20 Pieces Of Good News Everybody Missed In 2018

20 Pieces Of Good News Everybody Missed In 2018
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From child detention camps to dire warnings about climate change to Ariana breaking it off with Pete, 2018 has been full of depressing and disheartening news. But if you put on your heat-resistant gloves and sift through the burning dumpster that was this year, you can find more than a few nuggets of goodness to help round things out, including some pretty historic stuff. Here are 20 uplifting news stories you might have missed this year.

Be honest: How many of you didn't even know midterm elections were a thing until this year? A whole bunch, we're guessing, because 2018 marked the highest turnout for one since 1966, with more than 47 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot. Before you ask why we're getting hot and bothered over a turnout under 50 percent, we should remind you that a measly 37 percent bothered to vote in the 2014 midterms, which was down from 41 percent in 2010. Early voting also saw record numbers. We'll let you speculate on the reasons for this, but we can safely say that 2018 really, uh, trumped the last 50 years of turnout.

Not that long ago, it seemed like the main causes of death in the future would be "smoking too much" or "standing next to someone smoking too much." But that's not how it turned out. Cigarette smoking by Americans has reached an "unprecedented low," according to a November 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC (the "P" is silent). As in, it's the lowest it's been since the CDC started keeping track of this in 1965.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Only 14 percent of adults in the U.S. are putting death sticks in their mouths now, compared to 40 percent in the 1960s. In fact, the report says that "declines occurred in current use of any tobacco product," including using e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco like an old-timey baseball player. Researchers credit those pesky smoke-free policies and legislation, as well as the fact that this crap is getting more expensive. Maybe millennials are too broke to buy cigarettes? Or maybe not, since ...


20 Pieces Of Good News Everybody Missed In 2018

From child detention camps to dire warnings about climate change to Ariana breaking it off with Pete, 2018 has been full of depressing and disheartening news . But if you put on your heat-resistant gloves and sift through the burning dumpster that was this year, you can find more than a few nuggets of goodness to help round things out, including some pretty historic stuff. Here are 20 uplifting news stories you might have missed this year. Be honest: How many of you didn’t even know midterm elections were a thing until this year? A whole bunch, we’re guessing, because 2018 marked the highest turnout for one since 1966 , with more than 47 percent of eligible voters casting […]

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