#NotBadNews: The Star Spangled Banner Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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From an at-home movie date to a firefighter serenade, 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.

What This NFL Player Is Doing During Off-Season

Former Seattle Seahawks’ line-backer Marshawn Lynch spent his 34th birthday giving back. The NFL star went around his hometown of Oakland handing out masks to those in need (over 40,000 total)! He made stops at hospitals, homeless shelters, food banks, and even parks, as captured in this video.

Lynch continues to be an Oakland hometown hero!

A Reminder to Skip the Beaches for Now

While most beaches remain closed to help maintain social distancing, a select few reopened and saw huge crowds. These beaches sparked a new idea—forget the bathing suit and beach towel, head out for a day at the ocean in your Grim Reaper attire to remind beach-goers what it is they’re risking.

The idea, while both a little dark and a little comical, carries with it an important message about keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

Mom’s Spaghetti for First Responders

Is there anything better to follow a hard-work out with than a carb load? Eminem thinks not. Famous for his “Mom’s Spaghetti,” the Detroit rapper provided an Italian dinner for the hard-working medical responders at Henry Ford Hospital.

 

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To quote the hospital, this staff “lost themselves” in the delicious meal.

New York’s Newest Cover Band

To honor the hospital workers at New York-Presbyterian in Lower Manhattan, members of the New York Fire Department crowded outside of their building for an elaborate “thank you.” Bringing with them an electric guitar and a very loud speaker, this group performed the national anthem in a way you probably haven’t seen before.

We love seeing how New York’s first responders stick together in times of crisis—heroes thanking heroes!

This Scientist Says to Stick to Facts

After a recent press briefing in which President Trump eluded to the idea that UV rays or ingested bleach could help fight this virus, a scientist came forward to say, “Please don’t do that.” We’ll let him take it from here.

Like he said, please, just don’t.

NBC Brings Back Leslie Knope for a Feeding America Fundraiser

If you were missing your favorite Indiana Parks and Recreation department, fret no longer. The group is coming back to NBC on April 30 with a special to raise money for Feeding America. So, gather all of your galentines (via Zoom) and prepare breakfast for dinner in honor of Parks and Rec’s return.

Looking forward to this much-needed laugh–April 30 is now officially Treat Yo’ Self day!

How These Two Went to the Theater in Lockdown

Planning a date night in quarantine is anything but easy. With little open and parks in many states closed, it typically comes down to ordering food and watching TV. This couple, however, wants to help you break out of your date-night in lockdown slump. Allison took to Twitter to show you how her wife surprised her with a night at the movie theater, all without leaving home.

Select your movies and prepare some theater-style popcorn because this is a date we will all want to try! And if you aren’t quarantined with your spouse or significant other, try it with your roommates or best friends over FaceTime who are sure to get a kick out of this indoor-outing.

Check-in every day for an update on the wonderful and weird things happening in our current coronavirus world.

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