Friday's Good News

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Concluding the week with an eclectic bundle of good news and optimism. TGI Friday!  

  • Who doesn't love a quirky, slightly surreal photo? It's the delicious combination of surprise and delight at somebody's creative idea that sparks one's own imagination, making it difficult not to smile. John Wilhelm is a Swiss photographer who calls himself a "photoholic". His work features his beautiful family, which includes three daughters and one son. They are the actors in the crazy and creative scenes John dreams up... don't miss OGN Saturday for more of his weird and wonderful photos.

  • It’s long been an incredible irony of the animal world. The biggest animals that have ever lived on Earth - whales the size of Boeing 737s - sustain themselves by feeding on small fry: tiny animals like zooplankton and krill. Gulping and filtering giant mouthfuls of seawater, the massive mammals consume tiny creatures by the millions, and now scientists have learned the ocean behemoths eat orders of magnitude more than experts had ever suspected. An innovative study published in Nature has found that, on average, the world’s baleen whales eat three times more krill, tiny fish and animal plankton than previous estimates. Up to 16 tons a day!

  • Man's best friend: Last weekend, a 71 year old man was out on his own walking his dogs in England's Lake District. A few minutes after passing another walker he collapsed and became unconscious. Incredibly one of his dogs, a black labrador, ran after the passing walker barking to get her attention and tried to get her to return, which she duly did. She found the other dog, a golden retriever, lying by the unconscious man. She phoned the Mountain Rescue Team and, by the time they arrived, the man had regained consciousness; after an assessment by a team medic he was able to walk down the hill to an awaiting ambulance. Woof woof!

  • India's economy grew by a remarkable 8.4 percent in the July-September quarter from the same period last year, raising hopes of a powerful recovery after the country suffered historic contractions courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Quick Joke: "Did you know the word Ikea is actually made up of two Swedish words? Ika, meaning Sunday, and keya, meaning 'f***ing ruined'." OGN Sunday Magazine features loads more one liners and short jokes...

  • Hats off to Isaac: The eight-year-old boy has been called a "superstar" for donating his birthday presents to a homeless shelter. Isaac, from Stoke-on-Trent, England, told his mum he did not want any gifts and asked family and friends to donate items to him such as blankets and toiletries to give to the Macari Centre. The youngster has been thanked by the centre for his kindness. "How amazing is that... you are a superstar", they added on Facebook.

  • Six lanes wide, the Cross Bronx Expressway is one of the busiest and most polluting freeways in New York City - and contributes to some of the nation’s highest asthma rates. Residents have long described it as a form of environmental racism that effectively splits the Bronx in two. The good news is that the Department of Transportation has just allocated $2m for a feasibility study to transform parts of this noxious freeway into green space. The funding for the estimated $1bn project would come from the recently passed infrastructure package.

  • In a standout scene from Back to the Future II, time-traveling hero Marty McFly jumps onto a Mattel Hoverboard to escape a gang led by archnemesis Biff Tannen. Premiering the day before Thanksgiving in 1989, the film rocketed the fictional toy onto Christmas lists across the country. The movie prop that inspired viewers’ visions of floating around on a wheelless skateboard sold at auction last week for a whopping $501,200. An unidentified buyer purchased the (non-hovering) hoverboard from the Prop Store.

  • Wise Words: 'Live each day as if your last. Life’s too short and gone too fast.' Irwin Mercer.

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Jerusalema

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