Amidst This Turbulent Year, A Wisconsin Farmer Planted 2 Million Sunflowers To Cheer Us All Up

The COVID-19 pandemic cast a long shadow over what would normally be the carefree summer months. Health restrictions and travel bans forced many people to cancel vacations and scale back large get-togethers.

It seems as though there hasn’t been much to smile about lately, so one Wisconsin farmer decided to plant a field of happiness on his farm. In fact, he filled some of his fields with 2 million sunflowers!

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Scott Thompson typically offers customers at his for-profit family farm, Thompson Strawberry Farms, the chance to pick their own strawberries in the summer as well as raspberries and pumpkins in the fall, according to CNN.

But this year, when the pandemic hit, Thompson and his wife wanted to find a way to make their customers happy, while also adhering to safety guidelines.

Putting their heads together, the couple ultimately decided to plant sunflowers — over 2 million of them — which could be safely picked by customers across 22 acres and more than 15 fields, the outlet reported.

“We just did it … and we just kept building,” Thompson told CNN. “As the season went on, the pandemic never went anywhere … and we thought people might be looking for something to do.”

“And what a great way to social distance and … smile, basically,” he added.

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Thompson ended up with more than 22 acres of flowers, seven of which haven’t even bloomed yet. It makes for over 2 million blooms of sunshine. The flowers are planted in more than 15 fields to provide room to social distance and spread out.

“One of the things that’s so cool about this is everyone is so happy,” Thompson said.

“We get all these comments on Facebook, or if I’m out in the field, everybody is like, ‘Thanks for doing this,’ (and) ‘This is what I needed.’ People are so happy to be out there and have a place to go.”

Word of their sunshine oasis has spread mostly through word of mouth as people come to enjoy a small break from reality. Thompson said that one woman came from Chicago to get away from the protests and gloom.

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In addition to sunflowers, Thompson also planted a field of zinnias, a field of wildflowers, and Mexican sunflowers that are known for attracting butterflies.

Thompson said the response definitely means the sunflowers will be a regular thing at the farm, even without a pandemic.

“I’m just glad we get to have a business people are happy to come

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Now, visitors can head to the flower fields to pick their own blooms. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day through September, visitors can stop by and pay $25 per car (up to six people) to pick a dozen flowers (either sunflowers or zinnias.)

While visiting, you must also snap some photos so you’ll always remember your time spent in a field full of sunshine.

“I’m just glad we get to have a business people are happy to come to … and get away from the city,” Thompson told CNN.

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People Share “Unwritten Rules” of the Society That Everyone Should Follow, and Here Are 20 of Them

In order for us to function in a healthy society, there’s a set of unwritten rules we have to follow. Those are one of the things that no school teaches you, and at some point, you have to learn that yourself. Some call them good manners, some call them rules, or maybe just common sense.

However you name it, society has a rule book that ‘forces’ people to behave and be good to one another. In order to do that you have to be aware of these “unwritten rules”. Therefore, today we will share some with you.

One Reddit user asked a question: “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And there were quite some people who shared their wisdom with the internet. People were listing things that should be common knowledge but for some reason aren’t, and it’s about time everyone learned them. Therefore, scroll down below to check out this list of “rules” we compiled for you. And if you know another one that hasn’t been mentioned, make sure to share it with us in the comment section.

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If I show you a picture on my phone, don’t go swiping sideways.- Soft-Problem

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Don’t watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can’t believe this isn’t common curtesy anymore. –

penguinmanbat

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If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition.- Ryastor

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If someone is giving you a ride you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up. –Thatweirdboringdude

6.

Let us get off the lift/train before you try to barge on ffs – Melassia

7.

The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off. –Rebeca2277

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When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They don’t need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.- sebastianrileyt2

9.

If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them the fuck alone!-

Thetiredregular

10.

Put the shopping cart back where it GOES! –brock0124

11.

If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don’t blast loud music. – AgeOfWomen

12.

Quit pissing on public toilet seats. – kpeterson159

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When someone else is paying the bill you shouldn’t order something very pricey (it’s understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat) –yomomma1000

14.

The “wave” of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. Its just polite – dishyboii

15.

Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs. – jdward01

16.

Wear deodorant if you are out in public. –kyogre120·

17.

If someone can’t fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don’t mention it.- greentea2727

18.

PERSONAL SPACE (even when not in a pandemic) – keri112493

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