Good News to Make You Feel Good, Week of 9/4/17

Your healthy dose of feel-good current events in pop culture, fashion, travel, science, and everything in between…

Throw on a celebratory second layer to honor the nip in the air as our newest round of carefree weekly updates arrives, delivering the opportuuunity to chill out and deeply breathe in that soon-to-be-Saturday scent of easy times that lie so very directly ahead.

Take the chance to unapologetically recline, perhaps in a marshmallow-meets-cashmere airy robe, and lounge with some harmless (yet fascinating) stories that have been selected to give you some clickable, likeable current events that are finally worth sharing with your favorites.

Peruse, ponder, audibly “awww,” lol a little, and enjoy the good news you might have missed:

Thanks to New York City’s transit system for bringing us the kind of romance MetroCards were made for: Back in 2003, Osvaldo Jimenez caught sight of Kara Mullins while they shared a late-night ride on an M14D bus. “Sometimes, we don’t pay attention to the heartbeat of the city and the things around us,” says Jimenez of couple’s chance encounter. “I liked her style, and the first thought that passed through my head was that if I ever get married, I want to get married to a girl like that.” Thirteen years later, the two tied the knot in the perfect venue — hosting an 80-person ceremony on the same public bus.

Those of us wondering what the Broad City babes are up to whilst searching for any trace of a new season to fuel those “this is so us” city life lols can rest assured that they’ve been keeping busy. Watch their visionary pitch for Rough Ruff, a cutting-edge reality show about three best friends that open a coffee shop. Jacobson builds suspense with the mind-bending teaser: “Imagine yourself… in a world… where DOGS run the show…”

If catching a wave of shimmering, glowing sea creatures is on your bucket list of life adventures, you may be living your fantasy even sooner than you think, according to recent research. “People think bioluminescence is some kind of exotic characteristic, even oceanographers don’t realize that it’s common,” says Séverine Martini, a marine biologist whose study on beaming sea creatures was published this year. Among ocean-dwellers that you can see with the naked eye, those that glow actually outnumber the unlit, with a stunning 76% behaving as ethereal underwater night lights.

Paying homage to the guardians of our outer garments, Vogue teams up with actress and writer Hailey Benton Gates for the short film “What Happens In Coat Check Stays In Coat Check.” Its candid cassette tape interviews of New York’s real-life coat check girls reveal close encounters with eccentric patrons and super-tipping celebs, the latter of which one seasoned vet alludes to mysteriously as: “I won’t say who, but he may have directed a movie that rhymes with gulp diction…”

This futuristic yarn is the next powermove in voltaic breakthroughs, with its battery-free ability to create its own electricity by harvesting mechanical energy. Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas found that when sewn into a t-shirt, just the act of breathing produces a charge as it twists and stretches. Made even more powerful by a dash of salt, the tiny wonder brings new promise to using the ocean’s natural waves for clean energy.

For Twin Peaks fanatics, the Roadhouse-staged performances during The Return’s closing scenes provided a welcome dose of moody, oft synth-infused melodies. Once you’ve repeated Lynch’s finale episodes to the point of memorization, take a spin through this guide to all of the bands from the season, from electro-pop dreamers like Chromatics to the aviator and leather-clad icons of Nine Inch Nails.

The old-school stick-to-your-trade phrase “no one likes a moonlighter” may finally have been proven untrue. New research shows that people who spend time on hobbies and passion projects not only benefit by generating new ideas more fluidly, but are happier, harder working, and more productive than those who don’t have a creative outlet. The forever-cool skill that provided the most far-reaching benefits? Learning to play an instrument.

East coast/west coast memories unite with the work of legendary hip-hop photographer Chi Modu, who snapped everyone from Tupac, Wu-Tang, NWA, Mobb Deep and Nas over the years. Modu steps into the studio to recount his untold stories of the scene, including a 90’s encounter with a sleep-deprived Biggie taking a nap.

Like a scene from the produce section of your dreams, 84-year-old Mary Grams was reunited with her lost engagement ring after more than a decade when her daughter-in-law took the liberty to weed the garden on her family farm. Upon taking a closer look at a misshapen carrot, she noticed that the lucky root had grown through the center of the buried treasure — fully begging for anyyyyy number of 24-Carrot puns.

Coming to the rescue in Texas, “flying cowboy” Ryan Ashcraft has made it his mission to herd cattle stranded by Harvey’s floods with the help of a helicopter and his “strong little booger” friend John Fitzgerald. Facing everything from fire ants to a pair of alligators on their quest, the duo has been flying from dawn to dusk attempting to save trapped animals and respond to the stream of requests for help from neighbors and local ranchers. Over 80 makeshift shelters have been set up across the state to house thousands of displaced horses, cattle, sheep, and domestic pets in parking lots and fairgrounds offering free hay, fresh water, and provisions for the four-legged refugees.

 

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