From Ina Garten’s super-sized cosmopolitan to Dr. Fauci donuts, these are the things that made us smile today.
Welcome to #NotBadNews, our new (and hopefully short-lived) daily column where we round up the good, surprising, and weird things that have happened around the world during this coronavirus pandemic.
So That’s What Grandma Is Up To
It seems the world has downloaded the app TikTok amid quarantine and is partaking in viral videos and dances. And while the app might be most popular among Gen Zs, that doesn’t mean it’s limited to them–just take a look at this one.
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While this woman worked on becoming our next biggest TikTok star, another grandma had a message for her family at home saying, “There’s no getting rid of me.”
Got this update from my wee granny😢 93 and still going strong ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SEjCwLZ8Ww
— islaanne🌛 (@islaanne1) March 31, 2020
I think we found our new favorite wee grannies (besides our own, of course).
The Barefoot Contessa’s Recipe for a Better Quarantine
While the world may have collectively decided quarantine is the ideal time to get into baking bread, Ina Garten might just think otherwise, giving us a new recipe to try out. Where bread will take you hours to make, this super-sized drink will take only minutes and can be shared with the over 21 crowd.
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With that said, it’s quarantine and that means the rules of responsible drinking go out the window. Follow in Ina’s footsteps and pour this jug of cosmopolitans into a glass for one.
Rochester’s Newest Trading Cards
The New York city’s professional minor league baseball team is encouraging those in their community to submit new faces for their baseball cards. Who will grace the Rochester Red Wing’s baseball cards, you might ask? None other than your favorite medical professionals, essential workers, and first responders.
🚨 COMMUNITY ALL-STAR CARDS 🚨
1. Reply with a photo of a healthcare worker, essential employee, first responder, etc. that you know.
2. Pick one of the four cards below.
3. Provide name and job of the Community All-Star.
— Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) March 24, 2020
Have a hero in your life? Submit their photo, name, and occupation for a chance to get them on their very own baseball card.
The Individuals Helping Your Hospital Workers
One seven-year-old in Northern Virginia saw the lack of gloves and masks in hospitals and took matters into his own hands. Heading to local hotels, this boy talked to the staff about their extra products and gathered those left-over supplies to bring to his doctors and nurses. Not only was he thanked by the first responders he helped, he got a shout out from none-other than President 44.
So many Americans right now are stepping up to help their communities. Zohaib Begg, a 7-year-old from VA, is one of them. This inspiring kid has been gathering supplies from hotels to donate to the medical professionals at his local hospital. https://t.co/K8Pvp9Cyaq
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 30, 2020
This boy is not the only one gathering medical supplies. Designer Christian Siriano has put the breaks on his next collection to focus on a new design: masks. With the help of his team, the Project Runway host and fashion favorite has developed thousands of masks to be sent off to first responders.
Melanie in our office has us up to 600 masks a day and that will be 3,000 just this week! Thank you everyone for all your wonderful donations we so appreciate you. Donate https://t.co/sqD9J6NmFs pic.twitter.com/PMAZ45cZXL
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) March 31, 2020
And if you’re looking for a way to help, or simply needing a mask of your own, check out Martha Stewart’s guide to on how to make one using the materials you have at home.
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The Donuts Nine out of 10 Doctors Recommend
Everyone’s favorite director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases just got a tasty new thank you from a New York donut shop. Donut Delite’s new seasonal menu includes a Dr. Fauci donut, Delite-ing their customers and the people of Twitter.
Had to check out these donuts for myself! The owner of Donut Delite says he wanted to honor Dr. Fauci for all the hard work he’s doing for our country. Says he is literally selling hundreds of these every hour. @13WHAM pic.twitter.com/ZQZUwHek7m
— Andrew Banas (@AndrewWHAM) March 26, 2020
We love a reason to enjoy a donut!
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