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For Real? No Pants, a Marathon Mistake, & a Tumbleweed Tornado

This Story’s Got Legs!

If you’ve been spending a lot more time in your pajamas during lockdown, you may have some sympathy for Will Reeve. Mr. Reeve works as a reporter for the TV show Good Morning America. He appeared on the show on Tuesday wearing a shirt and a suit coat – but no pants.

Mr. Reeve is working from home and had to set up his own camera. For much of his time on the air, his lower half was covered by words at the bottom of the screen. But when the camera shot changed suddenly, it became clear that Mr. Reeve’s legs were bare. He appeared to be in his underwear.

In this Twitter post, Mr. Reeve responds to an image of him on the air without pants.

Mr. Reeve was able to laugh about it, but he did find it embarrassing. He says he was wearing athletic shorts because he planned to work out when the video call was done.

Running Strog in Boston

Like most other recent sports events, this year’s Boston Marathon was delayed. But Lindsay Devers, a nurse who works at the Massachusetts General Hospital, had trained for months and wanted to run a marathon anyway.

She planned a special running path designed to spell out “BOSTON STRONG” when the path appeared on a map. That’s a phrase that was used to offer hope after a bomb was set off at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Ms. Devers thought the message would give people hope during the coronavirus, too.

Early in the morning on April 20, she set out on her 26.2 mile (42 kilometer) run. It was only after she finished her run and looked at the map that she realized she’d made a mistake. She’d missed the letter “N”, and instead spelled “BOSTON STROG”.

Map with route marked in red reading "BOSTON STROG".
Lindsay Devers planned a special running path designed to spell out “BOSTON STRONG”. After she finished her run and looked at the map, she realized she’d left out the letter “N”.
(Source: Screenshot, Lindsay Devers, via Strava.)

Still, Ms. Devers has an upbeat attitude about the mistake. “I think a lot of people are inspired by it. And a lot of people have had some really good laughs, so I think it’s a great comic relief in this stressful period.”

Ms. Devers still plans to run in the real Boston Marathon, which is now planned for September.

Reporter Catches Tumbleweed “Tornado” on Video

Matt McKnight is a reporter for a news site called Crosscut. He was driving through Benton County in Washington state on Thursday when he saw an unusual scene – tumbleweeds bouncing on the road, being swept along by the wind.

Tumbleweeds are bushy plants that grow over a yard (1 meter) high. When they’re grown, they break off at the base. The plant spreads its seeds as it’s blown along by the wind over open ground.

Mr. McKnight pulled to the side of the road. Soon the bouncing tumbleweeds got caught up in strong winds blowing in a circle. Mr. McKnight filmed the event, which he posted online, calling it a “Tumbleweed Tornado”.

Matt McKnight filmed this tumbleweed “tornado” in Washington state.
(Source: Matt McKnight (@mattmillsphoto), Crosscut, via Twitter.)

Though it wasn’t an actual tornado, the huge swirling mass of tumbleweeds in the air looks a lot like a tornado. Mr. McKnight said the scariest part was “actually driving out of the pile [of tumbleweed] that had surrounded me.”



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