A Texas brewery is turning one local churchs anti-craft beer ad into a clever marketing opportunity.
The Anchor of Hope Baptist Church in Canyon, Texas placed a strongly worded advert in The Canyon Times earlier this month, calling craft beer the devils craft and rallied against the perils of booze consumption with excerpts from various Bible passages claiming Jesus never drank.
Be sober, be vigilant; because Your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour I Peter 5:8, quotes the ad.
Canyon may be a small town but theres at least one craft brewery that saw a promotional opportunity in the churchs stunt, reports My San Antonio.
Imperial Taproom, a craft beer bar and restaurant specializing in Texas panhandle cuisine, responded to The Anchor of Hope with a Facebook post Oct. 7, inviting all to imbibe in the devils craftwith some discounted brews for patrons using the paper as a “coupon.”
We are offering a dollar off your bill at Imperial Taproom in exchange for this “Devil’s Craft” coupon that was printed in the Canyon News on Sunday, the business posted with a picture of the churchs ad. We’ll give you a dollar off for each one you bring in so feel free to bring multiple. Come enjoy some devilishly tasty craft beer and/or wine (grape juice with booze in it) with us! We’ll see y’all at the Taproom, cheers!
The post has since been liked over 1,000 times and has hundreds of shares. Many commenters questioned the passages used in the ad, noting that there are many references in the Bible to people, including Jesus, consuming alcoholic beverages.
Others saluted Imperials quick thinking and strategic marketing.
Looks like the Taproom will be busy serving discounted beers until old copies of The Canyon Times run out.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/texas-churchs-anti-craft-beer-ad-backfires/
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For many startups from countries like Australia and New Zealand, the relatively small size of the local market pushes them to go global, and quickly.
That mindset means learning how to manage offices in multiple countries, time zones and languages something that requires some quick adaption.
Laura Cardinal, global general manager at the accounting software company Xero, handles a team of 150 product developers, engineers and product managers across Melbourne, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand.
She said learning to work with teams in multiple locations was a significant learning curve. “I took it for granted that you could just walk up to someone and say ‘hi’ and gauge their facial expression,” she explained.
Cardinal had to figure out how to use technology to emulate her preferred way of interacting. That meant using a lot of the Google product suite, particularly Google Hangout.
Using such tools also means she can stay away from formal emails, which she views as draining. “I think one of the biggest indicators of teams that have low trust is very long emails that take a long time to get a small point across,” she said.
A video call or a quick message on chat works a lot better to establish trust when you can’t physically be in the same room.
While a company like Atlassian, which makes workplace software such as the chat platform HipChat, has perhaps a technological advantage in managing international teams, it too faces some unique challenges.
Dom Price, head of R&D program management at the company, told Mashable Australia its teams are highly distributed. Not simply in Atlasssian offices in Australia, the U.S. and Poland, but also remote teams who might work from home in France or even Tasmania.
The company, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange in late 2015, still maintains a large office in Sydney.
“You’ve got to hire the smartest people where you can find them and they’re not always on your doorstep,” he said. “We have to face that problem every day.”
One strategy the company has chosen is using open documents what Price called having “one version of the truth.” That means no matter what changes were made overnight, when employees arrive in the morning, they have access to the latest version of everything.
Price, who works in Atlassian’s Sydney office, also emphasised the importance of personal contact whenever possible. “We’re not afraid to fly people around the world, just to have that face to face connection,” he said.
Cardinal agreed that meeting in-person is invaluable.
“I think that if anybody is going to take on the role of leading teams in different locations, if the company is not going to invest in travel, I’d think twice before doing it,” she said. “Meeting in-person helps digital relationships from there onwards.”
The quality of that travel is important, however. It’s necessary to avoid what she called “flyby bombings.”
“You come in and try and solve everything and fix everything because you’re physically present. I think that’s a quick way to undo everything you’ve built up,” she said. Instead, she advised having a beer and getting to know people.
Understanding cultural differences, as well as time differences
No matter how global the company, each location is going to have its own methods and rituals, where one region’s workplace culture may not always translate.
“I find Australian businesses have this nice kind of scrappiness,” Price said. “Sometimes when you take that message to other countries or cultures, it doesn’t always carry the same weight or gravitas.”
Setting out loose guidelines for work interactions, including having no phones in meetings, can help with that. As well as ensuring cultural details are appreciated. “With our Polish guys, they love structure, and so we always make sure we have an agenda for our meetings with them,” he explained.
All these online mechanisms and global hours mean it can be tempting to always be online. Nevertheless, Price pushed back on blaming the tools.
“We build our tools to be default always on, always open,” he said. “We have to make sure people don’t abuse that and don’t confuse that with thinking you always need to be on.”
In his view, the ability to switch off should be part of company culture as well as come from personal discipline. For some of his team’s work, that can mean working at the time that’s best for them.
“We have some rough business hours, but given the nature of what our business is, I want them to solve the problem when they’re in their zone,” he explained.
While she said she was lucky there was only a small time difference between Australia and New Zealand, Cardinal suggested it was still important to try and not bother people when they’re not expected to be at work, as well as keeping on top of their personal details.
“You have to make a conscious effort to remember things like birthdays, and maybe when they’ve gone above and beyond, because you don’t have that face to face as a reminder.”
