Wrapping up the week with an eclectic collection of good news nuggets.
Earthshot Heads East
The Prince of Wales’s Earthshot Awards ceremony will be held in Singapore this year to draw attention to the effects of climate change on south-east Asia, Kensington Palace has announced. The country will host the third annual ceremony for Earthshot this November and will also be hosting the first ever Earthshot Week, a series of events accompanying the awards for the first time. It is understood that organisers felt the south-east Asian country’s optimistic spirit of innovation, committed to restoring the planet in the face of significant environmental challenges, embodies the spirit of the prize. The awards, masterminded by the Prince, recognise efforts to solve key environmental problems, from air pollution to climate change.
Wild Horses Protection
The Colorado General Assembly has passed unprecedented and groundbreaking legislation known as The Colorado Wild Horse Project, a new law that adds state protections for the rights of mustangs and burros to reside in their homes, instead of being traumatically and expensively rounded up. The bill’s sponsors reflected the vast bipartisan support in the General Assembly where SB23-275 was passed by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers -and an indication of how important wild horses and public lands are to Americans.
A 99-year-old woman with a long-held ambition to be a knife-thrower’s target during a circus show has finally had her wish granted. Armed with her walking stick, Annie Duplock treated audiences to a “nerve-shredding spectacle” in the ring at Zippos Circus in Coventry, central England. Duplock used to work for the circus and asked to take part in the hair-raising stunt to celebrate turning 100 in three months. “I’ve always wanted to have knives thrown at me,” she said.
A US city named Kyle is hoping to break a record for the largest gathering of Kyles, says Sky News. The city, in Texas, intends to bring together thousands of people with the first name Kyle in order to clinch the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people with the same name. The current record is held by the Bosnian town of Kupreski Kosci. In 2017, a total of 2,325 Ivans gathered there to claim the honorific honour.
Bobi was born on 11 May 1992, making him 31 years old, in human years. Or 217 in dog years. He has smashed the record for the oldest living dog, who, until recently, was thought to be 23-year-old Spike, a chihuahua living in Ohio, USA. Spike was awarded the title just two weeks ago. Then, Guinness World Records received evidence of the much older Bobi, who not only stole Spike’s title but earned recognition as the oldest dog ever. According to Guinness World Records, a big birthday party was staged at his home in the rural Portuguese village of Conqueiros in Leiria, western Portugal, where he has lived his entire life. Bobi is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a Portuguese breed of livestock guardian dog.
"We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one." Confucius
On this Day
19 May 1962: Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK before 15,000 attendees, accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones, at Madison Square Garden, NYC.
Hilarious Dutch TV ad demonstrating that a VW is so reliable that you can even risk buying one from an old lady.