He charges way more. He leaves the oven on. And he steals from you. I’m pretty sure I won’t be calling this guy anytime soon. 

No, I don’t really think Exxon hates your kids. Yes, I do think this ad is sensationalist. Here’s all the reasons why the creators of this ad are saying that. You should read it. They make a great case.

Then join me in the comments on Facebook and tell me what you think of the ad. Is it unfair? Is it justified?

However, only comment AFTER you have read why they made this ad.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/this-guy-hates-your-kids-how-much-would-you-pay-him-to-babysit

These videos would be a lot funnier if they didn’t actually play a role in deciding the leader of the free world. If tonight’s debate is anything like this… well, we’d rather not think about it.

1. Mitt Romney offers Rick Perry a $10,000 bet:

2. Rick Perry’s “oops” moment:

3. Rick Perry tries to paint Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper and fails miserably:

4. Mitt Romney & Rick Perry get feisty and physical:

5. The audience encourages Ron Paul to let uninsured people die:

6. The crowd applauds Rick Perry for executing more people than any other governor:

Read more: http://upworthy.com/throwback-the-6-craziest-moments-from-the-republican-primary-debates

Have you ever had one of those surreal near-death experiences? Even if you haven’t, you don’t want to miss this story from Sarah Kay, who has a way of making everything she talks about sound beautiful and haunting. You know, just like egg salad and death.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/having-a-near-death-experience-is-hard-but-the-beauty-with-which-this-woman-talks-about-it-oof

Did you know that blindness is 500% more prevalent in developing countries?

Whoa, that is a lot. And not only that, but about half of the blind kids and adults in the developing world could get their eyesight back with a relatively straightforward surgery.

National Geographic brings us the story of sisters Anita and Sonia, who come from a very poor family in India.

All GIFs via National Geographic/YouTube.

They’ve been blind since birth.

When kids from acutely poor families remain blind for life, their families often send them to beg on the street. But there is an amazing way out.

Like an “in-15-minutes-you’ll-have-eyesight” way out.

See, there’s this miracle surgery that can restore the eyesight of a blind child in 15 minutes.

15 MINUTES! And the organization 20/20/20 is helping thousands of kids receive the treatment for free.

Imagine giving someone the gift of sight. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Anita and Sonia were able to get the surgery. Their reactions after the bandages came off? Incredible.

To see Anita and Sonia’s full story and hear from their parents and doctor, check out the video below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/2-sisters-see-the-world-for-the-first-time-ever-thanks-to-a-15-minute-procedure?c=tpstream

Prepare to be seriously entertained as a brilliant 14-year-old comedian who has cerebral palsy has the best experience of his life. You’re welcome.

PS His set starts at 2:00, but you’ll be seriously missing out if you don’t watch the whole video.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/youre-about-to-laugh-at-a-boy-who-has-cerebral-palsy-and-thats-okay

Fighting the spread of HIV might come from an unexpected source: law enforcement.

How? For starters, by treating people like people.

What do we mean? Check it out:

Though HIV infection rates have been on the decline in much of the world, certain population groups are actually experiencing an increase in new infections.

There are roughly 35 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS; more than half aren’t aware that they are HIV+. Economic factors play a huge role in pinpointing areas experiencing high rates of
new infections.

The problem is made worse through a combination of stigma, financial hardship, and perhaps surprisingly, law enforcement.

When treated, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. One of the reasons the virus continues to thrive in certain parts of the world, however, stems from the fact that law enforcement groups have a habit of targeting people at the highest risk such as sex workers or intravenous drug users.

But why would you make it harder for people real human beings to protect themselves? Doesn’t that go against the purpose of law enforcement?

In a number of countries, being caught by police with syringes or even just condoms has been used as evidence that someone is (or plans to) commit a crime. Up until May 2014, police confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers to use as evidence was standard even in New York City. Doing this increases the likelihood of someone engaging in high-risk, minimal-protection activity.

But why would you make it harder for people real human beings to protect themselves? Doesn’t that go against the purpose of law enforcement?

Needle exchanges and condom distribution programs have been a huge success.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed needle exchanges and methadone maintenance programs as effective ways to combat new HIV infections among intravenous drug users. Syringe exchange programs basically give a safe way to dispose of used syringes and obtain sterile syringes at no cost.

They found that police-supported needle exchanges, combined with on-site HIV screenings, lead to a reduction in new infections.

Photo of clean needles from a needle exchange program in Washington state. Photo by
Joe Mabel/Wikimedia.

The same goes for free condom distribution programs, which have been
found to significantly affect condom use behaviors, making a drastic reduction in HIV and STI transmission. Again, like the needle exchange programs, these are only effective if done right, with support of law enforcement and local government.