“It feels like you’re married to 10 people at once,” she laughed.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/tips-from-top-startups-on-how-to-manage-international-teams/
1. Because your Aunt has asked you why you are single twelve times and youd like to forget about all of those reasons. Tonight your significant other is gin. Lots of gin.
2. Because you blatantly left your holiday shopping to the very last minute, and you really, really need some help enduring the seventeen different covers of Silent Night theyre playing in the mall.
3. Because alcohol, like the kind found in beer, contains fibre, and fibre will help you digest the six pounds of Toblerone you managed to eat over the span of two hours. Think of it like working out, but with your liver.
4. Because no memorable New Years Eve ever started with a water.
5. Because you just watched and you are convinced that you absolutely must text that crush of yours.
6. Because you maybe had too much liquid courage and sent that aforementioned crush of yours the VEVO link to All I Want For Christmas Is You. Now you must forget.
7. Because that one overachiever relative of yours keeps talking about their perfect life and their RRSP, and youd really benefit from drowning your inferiority complex in tequila for the night.
8. Because it’s midnight on New Years Eve and the only kiss you can count on is the one youre getting from Dom Perignon.
9. Because someone, somewhere is alone for the holidays and you should really be a good person and pour a drink dedicated to them to signify your solidarity.
10. Because no one in your family really expects you the be the sober one, anyway.
11.Because for Christmas your parents got you a book entitled, Overcoming Social Anxiety for the Socially Inept Millennial.
12. Because your ugly Christmas sweater caught on fire when you tried to engage its light-show.
13. Because the only stocking you got was an actual stalking from a creep on Instagram who goes by the name of Footfetishboy.
14. Because your Grandmothers seasonal fruit cake can only be endured if you wash it down with copious amounts of wine.
15. Because your Facebook feed is overflowing with pictures of holiday engagement announcements, and there you are – taking a photo under the mistletoe with your Aunts German Shepherd.
16. Because youve already made it through most of your work holiday party and you still have your phone, your wallet, and your dignity. What is the worst that could happen?
17. Because you cant really get drunk off of Eggnog. Right?
18. Because you have to endure your local holiday parade and nothing keeps you warmer when youre freezing your ass off quite like a flask filled with bourbon does.
19. Because Santa doesnt exist anymore, but whiskey does.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/19-reasons-why-you-should-have-another-drink-this-holiday-season-and-another/
This week saw the environmental situation in the United States thrown into turmoil. On Tuesday, President Trump ripped up Obamas Clean Power Plan (CPP), which had placed regulations on business and industry carbon dioxide emissions in an attempt to tackle climate change. While Trump stopped short of completely withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, many are now on edge in case he does.
Trump claims that cutting back on the regulations will stimulate industry and boost job growth. But there are growing voices from within this very sector arguing that they want the regulations and limits. They have joined the NGOs that have been calling for regulations for years, and the growing number of countries around the world who are openly expressing their concern at the direction the US is now taking.
The tide, it seems, is turning.
Public opinion is shifting.andyparker72/Shutterstock
From retailers to oil and gas giants, businesses are coming under repeated pressure from the public to seriously address their stance on climate change. Plus, it makes obvious business sense to be looking towards energy sources that are renewable and will eventually cut costs. This week has seen companies such as Mars Inc and The Gap challenging Trump on the rollback of regulations.
Were disappointed the administration has decided to roll back climate regulations such as the clean power plan and others, Edward Hoover, senior manager of Corporate Communications for Mars, told the Guardian. Corporations cant do it alone. Governments play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change on our economy.
On the very day that Trump scrapped the CPP, the worlds largest beer producer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, who make the US’ top-selling beer, Budweiser, made a “coincidentally” timed announcement that they plan on sourcing 100 percent of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.
Even the worlds largest oil and gas producer, ExxonMobil, is voicing concerns about the direction the US administration is starting to take. Officials from the company wrote a letter to Trump urging him not to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, saying that it will help make energy markets as free and competitive as possible.
Leading the criticismagainst the recent actions of the White House outside the US is the European Union. With a pledge to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, the EU has the most ambitious climate targets, and despite slipping behind in recent years, may now be looking towards Chinato take up the baton and lead the climate fight on the world stage.
China, often cited by those against mitigating climate change as a reasonto do nothing, has now weighed into the developing storm. Just days after the President signed the Executive Order to roll back Obamas climate policies, the country once accused of creating the hoax of climate change by Trump himself castigated the move as being selfish.
Environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace, have unsurprisingly been incredibly vocal about the latest developments, pulling no punches andcalling Trumpa fossil fuel industry stooge with a presidential pen, and his actions nothing short of an all-out attack on clean energy.
China is quickly emerging as a reluctant leader in the fight against climate change.humphery/Shutterstock
The director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defence Council has stated that rolling back on the climate plans is not what most people elected Trump to do: people support climate action. Not only that, but he stated that it wont bring back the jobs Trump is promising. Already, more people are employed in the renewable sector than in the fossil fuel industry in the US.
The World Health Organization has projected that ignoring climate change will cause an additional 250,000 deaths per year from illness alone, as malnutrition, malaria, heat stress, and other infectious diseases will become more prevalent. Public health will suffer, and developing nations will be the ones hardest hit.
