Lennon’s Thanksgiving Concert Appearance

by Kevin Burton    On Thanksgiving night 1974, two of England’s best musical exports, John Lennon and Elton John appeared together in concert.    The appearance was Lennon paying off a bet of sorts.     His song “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” had just reached the top of the US Hot 100, something Lennon was …

Hotel Ejects Blind Woman Over Guide Dog

by Kevin Burton     If I ever go back to London, I know where I am not staying.    The Premier Inn in North London ejected a blind woman, her partner and her guide dog, saying the woman “didn’t look blind,” according to published reports.       My information comes from reporter Jessica Frank-Keyes, writing …

Don’t Be A Dunce, Learn This Trivia

by Kevin Burton    Read into this what you will, but the American election day today, coincides with National Dunce Day.    That’s from the mouth of the National Day Calendar to your ears, through me, a humble reporter.    “National Dunce Day is celebrated on Nov. 8 each year. The day commemorates the death …

Sister Cities Make The Most Of Boring Names

by Kevin Burton    My first editor used to say there are no boring towns, only boring people. I am with him on that.    I always smiled at the thought of his then kindergarten-age daughter repeating that at school and getting into trouble. No idea if that ever happened.    When my wife was …

Baby Boy’s Vision Saved Thanks To TikTok

by Kevin Burton     Sometimes we get tired of being beat up by the news and decide to go up-beat.    Today we present a second straight day of positive news from the Good News Network. In our first story, a young boy will be blessed to grow up with normal vision thanks to a …

Corneas Made From Pigskin Restore Vision

by Kevin Burton    Fourteen blind people had vision restored after receiving cornea implants made from pigskin, according to published reports.    Three of those people had perfect vision after undergoing a new surgical technique developed by Swedish researchers, wrote Sarah Kuta in Smithsonian Magazine.    The cornea is the clear outer layer that protects …

Belgian Pigs Get Their Groove On

by Kevin Burton    Animal lovers, music lovers, rejoice and unite!    Scientists in Belgium are investigating a farmer’s claim that different styles of music affect the behavior of his pigs.    “Piet Paesmans first noticed the phenomenon when his son started singing a tune in the barn during a sluggish insemination session his sows …

Cereal, Court Cases And Sweet Memories

by Kevin Burton Kellogg’s and other makers of sugary breakfast cereals will be restricted in how they market those products in the United Kingdom starting this October, according to the BBC. The Royal Courts of Justice last week ruled in favor of the government in a lawsuit filed by Kellogg’s. The American food giant had …

Can’t Stop Dancing? Read This Cautionary Tale

by Kevin Burton    You say the YMCA dance made you sick in the 70s? The Bump?  That Saturday Night Fever pointing dance?    But did anybody ever die from it?    From reporter Rosalind Jana on the BBC, comes the story of a dance craze that was truly crazy.    In Strasbourg, France, in …