Welcome once again to the Mood Elevator. Here are some stories to brighten up your Monday morning.
There's a lad in Devon, in the UK, with severe autism. He's 14, and he's only ever drunk from the same cup; a blue plastic one, like you give a toddler (I'm not being mean; I'm just describing the kind of cup). Trouble is, no-one makes that exact cup anymore, and no substitute will do. So when it broke, he wouldn't drink from anything else, but a plea from his dad on Twitter caught the ears of the manufacturers, who dug out an original mould from their factory in China and are now starting a run of 500 cups, which should supply Ben for a lifetime. As ever, check the show notes or go to moodelevator.org for a link to this story.
In Washington, a dad who fell off his roof hanging Christmas lights last week got more than a trip to the hospital when he called the emergency services. The firefighters who came to rescue him decided that Erik was doing important work before his fall, and that work needed to be finished, so they clambered onto the roof and, as a team, worked to string up the family's Christmas lights.
I read a book recently that contained the results of a study proving Birmingham to be the least charitable place in the UK. It kinda stuck in my craw seeing as it's where I live, but there's a couple who've done some pretty big to tip the scales in my city's favour. They were saving up for a new house, but instead have used that money... to buy a house. But not for them; for asylum seekers. No strings; that's it. New arrivals from places less fortunate are set to move in by Christmas. Hats off to Matthew and Steph; top Brummies.
Now, I don't blame you if that one felt a little too sickly sweet. So here's a bit of mischief to wash it down. There's a gay man in New York who's a dead ringer for Mike Pence. And of course, I mention he's gay because Trump's running mate is very much... well, not a fan. Glen, the doppelgänger in question told the Huffington Post that he'd been pretty depressed after the Trump win, and wanted to put his striking resemblance to good use. So, he's walking around the streets of New York in hot pants, collecting money for LGBTQ causes and raising awareness... and eyebrows. And if you think you're the first to come up with the "hot Pence" line, sorry, the HuffPo beat us all to it.
And finally from mischief to something a mite more whimsical, but also via the Huff. I don't quite know how to say this, other than... some people are building tiny shops for mice which you can see if you look down to the pavement. Think mouse holes, but with more commerce. A teeny-tiny bakery and an itty-bitty cheese-and-cracker shop have been fashioned in exquisite detail to brighten up the streets of Malmö. You can follow anonymouse_mmx on Instagram to keep up with the story, as it looks like there's more to come.
And just like that, it's all over, but I shall be back with you again, all being well this Thursday. If you'd like to get in touch or just help spread the word, you can find the show on Twitter @elevatorpod. Now get out of here, and go and kick Monday up the arse.