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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Feeling Adventurous? The U.S. Government Is Giving Away Lighthouses

For centuries, lighthouses and their keepers helped ships avoid catastrophe, but today, thanks to GPS, they’re all but obsolete. Now you can live in one of these treasured structures and enjoy being a hermit with a waterfront view. That’s because the U.S. government is giving away some lighthouses and selling others. Lighthouses in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, and Pennsylvania are among those being auctioned off by the GSA, which aims to put the structures in the hands of private entities that can preserve them. The 6 lighthouses that are being given away include: 

  1. 1. Lynde Point Lighthouse in Old Saybrook, Conn. 
  2. 2. Little Mark Island and Monument in Harpswell, Maine 
  3. 3. Nobska Lighthouse in Falmouth, Mass. 
  4. 4. Erie Harbor North Pier Lighthouse in Erie, Penn. 
  5. 5. Plymouth/Gurnet Lighthouse in Plymouth, Mass.(pictured above) 
  6. 6. Warwick Neck Light in Warwick, Rhode Island 

To qualify for a lighthouse at no cost, the private entity must be a federal, state, or local government agency or a nonprofit or educational organization. The recipient must be able to provide for the cost of maintenance and open the lighthouse to the public for educational or recreational purposes. For individuals who simply want to own a lighthouse, the GSA is offering 4 lighthouses for sale: 

  1. 1. Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield, Conn. 
  2. 2. Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entrance Light in Chassell, Mich. 
  3. 3. Stratford Shoal Light in East Setauket, NY 
  4. 4. Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light in Cleveland, Ohio 

Size can vary and, according to the GSA, lighthouse sales have ranged from $10,000 to nearly a million. Virtually all lighthouses require some kind of restoration, from painting to more extensive remodeling, and most don’t have utilities. As you would expect, getting insurance can also be costly. The auctions begin in June.

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Woman Quits Her Job To Become a Full-Time Daughter

After working for a news agency for 15 years, 40-year-old Nianan quit her job. Having to be on-call 24 hours a day was extremely stressful, so when her parents suggested that she quit her job and work for them, she jumped at the chance. They promised to pay her $570 a month, which meant Nianan no longer had to worry about rent, utilities, or groceries. Instead, she became a “full-time daughter,” now spending her days accompanying her parents grocery shopping, cooking dinner with them, driving them to wherever they need to go, and even has time to spend an hour a day dancing with them. Nianan is also responsible for managing the electronics around the house, as well as for planning one or two family trips each month. As blissful as all this might sound, Nianan says she still feels the desire to make more money. Fortunately, her parents don’t object to that, assuring her that if she finds a more suitable job she can “go for it.” Currently, her monthly salary is paid out of her parents’ monthly pension, which is around $15,000. The unusual arrangement sparked a heated online debate, with some people criticizing Nianan for living off her parents, while others claimed it’s nobody’s business but the family’s. China’s notorious “996” culture — working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 6 days a week — has been causing many people to suffer burnout.
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Accidental Miracle – Placebo Treatment Restores Blind Woman’s Eyesight

In 2011, Lynley Hood, an award-winning writer from New Zealand, was reading a book one evening when the vision in her left eye suddenly became blurry. She blamed it on fatigue and decided to turn in for the night. The next morning, however, the blurriness in her eyes had not gone away. She was soon diagnosed with a rare form of glaucoma, and the doctor broke the news to her that her condition would likely never improve and all they could do was keep it from advancing. Hood eventually became legally blind, unable to read anymore. Then, over a decade later, something strange happened: Hood’s eyesight returned. As if things weren’t bad enough, in 2020 she fell and fractured her pelvis, leaving her with severe back pain. Fortunately, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It gave her the opportunity to participate in a chronic pain treatment clinical trial. The treatment involved Hood wearing a special helmet wired with electrodes to receive electrical stimulation to the brain. It turned out that 80-year-old Hood was in the placebo group, but after 4 weeks of electrical stimulation, her deteriorated eyesight recovered to nearly 100%. In fact, her ophthalmologist could hardly believe it, calling Hood’s restored sight a miracle. After living with severely reduced eyesight for 12 years, Hood began to adjust to her new lease on life by making out a list of the books she had missed over the years and wanted to read. Meanwhile, researchers began designing another study to determine how the electrical stimulation helped Hood and could hopefully help others in the future.

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The Strange Bike That Lets You Walk While Cycling

Bicycles are a popular form of transportation and recreation whose shape and construction have evolved constantly over the years. They were designed so that you use leg power to move the pedals, which rotates a cog, and in turn powers the wheels. Even electric bikes, which offer the rider some resistance, still preserve the pedal motion. Now there’s a new bike in town, and this one is reminiscent of a treadmill. The Lopifit is literally a treadmill on wheels. The name is a combination of “lopan,” which is Dutch for “walk,” and “fit” as in healthy. A sensor within the bike picks up when the rider begins to walk and kicks the electric motor into action. The treadmill motion is there to recharge the battery, not to directly move the wheels. Designed by Bruin Bergmeester, the crazy bike’s maximum speed is 15mph and it's able to go about 50 miles on a full charge, which takes about 4 hours. As you might imagine, the Lopifit doesn’t come cheap. It's price tag of $2,500, but compared to top-end electric bikes, which go for around $6,000 to $7,000, it's not bad. You can always get past the sticker shock by reminding yourself that you’re getting a bike AND a treadmill.

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