Sometimes, all we need is a little encouragement to be true to ourselves. That’s why one teacher encouraged her young student to design the shirt that he wished he had.
The young boy is a devoted fan of the University of Tennessee, but he was sad to not have a shirt to show the world his colors. So his teacher encouraged him to make his own. “This particular child came to me and told me that he wanted to wear a University of Tennessee shirt, but he didn’t have one,” she wrote on Facebook. It was college colors day at school, which meant that all of the other kids were going to be wearing their favorite colors. With pride and a smile, the boy drew his orange colors and the U of T logo on a piece of paper and attached it to his orange shirt.
But after lunch, he came back to the teacher in very different spirits. “He came back to my room, put his head on the desk and was crying.” He confessed to her that people had approached his table, making fun of his sign. His feelings were particularly hurt by the girls, who themselves weren’t even wearing college colors.
But after she shared the story in despair, Tthe post went viral – getting 7,040 shares. UT’s Interim President Randy Boyd got word of the story, and made a post of his own, which read: “I was touched to learn of a young Florida school student’s heart for the University of Tennessee, and I LOVED his imagination behind designing his own shirt. So many of us admire his love for UT and it’s awesome to see everyone step up to send him some UT gear!#EverywhereUT” A few days later, a delivery came to his classroom: a care package from UT staff, addressed directly to the young fan. The whole class was amazed at his gift – but none so much as him!
Then, the boy got an even bigger surprise.
The UT team decided to use the boy’s design to create an official UT shirt with proceeds going to STOMP Out Bullying, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to eradicating bullying of all forms.
So many people went to the site to buy a shirt that the site crashed.
45 Little Things That Should Be Common Knowledge But Aren’t
Easy Clean Oven
Scrubbing and scouring are never fun, but if we all knew this little tidbit, it might be less annoying. The top of many of the stove units is capable of being lifted from the burner plate. This allows easy access to the under part of the stovetop where everything gets caked on. It also allows you to get a clear view of all the crevices so you can get that stove looking good.
Mixing Chemicals is Bad!
We all want a nice clean house, and there are many cleaning aids we can choose from. It may even seem like a good idea to combine two to make a more powerful cleaning agent. However, there are two that should not be combined at any time, and those are ammonia and bleach. When combined, these two compounds form chloramines, a poisonous gas. This gas can be harmful to your health and even create an explosion.
One is Greater Than Two?
Pizza is one of the best inventions ever created. But did you know mathematically you get more with one large 18” pizza then you do with two medium 12”? We know it doesn’t seem right, but if you use the math, you will find out that we are right. Now you will be able to save money and have more leftovers! This is definitely something that should be common knowledge.
When you meet someone for the first time, sometimes, it’s hard to get a conversation going. This usually leads to a lot of awkward silences and uncomfortable stares. But there is no need for this because there is an acronym that can help you… FORD. No, not Fixed Or Repaired Daily! It stands for family, occupation, recreation, and dreams. If you use this as a conversation key, you will find that you have a lot to talk about.
Is That the Sun?
Look at every young child’s drawing, and you will soon see that most of us, at some point in our lives, thought the sun is orange. It may look that way at a sunset or sunrise, but in truth, the sun is actually a giant white star. This means that it is made up of every color in the spectrum. But we guess that is not as dramatic as the orange we all used as a child!
Ease Up On the Roast
Coffee has become a favorite addiction for many. With so many options and drink concoctions, one can have a different type of coffee every day for a year and still not have tried every coffee style. But if you are looking for the coffee with the most caffeine, then you will want to step away from the dark roast and head towards the lighter roast. Through the roasting process, the bean will lose density, and with it, the caffeine, so lighter is better for a pick me up!
Not for Use With the Flu
Being sick is the worst feeling ever, and when it is bad enough to head to the doctor, that is even worse. But do we know when we get there that the doctor will be able to help us? Maybe give us some antibiotics? Actually, antibiotics are not used when dealing with a cold or flu. That is because those are viruses and not bacteria. Using them for a cold or flu can actually be detrimental to your health.
The Cat’s Meow
We all grew up on cartoons where cats drank their milk from cute little dishes. They seemed happy, and so did your cats when you put that plate down. But this may not have been a good idea. The truth is that cats, like so many of us, don’t always react well to lactose rich foods. It can actually upset their stomach and, in large quantities, lead to several trips to the litter box.
