Our Favorite Weird and Heartwarming Headlines This Week


It’s time to take a break from the wrong-way crashes, shootings and all the other tragedies the world has presented to us this week. Here are some of our top stories from January 29 to February 4 that made our week a little brighter:

1. Yuma firefighter leaves hospital after nearly losing his life to COVID-19: Brad Henderson, 52, not vaccinated against COVID-19, had to be placed on ECMO for 55 days. Now the veteran firefighter is leaving Banner Rehabilitation Hospital.

2. Baby 2-2-22: California couple welcome son born at 2:22 p.m.: A Southern California couple welcomed a baby on an incredibly unique birthday and birth time: 2:22 p.m. on 2/2/22.

3. High winds knock McDonald’s sign off car in western Arizona: High winds in Mohave County on Wednesday toppled a McDonald’s sign which crashed into a car.

4. Veteran wins $4 million lottery using fortune cookie numbers ‘on a whim’: A retired army veteran from North Carolina has just become a multi-millionaire after using the numbers he got from a fortune cookie to put his name in a Mega Millions drawing.


FILE – Mega Millions lottery tickets. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

5. Phoenix-area students and groups help repair home of Navy veteran’s widow“It feels good,” said one student. “It helps the community and it helps me to be a better person.”

6. Florida boy carries two Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles on fishing trip: An 11-year-old boy in Florida decided to try magnet fishing with his grandfather in a canal and discovered two M82A1 Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles submerged under an overpass.

seven. Georgia police suggest reporting your bad ex for Valentine’s Day: Got an ex who did you wrong and you know he’s into something… less than legal? A Georgia police department has a suggestion: Give them a date they’ll never forget by reporting them.

8. Community rallies around Arizona girl scheduled for surgery for rare disease in Baltimore: “It’s amazing. It’s huge. I’m so grateful. I wouldn’t have a chance to do this on my own,” the 10-year-old’s mother said.

9. Meteorologist Goes Viral After Making Forecast Using American Sign Language: An Oklahoma meteorologist is making forecasting more accessible and inspiring the next generation of meteorologists along the way.

ten. An aunt gives her San Francisco nephew a birthday surprise in a limo in a heartwarming viral video: A California aunt said her nephew had never seen a limo in person. So she surprised him by picking him up from one of the school for this 10th anniversary. The heartwarming birthday surprise has gone viral.

Nita Fisher of Richmond surprised her nephew by showing up in a limo to his school on his birthday on January 27, 2022. (Nita Fisher)

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