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Good Stuff This Week | February 19, 2019

By Emily Parker

In a chaotic and uncertain world, it helps to remember that good things are happening around us all the time. We think it’s important to pay attention to the good stuff. Here’s a roundup of uplifting stories to cheer your heart.

You Can Watch Astronauts Read Popular Kids Books From Space

Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston who came up with the basis for the project, told HuffPost that the thought of merging space and reading came up after she did some research on literacy and science skills in the United States. She decided to merge STEM and literacy in a way that’s easily accessible for kids.

“What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading?” she said. “You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.” [Read More Here]

Credit: Huffington Post

An elderly man bought a VCR on eBay and enjoyed it so much that he wrote the seller a letter:

These 3 Boys Bought Valentine’s Flowers for Every Girl at Their School

Pooling together hundreds of dollars, they went and purchased a ton of flowers, enough to hand one out to each and every single girl in school to give them a special Valentine’s Day. All 270 girls and 70 female staff members at the school received pink carnations. The three boys arrived early, carrying buckets full of the flowers so they could hand them out in strategic spots at each of the school’s entrances.

Tristan said in an interview with KMBC news, “We wanted every girl to feel important and special on Valentine’s Day. We worked hard to make sure it was going to be a surprise to everybody. I only told a few friends, and the girls seemed surprised and happy. We told them ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ and gave them a flower.” [Read More Here]

Credit: Summit Trail Middle School

This Pair Of Inseparable Gay Penguins Just Got Married In An Epic Wedding Ceremony

Two devoted showbiz penguins got married in style, with their lavish big gay wedding day captured just in time for Valentine’s day.

When Ferrari and Pringle tied the knot in their same-sex ceremony, there were make-up artists to ensure they looked their best, a chauffeur-driven Bentley and a beautiful Cotswolds venue, followed by a wedding breakfast of sprats.

The male humboldt penguins are inseparable, nest together and while they cannot reproduce, their handlers say they sit on a rock each year trying to incubate their ‘egg’. [Read More Here]

Credit: The Wedding Video Company

9-year-old Maryland girl publishes book of poetry; tackles politics, feminism

Cookie Monster’s Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Is The Sweetest Thing On The Internet Right Now

The “Sesame Street” character this week answered fans’ queries to raise awareness and money for the Yellow Feather Fund, which helps vulnerable children. [Read More Here]

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Emily Parker is a musician, writer, and avid reader who started Bucket List Book Reviews, the ‘1,001 Books to Read Before You Die’ project. For Sweatpants & Coffee, Emily hopes to inspire the reading of the classics by a whole new audience by only reviewing the really good stuff.

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