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-normalized scent of easy summer times that lie so very directly ahead. Now that Mercury retrograde wraps up on August 18th, the weekend is about to feel even breezier.
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:
Are you Rihanna riding side-saddle? Are you Enrique Iglesias and #dog? Are you Shaq in a hoop earring? Garage’s roundup of horoscopes illustrated by celebrities on jet skis feels like the absolute future of astrology.
The experts at BuzzFeed can finally predict how old you’ll be when you tie the knot based solely on the items you buy from Free People. White dresses, sculptural earrings, and sunglasses large and small could all play a part in your romantic fate, but don’t be surprised if you score a few years younger than expected — patrons of the brand could be spoken for at any moment of their 20s, according to this kind of science.
If you think cats aren’t built for cuddling, you haven’t lived. Just look at Bailey, the ginger kitty that Erin Merryn tried to hide in her dorm throughout college, then finally brought into a permanent residence and added two kids to the mix. Take a spin through Bailey’s day-to-day spent guarding toddlers while they read him tales, then spooning them while they nap. There’s something about a cat happily throwing its paw over a human shoulder that’s undeniably tender.
“RZA and GZA from the Wu Tang Clan have long been patron saints for veganism and vegetarianism respectively; YG and Waka Flocka Flame are also vegan; Rick Ross has eaten himself fit,” writes Jeremy Allen in his piece about how music has turned away from the dated live-fast-die-young attitude and instead placed a huge emphasis on clean living. Thankfully, the modern approach shows that creatives reflect the times in which they’re living rather than following the trails blazed before them. Put simply? “Songs can inspire positive action — whether we’re talking “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, or “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor — and that positivity doesn’t make them any less artistically valid or any less great to sing along to. And who said art had to be dangerous?”
Saver-investors, virtuosos, and dreamers. After five years spent studying millionaires, including 233 wealthy individuals, Thomas C. Corley breaks down the three categories where the success stories seem to systematically fall. From living below your means to investing in big ideas, the one common denominator was patience, according to Corley, “It took many years to accumulate their wealth.”
CNN’s infamous Jeanne Moos hilariously reports on the unicorn floatie rescue that played out this summer, whether its four nurse passengers liked it or not.
Researchers from the Salk Institute have found that simple supplements like iron could make a huge impact on your body’s ability to fight infections, a concept that wasn’t fully considered until recent studies. “We need to learn from history and think about other ways to treat infectious diseases,” says associate professor and author Janelle Ayres. “Our work suggests that instead of killing bacteria, if we promote the health of the host, we can tame the behavior of the bacteria so that they don’t cause disease, and we can actually drive the evolution of less dangerous strains.” So, antibiotics aren’t the only game in town, finally — and as one FP director wisely said, “I wish everyone thought about this before calling up Dr. Z-Pack every time they felt sick.”
Like the watchdog we all need, this peacemaking golden retriever keeps its best leashed friend from making the biggest mistake of their night.
No larger than a gnat, one teeny, tiny strain of fern could be the key to nixing harmful pesticides in the future. “In general, insects don’t like ferns, and scientists wondered why,” says Fay-Wei Li, a plant evolutionary biologist. “It’s a naturally modified gene, and now that we’ve found it, it could have huge implications for agriculture.” Other bonus features of the miniature fronds? Cutting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and acting as a healthy fertilizer.
And finally, to wrap up the week with an elegant bow, tune into this soft soundtrack composed by Terry Woodford, best known for his work with industry icons like the Supremes and the Temptations. His latest hit, originally called “Heartbeat Lullabies” was designed to calm crying babies, and has recently been rebranded as “Canine Lullabies” after it was discovered that it calmed stressed-out shelter dogs with equal care. Woodford offers free CDs to shelters, of which one manager noted, “We play it so much, it has become worn and damaged.”