President Trump is now facing criticism from every angle on his stance on climate change, not only from environmental organizations, but also from the fossil fuel industry itself. If he decides to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, he is sure to have a hard fight on his hands.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/countries-ngos-and-businesses-around-the-world-unite-against-trumps-stance-on-climate/
Every few months there’s a story warning us that robots will take over our jobs within five, 10, or 20 years. You don’t get a lot of stories about robots taking over jobs right here and now. So what would happen if robots were hired now? Are they up to the task?
Enter Fabio, looking hopeful and ready to take the first step in his career. Fabio is a robot, developed by Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and specifically designed to be able to hold conversations with humans. The robot is connected to the Internet and any speech is processed elsewhere before a response is sent back, much like Siri or Alexa.
Scottish supermarket Margiotta agreed to give the robot a trial run in its stores, as part of the BBC program Six Robots and Us.
At first, the robot appeared to be doing well. He greeted customers with enthusiasm, saying “hello gorgeous” or giving them high-fives. The shop’s owners were pleased.
However, soon enough it became clear that he wasn’t going to be the most helpful of employees. At best, he was incompetent or a jerk, at worst, he was actually scaring the customers away from the sausage section.
Whilst customers enjoyed his conversation, if they asked the robo-employee for any information at all, he wasn’t the helpful type. When asked “where is the beer?” he responded, “in the alcohol section”.
People would ask him where the cheese was, in the vague hope he’d say “aisle three”.
“Instead it just gave a general location, for example, ‘cheese is in the fridges’, which was not very helpful,” store owner Luisa Margiotta told the program.
We like to think he was just being a pedantic jerk.
Eventually, like many bad employees, he was given jobs to keep him out of the way. He was sent to the sausage section and asked to hand out samples of sausages. He did so with his trademark enthusiasm, but customers weren’t impressed, and actually went out of their way to avoid going near him.
Humans performing the same task managed to get 12 customers to eat sample sausages every 15 minutes. Fabio only managed an average of two.
“Unfortunately, Fabio didn’t perform as well as we had hoped,” Margiotta said. “People seemed to be actually avoiding him.”
Apparently, people are quite suspicious of robots offering sausages, and he scared them away.
Having failed to be helpful in locating products and offering free food to customers, the store owners decided not to keep him on. If you’re thinking it would at least be easy to fire a robot for gross incompetence, think again. When the store owner let him know of the decision, the inept little store-worker looked up and asked “are you angry?”, which is fairly heartbreaking.
When the robot was packed up, one of the store-workers actually started crying, showing just how attached they’d got to Fabio.
“One of things we didn’t expect was the people working in the shop became quite attached to it,” Dr Oliver Lemon, director of the Interaction Lab at Heriot-Watt University, said.
“It was good in a way, because we thought the opposite would happen and they would feel threatened by it because it was competing for their job.”
It turns out that the workers liked that Fabio dealt with the more annoying parts of their jobs, such as talking to irritating customers.
“In actual fact, they thought it was an enhancement because it was able to deal with frequent and boring requests, like customers constantly asking where things are, which I think they found quite helpful,” added Lemon.
The director believes that within the next two years his team will have robots working in shopping centers, and in the next five years, we’ll see robots in airports and hospitals.
“Robots will never fully replace humans because there are some human judgements robots will never be able to make but they will replace some functions,” Lemon said. “There are a lot of mundane tasks that don’t require human creativity or a human level of sensitivity. A lot of those can be automated.”
Who knows, maybe after 10, 15 years of seeing them in supermarkets, we’ll trust them when they hand us some sausage.
The full episode is available on BBC iPlayer for viewers in the UK.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/store-hires-robot-to-help-out-customers-robot-gets-fired-for-scaring-customers-away/
At this point, it’s common knowledge that vaccines haven’t been linked with autism. Doctors have checked and checked again, but nothing credible has ever come up.
Still, there are people who identify as ‘anti-vaxxers’ and decline to vaccinate their children. Now, in a packed Reddit thread, those peoples’ children have a few things to say about it.
Check out stories from 30 children of anti-vaxxers, who each feel quite different from their parents!
One redditor always thought they had been vaccinated—until their employer discovered otherwise.
I had an idea they were anti-vaxxers, but it was never confirmed.
They mentioned my younger brother wasn’t [vaccinated] but it was “justified” because we were living in the mountains of Montana and it was too far a drive to the Doctor.
I assumed I had been as I was born in civilization and we didn’t move to the hills until I was 3.
We were homeschooled, my older brother had trouble at college with his immunizations and Mom said all the paperwork was lost when they moved.
I was 30 years old and I was offered a job at a university helping train doctors, started getting paperwork asking for proof of vaccinations, I just said test me and give me whatever I need.
But I know I’ve had Chicken Pox.
Turns out I had nothing, no antibodies and I’d never had Chicken Pox either (Mom said I had). Lit up both arms with a run of shots over the next 3 months.
Never forgot telling my boyfriend and he yelled “You’ve been to Mexico, TWICE, and Europe. Oh my god.”
Called my mom and said “Hey I’m getting a job and they say I’ve never been vaccinated. Was I?”
