Mid-week collection of good news to brighten the day.
Norway has set new regulations for social media influencers. The new bill requires influencers to clearly mark any retouched picture that changes a person’s appearance, such as their body size, shape, or skin. Norway's move is a welcome effort to tackle unrealistic beauty standards that ‘play on social insecurity, bad conscience, low self-esteem or contributes to body pressure’. The King of Norway has yet to decide when the law will come into effect and what the mark will look like.
Tonight's the night! The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak tonight. The Perseids are popular for their reliability and the potential for spectacular fireballs. "The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50 to 100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer night time weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them," said NASA. It's likely to be particularly clear this year as the moon is only slightly lightening the sky. So, if it's clear where you are, head outside, look up, and enjoy the show.
A beautifully preserved fossil species of frog-legged beetle has been named Pulchritudo attenboroughi, or Attenborough's Beauty, after British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The beetle, which is on display in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, is from the Green River Formation in Colorado and lived nearly 49 million years ago. The museum said: "Nobody imparts the grandeur and beauty of nature more impressively than Sir David. This fossil, unique in its preservation and beauty, is an apt specimen to honor such a great man."
Barbra Streisand, the famous singer and actor, has a great idea for how to tackle the twice-impeached former president’s 2020 election conspiracy theories. “When you think of it, Al Gore lost the election by 537 votes. Hillary Clinton lost the election by 77,000 votes. But Trump lost the election by 7 million votes. I think they should show that every day on TV.” Funny girl!
Whilst the UK is offering free pizzas, Amazon has instituted the 'Max your Vax' contest that offers up to 18 prizes valued at almost $2 million. The prizes include two $500,000 and six $100,000 cash prizes, five new vehicles, and five vacation packages and the contest is open to frontline employees, including warehouse and logistics workers as well as hourly workers. What's the rest of the planet offering? See Vaccine Incentives Around the World
Hats off to the 27-year-old founder of one of Britain's fastest-growing start-ups. He's now worth as much as £2bn after his two-year-old (yes, two years!) company secured a valuation of $7.8bn (£5.6bn). Johnny Boufarhat, an Australian born entrepreneur founded virtual events company Hopin in 2019 after moving to the UK to study engineering at the University of Manchester.
Even movie stars need to declutter sometimes. Tom Hanks, for example, has decided he no longer needs his 1992 Airstream travel trailer, which has been a part of his movie-making experience since he bought it in 1993. Hanks used the trailer on 18 movie sets over the decades, including Sleepless in Seattle and Forrest Gump in the '90s all the way to movies like The Circle in 2017. Auctioneers, Bonhams, said it expects the Airstream to sell for somewhere between $150,000 and $250,000. Interested? Click here
On the basis that Airstream's brand new remote work marvel (that sleeps 6) is only $107,000, you'd need your head examined!
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If you're missing the Olympics, you may like to watch the evolution of Usain Bolt's speed, starting from 2004 'till his retirement from athletics in 2017.