Bob Ross's 'Happy Little Trees' Program Will Help Prisoners Plant 1000 Trees

Bob Ross Inc., YouTube
Bob Ross Inc., YouTube

Bob Ross, who rose to fame as the irrepressibly upbeat painter of landscapes on the public television series The Joy of Painting, passed away in 1995. But his fondness for "happy little trees" lives on. Bob Ross Inc. has partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to place 1000 trees in the state.

According to the Detroit Free Press, a 13-year-old program that allows inmates to grow trees so they can be planted in state parks will now be endorsed by the Ross brand, with signs proclaiming "Happy Little Trees Ahead" and featuring a likeness of the artist.

Though the signs will appear in just a handful of the state parks, 21 areas are due to receive the trees. Approximately 30 to 40 prisoners from the Ionia, Muskegon, and Jackson correctional facilities will grow the trees—including white cedar, paper birch, sugar maple, and black cherry—and then pass them off to be planted in the parks beginning in May. Volunteers who assist in the planting will receive a Happy Little Trees t-shirt.

Based in Herndon, Virginia, Bob Ross Inc. handles the licensing agreements for the Ross brand, including a recent Funko Pop! of the painter that's become one of the most popular items bearing his name.

[h/t Detroit Free Press]

Amazon Customers Are Swearing by a $102 Mattress

Linenspa
Linenspa

Before you go out and spend hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on a new mattress, you may want to turn to Amazon. According to Esquire, one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market isn’t from Tempur-Pedic, Casper, or IKEA. It’s a budget mattress you can buy on Amazon for as little as $102.

Linenspa's 8-inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress has more than 24,000 customer reviews on Amazon, and 72 percent of those buyers gave it five stars. The springs are topped by memory foam and a quilted top layer that make it, according to one customer, a “happy medium of both firm and plush.”

Linenspa

Perhaps because of its cheap price point, many people write that they first purchased it for their children or their guest room, only to find that it far exceeded their comfort expectations. One reviewer who bought it for a guest room wrote that “it is honestly more comfortable than the expensive mattress we bought for our room.” Pretty impressive for a bed that costs less than some sheet sets.

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and happiness, so do yourself a favor and make sure your snooze is as comfortable as possible.

The mattress starts at $102 for a twin and goes up to $200 for a king. Check it out on Amazon.

[h/t Esquire]

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Joshua Tree National Park Closes Two Campgrounds Due to ‘Aggressive’ Honey Bees

Dietmar Rabich, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 4.0
Dietmar Rabich, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 4.0

Just a few months after closing the entire park due to the COVID-19 crisis, Joshua Tree National Park is shutting down two of its campgrounds. This time, aggressive bee activity is the culprit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Aggressive honey bees (not to be confused with the murder hornets that made headlines in May) have invaded the Jumbo Rocks and Cottonwood campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park. The insects were spotted swarming vehicles and campsites, putting visitors in harm's way.

Joshua Tree superintendent David Smith told the Los Angeles Times that the bees are "standard honey bees" and a natural part of the desert ecosystem. While seeing a few at a time is normal, they can be dangerous in large numbers—especially when they're thirsty. Parched honey bees will look for water anywhere they can find it, including trash bags, picnic tables, and vehicle air conditioning condensers. By clearing the affected areas of campers for a while, park officials hope the honey bees will find moisture from a safer, natural water source.

According to Joshua Tree's National Park Service page, the Jumbo Rocks campground will remain closed through July 23. The Cottonwood area is also temporarily closed, but the staff is working to get it open as quickly as possible, with no reopening date set yet. The closures mean camping at Joshua Tree will be even more difficult for visitors this summer. Through September 4, all campsites there are first come, first served.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]