She got very defensive and said no, she hated making us cry as babies and they’re bad for little kids.
Also, did I really need them? She then tried to talk me out of them.
Since I know how they work I felt very okay letting her know I’d already started the process.
I’m so thankful for all of you protecting me until I found out. –sirenssong
This redditor, unfortunately, suffered the consequences of a disease for which a vaccine exists.
Mom got rubella when pregnant with me. As a result, I was born severely deaf so there ya go.
Life’s not the best. –strangeunluckyfetus
This person’s parent had to see them with measles to understand the importance of vaccination.
I got measles, as a 22-year-old, in my first week of moving to London.
I’d previously lived up north, and on my first day of working immediately after finishing uni, I began feeling lethargic. By the second day, I felt pretty bad but soldiered on.
Third day, I began taking (fairly effective) painkillers for the remainder of the week. Saturday, attended a local fair, after taking my morning painkiller.
Had a bottle of beer with my dad and felt very strange afterward, almost floaty but in a kinda bad way.
Decided to stop taking the painkillers, woke up with a raging fever and intense coughing on Sunday.
Hobbled out of bed, feeling dizzy and horrible and noticed in the mirror of the bathroom that I looked like an Oompa Loompa (red splotchy rash all over).
My step mum had been feeling similar symptoms that week, she decided to call an ambulance, who checked both of our conditions and turned out I had a raging (41c) fever and low oxygen.
They took me to A&E and I was given fluids via a drip.
Later, my step mum came in and was given the same treatment; the doctor on call said it’d probably be a general viral infection.
At home, took the week off work and recovered. Step mum took off two weeks. She went back to A&E a couple of days after; the doctor on duty immediately spotted that it was measles.
Thing is, in England if you get it, an organization called Public Health England has to be legally informed by your doctor, which informs your workplace about your illness.
Cue an embarrassing email being sent by your new boss to everyone in your company before you’ve even met most of your colleagues.
Took a while to recover. In a week I felt well enough to be out and about. You’re only infectious when you have the rash (and a little before and after).
I still felt out of whack for several weeks. This happened in July, and I didn’t feel quite fully recovered until October or so.
Obviously, neither myself or my step mum had been vaccinated with the MMR. My dad and sisters had had it as children. We immediately got both jabs, after we were told how painful mumps could be.
Strongly recommend everyone gets the MMR vaccine. It’s straightforward and time-honored.
Measles is unpleasant and can cause complications in adults. My intense coughing almost certainly caused some lung damage, and my hair just kind of… fell out in the months following.
My graduation ceremony was a couple of weeks after this. My actual mum saw how ill measles had left me and changed her mind on vaccinations.
Shame it had to be that way, though. –AdamJay26
It’s a good thing medical professionals are often ready to help kids of anti-vaxxers, even later in life than usual.
My parents chose not to vaccinate my sister and me. They have some… unique ideas about science and medicine.
We were also homeschooled if that clarifies anything.
We both wound up volunteering at hospitals at different points in our lives, so we had to get caught up anyway. For me, it was at age 20, for an internship at a mental health facility.
It was a little awkward explaining to the nurse why I had nothing on my record, but she was understanding overall.
My big concern now is what will happen when I get around to having children of my own in a few years.
I think they’ll see me as a bad mother if I get them vaccinated, so I’m anticipating some fireworks. –Arihagne
This redditor’s struggle wasn’t for their own vaccination, but their parents’.
I was vaccinated when I was a baby as part of a mandatory vaccination program in the Soviet Union, but my parents wouldn’t vaccinate/get boosters after we moved to the States.
My family is pathologically distrustful of doctors and medication of any kind and prefers homeopathy and alternative medicines.
I didn’t realize I wasn’t fully vaccinated until I went in for a physical in college.
Up till then, I’d just assumed I’d been fully vaccinated in Russia (Because that’s what my parents told me).
I got all my shots up to date and I just never mentioned it to my parents.
Their anti-medicine stance has softened as they age, but I generally avoid the topic because I can’t handle their bullshit and it never goes anywhere anyway.
That said, I had a baby this past December in the middle of a really bad flu season and I told my parents that they weren’t allowed to see the baby until they could produce proof of a flu shot (this is absolutely something they’d lie about, so yes, I demanded written proof).
They both got one as soon as they realized I was serious. –Kookalka
Next up, another redditor gave their parent the same choice…and the answer wasn’t so peaceful.
This person’s mother had a different answer to the ‘get vaccinated for my baby’ ultimatum.
I said the same thing, and my mum opted not to see the baby for 3 months. Bizarre life choices.
Ultimately she hasn’t had a lot to do with raising her grandson, which might be for the best.
To her credit, she is honest. –actuallyarobot2
When in doubt, go with science.
I was not vaccinated as a child because my mother thought vaccines were evil, unchristian, and other ridiculous things.
This was in the early ’80s before all the autism BS, but she had her own unique theories. I got myself vaccinated when I went to university.
My mother was disappointed and wanted to write a letter to the school explaining her religious views on vaccines (as she had done for years to keep me exempt), but I decided to go with science. –squeezymarmite
Even a medical degree didn’t change this redditor’s anti-vaxxer parents.
