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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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This Lazy Oreo Mug Cake Will Satisfy Your Decadent Dessert Cravings In 5 Minutes

Milk and Oreos go hand in hand as a snack, but they’re even tastier when combined into a mug cake. It’s the perfect warm, gooey, decadent treat. The good news is that it takes all of 5 minutes to make it. Once you try it, you’ll never go back to simply dunking the cookies in milk. Here’s how to make the mug cake, along with a few ways to customize it to your flavor preferences. 

  • • 5 Oreo cookies 
  •  • ½ cup milk 
  • • Place 4 cookies in a small mug and crush with a fork or the end of a rolling pin until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and stir until cake batter-like mixture forms. 
  • • Place mug in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Cake should be slightly risen, and a toothpick should come out clean after being inserted. If cake isn’t done, microwave at 10-second intervals until fully cooked. 
  • • Top with remaining cookie and enjoy immediately. Since this is a treat that’s just for you, it’s easy to upgrade it to include what you like. 
Here are some suggestions: 

  • • Swap Oreos for Golden Oreos if you prefer a vanilla version of the mug cake. 
  • • Place a small handful of chocolate chips in the middle of the cake before microwaving for added richness and a gooey center. 
  • • Pour warm fudge or caramel sauce over the cooked mug cake and an extra touch of decadence. 
  • • A pinch of coarse sea salt can turn your mug cake into a sweet and salty wonder. 
  • • To balance the mug cake’s sugary flavor, top it with fresh berries. 
  • • For a nutty flavor and added crunch, sprinkle your favorite crushed nuts on top of the mug cake. 
  • • Place a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream onto the warm mug cake for a touch of creaminess.
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Brain Implant Is So Successful That Trial Participants Refuse To Turn the Device Off

A brain implant designed for people with head injuries has proven so successful during trials that participants refused to turn the device off. The deep brain stimulation implant, created by researchers at Stanford University to help people with head injuries to function again, attempts to boost activity between the regions of the brain in charge of memory, thinking, problem solving, and consciousness learning. Five people with head injuries reported that they were able to concentrate, remember, drive, and get through the day without needing a nap as a result of using the device during the trial. In fact, it proved so successful that two participants, chosen at random, refused to have the device turned off. Participants for the trial were selected based on their injuries, with those who took part having previously recovered from comas. Describing patients prior to the trial, Dr. Jaimie Henderson said, “It’s as if the lights had been dimmed and there just wasn’t enough electricity to turn them back up." By introducing electrical stimulation in specific areas of the brain, researchers hoped to turn the lights back up. The participants ranged in age from 22 to 60 and spent 90 days with the device turned on for 12 hours a day. By the end of the trial, all participants had improved by an average of 32%.
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The World's Oldest Pen Pals, Both 100, Have Kept In Touch Across the Atlantic Since They Were 16

The world’s oldest pen pals, who have enjoyed a transatlantic friendship for over 80 years, have revealed that they’ve brought their relationship into the 21st century by now communicating on Zoom. Centenarians Geoff Banks, from Devon, UK, and Celesta Byrne, who lives in Texas, started writing to each other when they were just 16, after meeting through a project uniting teens across the Atlantic. Geoff, a former engineer, even kept in touch with Celesta during World War II, when he served as a mechanic on the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in the Pacific. The pair met for the first time in person in 2002 when they both traveled to New York. Despite having a friendship that has spanned almost 9 decades, they both insist that there’s no romance involved. Now that the pen pals have both turned 100, they have switched from pen and paper to Zoom calls — with the help of their children — in order to keep in touch. The pair say they talk about their daily lives, their families, Celesta’s pet chickens, but never football. Both have been married, with Geoff’s wife of 63 years passing away in 2011.

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Military Missile Spent Over 100 Years As a Garden Decoration In Wales

A bomb squad was recently called to the home of Sian and Jeffrey Edwards after it was discovered that a decoration that had adorned their garden for over a century was identified as a 19th century military bomb. The Edwards lived in the house in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, for 41 years. The previous owner of the house — Pop Morris — told them that the object had been in the garden for decades. It turns out that Morris had pedaled lemonade at one time and happened to be down by the beach in Broad Haven one day when he spotted the bomb. He put it on the back of his cart and had a bouncy 7-mile ride back home. He plopped it down in the garden, and that’s where it has remained all these years. The bomb squad examined what they thought might be an inert military missile, but discovered it was actually a live bomb from a military warship they estimated was from between 1880 and 1890. The bomb was taken to an old quarry and detonated. Technicians say that Morris and the Edwards were fortunate, because the bomb had a very small charge.
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