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Flying in an airplane can feel frightening and isolating for anyone. This can be powerfully amplified for disabled passengers.
When an Alaska Airlines flight asked if anyone might be able to help communicate with a passenger who was both blind and deaf, a California teen stepped up.
That teen believes that she was put on that flight for a reason.
An Alaska Airlines flight made an announcement, asking if anyone onboard knew sign language.
As it happened, a teen girl who is a Calabasas native, Clara Daly, has been learning ASL (American Sign Language), and she jumped at the chance to help.
There was a man on the flight with her who was not only deaf, but blind. As a result, she had to sign into his hand in order to communicate with him.
“They thought that he might need something,” Clara would later explain. “And they weren’t sure how to communicate.”
As it turns out, she says, no emergency situations came up in which she needed to translate. But she was still happy to help.
“He didn’t need anything,” Clara says. “He was just like lonely and wanted to talk”
Clara’s mother, Jane Daly, shared a series of photos of the encounter and explained what had happened.
“Clara and I flew home yesterday.” Jane writes. “Our original flight from Boston was cancelled (of course!) so Alaskan Airline placed us on an earlier flight out.”
There’s always something when you fly, it seems.
“Clara and I made a mad dash to the airport to make the new flight! (we did, phew)” Jane says.
“Shortly after the flight took off,” Jane says. “A flight attendant made an announcement asking if anyone knew sign language.”
Fortunately, there was just one such person on the plane.
“Clara has been studying American Sign Language,” Jane says. “So she rang the flight attendant button.”
There was a twist, however.
“They explained that the passenger was not only deaf, but also blind,” Jane reveals.
Yes, like Helen Keller.
Jane explains what the attendant told them: “The only way you can communicate with him was by signing into his hand.”
From what Jane says, Clara was eager to help.
“Clara jumped up and went to see if she could help…” Jane says proudly. “And she did!”
Jane had started learning ASL because of her own dyslexia, figuring that it was just another way to communicate without writing or reading, since her mind jumbles those letters.
Jane shares: “Several times he requested her assistance throughout the flight.”
Which may mean that Clara was being too modest when she claimed that he didn’t need her help, even if there were no emergencies.
“Toward the end of the flight he asked for her again,” Jane reveals. “And this time he just wanted to talk.”
“She spent the remainder of the flight until landing with him,” Jane says.
“He asked her lots of questions,” Jane explains. “And she signed-spelled the answers into his hand.”
“The flight attendants and the passengers around him were all taken by Clara,” Jane says. “They took these photos which they shared with me this morning.”
That is so sweet. And Clara suggested that it might have been no mere coincidence.
“After the flight,” Jane reveals. “Clara told me that she thought it was meant to be that our original flight was cancelled and we were placed on this flight so that she could be there to help this man.”
That is such a positive way of looking at an otherwise unfortunate flight cancellation.
“His name is Timothy,” Jane shares. “Our original flight was direct to LA. The new flight had a layover in Portland. Timothy was flying to Portland.”
Jane also says that Clara is being modest about the entire thing.
“She’ll probably kill me for posting this, but – Proud of my girl. #alaskanairlines“
Of course, that very sweet story went viral. Good news is always welcome.
There is no shortage of horrifying viral stories, after all. Especially from flights.
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A couple in Louisiana gathered together many friends and family members this week in order to reveal the gender of their unborn child.
But they didn't use any balloons or cakes to surprise everyone (themselves included) with this piece of information.
They used an alligator.
Mike “T-Mike” Kliebert and Rebecca Miller are both trained alligator handlers and they took full advantage of their skills in this unique area by inviting one of their favorite reptiles to their party.
In the following footage, which has been viewed over 7 million times on Facebook, Mike feeds the alligator a small watermelon.
You can see the creator's mouth snap shut, prior to blueberry Jell-O pouring out forth, thereby indicating that Mike and Miller are having a little boy.
Family and friends are seen cheering along with the husband and wife.
The clip has gone viral because, well… you did read that a man used an alligator to reveal his baby's sex, right?
Among those who commented on the video was Chrissy Teigen, who has never met a social media moment she did not fully embrace.
"aaah yes the classic jello watermelon alligator snap gender reveal, who could ever get enough of these precious moments," she wrote in response to the reveal.
For whatever it's worth, meanwhile, the alligator is named Sally and has appeared in American Horror Story and is set to appear in upcoming movie Louisiana Caviar starring Katharine McPhee and Richard Dreyfuss.
What does the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries think of this stunt?
It does not recommend using alligators for gender reveals.
“It wasn’t harmful to the animal,” a spokesperson told The Huffington Post.
“But we discourage and don’t condone anyone using an animal as exhibition piece. Also, it is not wise to have a dangerous animal in such a demonstration so close to humans, especially children."
That's a fair point.
Watch the footage now:
Kylie Jenner’s recent hiatus from social media until she announced that she’d welcomed her baby girl had some wondering: Has she lost any social media clout during her absence?
The answer is no.
With one tweet, Kylie Jenner may have just delivered the killing blow to Snapchat. And it’s already cost them $ 1.3 billion.
Kylie Jenner spent months without pumping out new content on social media.
Part of that was because her body was busy constructing a tiny life form. That takes a lot of time and it also takes a lot out of you.
(We do think that precious baby Stormi Webster was worth it, and we imagine that Kylie agrees)
But mostly, she chose to spend her pregnancy in seclusion because she didn’t want to stress about social media — not about her output or over how others might reply to her.
