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JoyBinge Ep. 21: WhataBinge

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Hi and welcome to JoyBinge, a podcast where we re-learn that good things are happening in the world and celebrate those good things because we are tired of only hearing about the bad crap. We are Kimmy and Sinow, bringing you some good news to celebrate! We are not journalists or professionals of any sort in the news industry. We just want to spread good news to you! Let’s binge on some joy!


Ugandan man becomes a lawyer to win family land back

  • Published by BBC News on April 3rd, doesn’t state who wrote the article

  • Jordan Kinyera grew up in Uganda and experienced his father losing the family land through a land dispute with neighbors

  • 23 years later and Kinyera never forgot this difficult event

  • In fact, it inspired him to become a lawyer and specialize in land disputes

  • On April 1st, Kinyera led his family to victory, winning their land back

  • While his father is 82 years old now and unable to work the land as he would have back in 1996 when it was originally taken away, Kinyera’s siblings are looking to work the land in his place

  • Kinyera told BBC News, “My dad was retired, so he didn’t have a lot of resources. He wasn’t earning at that time [during the two decades of legal battles for the land]. He was desperate and there is something dehumanising about being in a desperate situation and not being able to do something about it. That is what inspired me most.”

  • What Kinyera’s family faced is unfortunately common in Uganda: the article reports, “According to legal advocacy group Namati, they affect 33-50% of landholders.”

  • Now, Kinyera represents many people who have returned to their homes and subsequent land disputes after being displaced for years due to conflict

  • He told BBC News, “The issue is so widespread that an entire branch of the high court is just dedicated to land disputes.”

  • Thankfully Kinyera decided to use what happened to his family as inspiration to assist others who wrongfully experience the same loss. Turning a bad situation into motivation to help others is one of the best things to come out of such experiences.

Scientists invent 'transparent wood' in search for eco-friendly building material

  • Written by Nicola Davis, published by The Guardian on April 3rd

  • In the search for better materials to use in construction leads to great innovative materials being developed

  • Researchers with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a way of treating wood that is not only sturdy but stores energy and can transmit light.

  • Céline Montanari of the KTH RIT in Stockholm told Davis, “We prepared a material that is multifunctional - it can transmit light very well and also it can store heat. We combined these two functions in a single material.”

  • The article reports, “The researchers say the material could be used in the construction of energy-efficient homes, and that they hope to develop a biodegradable version to increase its eco-friendly credentials as an alternative to plastic, glass or even cement.”

  • Interestingly, a professor of materials and society at University College London, Mark Miodownik, told Davis, “We need construction materials to be carbon sinks and so they need to be recyclable and reusable, not biodegradable.”

  • The article reported that he went on to add, “that one possibility would be for the new type of timber to be recovered from buildings and used in new projects, similar to the way steel is used in ‘modular construction’.”

  • While working on materials that can store and release heat the way this wood can isn’t unusual these days, the research team says, “their approach is different because it uses a natural material that reduces the need for oil-based materials and related CO2 emissions.”

  • The article goes into detail about how they developed the transparent wood but I won’t go into that detail here so you can go read the article to learn more

  • One point I thought was interesting to point out is as quotes, “Crucially, polyethylene glycol also has another feature: when it is heated it absorbs energy and melts, but when temperatures fall it hardens, releasing energy in the process. The team say this property means their wood-based material, which goes from semi-transparent to transparent when warmed, could be used to make buildings more energy-efficient, with energy captured from the sun during the day released later into the interior.”

  • That means when the material is heated it is transparent but when it is cooled, it has a neat frosted look

  • The article has a picture showing an example of what the material looks like in both states so you can see

HOMESLICE of Scotland & Texas


British Airways Flight Bound for Germany Lands in Edinburgh by Mistake

  • Written by Jane Bradley, published by The Scotsman on March 25th

  • A flight landed in Edinburgh on March 25th when it was supposed to land in...Dusseldorf, Germany

  • The article reports, “Passengers were stunned when they were greeted with a "Welcome to Edinburgh" message after the British Airways flight touched down in the Scottish capital.”

  • One passenger, Sophia Cooke, apparently asked the crew if the mistake was a joke. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t

  • According to the article, “Passenger Son Tran wrote to British Airways on Twitter to voice his confusion. He said: "Can you please explain how can my morning flight taking off from LCY to Dusseldorf land in Edinburgh? While an interesting concept, I don’t think anyone on board has signed up for this mystery travel lottery..." He added: "This feels like an honest mistake rather than a diversion. The crew was convinced of the Edinburgh flight path from the get-go..."”

  • Thankfully they were allowed to go on to Dusseldorf after a couple of hours to make sure all the logistics were panned out

  • The article reports, “The error was believed to be due to a mix-up with flight paperwork, with the pilot believing all along that he was supposed to be flying to Edinburgh.”

  • And apparently the arrival of the plane was a “surprise” to the Edinburgh airport


Whataburger Sold Swag at the WhataGames and the Internet Freaked Out

  • Written by John Nova Lomax, published by TexasMonthly on April 3rd

  • Whataburger is a big deal in Texas

  • Apparently the company held the WhataGames at the convention center in Houston

  • The article reports, “Every two years, the WhataGames event pits the restaurant’s locations against one another in speed, accuracy, and efficiency. Cooks and cashiers (the infantry of the Whataburger army) compete in one division, while the unseen rear echelon personnel (support troops who fix and maintain the grills, ovens, and fryers) duke it out in another.”

  • This year, the gold medal for the restaurant division went to a location in Allen, north of Dallas, and each crew member won $5,000!

  • The article outlines some of the challenges the teams had to conquer, “The skills challenges were held in closed-down Whataburgers; fake customers placed the orders. Many of them were “that guy”—the one who wants his fries with no salt or his tomato diced instead of sliced or some-such. These customers offered the ultimate test, one only the orangest of the orange can pass.”

  • There were other mini games and fun events the participants could engage in but the biggest star of this show was the swag

  • One person who helped set up the event but is otherwise unaffiliated with Whataburger was able to buy some of this swag

  • His name is Mike Cruz and he told Lomax, “I bought nine pairs of shoes...And some other stuff. Like some hat pins and my backpack. That pack is so cool. I mean, supercool.”

  • He went on to say, “If there was any debate about In-N-Out versus Whataburger, I don’t have any now,” he said. “There is no way In-N-Out would ever have a weekend like this.”

  • The best news to come from this article: “A rumor was circulating on Reddit that the very popular slip-on sneakers were exclusive to this event. Once this lot was gone, they were never to be sold again. That’s not true, according to a Whataburger spokesperson. Every item in the store will be available in the online Whatastore “soon.” Varying by style, the shoes will range from $35 to $45. They won’t be a rarest-of-rare one-off collector’s item, but instead soon available to anyone with a debit card, online access, and the sort of outgoing personality that enables one to rock blinding orange shoes in public.”

Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them to me! I’ve got an email, or tweet at us @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL ME THE GOOD STUFF!


The music for this podcast is "Industrious Ferret" by Kevin MacLeod. Thanks for listening and have a great week!

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