The GOOD 100: Big Brands Bet on Electric

Leading the Charge A fleet of electric vehicles may seem like a remote reality right now, but if the corporate world is...

Leading the Charge

A fleet of electric vehicles may seem like a remote reality right now, but if the corporate world is betting right, it is closer than we think. Besides the various car companies now falling over themselves to get electric cars into the market, other major American corporations are starting to get ready for a world in which people need to fill up their ride with a plug and not a pump.

Best Buy is starting its foray into electric-vehicle retail by offering an electric motorcycle called the Enertia. It can go 55 miles per hour, and costs less than one cent per mile to run. The price tag-$12,000-is hefty, but the idea of all-electric vehicles being sold at one of the nation's largest big-box stores is a good omen for the gradual acceptance of electricity as the new fuel.

McDonald's is also getting into the action, with free charging stations at some of its locations. Sure, most of those locations are in Sweden, to help the company comply with E.U. regulations (and because people actually drive electric cars in Sweden), but the fast food chain also debuted an experimental LEED-certified outpost in North Carolina this July, which includes two such stations. It shows both that McDonald's is willing to adapt and that if there is a need from consumers, our corporations won't turn down a chance to monetize it, even if the initial investment is high.


Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.

It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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Since the mid '90s the phrase "God Forgives, Brothers Don't" has been part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's football team's lexicon.

Over the past few years, the team has taken the field flying a black skull-and-crossbones flag with an acronym for the phrase, "GFBD" on the skull's upper lip. Supporters of the team also use it on social media as #GFBD.

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