On Complicated Drinks, And Being Kind to Baristas

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 2:14 PM After a viral Tweet last week in which a Starbucks barista shared an image of an over the top drink order that included "five bananas, heavy cream, extra caramel drizzle, extra caramel crunch, extra salted brown butter topping, frappucino chips, one pump of honey blend, seven pumps of dark caramel sauce, extra whipped cream and ice, all double blended," according to HuffPost, the Internet has been abuzz with conversation about whether or not ordering these complicated drinks is rude or not. HuffPost spoke to baristas to get their own opinions on these drinks, and how you can order one kindly. 

Read Your Way Through #AAPIHeritageMonth

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:42 PM May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and a great way to honor the month is to broaden your "to be read" list to include some award-winning and acclaimed books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. From fiction to memoirs to graphic novels and more, head over to Mental Floss for a great list of books you can check out from the library.

Do Celebrity Vaccine Endorsements Work?

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 1:18 PM As vaccines roll out across the U.S., many famous figures are rolling up their sleeves and smiling at the camera at the same time. Many hope that endorsements from trustworthy, popular figures will help encourage people from all walks of life to get vaccinated too, but, according to The New York Times, that might not be the case. Head over to The Times to learn more. 

COVID Anxiety Syndrome Rears Its Head

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:12 PM As more and more people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the U.S. begins to open back up, some people may be finding that things that were once "normal" are now filling them with dread. According to The Telegraph, professors at London South Bank University and Kingston University first identified the phenomenon, which is now being called COVID Anxiety Syndrome. Head over to The Telegraph to learn more, or read the publication's Twitter thread for a summary. 

#VMBrightSpots—Gilbert Eyecare

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Monday, May 3, 2021 1:01 PM This week, the team at Gilbert Eyecare in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, had a bright spot when little Wyatt came to pick up his first ever pair of glasses. 

Here Are 2021's Most Popular Baby Names

By Staff
Friday, April 30, 2021 1:24 PM Sometimes, a name can say a lot. Your name can reveal what generation you were born in, your parents' interests and hobbies, your family history and more. Last week, baby naming website Nameberry released a list of the most popular baby names, based on their users' searches, in 25 countries around the world. Head over to BuzzFeed for a glimpse into what the future might sound like. 

Here's How Your Vaccine Gets Made

By Staff
Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:08 AM We all know what vaccines are, and we've read plenty of explainers this year on how they work to keep us protected—but how are they made? Recently, The New York Times got a close, inside look at how Pfizer makes its COVID-19 vaccine; head over to The Times' website for this in-depth look that features stunning images and gifs, as well as first-hand experiences on what making a vaccine is like.

Celebrating International Guide Dog Day

By Staff
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:31 AM Yesterday was International Guide Dog Day, and people all around the world took to social media to celebrate guide dogs, their humans, and the people who care for and train them. Head over to the #InternationalGuideDog hashtag on Twitter to meet some of these very, very good dogs. 

Monday Night's Supermoon

By Staff
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:22 PM No need to worry if you slept through Monday night's pink supermoon—you can still relive the experience. Head over to Today for some of the most stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world.

#VMBrightSpots—Better Vision New Jersey

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Monday, April 26, 2021 1:29 PM Last week, the team at Better Vision New Jersey in Cranford and Westfield, N.J., had a bright spot when 91-year-old Josephine paid them a visit. Josephine has been seeing the Better Vision New Jersey team for many years now. 

What's in the Oscars' Goodie Bag?

By Staff
Friday, April 23, 2021 2:16 PM As if a nomination isn't enough, each year the 25 nominees for best actor, actress and director awards at the Oscars all take home a goodie bag, regardless if they win or not. This year, the bag is valued at $205,000, which is actually a drop of $20,000 from last year. So what's inside this absurdly expensive bag? Head over to Forbes to find out what the nominees get, and why the goodie bag tradition continues.

All Your Questions About Climate Change, Answered

By Staff
Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:31 PM Yesterday was Earth Day, which gave rise to conversations about climate change, the future of our planet and what we can do to protect it. Understanding climate change can lead to a lot of questions, like how do we know the change is caused by humans, what is actually going to happen, and what can we do about it? Yesterday, The New York Times attempted to answer all of those questions and more in an easy to understand format. Head over to The Times for a look.

Here's Why the Queen Has Two Birthdays

By Staff
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:44 PM Yesterday was Queen Elizabeth II's 95th birthday, but the monarch also has an "official" birthday each year, which is celebrated with a parade. The date of that "official" birthday even changes each year. As it turns out, this double birthday scenario has a long history within the British monarchy; the tradition was started by King George II in 1748. Head over to Mental Floss to learn more about this tradition. 

Get Up to Speed on the Super League

By Staff
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:37 PM Euopean soccer (or football, if you will) was rocked this week by the announcement of the formation of the Super League, a new league made up of some of the continent's biggest teams. But the backlash to this announcement was swift and serious, from FIFA banning anyone involved with the Super League to fans, players and coaches speaking out against club owners who they call greedy and selfish. Head over to The New York Times for a rundown of all the drama. You might not be able to look away. 

#VMBrightSpots—Eye Q Stylist Opticians

By Staff
Monday, April 19, 2021 10:45 AM The team at Eye Q Stylist Opticians in Barbados has a big bright spot to celebrate this month: their 10th anniversary in business.