Friday Good News Roundup: January 6, 2017
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Happy Friday! While you’ve been getting back into work-mode, you might have missed some of the good news that came out of this week. Don’t worry. We have you covered. This week, there’s a feminist anthem straight outta Saudi Arabia, a 105-year-old-man just set a new cycling record, and wages rose 2.9 percent on average for U.S. workers.
1. Huffington Post: The internet loves this Saudi feminist anthem.
The Arabic song, "Hwages," roughly translates to “concerns,” and features lyrics like, “May men go extinct, they caused us psychiatric diseases!” But the catchy verses are nothing compared to the peppy music video, which shows women in niqab skating around town, knocking down bowling pins with men’s faces glued to them, and partying in a nightclub.
2. The Guardian: A 105-year-old man just set a new cycling record.
Frenchman Robert Marchand set a record by cycling more than 14 mph in a new, over-105 age class. He set his first hour record at age 102 when he biked 16 miles per hour. Marchand claims he did not have any warning that his time was running out, otherwise he would have gone faster.
3. Bored Panda: A low-budget commercial for an animal shelter goes viral for all the right reasons.
“Furkids,” an animal rescue organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia produced a hilarious commercial that took under 30 minutes to film. The video features a cat salesman played by regular dude Paul Preston, and boasts all the different “furkids” they have to offer, including sleepy cats, hungry cats, big cats, exotic cats, and black cats. They guarantee all of their cats are self-cleaning and window-compatible.
4. Slate: Wages rose 2.9 percent in 2016, faster than the current rate of inflation.
The average wage for U.S. workers grew 2.9 percent last year, making it the fastest wage increase rate since the 2008 crash. However, before 2008, annual wages typically rose around 3 and 4 percent, meaning many Americans are still recovering from the havoc the financial crisis wrought nearly a decade ago.
5. CS Monitor: Muslim women catch up to men in education.
Historically, Muslim women have trailed behind men in education, but are now rapidly catching up. According to a new study, young adult women in Muslim countries have an average of six years of education—1.1 years less than men. This is a huge improvement considering the oldest generation of women measured averaged only 2.5 years of schooling.