OGN Saturday

Bite sized chunks of good news to kick start the weekend.

  • In good news for some: Man arrested after showering commuters with money from his 30th floor apartment window. Police in Chongqing, south-western China, detained him on drugs charges after his benevolence caused traffic chaos.

  • Ideas for cultivating a little more happiness: We could all use a little more happiness in our lives during these stressful times. Here are some science-backed ways to cultivate it at work and at home.

  • Lockdown boredom helps Hornby return to profit. People with time on their hands seeking childhood pleasures help drive turnaround of model train and Airfix aeroplane business.

  • Humans have now been living in space for 20 years: On Halloween in the year 2000, a Russian Soyuz rocket launched from Kazakhstan and flew into the history books, carrying one U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts to the nascent International Space Station (ISS).

  • Record 200 days with no local case makes Taiwan world’s envy. The country holds the world's best virus record by far and achieved this with strict border control, social distancing, contact tracing, and masks. Taiwan has never instituted lockdown measures and the vast majority of businesses remained open. Taiwan’s last six months and counting continue to be defined by one number: Zero, the number of local transmissions recorded since 12 April.

  • Money designed to be given away: Australia has created a coin unlike any other in the world.

  • How about this for serendipity: When Nicole Renae was 10 her grandma gave her a sweet little dog which she named Chloe. “I just loved her to death,” Nicole said. “She was my best friend.” ⁠Some time passed and sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances, Chloe had to be sent to a local shelter. Years went by. Nicole grew up, got married and had a daughter of her own. ⁠One day, she ran across a Facebook post about a senior dog in need of a home. The dog looked a bit like Chloe. Nicole decided to adopt the senior dog and brought her home.⁠ “She just ran to me and started licking my face,” Nicole said. So, she visited the vet’s office where Chloe was microchipped all those years ago to check her ID. “The numbers were an exact match. It was her,” Nicole said excitedly. “I’m so happy to have her back.”⁠

  • Splashing out on jewellery: After a $425 million discount, France’s LVMH will pay $15.8 billion to buy Tiffany & Co, in the luxury sector’s biggest-ever deal.

  • How Prague's 14th century Charles Bridge was built: Have you ever wondered how such ambitious ancient architectural Goliaths were first created? Watch this brilliant 3 minute animation to get an eye-opening idea.

  • Face masks should be washed each day: Study by California University finds that particles can build up in masks, meaning regular washing is important.

  • Stolen pink 'Sexy Lexy' sports car returned to owner after nearly three decades. Carol Richards of Melbourne, Australia, purchased the Holden Torana GTR XU-1 she nicknamed “Sexy Lexy” in the 1970s and rally raced it for years before it was stolen from her driveway in 1992. But it wasn’t until recently when a police investigation into a stolen car reselling ring that was cloning hot vehicles with new serial numbers turned up the car in a collection purchased by an unsuspecting buyer. Police tracked down Richards, who attended the court hearings dressed in pink and witnessed the culprit being sentenced to two years in prison and the car was returned to her.

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