Your school days can often be considered the most important days of your life, so it’s important that every school across the world makes sure that every student in every classroom gets an equal chance of a happy and successful education.
One particular school in Maine has really pushed the boat out when it comes to making sure every student is welcomed with open arms and an open heart – especially new students who often find it overwhelmingly daunting. So what did the school do?
Dayton Consolidated School
Well, one day, Dayton Consolidated School in Dayton, Maine, welcomed a 6-year old student named Morey Belanger. It was a special day for everyone as Morey was the school’s first-ever deaf student. To make her feel most at home and accommodate her needs, they made sure the whole school was aware of her condition and did their best to make sure she felt just like everyone else.
To do so, the school installed a hearing assistive system and carried out extra training to all staff to ensure they were able to communicate with her when necessary. However, it wasn’t just the teachers who learned sign language. All students had to learn at least 20 words too!
Teaching Sign Language
Learning posters were put up on the walls all over the school, and some teachers even used up their free time to take lessons. The extra effort was totally worth it, and Morey’s first day at school was an absolute success. The schools Principal Kimberly Sampietro has since spoken out about Morey’s arrival, calling her such a wonderful addition to the school’s community.
Speaking to ABC News, Principal Sampietro said: “Morey helped out the students to learn the alphabet. The kids have completely embraced her. They all look up to her, they want her around, and every one of them wants to partner up with her.”
To reward the students’ hard work, a Disney princess was invited in for the day to sing for them, bringing joy to their faces. Principal Sampiertro added: “We wanted to show our students that this isn’t just something they can only speak with Morey. Signing is something which happens in all kinds of life settings.”
40 Social Media Posts That Made the Internet Facepalm
Social media has changed the way that the internet is used and how internet users interact with one another. It’s also given the world some unforgettable moments – both for better and for worse. This includes some social media posts that left many people shaking their heads and sighing loudly. While the internet face-palmed, these 40 posts also offered a giggle.
Getting trapped in an elevator is scary. It’s a small space that you can’t get out of until someone comes to help and that is very anxiety-inducing even in the most fearless people.
It was an escalator that someone got “trapped” on this time. However, escalators are just moving staircases. So, it astounded some of the people who knew this person that they would stand on a broken escalator for hours instead of walking off of them.
When you find out that someone close to you is pregnant, it’s usually an exciting time! It gives you the chance to spoil and love the newest addition to your family.
Sometimes, in this excitement, common sense can fly out of the window momentarily. This person was excited to learn if they’d be an aunt or uncle without realizing that what they were waiting for was to find out if they’d have a niece or nephew.
The Most Dangerous Recipe
Some meats are great left rare or medium-rare. For instance, many people prefer to eat their steaks with a bit of pink in the center so that the meat is moister.
Yet, this isn’t an approach that’s open to everything you cook. Sometimes, leaving a food “rare” just means that it’s undercooked and not safe to eat. The capital offender against food safety is chicken, so this person’s medium-rare breast could land them in the hospital.
Breakthroughs In Technology
There are plenty of concerns when it comes to new technology. From how it would work to how it might be used, there’s a lot for creators and users to consider.
This person was worried about how many people could be affected by the implementation of facial recognition. However, they forgot about something that might already address their concerns. Someone even pointed out that their concern might also refer to other forms of identification, like driver licenses.
From Miami to Florida
Florida is one of the most populated states in the country and attracts millions of tourists a year. With so many people traveling to the state, it makes sense that confusion would arise.
Miami is a major city within the state and a hotspot for tourists, a fact that seems to be unknown to the person that wrote this tweet. Hopefully, they will get a better hold on state geography, or else they might spend their time getting lost on road trips.
Parental DNA tests are a hotly debated topic, but not for the reason this Twitter user believes. It would seem this person is confused as to why mothers don’t need DNA tests.
The reason fathers have to take DNA tests shouldn’t come as a surprise. Because mothers go through pregnancy, though, there’s no reason that they should take those tests. It might be worth it for this person to repeat high school biology class one more time.
Private for a Reason
There are certain things you shouldn’t share online. It’s basic internet safety to keep private things like credit card and social security numbers a secret
When this gamer picked up a Nintendo eShop Card, they made the mistake of not really recognizing why the code was hidden when they bought it. They shared it on Snapchat to complain only to realize later that their trusted friends had used the code they posted before they had the chance to.
