Your Weekly Round-Up Of Uplifting News
Hello, folks, it’s ya boy Knava here, coming back with another volley of kittens and rainbows against the forces of darkness. You don’t have to call me the Knight of Puppies and Socialism, but if you want to, I won’t fight it.
Alright here we go.
With only two female individuals of the sub-species still alive, the Northern White Rhino is classed as functionally extinct. Yet German scientist may now have come across a breakthrough test tube embryo transplant method involving the sub-species’ Southern cousins that could give hope to the almost-vanished creature.
Scotland’s famous Dinnie Stones weigh an absurd 332kg. Lifting them is an iconic challenge for strongmen. Most people who try, fail miserably. 29-year-old Australian Leigh Holland-Keen has just become the second woman in history to succeed.
A woman gave birth to triplets at home, with only her 15-year old son present. The first newborn wasn’t breathing. The mother delivered CPR to the infant while waiting for the ambulance, and then gave birth to the two other triplets the next day. All are in stable condition.
A Scottish cafe that employs homeless people has built a village for them.
This woman’s house in Kansas exploded. She was out at the time, but she has three cats, who weren’t. Now, nearly a month later, all three have been found, safe and sound, with only minor injuries. The last one, Kunimitsu, was only just located, hiding inside of a pipe at the site of the exploded home.
Deeply Communist Indian state Kerala is about to start paying for sex change surgeries for all those who wish to undergo the procedure. According to the Times of India:
[C]hief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said financial constraints won’t be a hurdle for any transgender who wishes to live as man or woman. “The government which has ensured the rights of education and employment of transgender community will now bear the cost of sex change surgery too”, Vijayan said.
London has a massive problem with air pollution, often hitting its cumulative upper limit for a given calendar year by the end of January. It is often seen, or at least presented, as an intractable problem. But air quality data from a bicycle race event during which cars are banned from significant stretches of road now shows a clear, and obvious to many, causation: Get rid of cars, and noxious air disappears. That’s all the evidence I’ve been waiting for to enact my three-point political manifesto for Britain: 1) Pedestrianise all of London, 2) Nationalise Wetherspoons, 3) Turn Buckingham Palace Into a Wetherspoons, The World’s Largest Pub.
Decades ago, Padma Shri Jadav “Molai” Payeng dismayed at the ecological destruction he witnessed in his native India and the ensuing wildlife death that that led to. So he decided to do something about it. He started planting trees. One a day, for decades. That has now led to a new forest, larger than Central Park, and it is home to elephants, rhinos, and tigers.
Pearl Jam are planning a series of benefit concerts aimed at raising $10million in an effort to help combat Seattle’s homelessness.
For the third year in a row, a local barber in Ensley, Birmingham, Alabama has used his own money to buy 100 schoolchildren each their own backpack, as well as giving them all a free haircut, before the start of the school year.
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