his is one of the best parts of our day right now. Here are five more good news stories we’ve seen about the outbreak . . .
- Lots of other businesses are stepping up to help too. Lyft is now delivering meals and medical supplies. And Harbor Freight announced it’s donating ALL of its masks, face shields, and rubber gloves to hospitals.
- The owner of a company called Puzzle Warehouse is hiring more people to keep up with demand, because so many families are doing puzzles together. (Dollar General, Domino’s, and Papa John’s are also hiring thousands of people.)
- The Girl Scouts have been donating thousands of boxes of cookies to the American Red Cross to help reward people who donate blood.
- Workers at an assisted-living center in Wales decided to lift people’s spirits by playing a real-life game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. They used wheelchairs to move players back and forth, and put baskets on the end of broomsticks to collect balls.
- To find treatments, scientists need a ton of computing power to simulate how various proteins interact. So the website FoldingAtHome.org has been asking people to download software that lets your computer run simulations when you’re not using it.
Over 400,000 people have signed up. And the raw computing power combined is already close to three times faster than the world’s fastest supercomputer.
Here are a few more NOT-so-serious stories we’ve seen about the coronavirus outbreak . . .
- People are looking to food to get them through these difficult times . . . and NOT healthy stuff. Comfort foods like Oreos and mac and cheese are selling well while things like kale are not.
- A dog in the U.K. was so excited his owner is home all the time that he sprained his tail from wagging it so much.
- A guy in Brooklyn, New York used a drone to deliver his phone number to a woman he saw across the street and she wound up texting him.
- A store in Denmark has figured out a way to stop hand sanitizer hoarding: Your first bottle costs $5.75 . . . any additional bottles cost $143.
- Unsurprisingly, coronavirus-themed porn is getting more and more popular.
- Lots of people are cooped up at home right now and want to be entertained and Popeyes is here to help. The fast food chain has kicked off a new quarantine-themed ad campaign, “fried chicken and chill,” where they’ll give fans a Netflix password to use for free.
Here’s how it works: Post a photo of yourself eating Popeyes on Twitter and use the hashtag #ThatPasswordFromPopeyes. The first thousand people to do it will get a Netflix username and password to use for a month.
Everybody loves a freebie, so if you want in, you’d better start posting.
Is the current lockdown forcing you to get CREATIVE with your sex life? Let’s see just how creative you can get.
A new survey asked people what common household items they’ve used in the bedroom for sexual purposes. And here are the top 10 . . .
- Spatula. (That’s the MOST common thing? You guys are wild.)
- Plastic gloves.
- Feather duster.
- Vacuum cleaner.
- Glass table.
This is one of the best parts of our day right now. Here are five more good news stories we’ve seen about the outbreak . . .
- A fifth-grade teacher in El Paso spent her weekend driving to students’ homes, just to hold up a sign and say hi from her car.
- A couple in Arkansas who’ve waited years to have a baby had to cancel their gender reveal party. So their friends improvised. After the couple revealed they’re having a girl, people held a DRIVE-BY party with pink balloons and streamers.
- An opera singer in Israel is going viral, because she’s been going to her dad’s house and singing to him while he listens from his balcony. He told a reporter that it’s tough to be isolated. But knowing she’ll be there every morning makes it easier.
- Just to keep people’s spirits up, a police officer in Spain showed up with his guitar and sang to people from the street while other cops danced.
- We’re seen lots of businesses doing this. But the owner of a pizza place in New Jersey is getting a lot of praise after he took out a $50,000 line of credit, just so he can keep paying all 20 of his employees.
A recent survey asked people about various foods, and how they pronounce them. Here are eight examples. Let’s see if you’re in the majority or not when it comes to how they’re pronounced . . .
- Caramel: CAR-muhl . . . or CARE-uh-mel? 65% of people say CARE-uh-mel.
- Bagel: BAY-gull . . . or BAG-ull? 9% of us say BAG-ull.
- Salmon: SAM-uhn . . . or SAL-muhn? 19% pronounce the “L”.
- Pecan: PEE-can . . . or puh-KAHN? The winner is PEE-can with 68% of the vote.
- Jalapeño: Halla-PEEN-yo . . . or halla-PEN-yo? That one’s closer than we expected. 40% of people say halla-PEN-yo.
- Espresso: ESS-presso . . . or EX-presso? 16% say EX, even though it’s wrong.
- Crêpe: Krep . . . or krayp? 64% pronounce it with a hard “Y” sound . . . krayp.
- Syrup: SIR-up . . . or SEER-up? It’s a tie. Both got 50% of the vote.
On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics until 2021. “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” the IOC said in a statement. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added that the 2021 Games will be “proof of a victory by human beings against the coronavirus infections.” Bloomberg notes that the Olympics have never been postponed, and have only ever been canceled in wartime. The Tokyo Games were supposed to have gotten underway on July 24.
An Arizona man in his sixties is dead and his wife is in intensive care after they ingested chloroquine because President Trump said taking it could prevent coronavirus. The couple found the compound listed as an ingredient on a parasite treatment they once used on their pet fish. “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'” the unidentified wife told NBC News. “We were afraid of getting sick.” Twenty minutes after taking the substance, they started vomiting and called 911. The wife says her husband died in the ER. “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure,” she adds. “Don’t believe anything that the President says and his people…Call your doctor.”