It wasn’t all bad
A self-taught astronomer has just won the cosmic lottery. Argentine locksmith Victor Buso, 58, was photographing the stars from his Rosario rooftop when he witnessed what no scientist had ever seen before: the birth of a supernova. Until then, the burst of light that shines before a star explodes had only been observed in computer models. The sighting was many years in the making for Buso, who began building telescopes out of tin cans, Play-Doh, and magnifying glasses as early as age 11. “In many moments you search and ask yourself, why do I do this?” says Buso. It “all clicked” that night, he says.
When a frozen river left a crew of American sailors stranded in Montreal, they decided to use their accidental holiday to do some good. The USS Little Rock was heading home when a cold snap filled the St. Lawrence River with giant chunks of ice. Instead of putting their feet up, the crew served dinner at a local homeless shelter. “Sometimes, you feel like you need a small army to get this done,” says shelter coordinator Nancy Dossous. “Which is great, because we have the Navy today.”
Don’t mess with John Nixon. The 88-year-old former British commando and widower has been hailed as a hero after fighting off a gang of five knife-wielding robbers in London. Nixon spotted the thugs trying to steal a young woman’s purse and immediately sprang into action: He said he rendered one assailant “semiconscious” with a swift karate chop to the neck before taking down the four others. The young woman fled to safety, and Nixon miraculously walked away with only minor injuries. “Kids this age are full of bravado, you see, they weren’t expecting a surprise,” says the Korean War veteran. “Fear is not in my dictionary.”
Illustration by Fred Harper. Cover photos from AP, NASA, AP