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Billy Graham Dies; World Famous Evangelist Was 99

Billy Graham, considered by many to be the most famous pastor in the world, passed away at his North Carolina home this morning, a spokesperson has confirmed.

He was 99 years old.

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Often referred to as "America's pastor," Graham was a vital figure in reviving the United States evangelical Christian movement.

He started holding revival meetings in the 1940s and went on to serve as an adviser to multiple U.S. Presidents.

Having seen his health take a significant downturn over the last few years, Graham had turned his international ministry over to his son, Franklin.

Graham's Christian crusades took him across the world, from New York City to remote African villages.

According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.

This site estimate his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with "hundreds of millions more" viewing him on TV, video, film and over the Web.

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"My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ," Graham one said of his role on the planet.

Graham was last hospitalized in 2011 at Mission Hospital in Asheville for what was described at the time as "evaluation and treatment of his lungs."

He was also hospitalized that year due to pneumonia.

It's also believed that the famous religious figured suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Graham retired from the winding road in 2005 after nearly six decades as a pastor.

His final New York City crusade in 2005 was sponsored by 1,400 regional churches from 82 denominations.

Of acting as a spiritual adviser to numerous Presidents, Graham once said the following:

"Each one I've known long before they ever became president, been in their homes many times; always called them by their first names, until they became President."

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The preacher was famous close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, along with George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

President Bill Clinton turned to Graham after his much publicized sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky and George W. Bush credited Graham with helping him to quit drinking alcohol.

Graham got married in August 1943 to a woman named Ruth, with whom he had five children, 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She passed away in 2007 after 64 years of married.

"Do I fear death?" Graham once said at a news conference.

He then answered as follows:

"No. I look forward to death with great anticipation. I'm looking forward to seeing God face to face, and that could happen any day."

It has now happened.

May Billy Graham rest in peace.

Twitter Destroys New York Times Over Anti-Leggings Rant

In recent years, a lot of people rallied to the New York Times, giving them a level of subscriptions not seen in recent years -- largely to spite Donald Trump.

The problem, however, is that the New York Times has ... issues, and that's not a newspaper joke. The sorts of content that they promote in their "Opinion" pieces can at times be absolutely horrifying.

Like "Why Yoga Pants Are Bad For Women," an opinion post that decries the wearing of leggings. Plenty of articles have tried to claim that leggings are "not pants" or shouldn't be worn out and about, but this goes a step further by claiming that they shouldn't even be worn while exercising.

Any sensible person knows that telling women how to dress -- whether it's to not wear bikinis or to not wear a hijab -- is kind of the opposite of women's liberation. The "right way" to dress is however you see fit.

This article, it seems, was not written by a sensible person.

Twitter took notice and got up in arms. 

Women who take yoga or simply have legs objected to the notion that they should let someone else instruct them on what to wear.

1. Here's the tweet that earned so much ire

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Even without reading the article, you can see how the author tries to frame the argument as somehow pro-woman.

2. This woman's ready to talk about wardrobes

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A lot of armor that women in movies wear is designed to be flattering instead of allow free range of movement. Leggings may be flattering or unflattering, but they don't restrict you.

3. This tweet hits the nail on the head

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This kind of thing is bad enough when it comes from men. It's worse when it comes from another woman.

4. Yoga pants are called yoga pants for a reason

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Lizard pose is ... imagine holding yourself up like you're doing a push-up. Now imagine bringing up one of your legs so that your knee is more or less at your shoulder and your foot is beside your hands.

5. This is a very accurate synopsis

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If you don't like wearing a thing, don't wear it. It's so easy! Trying to project that choice onto others is wrong.

6. Athletes took issue with the article

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Sweatpants just aren't cut out for the same job. Also, they're warmer. They're sweatpants.
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Vicky Cornell Speaks on Husband’s Suicide: "I Lost My Soulmate"

As we near the one-year anniversary of Chris Cornell's suicide, the widow of this late musician has spoken out on camera for the first time since this tragedy took place.

In a sit-down with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America, Vicky Cornell opens up about the Soundgarden singer as a husband and a father, while also touching on his drug addiction.

"I know that people say, you know, you can't blame yourself. And I'm trying not to, but there were signs," Vicky says through tears in the video below.

In the past, Vicky said her husband was not noticeably depressed at the time he took his own life.

But that doesn't mean she isn't aware that drug addiction is an illness with no permanent cure.

"People think that addiction is like, 'Oh, you were an addict,' and people don't recognize it as a disease," Vicky explains to GMA, adding:

"I was, I feel, guilty of the same thing. You think addiction is a choice, and it's not."

The late rock star and Vicky got married in 2004.

They share two kids (13-year-old daughter Toni and 12-year-old son Christopher), while Cornell also has a 17-year-old daughter, Lillian, from his previous marriage to Susan Silver.

Cornell was always candid about his substance abuse issues.

But Vicky wants to make it known that this doesn't mean the artist wasn't always there for his loved ones.

"My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. He just wasn't," she says here.

"He was the best husband, the greatest father. I lost my soul mate and the love of my life."

According to a statement Vicky released to Entertainment Tonight following Cornell's passing, her husband called her the evening he died and told her he "may have taken an extra Ativan or two."

Cornell had a prescription at the time for this anxiety medication.