That is totally her choice. She’s since apologized to fans for not sharing that part of her life with them, and made up for it by sharing a baby video of her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter.
Also, she’s back on social media.
So, did Kylie’s influence ebb while she was playing the role of a build-a-baby workshop?
It did not.
But it seems that her love of Snapchat, of which she was once more or less considered the reigning queen, sure has waned.
On Wednesday, the makeup mogul tweeted an innocuous question that’s been asked by countless others for the past few weeks.
We wonder if, at the time, she knew the devastating effect that it would wreak.
“Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.”
Not only has Instagram introduced its own Stories feature, complete with more options than Snapchat offers, but Snapchat’s most recent update has infuriated long-time users and caused them to put down the app.
Clearly, Kylie is among them.
She followed that by tweeting:
“Still love you tho snap … my first love.”
That profession of love, however, did not save the app’s stock.
On Thursday, the market value of Snapchat dropped by 7.2 percent.
That’s by 1.3 billion dollars.
Though there were other factors — such as a recent influx of strongly negative reviews from users after the app’s recent update.
Market analysts have Twitter too, folks. They could see Kylie’s tweet and they could see the sentiment mirrored in replies by her 24.5 million followers.
Outrage over an update is nothing new — countless apps and video games see backlash from furious users after “helpful” updates alter or destroy their ability to continue to use the things that they love.
But when the Queen of Snapchat herself doesn’t find the app usable anymore? That’s beyond a warning sign.
It’s no wonder that investors decided to jump ship.
No one could be happier at this news than Mark Zuckerberg.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the Facebook founder and billionaire offered to buy Snapchat for a cool $ 2 billion.
Snapchat declined. Internet denizens note that Instagram then came out with a Stories feature that many users find preferable to Snapchat’s, effectively making Snapchat (in some people’s opinions) redundant unless you’re just sending nudes.
That may still have played a role in Snapchat’s apparent downfall, but Zuckerberg surely couldn’t have predicted that Kylie would so mournfully tank Snapchat’s brand with a single tweet.
The question is: did Kylie have any idea that she might be effectively euthanizing Snapchat?
And did Snapchat realize how much their brand hinged upon one barely-20-year-old?
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Just four days ago, Logan Paul returned from hiatus with more followers than he had before his shameful “suicide forest” controversy, in which he filmed and mocked a suicide victim.
A million new followers does not amount to a lesson learned. And Logan Paul just filmed himself doing something else awful and disturbing.
This time, YouTube has taken action by suspending all advertising from his channel.
Towards the end of Logan Paul’s video in which he announced his return to vlogging, he bragged about his increase in followers:
“I know for a fact everything I do from this point on will get criticism, it will get backlash, because I’m a very polarizing dude. You either love me, or you hate me.”
He forgot to mention that some people are blissfully unaware of his existence.
“So internet, please, use me, bro. Crucify me, vilify me, and I can promise you one thing, guys. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to be here for a minute.”
One, not the first time that he’s referred to criticism of his unconscionable behavior and compared it to the literal crucifixion of Jesus.
Two, straight out of the monologue of an insufferable anime villain.
For reasons that we cannot begin to fathom — because surely, even if he wanted controversy, he should have known to wait a couple of weeks — Logan Paul filmed himself tasering a dead rat.
He shows himself finding a couple of dead rats on his porch.
(Which is obviously massively suspicious; how many mansions have dead rats show up? We don’t see neighborhood cats leaving them as gifts)
He then repeatedly tasered one of the dead bodies. It’s always reassuring to see a privileged man taking out his violent impulses on dead animals. That’s one of the signs of a healthy mind, right?
So, obviously, it’s in poor taste and is massively inappropriate.
The fact that this is right on the heels of his video in Japan’s infamous “Suicide Forest” makes things even worse.
After that first dreadful video in Japan, which was culturally insensitive and also just, like, objectively insensitive, Logan Paul faced consequences from YouTube.
They reduced his cut of advertising revenues.
Now, however, YouTube has taken things a step further by cutting off all of Logan Paul’s advertising.
Being an obnoxious little s–t on camera while also being super handsome is how Logan Paul made his millions.
Alot of that is merchandising, but he made seven figures in 2017 from advertising revenue alone.
YouTube released a statement explaining why they had taken the drastic step of this suspension:
“This is not a decision we made lightly.”
Of course not. Logan Paul is a huge source of revenue for the streaming platform.
Suspending his ads hurts them, too. Imagine if NBC stopped airing ads on This Is Us?
(But also imagine if Kevin Hartley were an insufferable little fame monster instead of the talented, handsome actor that he is)
“We believe he has exhibited a pattern of behavior in his videos that makes his channel not only unsuitable for advertisers, but also potentially damaging to the broader creator community.”
YouTube is right to be concerned about a ripple effect. If YouTube stars get a bad reputation (well, a worse reputation), parents might start limiting access to YouTube rather than taking a close look at who is just giving a makeup tutorial versus who is ruining lives for fun and money.
Logan Paul was YouTube’s darling son, and now he’s hurting the brand so much that even his massive number of subscribers aren’t worth it.
This suspension is temporary, however, and it looks like YouTube is hoping that he will mellow out.
Unfortunately, when you reward a terrible young man’s behavior with fabulous wealth, it doesn’t exactly discourage him from being obnoxious.
Is Logan Paul even capable of learning his lesson now? He’s not a child, folks.
Or will he return after this suspension ends with some new terrible stunt to feed his martyrdom complex?