Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week like the grandmother who was named valedictorian of her high school. Forced to drop out of high school at age 15 to help support her family, Twyanna Williams has managed to graduate with her diploma at 65! Definitely very cool and very inspiring.
Well, even if you’re nowhere near finishing as valedictorian or even finishing that scarf you started knitting at the beginning of the pandemic, it is Friday. That glorious day of the work week where you get to look toward the weekend with hope and promise. Not to mention check out “5 Things” to pass the time. Enjoy!
1) You probably need a chuckle this week. Right? Check out comedian Derrick Tennant’s full special. He’s a funny guy! Although he might say that he’s “all right.”
2) The podcast Go For Broke: Inside the Dot-Com Bubble recently brought up a serious blast from the past! Some of you may recall the (arguably) hilarious Pets.com ads with the dog puppet from the early 2000s. It was genius marketing… until it wasn’t, that is. The episode is great coverage of the rise and fall of Pets.com. I also learned that The Muppets and Snoopy have their own publicists. Just one of those fun facts with which to impress your friends!
3) The Paris Opera Ballet recently made a visit to Necker-Enfant Malades Hospital (children’s hospital) as a part of the very cool What Dance Can Do Project. The idea of using ballet to bring joy as well as making the art form more accessible, more personal for kids gives me happy tingles. Just a genius idea!
4) A woman in Buffalo, New York recently began receiving phantom Amazon packages. No one has any clue why and even Amazon doesn’t know where they originated. The cool thing about this story is that the woman is turning this into a neat opportunity to serve the community.
5) Lastly, Google and Harvard University have collaborated in one of the wildest things that you’ll probably see this week: A detailed brain map! The complexity is staggering as you look at all the neuron connections in only a small portion of the human brain. If you’re game, you can even interact with the actual tool here.
Okay, that’s all for now. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!