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Many people dream of traveling the world and Graham Hughes has made those dreams come true.  By world, we mean the whole world - Graham visited all 201 countries in the world within 4 years!  To make things even more incredible, he did his entire adventure without a single flight! 



Guinness World Records has him down as visiting the most countries within a single year without flying.  At the end of his journey, he received the world record for the only individual to visit every single country without flying.

A few items helped him along the way.  First, he's from the UK, and his British passport allowed him access to all countries.  He set a budget for $100 a week.  He used CouchSurfing.org which allowed him to spend the night for free.  Graham always traveled very light.





'I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.', Graham says.

And that's what's good,

Jon

References:
Graham's website - http://www.theodysseyexpedition.com
MailOnline - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239087/Graham-Hughes-British-man-person-visit-201-countries-WITHOUT-using-plane.html


Full country list in order:

SOUTH AMERICA

1. Uruguay
2. Argentina
3. Paraguay
4. Bolivia
5. Chile
6. Peru
7. Ecuador
8. Colombia
9. Venezuela
10. Brazil
11. Guyana
12.Suriname

THE CARIBBEAN

13. Trinidad & Tobago
14. Grenada
15. St. Vincent & The Grenadines
16. Barbados
17. St. Lucia - Martinique**
18. Dominica
19. St. Kitts & Nevis
20. Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua: He visited palm fringed beaches in The Caribbean
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
British Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
21. Dominican Republic
22. Haiti
23. Jamaica

CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA

24 Mexico
25 Guatemala
26 El Salvador
27 Nicaragua
28 Honduras
29 Costa Rica
30 Panama
31 Belize
32 The United States of America
33 The Bahamas - The Conch Republic**
34 Cuba
35 Canada


EUROPE

36 Iceland - The Faroe Islands**
37 The Netherlands
38 Belgium
Cape Verde: He spent four days on a 'leaky fishing boat' getting to this Atlantic isle
39 France
40 England*
41 Wales*
42 Ireland
43 Northern Ireland*
44 Scotland*
45 Luxembourg
46 Germany
47 Denmark
48 Sweden
49 Norway
50 Finland
51 Estonia
52 Russia
53 Latvia
54 Lithuania
55 Belarus
56 Poland
57 The Czech Republic
58 Slovakia
59 Hungary
60 Romania
61 Moldova
62 Ukraine
63 Bulgaria
USA: He saw a space shuttle take off in America
64 Greece
65 Macedonia
66 Kosovo*
67 Montenegro
68 Serbia
69 Albania
70 Croatia
71 Bosnia & Herzegovina
72 Slovenia
73 Austria
74 Liechtenstein
75 Switzerland
76 Italy
77 Vatican City*
78 Malta
79 Tunisia (Africa)
80 San Marino
81 Monaco
82 Andorra
83 Spain
84 Portugal

AFRICA

85 Morocco
Estonia: Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, the most northern of the Baltic states
86 Western Sahara*
87 Mauritania
88 Senegal
89 Cape Verde
90 The Gambia
91 Guinea-Bissau
92 Mali
93 Guinea
94 Sierra Leone
95 Liberia
96 Côte D’Ivoire
97 Ghana
98 Togo
99 Benin
100 Burkina Faso
101 Niger
102 Nigeria
103 Cameroon
104 Chad
105 Central African Republic
106 Equatorial Guinea
107 Gabon
108 Saõ Tomé & Principé
109 Congo
110 Democratic Republic of Congo
Kenya: Masai Warrior in red standing near Acacia tree
111 Angola
112 Namibia
113 South Africa
114 Botswana
115 Lesotho
116 Swaziland
117 Mozambique
118 Zimbabwe
119 Malawi
120 Zambia
121 Tanzania
122 Comoros
123 Madagascar - Reunion**
124 Mauritius
125 Rwanda
126 Burundi
127 Uganda
128 Kenya
129 Ethiopia - Somaliland**
130 Somalia
131 Djibouti

MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA

132 Saudi Arabia
133 Egypt (Africa)
134 Sudan (Africa)
135 Jordan
136 Palestine*
137 Israel
138 Syria
139 Lebanon
140 Turkey
Iraqi Kurdistan**
141 Iraq
142 Cyprus (Europe)
Northern Cyprus**
143 Libya (Africa)
144 Algeria (Africa)
145 Georgia
146 Armenia
147 Azerbaijan
148 Kazakhstan
Karakalpakstan**
149 Uzbekistan
150 Kyrgyzstan
151 Tajikistan
152 Turkmenistan
Papua New Guinea: He danced with highlanders from Papua New Guinea
153 Afghanistan
154 Iran
155 Kuwait
156 Bahrain
157 Qatar
158 United Arab Emirates
159 Oman
160 Yemen
161 Eritrea (Africa)
162 Pakistan
163 India
164 Bangladesh
165 Bhutan
166 Nepal
Tibet**
167 China
168 Mongolia
169 South Korea
170 North Korea
171 Japan
172 Taiwan*
173 Vietnam
174 Cambodia
Borneo: He befriended orangutans in the jungle
175 Thailand
176 Laos
177 Burma
178 Malaysia
179 Singapore
180 Indonesia
181 Brunei
182 The Philippines
183 East Timor
West Papua**

OCEANIA

184 Papua New Guinea
185 Solomon Islands
186 Australia
New Caledonia**
187 Vanuatu
188 Fiji
Wallis & Futuna**
189 Tuvalu
190 Kiribati
191 Marshall Islands
192 Samoa
Hong Kong: He also saw some of the world's biggest and brightest cities
American Samoa**
193 Tonga
194 New Zealand
195 Nauru
Northern Mariana Islands**
Guam**
196 Micronesia
197 Palau
Hong Kong**
Macau**


THE FINAL FRONTIER

198 Sri Lanka
199 The Maldives
200 The Seychelles
201 South Sudan

* Not a member of the UN, but still counts towards The Odyssey 201.

** Dependency, Territory, Semi-Autonomous Region or Largely Unrecognised De-Facto State. Does not count towards The Odyssey 201.

(Source: Hughes' website The Odyssey Expedition)

Published in Lifestyle

Nurse saves man from train tracks

An unnamed nurse's quick thinking has saved a man's life in Brisbane, Australia.  Queensland Rail video footage captured the entire scene. 

The video shows the 56 year old man falling onto the tracks.  Queensland Rail employee Jill Lyten ran to the phone to stop the trains while the mystery nurse jumped on the tracks and saved the man.  Talk about a superhero!

Queensland rail released the footage in order to showcase the emergency buttons on the platforms and promote safety.

 



And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Random Good News

Rare solar eclipse visible in Australia

In just a couple hours, individuals in Northern Australia will witness a rare solar eclipse.  The next solar eclipse will occur in 2015.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun.  This causes a brief moment of darkness. 

Scientists are observing animals on land and under water to see how they will react to the brief "unexpected" darkness.  "This is a relatively short eclipse but we will still find even in a short space birds will fall asleep," said Dick Cijffers, an eclipse tourism operator.


The eclipse will occur at approximately 3:35 PM EST which equates to first thing in the morning in Australia.  More than 50,000 spectators are expected to watch the event in Queensland, Australia.  You can watch all of the live footage here:

http://www.space.com/18444-total-solar-eclipse-webcasts-2012.html


Nature has some beautiful surprises!  If you are in Australia, send us your pictures of the eclipse: info[at,]goodworldnews.org

Remember, don't look directly at the eclipse as it could damage your eyes.  Be safe and enjoy natures wonders :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

 

Published in Environment

Singer Kylie Minogue is a Charity Diva

Many of you know the Australian superstar because of her hit songs including "Locomotion" and "Can't get you out of my head".  Or maybe you know her because she is just awesome.  Kylie Minogue may as well be placed in the dictionary next to charity.  She has done so much to raise awareness for breast cancer, AIDS research through AmFAR, Children in Need, and more.

Kylie is a breast cancer survivor herself.  In 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she has received successful treatment to rid herself of the disease that affects so many.  Her charitable donations began well before her diagnosis.  After she publicly announced her diagnosis, cancer screenings in the UK went up a third.  "I know a lot of women went for screenings after my announcement," Kylie says, "and a lot of people came up to me and said I saved them. Of course I didn't - but it made them go and get checked."

In 2010, she joined forces with Robbie Williams, Elton John, and the Scissor Sisters to have a breast cancer charity concert.  She has truly become an inspiration and has helped many through difficult times.  There are definitely good people in the world and Kylie Minogue is one of them!

Thank you Kylie!  The Good World News team is jamming out to your music :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Entertainment

May 31, 2012 -- Should people at high risk of heart attack and strokeeat dark chocolate every day?

Maybe, according to a new study from Australia.

