Welcome to another week of Good News Sundays! In this week’s dose of good news, we talk solar power, ugly veggies and one man’s special project to make sick kids smile. Sit back, make yourself a cuppa and get comfy – we’ve got some good news to address.
Let’s get happy!
Due to its recent heatwave, California has managed to smash the state record for the amount of solar power produced. The amount of energy generated on July 12 was enough to power 6 million houses, nearly doubling May’s intake. It’s worth noting that the power recorded came purely from solar plants, and doesn’t take into account the amount of energy produced by private panels. Governor Jerry Brown says “California is taking the lead, there is no question about it.”
There’s been a lot of recent hype about the new Disney princess, Moana, after a tease trailer was released a few days ago. Adding to the excitement, however, is a new piece of information the directors dropped at Comic-Con: Moana will not have a love interest. People are embracing this as a refreshing change from the vast majority of Disney princesses for whom romance makes up a huge part of their storyline. You can catch Moana in cinemas from November 23, 2016.
— Victoria Oh B (@VictoriaOB_) July 17, 2016
If this story doesn’t make you believe in fairytales, I don’t know what will. UK circus performer Victoria O’Brian tweeted at Waterstones Bookshop in 2012, saying she was “in love” with whoever was running the social media account. One of her friends dared her to ask out the man behind the keyboard, and after years of dating, they got married on the 18th of July, 2016. To mark the occasion, Victoria posted a tweet with a side-by-side of their wedding photo and the tweet that started it all.
Years ago, after construction worker Jason Haney’s three-year-old daughter suffered a stroke and spent extensive time in recovery, he developed a special connection to children’s hospitals. It’s because of this connection that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to brighten the days of the kids at Memorial Children’s Hospital by creating an 8-foot-tall plywood Waldo for them to find in the construction site opposite the building. He moves Waldo each time he’s notified that a child has spotted his hiding spot. Haney’s daughter, now fully recovered and just graduated high school, helped her father to build the figurine. The two are now working on a Minion cutout to add to the hunt.
This week, Walmart has taken the huge step in announcing a plan to sell apples that are “ugly” in 300 stores around Florida. This follows their decision in May to start selling odd-looking potatoes that would otherwise have gone uneaten. Each year, up to 40% of food produced in the US goes to waste, with most of it ending up in landfills. For the planet’s sake, let’s all start embracing ugly veggies.
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