He was staying last May at the MGM Grand in Detroit, which is where his body was eventually discovered.

And Vicky is convinced the drug in Chris' system played a key role in his suicide.

"He wanted to be there for his family, for his children. He loved his life. He would never have ever left this world," Vicky told Roberts, adding:

"I don't think that he could make any decisions because of the level of impairment."

The full interview with Vicky will air on Good Morning America on Wednesday, February 21.

Watch an excerpt below:

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Cruise Ship Brawls: Horrified Passengers Ran For Their Cabins

Cruise ships are just supposed to be places where a bunch of drunk strangers form a giant petri dish of potential ailments while trying to enjoy themselves.

But one recent South Pacific cruise was totally derailed by brawling passengers engaging in fights. The cruise line lays the blame at the feet at 23 members of one Italian family.

Warning: the video below, which shows just one of the brawls from aboard the cruise ship, may be disturbing due to its content.

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At the beginning of this video -- a recording of one of multiple brawls, only some of which were filmed -- a quick-thinking cruise passenger on this Carnival Legends ship can at first only see the periphery of the fight.

And, of course, hear the screams.

Most of the passengers were apparently Australian. The man recording the video below certainly sounds like he was.

As the brawl moves closer, a number of people flee to avoid being drawn into it or injured by the participants.

You'd think that a fight on a boat would have a vibe like something out of a pirate movie, at least.

instead, this looks like an unarmed version of The Purge.

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To add to the disturbing elements of this video, people who appear to be cruise ship employees are shown appearing to engage in two different unacceptable behaviors.

One person who appears to work security is shown repeatedly kicking a man who is laying on the ground. It appears that someone throws themselves over that man's body to protect him.

Some reports claim that the man on the ground is a 17-year-old boy. Either way, that looks horrible.

Multiple employees appear to try to deter filming, which is not even acceptable when actual police do it.

Some reports claim that cruise ship employees stole people's phones in order to delete incriminating videos.

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The key culprits in the actual brawling and fighting, however, were reportedly members of a 23-member Italian family.

One cruise passenger described this "big Italian family' assailing other passengers, resulting in people "getting strangled and punched up."

"Very violent, they were full-on attacks."

At least one passenger called his father in Australia to plead for him to get the government to send help.

Though members of the crew eventually locked a number of passengers in their rooms after days of terror, there wasn't really a place where they could lock up a couple dozen troublemakers.

Cruise ships don't have the authority to make people walk the plank, folks.

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Some passengers point to what they believe to be the real culprit.

One chose to blame alcohol, as many passengers have unlimited passes to the bar.

Which, she claimed, means that a lot of people are just super drunk by 6 or 7 in the evening.

The problem with that accusation is that this cruise ship, which was traveling from Melbourne to New Caledonia, had 2000 people on board.

Two thousand. Versus what, a couple dozen -- let's say a few dozen -- troublemakers.

This wasn't an alcohol problem, this was a terrible people being violent problem.

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The frightening brawls sent a number of guests to lock themselves in their cabins for their own safety. Not exactly an ideal vacation.

Carnival Cruise Line says that they've sent people to provide comfort to passengers who were understandably upset.

Apparently they offered passengers 25% off on a future cruise, which is ... well, that's gotten a mixed reception.

Some passengers aren't planning on ever going on another Carnival Cruise Line, as you may recall that some were just as horrified by the behavior of employees as they were by the brawlers.

So a 25% discount -- or one of 100% doesn't mean that much.

Watch this video, if you're feeling up to it, and decide for yourself if that's an experience that you'd want to risk repeating:

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Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Passenger Who Won’t Stop Farting

Passenger 57?

More like Flatulence 57, folks!

Don't worry. This genius joke will make a lot more sense in just a few moments...

Transavia Airlines

According to multiple news outlets (who apparently lacked a lot of hard news to report on over the weekend), a Transavia Airlines pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam Schiphol several days ago.

The reason for said emergency landing?

Two female passengers on board the plane continually asked another passenger to please stop passing gas.

When this third passenger refused to do so, a loud argument broke out and gave the pilot no choice but to quell the smelly chaos by cutting the trip short.

Following a warning from crew members that did not to prevent the farting or the subsequent fighting, the plane was diverted to Vienna Airport.

Police boarded the plane after it landed and removed two women and two men that the pilot reported as “passengers on the rampage,” Metro reports.

This publication adds that the two women were sisters and that authorities brought a dog on board as well, presumably because canines have an especially great senses of smell.

And we guess such an ability would come in handy during this sort of situation.

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“We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything," said Nora Lacchab, one of the women.

She added:

"All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up."

She and her sibling are thinking about filing a lawsuit against the airline.

All four passengers were released from police custody without being charged.

However, all have been banned from flying Transavia Airlines ever again.

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Said the company in a statement:

"Our crew must ensure a safe flight. When passengers pose risks, they immediately intervene. Our people are trained for that.

"They know very well where the boundaries are. Transavia is therefore square behind the cabin crew and the pilots."

Makes sense to us.

The thing is, we still don't know the name of the person who actually dealt the farts.

In our experience, however, it was likely the same person who smelt them.

Stormy Daniels: I Have Trump DNA on a Dress, Monica Lewinsky Style!!

