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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The Latest Men’s Facial Hair Trend: The Monkey Tail Beard

Just when you think trends can’t get any stranger……enter the monkey tail beard. The new beard style literally looks like a monkey slapped a man across the face with its tail and just left it there to tickle his upper lip. The monkey tail beard starts with one sideburn that extends into the beard and wraps around the other side of the face to curl up and over the mustache. At first glance, it looks like someone had a shaving accident, but a double-take shows that it’s a pretty unique beard style. Perhaps the best thing about this beard style compared to others is that it’s easy to fix. All you need to do is shave off one part of the face and add a gap on the other side to create a basic mustache and goatee. While there are a few pros, the cons include most people seeing it as childish, as well as it not being a professional style if you’re going to a business meeting or interview. If you're are looking for a unique beard style that will bring out your lighthearted personality, then you can’t go wrong with a monkey tail beard. 



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Drones Will Soon Deliver Prescription Drugs

Skies across America will soon look very different, with drones delivering prescriptions to customers in the coming months. The FAA has relaxed rules around the flying of the unmanned aerial vehicles, with small drones allowed to fly over people and at night from mid-March onward. Previously, small drones were only allowed to fly over those who were directly operating them, unless they had received a special exemption from the FAA. Prompted by COVID-19, the FAA has determined that it’s safer for drones to deliver prescriptions than it is for people to deliver them. While drones can start dropping off parcels within months, it's still likely to be several years before dozens of the devices are flying overhead in American cities and towns.
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Fort Blunder: America’s Most Embarrassing Mistake

In 1818, work began on a modern fort at the northern end of Lake Champlain, which borders Vermont, New York and Canada. The British had launched massive invasions of the United States through the lake during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. As a result, some of the heaviest fighting took place in the region during both wars. To prevent that from happening again, President James Madison ordered the fort built. The State of New York helped out by relinquishing a tiny portion of land called Island Point, as well as 400 acres for a military reservation. The U.S. Army supervised the construction of the octagonal, 30-foot-tall structure. With 125 cannons, any British ship sailing past would come under heavy fire. Then, two years and $275,000 later, surveyors discovered a problem: the fort was being built on the wrong side of the border. Under the Treaty of Paris, the 45th parallel marked the border between New York and Quebec, so the fort was actually in Canada. All work stopped and the unnamed fort was nicknamed Fort Blunder. The U.S. fixed the problem — not by moving the fort, but by moving the boundary line. The United States then began to build another fort, named Fort Montgomery (pictured) after American revolutionary hero Gen. Richard Montgomery.
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The Great Smog of London

On Friday, Dec. 5, 1952, a thick yellow smog brought London to a standstill for more than four days and is estimated to have killed more than 4,000 people. London was the world’s biggest city at the time, and nearly all of its 8 million inhabitants used open coal fires. A blanket of cold air became stationary over the city and combined with the warm smoke-laden air created a blanket of sulfurous smoke so dense that pedestrians couldn’t see their feet. Some of those who died fell into the Thames River and drowned because they couldn’t see it. Legislation followed the great smog of 1952 that banned emissions of black smoke and required residents and factories to convert to smokeless fuels. While London’s air may appear to be much cleaner today, it’s still dangerously polluted. 



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