With all of the bad news every day, I thought it was time to re-erect a feature that I attempted to start in 2017, at least until the really good times return. We need to hear the good things about our country and its people in addition to all of the darkness we now face.
I don’t know about you, but I have been getting overloaded with stories about the Chinese virus (otherwise known as the novel Coronavirus), illness, death, falling stock prices and government gone mad. I have the urge to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head!
So, here we go!
Although the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has been closed during quarantines, the animal caretakers took advantage of their closure by taking some of their resident rockhopper penguins for a little field trip.
A regular at a Texas restaurant surprised the staff by tipping $9,400.
The generous customer added a note saying, ‘Hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.’ The money will be evenly split, with each staff member getting about $300.
350,000 pounds of meat will feed a lot of people.
NASA Fixes Mars Lander By Telling It to Hit Itself With a Shovel
NASA’s InSight lander, which is currently on the surface of Mars, has faced some unexpected problems during its mission to explore and study the planet.
Namely, a digging probe that was built to burrow beneath the surface like a jackhammer got stuck because Mars’ soil is clumpier than scientists expected, Popular Science reports.
After a few failed attempts to get it out, NASA had to get a bit creative. Ultimately, it freed the probe up by giving it a solid thwack with InSight’s shovel.
Hundreds of primary school pupils took to their playground to perform for older residents isolating from coronavirus in the flats opposite.
Almost 200 people in years 4, 5 and 6 at Silver Springs Primary Academy sang songs from their school grounds so that the elderly residents living in Kendal House sheltered housing could watch them and listen.
They put a sign up outside the Stalybridge school beforehand urging them to ‘watch this space 2pm today’.
And they’ve also been busy writing letters and drawing pictures for the residents – who are facing months of isolation because they are deemed among the most vulnerable – urging them to ‘be happy not sad’ and to ‘think of all the good things’.