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The Hershey Bears collected over 34,000 teddy bears for charity. Photo provided by @TheHersheyBears on Twitter.

Fun News Friday: Teddy bears are donated to charity; new cave discovered in Canada

Whether you’re feeling stressed about finals or have a case of the winter blues, the solution is here. Raise your spirits and relax by reading these fun news stories:

Smart Shopping

A man went thrift shopping and ended up finding the deal of a lifetime.

“While thrifting, Henk Laarmans bought a painting for $85. He later decided to have the painting inspected by an expert and brought it to Tussen Kunst and Kitsch in the Netherlands.

“The painting was identified as Johan Aarts’A Sunny Day in the Dunes.” Styled in pointillism fashion, the appraiser told Laarmans that the piece could be valuable to some art collectors.

The painting sold for $34,025 in an auction on Monday. The winning bid was by an anonymous Dutch art collector.

Teddy Bear Toss

Every year the Hershey Bears, an American Hockey League team, asks fans to bring stuffed teddy bears to their game. These toys are tossed onto the ice after the Hershey Bears score their first goal, and then are donated to local charities.

This year, the Hershey Bears were donating the stuffed animals to 30 charities in the surrounding area. The fans helped set a new world record by throwing the most bears on the ice in the tradition’s history.

Fans threw more than 34,000 stuffed bears onto the ice. All of these teddy bears are now on route to local charities, and contribute to the running count of 164,903 bears being donated since 2009.

Canadian Cave

A new cave that was discovered earlier this year in Canada is now thought to have never been seen by the human eye before.

The cave was spotted back in April during a helicopter flyover in the western Canada region. The large, vertical cave has an underground river flowing through it, making it a bit difficult to pinpoint the cave’s exact depth. When one is looking down into the cave, their line of sight is around 600 feet.

The cave is thought to have never been discovered due to it being covered by ice year round. Climate change may have caused the ice to melt, finally exposing the cave to the outside world. The cave’s shaft may have also been carved out due to melting glaciers in the region.

The official location of the cave is not disclosed in order to prepare the site for further investigations in 2020. Previously, when a group tried to descend into the cave, they were stopped by the underground river.

There is currently no name for the cave, as officials are consulting local groups.


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