There are a couple of pieces of big news regarding Stormy Daniels, the porn star who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

For one thing, Stormy's management has announced that Trump's lawyer has now broken the NDA, freeing Stormy to tell all without fear of repercussion.

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For another, Stormy apparently has a gold dress from that affair. A dress that may contain evidence. Monica Lewinsky-style.

Remember how Monica Lewinsky's life was ruined forever?

Stormy Daniels is experiencing a renaissance. She's everywhere. She's celebrated.

Why? Perhaps because, in the era of Trump, things that were once career-ending scandals now barely make headlines because the world has gone mad and every day is an absolute nightmare.

Or because, even if the Stormy scandal can't actually dethrone Trump, the majority of Americans delight in seeing him embarrassed.

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Either way, Stormy Daniels has been enjoying unprecedented popularity in the media. Even though she is apparently forbidden from discussing or even confirming the alleged affair with Donald Trump, the world has read parts of her story.

Apparently, Stormy Daniels -- whose real name is Stephanie Clifford -- was paid $130,000 to sign an NDA about Trump, just months before that fateful, terrible 2016 election.

But years earlier, an unpublished story included Stormy's details of "generic" sex with Donald Trump.

Not something that anyone ever wanted to imagine or endure, but though no one on Earth is surprised to hear of Donald Trump cheating on his wife shortly after their marriage and the birth of his young son, it's another thing to hear confirmation.

Emails exchanged between Stormy and some political advisers (she dabbled in politics back in 2009) contained some ... interesting details.

Stormy Daniels, AVN Awards 2018

One, Trump allegedly had her spank him with a Forbes magazine that had his own face.

Two, Donald Trump reportedly had her watch hours of Shark Week with him during the course of their affair. But he's apparently terrified of sharks.

But all of that was unconfirmed. When Stormy Daniels gets interviewed, she's very entertaining but everyone knows that she can't talk about things.

Now, however, she might be able to finally tell her story.

See, attorney Michael Cohen is the one who paid the alleged hush money to Stormy.

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Recently, he announced -- in what some believe was an outrageously miscalculated attempt to protect Trump -- that he paid Stormy the money himself for his own reasons and that he was never compensated for it by Trump or anyone else.

As in, maybe he just woke up one day and decided to pay Stormy Daniels $130,000?

Stormy's management has now informed Trump's team that they believe that Cohen's statement has broken the NDA, which means that Stormy may now be free to tell all.

How much credibility people give her may be, in part, contingent upon the DNA results on an old, gold dress of hers.

So, once upon a time, Monica Lewinsky kept a blue dress that, even with 1990s technology, showed signs of Bill Clinton's semen.

Stormy Daniels Selfie

The Blast reports that Stormy Daniels' gold dress may contain Trump's DNA.

While we don't envy the forensic technicians who be testing the garment for the orange man's residue, she reportedly plans to have it tested in order to prove that, yes, she really did have an affair with him 12 years ago.

Now, Stormy Daniels is a conservative (yes, there are conservative porn stars) and absolutely no one considers having banged Donald Trump to be grounds for bragging rights.

Why does she want to prove it? Well, interviews and publicity and the money that comes with it.

She's a businesswoman, folks.

No one knows how long the Trump administration is going to last. But for now, it's Stormy's time to shine.

And why shouldn't she?

After what she allegedly put up with back in 2006, doesn't she deserve a little compensation?

Mom Claims Her Daughter Was WAXED at Daycare

When a parent drops off their child at daycare, they might expect the child to come home with a scratch or maybe a sticker. But you never expect any drastic change.

One mother noticed that something was off when she picked up her daughter from daycare.

In an understandably furious post, she says that her daughter's eyebrows were waxed.

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Alyssa Salgado's young daughter was attending daycare at the Boys and Girls Club on the Columbia Basin College (CBC) campus in Pasco.

This is what Alyssa wrote on Facebook:

"I take my daughter to the CBC Daycare to be cared for while I'm at school trying to focus on graduating!"

That's very responsible of her.

"Then I go pick up my daughter yesterday and saw a red mark in between her eye brows."

Sometimes, kids bump into things (or each other) because they're just a few years old and are still learning how to exist. But this was different.

"I think it's a scratch but as soon as a get home I get a closer look these WOMEN decided to WAX MY DAUGHTERS uni brow."

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This photo is before the alleged waxing. Alyssa Salgado was understandably incensed.

"I immediately started to contact the director of the day care in many texts she tried to come up with multiple excuses then this morning I take my daughter in person to the director."

Unfortunately, she says that this meeting did not go as she intended.

"She laughs in my face telling me a bunch of lies and I do get upset!!!"

This is a horrifying situation.

Not only because someone allegedly did this behind this sweet child's mother's back, but because of the pain that this precious child must have endured.

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Alyssa's maternal rant continues.

"I AM A MOTHER NOTHING LIKE THIS SHOULD EVER HAPPEN AND THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO TOUCH MY DAUGHTER AT ALL."

She's absolutely right.

"I birthed my daughter and love every little thing about her and these so called women took it upon themselves to correct the way my daughter should look." 

Significantly, Alyssa says that her daughter is not the only victim of this.

"Not only that it happen to another mother's son Glenda Maria Cruz. #boysandgirlsclub #kepractionnews #pascopd #pascoSchoolDistrict"

It sounds like, per her allegations, someone at that daycare has some sort of sick agenda.

