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How One Man Started the Global Little Free Library Movement
Perhaps you’ve seen them while walking your neighborhood. A Little Free Library, each one a different color and size, all standing on people’s lawns and containing books. Though unique in style, these small boxes share the same vision: take a book, share a book.
Founded in 2009 by the late Todd H. Bol, he created the inaugural library in honor of his schoolteacher mother. Three years after the little library was placed in his front yard, a non-profit was launched. Bol died in 2018 at age 62 from complications of pancreatic cancer, but not before he saw his creation impact the world—more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries had been registered globally, across 88 countries.
His inspiring life story is one we should all take a page out of. “I really believe in a Little Free Library on every block and a book in every hand,” said Bol, who had hope for humanity coming together. “I believe people can learn from each other, and see that they have a better place on this planet to live.”
Billionaire Mark Cuban Launches Online Pharmacy Offering Low-Cost Generic Meds
Mark Cuban has created a cure for avoiding inflated medication costs. The Billionaire investor’s Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company (MCCPDC) launched an online pharmacy that will help provide more affordable pharmaceutical drugs to millions of Americans.
MCCPDC is a registered pharmaceutical wholesaler, meaning it is able to bypass the middleman—and the increased markup costs as a result. The first inventory included 100 generic meds, all sold at manufacturer prices in addition to a 15 percent margin and pharmacist fee. MCCPDC CEO Alex Oshmyansky said in a statement: “The markup on potentially lifesaving drugs that people depend on is a problem that can’t be ignored. It is imperative that we take action and help expand access to these medications for those who need them most.”
19-Year-Old Sets Record as Youngest Woman to Fly Solo Around the World
She may have done it alone, but Zara Rutherford now has the entire world cheering her on. At age 19, the Belgian-British pilot has set a world record: she’s the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. After 155 days traveling the globe in her small Shark microlight plane, she returned home to Belgium on Thursday.
Her arrival was months later than intended, but the memories made and sights seen across five continents will last a lifetime. The teen, whose parents are also pilots, is encouraging of other young women who have an interest in the aviation industry. “Go for it,” she said. “It takes a lot of time, patience, a lot of work, but it is incredible.” Her sights are now set on attending university this fall, and there’s no doubt she’ll soar at whatever she does.
Massive Gas Planet Discovered That Is “Relatively Close to Earth”
A new discovery has been made that is out of this world. This month, it was announced that a gigantic gas planet has been discovered. The planet, called TOI-2180 b, is almost three times more massive than Jupiter—known to be the biggest planet in the solar system.
Found by a UC Riverside astronomer and group of scientists, the planet is considered a “rare” finding. Paul Dalba, a UCR astronomer, says “It hits the trifecta of 1) having a several-hundred-day orbit, 2) being relatively close to Earth (379 lightyears is considered close for an exoplanet), and 3) us being able to see it transit in front of its star.”
It’s a reminder that there is still galaxies-worth of information yet to be explored in space.
In Other News
- New image of Mars captures circular rings that look like a tree stump.
- From cinnamon to curcumin, doctors explain how these natural remedies can help with health issues.
- Archeologists have discovered another gladiator arena—possibly the last one ever built in the Roman Empire.
- Mere moments before a crashed vehicle went up in flames, a tow truck driver saved the life of the person inside by pulling them out of the car.
- At age 190, a giant tortoise named Jonathan is the oldest one to ever live—a major milestone that earned him a Guinness World Record honor.
Post of the day
“Instacart worker Jessica Higgs was delivering an order of groceries for an elderly customer when she noticed something didn’t feel right. Because she listened to her gut and chose to speak up, Higgs saved two people from a potentially fatal propane leak.”