The pyramids are one of the most recognizable ancient symbols in the world. Many people learn about them in school and there’s even plenty of fiction based around them.
Yet, it seems like this person didn’t pay enough attention when they were taught ancient history. He failed to peg these famous structures as the pyramids despite their notoriety and their shape. Instead, this person wondered out loud if they were looking at Stonehenge. It’s a topic that isn’t everyone’s strong suit!
The Titanic was a ship that sailed in 1912 but tragically sank on April 12th. In the disaster, more than 1,500 people perished.
Later, in the late 1990s, there was a popular film about the event that shared a name with the ship. While the piece is historical fiction, someone forgot to tell this poor social media user. She was very concerned and confused as to why someone would film something so heartbreaking without intervening and trying to help.
Following a recipe can be difficult. This is especially true if you’re trying to adjust a recipe to your tastes or even to make more or less than the original recipe calls for.
Since many recipe ingredients are measured in fractions, this includes some basic math with fractions that can stump you from time to time. This person wanted to adjust their recipe to suit their husband’s tastes but forgot that the larger the denominator, the lower the fraction is.
How Did This Happen?
Living with roommates comes with a variety of challenges. You have to worry about concepts such as splitting bills, worrying about upkeep, and even personal relationships in the house.
One of the easiest ways to cause a household disaster is to make a flammable mistake while cooking. You should avoid things like placing plastic too close to heat or irresponsibly using oil. However, this roommate managed to make a perplexing mistake of melting a pot into the burner.
Humans are Animals
A school is an important place for young minds. They get to learn a variety of topics, helping them grow both academically and socially with their peers.
However, there have always been contentious topics between parents and teachers. This parent had a particularly interesting concern when their child learned that humans are a type of animal. Technically, this is true. The post got especially interesting when she inexplicably tied the information back to Scientology being taught in school.
Bright as a Star
There are a few things in the world that can be two things at once. For instance, a square is a rectangle as well. In this case, our sun is a star, aside from its title.
This person missed this information when he took to Facebook to complain about his teacher’s hot take that the sun is a star. He further delved into an incorrect spiral when he defended it with another “false” claim that a tomato was a fruit rather than a vegetable.
Walking On the Sun
Sometimes, when it comes to head-scratching social media posts, it’s hard to tell who’s being genuine and who’s in on the joke. It seems that the responder here might have been dragging the joke along.
The original poster asked if anyone could walk on the sun like they walked on the moon and, apparently, mars. They also continued to claim that going in the winter would help the temperature. One commenter mentioned going at night and it was an answer welcomed with open arms.
Pat Yourself On the Back
Oh, Ginger, you tried your best. When you work in the service industry, things like Yelp reviews go a long way in helping you gain recognition from employers.
Yet, Ginger made a mistake when she left a review praising not only her place of work but herself as a server. She just forgot one thing: she was publicly using her own account. It was easy for all to see she was leaving herself a review and wasn’t an actual diner at the restaurant.
Question and Answer
While manufacturers and sellers work hard to make it very clear what a product is and how it will help you in their Amazon descriptions, they can’t predict every question.
This is where Amazon’s question and answer section is useful. Yet, it’s also a place where some seemingly obvious questions come up. This user wanted to know if this mousepad was compatible with their computer and another user jumped in to make sure they knew that cloth pads weren’t software specific.
A Vicious Cycle
Once again, there are certain things you can’t share online. Plus, if you fall for it once without lasting damage, you probably shouldn’t do it again.
This young woman was excited when she received her new debit card and shared the design on it with all of her followers, forgetting to block out the numbers. Then, she answered questions regarding the security code on the back. She was astounded when her card stopped working and even posted a picture of the replacement.
If you’re younger, you might not recognize the # symbol the same way that ’90s kids do. Today, this is generally recognized as a hashtag used on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.
However, in the ’90s, when this person says the phone they found was from, this was more commonly known as a pound sign. They seemed to be under the impression that the hashtag wasn’t a repurposed symbol but one that was brand new with a singular meaning.
This person had one thing right: verbs have different tenses. While you might run today, you would say that you ran yesterday. From here, they tackled the word “hurt” as a verb.
They thought they were being poetic, but they missed some basic rules. While hurt can be a verb, the way they were using it here made it an adjective instead because they were describing something rather than doing something. The comments that followed were dividing into people calling them out and praising them.
