10 Good News Stories to Rebound from Mercury Retrograde

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

And like a toasty breeze, the latest round of carefree weekly updates has arrived, showcasing 10 topical reports cherry-picked to deliver an opportuuunity to chill out and deeply breathe in that soon-to-be-Saturday scent of easy spring times that lie so very directly ahead.

Take the chance to unapologetically recline, perhaps in a petal-soft robe, and lounge with some harmless (yet fascinating) stories 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:

“I had completely filled a suitcase with pepperoni for my friends,” Nick Burchill told the Fairmont Empress staff of that fateful night he stayed at their hotel in 2001. After leaving a satchel filled to the brim with the pizza topping next to an open window, Burchill went out for a 5-ish hour walk only to return to a suite swarming with seagulls. “There must have been 40 and they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time,” he wrote after witnessing the flock “flying around, the curtains are falling down, the lamps are falling down.” After being banned from the Fairmont Empress for nearly two decades, Burchill returned with an apology and a peace offering in the form of one pound of pepperoni the hotel welcomed him home.

Flipping through his wife’s old pictures to see who looked more like their twin daughters, Mr Ye saw something that gave him “goosebumps all over”: a photo of her taken at the May Fourth Square in Qingdao 11 years before they met and fell in love. In the forefront of the snapshot she sits sweetly in a white dress, while in the background Mr Ye himself poses for another picture being taken at the exact same time. Both sent to the square that day by the guidance of their mothers, the coincidence has all of the makings for a modern Serendipity.

Lose yourself in these extreme slo-mo videos of majestic mid-flight hummingbirds. Filmed inside of a wind tunnel filled with fog while sipping sweet nectar, one tiny fairy beauty may be the first you’ve ever witnessed blinking, but surely the first with noticeably dreamy bedroom eyes. And another, when shown to FP’s most illustrious editor, sparked the response: “THE HUMMINGBIRD SHAKES WATER FROM ITS BODY THE SAME WAY A DOG DOES. Do you really need anything else in life? I dare you to say yes.” 

The unofficial footwear of Dolly Parton, Clint Eastwood, and 2000-present Britney Spears is back on the table, with modern adaptations hitting shelves after a wave of Westernwear mania struck the Spring 18 shows. Vogue’s Brooke Bobb showcases the new wave of cowboy boots in all of their city slicker glory, primed to pair with your favorite fancy bolo and embroidered denim pearl snap. 

Living up to its reputation as Scotland’s largest, wildest carnivore, a “very angry badger” took over a historic castle last week. Closing the Cellar Tunnel to the public until a proper plan of extraction could be formed, the tourism staff announced in a tweet: “We’re trying to entice it out with cat food & send it home to #chilloot.

For under $20, you, too, can purchase an all-day pass to Inflatable Island. The unicorn-and-rainbow-sprinkled paradise floats casually off of Subic Bay in the Philippines and covers over 43,000 square feet of water. Even those of us who avoid Instagram traps at all costs can’t help but gaze upon the candy-colored catnip, posing in front of a serene mountain skyline, and wonder… 

A new enzyme that feeds on plastic has been accidentally created by a team of international scientists. The mutant bacteria can break down notoriously stubborn PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which typically takes 450 years to naturally degrade, in just a few days. If harnessed safely, the accident could allow us to finally recycle plastic completely, for the first time ever. 

In Garage magazine’s “Dogs That Look Like Their Owners — But Make It Fashion” piece, old-school and new-school models unite to make a friendly statement about the industry’s anti-fur debate. Take a spin through photographer Platon’s images and pause at Dree and her Doberman-descended best friend. Two. Of. A. Kind.

Radiating from the constellation Lyra, the Lyrid meteor shower that started on Monday will hit its peak this weekend. With meteors streaking across the sky at random, the light show will be best visible in the hours before dawn this Sunday, April 22nd. Under a clear sky and atop a fluffy blankets, showgoers will be dazzled by tens of meteors per hour during the height of action.

Never not laughing at the storyboard timeline of this cockatiel making its way to a full-bodied chocolate bath.


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Really enjoying this week’s stories! Loved that link on the married couple – so sweet! ❤️

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

3 years ago

Love this post! :)

3 years ago

Was so inspired by this post (& everything on the site / blog, tbh)! Check out my own collection of feel-good stories on my blog, The Fit Nurse: