A couple who died of bubonic plague were mocked online. Then, a biologist showed up to shut it down with cold, hard science.

Earlier this year, a couple from Mongolia died of bubonic plague after consuming the organs of raw marmot. They believed the action would bring them good health. While that may sound strange, according to the World Health Organization, the eating of rodent meat is considered a folk remedy in the region. The loss of two lives is tragic. But it got worse. Soon after news of the couple’s demise broke out, people began mocking them on social media. After one Tumblr user decided to turn the conversation into a discussion of how the deceased should have just adopted a vegan diet, another used showed up to explain exactly why the post was wrong, rude, and ethnocentric. All images in this …

A photographer captured a track star’s powerful MMIW statement. We all need to know what it means.

A red hand over her mouth. The letters MMIW painted down her leg. What message was this high school track star sending? When photographer Alex Flett attended the WIAA 1B State Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University, he didn’t expect that to capture an iconic image of a high schooler with a powerful message. Rosalie Fish, from Muckleshoot Tribal School in Auburn, WA, showed up on the track with a statement painted on her body—a red hand covering her mouth and the letters MMIW down her right leg. Flett, a Spokane tribal member, recognized the meaning immediately. MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women—a movement to raise awareness about the epidemic of native women going missing or …

BYU’s valedictorian gave a powerful speech on being gay and religious. Mayor Pete just responded.

Recently, Matty Easton, a political science major at Brigham Young University, came out of the closet during his graduation speech. BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, informally known as Mormons, and has a strict honor code that has resulted in the punishment of LGBTQ students. Historically, the church has forbid same-sex marriage and those who practice homosexual activity are denied access to the temple. “It was in these quiet moments of pain and confusion that I felt another triumph, that of coming to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me,” Easton told fellow graduates. “As such, I stand before my family, friends and graduating class …

Alabama, surprisingly, refuses to air big gay rat wedding.

UPDATE: Last week, the world learned that Mr. Ratburn, the shady, big-hearted teacher from “Arthur” was gay. And the world’s collective response? “Uh, I didn’t even know ‘Arthur’ was still a thing.” You know what we call that? Progress! Because it’s [jubilant swear words bleeped out] awesome that there’s more representation on TV and that people are cool with it (although, it’s sometimes tiring that you have to celebrate that the high bar of acceptance is “people aren’t freaking out about it!”)  and that the 58 moms who make up “One Million Mom” aren’t out here crying and screeching about the sanctity of traditional marriage. (Or, if they are, we just aren’t paying attention to them!) (At least I’m not. …

Alyssa Milano proposed a sex strike to protest restrictive abortion laws but it kind of misses the point.

Alabama and Georgia have passed restrictive and possibly illegal abortion laws, and, no surprise, a lot of people are upset about it. Many Hollywood productions that shoot in Georgia are departing from the state in protest. Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams announced they will continue to shoot Lovecraft Country in Georgia, but the money they earn from the show will go straight to two charities working to overturn the law. But actress Alyssa Milano, who shoots Insatiable in Georgia, came up with probably the most attention-grabbing (and kind of problematic) way to protest the law. She called for a sex strike. Georgia’s new law forbids abortion when a heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks into a pregnancy. Legal abortions after …

This year’s Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA winner are all black women.

For the first time in history, three black women have been crowned as @MissUSA, @MissTeenUSA and @MissAmerica. Cheslie Kryst, Kaliegh Garris and Nia Franklin will join us together exclusively Tuesday morning on @CBS to talk about their historic moment. pic.twitter.com/tm9b2EgqLR — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 6, 2019 This is as great a time as ever to remind everyone that black is beautiful. I mean, the evidence is literally overwhelming. For the first time in history, all three crowns of America’s biggest beauty pageants — Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA — went to black women. American beauty pageants have not always been kind to women of color. For years, black women were not even allowed to participate …

A Tinder troll called her out on an ‘ugly dress.’ The tables turned so quickly you’ll get whiplash.

The internet dating scene is a minefield. On one hand, you could meet someone who’s awesome and kind and exactly who you’re looking to spend the next two hours to twenty five years with. On the other, sometimes you get scammers and liars. And worse yet, sometimes you just get a jerk who’s out to ruin your day for reasons that are neither apparent or important. In other words, a troll. That’s exactly what happened to Thea Lauryn Chippendale, a 20-year-old looking for friendship (and more?) on the stormy seas of Tinder. Instead of saying “hello” or trying to open with a corny pick-up line, one guy she matched with tried a different tack: Insulting her photos. “Not gonna lie, …

Chilling video shows a clever teen eluding a creepy guy following her in a car.

As a parent, it’s tough teaching kids about dealing with people they don’t know. On one hand, you don’t want them to live their lives afraid of strangers, but on the other, they need to know how to identify dangerous people and protect themselves. Police in the northern California city of Vacaville are praising a teen for eluding a suspicious male motorist. In security camera footage, the girl can be seen walking down a sidewalk when a car slowly drives up beside her. As the person in the car tries to talk to her, she keeps a large pickup truck between them. When the car turned around and pulled up in the opposite direction, she ran away. Suspicious Circumstance *Update …