The Good, the Bad, the Funny of 2018
Another year is behind us as we enter the final countdown of 2018. Personally, I look forward to everything in store for 2019. I have plans; big plans! However, we cannot do 2019 justice unless we spend a moment looking back at at the good, the bad, and the funny.
I don’t know how you like to spend the end of every year, but I always find it beneficial reflecting on where we have been; we as a nation, as a species. Here are some of the highlights I thought of as I reflected on this past year. Spend a moment rejoicing on the good, reflecting on the bad, and laughing at the funny.
It’s been a wild year. Raise your glasses to another one. 🥂
All 12 Thai boys who were marooned deep in a cave were saved in an operation that needed 100 rescuers inside the cave, 1,000 Thai soldiers in support, and thousands of volunteers furnishing meals, transportation and other help.
Floridians voted overwhelmingly (64 percent) to restore voting rights to felons once they have completed their sentences. Coming from a person who has had family members imprisoned, this is a refreshing move for helping rebuild people.
How about this one: An emotional short film about a man and his late mother has been viewed millions of times as it reminds people of what really matters on Christmas. Want to watch? Go here.
According to new data from the Department of Justice, the proportion of people being sent to prison in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years. Pew Research
250 of the world’s major brands, including Coca-Cola, Kellogs, and Nestle, agreed to make sure that 100% of their plastic packaging will be reused, recycled, or composted by 2025. BBC
There is now a giant 600-meter-long boom in the Pacific that uses oceanic forces to clean up plastic, and you can track its progress here. Despite a few early setbacks, the team behind it thinks they can clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the next seven years. Ocean Cleanup
The Camp fire that wiped out the Northern California community of Paradise in November was the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, killing 85 people. It was also California’s most destructive wildfire, destroying nearly 14,000 homes.
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas in September, killing more than 50 people and bringing catastrophic damage along the coast followed by severe inland flooding. Less than a month later, another major storm hit the Southeast: Hurricane Michael barreled into Florida, killing nearly four dozen people in Florida alone and wrecking entire coastal communities.
4 of the biggest (more than 10 deaths) mass shootings in 5 decades happened in 2018. These include: Borderline Bar and Grill; Tree of Life Synagogue; Santa Fe High School; Parkland.
Finally, there were a collection of notable deaths in the year of 2018. Many of these people will go down in history as some of the greatest. Some of these names include: Kate Spade, Stephen Hawking, Anthony Bourdain, Billy Graham, John McCain, Winnie Mandela, Stan Lee, George H.W. and Barbara Bush.
The town of Friedberg, Germany, this week installed three pedestrian traffic lights that incorporate images of the King. The don't-walk light shows Presley at a microphone, while the walk light depicts him in his trademark dance pose – heels up, hips swiveled.
There's a new behemoth in the ongoing search for ever-larger prime numbers — and it's nearly 25 million digits long. Mersenne primes have a simple formula: 2n-1. In this case, "n" is equal to 82,589,933, which is itself a prime number. If you do the math, the new largest-known prime is a whopping 24,862,048 digits long.
The U.S. Embassy in Australia issued a lighthearted apology on Monday for an invitation to a "cat pajama-jam" featuring a photo of a cat dressed as the Sesame Street character Cookie Monster that was accidentally sent out by email.
A seal smacks a kayaker with an octopus, and the video capturing the unlikely encounter quickly becomes a viral sensation. The conflict between man and beasts happened off the coast of New Zealand's South Island.
In Paris, authorities are taking an unusual approach to combat the scourge of public urination: Make urination even more public. The city is experimenting with completely exposed, eco-friendly urinals. The devices are called "Uritrottoir," which combines the words for urinal and pavement. They're not at all subtle. They're bright red and in heavily trafficked areas — for example, directly next to the Seine near the Notre Dame Cathedral.