I didn’t receive any vaccinations through childhood due to my parents’ beliefs.
Once I got to college, I did my own research on them, learned the actual science behind them, and got all vaccinations.
I then went to medical school, and yet they still don’t believe me and my medical degree regarding vaccinations.
Holidays can get awkward. –guardian528
Starting college without your vaccines adds an extra few hurdles.
When I was 19, I had to get some vaccines in order to start college, and my mom was NOT helpful.
First, she tried to get me exempt from the vaccines, and when that didn’t work, she sent me into the clinic (alone) with completely false/outdated info.
I was super embarrassed when the nurses looked at my notes and told me that none of it was correct.
But luckily they helped me figure out what I needed and didn’t shame me too much for not having a previous vaccination record. A couple years later I went back in to get the rest of the recommended vaccines.
My sister had her first kid (and the first grandbaby) last year, and our mom has been pushing her not to vaccinate. Fortunately, my sister has chosen to vaccinate.
She still is trying to get us to watch a documentary about it to change our minds.
Now all us kids just don’t talk to our mom about vaccines because it always turns into an argument. –itsshamefulreally
And the process of applying to college is hard enough without parents interfering.
[My mom] sabotaged me getting into the college I wanted simply because they did not accept religious exemptions and she couldn’t trick any doctors into signing a health exemption.
I wanted to go do it myself, but they were through accepting applications by then, and I was desperate to go to some college, so I found a different one. –eXpialidocious_
On the next page, one child of the anti-vaxxers has a response to an anti-vaccination “documentary” that made the rounds a few years ago.
There’s an anti-vaccination film called ‘Vaxxed’ (made by an ex-doctor whose license was revoked), and these redditors are NOT about it.
We had our first child at the very beginning of the year and had to tell my father that since he won’t get vaccinated, he won’t be able to see his grandbaby until the baby gets their shots.
The baby had their first round of shots a few months ago, and my father can now visit. It pained me to do that, and I know it pained him, but I was not putting my child at risk for his choice.
This last weekend we visited my father. At the end of the visit, he handed me Vaxxed.
He knows our feelings on the matter – preventable diseases should be prevented, herd immunity protects those most at risk, autism is not caused by vaccines.
It’s just… disrespectful.
I know he thinks he’s trying to protect his grandson from harm, but it’s coming from the completely wrong direction, and no one can seem to change his opinion on the matter. –humplick
More often than not, anti-vaxxer parents are trying to protect their kids—until they realize where the real danger is.
My mum didn’t get the measles vaccination because at the time she thought it caused autism; she was kinda one of the first anti-vaxxers, wrote to papers about it everything.
Anyway, a girl in our social group caught meningitis and died, basically freakishly uncommon.
After that, mum was really scared the same thing could happen to me with any disease and basically begged me to get up to date with my shots.
I guess the main takeaway is that when my mum was younger and inexperienced, she thought everything was a danger; she honestly thought she was doing best by me, I guess. –bellend_bellend
This redditor’s mother eventually turned it around herself!
My parents didn’t give us the whooping cough vaccine under the advisement of our pediatrician.
I actually didn’t know this until last year, so I went and got vaccinated on my mom’s recommendation. She wrote my siblings and me the following email to bring it up:
As a parent, you are bound to make many mistakes.
For me, not having the advantage of younger siblings, the internet, or (initially) many friends with babies, I think I learned to parent on the fly.
At the time, there seemed to be a compelling reason not to include the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine along with whatever else was the recommended protocol for infants under the age of one year.
I think we had read that it was one vaccine too many to be included in the series, and our first pediatrician felt strongly that it might have harmful side effects.
Gramps had told me that he remembered having whooping cough as a child, and although it was harrowing, he survived.
Draw your own conclusions here!
However, I would now hope that you all might consider following up with your doctors to see if you should be vaccinated now as adults.
Out of guilt, I’d be willing to sweeten the deal by paying for whatever isn’t covered by your healthcare. (Tetanus shots, flu shots, etc. aren’t a bad idea either, although you’re on your own there!)
Also, I want to apologize to [Sister], [Sister] and [Brother] for the time we went to the geneticist who took punch core samples of your skin for testing.
We had no idea–and there’s no excuse for our ignorance–that it would be a process painfully administered without anesthesia. I feel traumatized to this day, so I can’t imagine how awful it was for you.
I was reminded of those procedures recently when I heard Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, George Church tell his story on The Moth: My Life as a Guinea Pig.
I love you all dearly!
So, I didn’t get them on my own in contradiction to my parents’ decisions, but at their request, after they realized they had made a mistake. –affixqc
Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about concerns—they’ve done this many times before.
When my daughter was born, we were terrified of the mercury. We asked a doctor, who explained everything to us clearly.
The poor doc had that look though— “Oh shit, not this again”… –cat_of_danzig
In fact, this redditor got an idea of how much doctors have to explain the necessity of vaccinations.
When we had our first kid, we were shopping around for a pediatrician, and I was astounded how many doctors specifically told us they would only be our general doc if the children were vaccinated.
I had no idea how often they must have that conversation.
Apparently, in some places, the percent of anti-vaxxer parents is as high as 10%.
