A Homemade Bumper Sticker Saved a Stranger’s Life After She Asked the Universe For ‘a Sign’:
When you’re headed down a dark road and feeling hopeless, sometimes all it takes to get you headed back in the right direction is a little sign, or in this case, a bumper sticker. Like many who have felt the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 22-year-old university student Brooke Lacey had her share of issues. After Lacey won her battle against depression, in the hope of helping others, the New Zealand native was inspired to create a batch of 600 signs that read: “Please don’t take your life today. The world is so much better with you in it. More than you realize, stay.” Lacey hung laminated versions of the message on bridges and overpasses, and next to railroads and waterways around the capital city of Wellington. She even had the saying inscribed on a bumper sticker. But the sentiment was the furthest thing from her mind when she found a piece of very unusual correspondence on the windshield of the car she’d parked in the university lot. “I left my house with a plan and asked for a sign, any sign, I was doing the right thing when I saw your car in the parking lot,” the note read. As long as the message is heartfelt, even something as simple as a sign, or a bumper sticker, can save a life.
A Gorgeous Bat Falcon Spotted for the First Time in the United States:
Joao Quental, CC license
Birders are flocking to Texas to see a bird that lives thousands of leagues to the south make its first-ever recorded appearance on U.S. shores. This particular individual, suspected of being only a juvenile, has been here since last year, but only began making headlines after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted some images of the bird, snapped by one Peter Witt, resting on a branch with a big juicy dragonfly in its beak. Living in Mexico, Trinidad, and South America, the bat falcon is characterized by a white and rust neck, rust rump, white chest bars, and yellow spectacles. Border Report tells the story of Ray Sharpton, a 77-year old retiree, who hopped in his car at 3 a.m. and drove 34 hours from upstate New York to see the bird, adding that there are even birders coming from Europe to see it.
Snowmobilers Spotted a Moose Stuck Under Ice and Worked for Hours to Free it:
Last week, a pair of Anchorage snowmobilers rescued a moose trapped beneath the ice of a frozen creek. To an Alaskan, a moose is not a cuddly member of the deer family, but rather a very dangerous and ornery animal, yet Andrew Koerner and his friend Terry White wasted no time digging an eight-foot-wide hole around the creature to allow it to escape. It took an hour and a half, during which several passersby stopped to pitch in with the digging, and one even happened to have a sledgehammer to break apart the ice. Koerner and White could tell immediately that the moose had been in there awhile. It had rubbed off a lot of the hair on the back of its neck and looked thin. Finally though, when it was clear the moose had enough room to escape, they gave it some space and time to relax and climb out.