"I will not let this get unnoticed."

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She's sharing this because she hopes that something can be done.

"I would like this to get out, imagine if this was your son or daughter and if they were waxing them imagine how much pain you would be in...."

Waxing is agonizingly painful, folks. Famously so. For a small child ... I can't imagine anyone wanting to put a child through that.

"I can imagine her calling out mommy and I wasn't there to protect her I failed her."

Every parent's nightmare.

"But I refuse to let this go unnoticed!!!"

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The Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties says that they have conducted an internal investigation and found that the claims are "unsubstantiated."

That's ... odd. We're talking about the same claim from two different parents of two different children. Perhaps we'll all know more after the Washington State Department of Early Learning concludes its investigation.

Speaking to People, Alyssa Salgado says:

"I’m still waiting for answers from the Boys and Girls Club. [The daycare employees] should know better. They’ve been watching these same kids since they were born and it shouldn’t cross their minds to alter a child’s looks or anything like that."

Perhaps the worst thing about this story is occasional comments where people say that they think that it's totally appropriate to wax a preschooler's face. it is emphatically not.

"They shouldn’t be thinking, ‘Oh, hey, let’s do this. Let’s see how fun this is.’ No, it isn’t."

Alyssa says that the director claims that she "trusts her staff" and denies that the child was waxed.

“I want them to take responsibility for what they did. What happened is permanent in my mind and in her mind because she is so little."

Trauma can linger for life, folks. Children can't process things things as well as adults.

"I just want justice for my daughter. I want the person who did this to apologize to my daughter for what they did to her. I don’t want this to happen again to her or to anybody else."

"Demonic Child" Goes On Rampage, Screams for 8-Hour Flight

The next time you want to complain about noise or commotion on board an airplane, please remember the video featured below.

And keep in mind: It could always be worse!

Earlier this week, passengers on a Lufthansa plane from Germany to New Jersey were forced to endure constant screaming from a three-year old child that sources tell The Daily Mail suffers from some kind of disability.

It's unclear exactly what is the matter with the toddler, but it's VERY clear in this footage that he is unable to sit still or be quiet.

Stuck on the eight-hour voyage with this unnamed child, New York City artist Shane Townley documented the stunning behavior at various point of the eight-hour trip.

Yes, the boy screamed, yelled and jumped all over various seats for eight consecutive hours.

The five-minute video - which was filmed a few seats back from the unwanted action - depicts this restless kid climbing all over the passengers’ seats and jabbering, while his mother tries to calm him down.

At one point, she asks the flight attendant to please (PLEASE!) get the wi-fi going so that she can distract her son with his iPad

Alas, this makes no difference in the end.

In his description of the footage on YouTube, Townley describes the energetic three-year old as "demonic" and the situation as a "nightmare," the latter of which we most definitely understand.

Heck, at one point, the child sits on top of the seats and hits the ceiling of the plane, ignoring his mom's request to "calm down."

Elsewhere in the video, we see passengers covering their ears and trying to ignore all that's taking place around them.

But it's a virtual impossibility.

On Twitter, most users were sympathetic to the mother here, although some offered a few suggestions for the airline:

A representative from Lufthansa told the British publication that most passengers were understanding of the incident and that their crew did its best to de-escalate the situation.

Only so much could be done, however.

Check out the viral footage below:

Demonic child goes on rampage screams for entire 8 hour flight

Shaun White: What About His Penis Pics?

Throughout the #MeToo movement, one group of alleged sex monsters have managed to totally avoid facing any consequences: men who had already been accused long before Weinstein's downfall.

Right now, Shaun White is at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, cementing his legacy.

But, as we look at the allegations, fans of winter sports should ask themselves: does Shaun White really deserve their support?

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Before we talk about the allegations against Shaun White, let's talk about his better-known public misbehavior.

Several years ago -- back in 2012, when people thought that the world was going to end but didn't realize that it would be long, drawn out, and presided over by a malevolent orange -- Shaun White was arrested for vandalism and public intoxication.

Allegedly reeking of alcohol, Shaun White pulled a fire alarm in his hotel, prompting the building's evacuation.

He then apparently grappled a bit with someone who tried to stop him from fleeing the scene, and ended up being arrested.

Hey, we're not judging anybody for drinking -- but pulling a fire alarm can be dangerous or even lethal (if there's a panic or if resources are diverted from a real fire). And, obviously, belligerence and alleged violence aren't okay, either.

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Unfortunately, there are more serious accusations against Shaun White.

In August of 2016, Lena Zawaideh -- the drummer in Shaun White's band, Bad Things, alleged in court documents that Shaun White had sexually harassed her.

Among the complaints was the allegation that Shaun had sent graphic images of a sexually explicit nature to her.

Shaun would later admit to having sent the messages.

In Feburary of 2017, Shaun's team asked the court to compel Lena Zawaideh to undergo a psychological evaluation -- we can't speak to his team's motives, but such orders are sometimes used as fishing expeditions or as an intimidation tactic.

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Three months after the demand for an evaluation, however, Shaun White and his team agreed to pay Lena Dawaideh an undisclosed settlement.

The accusations include White sending her photos of erect penises, forcing her to watch sexually disturbing videos (including one which apparently sexualized human excrement!!), and making explicit comments about her relationship with her boyfriend.