Like all things, it starts with building trust.

“By supporting programs that work with the key populations to reduce their risk of HIV infection, law enforcement officials can make a significant contribution to public health and public safety and ensure that the fundamental right to health of all citizens is protected.” United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime

Law enforcement agencies cannot be seen as enemies to sex workers and IV drug users. Community outreach is important, and decriminalizing these nonviolent crimes and showing good faith support to those engaging in these activities is key to building trust. So long as drug users and sex workers worry that they risk arrest with each police interaction, there will be no true trust.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/how-do-we-end-hivaids-start-by-treating-people-as-humans-not-criminals?c=tpstream

You never know what survival skills you’ll need if you find yourself in a bad situation. While knowing how to do things like start fires and set traps might seem silly, brushing up on a few life hacks could very well save your skin one day.

What this man figured out will come in handy if you ever find yourself in need of escape. Watch as he shows us how to cut thick rope without any scissors or knives in sight.

After watching this, I went ahead and tried it for myself. Not only did it work, but it was easy! Let’s just hope that none of us ever have to use a hack like this.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/emergency-rope/

Charles Phoenix, the king of doing things a little over the top, created some of the most entertaining food items we can remember. From the Halloween Meatloaf Rat, to Frosty the Cheeseball Man, his creations delight audiences around the world, and make us a bit hungrier.

He recently took on a new challenge: to create a cake with SIX of my favorite childhood cereals. Let’s just say I’m more excited than a kid at Christmas!

In no particular order, the “cake” included Trix in blue velvet cake, Fruit Loops in red cake, Cocoa Puffs in white cake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch in yellow cake, Peanut Butter Crunch in chocolate cake, and Apple Jacks in spice cake.

Phoenix was also able to coat the entire outside of this monstrosity using seven tubs of vanilla icing.

Lastly, he added pieces of the cereals on the outside for decoration…

…And ended up with this!

Are you ready to follow his recipe?

See Charles in action and grab it for yourself!

(via Elite Daily)

I don’t know about you, but just seeing ONE of those slices makes me thirsty for a cold glass of milk. How can you not want one? It’s everything great about breakfast combined with everything great about dessert!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/king-cakes/

Brian Pankratz was enjoying an uneventful afternoon with his daughter in their backyard when he heard something rustling by their fence.

When he went to investigate the disturbance, he was alarmed to find a helpless doe stuck quite literally between a rock and a hard place. Their fence borders a rock wall on their property but there was apparently just enough space for the poor deer to fall into.

Jumping into action, he called his neighbors and then the local volunteer fire department.

Watch the amazing rescue go down!

She looked dazed but pretty much unharmed!

(via The Dodo)

It’s really quite incredible how quickly they were able to get her out of there. I imagine any more time spent in that tight space could have had terrible repercussions on her health.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/deer-fence-rescue/

For Dakota’s birthday, her entire family decided to get together and throw her a party. Which you’d think would just be a small affair, especially given that she’s a dog. But instead, the family bought a huge cake and dressed Dakota up in a special birthday hat!

When they started to sing “Happy Birthday,” the excitement of the day finally got to Dakota. It sent her into a frenzy…just look how happy she was!

Happy Birthday, Dakota! May your future birthdays be just as exciting.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dog-birthday-reaction/

Most fairy tales have a dark and violent origin.

Take, for example, the Children’s and Household Tales, a collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Most people know the collection as Grimms’ Fairy Tales and they were notoriously morbid.

The Kolobok is small loaf of bread that comes to life and escapes the home of an elderly man and woman. The Kolobok meets various animals that try to eat it, but it escapes. The bread is known to sing, “I got away from Grandmother, I got away from Grandfather, and I will certainly get away from you”.

For being a wild and carefree loaf of bread, though, this cartoon version of the story from 1990 is surprisingly horrifying.

This can’t be for kids…right?

Fairy tales — apparently, they’re not meant for children.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/terrifying-fairy-tale/

The Internet is a place where pretty much anything and everything happens. But even at that, when this Youtuber told people what her cat does after her showers, they didn’t believe it. Enter the awesome invention known as a video camera. Watch this:

She said, “Okay, so one night as I’m standing there brushing my teeth after my shower, this one decides the top of my head would make a great spot to chill out and groom herself and, well, it’s now become a routine…” It might not be the most practical trick in the world, but it’s pretty adorable anyway. Share this video with others below.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/cat-toothbrush/

At 31 seconds I get the urge to lunge at bankers. This mother of three brought the money she owed to the bank on the day they said it was due, and Citibank decided it wasn’t good enough. Check out the 1:55 mark and help her family fight Citibank’s horrible business practices.

