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In Brazil, This Indigenous Group Turns Grief Into a Celebration of Life
In the Brazilian state of Maranhão, the Akroá Gamella people worship Saint Bilibeu, a wooden statue painted with tar. Saint Bilibeu is said to bestow fertility on the land, animals and women, and the Akroá Gamella people hold a four-day-long ritual in his honor every year. The ritual was originally held during Carnaval, but has been moved to April 30th in recent years in recognition of an attack by ranchers on the Akroá Gamella community during a land dispute in 2017.
This German Shepherd Was Just Named the Honorary Mayor of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls has a new mayor and he's a German Shepherd named Pal! Pal was made honorary mayor of the city in a ceremony on Friday by the actual Mayor Jim Diodati, who deputized him in his office. Pal has nearly 700,000 followers across his social media platforms and is using his celebrity status to support a local fundraising effort to purchase a $25,000 portable ultrasound machine for the Niagara Falls Kidney Clinic. Although Pal's reign is only temporary, he's already making some changes like building more dog parks and banning cats for the weekend!
Meet Stumpy, the Cherry Blossom Tree Stealing Hearts by Persevering
Move over, lush and full cherry blossom trees — Stumpy is here to steal the show! Despite being a little different from the other trees in the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial, this scraggly and worn-down tree has captured the hearts of many Washington, D.C. residents. While the flooding in Stumpy's neighborhood unfortunately means his days are numbered, there's good news: Stumpy is still going strong three years later and even reached peak bloom with his friends on March 23, 2023.
13 Years After Losing Her Camera, a Woman Was Reunited With the Pictures She Lost
In 2010, Coral Amayi lost her digital camera in a river during a tubing trip in Colorado. Thirteen years later, a kind stranger, Spencer Greiner, found the camera while fishing in the same river and managed to retrieve the photos from the memory card. Greiner posted some of the photos on Facebook, and within an hour, the groom from the wedding in the pictures commented on the post, allowing Amayi and Greiner to connect. Amayi, who had given up hope of ever seeing the camera or the photos again, was ecstatic to be reunited with them.
NCAA Coach Dawn Staley's Act of Sportsmanship Last Night is Going Viral
In a recent women's basketball game, UCLA coach Cori Close praised USC coach Dawn Staley for demonstrating an act of sportsmanship and class during USC's 59-43 win. With a 16-point lead against a woman-down UCLA defense, Staley called a 30-second timeout at the third quarter to allow a UCLA player who was hurt to receive medical attention. Close applauded Staley's decision and described it as revealing her class and global view of the game. Close believes that these types of moments in games reveal people's character.
A New Study Shows That Taking a Break at Work Can Boost Productivity
A new study from the University of Waterloo highlights the importance of taking breaks at work. Researchers found that heavy workloads that discourage employees from taking breaks could cause high levels of stress and fatigue that stand in the way of productivity. But breaks not only improve well-being, they also increase employee performance. With these findings, workers and employers can make more effective use of breaks, potentially improving both well-being and performance.
Street Artists Are Using Wall Murals to Spread Peace and Positivity
Street artists in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, are using the power of art to advocate for peace. These artists are determined to spread positivity and hope. They create vibrant murals on the city walls to encourage unity, reject violence, and promote social cohesion. Their aim is to show that living together peacefully is essential for the progress of their community. For many, the artists’ colorful artwork provides a glimmer of optimism for a brighter future.
Meet the Man on a Mission to Break a Skateboarding Record for Charity
Ryan Swain, a 34-year-old from Malton, is attempting to break two skateboarding world records in one day to raise money for a mental health charity. He aims to beat the current records for the furthest distance travelled on a skateboard in 12 and 24 hours. Swain, who has ADHD, hopes to encourage others with the condition and raise awareness for Mind. The record attempt will take place on May 8th at Elvington Airfield in York.
10 Stories From This Week Guaranteed to Make You Smile
When life gets tough, it's important to find little moments of joy. These ultimate feel-good stories from this week are a reminder that, despite the bad news we often see in the headlines, there is still a lot of good in the world. This week's roundup of joy includes a pup with the most excited reaction to seeing his human, a security guard having the time of her life at a Taylor Swift concert, and a heartwarming story of the best dad joke ever.
A Young Boy Was Just Reunited With His Pet Tortoise After Seven Months
Mary, a pet tortoise, has returned home after being missing for seven months, thanks to the help of a power company worker named Ben Baxendale. Harvey, Mary's owner, was devastated when his beloved pet went missing last August, but he never gave up hope of finding her. When Ben found Mary taking a "power nap" at a nearby electricity substation, he knew he had to help reunite the wandering reptile with her family. After knocking on doors, Ben eventually found Harvey's grandmother, who identified Mary as the missing tortoise. What a happy ending!
Two Teenagers Just Made an Incredible New Mathematical Discovery
Two high school students, Calcea Johnson and Ne'Kiya Jackson, just proved Pythagoras' Theorem can be proven without trigonometry at the American Mathematical Society's Annual Southeastern Conference. This achievement is a big deal because many mathematicians have been trying to do this for nearly 2,000 years. They were the only high school students in the room, making their accomplishment even more remarkable. With the help of their dedicated teachers, these students have shown that anything is possible with hard work and determination.