She also describes Shaun White sticking his hand down his pants and walking over to her and pressing his hand into her face in an attempt to force her to smell his genitals by proxy.

Furthermore, she alleges that he used his position as the band's "money guy" to make her change her look, including wearing her hair how he wanted it, not wearing red lipstick, and dressing in more revealing and provocative outfits.

They were in a band, but a lot of this sounds like workplace sexual harassment.

Shaun White Speaks

On Wednesday afternoon, Shaun White was interviewed at an Olympic Committee news conference.

Not only were no female reporters called on to ask questions, but when asked about the allegations against him, Shaun replied:

"Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip."

That's ... incredibly dismissive.

"I am who I am, and I’m proud of who I am and my friends love me and vouch for me and I think that stands on its own."

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Now, at least, Shaun White has apologized. Well, he's apologized for being dismissive.

Speaking to Today's Savannah Guthrie, Shaun White said:

"I’m truly sorry that I chose the word gossip. It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today. I’m just truly sorry. I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience."

He added that he's proud of who he is today.

Some wonder if Shaun White is accustomed to being able to dismiss and charm his way out of questions like that, and if the cultural impact of #MeToo is making serious allegations of bad behavior harder for people to ignore.

Of course, Shaun White was also excoriated by Twitter for dragging an American flag on the ground. For an Olympic champion, he's having a relatively bad day.

Virgin Becomes Pregnant at 29 – Here’s How and Why

A 29-year-old virgin is pregnant with her first child. No, this isn't one of those things where someone reclaims their virginity -- she has genuinely never had sex in any form.

A number of people are asking how, exactly, this came to be.

Even more are asking why.

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The how is fairly obvious:

Lauren, who hails from a fairly conservative Manitoba community, found a fertility clinic and a sperm donor.

It was a little trickier than just that, however.

"I was born with hypopituitarism, which means my pituitary gland is not formed properly. It doesn’t send the right hormonal messages to the other glands in the body, like the adrenaline gland or the ovaries."

That meant that she started puberty late. It also meant that she faced some obstacles when it came to fertility.

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"The hardest thing was probably getting pregnant," Lauren the 29-year-old virgin tells VICE.

"Initially my endocrinologist said it won’t happen, that I’ll need to get an egg donor and spend tens of thousands of dollars on IVF. I felt really shut down."

Eventually, though, she had success using a sperm donor from the fertility clinic. Unlike most she didn't try the "old fashioned way" of getting pregnant first, but she had her reasons.

For starters, she says that dating is ... the worst.

"People say horrible stuff. I remember when I had an online dating profile the first comment I got was ‘Do you want to come sit on my face?’ For one, does that actually work on anyone? And two, no thank you. People like that turn me away."

You gotta respect people's boundaries, folks. Just because you would love a direct message (or maybe an unsolicited nude) doesn't mean that various strangers are up for that as an icebreaker.

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Lauren, who is due in June, talks about how she's toyed with the idea of sex, despite not being super interested in dating.

"Since I’ve been pregnant there have been a few times where I’ve felt like maybe it would be nice to have someone for that -- to go out and have sex..."

Not with anyone specific, mind you.

"Sometimes, out of curiosity, I think maybe I could try a random hookup, but that feeling very quickly passes -- I realize I’m not acting like myself."

hey, some folks aren't big on hookup culture.

"The best possible situation would be with someone I’ve known for awhile. No dinner or anything like that. I’d be strictly seeing what this sex thing is all about."

A lot of people try things like that. Maybe she'd be into it or maybe she wouldn't. But it doesn't sound like she's planning on trying it.

"I feel like I would chicken out if there was a big lead-up to it. I’m a fairly anxious person, so I feel like going out to dinner with someone, I would either try to find reasons why I don’t like this person, or try to talk myself out of it."

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We'd never tell anyone else what to label themselves, but we can't help but notice that some of what this woman describes sounds like what you'd expect to hear from someone on the asexual spectrum.

Your typical asexual may not particularly desire sex. Some have sex drives, which may strike them as a cosmic joke. Others do not.

She says that she has engaged in kissing, much to her chagrin.

"I’ve been kissed, very awkwardly. It’s not something I want to relive."

Her interviewer asks her about masturbation, and got a similar answer.

"I tried it, and I didn’t really like it. Never did it again."

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Some people can't fathom someone not being interested in sex. Even more people can wrap their heads around finding dating and hookups both equally troublesome, but can't imagine life without masturbation.

If you're wondering if her virginity is religiously motivated at this point, Lauren says that you couldn't be further off.

"I make jokes about it but basically this is me giving a middle finger to the people who told me I couldn’t do it because I’m not married yet."

It sounds like some people in her life have some very traditional views of how and when you're supposed to have a child.

"It’s the opposite of a religious reason. If you’re telling me I can’t do this, I’m going to do it anyway."

So, if we're reading that correctly, she may come from one of those religious communities where they'd rather someone have a shotgun wedding than not get married and have a traditional family at all.

Hey, good for Lauren for living life by her own terms. As fertility technology improves, people can be awarded greater independence with their reproductive choices.

Outback Server Whines About Tip, Gets Fired

Restaurant employees work hard to earn their tips. When they don't receive the gratuity on which they depend to make ends meet, they're understandably upset.

