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TikTok creator Taryn Delanie Smith plays Denise, a character who's helping the internet cope with grief and abstract questions about the afterlife. TikTok @taryntino21/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Heaven has a bathrobe-clad receptionist named Denise. She's helping TikTok grieve

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Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss Louisiana 2017, participates in the swimsuit challenge during last fall's Miss America competition in Atlantic City, N.J. The segment won't be a part of the competition starting this year. Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions hide caption

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Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being named Miss America in September. For the first time in the pageant's history the two branches of the organization will be lead entirely by women, the group announced Thursday. Noah K. Murray/AP hide caption

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