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10 Things You Should Totally Ignore Because They Don’t Matter At All

Let's face it, there's nothing important going on ANYWHERE. Yawn.

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Especially these 10 things. You should absolutely pay no attention to them whatsoever. Nobody cares about any of them. They're not important in any way.

1. North Korea Getting Aggressive


So apparently North Korea is all about nuclear weapons now. That, and threatening South Korea and the United States. Like, we told them to stop it already and they were all like, "You can't tell us what to do!" Whatever, no biggie.

2. Civil War in Syria


There's a civil war going on right now in Syria, between the government and rebel forces. The death toll could easily reach 100,000 and there's now a refugee crisis in neighboring Jordan. But Syria is far away and you don't know anyone from there, so who cares, right?

3. Mainstream Sexism


On Friday, some lady crashed the Daily Princetonian's website because she wanted to tell all the women at Princeton know to focus on finding a husband during their college years. Then the New York Times published an obituary for a scientist that led with her famous beef stroganoff instead of her ground-breaking scientific discoveries. But why does that matter?

4. Banking Crisis in Cyprus

Cyrpus isn't doing so well financially and now they're skimming money off of people's bank accounts. And some of the richest depositors could lose 30 to 40 percent out of their accounts. But, I mean, look at how teeny Cyprus is:


Only like 12 people live there, so, 'nuff said.

5. The Gun Control Debate


Interest in newer, tougher gun control laws is waning, and the NRA continues to be one of the most powerful lobbying machines on the Hill. Meanwhile, Congress can't figure out what to do about guns, if anything. Nothing to see here. It's not as if gun laws affect anyone's lives or anything.

6. An Oil Spill


Exxon Mobil spilled 12,000 barrels (and counting) of oil and water in Arkansas. The oil cascaded through backyards and front lawns, wreaking havoc on a small suburb in Arkansas. Whatever.

7. Censorship in Egypt


Dr. Bassem Youssef is pretty much the Jon Stewart of Egypt... So, of course the Egyptian government arrested him this weekend for allegedly verbally bashing Egypt's president. Youssef was very much a figure from the Arab Spring uprisings, which demanded a more liberated people. But why should any of us care about some guy getting silenced over in Egypt? It doesn't affect our lives in any way.

8. Huge Cheating Ring in Atlanta Schools

Former superintendent of Atlanta schools, Beverly Hall, is in big trouble.

Former superintendent of Atlanta schools, Beverly Hall, is in big trouble.

Thirty-five current and former Atlanta public school employees - including the former superintendent - were indicted on charges of conspiring to cheat on standardized tests. The cheating misrepresented how thousands of students were doing in school. But we're sure that didn't hurt anyone, or go on anywhere else.

9. The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage

marriage equality symbol

The Supreme Court is deciding two cases about same-sex marriage. But is equality a big deal? If you're not gay, what difference could it possibly make to you?

10. The New Pepsi Bottle Design

HA. Just kidding, this is incredibly important.

The Kicker

In case you actually do want to not only pay attention to what's going on in the world, but also try to make a difference, here are some ways to get started:

Sign a Change.org petition to adopt gun control laws and ban assault weapons >>

Show your support for gay marriage on Facebook >>

Read about female empowerment and learn check out the Lean In movement >>

Read the NRDC's take on the Keystone XL pipeline >>

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10 Things You Should Totally Ignore Because They Don’t Matter At All

Lily Altavena

Lily is currently a TV news producer in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a production assistant at MSNBC. She is also a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry’s team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She’s the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

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