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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

9 year old becomes youngest chess expert

Carissa Yip is not your typical chess expert.  While other children her age are playing video games, Carissa is dominating the chess game.  At 9 years old, she is already one of the best chess players in the world! 

How did she get so good?  Her father originally taught her and within a year she started beating him!  Then she took her skills outside the home, playing competitively at the MetroWest Chess Club and then the Wachusett Chess Club where she is currently the best player.  This December, she will play in the Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Carissa is said to be pretty intimidating when she plays.  She can even play without looking by calling out the moves and keeping track of the positions in her head!

The U.S. Chess Federation ranked her in the top 7% of all registered players, and the top 2% of female players.  Carissa's overall goal is to be the first female chess champion!

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57595858/carissa-yip-a-9-year-old-from-mass-becomes-youngest-u.s-chess-expert/

Published in Sports

On July 31st, burglars broke into the San Bernardio County Sexual Assault Services non-profit office.  They stole several desktop computers, monitors, and a laptop.  This can be devastating for any company to recover from, especially a non-profit.

Thankfully, the thieves had a heavy heart.  The very next day, the thieves returned all of the stolen goods. 

"All my stuff was in front of the door.  There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop - everything was there.", said Candy Stallings, the nonprofit's executive director.

When the police opened the laptop, they found a note inside which read, "We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless," said the note with many misspellings.

"This is the first time in my career I have seen the return of stolen items," said San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams.

Stallings made a copy of the note and plans to frame it!


And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Random Good News

Second Life Bikes helps out inner-city kids

Some of my best memories growing up were biking with my brother and friends in the neighborhood.  Not only is biking a fun activity that brings individuals together, but it is also a great form of exercise and a means of transportation.

Second Life Bikes is an organization in Rochester, NY founded in 1995, that dedicates its efforts to supplying inner-city kids with free bikes.  They accept bike donations, repair them if needed, and give them out!  They'll accept bikes in any condition, as sometimes they are used for parts.  Second Life Bikes is making a real positive impact on the Rochester community.

The Good World News team is looking forward to hearing more great things from Second Life Bikes!

For more information, check out their Facebook site and their Roc Wiki page.

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Sports

Anala Beevers is a 4 year old prodigy

Imagine hearing a child recite their ABC’s at just 4 months old, and also count in Spanish and English by 1 ½! 

4-year-old Anala Beevers never leaves her home without her map of America, which she can also recite every State and State Capital.  She was invited to join MENSA which is an international organization for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. 

Her parents understand they have a little Einstein on their hands and say that “she’s a handful, and she needs a reality show”!  

Nala aspires to be a nurse when she grows up, but I have a hunch that we will be hearing of a lot more remarkable things out of her before then.  Keep up the good work Nala!

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

 

 

Published in Random Good News

The quarterback for the University of Memphis Jacob Karam has showcased talents on the field, and has also taken time out of football to do some more important things in the local community.  On a recent volunteer trip to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, Jacob was helping kids with a scavenger hunt when he saw a piano and decided to do a small show for the kids. 

 

A brave eleven-year-old, Breanna Bercegeay is currently at the hospital fighting AML Leukemia, but that didn’t slow her down from belting out her amazing voice alongside of the quarterback.   The duo performed 10 songs together including Jessie J’s “Price tag”.  Here’s a beautiful video of the two together!

 

 

 

Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy
Published in Sports

Pit bull saves owner from burning home

A pit bull is being hailed as a hero after saving his owner from a house fire.  Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in her Long Island, NY home when she heard her dog, Cain, barking loudly.  When she ran downstairs, she saw that the house was on fire.  She immediately ran out of the house without injury thanks to Cain.

"He's definitely the town hero. He's a pit bull, too," Jackie said. "They have such bad reps, but he's such a good boy.”


And that's what's good,

Jon

 

References: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/04/18055161-pit-bull-saves-new-york-woman-from-burning-home?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=8

Published in Random Good News

Anthony “Joe the Barber” Cymerys started volunteering at homeless shelters in Hartford, Conn around 1988.  Around that time, he met a heroin addict who looked as though he needed a haircut, and Anthony decided to help him out.  Ever since then, he came up with an idea to give free haircuts to the homeless in the area. 

 

http://a.abcnews.com/images/US/ap_joe_barber_mi_130524_wg.jpg

 

25 years later, Anthony is still giving out free haircuts every Wednesday in the city park to those who need them.  The haircuts aren’t totally free though…Anthony requires that you give him a hug in return.  Anthony’s friends have also started to hand out food to the needy after they receive they haircuts.  Last year the city honored Anthony for his humanitarian work.  Thank you Anthony for all you do!

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

 

Jeremy

Published in Random Good News

It’s always interesting to see what professional athletes do with their lives after their careers have ended.  What happened to those players that had so much potential coming out of high school or college, but just didn’t pan out in the pros. 

 

Jonathan Bender had franchise player written all over him coming out of high school when he was drafted 5th overall in the 1999 NBA draft.  Like many athletes though, injuries derailed him from living up to his potential as an NBA player. 

 

Bender’s knees failed him as a player, but ever since he retired he has been making strides with a device meant to strengthen the knees.  He wanted to make a device that acted as an external hamstring which could exercise the hips, and quad without putting pressure on the knees.  When Bender would rehab his knees, he would often ask the trainers and Doctors on the staff many questions.  

 

“I watched and learned from what they did and what they said about things like injuries and muscle structure,” Bender said. “I soaked it all in.” 

 

Using the device he created, Bender strengthened his legs, and actually got another shot at the NBA!  He was picked up by the NY Knicks in 2010 and Knicks Doctors said at the time Bender had the strongest lower extremities on the team.  Jonathan Bender’s device is called the JB Intensive Trainer.  You can check out the device at http://jbintensive.com/.

 

http://www.jbintensive.com/product_images/uploaded_images/factsheet-3.jpg

The JB Intensive Trainer in action! - Image Credit: jbintensive.com

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

Published in Sports

Teenagers save kidnapped girl

When 5 year old Jocelyn Rojas went missing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, two teenage boys jumped on their bikes to help the police search for her. 

Less than a mile away, Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend spotted Jocelyn in a sedan.  The two teenagers began their pursuit of the car. 

  "Every time we'd go down the street, he'd turn back around, and then ... we'll follow him", Temar said.

The pursuit lasted 15 minutes.  When the driver couldn't evade the teenagers, he got nervous, and let Jocelyn out and sped away.

"He stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom," Temar said.

"He's our hero. There is just no words to say," Jocelyn's grandmother Tracey Clay said.

 

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And that's what's good,

Jon

 

References:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/15/justice/pennsylvania-teen-heroes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

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