Top 5 Animated Scientists

Top 5 Animated Scientists

And What They Taught Us

Let’s face it, we all love animated movies. Nothing like the classics, right? For me, animated movies played a big role in my life and actually laid a foundation of wonder and curiosity for what the world can offer and what I could accomplish. Therefore, I decided to make a list of the top 5 animated scientists. Now, without further ado, here they are:

5. Professor Porter

Despite his clumsiness, Professor Porter was probably a very smart, renowned scientist back in England; not many scientists have the opportunity to travel and research directly with the animals in their natural habitat. Professor Porter earned a spot on this list because he taught us the importance of having a good work-life balance and to put family first. Professor Porter is a father first, scientist second.

4. Jimmy Neutron

"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius;" this show was a Nickelodeon classic. In the show Neutron claims to have an IQ of 210 (out a max of 200). He’s actually been banned form science fairs so that everyone else has a chance, and he even made his mechanical dog Goddard. Jimmy Neutron earned his place on the list because he taught us that if you actually put work into it you could accomplish anything, even saving your parents from an alien invasion. Also, Jimmy Neutron taught us the importance of having close friends to share your adventures with.

3. Basil of Baker Street

Who doesn’t like a good Sherlock adaptation? In "The Great Mouse Detective," Basil of Baker Street plays the mouse version of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Throughout the movie we see how his cunningness, knowledge of chemistry, and sharp deduction skills earn him the title of "The Great Mouse Detective." While at the beginning of the movie Basil is self-centered and only takes Olivia’s case because of the relationship to Professor Ratigan, Basil thought us to stand up for what is right, caring for others, and going out of our way to do what is right. He also taught us that a little bit of science goes a long way.

2. Dr. Jumba Jookiba

Dr. Jumba Jookiba is creator of none other than Experiment 626, better known as Stitch. Despite his evil genius origins, Jumba changed his ways thanks to the actions of a little girl named Lilo. Jumba has proven to be a true genius, not only did he create Stitch with bulletproof skin, super strength, night vision and super computer thinking, he also created 628 other Stitch-like experiments each with a particular characteristic and power. In addition to his experiments, Jumba has designed shrinking rays, flying cars, etc. Jumba earns his place on our list because he taught us to love and enjoy life, that there are more important things than doing what we want, and that when you put your own selfish interests aside, even a four-eyed, evil genius, criminal from outer space can find "ohana".

1. Hiro Hamada

Last, but certainly not least, Hiro Hamada from "Big Hero 6." Hiro not only made super suits for his friends and beat the bad guy in an epic battle, he also constructed a mini army of mind-controlled robots and remade Baymax after the big fight. Hiro is a modern, a bit more down-to-Earth Jimmy Neutron. His personality, love for friends, extraordinary intelligence, and willpower earn him his spot on our list. Hiro Hamada taught us not to use our talents and skills for ourselves, but instead to use it to help others and to have fun with what you do.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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