures and I loved the idea of being able to build these tiny creations myself.”

“I began with kits that I would find at local hobby stores and eventually moved onto creating my own designs,” he said.

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However, he kept his miniature work a secret for a long, long time, telling only his closest friends and family members about it.

“Although I had always pursued the arts as a career option, I never imagined it would be my miniatures that would take me there. Over time, miniatures became my favorite art form because it encompassed every medium I loved to work with. From woodworking, painting, interior design to art history…making miniatures had it all.”

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But what about the people who’d like to follow in his footsteps? What friendly tips does Chris have for prospective miniature enthusiasts?

“I think anyone can find something they love within the world of miniature making. It’s a form of art that allows you to have something in your hands that maybe you wouldn’t be able to have in real life,” he stated.

“For me, it was my love of historic architecture. Creating miniature replicas of historic rooms gave me a chance to hold a piece of history in my hands and see it with my own eyes. “

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“When people ask me how they can get into this hobby, I always tell them to follow the path that I did. Beginning with hobby store kits. This allowed me to first experiment with working on a small scale and to become familiar with building small and develop that ‘Miniature Eye’ that allows you to visualize in your mind how you would transform a full-sized object or room into miniature.”

Chris said that the biggest piece of advice he can give anyone is “to just have fun.”

“With miniatures, the possibilities are truly endless and you’re only limited by your own imagination.”

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Even when they grow up, some girls still sometimes daydream about being princesses and having perfect fairytale weddings. Well, one lucky gal, Sthuthi David, is on her way to the wedding of her dreams after an incredibly romantic and creative (and slightly geeky) proposal from her boyfriend, Lee Loechler. Hold on to your seats because this is amazing.

Lee proposed to his GF Sthuthi in a movie theater after spending the last half-a-year animating them both into her favorite movie ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ The scene is about Prince Lee proposing to Princess Sthuthi.

“It’s not every day you get to propose to your high school sweetheart,” that’s what Lee said when he got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life. She said yes! And the video of the proposal went viral on the net with over 1.1 million views and counting. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with Lee.

Lee proposed to his GF Sthuthi by animating them both into her favorite film, ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Lee’s girlfriend looked confused when she saw that one of the scenes was different

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Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Bored Panda reached out to Lee and here’s what he had to say. “A few years back, a friend of mine told me he was planning to propose to his then-girlfriend, and I suggested he should “Forrest Gump” himself into her favorite movie, and then have his on-screen character “toss” the ring to his real-life self. I don’t know where that idea came from, but it felt fun and magical, and it played into my skill set as a filmmaker. He didn’t think it was right for him, so I filed it away for later use.”

Lee got down on one knee and proposed

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

“When things started getting serious with Sthuthi, I started thinking about how I might propose. I still thought that idea had potential, but her favorite movie was animated. And my experience was all in live-action. I know some After Effects, but I am by no means an animator, let alone capable of generating something that would hold up side-by-side with Disney. But, on a whim, I scrubbed through Sleeping Beauty and noted that in the climactic scene there was very little movement. Maybe, if it’s mostly static, I can still pull this off. I went on Instagram and started following various Disney art hashtags, hoping to find an illustrator who was up to the task. It wasn’t until I stumbled on Kayla’s work that the first inkling set in that “this might be possible after all…”

Sthuthi was ecstatic when she realized the movie theater was full of her friends and family members

Image credits: Lee Loechler

Image credits: Lee Loechler

According to Lee, he had all of Sthuthi’s friends and family show up early at the movie theater. “Anyone she might recognize was seated in the back few rows. I worked with the projectionist to make sure all ambient lighting would be off when she entered, to help conceal the familiar faces. Unfortunately, the projector was so bright that the light from the screen still illuminated the whole room. To combat this, we decided to show trailers ahead of the film, which we manually darkened so there wouldn’t be as much light spill onto the audience. So at 7:30 PM when we walked into the room together, it was nice and dark as we found our seats.

“I’m sure there will be Disney elements to the wedding, but we’re still in the nascent stages of planning. That said, if Disney wants to chalk it up as marketing dollars and hook us up with an Aulani honeymoon, we are for sure not above selling out.”

Lee spent the last 6 months getting his proposal just right

Image credits: Lee Loechler

The scene that Lee changed with the help of illustrator Kayla Coombs was the one where Prince Phillip kisses Princess Aurora on the lips to awaken her. Only in the changed version, Prince Lee takes out a box with a ring and then tosses to real-life Lee who catches it.

We don’t know how many times Lee practiced doing everything perfectly, but we can say for sure that he pulled it off wonderfully. Cardiologist Sthuthi is one lucky girl!

