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#NotBadNews: Well, This Is an Unexpected Party!

It’s another week of #NotBadNews and we’re starting strong—from Costa Rica’s Pride to one surprising pool party, this is what brought us joy 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.

Costa Rica’s Getting Married

The tropical North American country has reason to celebrate. As of May 26, same-sex couples are able to marry! While parties are having to be pushed in compliance with COVID-19 regulations, virtual get-togethers in celebration are nothing short of prideful. Get ready for some Zoom weddings and FaceTime toasts.

Thank you, Costa Rica for giving us something to celebrate!

Actors Gone Wild

No one is immune to the quarantine-crazies, not even our favorite celebrities. While some of us might take up a new hobby to cope, these actresses have turned to their art.

The queen of characters, Helena Bonham Carter, teamed up with Sam Neill to bring us this short film.

Is a multi-continental shoot the new “12 years in the making”? Watch out Boyhood, quarantine is coming for your crown.

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And not to be left out, our other favorite character showed us what she’s been working on.

Legally Blonde’s Jennifer Coolidge, Emerson College alumni, created a bizarre commencement address for the Class of 2020.

The Birds Are Taking Over

Whether it’s the street or your backyard, birds are (based on what we’ve seen) having a moment. After one father’s boredom hit a peak, the Kookaburra was introduced to this neighborhood.

For even the most casual birder, seeing a Kookaburra is exciting, so imagine looking out your window to see one 12-feet tall!

And while this neighborhood reveled in the enormity of a project worthy of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, another backyard was hosting an owl pool-party. This family of owls found the perfect way to cool off in the summer by taking over one family’s kiddy pool. We think they’re laying claim to this cold and refreshing sanctuary, and after the heat this weekend brought, can you blame them?

While we may never know how many licks it takes owls to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, we do know how many of them it takes to fill a kiddy-pool.

The Ultimate Meet-Cute

This couple’s love story is nothing short of a Nancy Meyers’ classic—he caught the garter, she caught the bouquet, the rest was history. Five years after meeting at their friends’ wedding, this couple tied the knot.

Has there ever been a better rom-com love story? I know the answer, and its no. Congrats to the new couple, the king and queen of the meet-cute!

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