A teen with autism might just win a Nobel Prize

Wow, guys: Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at two, and his parents were told he would never read. According to Neatorama, when he was 3 1/2 his mother took him stargazing, and then to a lecture at a planetarium a few months later. During the lecture Jacob's hand repeatedly shot up, and he began answering questions — totally understanding complex theories about physics and planets.


Liberia: the toughest place to be a midwife

Once arriving in Liberia, Suzanne is met with extreme poverty, high unemployment, and wretched living conditions — nearly all due to poor economic conditions. Monrovia is the capital city, and many of its citizens are still learning to make a life for themselves after years of civil war. Suzanne quickly realizes just how dire many living situations are in Liberia, and the documentary shows what her two weeks spent in the country were like.


All about that time Offbeat Empire's Megan Finley made her TV godmother ugly cry

While some of you may have been reading Offbeat Empire websites for YEARS, you might not realize that we have a veritable television star on staff. OH YES: years ago, Offbeat Empire Associate Publisher & Offbeat Home Managing Editor Megan Finley had a key role on Knots Landing as a baby who, among many other things I'm sure, has the fantastic ability to bring emotional women to their knees