Happy Hump Day! Uplifting Headlines From Around The World

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Currently feeling a bit overwhelmed by the relentless doomsday-esque headlines? Although it’s vital to stay aware, it’s also of paramount importance to remember that for every hard-to-digest news story, there are hundreds of gorgeous happenings around the world. From the animal kingdom to community love, don’t forget to stay up to date with all the news – especially the uplifting kind!

Love in the Time of Corona


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An image of Bob Shellard from Connecticut has recently gone viral after warming the cockles of hearts globally. The picture in question showcases Bob clutching a placard bedecked with an iridescent border, glittery hearts, and the message: ‘I’ve loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary’. The subject of this gorgeous offering, his wife Nancy, couldn’t spend the day with Bob due to visitation restrictions at her care home. Garnering 52,000 retweets and an internet’s worth of tearful onlookers, this feel-good image reminds us that above all, there is love.

Pizza Pie, That’s Amore

After an unexpected cancer diagnosis left Rich Morgan in a hospice, life’s joys inevitably seem few and far between. Having cancelled a trip to Indianapolis with his wife, Julie – where they had lived 25 years prior – their dreams of revisiting their favourite haunts were dashed. But, after a tip-off from a family member, the couple’s favourite pizzeria came to hear about their story and in a remarkable act of human kindness, the 18-year-old manager, Dalton Shaffer, bagged up the couple’s precious pizzas and drove them 225 miles to deposit them on their doorstep. As Julie surmised, “I am beyond overwhelmed and humbled by this act of genuine kindness. Dalton brought our family so much joy—and the best pizza in the world—at a really difficult time.”

Hungry Hungry Hippos – Advanced


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The 1980s board game, Hungry Hungry Hippos, quickly became a firm favourite in households across the country. But how does one play? Well, each participant chooses their own hippo-puppet, and manoeuvres its clanking jaws in a bid to bag the biggest bounty of marbles – the winner is whoever secures the largest dinner. In more recent times, Bryn Celyn Care Home in Wales brought the game to life with residents competing to scoop up the most balls from their wheelchairs during a life-size tournament. The raucous shrieks of glee billowing from the care home’s occupants are enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Plates of Plastic

A recent study has found that there is 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste on this planet. This shocking figure reinforces the importance of humanity’s struggle towards a sustainable future. In a recent and groundbreaking development, scientists have discovered a bacterium that loves nothing more than dining on toxic waste. According to Hermann Heipieper, “These findings represent an important step in being able to reuse hard-to-recycle polyurethane products”, meaning that we are getting ever closer to a cleaner and greener planet – bon appetit little guys!

Good Air Day


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While everyone’s squirrelling away in their homes, Mother Nature has been out in force, taking the time to appreciate a less busy planet earth. According to China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, throughout February the amount of good quality air days increased by 21.5 per cent. While in Venice, the canals have slowly been clearing up due to a lack of use.

Stay Home for Ozone

Since the famed creation of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which called for the ban of harmful ozone-depleting substances, we have been waiting with baited breath for any signs of progression, and finally, reports suggest that the holes in the ozone layer are shrinking. We think that this tremendous news is worth staying in for – you go Mumma Nature!