A Thanksgiving Buffet of Good News

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

And like a spicy 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 familiar smoky scent of easy fall times mixed with pre-Thanksgiving kitchen prep.

Take the chance to unapologetically recline, perhaps in a marshmallow-floofy 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 knew that I couldn’t be the only one in this situation,” Scott Macaulay told The Washington Post of his inspiration to host a free holiday dinner for all who RSVP for over three decades. “There had to be at least a dozen people out there who didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving Day alone.” Macaulay now feeds somewhere between 60 and 100 people out of his own pocket every year, even adding flourishes of thoughtful décor, like the faux fireplace he’s pictured carrying through the doors. Already crying at the elderly woman who paid an ambulance to drive her over from her nursing home for her first night out in seven years? Buckle up for the basket full of thankful notes. 

This clip of a dog using leaves to buy things is poss the most moving Black Friday prequel ever to be filmed. 

When Donut City’s patrons found out that owner Stella Chhan was ill, they searched for a way to help her husband and fellow shop owner John Chhan while she recovered. When he refused a GoFundMe offer, the community decided to give the Chhans the “gift of time.” Every morning, dozens of Seal Beach locals arrive at the bakery first thing to buy all of the pastries so that John can go home to be with Stella. “We sold everything already,” he told NBC News at 8:30am on a Saturday. “I feel very warm and very happy. Thank you to everyone.”

A plant known as “the resin spurge” in Morocco is 4.5 million times hotter than a jalapeno pepper. So hot that “just to be safe, you probably shouldn’t even look at it.” So hot that it can essentially burn away pain-sensing nerve endings called TRPV1 (trip-vee one). Why is this good news? “You gain selectivity because it only acts on TRPV1, which only transmit pain,” explains pharmacologist Tony Yaksh of recent studies. “You can selectively knock out pain without knocking out, say, light touch or your ability to walk.” This specificity means that, rather than depending on full-body numbing opioids, the resin spurge could be used as a future alternative to painkillers.

Husband and wife duo and Mr and Mrs Smith founders Tamara Heber-Percy and James Lohan talk to Vogue.com about their new book, The World’s Sexiest Bedrooms. The hefty coffee table read documents 15 years of research into “rooms that make you want to jump on the bed with excitement,” “darkly decadent” hotels, and “private tubs of healing volcanic waters.” Cool cool cool cool cool… 

For some, being a homebody comes with the change of seasons. Blustering winds and floofy snowflakes send even “outdoorsy” types that schedule romantic hiking dates into the depths of cushy throws and slouchy cashmere socks. For others, it’s a year-round lifestyle choice. This list of snug-as-a-bug treats is dedicated to the season’s finest nesters.  

Two cats are finally basking in the attention they deserve after trying for two years to enter Japan’s Hiroshima Onomichi City Museum. Security guards are now accustomed to tangoing with the culture vultures as they approach the sliding glass doors—apparently returning again and again thanks to a cat exhibition held in 2016. 

Adorable cartoon drawings of bell peppers sweatin’ to the oldies and pumpkin seeds playing peekaboo waive any desire to fact check whether or not these 19 foods do, in fact, naturally boost your mood

Stefano Boeri, the architect behind Milan’s Il Bosco Verticale, or the Vertical Forest, thinks trees are individuals. In his now famous structure, he was able to spill over 20,000 trees and shrubs across balconies and siding, which act as home to over 15 species of birds. According to Boeri’s estimates, the structure absorbs 30 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 19 tons of oxygen per year, rivaling 215,000 square feet of forestland. He hopes to tackle two massive obstacles as construction expands to new cities. “The apartments will be rented to young couples and families (with less) money. And this is, for me, a very, very important step. We have reduced the cost of construction and used prefabrication for the facade without reducing the number of trees or plants,” says Boeri. “I want to demonstrate that it’s possible to put together the two main issues for the future of our cities: climate change and poverty.” 

Simply, Chippy the chipmunk enjoying a noodle. May your Thanksgiving be this abundant and free.


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Perfect for Thanksgiving! Thank you for the links!
The “resin splurge” sounds scary!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog