There’s a 45-year-old guy in Asheville, North Carolina named Walter Beals, who recently lost a ton of weight by climbing stairs on his lunch break.
He used to be about 440 pounds. Then he started climbing the stairs at the courthouse where he works, and lost 170 pounds. So he’s down to about 270 now.
He walks up eight flights . . . takes the elevator back down to save his knees . . . and then does it 12 more times. Which is like walking to the top of a 100-story building.
A while back, he started comparing it to stuff to stay motivated. Like, how many floors would it take to climb to the top of Mount Everest? Then once he passed that, he decided to go the whole way to OUTER SPACE.
He had to climb the equivalent of 50 miles to do it . . . or 21 THOUSAND flights of stairs . . . and finally got there last week. He wore an astronaut costume, and a bunch of friends waited for him at the top with a sign that said, “Welcome to Space.”
But here’s the part he didn’t expect. He met a woman online a while back named Susannah, who thought the stair thing was a cool idea. So she asked if she could come climb stairs WITH him. And now they’re a couple.
A New Company Will Give You a Loan For Your Wedding . . . and You Only Pay It Back If You Get Divorced
Ask any couple if their marriage will last forever, and they’ll tell you “Of course!” But how many would be willing to bet big money on that? There’s a crazy new startup that’s going to find out.
A company in Seattle called SwanLuv will give you a loan for your wedding of up to $10,000. And you don’t have to pay it back unless you get DIVORCED. Then you owe them the money . . . plus interest.
The CEO of SwanLuv says they ran the numbers, and they CAN be profitable with this model. Quote, “It comes back to statistics. We have the right odds so we’ll be okay.” But he thinks the the odds aren’t TOO crazy, so people will still bite.
When you apply, they’ll evaluate how strong a couple you are. Then they base the amount of the loan and your interest rate off that. There will also be clauses . . . like if the marriage ends because of abuse, the abuser has to pay the full amount.
If you’re interested, you can pre-register at SwanLuv.com . . . that’s spelled S-W-A-N-L-U-V. They’ll officially start giving out loans in March.
An anonymous couple in Minnesota dropped a check in a Salvation Army bucket on Saturday for HALF-A-MILLION DOLLARS. According to a spokeswoman, it’s for real and the check is good. And it might be the largest donation anyone’s ever left in a Salvation Army kettle.
We see stories every year about someone dropping something crazy in a Salvation Army kettle, like a gold coin. But THIS is in a whole other stratosphere . . .
A group of firefighters was asking for Salvation Army donations outside a grocery store near Minneapolis on Saturday . . . when someone dropped a check in for HALF-A-MILLION DOLLARS.
According to a spokeswoman, it was an elderly couple who want to remain anonymous. But it’s for real, and the check is good.
They say they did it to honor one of their fathers, who fought in World War One and used to talk about how Salvation Army workers walked around handing out coffee and donuts to the troops.
And they also want to encourage other people to be as generous as they can with donations this year.
Officials are still confirming, but it might be the largest donation anyone has EVER left in a Salvation Army kettle.
Maybe you’re one of those people who stocked up on Beanie Babies in the ’90s because you thought they’d be worth a fortune one day. But after two decades of taking up space, you’re ready to sell ’em all for pennies.
Well . . . be careful. There’s one family in Cornwall, England that actually won the Beanie Baby lottery, and didn’t realize it.
22-year-old Ryan Flanaghan and his 20-year-old girlfriend Leah Rogers went to a garage sale earlier this month and bought a purple Beanie Baby for about $15.
Turns out the people selling it had no idea it was a limited edition Princess Diana memorial bear. There were only 100 made, and it could be worth up to $93,000.
Leah and Ryan put it up on eBay with a starting bid of $37,500 . . . and a “Buy It Now” price of $60,000. Their auction ends tomorrow . . . and so far, they haven’t gotten any bids.
(Fox 59 – Indianapolis / eBay)
(Check out the auction here.)
Ryan and Jourdan Spencer of Scotch Plains, New Jersey met on a blind date back in 2004, and got married in 2007. And a few years ago, they were checking out some old home movies from Jourdan’s childhood.
They were watching one from July of 1988 . . . Jourdan was just a little girl at the time, visiting an amusement park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania called Sesame Place. And while her dad was filming her, a skinny kid with glasses randomly walked into the frame.
It was RYAN.
They grew up about 45 minutes apart, and had even talked about going to Sesame Place as kids . . . but they had no idea they were there on the same DAY in 1988, or that they’d ever crossed paths.
They just showed their three kids the tape . . . and they say the tape is making them both believe in FATE.