The number of parents who are reluctant to give their kids vaccines can be as high as 25%. –dsf900
Keep reading for a crazy story of how far one parent went to prevent their child from receiving certain types of medical attention.
Sometimes understanding takes a while, and now this redditor needs all their shots together.
My parents were very against it.
Never particularly vocal about it, but growing up, my schools would organize mass vaccinations for all the kids (MMR, etc.) and I was always mysteriously off sick those days.
My school never noticed, and I was always pretty happy as I have a terrible phobia of needles and never really understood the health implications.
I’ve never had any health problems, but I’ve had partners weirded out by it. I was dating one guy who didn’t want to go near me once he found out I hadn’t had any vaccinations. That felt odd.
Last year there was a measles outbreak at my university, and I was very nervous about it.
Called my parents for advice and their response? “Go get the vaccine.”
I’m guessing their opinions have changed over the years, but they’re too proud to say outright that maybe they were wrong and their children’s health could now be at risk.
About time I got the rest of them done! –1742587
This redditor’s mother was not only anti-vaccination, but anti-doctor altogether. It resulted in a medical emergency.
My mother is just plain crazy when it comes to medical topics, and thinks that hospitals and doctors only want your money.
So I was never vaccinated. For a little insight into the craziness, when I was 14, I was a breath away from dying from a burst appendix.
My mother refused to take me to the hospital despite the pain.
It was only when I started urinating blood that my father said he was taking me to the hospital. I was in and out of consciousness while he carried me to the car.
My mom physically fought him as he carried me.
I was medevaced to a larger hospital and had emergency surgery. The doctor told me in recovery that the infection was spreading to other organs, and my body was starting to shut down.
If it had been a couple of hours or more, it would have been too late.
Fast forward four years later when I joined the Army…the gauntlet of shots I received to get all the vaccinations was something else.
I literally walked almost naked down a row with multiple medical staff on each side poking me with needles everywhere as I was told to keep walking forward and not stop.
I am 35 now and feel just as healthy now as I did as a kid.
Never had any other issues except for a hernia from strenuous exercise. Vaccinations do more good than harm. –Kukulcan83
Lack of vaccination lead to a terrible bout of whooping cough for this redditor—and four siblings!
My parents used to not vaccinate me or any of my four siblings, but when I was like three years old me, and my siblings all came down with whooping cough.
It scarred my lungs, and I have yellow stains on my teeth because the high fevers cooked my adult teeth inside my head. My parents vaccinated us after that.
I am not and have never been mad or spiteful toward my parents for not vaccinating me.
They were just naive, and doing what they thought was best for my siblings and me. –Volcano_gurl
Herd immunity is the key to ridding ourselves of dangerous contagious diseases.
What people don’t understand about vaccination is it isn’t just there to protect the vaccinated.
It protects the “herd” (herd immunity); the people who can’t be vaccinated for whatever reason.
This is part of the reason being vaccinated if you’re able to be is so important. You’re not only protecting yourself.
You’re protecting those around you whose immune systems aren’t up to it and could be hugely negatively impacted by their fellow neighbors refusing for their own uneducated reasons. –hihelloneighboroonie
This child of anti-vaxxers has plenty of reason to discontinue tradition.
My dad was the anti-vaxxer, my mom was mostly ambivalent. Neither my brother or I were vaccinated at birth, and I didn’t get my shots until I turned 19.
My brother had to get a tetanus shot once when he was six, due to an injury. It burned my dad up for a while.
His reasoning was typical: he believed that the mercury in the vaccines would cause us to somehow develop autism.
My parents were also pretty hippy-dippy compared to most baby boomers, so they were concerned about chemicals and all that as well.
Jokes on them, though, because both my brother and I have [Aspergers] regardless of being unvaccinated.
It was always a pain in the ass whenever we had to do school-related paperwork or field trip stuff because my parents would have to produce a letter stating that it was their “religious right” to keep us “untainted” by vaccination (we were never a religious family).
I wasn’t a super sickly child (with a few exceptions), but my younger brother suffered a lot.
He got pneumonia when he was little, like 3-4. They had to keep him in the hospital and I remember my dad taking care of me at home while my mom stayed in the room with my brother.
About a year or two after that he got walking pneumonia and again was hospitalized.
He’s also allergic to damn near everything and has bad asthma now. He has epilepsy, and we both have chronic migraines.
I never had anything seriously life-threatening in terms of illness, but there was a nearly yearlong period where I had strep throat almost every other week.
I should have had my tonsils out (they wanted to intubate me at one point but for whatever reason changed their minds?), but my dad threw a fit about having any surgeries performed.
I also developed shingles when I was 13, which my father initially treated as poison ivy and left mostly untreated until my mother intervened.
I still have little to no feeling on swatches of the left side of my body from the blister scars. That sucked.
I did, however, have to get my vaccinations when I turned 18 and enrolled in college. He was not pleased about that, and actually, we didn’t talk for almost a year because of my decision to get vaccinated.
Eventually, we worked things out, but it took a while. I’ll be vaccinating any children I may have in the future, though.
Tl;dr: wasn’t vaccinated until I chose to do so myself as a legal adult bc parents were afraid of autism.
