In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.
Trump is getting outfoxed by Mexico’s former president.
Super Deluxe and Vicente Fox teamed up again to send a message to President Trump: Mexico will not pay for the fucken wall! Not only does Fox call out Trump’s infamous Cinco de Mayo taco bowl tweet, but he also points out a major flaw in Trump’s wall — namely, how billions of dollars can be outfoxed with something as simple as a ladder. Fox makes some solid, and hilarious points here. Fans of Super Deluxe will definitely enjoy.
In Colombia, one man’s trash is another man’s… bookstore?
Jose Alberto Gutierrez, who never attended high school, understands the value of education. Over the last 20 years, the Colombian sanitation worker has rescued more than 20,000 books from the garbage for his bookstore, “Strength of Words.” Gutierrez usually collects books from the richer parts of town and then gives them away for free to poorer residents. As Gutierrez told the BBC, “Books transformed me, so I think books are a symbol of hope for those places. They are a symbol of peace.”
No, you’re not high, this is the oldest 🍄mushroom🍄 fossil in the world.
At 115 million years old, this mushroom fossil from Brazil is the definition of rare. “Most mushrooms grow and are gone within a few days,” explains paleontologist Sam Heads told Science Daily. “The fact that this mushroom was preserved at all is just astonishing.” The story of how the mushroom — named Gondwanagaricites magnificus — came to be is definitely worth a read.
An American school girl was once the pen pal of this Central American dictator.
A 10-year-old girl becoming friendly with one the most notorious dictators in Latin America? It sounds like a plot for an upcoming Netflix series, but it happened IRL. While most in the U.S. saw Noriega as the vicious, drug trafficking ruler of Panama, Sarah York just saw Noriega as a man who had a cool hat. York decided to send a letter to talk about it, saying, “I have seen you on television often here in the United States. Your hat was greatly admired here.” What happened next is almost too strange to believe.
This “Despacito” cover is the perfect song to get you through the weekend.
By now pretty much everyone is at least familiar with “Despacito,” but Argentinian journalist Natalia Maderna’s cover is just starting to catch on, for good reason. Maderna changed up the lyrics to reflect Argentina’s problem with gender violence. The clip, which is just over a minute, features Maderna strumming on the ukelele, while her adorable, one-year-old girl throws down some amazing dance moves. Do yourself a flavor and check it out.