It’s All Greek to Me…
The tags on our clothes are small, so to allow manufacturers to give us a clue on how to care for the items, something had to be done. That is when someone came up with all those little symbols for various care rules. But what does it all mean? This image lays out a cipher for all those fun little symbols. Maybe now we can all save some money and not ruin our clothes.
Gas Tank That Way!
How many times have you pulled up in your new car to the gas station and realized that your tank is on the wrong side? Most of us have done this several times, and it doesn’t have to be like that! Many vehicles come with a little arrow next to the fuel gauge. This arrow points to the side of the car that the tank is located on. Our minds are blown! How come more of us didn’t know this?!
Maybe You Need an Iron Supplement
Many people love to crunch their ice when they get done with a drink. Some even like to do it without a drink. This can be a sign of something more serious, though. If you ever want to crunch your ice, it may not just be because you want a little extra hydration, you may be suffering from iron deficiency. The compulsive eating of ice is known as pagophagia. The ice chewing cools the inflammation of the mouth caused by a low level of iron.
Clean Your Dishwasher
We are sure that your dishwasher gets a lot of use, and we are also confident that not all of us know that it too needs to be washed every now and then. Now we do, though. If you want the dishwasher to work properly, you need to make sure to wash it regularly. It doesn’t need it all the time, but every 4-6 weeks it might be a good idea.
Careful What You Feed Fluffy
Kitties are cute, and when they beg just like dogs, we as their humans often want to give what they are asking for. But this may be a mistake, as there are several foods that can cause serious health issues for them. Things like garlic and lilies are all toxic to your cat. If they ingest them, they may experience kidney failure. So just say no and give them their own treats.
The Check Engine Light Is On!
So many of us freak out when we see that check engine light come on. It is even worse when we buy a new car, but it should come on when the engine starts. It shouldn’t stay on, but it should pop up. If that light doesn’t come on when you start the car, this may mean that someone has tampered with the dashboard. This could be a cause for alarm, so make sure you see it when you start that car, or keep looking.
Great Bales of Fire
Not that all of us are living the rural lifestyle, but it’s still good to know that bales of hay or really any stack of a cut plant can spontaneously combust. So don’t leave your grass cuttings in a pile for too long. This happens because moisture mounts up inside the pile, and this then attracts bacteria. This bacteria makes the internal heat rise and poof!, smoldering pile of grass and soon a raging inferno.
Strut Your Stuff
Today no women’s closet is complete without a few pairs of killer heels. But it wasn’t always that way. In the beginning, this cute but tortuous footwear was actually meant for the feet of men. In the 16th century, these shoes were the rage in Paris. They were meant to show masculinity and give the men a little height boost. Now they do the same for the women of the world.
No Tomato Juice Needed
When skunks feel threatened, they will often spray. This spray is an oil, and therefore, can stick and stain your body and leave you reeking for days. Many people prescribe to the old world method of bathing in tomato juice. But there is a better option. Because it is an oil, use a dish detergent that fights grease, mixed with baking soda and peroxide. This will remove the smell quicker.
Antiperspirant Vs. Deodorant
Though the words are used interchangeably, there is a vast difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. The difference may play a significant role in your choice, especially if you are looking for one or both for someone who plays a lot of sports. Deodorant is what you need when you are looking for something to mask an odor. However, if you are looking for something to help prevent sweat, then an antiperspirant is better.
Xmas is Not Sacrilegious
There are many people who think the abbreviation Xmas was crafted with the intent of taking the “Christ” out of Christmas. But this is so far from the case and should be something we all know (it will stop a lot of heated debates!). In fact, the X in Xmas stands for the Greek letter Chi. This is an abbreviation that was used for “Christ”. So Xmas is truly just an abbreviation and not an attack on anyone’s faith.
Lost & Found
No one wants to lose their wallet or keys. When this happens, the person freaks out a bit, and then the stress begins. What will happen if someone finds their property? Most will find that individuals tend to be very nice and return their goods to the closest lost and found. But there is something that those that find the lost goods can do that is even better. In the US, the EU, and Australia, if you drop these items in the mailbox, the postal service will return the items to their proper home.
