OGN Friday

Concluding the week with a bundle of positive news snippets.

  • Trump seems to have become obsessed with toilets. Is it because he's a busted flush? During a rally in Nevada the president launched into a bizarre rant about water pressure and toilets. One imagines Freud would have had a theory or two. OGN's very simple explanation is that the guy is potty.

  • Frequently mistaken for a crocodile or alligator, gharials live in the northern rivers of the Indian subcontinent and became critically endangered. Now, thanks to successful conservation efforts, the gharials' future is looking considerably rosier.

  • Love this uplifting quote from Samuel L Jackson: 'A fullness comes upon me every time I land in Africa.'

  • New Zealand: Why have the Kiwis rejected the populist ideas that other nations have embraced?on: 'A fullness comes upon me every time I land in Africa'

  • Canadian town of Asbestos has just had a referendum, understandably, to choose a new name. And the winner is: Val-des-Sources.

  • Finally: Cheap Electric Cars. Take up of EVs on a substantial scale will only be achieved if prices come down significantly. And that's now happening. Here are three game-changing electric cars.

  • Here's an uplifting and empowering thought from Gary Burnison, CEO of consulting firm Korn Ferry: Remember that it's imperative we do not cancel celebrating although we are occasionally forced to cancel celebrations. 

  • 4G Network for the Moon: NASA has given Nokia $14 million to create a 4G network on the Moon's surface. Could this year get any stranger?

  • Household essentials including teabags and cereals will be sold via refillable containers at a trial sustainability Asda store. The new outlet - opened in Leeds - also features loose and unwrapped produce, paper wrapping, and recycling points throughout. Asda hopes the store will encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle - saving an estimated one million pieces of plastic from being used each year.

  • This is a gorgeous story: Lyndsey Raby knew her happiness wouldn’t be full at her wedding, if not shared with her family. So for her special day, she asked her four grandmas to act as co-flower girls at her bridal party in Tennessee. All of Lyndsey’s grannies, including the bride’s great-grandmother, 90, the groom’s grandmother, 70, and the bride’s grandmothers (76 and 72), were ‘ecstatic’ to take on the role of flower girls.⁠ “I do believe they were more excited than my bridesmaids,” Lyndsey said, in the hope that other engaged couples will be inspired to include elderly family members in their wedding parties. “It means so much to them and it will mean so much to you.”⁠