17 things that have happened in the last 24 hours that aren't the election

Joshua Zitser
Wednesday 04 November 2020 18:00
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The news today is still a hellscape of election uncertainty.

Scroll through your phone and it’s hard to come across a story which isn’t to do with either Trump or Biden.

But, believe it or not, some things have happened in the last 24 that actually aren’t to do with the 2020 election.

If you’re tired of hearing about the election, we’ve compiled a list of 17 non-election things that have happened in the last 24 hours.

1. Hopes of a vaccine by Easter

Some good news, for once.

The chief of the UK’s vaccine task force said she is more than 50 per cent confident that all vulnerable people will have been vaccinated against coronavirus by Easter or early summer. Fingers crossed.

2. A pet parrot saved a man’s life

An Australian mad had his life saved by a parrot after it awoke him during a big fire.

Anton Nguyen’s pet, Eric, repeatedly squawked its owner’s name until it roused him from his bed.

Nguyen ended up fleeing the fire and suffered no injuries.

3. There are now flying cars

Flying cars sound pretty futuristic but a Slovakian company, Klein Vision, has successfully tested the AirCar.

The startup’s prototype, which seamlessly switches from drive to flight mode, had a successful maiden flight.

4. Baby Shark breaks a record

'Baby Shark Dance' is officially the most-watched video on YouTube.

The song, which first went viral in 2016, has now surpassed 7bn views.

5. 'Cheeseburger' turtle saved

A turtle, which is believed to be bright yellow because of a genetic mutation, was rescued in Bengal. The flapshell turtle was compared to a cheeseburger by people on social media.

6. Ryan Gosling mystery solved

After fans were convinced that Ryan Gosling had made a cameo appearance in Netflix’s Holidate, the streaming service revealed it was not actually him.

The actor was a man named Chad Zigmund, who just happens to be Gosling’s doppelganger.

7. Marijuana is now legal in four more states

Four states in the US voted to legalise marijuana.

New Jersey and Arizona voted to make it available recreationally, while South Dakota and Mississippi voted to legalise it for medical use.

8. Villagers help to save over 100 whales

More than 100 whales stranded on a beach in Sri Lanka were guided back into the sea by villagers, the navy and the coast guard.

Marine biologist Dr Asha De Vos told news agency AFP:

The people around here got together and saved most of them.

9. Twitter bans an infamous conspiracy theorist

Twitter has banned the account of British conspiracy theorist David Icke.

Six months earlier, Icke was suspended by Facebook and YouTube.

In recent months, he has spread false claims about 5G and coronavirus.

10. Astronomers have discovered the most 'inhospitable' planet ever

K2-141B, a planet about 200 light years away from earth, was first discovered two years ago.

But now, researchers from McGill and York University have been able to predict its weather conditions.

They say it rains rocks and has an ocean made of lava. Sounds... unpleasant.

11. Scientist might have discovered an anti-ageing protein

Researchers from Japan believe they’ve discovered a protein that could combat ageing and help in the development of age-related diseases.

Sign us up.

12. Celebrities are still getting dragged for their Halloween costumes

Jaden Smith, Ellen Degeneres and Travis Scott have all been mocked for their choice of Halloween costume.

Scott was trolled so mercilessly that he even deactivated his Instagram account.

13. Snow is falling...

Parts of the UK have seen their first snowfall. Temperatures fell last night and snow was spotted in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.

It might be time to dust off the Christmas albums.

14. Boaty McBoatface takes the seas

Britain’s new polar ship, the Sir David Attenborough, has headed for the open seas. Known to many as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, the vessel is now ready to start trials after a week’s day.

15. Girl miraculously saved from earthquake rubble

Ayda Gezgin, a 4-year-old from Izmir, was rescued four days after a strong earthquake in the city. Rescue crews were delighted to find the girl had survived.

16. Scientists announce mysterious radio coming from signal inside our galaxy

According to astronomers, mysterious and intense blasts of radio energy have been detected in our galaxy.

This is the first time scientists have been able to observe these fast radio bursts in our own Milky Way.


17. Supermodel courageously bares armpit hair

Ashley Graham shared a picture of her enjoying her birthday on Instagram.

shoulBut, in one photo, people noticed that she was showing off her armpit hair.

She received some negative comments but, by and large, a lot of support for challenging beauty standards.

We hope that this provided you with some much need respite from the election.

It's not all bad... we promise.