When one Outback Steakhouse employee was given $0 in tips on a $735 order for a church, she took to social media to share her dismay and disappointment.

And she was fired for it. As you'll see in the video below, she says that she wouldn't change a thing.

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Outback Steakhouse wisely offers delivery services in some areas -- in these days of Amazon Prime and soon-to-be days of delivery via drone and autonomous vehicle, your restaurant has to be exceptional if you expect for people to physically leave their homes to eat your food.

However, delivery service at one Palm Beach County, Florida Outback was delayed, and so a local megachurch, Christ Fellowship, sent a volunteer to pick up the order directly from Outback.

The order for 25 people came out to $735.

The volunteer paid for the order and left.

There was just one problem: the volunteer didn't leave a tip. Annoying on small orders. On a massive order that took a while to put together, that kind of slight can leave wait staff financially devastated for the day.

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One of the employees who worked on the order was Tamalyn Yoder.

Speaking to the Palm Beach Post, she explained why this is a problem, even though there was no table service:

"We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car. It’s a lot of work just as much as serving."

As a result, she says that she made only $18 in tips from other orders -- as so much of her time was occupied preparing the large order.

It's important to remember that, though the minimum wage is not really a living wage, many restaurant employees are paid even less.

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As a number of servers have done since the advent of social media, Tamalyn took to the internet to express her disappointment that such a large order would come with no tip.

A large part of her intention was to raise awareness -- some people may believe that tipping isn't necessary because they aren't being waited upon at a table. It's easy to forget how much goes on behind the scenes.

She was also just upset, folks. As anyone would be if their work went uncompensated.

Unfortunately, Outback responded by firing her, citing its policy of firing waiters who do literally exactly what she did -- complaining about customers on social media.

Now, Tamalyn is speaking to the media about why she felt that this was worth being fired.

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"When I brought it out and put it in the car and received the payment, there was no gratuity. I got upset."

She's very matter-of-fact about events.

"I posted a post on Facebook about the church not leaving a gratuity tip."

She reminds everyone of the importance of tipping.

"We live off of tips. If we don’t have that then we have nothing."

A lot of people aren't sure how to tip when it's not in a restaurant. In a restaurant, 20% makes sense as a bare minimum, sure, but if you're picking up, she recommends:

"Coming in to eat or takeout, you should automatically be wanting to tip 15%. From there you either go up or you go down, based on service."

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She doesn't quite agree with Outback's policy.

"I feel that we should be allowed to say something especially to big parties that don’t leave anything...they pay the exact amount."

Some places put an automatic gratuity on large orders; perhaps Outback should implement that. They may even learn from this example.

Tamalyn says that what has transpired was worth it.

"I probably would still do it the same way. I wouldn’t change anything."

She is currently searching for a new job. But she mentions that she doesn't harbor any ill will towards Christ Fellowship.

"The church did reach out to me, they are trying to rectify the whole thing. And I thank them."

Christ Fellowship has clarified that the volunteer was unaware that the church always tips, as it was a last-minute arrangement.

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Transgender Model Spends $75,000 to Look Like Kylie Jenner

Who is Kylie Jenner to you? A reality star from a famous family? A wealthy makeup mogul? A new mother who just gave birth at the beginning of the month?

To one trans woman, Kylie is an inspiration.

Kyleigh Potts is a model who's spent $75,000 on 40 different procedures to look more and more like Kylie Jenner.

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Kyleigh Potts tells The Daily Mail that she started using lip fillers a few years ago. Since then, she's had 40 different procedures in order to attain her current look.

"I have spent the last four years perfecting my transition into the beautiful woman I always knew I was."

Though she's been intrigued by plastic surgery since well before her transition, Kyleigh points to the young reality star as her real inspiration.

"Kylie Jenner has always been my ultimate goal and inspiration, I feel like I have always emulated her and like her I didn't start out beautiful, I built myself beautiful."

You have to remember that, for the first few years of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kylie faced nearly as many insults about her appearance as Khloe did.

And then Kylie got hot. More than that, she redesigned her body to look how she wanted it to. That really struck a chord with Kyleigh.

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"When I saw her come into herself and transform from the ugly duckling to the b---h everybody wants to be - every girl wants to be her, and every guy wants to sleep with her."

Well, everybody wants her bank account, anyway. Not sure that everybody wants to quantum leap into a 20-year-old mother.

"I resonated with that, I always thought I was unattractive, ugly and never enough through the trauma of being bullied that I found confidence through altering myself."

Kyleigh, who chose to disclose that her deadname was Kyle Leigh -- which is just incredibly serendipitous -- talks about how she began undergoing procedures.

"I turned to dermal fillers in attempts to make everything better, I spent my first two years doing that extensively to the point where my lips were huge."

Her lips are still pretty huge, actually.

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"My facial structure is very similar to hers, when I had my recent surgeries they asked me to bring in pictures of my inspiration and desired look, every image was of Kylie Jenner."

Go big or go home. And, speaking of going big. ...

"I found Dolly Parton's plastic surgeon, because I wanted the biggest breasts possible, to feminise my face by making my chin more rounded and alter my nose to look like Kylie's."

And she talks about exactly how far she went with her breasts.