Help Nick’s family and demand that Citibank negotiate in good faith. Ask them to do the right thing, because, well, it’s the right thing to do.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/citibank-doesnt-think-youll-share-the-fact-that-they-are-robbing-a-single-mom

Here is Vietnam.

It occupies the easternmost coast of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Image by
Lu Ly/Wikimedia Commons.

Here is Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon).

Located in southern Vietnam, it’s the country’s largest city, with a population of almost 8 million people.

And here’s what Ho Chi Minh City looks like.

It’s a big city with big buildings and lots of people, which makes for many a challenge.

Photo by

“Cities, especially in thriving countries like Vietnam, are growing at such a speed that infrastructure is unable to keep pace,” said the team at
Vo Trong Nghia Architects in an interview with Dezeen Magazine. “Environmental stress is observable through frequent energy shortages, increased pollution, rising temperatures, and reduced greenery.”

When the architects were asked to design a new urban university campus in Ho Chi Minh City, they had something radically non-urban in mind.

What they produced was a verdant design grassy, leafy, nature-inspired. It’s like a city within a city, intentionally overrun by vegetation.

Welcome to the jungle, kids. All images by
Vo Trong Nghia Architects/FPT University.

The firm, which specializes in green architecture, is bringing their expertise to FPT University, a private university in Ho Chi Minh City, for the second time.
Their first project is currently under construction in Hanoi.

They describe
their approach as a blend of culture and sustainability:

“By experimenting with light, wind and water, and by using natural and local materials, Vo Trong Nghia Architects employ a contemporary design vocabulary to explore new ways to create green architecture for the 21st century, whilst maintaining the essence of Asian architectural expression.”

Their design for the university stands out against Ho Chi Minh City’s built-up urban sprawl.

They wanted a different kind of sprawl a 242,000 square-foot site that explodes with plant life. The centerpiece is a unique building stretching over several city blocks, its staggered floors climbing higher in the corners, and framing a massive courtyard.

They don’t just use greenery to adorn the structure. Their concept actually relies on it.

Balconies and rooftops will be lined with plants, giving the building the appearance of “an undulating forested mountain growing out of the city.”

Trees will spring from the courtyard.

And gardens will be planted at every step and turn.

All of this, according to the architects, “will provide shade and improve air quality, reducing the campus’ reliance on air conditioning.” And to save water, ground level gardens will seep into circulation wells that feed plants throughout the building.

They want to give Ho Chi Minh City “a new icon for sustainability.”

Rapid urbanization has turned Ho Chi Minh City into a
heat island, which is when cities grow warmer than their rural surroundings because land, plants, and forests have been replaced heat-trapping concrete, brick, steel, and asphalt.

Photo by
Gareth Williams/Flickr.

Today, say the architects, only 0.25% of the Ho Chi Minh City is covered with plant life. They think that
while urbanization may be inevitable, turning our cities into ovens doesn’t have to be.

So they get especially excited about designing educational facilities. To them, it’s a chance to “aid the recovery of greenery that once flourished” and “foster a new generation of thinkers.”

And if more students, like the future enrollees of FPT University’s new campus, can be exposed to and learn to truly appreciate the astonishing form and function of nature, then there is, indeed, hope for the future of our cities and our planet.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/architects-in-ho-chi-minh-city-were-asked-to-design-a-university-campus-the-outcome-is-magnificent?c=tpstream

People who have the scientific know-how to pull of awesome experiments are undeniably cool. If not for them, the vast majority of the technology we have today would not exist. Try to keep that in mind when you watch this video of YouTuber Tito4re pouring molten copper over antifreeze. It might seem pointless, but these bizarre experiments sometimes turn into scientific breakthroughs.

Okay, that might not be happening here, but it’s still really cool to watch! Don’t try this at home, friends.

While it’s not exactly a cure for a disease, perhaps something can be learned here. It’s pretty insane to see how powerful things like this are, especially since we never give products like antifreeze a second thought.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/copper-vs-antifreeze/

One of the most terrifying things about the technological world that we now live in is that ghosts and demons seem to have found ways to torment us via phone. Take, for example, the story of Redditor digiwarfare.

According to digiwarfare, he and a few friends were hanging out last month when one of them received a text from an unknown number. Attached to the message was an untitled audio file. Not knowing what else to do, he played it for his friends. What they heard was absolutely nightmarish.

WARNING: This recording is loud, so turn your speakers down before playing the video.

(source: Reddit)

So is this real or not? As someone with experience making and recording music, I know for a fact that something like this could easily be created on Pro Tools. But just because it could be fake doesn’t mean that it is.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/demonic-message/