Color of Space
We’re not sure how it would be useful, but this fact seems like something we should all be aware of. There is an actual name for the average color of the universe. This color may also be known as the titular color and comes with the name “Cosmic Latte”. It is a lovely shade and would be a great color for any room. Plus, if you really wanted to get fancy, it’s not a bad name for a specialty coffee!
Who Did It First?
Growing up, we all learned that the civil rights movement was pushed forward by one woman’s efforts. Miss Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat gave nationwide publicity to the civil rights cause. But she wasn’t the first to do this. Just nine months earlier, a teenager named Claudette Colvin did the same thing and wound up arrested. There are many thoughts of why young Claudette didn’t get the poster girl treatment, but there’s one thing, for sure, she should get some credit!
Proper Grammar Please
There are so many things when it comes to grammar that should be known. For all intents and purposes, one of the most important things is the proper contractions for the phrases “should have” and “could have”. Most people try to replace the have with an of and go about their business, but the proper way is “should’ve” and “could’ve”. Everyone should’ve known this; then, we could’ve avoided having to bring it up.
Mexican Independence Day?
Many of us celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the US, whether we are of Mexican heritage or not. It’s a fun party environment, but we have got it all wrong. The celebration is not actually to celebrate Mexican independence. In fact, it is actually the celebration of the Battle of Puebla. There, the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. Mexican Independence day is actually on September 16th. Not as catchy, we know!
Moving On Up
How iconic is the image of a cute little goldfish in a small bowl with a little underwater castle? If you have ever had a goldfish and put them in one of these, you may have noticed they don’t last long. This is because it is actually harmful to put them in such a small container. The limited space doesn’t allow for the water to filtrate enough to provide oxygen for the tiny fish.
We have all heard that aspirin, when taken during a heart attack, can help stop or reduce the effects. This may be true, but just swallowing it may not have the desired effect. Most medical professionals will tell you the tablet needs to be chewed. This is because the smaller particles will allow the compounds in aspirin to work faster to reduce the platelets that cause the blood clots to move so rapidly.
Truth & Consequences
Whenever someone says something controversial or incites an action with their speech in the US, they often quote the first amendment. But that amendment only protects you from recourse by the government. This doesn’t mean that the words spoken are not open to critique or even repercussions of the speech. You have the right to say what you want, but still can be held accountable for those words. So be careful with your words!
What’s My Name!?
One of the great classics of horror literature or gothic romance, depending on who you ask, is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. But over the years, there has been a serious oversight on most people’s parts, and that is who exactly Frankenstein is. A lot of people call the monster Frankenstein. But in actuality, the doctor is Frankenstein. The monster actually has no name but refers to himself once by the” Adam of your labours”.
Many people mistakenly think that blood oxidizes when it leaves the body and becomes red. This may be because as you look at the blood in your veins from the outside, it appears blue. But your blood is always red. The only reason it looks blue is because of the light refraction caused by your skin as the sun hits it. Pretty darn cool and something we should all know.
Low Carb Duck
Many people love going to the park and taking extra bread crumbs to feed to the ducks. It’s a nice way to spend a cool spring day, but it could be dangerous for the waterfowl to eat all those carbs! Feeding ducks when they are not really hungry will lead to extra poop, which could be very unhealthy and even mess with their migration pattern. Plus, who needs all those carbs! Like us, extra carbs can lead to more health issues for the ducks!
Spray & Sweep
So no one wants to think about having rodents in their house, but sometimes they find their way in. When they do, they inevitably leave a little gift, and most of us hurry to the broom and begin sweeping away. This is actually a bad idea. When sweeping those gifts, they disperse into the air and can bring with them many different diseases. So instead, spray them with bleach and water, then sweep.
What Do I Make?
Discussing your pay rate with fellow coworkers is frowned upon by many employers. Some will even threaten to fire you if they find out you have done this. But they can’t do that! It is actually illegal for an employer to tell you you can’t talk about your salary. This practice was begun so that the employers could pay people different wages for the same job and not have to be held accountable.
