You’ve no doubt seen your fair share of apocalyptic hand-wringing about the U.S. national debt. What you probably haven’t heard is an actual explanation of how we got here that assigns blame based on math and not the usual partisan verbal diarrhea. 

Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-complete-guide-of-what-to-blame-for-our-debt-problem-brought-to-you-by-math

I mostly love ratchet, ignorant rap. It’s just more fun that way. But when someone finds a way to speak to me through my genre of choice, I am thoroughly impressed. This is a brave piece, written with heart and guts. He did what rappers are born to do, say f*ck it and unapologetically be yourself. WARNING — he says a few curse words.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/this-guy-just-used-his-rap-music-video-to-tell-the-world-something-hes-had-to-hide-until-now

Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” went through a pretty traumatic thing when she was 16. But instead of burying it, she shared her story.

Before you go off about how this topic isn’t funny — we all know that. But sometimes it’s easier to tell a story while laughing rather than crying. Share this if you agree.

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Sir Nicholas Winton, dubbed “the British Schindler” after saving 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi death camps on the eve of the Second World War, is given the surprise of his life on television. And, well, I did not expect to see the audience do that at 0:50.

Winton humbly kept his efforts a secret until his wife found scrapbooks in their attic about saving the children.

Holocaust history should still be very much in the public’s mind and in our education, and it’s little moments like these that should be celebrated, not forgotten.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/watch-a-man-who-saved-669-children-from-death-camps-get-a-tearful-surprise-on-tv

Believe it or not, but every 60 seconds, more than 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube.

They’re uplifting, sad, inspirational, and hilarious…all on one website!

But one thing they have in common? They all have the power to teach us something.

When 12-year-old Adilyn Malcolm was researching for a school project, she came across some cool dance videos. What started as a simple curiosity turned into a passion for perfection. She learned how to perform prodigious dubstep dance routines after hours of watching YouTube videos on the topic.

She’s seriously amazing!

Holy smokes! I think I’m going to start watching more YouTube videos. Well, even more than I already do now. Watch out, world, I’m going to be the next dubstep dance master.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/youtube-dance/

Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, who have lived here most of their lives, decided to ask Congressman Steve King a pretty thoughtful question. He didn’t handle it too well. At 58 seconds in, he gets pretty condescending, physically grabs her hand, shows them little respect, and refuses to listen. It goes downhill from there, despite Erika and Cesar’s calm discussion of the issues.

The card Erika is referring to is her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) card. It’s a card for folks who arrived here before their 16th birthday, before 2007, who graduated from high school or served in the military and haven’t committed any crimes. Essentially they are kids who grew up here, want to contribute to society, want a legal path to citizenship or green card status, and want to know where they stand in the American immigration system.

Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) has a history of saying pretty xenophobic things, like most undocumented immigrants are drug runners. He tends to be uncompromising in his opinion that if you were brought here as a child, you are a lawbreaker who has no intention of following any laws. And anytime anyone calls him on this and explains that if you grew up here not knowing about your status, you should at least have an opportunity to prove your value, he reverts to ignoring everything you say because your parents dared to try to give you a better life.

Imagine if America was the only country you ever knew. As a small child, you make friends, go to school, grow up, go to college, and make a life for yourself. Now imagine there was a guy telling you that everyone like you was a drug smuggling criminal. And he was elected to a federal office. And he was trying to send you to a country you have never lived in. How would you feel?

Erika just wants to contribute to our country. She wants to do the right thing. And most people are too afraid to talk about it because people like Congressman King like to scare the hell out of everyone into thinking that the American dream should be off limits to people from specific places. Which is silly. We are a nation of immigrants, and right now, there’s no path for people like Erika to take to gain her citizenship. But if people like you and me keep talking about it, maybe we can finally get to a place where we have a sane path to citizenship that’s actually realistic and doable.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-politician-decides-to-be-awful-to-a-woman-who-wants-him-to-learn-facts-then-he-gets-xenophobic

When he was 23, singer-songwriter Szymon Borzestowski died by suicide after years of depression.

Five years earlier, the Australian singer caught the attention of music industry professionals Mark Holland and Craig Hawker after his father mailed a demo to the record label EMI’s offices. Holland and Hawker fell in love with the demo and worked to sign Szymon to a development deal.

A promotional picture of Szymon Borzestowski. Photo from Eloper Music.

But the following year, Szymon shelved his record-in-progress to address his mental health.
Sadly, after four years of fighting depression, the gifted songwriter took his own life in late 2012.

In the two and a half years since his death, Szymon’s family enlisted the help of Holland and Hawker to complete his life’s work.

They were able to salvage the demos Szymon recorded for EMI before his death, fill in the gaps, and
mix it into the album the family’s late loved one never finished.

“Hearing the music is difficult sometimes because we miss him so much,” Szymon’s older brother, Kubush, told
Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “We hope it encourages other people, listening to the love and hope in it. Despite the battles and struggles we all face, music was a release for Szymon and out of this tragedy, hopefully it can inspire someone else.”

The finished album’s artwork. Image from
Eloper Music.

Since its release this summer, Szymon’s posthumous album, “Tigersapp,” has received rave reviews.

Rolling Stone gave the record a perfect, five-star rating. Writer Darren Levin described Szymon as “a singer-songwriter with a producer’s ear” and “honeyed vocals.”

True to the review, the music is a lush mix of warm folk songs overlaid with electronic accents that give his songs a new and yet faintly familiar sound.


