Happy Weekend to All! Here is this week’s good news installment!
Inmates Baby-sit Tot Found Alone on Highway
A prison work crew kept a toddler safe after the child was found wandering on a Maryland highway.
The six inmates shared their lunches with the boy and played with him.
A dump truck driver saw the toddler early Friday. The trucker handed the boy to the litter-picking crew for safekeeping.
Troopers eventually found the boy’s home. The father told police the child was being watched by a teenage daughter, who later left without notice. Authorities are investigating.
Shipping Containers Converted into Homes
A Salt Lake City-based company has a new kind of home to market.
There are thousands of shipping containers no longer being used but still in excellent shape lying around ports and railroads yards all over the country that could be turned into quality housing.
Shipping containers can withstand a lot of force. The average shipping container is rated to carry 67,000 pounds, and can withstand eight other fully-loaded shipping containers resting on top of it. The floor of many shipping container is made out of exotic hardwoods that can be sanded and polished.
The thought of living in a big rectangular box may not seem all that appealing, but a shipping container home typically isn’t just one long room. Designs call for the walls to be cut out and then several containers are welded together for larger rooms. As long as the welds are good and the containers remain tightly sealed these can be viable homes.
A welded shipping container home takes about two months to complete.
Taiwan Warns Drivers: Butterfly Crossing Ahead
Taiwan has shut a highway lane to traffic, lowered the speed limit and put up nets to help a butterfly species cross the road.
Thousands of milkweed butterflies fly over a section of freeway in central Taiwan as they move northwards to breed.
Before the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau took protective measures in 2007, many butterflies were hit on the highways.
More than 10,000 butterflies will fly high. The roadkill rate of butterflies has fallen to 0.3 percent last year from 3 percent since the highway department action.
The conservation project has cost $83,000 since 2007.
The protective measures include a driving speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour. Trees have also been planted along the side of highway to provide a longer-term, natural net.