The Peak of Evolution
The animal kingdom is amazing. Even though we don’t always understand them, there are plenty of animals that have their own methods of communication even though it isn’t a human language.
This Tumblr user was astounded when they found out that with a single sound, elephants could warn one another of the presence of threats. In fact, they were upset that humans couldn’t do the same thing until someone reminded him that actually, they could. After all, that’s why we use words.
Save the Date
The Earth has been around for a long time. It’s been around so long that there are different calendar systems to mark the time of year and even what year it is.
In other words, the current calendar we use hasn’t been around since the beginning of time – nor have humans at all. So, when this person was wondering why the dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, their primary argument against this fact probably shouldn’t have been the calendar on their wall.
Birthdays are an exciting time. Everyone is ready to bestow “happy birthday” wishes and many people celebrate with gifts and cake.
However, no one is perfect. This mom wanted to wish her son a very happy birthday marking his 27 years on Earth. There was just one problem. Instead of it being her son’s 27th birthday, he was actually turning 26. This was a fact that he publicly called her out on, making the exchange even more awkward.
There, Their, and They’re
There are parts of the English language that are hard. For instance, the use of homonyms makes it hard to tell which word really means what.
One of the most common examples is the use of the words there, their, and they’re. This person was so proud of their young child for using the right form of the word – a feat many adults can’t accomplish. Unfortunately, both child and mother were wrong here – they should use “they’re” instead.
As we all know, the animal kingdom is made of species that oftentimes look nothing alike. Despite these differences, though, most people can identify species they encounter often.
When this person was looking for a new favorite reptile, the squirrel came up as a contender. What they didn’t understand, however, was that neither the squirrel nor their past favorite, the dolphin, is a reptile. That is, until another user filled them in on this fact in a comment.
Pictures are a tricky thing. Through tricks of light and even photographic techniques, things can appear more otherworldly and creepier than they actually are.
When this person caught such a photograph, they were completely confounded as to what could have caused the phenomenon. However, most people were able to see what was wrong right away. The “UFO” in the sky was actually just a can in their car reflected in the window. Hopefully, they eventually figured it out.
It’s a Figure of Speech
Buying used furniture typically involves a fair bit of haggling to get a good price. This is the easiest way to get a great deal on the item.
Price negotiations can sometimes lead to interesting situations, as this person learned. When the seller informed them about the price on the table, the buyer got confused about which item was for sale. Hopefully next time they understand that sometimes haggling may be more confusing than it’s worth.
Despite being a required course, not everyone is adept at even basic math. For some people it just doesn’t come easy, making everyday math a bit of a struggle.
While most people know multiplication, the lesson seems to have missed this person. Their miscalculation resulted in a few comments wondering how that final number was reached. It would seem this person still failed to reach the right number, which doesn’t seem to surprise those that commented on the post.
It’s easy to get celebrities confused based on names alone. While you may be convinced that you’re thinking of one celebrity, you actually have their name switched with someone else.
When referencing the famous moon landing, this tweet tried to defend the astronaut that walked on the moon. Rather than calling Neil Armstrong by his actual name, this tweet referred to him by the famous cyclist’s name. While the intention was clear, it’s probably best to brush up on the facts before sending out the tweet.
Oldest Trick In the Book
We all want to think we’ll catch any joke that someone says. No one wants to think that they’ll fall for an obvious trick, but it happens to all of this.
This person posted a joke about the word “gullible” on Facebook which, by most standards, is one of the oldest tricks in the book. While the original poster wasn’t the one who made us facepalm, the people in the comments did give us a laugh and made us sigh.
If there’s one celebrity whose Twitter is a goldmine, it’s definitely pro skater Tony Hawk. He constantly shares tales of being mistaken for other people or not being recognized at all.
This Tweet is a prime example of the essence of the stories he shares. While this dumb post can probably be summed up to this girl’s surprise, it leaves us wondering all the same. When she identified him correctly, she simply asked him why he was who he was.
Football is one of the most famous sports in the United States, making the NFL a pretty popular league. Many fans are diehard and would go to great lengths to support their teams.
When this fan learned that there was a New England football team, they were a bit puzzled over US geography and where the teams are based. They were under the impression that New England was a European team, which is odd since the NFL is only in the United States.
Time Travel Confusion
Back to the Future was a smash hit when it came out in 1989. The movie inspired two sequels and continues to be enjoyed by fans to this day.