Last year was the 60th anniversary of ‘Sleeping Beauty’s’ release. But you might find it strange to learn that ‘Sleeping Beauty’ wasn’t successful initially when released back in 1959. However, over time, it was re-released many, many times and became a big hit.

Critics praised ‘Sleeping Beauty’ for its colors, music, and charm, but some said that the animated film is too similar to ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ And there’s a very good reason for that. Some parts of the story were initially ideas from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ that were discarded. Including Maleficent capturing Prince Phillip to the escape from her castle.

Dear Pandas, what did you think of Lee’s proposal? Are you at least a little bit jealous of Sthuthi (but in a totally good way)? Would you love to do something similar or do you have some other romantic ideas for a proposal? Let us know in the comments!

People adored how much effort Lee put into the incredibly romantic proposal

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If you work, you get paid. If you work more, you get paid more. These are two very simple concepts that some people simply can’t understand. After all, you wouldn’t expect people to barter with you for your services by offering you a sack of potatoes or a new pair of sneakers (well, unless you’re a photographer or an artist, that is).

But it seems that even though we’ve (mostly) moved beyond bartering, we’ve accelerated into the era of exposure. Yes, some people believe that promising someone attention is the same as giving them fair compensation.

A text message conversation between a producer and a potential backup dancer got posted to Imgur and went viral. The producer promised exposure for work, but the person they were talking to was having none of their empty talk and began texting people, warning them about the producer’s shenanigans.

Bored Panda spoke with a representative of The Freelancer Club, based in London, about working for exposure. The Freelancer Club runs a campaign called #NoFreeWork that aims to eradicate exploitative unpaid work and late payments in the freelance sector. Scroll down for the full interview.

A producer wanted backup dancers who would work for exposure

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Freelancers should say ‘no’

“We are working hard to change the culture around working for exposure, experience, prestige and the promise of paid work in the future by educating new and aspiring freelancers. We highlight the impact it has on their career, show them how valuable they are and work on their self-worth. On the company side, we show them how paying freelancers fairly is better for their bottom line as well as their long-term reputation. In addition, we are pressuring the government to change legislation that will provide more legal protection for freelancers who are clearly being exploited for their talent.”

According to The Freelancer Club rep, some people or companies offering people to work for exposure instead of payment has to do with how much they value others. “Many see freelancers, particularly in the creative sector, as hobbyists and believe they can get away with ‘paying’ in exposure. They leverage their audience size, their brand name or the allure of gaining recognition. This is why services in exchange for exposure is commonplace in glamourous sectors such as fashion, music, and film.”

Matt from The Freelancer Club continued: “From a freelancer point of view, they are often told that working for exposure is a rite of passage or an essential part of building a portfolio by their teachers, college professors, and peers. This has created a culture of exploitation that we must address at both ends.”

“At Freelancer Club we take a hardline and suggest freelancers say ‘no.’ The issue is that some ‘freelancers’ are individuals with a passion who will freely give their work away for exposure whilst professionals rely on payment to survive. This muddies the water.”

The Freelancer Club representative told Bored Panda that they “surveyed over 1,000 people who worked for free (52% did it for exposure) and it showed how damaging it was to their career as well as the industry as a whole.”

Working for exposure hurts your wallet

“In the UK, unpaid work costs every freelancer £5,394 (7,086 dollars) per year and the figure is very similar in the States. If you give up your work for exposure thinking you will get paid work from it in the future, the statistics show this is rarely the case, besides, shouldn’t additional work be a consequence of a paid job anyway? If someone is willing to promote your work, they must value it so why not pay them! It’s easy to get into a cycle of working for exposure and never get paid.”

Matt said is that that the main reasons as to why people choose to work for exposure is because they hope to get paid work in the future, to add to their portfolio, or to use the name of the company who promoted their work.

“In addition, knowing your creative work is being seen by lots of people feels good and strokes the ego. I believe there is a correlation between exploitative work for exposure and validation of choosing a creative career,” said Matt. “Many creative people are told to ‘get a real job’ when they express their desire to do something artistic. Seeing their work in print, online or gaining recognition somehow validates their decision and, in a twisted way, proves the doubters wrong. The irony is that they have given up their value to do so.”

“You are talented—value yourself and others will value you too.”

He gave advice to those people who are stuck doing jobs for exposure. “Work out your day rate. Once you know your value, get comfortable talking about money and stick to your guns. We’ve proven that working for exposure rarely results in paid work, collaborate with other creatives or set a self-project to build your portfolio and keep in mind that the culture of working for exposure is very damaging to you and to your industry.”

“You are talented—value yourself and others will value you too,” Matt from The Freelancer Club added.

Dear Pandas, have you ever worked for exposure before? What do you think of people who want your services but can’t pay you in return? Do you think it was right to expose the producer who wanted others to work for exposure?

Here’s how people reacted to the text message exchange

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