Cute, Courageous and Crazy: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A panda cub is seen here sleeping in tree in Wolong valley resort at Wuyuan County, east China's Jiangxi Province. Keren Su/Getty Images

After a week that left many of us reeling from another mass shooting in the United States, we felt like it was our duty at HowStuffWorks to point you in the direction of this week's stories that are uplifting, inspiring, and well, just a little bit out there. So prepare yourselves, dear readers, for our newest, cutest and otherwise silliest stories that you missed this week.

The Cute

There's no denying pandas are about the cutest things on earth. And thankfully, there's some good news for these adorable black-and-white bears: Their numbers continue to increase in the wild! So much so the cuddly bamboo-eating giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is actually no longer considered "endangered." In 2016, it was reclassified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). But there's still work to do. The panda's habitat continues to shrink, and that puts these guys at risk. Read all about it here.

The Courageous

You probably know about the Women's March on Washington in January 2017. But did you know that it was women that led a massive protest in October 1789 that ultimately changed the course of the French Revolution? That's right. Thousands of courageous protestors — mostly women — marched 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) from Paris to Versailles to demand King Louis XVI release the palace's grains to the people who were starving. You can find out more about the march — and its outcome — by reading about it here or listening to the Stuff You Missed in History podcast episode here.

The Crazy

We have nothing against anyone who wants to get a little nip-and-tuck. But when a plastic surgeon starts turning his operating room into a social media circus, that's where we draw the line — and by circus, we mean doctors juggling breast implants while performing surgery live and broadcasting it online. These plastic surgery videos have gotten so out of control, apparently, that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has written a code of ethics about what videos can be shared online. Read all about the craziness here.

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