"'I went from no breasts at all, only developing small tissue from hormones, to 650cc implants that have given me 34DDD breasts."

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She says that the link between herself and Kylie has increased over the years.

"People tell me I look like Kylie Jenner a lot, it was always a joke among my friends and I refer to myself as King Kyleigh, I even have it tattooed on my bicep."

We don't know that we'd say that she actually looks like Kylie most of the time, but we're glad that Kyleigh's out there living her best life.

She is accustomed to getting a reaction in public, however.

"Whenever I go grocery shopping everyone's heads turn that happens no matter what, I don't pay a lot of attention to it - I'm used to walking into somewhere and having the whole room stare at me."

Maybe we'll one day live in a world where people aren't so hung up on the appearances of strangers.

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Though it's no one's business, Kyleigh has shared that she's keeping her penis. Not all trans people want to play surgical roulette with their genitals. Not all trans folks experience dysphoria related to their genitals. 

"Unlike most transgender women, I am proud of the fact that I have male genitalia, I never wish to change them."

Gender is who you are, not whether you stand or sit in the privacy of a bathroom stall.

"My doctors tailor my hormones so there is a high-enough testosterone level to allow me to still use my male genitalia during sex."

It's good that she can be herself and continue to live her life. Sadly, some trans folks feel forced to choose.

"I have no plans to remove them, there are too many constraints on gender where people believe they have to choose male or female."

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On Instagram, Kyleigh has shared a number of throwbacks of how her figure looked before surgery. This photo is one of them.

Also taking to Instagram, she has thanked her mother for helping her to transform her body.

"This Christmas I’d like to thank my Mother for going out of her way and making my surgeries a possibility, for helping me become me."

It's wonderful that she's found support from her family and friends.

Obviously, Kyleigh Potts is an outlier among trans women. After all, for most women, the quest to be yourself doesn't involve molding yourself to be more like someone else.

But it's wonderful that she's living her dreams.

Kylie Jenner is living some very different dreams these days.

August Ames: Late Porn Star’s Cause of Death Revealed

In early December of 2017, porn actress August Ames committed suicide following a series of controversial tweets that nearly tore the porn industry in half.

This tragedy was mourned by both her supporters and her detractors, but some pointed the finger at the online backlash that she had received.

Now, the toxicology report has finally been completed. What light does this shed on her death at 23?

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It all started with a tweet, when August Ames shared what she believed was a warning to fellow porn actresses:

"whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say? Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body."

Yes, she was wrong, and we'll get into that in a moment. But that does not in any way make her death less tragic.

She went on to defend herself from the backlash.

"NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, i don’t know what they do in their private lives."

It's no secret that the porn industry can be miserable for women. It sounds like it might not be that fun for bisexual men, either.

"How am I homophobic if I myself am attracted to women? Not wanting to have sex with gay men is not homophobic; they don’t want to have sex with me either. So byeeeee."

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August then tried to slam people, particularly within her own industry, for what she perceived as hypocrisy and mixed messages.

"'Choose who YOU want to work with' 'Don’t do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable' 'Share your thoughts' Hmm. Well, I did all three, and twitter took a dump on me."

For the record, though that is all good advise, if the thoughts that you want to share are bigoted or even just appear to be so, it might be a good time to not speak up. But, again, we sincerely wish that she were still alive.

"I don’t have anything to apologize for! Apologizing for taking extra steps to ensue that my body stays safe? F--k you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I fucking love the gay community! What the f--k ever! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate."

She tweeted something not unusual to see on a porn star's Twitter, but some wondered if it was how she was coping with the backlash:

"Coffee & weed."

Finally, August Ames sounded fed up:

"F--k y’all."

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The backlash was intense. Too intense, in fact.

Obviously, everyone has the right to refuse sex to anyone, at any time, for any reason.

But people can also have some truly terrible reasons.

Some porn stars will refuse to film scenes with black men for fear that it will "lower their value" as performers and cause them to get paid less in the future.

(Yeah, it's horrifying -- that's perhaps less of an indictment of the women who decline than it is of all of society for being racist)

In this case, we're talking about a bigoted belief that a man who films porn with other men but undergoes the same STI screening that she does -- is any more likely than any other porn star to have HIV.

It's not true -- anal sex increases the risk of HIV transmission relative to venereal intercourse, but obviously that doesn't preclude straight porn stars from getting infected. Particularly those who film anal scenes with women.

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At what point does backlash amount to bullying? That can be difficult to determine.

But August Ames' cause of death was suicide by hanging. It is difficult to look at her tragic death as anything but the consequence of the controversy that preceded it.

Remember when we suggested that her toxicology report might shed further light on her state of mind when she took her own life?

The Blast obtained August Ames' toxicology report, and her system contained signs that she had taken:

-Sertraline (generic Zoloft, a pretty standard SSRI antidepressant)

-Alprazolam (which is just generic Xanax)

-Cocaine

-Marijuana

-Seizure medication

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Coupled with the knowledge that August Ames had attempted suicide in the past, it appears that the controversy and ensuing backlash were related to her death ... but hardly the sole cause.

When someone struggles with suicidal depression, they don't always need an excuse. One might conclude that the controversy was a catalyst, but that's a guess at the most.

From that list of drugs, it appears that August was using both prescription and non-prescription means of attempting to combat her anxiety (with alprazolam and marijuana and likely the seizure medication) and to beat a particularly bad depressive episode (the sertraline and cocaine).

