7 Actually Good Things That Happened This Week

For several years, we at New York ran a post every Friday that highlighted some not-terrible things that had occurred during the previous seven days. The feature was suspended following the July 8, 2016, installment for obvious reasons: FBI director James Comey had just announced he was recommending no charges related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server; Taylor Swift was still throwing highly Instagrammable Fourth of July parties; and with most polls showing Donald Trump trailing Clinton, there was talk that he might “seek an exit strategy before the election to avoid a humiliating loss.” Who needs a post dedicated to “happy shit” when everything is going so swimmingly?

Then Elon Musk traveled back in time and stomped on a butterfly or something, leaving us all stranded in this crappy timeline. But even in these dark times, we’ve managed to find some stuff that happened this week that didn’t suck. Happy Memorial Day.

1. Royal babies! Playing in a garden! Prince Louis is walking, Kate Middleton actually talks, and Prince William may or may not have a sweet nickname for Princess Charlotte. This is the only news out of Britain we want to think about this weekend.

2. Barack Obama hung out with kids at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and didn’t say anything weird or offensive. “I’m never washing this hand again!” is the correct response to a high-five from Obama.

3. Someone broke into a Massachusetts dad’s house … and cleaned it. When Nate Forman returned to his home in Marlborough with his 5-year-old son in tow, the back door was unlocked. Upon further investigation, he found the house had been tidied up and smelled like cleaning products. There was even a “very neatly folded rose” sitting on the toilet paper. The lesson: Keep your door unlocked and good things will happen.

4. West Point’s graduating class is the most diverse in the academy’s 217-year history. The roughly 1,000 cadets graduating on Saturday include 223 women, 110 African-Americans, 88 Latinos, and a record-setting 34 black women.

Photo: Hallie H. Pound/U.S. Army

5. Pennsylvania celebrated 143 Day in honor of Mister Rogers. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf proclaimed Thursday, the 143rd day of the year, a “statewide day of kindness” to honor Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers, who used the code to mean “I love you.” People around the state found ways to make it a more beautiful day in their neighborhood.

6. A Harriet Tubman mural got a high-five from a 3-year-old girl named Lovie, and it was adorable. For depressing Harriet Tubman $20-bill updates, look elsewhere.

7. Tourists in the country of Georgia gathered round to take pictures of this dog lying on his back. This is how we’ll be spending Memorial Day weekend. Come admire our laziness if you want, but we’re not getting up.

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