It seems this Facebook user was unaware that people in 1955 were not aware of the movie. Even though someone tried to explain the time travel mistake, this user continued to argue. They might want to give the film another watch and see what Doc Brown had to say about time travel.
There are a number of keyboard functions that many users don’t know about. While they can be super helpful, most people just haven’t been told they exist.
When this person learned about the function of the shift key they were blown away. They were under the impression that the caps lock key was the only way to achieve capital letters. Even with this newfound knowledge, they didn’t seem fully on board with making the switch to the shift key.
Home Care Hacks
There are websites, forums, and social media pages dedicated to life hacks for making tasks easier. As internet users are aware, though, not all of these hacks are actually useful.
In an attempt to get fresh, fruit-scented clothing, this person put flavored water in the iron instead of water. To no surprise, this ended in a terrible mess with a ruined iron and shirt. This is definitely a life hack we all should avoid in the future.
So Many Problems
The fear of Ebola was enough for this user that they felt needed to flee the city. Rather than stay and take their chances, they were ready to pick up and go.
The only problem with leaving, though, was that this person’s plan was a tad flawed. They thought they could flee Dallas by going to Texas. This, of course, is impossible, but it’s unclear if anyone has told them. Waiting to pack might be the best move here.
Units of Measurement
There are plenty of cultural differences between the UK and the United States despite their overlapping histories. There’s plenty of good-natured ribbing about it online as well.
This person wanted to join in on the fun but failed to do even a little bit of research before they went off in a series of Tweets. For instance, tackling the fact that the UK and the U.S. use different units of measurement for temperature without knowing that, well, the U.S. is the odd one.
Celebrities Do it Too
We all know that it’s easy to make a mistake on social media. However, most of the ones that we see in lists like this one are from the average Joe.
Yet, celebrities make dumb mistakes too. Denise Richards proved as much when she made the mistake of publicly tweeting out her personal phone number rather than directly messaging her friend. The number became so popular that she had to make a follow-up post letting everyone know it had since been changed.
Everybody’s Got a Twin
The idea that everybody has a twin seems like a “fact” that’s questionable at best. Honestly, we’re also curious as to how this person came up with this data.
According to them, every high schooler learns this before they graduate but we definitely don’t remember ever having a test question like this. Actually, we doubt that whatever this person’s biology teacher told them equated to the message this person learned that DNA can’t be entirely unique.
She Did Her Best
Even though it’s crucial, public transport can cause quite a bit of stress. It usually runs on a strict schedule, so if you’re running late, you’re pretty much out of luck.
This woman thought that she figured out a way to buy herself a few extra seconds. If she put her bag in the way, the sensors would momentarily halt the doors from closing. Unfortunately, she learned the hard way that this trick only really works if you’re immediately behind your bag or briefcase.
There are plenty of things that are popular on the internet and sometimes when you aren’t in on the trend, you feel left out. This obviously isn’t the case for this person.
They set out to let everyone know one thing: they’re different. They just failed to realize one thing. That is, no one really cares whether or not this person hops onto the mobile game bandwagon – it’s really their choice. Something about the apathetic reply makes this even more facepalm-worthy.
Glad to See Results
Working out at the gym is great for you if you do it right. It can also help you gain muscle, lose weight, or even just help you feel a little better about your body image if that’s your style!
This person thought that they found a way around the hard work and tried to skip straight to the results. Unfortunately, their photo editing skills weren’t great. Instead of getting the recognition he hoped for, he only got called out and, honestly, we can see why.
While social media has its share of bad news and negative influence, there are some moments that are truly sweet to be found in your feed.
This person tried to create one of these moments but instead, they accidentally insulted their husband – not that he noticed. It wasn’t until someone swooped into to show them some basic math symbols that they might have noticed what a facepalming moment they created for themselves. That being said, the indirect insult did give us a chuckle.
Companies Aren’t Safe
As social media has taken off as one of the sectors of the internet with the heaviest use, corporate accounts have risen in popularity.
There are many examples of companies using their Twitter accounts to act relatable and even Tweet out some funny posts. However, in cases like this one with HMV, sometimes these accounts backfire. For example, when employees live-tweet a mass firing from inside their HR department as it’s happening, something HMV likely would’ve wanted to be kept private – yikes.
