No Bad News

In today’s world, there seems to be more bad news than good news. The truth is, there’s just as much good news out there; the media just isn’t reporting it. If you’re tired of being fed only bad news by the media, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find lighthearted news: inspirational, funny, uplifting and interesting.

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Move Over, Wordle, There’s a New Game In Town

Wordle is the new game that’s taking the Internet by storm. In the web-based game, players have six attempts to guess a 5-letter word, with feedback given for each guess in the form of colored tiles indicating when letters match or occupy the correct position. Now, there’s “Framed,” which is very similar. Framed starts you off with a single movie frame. You try to guess the movie, based on the still image. If you get it wrong, you’re given another frame, and these new images reveal more information, until you use up your six guesses. Like Wordle, the browser-based game brings a new puzzle every day. What's different about Framed is that you don’t need to be a film geek to crack the case. If you want to give Framed a try, click here.
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Why Is Whale Poop So Valuable

In 2016, three fishermen from the middle eastern country of Oman struck “floating gold” in the form of ambergris — whale poop. While it sounds pretty disgusting, ambergris is actually worth big bucks. The 176 pounds of it that the fishermen stumbled upon turned out to be worth nearly $3 million. So, why is whale poop so valuable? When a whale initially expels ambergris, it's soft and has a smell similar to cow dung. However, after floating on the salty ocean for about a decade, the substance hardens and the dung smell is gone, replaced by a scent that has been famous for hundreds of years in the making of perfumes. It's described as being musky, earthy, sweet or simply "indescribable.” What adds to its value is the fact that it helps the perfume scent to bind to the surface of the skin instead of evaporating, which is what makes perfumes more valuable. Ambergris is in short supply and high demand because no other whales besides sperm whales produce it. It only washes up on a beach somewhere every few years and is found in less than 5% of the sperm wale carcasses that do make it to shore. Experts quote the current rate for ambergris at about $1,000 an ounce, depending on its quality. To give perspective, an ounce of gold currently runs $1,830. It’s unlikely that you ever thought poop would be worth almost as much as gold.

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Unique “Jetsons” House For Sale In Oklahoma

An unusual house for sale in Oklahoma is drawing attention online due to its resemblance to the classic television cartoon series The Jetsons. The entrance is on the ground floor, then an elevator takes people up. Once the elevator reaches the second floor, there is a wall of windows. The home was custom built in 2005, with two bedrooms, three full baths, and breathtaking views of the Tulsa skyline. Described as an “investors dream,” the 1,386-square-foot home is being sold as-is, but realtor Dylan Bachlor of Halloran Home Team Realty says there’s a lot of potential to make the house even more unique than it already is. So, if you live in the Tulsa area or plan to move there and you happen to have an extra $415,000, this unusual space-age home could be yours.

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Man Becomes Known As “Worst Person You Know”

Imagine waking up one day and finding out that your face is associated with the phrase “worst person you know” on the Internet. It sounds like a nightmare, but for one man, it’s real life. Josep Maria Garcia, a 42-year-old man from Catalonia, Spain, had no idea he had become a global Internet meme until he received a call from his brother-in-law, telling him not to panic but to search the phrase “worst person you know” on Google. As soon as Garcia hit the search button, paranoia washed over him. His face was everywhere. Trying to figure out why he had become the face associated with such a negative phrase, Garcia eventually realized it was all connected to an event in 2014. It was then that his brother-in-law, a professional photographer, had taken a test photo of Garcia to check the lighting, which he then uploaded to Getty Images as a stock photo. Garcia says he vaguely remembers his brother-in-law telling him that his photo was used for a satirical article in 2018, but he didn’t pay much attention to it. As it turns out, that article was about the worst person you know making a great point, and since Google’s algorithm doesn’t seem capable of telling the difference between news and satire, Garcia’s photo started showing up for the phrase “worst person you know,” eventually becoming a social media meme. Although he has mostly shrugged off the hateful reactions to his photo, apparently the abuse got so bad that his brother-in-law eventually deleted the photo from his online portfolio. Still, his face will forever be associated with the phrase “worst person you know” and there’s virtually nothing he can do about it.
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