The album provides some closure for Szymon’s family but also allows him to live on through his passion for music.

On the album’s release date, Szymon’s family
posted a heartfelt message to his Facebook page.

“We are so proud of our son and brother Szymon. What an incredible legacy he has left, and we are so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to carry and share it with the world.
Listening to this album brings us so much joy! We thank God for Szymon’s life and the time we spent with him here on earth, and for the incredible gift He gave Szym to create. … Our goal was to complete this album as best we could as a way to honour and remember Szymon, and to share with the world the hope, light and love that his music so evidently displays.

Depression doesn’t discriminate. Sometimes it comes for the most brilliant among us.

How many artists, musicians, engineers, inventors, doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, or athletes has the world lost to depression? How many Szymons of the world have we lost to this terrible illness? We’ll never know.

But what we do know is that there’s hope.

It comes in the form of loved ones. It comes in the form of compassionate medical care. It comes in the form of decreasing the stigma around depression. It’s up to those of us left to generate hope for ourselves and those we care about in our fight to make the world a better, more compassionate place.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/3-years-after-his-death-this-songwriter-is-getting-rave-reviews-worldwide?c=tpstream

If you’ve ever seen a video of an adorable goat kid, you’ve probably seen it jumping…right? It’s just in their nature! That’s what they do. They hop around merrily and they look like they’re having a blast while doing it.

Well, after seeing this video, I’m realizing that their super-cute jumping may be more nurture than nature. Watch this woman teach a goat how to jump in her kitchen. It’s beyond adorable.

Further proof that baby goats are the most adorable creatures ever:

Gotta love dem baby goats!!

The most important lesson goats teach us is this: nothing is cuter than baby goats, so don’t even try.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/goat-hopping-kitchen/

Most folks who look at the information honestly can tell you that America has two big problems it’s got to face: a jobs crisis and climate change. Why then, do all of our proposed solutions ignore one problem to solve the other? Here’s one interesting stab at our dilemma that takes the whole picture into account. 

Read more: http://upworthy.com/some-ideas-about-our-economy-that-are-bound-to-make-the-wall-street-journal-very

I’ve never thought of Daniel Radcliffe as being such a decent guy, but perhaps I just wasn’t paying attention. Watch as he wastes no time letting the interviewer know exactly how he feels about the “friend zone.”

His response at 1:00 is a perfect summation of the entire concept.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/the-guy-from-harry-potter-is-asked-about-the-friend-zone-and-responds-by-respecting-women

YouTube prankster Big Daws normally makes prank videos were he’s doing something hilariously silly, like eating junk food at the gym, but this time he wanted to do something completely different.

He decided to dress up as a homeless person and conduct a social experiment. He stepped outside the box by giving $20 to every kind stranger that lent him a helping hand, because what better way is there to give back than actually giving to people who give. The reactions from some of these people were truly priceless.

(Source: BigDawsTv)

What an awesome way to give back to those who are trying to make a difference in this world, be it in a big or a small way.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/homeless-give-back/

This cute little boy had the most adorable reaction when a butterfly landed right on his nose, it was the most honest mix of terror and excitement a person could ever have. The kid managed to keep his cool (at that age I’m pretty sure I would have swatted it in a panic), and quickly started loving every second of it.

(Source: Doug Thompson)

And that’s how he became the super hero known as…Butterfly Boy!

Share this priceless reaction with all those awesome friends of yours by hitting the button below.

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I read a lot of “banning words is stupid!” comments in my Facebook and Twitter feeds when Lean In launched its #BanBossy campaign. But here’s the deal: The focus should be on the bigger picture, which is how many of us are using language like “bossy” in a derogatory way toward young girls who are simply asserting themselves.

It may seem like a small issue to some, but the campaign is speaking to the young girls sitting in classrooms right now who are afraid to speak out. Sometimes the seemingly little things can make a big difference to young girls’ confidence.

So to the young girls online reading this: Beyoncé, Condoleezza Rice, and Jane Lynch have your back.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/nobody-tells-beyonc-and-her-celebrity-friends-that-theyre-anything-but-bosses

Like many young people raised in conflict zones, these two girls have seen unimaginable horrors and been taught to hate. The issues that surround these type of conflicts all over the world, particularly those grounded in religious differences, seem complex, overwhelming, and unchangeable. That’s why I appreciate this simple but profound story. It’s an unexpected girl-power ending to a familiar tale about violence and religion that we rarely get to hear.


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The U.S. Postal Service, imperfect as it may be, is pretty great. No other company allows us to send stuff across the country, or even the world, as inexpensively. The main reason the USPS has been struggling is because it’s expected to meet a nearly impossible standard.

The problem is not only fixable, but we could do it in a way that helps millions of people join the modern economy while also hitting predatory financial companies where it really hurts. Consider it a business venture the whole country could be a part of.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-lifehack-of-massive-scale-that-could-help-millions-of-people

When you are in a relationship, you begin to develop little jokes that only you and your partner understand. It comes with a familiarity that only dating for a long time can manufacture.

But this guy’s constant pranking is super hilarious (even if his wife doesn’t agree). It’s called “The Forever Pose.” He lets her pose for a picture and, without her knowing, takes a video, which leaves her posing for an awkwardly long time.

It’s an innocent little prank that just keeps getting funnier and funnier. It’s crazy that she still asks him to take photos of her after being pranked this many times. Hopefully they keep it up, because this couple is hilarious.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/forever-pose/