This week’s comforting and offbeat titles

From a man winning $100,000 testing a lottery strategy he saw on TV to the compassionate rescue of a Tennessee soldier, there was no shortage of weird and intriguing stories this week. Here are some of our favorite heartwarming and quirky stories from June 25 to July 1 that helped make our days a little brighter:

1. Viral Burger King employee who has never missed a day of work in 27 years receives over $270,000 in donations: After Kevin Ford received a “goodie bag” for working 27 years at Burger King – never missing a day at work – his daughter didn’t think it was enough.

2. A man wins $100,000 by testing the lottery strategy he saw on TV: A South Carolina man had a lucrative idea for a TV show – and it made him $100,000.

The Powerball logo displayed on a phone screen and coins are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on June 14, 2022. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

3. New Taco Bell menu items include gigantic Cheez-It: After the success of the fast food company’s Doritos Locos Tacos, Taco Bell and Cheez-It are working together to create the restaurant’s latest menu item, and it involves a massive Cheez-It.

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4. Millions of bees on the loose after the overturning of a truck carrying 200 hives“Millions of bees are estimated to be free-roaming the region,” authorities posted on Facebook. “Local beekeepers are working to collect as many bees as possible.”

Photo of a truck carrying 200 hives overturned on the highway. (Credit: Park City Fire District)

5. WWII boat emerges from narrow Lake Mead: A sunken WWII boat is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona.

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LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NEVADA – JULY 01: A WWII Higgins landing craft that was nearly 200 feet underwater is revealed near the Lake Mead Marina as the waterline continues to drop on July 01, 2022 in the L (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

6. Arizona burn survivors successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak: After a six-day climb, eight burn survivors accompanied by support staff and Valleywise Health representatives successfully conquered Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

seven. Dog adopted by a Tennessee soldier who saved her from the extreme heat on the side of the highway: A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper stepped in to help the dog, which he later named Princess. It was the start of a special friendship.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Pumpy Tudors are pictured holding Princess, alongside an image of them on June 15, 2022. (Tennessee Highway Patrol)

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Pumpy Tudors are pictured holding Princess, alongside an image of them on June 15, 2022. (Tennessee Highway Patrol)

8. Arizona teenager in need of life-saving transplant; the community steps in to raise funds for expenses: A West Valley teenager needs a life-saving transplant, after doctors diagnosed her with end-stage kidney failure. Now the community is stepping in to help with the expenses.

9. From burn survivor to ‘superdog’: Taka’s journey inspires patients near and far: Taka was on the verge of death after a house fire, and now his beaming face inspires other burn survivors across the country.

Taka the “superdog” (Photo credit: Taka’s Journey)

ten. Boris Johnson’s pecs would be a ‘disgusting sight’, Putin says after G-7 leaders mocked him: Russian President Vladimir Putin says that unlike him, Western leaders abuse alcohol and do not play sports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is fishing in the remote region of Tuva in southern Siberia. The photo taken between August 1 and 3, 2017. (Photo by ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

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