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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.

In today’s #NotBadNews, we look at John Krasinski’s new web series, the St. Louis arch challenge, and the marriage of two stuffed animals.

How to Have Athletic Competitions in Quarantine

The Tokyo Olympics may have been postponed, but that did not stop one swimmer from showing off her medley. Joined by the voices of iconic sports announcers, she showcased her skills in this hilarious video.


And Cathleen is not alone in her at-home sporting, with professional racecar driver Simon Pagenaud showing how he’s preparing for the Indianapolis 500.


Not sure what we love more, his dedication to the sport or that congratulatory kiss from his dog.

Chrissy Teigen Shows Us How to Entertain a Kid

No parents anticipated being home for months on end with their children, and especially never thought they’d have to try to entertain them all while trying to do their own work from home. If you’re tired of playing hide-and-go-seek or just completely run out of cartoons to put on, Chrissy Teigen has an idea for you: Joining together your kid’s two favorite stuffed animals in holy matrimony.


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Maybe you have a celebration as elaborate as this, or maybe you just do a quick service in your living room following by cake, either way, your kid is sure to be entertained (and maybe afterwards while they’re celebrating the newly-weds, you’ll have some time for yourself).


The Gateway Arch Park in St. Louis, MO has given us an assignment: Recreate the arch with household objects. They’ve seen a few creative takes, with some using toilet paper, ramen noodles, and even craft beer.


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No architects here at Fodor’s, but we’re up for the challenge.

An Office Reunion to Celebrate Some Good News

John Krasinski has decided to round up all the good news he could find for his self-produced #SomeGoodNews web-show (I like to think he saw this column and was inspired). The one thing he has that our column doesn’t: a best friend named Steve Carell. The two reunited, to the joy of The Office fans everywhere, to report on the good news they were finding amid the coronavirus outbreak.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything on CNN right now, this new show might a good one to check out (plus it’s pretty easy to look at thanks to everyone’s office crush).

Iceland’s Kid-Friendly Bear Hunt

We might be social-distancing, but the general consensus is that walks, so long as you avoid others out on a stroll, are a-okay. In Iceland, homes are striving to make the walks more exciting for children by turning it into a game.
With residents hiding teddy bears in windows, kids out for a walk can participate in a scavenger hunt but counting all the stuffed animals that they see.

An incredibly cute way to spice up another otherwise mundane activity (though walks are definitely becoming the new it activity).

And though not part of the bear hunt, it felt wrong to skip over these bears, who are keeping to their daily activities–like doing laundry in the front yard.


Wave Fort Wayne

In his Indiana town, residents are taking to their front porch every night at 7 p.m. to say “Hello!” This new tradition in the northeast town of Fort Wayne is a way for neighbors to still stay social and feel less alone during self-isolation. Neighbors bring out their dogs, kids, and themselves for the quick act that shows they’re still hanging in.

Grand Rapids Michigan as well as Sandusky, Ohio have joined in, and maybe your town will be next.

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

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