"Dark chocolate may be a pleasant and effective way of delivering important dietary components that can provide health benefits to the ever increasing numbers of people at increased risk of cardiovascular disease," says researcher Christopher M. Reid, PhD, professor of cardiovascular epidemiology and preventive medicine at Monash University in Australia.

Reid and his team constructed a mathematical model to predict the long-term health effects of eating dark chocolate daily in high-risk people. They did not study actual people eating actual chocolate.

The researchers also computed whether it would be cost-effective to spend money on a public education campaign about dark chocolate's benefits. They found it would be.

Several studies have found that dark chocolate, with its heart-healthy flavonols, can lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol.

However, Reid believes theirs is the first study to model the long-term effects of eating dark chocolate in reducing cardiovascular risk.

The study is published in the journal BMJ.

 

Chocolate to Prevent Heart Attacks

Reid's team first looked at the treatment effects linked with dark chocolate by evaluating studies already published.

They computed the number of heart attacks and strokes that would occur with and without the dark chocolate.

They also looked at 2,013 people from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle study. All had metabolic syndrome but none had diagnosed heart diseaseor diabetes at the start.

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is diagnosed when three or more of the following factors are present: high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high blood sugar, or a large waist size.

Reid's team looked at costs associated with the heart and stroke problems.

They used these cost figures to determine how much money could be spent each year to educate high-risk people about dark chocolate and still be cost-effective.

Their study looked longer-term than most, 10 years, Reid says.

Dark Chocolate to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke

First, the researchers plugged in the best-case scenario: 100% of the people eating the recommended 100 grams of dark chocolate (3.5 ounces, or about two bars) a day for 10 years.

This would prevent 70 nonfatal and 15 fatal heart attacks and strokes per 10,000 people over 10 years, according to the study model.

With an 80% adherence rate, there would be 55 fewer nonfatal and 10 fewer fatal heart attacks and strokes per 10,000 people over 10 years.

The estimates may be low, Reid says.

They found that it would be cost-effective to spend $42 per person per year on education.

The education might include advertising, educational campaigns, or subsidies to pay for the chocolate, Reid says.

Other Experts Not Convinced

The new model drew mixed reactions from U.S. chocolate researchers.

"It's over-assuming the benefits," says Eric Ding, PhD, nutritionist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School. He reviewed the findings.

"They are basing their estimates on heart disease intermediate risk factors (blood pressure and cholesterol) and not on actual heart disease events, like heart attacks," Ding tells WebMD.

The researchers are ignoring some downsides, he says. "They are ignoring the dangers of too many calories and too much fat and sugar from the chocolate bar," he says.

Those at risk of heart attack and stroke should first focus on lifestyle, Ding says. That includes weight loss if needed, exercising regularly, and not smoking.

Joe Vinson, PhD, professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton and a long-time chocolate researcher, likes the study, even though it has limitations.

"It's all theoretical based on statistics," he says. Even so, he says, "It's wonderful news again on the health effects of dark chocolate for people who have a little higher risk [of heart problems] than the normal person."

With their doctor's approval, people at risk of heart attacks or strokes could eat a bit of dark chocolate daily and monitor their weight and blood pressure, Vinson suggests.

He recommends eating less than 100 grams used in the model. He suggests about 40 grams, or about one chocolate bar, daily.

Reid suggests that the chocolate should be dark and at least 60%-70% cocoa.

The research was supported by an Australian Research Council grant with Sanofi-Aventis Australia.

 

 

Doheny, Kathleen. "Will Dark Chocolate a Day Keep the Doctor Away?". WebMD Health News. 31 May 2012. Web. 

View original article at webmd.com:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20120531/will-dark-chocolate-day-keep-doctor-away

Published in Health

SYDNEY, Australia -- Dr Allan Stewart, a 97-year-old retired Australian dentist, just received his masters degree in clinical science from Southern Cross University- setting the new world record for Oldest graduate, according to the World Records Academy: www.worldrecordsacademy.org/
  
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the oldest existing, and continually operating educational institution in the world, set by the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco.

  This is his fourth degree after completing dentistry in 1936. He went back to school in his 80s to keep himself mentally active. 
  
  Dr Allan Stewart, born on March 7, 1915, is already the holder of the Guinness World Records title for being the oldest graduate after completing a law degree in 2006 at the age of 91.

  Mr Stewart says much has changed over the years, not least of all, the technology. 

 "I realised I had to be reasonably literate with the computer," he said. 

