Tuesday's collection of bite sized chunks of good news.
The remains of Josephine Baker, a famed French-American dancer, singer and actor who also worked with the French resistance during the second world war, will be moved to the Panthéon mausoleum in November, according to an aide to President Emmanuel Macron. It will make Baker, who was born in Missouri in 1906 and buried in Monaco in 1975, the first Black woman to be laid to rest in the hallowed Parisian monument.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Scotland are to be given free bikes as part of a government trial, which aims to boost active travel. Six pilot schemes have been set up by the national transport agency. It will test a mix of ownership, loan and subscription models in different parts of the country over the next year, to identify which would work best in a nationwide rollout. The Transport Minister said that getting more children on bikes would help “embed healthy and sustainable travel habits from a young age”.
The odds of making a hole in one at golf are around 12,500 to 1 for non- professionals. Last weekend, a pair of amateur team mates playing golf together in a match in York, England, at the The Oaks Golf Club managed to defy odds of 17 million to 1 by both hitting a hole in one on the same hole, one after the other. High fives all round!
Here are two things in one sentence you probably thought you would never read: 'Trump booed after telling supporters to get Covid vaccine.' It happened last weekend in Alabama. Sadly, only one of them is good news.
Residents of West Seneca, New York, used to see a man, known as Kevin, on the corner of Potters Road. Kevin would typically hold a sign saying he’s drug and alcohol-free and he was looking for a job. “If I didn’t see him for two or three days at a time it was unusual. I usually saw him a couple times a week,” said Jesse Dixon, whose children often gave Kevin treats. “He’s just a nice guy. It seems like he’d fallen on hard times so we were just trying to help him through it.” Over the weekend, Kevin wasn’t there anymore, but there was a sign left behind in appreciation for all the help he got from the community.
It might sound like a low bar, but for those who care about facts, it’s been a long wait: News coverage of climate is finally getting the science right. A new study found that 90 percent of media coverage accurately represented the scientific consensus that human activity is driving global warming, looking at thousands of articles from 2005 to 2019. That’s a sharp change from the last comparable study in 2004, when researchers discovered that more than half of articles treated dissenting opinions as equally valid.
Did you know that the loudest animal in the world is a mere 2cm long and lives in the sea. The Pistol Shrimp can snap it’s claws shut so rapidly that it creates a bubble which collapses to produce a sonic blast - just like Concorde used to when breaking the sound barrier. The shock wave from the Pistol Shrimp's claws can reach 230 decibels, louder than the sound of a gunshot.
Dive in Deeper
Conservation: After serious decline in numbers of water voles, a new initiative gives these little creatures a glimmer of hope. Revival...
Unlimited range: Solar powered e-bikes aren't new, but this extraordinary one definitely breaks new ground. Progress...
Graduation: Paralysed student surprises his family by walking to collect his college diploma. Courage...
Movie Theatre Prank
You gotta love a prank where no one gets hurt, humiliated, embarrassed or harrased - just people having fun! Well, and free beers.