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Photo Of The Day: Meet The Hero Who Stood Up To The Oregon Gunman

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Chris Mintz, the hero that charged the UCC shooter to help save others is doing fine after having surgery to remove seven bullets. Image Source: Reddit

“You aren’t getting by me.”

This was uttered by Chris Mintz, the 30-year-old Army veteran and student at Umpqua Community College, to the gunman Christopher Harper Mercer during his shooting spree at the campus last Thursday.

Mintz attempted to block the classroom door to keep Mercer from entering and harming himself and others in hiding, but was shot three times through the door. After Mercer broke into the room, Mintz reportedly said, “It’s my son’s birthday,” yet Mercer continued to shoot him. The shooting left both of Mintz’s legs broken. Doctors say Mintz will survive his gunshot wounds, but will likely have to learn to walk again.

The shooting left ten people dead, including Mercer, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A White House petition posted last Friday is calling on President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom–the highest civilian award to individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”–to Mintz for his heroic actions. The petition already has over 13,000 signatures, but needs about 87,000 more to grab President Obama’s attention.


For more on gun violence in the United States, check out this chart.

10 Modern Spanish-Language Writers To Read Before You Die

Are you a book eater?

Have you read all the American classics from Huckleberry Finn to the latest Jonathan Franzen novel? Do you cancel a night out to stay in because there’s no better company than a good book? If so, it’s time to start reading Hispanic literature — even if you have to read it in English. We’re not talking about Cervantes and his infamous Don Quixote here, but modern Hispanic authors you absolutely must add to your reading list.

Below are ten Spanish-language authors that deserve a space on your bookshelf right away. They come from either Latin America or Spain, and good news: most of their work has been translated into English.

Miguel Delibes

Spanish Writers Miguel Delibes

The brilliant Spanish writer Miguel Delibes. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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50 Of Our Favorite Photos From The Apollo Archives

Apollo Project Archive Moonstagram LEAD

If you sit with doubt about the moon landing or any subsequent Apollo missions, this new gallery of just-released images from the Project Apollo Archive might just change your mind.

Thousands of photos, all unretouched and in high resolution glory, have been curated into a Flickr album by Kipp Teague, creator of the archival project. While you could easily sit and cull through the mountain of photos, we at All That Is Interesting did some of that leg work for you and chose 50 of our favorites to share in the gallery below. There are even a few #Moonstagrams and #SpaceSelfies in there:

To get sucked even further into the celestial wormhole, be sure to check out these incredible space facts and learn from a former ISS astronaut what 24 hours looks like while floating above Earth!

Video Of The Day: Watch As A Deaf Ugandan Teen Has His First Conversation

Last year, Britain’s Channel 4 travelled to Uganda to meet with Patrick Otema, a 15-year-old boy who was born profoundly deaf. The remote area where he lives does not have any schools for the deaf, and with no knowledge of sign language, Patrick has never held a conversation with anyone, including his family.

In this video, journalist Kiki King says, “A majority of deaf people in Sub-Saharan Africa have never been taught sign language. Unable to communicate with others, they’re trapped in their own minds.”

Raymond Okkelo, a sign language teacher, hopes to change all of this, offering Patrick and other deaf people in the area with a class that was organized by the Uganda National Association for the Deaf, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals suffering from hearing impairment.

Ten weeks later, Channel 4 returned to Patrick’s home to report on how his life has changed since the class, and their discoveries are remarkable.

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