 "I was more or less self-taught but with experience I was able to handle that and I found that was the only way to do a university degree at my age." 

  The graduate has also noticed a distinct difference in the apparel of the students. 

  "We had to wear very conservative clothing in those days," he said. "Up here university students are mostly in holiday gear, or at least smart-casual."

  Mr Stewart lives independently and also acts as a carer for a friend. He says he thinks about each day and what he wants to achieve and says that gives him focus and purpose. 

  When Mr Stewart is not studying he is assisting in the local community technology centre, walking, gardening, fishing and, up until last year, was playing golf.

  Mr Stewart, who was born in 1915, has six children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchilden. He worked as a dentist and earned his second degree in dental surgery.

  'I think I can hang up my mortar board and academic robes after this one - although I said that after my last degree and then I got bored,' said Dr Stewart, from Port Stephens, north of Sydney, ahead of his graduation ceremony. 

  "There's a lot of surprise but I think the fact that I've done what I've done has been an encouragement to a lot of people, particularly older people and say baby boomers to do the same," he said.

  Mr Stewart said people were never too old to study. 

  "It is never too late to expand your mind, make new friends and challenge yourself to achieve something worthwhile." 

 

 

 

"Oldest graduate: Dr Allan Stewart sets world record". World Records Academy. 4 May 2012. Web. 

View original article at worldrecordsacademy.org:

http://www.worldrecordsacademy.org/society/oldest_graduate_Dr_Allan_Stewart_sets_world_record_112861.html

 

Published in Random Good News

 

Coronacollina acula may also help us recognise life elsewhere in the universe

 

 

At between 550 and 560 million years old, an animal discovered in South Australia recently is the oldest with a skeleton ever found.

The organism, called Coronacollina acula, was found by a team from the University of California. 

The finding provides insight into the evolution of life – particularly, early life – on the planet, why animals go extinct, and how organisms respond to environmental changes. 

 
Rock on: These are the best Coronacollina specimens showing the main body with articulated spicules

Rock on: These are the best Coronacollina specimens showing the main body with articulated spicules

The discovery also can help scientists recognise life elsewhere in the universe.

Coronacollina acula lived on the seafloor. It was shaped like a thimble with at least four 20 to 40-centimetre-long spikes called ’spicules’ attached. These probably held the creature up.

 

The researchers believe it ingested food in the same manner a sponge does, and that it was incapable of moving around. How it reproduced remains a mystery.

 
How Coronacollina would have appeared in life: It remained in place on the sea floor and may have used its spicules as support struts

How Coronacollina would have appeared in life: It remained in place on the sea floor and may have used its spicules as support struts

Its age places it in the Ediacaran period, before the explosion of life and diversification of organisms took place on Earth in the Cambrian, 488 to 542 million years ago.

‘Up until the Cambrian, it was understood that animals were soft bodied and had no hard parts,’ said Mary Droser, lead researcher and a professor of geology at the University of California.

‘But we now have an organism with individual skeletal body parts that appears before the Cambrian. It is therefore the oldest animal with hard parts, and it has a number of them - they would have been structural supports - essentially holding it up. This is a major innovation for animals.’

Coronacollina acula is seen in the fossils as a depression measuring a few millimetres to two centimetres deep. But because rocks compact over time, the organism could have been bigger – three to five centimetres tall. Notably, it is constructed in the same way that Cambrian sponges were constructed.

‘It therefore provides a link between the two time intervals,’ Droser said. ‘We're calling it the “harbinger of Cambrian constructional morphology”, which is to say it's a precursor of organisms seen in the Cambrian. This is tremendously exciting because it is the first appearance of one of the major novelties of animal evolution.’

According to Droser, the appearance of Coronacollina acula signals that the initiation of skeletons was not as sudden in the Cambrian as was thought, and that Ediacaran animals like it are part of the evolutionary lineage of animals as we know them.

‘The fate of the earliest Ediacaran animals has been a subject of debate, with many suggesting that they all went extinct just before the Cambrian,’ she said. ‘Our discovery shows that they did not.’

Results of the study appeared online recently in Geology.

 

 

 

Thornhill, Ted. "Oldest animal with a skeleton discovered: It's 560 million years old and provides a crucial insight into the evolution of life" ecorazzi.com. 9 March. 2012. Web. 

 

View original article at dailymail.co.uk:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2112532/Coronacollina-acula-Oldest-animal-skeleton-discovered.html?ITO=1490

 

 

 

Published in Science
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