Celebrating the start of this extra special weekend with a global round up of good news nuggets.
Most Liked Ever
A gallery of Lionel Messi celebrating Argentina's World Cup win has become the most-liked Instagram post ever. It's currently at 72 million - and the number is constantly rising. After the World Cup final, Guinness World Records posted a series of records broken by the victor, noting Messi had surpassed Germany's Lothar Matthäus for the record of most World Cup matches played, with 26 - as well as four other records:
11 - most World Cup Man of the Match awards
19 - most World Cup appearances as captain
5 - most appearances in World Cup tournaments by a male player
First person to assist (a goal) at five different World Cups
With the success of his latest gallery on Instagram, Messi has yet another record to add to his collection.
Team USA Equal Pay
Staying on a sporting theme, it's good to hear that the House has just passed a bipartisan bill that requires equal compensation for U.S. women competing in international sports competitions - it now heads to President Biden's desk. "The Equal Pay for Team USA Act erases any ambiguity, setting the standard that - when it comes to pay, medical care, travel arrangements and reimbursement of expenses for players of the same sport - nothing short of equal is acceptable, regardless of gender," Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said after the House passage of the bill.
Now that we've passed the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, we are going to enjoy roughly 2 minutes 7 seconds more daylight every day. It may not feel like it yet, but the good news is that it soon will.
The winner of the latest Survivor series on TV, Mike Gabler, deservedly grabbed more plaudits after he revealed he'd be donating his entire $1 million prize to veterans. The heart valve specialist, 52, had been telling viewers of the CBS competition series his plan before nabbing the win, but followed through with his promise after being named Sole Survivor. "There are people who need that money more," Gabler said. "And I'm going to donate the entire prize - the entire million dollar prize, in my father's name, Robert Gabler, who was a Green Beret - to veterans in need who are recovering from psychiatric problems."
You or someone in your household may enjoy keeping tabs on Santa's progress around the world, courtesy of Norad's annual Santa Tracker
Some people go all out with Christmas decorations - but Kristine Lilly gives even the brightest light displays the sweetest competition at her home in Texas. It's now the fifth year that she's turned her home into a giant gingerbread house. Everything in her epic gingerbread house display is handmade, Lilly says, and the annual tradition has grown into a popular holiday attraction that draws hundreds of visitors. Better yet, each visitor is treated to a free cup of hot chocolate.
Finally Seeing Sense
The United States Postal Service has now said it expects to buy more than 66,000 electric vehicles by the end of 2028 - a significantly higher target than the carrier’s absurd original plan. At first, the independent agency, which is led by a major donor to former President Donald Trump, said only 10 percent of these new vehicles would be fully electric, but the planned proportion of EV purchases has been bumped up multiple times following pressure from the Biden administration and large swathes of the public - it now stands at 62 percent over the next few years. After 2026, USPS has pledged to purchase only EVs.
Soaring EU Solar
Solar power in Europe has soared by almost 50 percent in 2022, according to a new report from industry group SolarPower Europe. It reveals that the EU installed a record-breaking 41.4 GW of solar this year - enough to power the equivalent of 12.4 million homes. Germany installed more solar than any other country in the bloc, adding almost 8 GW in 2022. The country has held the number one spot since the early 2000s.
Elf on the Shelf
Children at one Indiana elementary school had plenty of fun with their principal this week - her Christmas spirit has put smiles on the faces of everyone at Southwestern Elementary School. Principal Beth Hoeing pops up all over the school, somewhere surprising each day last week. “Every day when they’re walking out, they say to me, ‘I can’t wait to see what the Elf is doing tomorrow,’” Hoeing said.
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