We all long for a day when people hold more enlightened views. We also long for a day when people on social media understand nuance and compassion and can show a modicum of chill.

The backlash could have been a discussion. Perhaps then, August Ames wouldn't have died at 23.

Rob Delaney Reveals Young Son’s Tragic Death

Rob Delaney is a well-known comedian, most recently recognized for his role as co-creator, writer, and actor on Catastrophe. He's also known for his humorous political observations on Twitter.

Now, however, Delaney is taking to social media to share grim news of a very personal nature.

His very young son, Henry, has passed away at two-and-a-half years old. Heartbreaking.

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On Friday, February 9th, Rob Delaney took to Facebook to share a post that must have been astonishingly difficult to write:

"I have very sad news. My two and a half year year old son Henry has passed away."

Devastating news.

"Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss."

Horrible at any age. Unspeakable when it's happening to a baby.

"He had surgery to remove the tumor and further treatment through the early part of 2017."

Unfortunately, that did not fully resolve the problem.

"Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January."

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"My wife and Henry's older brothers and I are devastated of course."

Of course.

"Henry was a joy. He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he'd moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals."

Henry had just started his life anew, it seems.

"His tumor and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum."

Children can be amazingly resourceful in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

"His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound."

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"I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry's mom and his brothers."

And he credits them with giving him purpose as he goes on.

"They are why I will endeavor to not go mad with grief."

This is perhaps a reference to Rob Delaney's struggle as an alcoholic. He has been sober for 16 years this month.

"I don't want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I'm greedy for more experiences with them."

That is such a healthy sentiment.

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"The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry's illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world."

Rob Delaney is American but currently lives in London. 

"If you'd like to help other families in the UK with very sick children, please make a donation to Rainbow Trust (https://rainbowtrust.org.uk) or Noah's Ark (https://www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk) in Henry's name or in the name of someone you love."

Hospice is sad enough, but hospice services for children is ... bleak. Such services need all of the resources that they can get.

"Our family would be in much worse shape right now if it weren't for them. I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can. Do not take it for granted."

The NHS, the UK's single-payer healthcare system, comes under attack by politicians who -- like those who oppose Obamacare in the US -- seek to dismantle universal health services.

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Rob Delaney ends his heartbreaking post with a plea.

"Finally, I ask that you respect my family's privacy regarding this matter. I have nothing else to say that I haven't said here."

Of course. What could anyone ask beyond what he has shared? Why would anyone want to force him to speak about this?

"Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much."

Rest in peace, Henry.

Logan Paul Uses Taser on Dead Animals, YouTube Suspends Ads

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.

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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."

That is:

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.

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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.

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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:

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"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.

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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?

Student Claims Airline Forced Her to Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet

A Florida college student says she was left in tears late last year after a Spirit Airlines employee said she wasn't permitted to bring her emotional support hamster on board a flight.

Yes, her emotional support hamster.

Before you laugh at this story, however, keep reading down below. It's actually pretty sad...

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According to The Miami Herald, Belen Aldecosea, a 21-year old from South Florida, was flying home from college due to an urgent medical issue in November.

She says she checked with Spirit on multiple occasions prior to the day of her flight and was assured that the hamster, Pebbles, would be allowed on the plane.

(Yes, Belen also says, a doctor certified the hamster as an emotional support companion. We assume this means she had a note from the physician.)

However, upon arriving at the Baltimore airport, Aldecosea was told the opposite.

She was told that Pebbles could not accompany her on her trip.

With no friends or family members anywhere in the area, and being too young to rent a car, Aldecosea says she was at a loss about how to proceed.

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She claims an airline employee suggested she flush Pebbles down a toilet.

“One of the representatives started giving me little tips like, ‘Oh you should just leave her, or flush her down the toilet,'” Aldecosea told The Herald.

She didn't want to murder little Pebbles, but Aldecosea explained to the newspaper that she didn't have "any other options."

Therefore, crying uncontrollably, she went through with the recommended act, figuring it was more humane than releasing Pebbles outside, only for him to eventually get hit by a car.

“She was scared. I was scared,” Aldecosea told the publication. “It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet.”

We can only imagine.

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Aldecosea has hired an attorney and is considering filing a lawsuit against Spirit Airlines for the conflicting information that she says led her to flush her emotional support pet.

In response to Aldecosea's allegation, Spirit released the following statement on Thursday:

After researching this incident, we can say confidently that at no point did any of our agents suggest this Guest (or any other for that matter) should flush or otherwise injure an animal. It is incredibly disheartening to hear this Guest reportedly decided to end her own pet’s life.

Our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the Guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines.

When the Guest appeared with the hamster at the airport, our agents offered and the Guest accepted an opportunity to take a later flight, so she had time to find other accommodations for the animal.

Our records indicate she was scheduled to take the 10:39 am flight on Nov. 21, but ended up taking the 7:42 pm flight that day.

We did offer the Guest a voucher for the inconvenience, but we never heard back from her.

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This story has gone viral because... well... an emotional support hamster was involved.

But also because airlines of late have been cracking down on emotional support pets in general.

For example, click around below to find out what happened when a woman wanted to bring a peacock on board a cross country flight with her...