L’Antidote: Five happy things in the news today, November 17

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We are living in unusual times. There is a pandemic. The planet is dying. Everything gets a little loud some days. So, every day of the week, we bring you a much needed dose of positivity to remind you that there is inspiration, kindness and eccentricity too.

The funniest wildlife photos of the year

The delicious Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards take place every year, but if a year really needed a collection of fun photos featuring animals, it’s 2021.

If this year was a leaf and you were a bird ... Affinity Photo Audience Choice winner is John Speirs.

John Speirs / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

If this year was a leaf and you were a bird … Affinity Photo Audience Choice winner is John Speirs.

The People’s Choice winner John Speirs from Oban, Scotland won the public vote for his image of a pigeon with an autumn leaf on its face.

The awards were created in 2015 with the aim of recognizing wildlife conservation. You can see the big winner here.

Winner of the Water Creatures: Chee-Kee Teo.

Chee-Kee Teo / Comedy Wildlife Pho

Winner of the Water Creatures: Chee-Kee Teo.

Women’s rugby world record at Eden Park

Michelle Hooper doesn’t just want to break the world record for tramps in the seats at a women’s rugby match when the Rugby World Cup kicks off at Eden Park next October. She wants to double him, and then some.

Hooper, the tournament director of the one-year-delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup, wants to see a full house on opening day.

Organizers of the Women's Rugby World Cup hope to replicate these scenes at Eden Park next year (file photo).

Anthony Au-Yeung / Getty Images

Organizers of the Women’s Rugby World Cup hope to replicate these scenes at Eden Park next year (file photo).

“These are the best female rugby players on the world stage playing at Eden Park on day one, and these sports stars represent resilience in every sense of the word. Our actions could create a legacy for women’s sport globally, ”said Hooper.

The treble will take place in Auckland on October 8.

Woman falls from mountain and writes 5-star review for leggings

A customer was so impressed with a pair of leggings after falling “down a mountain” that she posted an Amazon review that went viral.

Cory H Amazon Reviews

“My leggings didn’t tear even a little bit and I got stuck on rocks and trees,” Cory H wrote in her pantyhose review on Amazon.

“Cory H” left a five-star rating and the photo above in his review of Raypose exercise leggings, encouraging others to “order them now”.

She wrote, “Can I just say I’m going to rearrange them in all the colors. Here I am rolling and sliding down a mountain because I was too scared to get up. My leggings didn’t tear, not even a little bit, and I got stuck on rocks and trees.

Her review amused and inspired imitators, including “Kimberly” who posted her own photo of the leggings lying on her own hill.

“The lady in the mountain sliding leggings was right! Kimberly wrote. “I’m glad I bought five! “

Kimberly on Amazon wrote in response, “These Raypose leggings from Amazon are exactly as good as the lady in the reviews says.  Glad I bought five!  ????

Kimberly on Amazon

Kimberly on Amazon wrote in response, “These Raypose leggings from Amazon are exactly as good as the lady in the reviews says. Glad I bought five! ????

Emergency medics perform moving version of Crowded House’s Better Be Home Soon

Playing from their homes, more than 100 emergency health workers – mainly in Australia and New Zealand – prepared an excellent rendition of Better be home soon, and Crowded House is impressed.

Doctors and health workers are part of a group called ED Musos that formed at the start of the pandemic and now has more than 400 members.

Crowded House posted the performance on their Facebook page. The group wrote: “It is a joy to watch, I am deeply moved and we are eternally grateful to them. Thanks everyone. “

World’s most premature baby holds new Guinness World Record for survival

Curtis Zy-Keith Means from Alabama in the United States has made history.

Born at just 21 weeks and one day old, little Curtis defied less than a 1% chance of survival to break the Guinness World Record for surviving a premature birth.

Curtis was declared fit to return home on April 6, after 275 days (almost nine months) of care.

Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born on July 4, 2020. At the time, he weighed only 420 g (14.8 oz), which is roughly the size of a soccer ball.

Guinness World Records

Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born on July 4, 2020. At the time, he weighed only 420 g (14.8 oz), which is roughly the size of a soccer ball.

He has three siblings, the eldest of whom enjoys helping out with chores such as bathing, dressing and feeding.

Well done Curtis and his family!

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