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.
“U.S. News & World Report” just released its annual list of the best cities to live in. They look at things like quality of life, and how many jobs there are.
Last year, Denver took the top spot. But this year it’s Austin, Texas. The job market is good, crime is pretty low, and there’s plenty of stuff to do. Here are the top ten . . . plus McAllen
3. San Jose, California.
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Fayetteville, Arkansas. (It’s in the northwest corner of the state, near the Missouri and Oklahoma borders.)
7. The Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina.
9. Des Moines, Iowa.
10. Salt Lake City, Utah.
94. McAllen, Texas
(Here’s the full list with all 100 cities.)
Children today are larger than children used to be. It’s fine, food is delicious, and based on adult weight trends we’re obviously in NO position to judge. But you have to imagine it wreaks havoc on Santa’s lap this time of year.
And he finally snapped. Metaphorically. I don’t mean his leg bones literally snapped under the weight of an American child.
A nine-year-old kid named Anthony Mayse went to sit on Santa’s lap in Forest City, North Carolina last weekend, and asked him for an iPod Touch and a drone.
But at the end of their conversation, Santa told Anthony, quote, “Lay off the hamburgers and French fries.”
Anthony was really upset and started crying, and now his mom wants the city to fire Santa.
The town manager says Santa has apologized, but for now, he’s keeping his job.
(ABC 13 – Asheville)
What happens when you take two of America’s favorite sources of SUGAR, and put them together? Besides, you know, DIABETES? I guess now we can find out.
There’s a new soda that’s infused with KRISPY KREME donuts.
The soda company Cheerwine teamed up with Krispy Kreme, and just released a cherry-and-donut flavor.
Unfortunately it’s only available at some Krispy Kremes and grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia . . . and it’s not clear if there are any plans to take it nationwide.
On the bright side, you might not be missing TOO much if you never get to try it. It’s a great novelty, but the reviews of how it actually tastes are pretty mixed, to put it generously.
A Marine corporal named Jarrod Haschert made one of those YouTube videos, asking UFC women’s champ RONDA ROUSEY to the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina on December 11th.
He said, quote, “You are my celebrity crush, like, I love everything you do and I think you are a phenomenal person, which is why it would be my honor to take you to the Marine Corps Ball . . . You would truly be making my dreams come true.”
Well, somebody’s dreams are about to come true, because Ronda said YES. She told TMZ that she doesn’t know how to work out the details, but, quote, “I’ll totally go . . . It is a yes.”
She also joked that Corporal Haschert had to find dates for her three friends, who were there with her.