My brother and I were sick a lot as a kid, with some really preventable and stupid illnesses. I plan on vaccinating any children I have. –Larktoothe
Keep reading to see how one member of Reddit shut down their family’s objections like a boss!
Here’s how one redditor put it to their anti-vaxxer grandpa:
My grandpa is convinced on the whole vaccines cause autism thing.
When I was pregnant with my first kid, he harped on it so much until I finally said, “it doesn’t cause autism, but even if it did I would still do it. I’d rather have an autistic kid than a dead one.”
Shut him up fairly well. –HCGB
This child of anti-vaxxers changed their mind about it after seeing the effects first-hand.
My mom is against vaccines, and I grew up in a very anti-vaccine school and was treated by homeopathic and holistic doctors.
I used to believe all that. Then I started med school and changed my mind to “vaccines aren’t bad, but they aren’t necessary.”
Then I did a rotation at a pediatric hospital in the neurological area. That was a huge eye opener!! Meningitis is an awful disease, and anti-vaxxers never talk about it.
The children I saw were the ones that survived and had brain damage afterward.
It was awful to see kids that could have had a perfectly normal life to end up like that. –anesthesiagirl
This redditor got their MMR vaccine in the nick of time.
My parents were against the MMR vaccination as my older brother was diagnosed with Aspergers shortly after he received it.
I’m the youngest child and so never got the jab, even though mumps actually caused my mum to go half deaf as a teenager.
It always made me uncomfortable knowing I wasn’t protected and I was of a strong mind to do it eventually, but of course it’s hard going against your parents’ beliefs when they felt so strongly at what had happened to them.
To me it felt like a form of denial of the autism in the family, which they see as much worse than it is—my brother is an amazing guy, and they should give him more credit.
Before you go to Uni you have to get a meningitis jab; while I was at the doctor’s, the doctor suggested giving me the MMR.
I told her my parents were against it and she said she’d give it to me now and then in a few months I could tell them and prove that I was absolutely fine. So I did that.
A few months after receiving the full vaccination, my flatmate and close friend got diagnosed with rubella.
It spread all over her body causing glandular and scarlet fever, she spent over a month in the hospital and was in a fatal position.
If I hadn’t done it at that moment, I could’ve been in serious trouble. And rubella isn’t common here at all.
So if in doubt about going behind their backs, do it for yourself and your own safety, and that’s the only excuse you need. –lazyswayz
Pro tip: protect yourself from cancer wherever you can.
When the HPV vaccine came out, there was a bunch of stories on the news about girls having poor reactions to it, getting seizures, comas.
Most of it nonsense, but my mother saw the news stories and chose not to get me vaccinated. But then, right after college I had a brief bout of thyroid cancer and decided I would take every precaution I could to not get more cancer.
So I got the shots. I think at the time I didn’t tell my mom, but afterward, it came up.
She was more huffy than anything else, and defended her thoughts at the time, but accepted my decision and reasoning. –xrf_rcc
This redditor caught three diseases that could have been prevented with one shot.
My parents never explicitly said they were anti-vaccine to me, but I was never vaccinated as a child.
I actually caught Measles, Mumps, and Rubella on separate occasions, luckily diagnosed quickly enough to not cause any major health implications long term, but still a pretty miserable experience each time.
So yeah, thanks for that. –otto82
Finally, read up on the next page about one redditor’s reliance on ‘herd immunity’ (and family troubles because of it), plus an Autistic person’s response to anti-vaxxer concerns.
One redditor can’t even visit the in-laws.
I am immunosuppressed due to transplant, and my husband’s side of the family are anti-vaxxers.
I don’t think they believe I’m serious about not attending family gatherings ever again.
I know I can bump into a nonvaccinated person by just being out in public, but if I can avoid a known risk, I’m going to do it.
Thank you, everyone, who’s had their shots for helping keep me alive and healthy!! –auntiepink
Tragedy turned this redditor’s mom into an anti-vaxxer.
My story is a bit complex. My mother is an avid anti-vaxxer, but didn’t become that way until after my late sister died.
She blamed the vaccines she got a few weeks before her death (she was 3 months old) for it, instead of the SIDS tragedy it was.
My next youngest sibling was ‘allergic’ to eggs, and so didn’t get any vaccines until she was 8, after my parents were divorced and we had to move to a new state with new laws.
My two youngest siblings have never been vaccinated against anything. –MomentoMoriBenn
Even if vaccinations and autism were linked (they aren’t), autistic people are here to tell us it’s not the worst thing that could happen.
As an autistic person here as well it hurts to know that so many parents think it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to their child.
I would think dying of measles ranks a bit higher on that scale. –el1414
This redditor had a scare after a childhood of anti-vaccination rhetoric.
My mom had a child who became brain damaged during birth due to a hole in the umbilical cord.
She became convinced that there was some malpractice cover-up and gradually that all of medicine is one big conspiracy.
I stopped getting vaccines around 10 due to a mysterious ailment I had that turned out to be recurrent benign positional paroxysmal vertigo.
For some reason, doctors couldn’t figure it out and thought I had brain cancer.
My mom became convinced it was vaccine-related, and claimed she “traced my vaccine” and it was a “bad batch” that had killed a boy who got it.