Crumbs & Keys
You need to keep your keyboard clean so that all the keys work properly. There are several ways to do this, like canned air or taking the unit apart. But you have a great cleaner right on your desk. Taking a post-it note and running the sticky part around the keys will remove all these unwanted crumbs and keep your keyboard working at 100%. So much more cost-effective than any of the other choices.
The IRS is Old School
Our phones have become our lives, and with this, shady people have begun concocting elaborate schemes. But there is one scam that we should all know is fake, and that is the one having to do with the IRS. If you get this phone call, you should ignore it, as any notification or contact from the IRS will be done the old way – through the mail. So don’t freak out until you see an envelope in your mailbox.
There is a Difference
Not that we all are sitting around talking about Holland…or the Netherlands…or Holland? This European country struggles with a little personality conflict when it comes to the world understanding its geography. But it is actually quite easy to understand once it is all laid out. The country itself in the Netherlands. The section around Amsterdam is known as Holland. It’s sort of like a state within the country.
Narwhals Are a Thing!
Thanks to the youth novel “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, the narwhal became very popular. But for the longest time, there were a lot of people that thought they were either extinct or made up. Surprise! The narwhal is really a thing, and it is still roaming the Earth’s seas. These horned whale-like animals certainly are a majestic and strange-looking animal. Some might even call them the unicorns of the sea.
Remove That Cotton
How annoying is that little white cotton ball that comes in every pill bottle? Pretty annoying, right? But it is necessary to keep the pills from bouncing around while in transport. Once you get your pills home, make sure to remove it if you want to keep your pills good. The cotton can gather moisture and allow bacteria to grow into the bottle. This can turn the pills into something that will make you ill.
When a baby is small, they can’t really hold themselves up for many reasons, including not having permanent kneecaps. They do have them, but they have not formed the bone portion. Instead, the baby’s knee cap is made of cartilage. After a few months, the cartilage begins to ossify and form bone, giving the baby its kneecaps. That is also why it is important not to pull their legs too much either.
The Human Organism
The human body is a magnificent and awe-inspiring machine. But there are a lot of people who don’t know about it. This includes the fact that riding around with us at any given minute are tons of microbes. There are trillions of these microbes all over the human body. Basically, almost 90% of your cells are crafted from those microbes. May sound a little creepy, but that is just the way nature is.
A lot of jobs require some use of spreadsheets, and this can sometimes require more than numbers. Because of this, when you want to turn reports in to your boss, you will want to make sure that there are no spelling errors. Unfortunately, there is no spell check when it comes to these spreadsheets. So make sure you do a double or triple check so that there is no embarrassing mistake.
A lot of the time, the acronyms “i.e.” and “e.g.” are used to mean the same thing. This is another one of those grammar things that we probably should have learned in English, but many of us didn’t. Or we just didn’t pay attention. The first acronym is Latin for “that is” and can be used to mean “like”. As for the other acronym, it stands for “exempli gratia”. This is used when you are giving an example. They may seem similar, but they are different.
Quench the Fire
When most of us see a fire, our first reaction is one of two things – run screaming for our life or pour some water on it. But in the case of a grease fire, pouring water will actually make the fire worse. The best thing to do with a grease fire is to cover the pan with a lid, depriving the fire of oxygen. Or you can use a fire extinguisher. If you don’t have either, you can also use baking soda.
Check Up On Your Physician
Medicine is a business like any other industry, and sometimes even those tasked with looking after our health get in on the action. There is a database you can use to check and see just how much in the game your doctor is. If your doctor seems to want you to go with a select drug, it may be because he has taken money from the company that produces it. This could lead to you spending more money on your prescriptions, so it’s best to be aware.
Weight Loss Bad?
Many people struggle with losing weight, and so when they start to see the needle move on the scale, they get excited. For good reason, this is a great feeling; however, if it begins to happen too fast, it could be a problem. Rapid weight loss can be a sign of cancer or an autoimmune disease, even diabetes. This should be something that is well known so that everyone should keep an eye out and stay as healthy as possible.
We All Need Oxygen
Humans breathe oxygen, so most of us assume that air is primarily oxygen. However, that is not true. In fact, the vast majority of the air we breathe is composed of nitrogen. Too much oxygen can actually cause side effects for us, so it is probably good that air is a nice mix. Too much oxygen can give an individual a feeling of being high.