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The Camp Fire in Northern California is not only wreaking havoc and disaster in the affected areas, but it is also having a serious and dangerous effect on air quality in cities like San Francisco.


The air quality in San Francisco is so poor that on Friday, breathing the air was akin to smoking 10 cigarettes in one day.

Wildfire smoke is especially dangerous because of what the fire burns.

Wildfires often burn homes, as is the case in the current tragedy in California. Because they burn homes, vast amounts of chemicals from cleaning materials, insulations, etc. are part of the smoke's content.

According to AirNow, San Francisco will not be seeing relief from the toxic air anytime soon.

Many people agree that the air quality is abysmal.




Recently Uber drivers in the city have begun selling N95 respirator masks to their riders.

People are shocked that the air quality has brought people to such extremes.



Some are categorizing the endeavor as disaster capitalism and, considering the circumstances, find it distasteful.



But don't lose faith in humanity quite yet; some compassionate drivers have also been seen giving away the masks for free.

H/T: Recode, Popular Science, AirNow

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Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.

Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.

The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:

"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."

Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.

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I hate ghosts, even if it's Casper. My life is already stressful enough. I don't need to creeped out by spirits from the beyond. Shouldn't they be resting and basking in the glow of the great beyond instead of menacing the rest of us?

The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.

Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.

Redditor u/Murky-Increase4705 wanted to hear about all the times we've faced some hauntings that left us shook, by asking:

Reddit, what are your creepy encounters with something that you are convinced was paranormal?
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The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.

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A lot of talk going on about women's bodies, isn't there?

Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.

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