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A super-rare ‘blue moon’ will illuminate our night skies this Halloween

This year, as we enjoy Halloween with our immediate loved ones, we’ll also be treated to a stunning sight – a brilliant blue moon.

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(TMU) – When we think about Halloween, we often conjure up a number of visions ranging from witches’ cauldrons brimming over with mist, flickering jack-o’-lanterns, and black cats looking spookier than they would on every other day of the year.

But this year, as we enjoy Halloween with our immediate loved ones, we’ll also be treated to a stunning sight that is far less common: a brilliant blue moon that will make its appearance on October 31, 2020.

The Halloween blue moon will be the first blue moon since March 31, 2018, and is also going to be the last blue moon to occur on Halloween until the year 2039.

Just to clear up any confusion, a “blue moon” doesn’t necessarily mean that the moon takes on an alluring azure tones or bewitching indigo shades – they actually shine just the same as any other full moon. Instead, the phenomenon occurs when there are two full moons within the span of only one month.

So while the blood moon and super moon are phenomena which change the appearance of the moon, this blue moon simply means that we’ll be treated to two full moons in the month of October – once on the first day of the month and once on the last – which is still pretty cool no matter how you frame it.

What this also means is that this year, we will actually be presented with 13 full moons rather than the typical 12 that occur in the calendar year. In fact, blue moons got their names from an old English term meaning “betrayer” – precisely because the moon seems to mess with and confuse our calendars.

And while the number 13 might seem like bad luck – especially when paired with our year, 2020 – we can assure readers that there is no danger of supernatural occurrences coming about thanks to the blue moon.

However, if you are prone to believing in superstition, there are a number of old wives’ tales about the blue moon that may entice (or alarm) you, including the following:

  • Looking at the blue moon will make girls pregnant.
  • Picking flowers under the blue moon will bring abundance.
  • Turning you bed over can mean increased fertility under a blue moon.
  • Looking at a blue moon through any kind of glass, whether it’s a beer mug or glasses, will lead to 30 days of bad luck.
  • Sleeping with the blue moon on your face will drive you insane.

While we can’t vouch for any of the above explanations, we can assure you that the world is likely to keep turning during and after Oct. 31, 2020, although who knows? This being such a bizarre year, we may be in for some surprises.

So while many of us won’t be off trick-or-treating with the kids, or attending wild costume parties and Halloween parades like we may have in the past during the pre-COVID era, we will at least be able to indulge in a gorgeous full moon that will be illuminating our streets and backyards. What’s not to love about that?

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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