19 year-old Melati Wijsen grew up in Bali. Living on an island, she’s seen the effects of plastic pollution in the ocean. Melati and her younger sister created the organization, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, to clean up the beaches. Melati spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland with other Teenage Change-Makers.
A stray cat named Lady in a Fur Coat, had to have her ear flaps removed, at a Wisconsin animal shelter. The employees were worried that she’d have a tough time getting adopted. Ash Collins decided to crochet a pair of pretty purple ears for Lady. The kitty has already found a forever home!
Today is Seed Swap Day! Many libraries have seed lending programs. You check out seeds, grow plants, and return some seeds the next year. Learn more about seed trading, from a website like Dave’s Garden. It’s also Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Maybe they’ll have fabric, patterned with flowers you hope to grow.
Today is Opposite Day, so say the opposite of what you mean. Ice cream is horrible! I love getting tons of homework! I want to clean the toilets! Don’t forget to say, “Just kidding, it’s Opposite Day,” or you might confuse a lot of people! It’s too bad there’s no school on Saturdays.
Xīn nián kuài lè! That means “Happy new year” in Chinese. The Chinese Lunar New Year starts today, and it’s the Year of the Rat. The Spring Festival begins 15 days of parties, fireworks, feasts and parades. It’s traditional to wear red and avoid sweeping. You’d sweep out good luck that the new year brought!
If you have trouble choosing flavors at ice cream shops, you’d better skip dessert at Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs, in Cape Town South Africa. They set the world record for the most flavors of milkshakes. The restaurant serves 207 different varieties! Maybe I’ll just have a vanilla one!
18-year-old Fionn Ferreira, from Ireland, invented a new way to extract microplastics from water. He created his own version of ferrofluid, a liquid developed by NASA. Fionn will be speaking to world leaders, at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, along with other young people fighting for the Earth’s future.
The Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is a hotel in Utah, that loves dogs. The rooms have dog houses and slide-out dog beds. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pet. You can take a shuttle bus to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and bring an animal back to the hotel for a sleepover.
Star Wars fans visiting Orlando Florida, might need to stay at Twelve Parsecs. It’s a house available to rent from AirbNb, that has 9 Star Wars-themed bedrooms! You can choose Cloud City, Alderaan, Hoth, Tatooine, Mustafar, Dagobah, Endor, or a spaceship. You can even sleep in a pod-racer bed!
Today is Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day. Pretend you’ve found a hunk of gold in the 1848 California Gold Rush! Maybe your impression will make people laugh, for Belly Laugh Day! After all that prospectin’ and laughin’, you’ll need a hearty snack. It’s Peanut Butter Day, so dig into some with a celery shovel!