An Error in Spelling
Pregnancy is an exciting time for many families. You have the chance to think about what your new baby will wear, what toys to get them, and, of course, what to name them.
When this couple was expecting a baby, they were excited to share their new family member’s name. However, if you’re like us or this commenter, you probably noticed that the spelling was unique, to say the least. Even more interestingly, it seems like the spelling was intentionally wrong which really confuses us and everyone else commenting on this post.
Is it an Original?
Classic art is often expensive if it’s available for sale at all. That’s why most people opt for prints and reproductions if they want a bit of artistic flair in their home or office.
However, if you see a piece of art for sale at a price this low, you can pretty much assume that you’re looking at a simple reprint. That’s a lesson that this person seems to have missed out on. Their question was so facepalm-inducing that they confused both the seller and us!
Bright at Night
The idea that the sun “comes out” isn’t quite how things work. This means that wondering why the sun “comes out” during the day instead of at night is more than a little confusing.
If you aren’t aware, like this person, we see the sun during the day because our part of the Earth is turned towards it as it rotates. It also makes us curious about another point: if the sun was out at night to make it brighter, wouldn’t that just make days dark?
An Interesting Citation
As people become more literate about safe and smart online practices, more and more want to see proof about what they’re reading. The quality of that proof can vary, though.
For example, this person cited the black plague as an instance when the world fared just fine without the use of vaccines. They failed to notice, as people were ready to point out, that the cost for this situation was high, to say the least.
Convenience Before Safety
This person’s post that made us facepalm was more than just dumb – it was pretty self-centered too. They were pretty upset when traffic near their house was increased due to a roadblock.
As it turns out, they made the grave mistake of not wondering if someone else’s misfortune could be causing their inconvenience. While they just wanted to get to where they were going a little bit faster, there were people in need of real help. We hope they felt at least some remorse at this response.
Pay Attention to Her Intelligence
Mary J. Blige has also fallen victim to a mistake that left her fans facepalming while they tried to defend her. In fact, this might be one of the few instances that autocorrect would have helped out.
When making claims about how smart she is, Blige made a fatal typo that fellow Twitter users couldn’t help but laugh at and share. We’re sure that since this Tweet, she’s learned the hard way that the word she was looking for was “intelligence” rather than “intelligents.”
Ordering online sometimes comes with its own challenges. From high shipping rates to deceitful salesmanship, you can run into a menagerie of problems if you aren’t careful.
In this case, though, it was no one’s fault but the buyer’s own. Few sellers will ship their product without an exterior packaging to keep it safe from damage or theft. That’s something that it seems like might be obvious but this buyer obviously missed the memo – how they did that, we’ll never know.
The English language can be complicated because the same word or phrase can mean two different things. This can result in confusion for those who don’t understand the intended meaning.
This person was unable to understand how a “quarter” could be used for both money and time. As a fraction, this phrase can be used to describe many things, an idea that seems to have gone over their head. Maybe a refresher math course is in order here.
Heart In the Right Place
Labor Day is a holiday celebrated every year in the United States. The day is typically spent grilling while enjoying the celebration of the working class.
When this person was making a tweet to celebrate Labor Day, they did so without really understanding the purpose of the day. They believed that the holiday celebrates women going into labor, a concept better suited to Mother’s Day. You may want to watch out for the new holiday this person created.
This riddle, at first glance, seems to be a simple one. All that everyone in the comments had to do was answer a country without the letter “A” such as Egypt or Sweden.
However, it seems that almost everybody who answered had interesting responses. Not only are many of the countries suggested spelled with an “A” but many of them aren’t countries at all. There are many states, cities, and continents, as well as horrifically misspelled options like “inglAnd” instead of England.
Morning and Night
There are few things in life more beautiful than watching a sunrise or sunset. The simple beauty inspires many to watch the scene, some even post their pictures on social media.
This photo of a beautiful sunrise was surely loved by all those that saw it until they noticed the caption. Rather than calling it a sunrise, it’s captioned as a sunset. This user might want to go in and switch that caption to something a little less confusing.
There are multiple reasons why a witness or source may want to remain anonymous. This can help to protect their identity and keep them from being recognized as part of a story.
This source gave his statement under the guise of being anonymous. It probably came as a shock, then, when the newspaper released his name in the story, which was then shared on social media. This paper is going to have to be a bit more careful with their sources if they want to keep getting stories.