Top 10 FACTS That Will Make You HAPPY
We’ve all had those bad days and those moments when we seem to lose faith in fellow human beings. But, just as many good things are going on in the world if we choose to find them. So, for the next 10 minutes or so, sit back and enjoy this installment from Top10Archive, we’ll look at 10 things that should bring a smile to your face.
Although many parts of the world have very cheap or even free college, the United States isn’t so lucky when it comes to their education system. Meet Harris Rosen, an American Jewish businessman and investor, born in Manhattan during the era of the great depression. He saw the need for a good education first hand during this time period. The man is widely known and admired throughout Central Florida due to his philanthropy shown towards the youth. In 1993 the self-made millionaire adopted the neighborhood of Tangelo Park. This area was devastated by excessive criminal activity and a high school graduation rate barely over 25%. Rosen was so charitable that he provided parents with free daycare and offered full ride scholarships to all graduating high schoolers accepted into Florida state colleges.
Although blind people, or the vision impaired, have never been able to see an actual smile to replicate, they still do it and nearly as much as the average Joe. The smile is known as a universal expression to show joy and happiness. So, what about hope for the hearing impaired? The cochlear implant, a relatively new technology that’s just recently been perfected, has restored hearing for more than 300,000 people as of December, 2012. Hundreds of videos can be found on YouTube of the deaf, hearing words, music, and their loved ones voices for the very first time.
Jail House Cats
Larch Corrections Center, located just 150 miles or 240 kilometers south of Seattle, Washington is home inmates utilizing cats as a rehabilitation program. This lifesaving experiences lets formerly abused or neglected animals, most of which are cats, bond with inmates. The prisoner’s cells are a temporary foster home for the animals until a permanent one can be found. The Washington and Vancouver based rescue group, Cuddly Catz, believes it’s to the benefit of all involved. Just so you don’t lose any sleep over the matter, be aware that all inmates participating in the program are heavily screened and must have had an exemplary record at the prison for six consecutive months. So far it has saved dozens of lives.
We are stars
In an episode of his thirteen part series “The Cosmos,” Carl Sagan famously stated: “We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff.” What Sagan means by this is that the carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen inside our bodies were created by previous generations of stars around 4.5 billion years ago. Because we humans, animals, and just about every other thing found on planet Earth is made up of these elements, we are literally made out of “star stuff.” He believes this matter traveled to earth via a supernova explosion.
6 year old train director
A six year old boy named Sam Pointon from Leicester, England was hired at the National Railway Museum in York. The youngster wrote to the foundation in hopes of replacing their retiring director Andrew Scott. In his letter, Sam wrote: “I have an electric train track. I am good on my train track. I can control two trains at once. It is the best job in the world. I love it. It is good fun. My favourite is the steam engine, I like it when the wheels go round.” Employees were so moved by the action he took and enthusiasm he showed that they officially hired him as director of fun.
Dolphins are one of the more social animals in the animal kingdom. They live in groups called pods, and take care of newborns with care and affection as humans would. In Greek literature, stories of dolphins saving drowning sailors can be found, but this is often times regarded as a legend. We’re here to tell you that such extraordinary things actually do happen, and one such case comes from the Gulf of Aqaba. It tells of a British tourist who was rescued from deadly sharks by a group of dolphins. Near the Sinai Peninsula, a ship captain was showing his passengers the local beauty and stopped to watch a pod of dolphins playing together; of course three people decided to swim with them. One of them stayed longer in the water than the other two, and was consequently bitten by a shark. From all accounts, it is evident that the dolphins who had been playing positioned themselves between the sharks and the tourist, so that the man could be rescued. This is just one of the extra special things they have done to help us in our time of need.
Writing on the moon
Eugene Cernan is a retired American astronaut who has journeyed into outer space a total of three times. He is also the last person to step foot on the moon’s surface. On this final mission he did something previously unheard of, Cernan left the letters “TDC”, his daughters initials, engraved on its surface. Because of the void of oxygen or wind, for the lack of a better term, this special remembrance and lettering will likely remain there for thousands of years to come.
Mates for life
Sea horses are one of the few animals that mate for life, or more specifically, are monogamous. Each day the male and female follow a special routine which involves a dance of sorts between the two. During this daily dancing routine, the two can be seen with their tails entwined. On occasion their color may even change. If sea horses weren’t enough to make your day just a little bit better, than an interesting fact about most species of penguins is bound to do just that, specifically the emperor penguin. Like the sea horse, they are highly monogamous. When a male penguin finds himself attracted to a female in his group, he will waddle up and down the entire beach looking for a perfect pebble to present to his love. If she picks it up, that means the two are betrothed, if not, he will know that she is looking for another offer.
Jim Cummings is best known for voicing Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, but he does something even more extraordinary and memorable in his spare time. The voice actor lends his talents to the Make-a-Wish-Foundation and gives sick children in hospital a call, at the same time remaining in character. Our favorite story features Cummings calling a young boy with autism. He performed all the voices he had done on Winnie and Pooh, even the lesser known characters. It was well into their conversation when the boy’s mother got on the phone and told Cummings that her son hardly ever speaks. The actor was perplexed, “He’s been speaking for over an hour”, Cummings said. The mother explained to Cummings that this was the most he has ever said in his entire life. She recorded the conversation to show to the boy’s doctor.
Each spring, hundreds of thousands new trees will take root because of lost nuts buried by squirrels before the winter months. These little creatures play a huge role in the way natural habitats are created. It’s because of these furry, overly-energetic animals, that the seeds are dispersed and sprout up in new locations that they would otherwise never be found. Scientists estimate that on average, a gray squirrel will forget the locations of up to 50% of the nuts that they bury.