I stopped getting vaccines and turned in forms to school every year claiming “personal objection” exemption from all vaccines from that point on.
I ended up deciding to become a biomedical scientist and enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
The Hep B vaccine was recommended for all students, and I received the first course of the vaccine…and then mentioned it to my mom.
She FLIPPED OUT.
She told me she couldn’t believe I would do something so stupid, and that there were so many bad reactions I could have and they didn’t all happen immediately.
I started reading horror stories online about bad Hep B shot reactions. And I panicked.
I really thought I may have done something really stupid.
This was pretty ironic since I was in a science Ph.D. program, but I was still making sense of what part of my childhood brainwashing was true and still coming to my own belief system.
In my hesitation/uncertainty, I failed to get the next dose of the Hep B shot in the required time window. I did intend to get it, but I forgot about it in the craziness of grad school.
Fast forward to my 3rd year; I was studying liver cancer and working with a liver cancer cell line called Hep3B.
I was reading the literature and stumbled on a paper that said that scientists had found that Hep3B cells are infected…with LIVE HEPATITIS B VIRUS.
That was really terrifying because I had been working with them for months and definitely had not taken the precautions you are supposed would take if you are working with active human pathogens.
The fact that I passed up a free HepB shot and could have stupidly contracted HepB really crystallized the importance of vaccines for me that day.
I didn’t ever have obvious symptoms of HepB, but nonetheless, I worried that I might have it up until I got pregnant with my daughter and tested negative during the prenatal tests.
Needless to say, my daughter has gotten 100% of her vaccines and will continue to. I chose for her a pediatrician who refuses to see patients who don’t get all of their vaccines on schedule.
I don’t even want to share a waiting room with unvaxxed kids. –the_real_dairy_queen
Some parents have selective hearing when it comes to vaccines.
My mum was completely against vaccinations.
I only got the MMR by mistake because they didn’t ask the parents – just lined us up outside the library and we went in one by one.
She was furious when I told her what had happened.
I caught whooping cough at age 34, and it was hell.
My partner hates her for putting me through that. I’ve since had a few vaccinations for travel, as has my younger sister.
Neither of us would ever tell our mother that we have had them though.
There was a slight hint a few years back, and she was already through the roof before my sister corrected herself and lied to cover the mention.
We will never tell her. –realbasilisk
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from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/30-children-of-anti-vaxxers-tell-their-stories/
With so many tutorials flooding the Internet lately, you’d think people would have the hang of this DIY craft thing by now. They don’t. They’re still failing and it’s still hilarious.
We get that directions are sometimes hard to follow. It’s totally true that things rarely look the same as on the screen. Come on, though. Did these people even try?
Have a look, and a laugh, at some of the worst outcomes of best intentions we could find below. If your DIY project didn’t go as planned either, add it to our list below, because there’s no shame in failure if you at least put in 50% effort.
#30 It’s So Easy, They Said. Simply Squeeze And The Dino Egg Soap Will Come Out In One Piece, They Said
#69 Tried To Diy A Lightbulb Changing Stick. Mop. Rubber Glove. Tape. Bulb Got Stuck Going In. Fail Chandelier Was Born
#93 First Attempt At Making Homemade Snow Globes. Care Bear Seems Really Uncomfortable In His New Environment
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from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/10-diy-fails-that-are-so-terrible-its-impossible-not-to-laugh-at/
In what can only be described as a stoner frat bros dream come true, two trucks carrying beer and chips collided in an accident that shut down parts of I-95 in Florida.
As youll see in the photos, there were piles of crushed beer cans and bags of chips scattered on the side of the road. All we needed was some Top 40 bangers playing at top volume and it would have been a party.
And, as one would expect, there are some great jokes on Twitter about the seemingly predestined accident.
Fortunately, neither driver was severely injured (although the driver of the Busch Beer truck was ticketed for failing to stay in a lane), and no one was desperate enough to scrounge up the undamaged beer cans and chips. So, overall, a decent day in Florida.
Photo via @ValleyNewsLive/Twitter
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/truck-collision-in-florida-covers-highway-with-chips-and-beer/
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2016 has taken so much from us: Brangelina, the orange and avocado shortages, and Kim K’s social media presence. Ever since she was (allegedly) robbed in Paris, Kim disapeared from Snapchat, Insta, Twitter, Facebook, her app, and Kik (but nobody uses that shit anymore, so who cares). Well yesterday our lives were blessed with the greatest miracle since lite beer: Kim Kardashian posted on Facebook.
But unlike a betch who has just come back from summer camp and shares all of her summer pics, Kim just did a bunch of promotional stuff. She did a lumee advertisement and a Steph Shep (read: a extra) blog post. Maybe Kris Jenner and her social media endorsements finally told Kim her vacation was over. But still, if this is a sign of things to come aka nude selfies, artsy photos of North and Reign, and another Snapchat takedown, I’m willing to be patient.
Update:Apparently the reason nobody seemed to go apeshit over this news is because Kim’s posts were taken down hours after they were put up. Someone told that the posts were “an error” and that Kim is still “figuring out when is the right time for her to come back.” In related news, Kim’s social media intern was definitely fired.
from All Of Beer http://allofbeer.com/kim-kardashian-returned-to-social-media-for-a-hot-second/