We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit heavy some days. So every day of the week we bring you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there’s also inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there.
The shirtless shock of the deputy mayor
A surprise on-screen appearance by a shirtless deputy mayor put laughs on the agenda and threatened to derail proceedings at an important Hamilton City Council meeting on Wednesday.
Geoff Taylor’s impromptu shirtless appearance came shortly after a break in deliberations over the annual plan, which was taking place on Zoom from their respective homes, ended.
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After a brief but obviously intense battle to contain their composure following Taylor’s hairy on-screen cameo, her colleagues were finally able to continue with their budgeting mission.
And Taylor’s explanation for the lack of stitching on his upper half – for everyone to see – was that he had sweated during a brief but vigorous session vacuuming his house.
‘Hey! I am Tom Hanks
A bridal party in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania got a surprise when Tom Hanks asked to take a picture with them on the special day.
According to KCRA Channel 3, bride Grace Gwaltney and her band were leaving the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh when the Oscar-winning actress canceled their shoot.
“Hey! My name is Tom Hanks,” he reportedly said. “Can I take a picture with the bride?”
Wedding photographer Rachel Rowland told the outlet that the impromptu moment seemed to have happened in a flash.
“We all lost it,” she recalls. “The bridesmaids got out of the limo, and he posed with pictures and congratulated everyone, and then as quickly as he walked in, he was gone. It was so cute and fun!”
Abandoned Dog Gets a Loving New Home
A dog abandoned at a US animal shelter after his owners thought he was gay has been adopted by an openly gay couple.
Fezco, about 4 years old, was left at an animal shelter in North Carolina. Fezco’s former owners had found him sexually dominating another male dog, leading them to believe he was gay, USA today reported.
One of the reasons dogs can engage in such behavior is that they might have a high level of testosterone that drives the dog to breed, Tahl Rozycki, a veterinarian, told the outlet. The behavior can also be attributed to asserting dominance and dogs always having a pecking order, Rozycki said.
But now Fezco has a new home and a new name. Steve Nichols and his partner John, who have been together for over 30 years, adopted Fezco and renamed it Oscar, after popular gay writer Oscar Wilde.
“It’s just a dumb reason to report a dog,” Nichols said. WCCB Charlotte. “We just thought it would make sense for the gay dog to be adopted by a loving gay family.”
Break records in the sky
As his parents watched, 16-year-old Mack Rutherford took off from an airstrip west of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, in an attempt to break a world record.
The Belgian-British teenage pilot is hoping to join his sister in the record books after beginning her bid to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a small plane.
Just two months ago, her 19-year-old sister, Zara Rutherford, set the world record for the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo.
Mark’s journey will take him to 52 countries on five continents. To comply with Guinness World Records requirements, the route will cross the equator twice.
Manatees laugh at “every morsel”
Florida manatees ate almost all of the roughly 72,500 kg of lettuce provided at the site of a hot-water power plant where manatees typically congregate during cold months, officials say.
“They ate all the leftover food we took out,” said Scott Calleson of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
More than 1,100 manatees died last year, largely from starvation – the worst year on record for the endangered species, PA reported.
The slow-moving sea mammal feeding program began in December, and by the time the operation wraps up in a few weeks, Calleson said the lettuce total will likely reach 90,700kg – almost entirely paid for by donations from people across United States.