In the Chinese city of Chongqing, they are trying something new to protect those who text while they’re on the road…and those who are near them. No, it’s not meant to help drivers who text — there’s no excuse or accommodation for that dangerously obnoxious habit. This is a special adaptation for those who can’t stop texting while they walk.
In September 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was a young, inexperienced F-16 pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. As the first female pilot in her squadron, it was a dream come true; her father had served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, so when Congress opened up combat aviation to women, she was the first in line:
I signed up immediately. I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad.
But on that fateful Tuesday morning thirteen years ago, 26-year-old Lt. Penney was called upon to make the greatest sacrifice of her life…bring down United Airlines flight 93, no matter what. Even knowing that the pilot for one of the planes could be her own father, Penney was prepared to take them down —
We had to protect the airspace any way we could.
Several months ago, Phil Laboon asked the woman he thought was the love of his life to marry him. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for them and they called off the wedding. So Phil was left with a scheduled reception that had already been paid for — almost $20,000 of food, drink, and entertainment.
Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and used his prepaid wedding resources to host a charity ball.
Selling out all the $75 tickets and taking additional donations online and at the party, Laboon and friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Surgicorps International, which performs free surgeries for children in developing countries.
The nonprofit has performed over 4,000 surgeries in over 18 countries and looks forward to being able to continue their mission thanks in part to the generosity of Laboon and all his guests.
It was obviously pretty heartbreaking for everybody involved. But this ended up becoming a really good scenario…. Bad things happen, but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.
Almost every map of the United States features Alaska in a box at the bottom left. And since the state is so huge, the map in the box is necessarily lacking in detail compared to the rest of the states. Well, not anymore.
Sick of their state being relegated to a vaguely approximate inset, some cartographically inclined Alaskan created this map of the United States…
Lillian Weber is 99 years old, and she has a goal… She is intent on making 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 this coming May. And so far, it looks like she will — Lillian has made 840 dresses and shows no sign of stopping…
For the past few years, Lillian has been sewing a dress a day for children in need. She donates them to Little Dresses For Africa, a charity that gives clothes to children in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
Why “only” one dress a day?
If you’re eating dinner at a restaurant here in the U.S., a 20% tip has become standard. Meaning, if you want to impress or really let your server know you’re grateful, you’re looking at a 30% tip or more.
But what about in other countries?
The site TipThisMuch.in will tell you exactly what’s expected of you. Enter the country and they’ll tell you the percentage. And if you really want to get particular, you can enter your bill, the amount you want to tip, and the number in your party, and it’ll spit out how much you each need to cough up.
Here are just a few countries. Perhaps you avid travelers and non-Americans can confirm or disconfirm…
We always hear about the bad guys in the Middle East. Take a moment and read about some of the good guys. Genuinely incredible heroes…
As the Syrian Civil War continues the death count rises in terrible numbers every day. Since the conflict began in 2011, over 200,000 people have died.
But amid the terror, there is a small army of unarmed and politically impartial volunteers bringing hope to as many as they can. They are the Syrian Civil Defence, called the White Helmets, and they do what one journalist who spent time with them called the most dangerous job in the most dangerous city.
They immediately rush into any scene of bombing or battle against civilians to find and rescue anyone they can.
When Deputy British Ambassador to the U.S. Patrick Davies wrote an article last week commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British troops burning the White House, he noted the peaceful relationship that has existed between the two allies since then for nearly two centuries.
“Needless to say, we’ve put the events of August 1814 far behind us,” he declared.
What happened in August of 1814, you ask? Here’s a reminder…
That’s right, they burned down the White House.
Two years ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron met President Barack Obama at the “new” White House and they exchanged jokes about the event. Obama noted that the Brits “really lit the place up,” with Cameron responding that “you’ve got the place a little better defended today. You’re clearly not taking any risks with the Brits this time.”
So when Davies tweeted a joke about the fire that destroyed the home occupied by President James Madison, it appeared to be a simple, hilarious continuation of the friendly relationship between the two nations…
Of course, the light-hearted nature of Davies’ tweet was a bit out of place in Washington, a city that’s not exactly known for being laid back or humorous. Several people immediately recognized the risk Davies took in posting the cheeky tweet…
In a twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge, many people in India are saving water and serving their community one bowl of food at a time. Instead of the Ice Bucket Challenge, they’ve modified it to the Rice Bucket Challenge. Thousands are participating in this simple and wonderful adaptation.
The movement’s new Facebook page, describes their version of the challenge…
Manju Latha Kalanidhi, the woman whose idea this was, describes where it came from…
[P]eople dumping water on themselves, shrieking, taking videos, the whole idea sort of went over my head…. I felt that as Indians we could not connect to it at some level.
The Rice Bucket Challenge is her effort to keep the charitable momentum that is happening all over the world going in India, too, but in a way that Indians might relate to more.
If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in a war zone where you’re under constant threat of attack, this is a small slice of daily life for those caught in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
An Israeli on the ground captured fellow residents running towards bomb shelters as warning sirens blared. When 15 rockets are fired by Hamas simultaneously, residents are left to hope Israel’s Iron Dome defense system works…
As you’re driving along a busy road, assuming you’re not overly aggressive, there is a lot of give and take with other vehicles. Sometimes you’re letting them in, sometimes they’re letting you in. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a conventional way to signal, “Hey, thanks, friend!” that was a little bit more visible (and common) than a wave?
In Japan there is…
Now… How do we get this trend started here in the states?