A decade ago, gender reveal parties were unheard of. Now social media and even traditional media are filled with pregnant mothers and their husbands, all one-upping each other. There seems to be no limit to the outrageous ways people are using to reveal whether one’s baby will be a boy or a girl.
Like many teenagers, Hannah Jordan believed her parents picked on her. One day the 15-year-old reached the end of her tether and had to let off steam. She wrote a rant on Facebook full of swear words. In it, she accused her parents of forcing her to do too many chores. Her furious father decided to teach his daughter a lesson. He took her laptop and fired nine bullets into it. The trigger-happy dad filmed the incident and posted it on YouTube. He called the video “Facebook Parenting: For The Troubled Teen.”
They thought Jeremy would always be a loner and would never find love. But after a worldwide search, Jeremy the snail did find someone. Unless you’re a snail aficionado, you might not know that snail shells almost always twist to the right. But there are outliers who have shells that twist to the left. They are extremely rare. Some say they are one in a million. Jeremy was one such snail. The way a snail’s shell twists is a big deal. With a shell twisting to the right, finding a mate is easy. For those unlucky snails with a shell twisting to the left, mating is impossible. The sexual organs do not line up.
The internet gives us new ways to connect with each other that we couldn’t imagine just 20 years ago. Instant communication through email, skype and social media is supposed to bring people together. It’s supposed to make keeping in touch easier, help spark new friendships, and help people rediscover old ones. It’s supposed to make the world a smaller place.