Why does everything taste like Chicken?
One day, I was scrolling through TikTok, and I stumbled across this gem! And it was this short, entertaining video that got me thinking about the following:
Baseballs Were Originally Made From the Foreskins of Horses
In modern times, we’re used to calling the Great American Pastime — “Baseball.” But it wasn’t always named that! Baseball used to be known as “Rounders.” It was first played in England in the 1500’s until the rule book was created in the 1880’s.
5 Cool Things You Didn't Know About New Jersey
Hello, readers! Welcome to the first article posted in Vocal's new community of trivia and fun facts! I can't wait to read the wonderful stories you will create within this group. I don't know about you, but I can spend all day sucked down a Youtube rabbit hole watching crazy video essays on "useless" information, so I know this community is going to be something real special.
Attack Of The Furballs
Picture this: you are one of the wealthiest people in the world, and an army of rabbits attacks you. What if I told you that happened? What's scary about the internet is that it never sleeps. Information on the world wide web is endless. You can go from who won the presidential election to watching Mukbangs. When the Vocal Curation Team asked me if I would be interested in participating in this topic, I immediately said yes. One of my goals as a writer this year is to challenge myself more and not be complacent about different topics. Although I didn't know the TIL subreddit trend, I went to my trusted source Google to see what I can find. When I read that rabbits attacked Napoleon Bonaparte, I laughed. I couldn't believe what I was reading.
FYI: Modern Classroom Design Mirrors Factory Design During the Industrial Revolution
If I tell you to imagine a classroom, we all probably imagine roughly the same thing: rows of desk all facing the front of the room, a chalkboard or whiteboard at the front where the teacher stands, perhaps a bell on the wall that rings when class is over. Well, I recently learned that all of these characteristics stem from none other than factories during the Industrial Revolution. That’s right! For your information, we’ve all basically been educated in a factory.
Famous Last Words
Death. It is a topic that many of us dread to talk about and does not appear during a light-hearted conversation. Unfortunately, our species is doomed for an inevitable end that, depending on your beliefs, will end our time here on this planet. At some point, we may be looking into robotics and advances in the medical field to extend our lifespan, but we are far from that goal.
How Groupthink and FOMO Influenced GameStop
Imagine you are in a cattle chute with thousands of people. Everyone is pushing forward. Some look worried. Others are excited. You are not sure what you are doing. You can barely see, but it seems like the people in the far distance are disappearing into thin air. This starts to worry you, but you ignore your concerns. Wouldn’t they come back if something was wrong? Why would so many people be behind you if this wasn’t a good idea? As you move forward, you pass by doors that look more appealing, but instead, you continue pressing forward with everyone else. Everyone is saying "keep moving" and you don't want to miss out. You get to the end and…
Every time I lace my running shoes, I think about Ahmaud Arbery. To summarize the Arbery case: in February 2020, two white men, Travis (34) and George (64, a retired police officer) McMichaels got into their vehicle -- Travis with his shotgun, George in the bed of the truck with a .357 Magnum -- pursued the unarmed Arbery (25) through their neighborhood, and blocked his path with their vehicle.
I Was Raised by Barbie and The Acid Queen
Music has always been a vessel for the African American experience. In the beginning, it was traditional biblical gospel to cope and communicate within the Antebellum South. Since, it has transformed into multiple genres, from the blues during the Great Depression, describing the trials of down trodden Americans. To rock and roll alongside the flower children of the sixties.
Firewood When Joseph opened his mouth it made a strange crackling sound, as if parts of his tongue were cracking. The wood stove had been left on overnight, and now the house was an almost uninhabitable desert, the corners of his eyes and crevices of his skin all bone dry and aching. He glanced at the end table beside his recliner and saw a large, very old, glass of water. Small white particles floated near the bottom of the glass. He couldn’t wait; it would have to do. He slowly leaned as far as he could to the side, aiming his mouth for the large metal straw resting against the side of the cup. Joseph realized that his urostomy bag was full to the point of bursting, an uncomfortable sensation as he leaned over. Still, he needed the drink. When his lips met the straw he sucked and the sudden moisture at the back of his throat made him cough.
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Meet the people in your communities creating extraordinary things.
Creator Spotlight: RJ
Raven Jantara, or RJ, is a bright 21-year-old writer and artist based out of Portland, Oregon. RJ is a Vocal+ Founding Member, which means she's been gracing our creator-driven platform with her articulate, multi-community content for a very long time. How long exactly? Well, long enough to have published over 60 stories and either win or place in a whopping six challenges.
Where We Are Going, Where We Have Been
The title of this edition of Verified may have been inspired by a Joyce Carol Oates story that has traumatized us since tenth grade, but we promise the theme will be very different.
Introducing Creator Bonuses on Vocal
Today we’re rolling out Vocal Creator Bonuses: a more direct way for the Vocal team to reward creators directly in their Wallet.
How To Edit Your Published Vocal Stories!
It happened again. You spent five hours writing the perfect Vocal article. You got so excited by the fact you finished, you accidentally hit "submit for review" before deleting any spelling or grammar mistakes. Or maybe you did check for mistakes, but you missed a couple in your editing session. If only the article wasn't locked while pending for review - you could take them out right now!
Creator Spotlight: Farmer Nick
Nick Cutsumpas, or "Farmer Nick," is an L.A.-based Plant Coach, Urban Farmer, and Environmentalist dedicated to creating inviting and informative content for plant parents and soon-to-be plant parents alike.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true, that even as we grieved, we grew, that even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.