‘I Do’ 100 Times!

One couple broke the record of how many times they can exchange vows.  They just said ‘I do’ for the 100th time in Hawaii at the Hard Rock Café, in Honolulu.  David and Lauren Blair first met in 1982 and it was love at first site.  The couple – from Tennessee – dated for just three months before David’s proposal but was rejected on his first attempt!  Soon after she did accept and the couple were wed two years later in Topanga Canyon, CA.

But apparently, getting wed once just wasn’t enough.  Today – Lauren aged 60 and David aged 58 – have broken the record of renewing their vows 99 times.  What’s even more unique about this couple is that each vow renewal was in a different location. 

So why did they feel the need to do this? Just to break a record?  Apparently  not.  According to the article that reported on this in Guinness World Records, Lauren explained, “we were both in long term relationships in the past that didn't work out.  We knew we were meant for each other and wanted to continually share that vow experience.  I love to look into David's eyes as he is repeating his vows.  I know that this man will love me until the day I die.  Of course, David will tell you that he does it for the honeymoons!”

First Lady Assists Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

A nice spot of charitable work undertaken by the rich and famous will always grab a headline and that’s exactly what First Lady Michelle Obama did when she joined the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.  Allegedly, Mrs. Obama is quite a fan of the show that builds an incredible home for a family caught in some kind of devastation or tragedy trap.  According to an article in People, Mrs. Obama said, “this particular show is especially moving because it features Barbara Marshall, a Navy veteran, who despite her own struggles opened her home to serve homeless female vetarans in her community. She's an amazing example of the strength, values and service of America's veterans." 

Along with Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady was participating in the Joining Forces initiative that tries to make life easier for veterans and their families.  It was Obama, Ty Pennington and his Fayetteville crew that began this work together.  The First Lady's job was to hang plaques, while admitting she had somewhat "limited" handy skills.  Still, it was clear she wasn't afraid of a bit of hard work since she was also spotted doing some of the gardening in the back yard. 

Part of a Good Cause

According to a report in Reality Magazine, the best thing about the project for the First Lady was, "to be part of an event so life-changing for such a deserving person."  She added that "Mrs. Marshall is a prime example of an American veteran who continues to serve her community with everything she has.  I hope lots of people will be inspired by her story to give back to their communities – especially to service members and their families."


Cute, Unidentifiable Animal

An animal has been found that seems is unidentifiable.  There is no doubt to its cuteness, but there are some questions as to what it is.  It looks somewhat like an orange and brown-spotted fur-ball that has huge red eyes.  But that’s about all the gob-smacked Wenling, Chinese zookeepers can say.  It came into their care from two random males who would not identify themselves either!  So one could say that the unidentifiable animal is genetic, given that its “parents” are unidentifiable too.  Not that such a thesis helps the case…

Monkey, Possum, Strange Creature?

There are discussions that it may be a monkey. But others have suggested that it could be a possum.  No-one is entirely sure.  It also has rat-like features and its fur is the color of marbled tortoise-shell.  Its tail is bushy and its paws, pointy.  It really is a funny looking thing, incredibly cute and makes everyone smile when first meeting it.

Mr. Unidentified is approximately 25cm long and enjoys the taste of grass.  So he’s cute, and eco-friendly!  According to Wang Gang, manager of the zoo, “I have consulted animal experts from Hanghou, Shanghai and Wenzhou, but right now no-one is able to tell me what this little creature is called.”

The Healing Power of our Four-Legged Friends

It has been known for a long time that dogs can bring therapeutic relief to patients with a whole slew of different needs.  It seems like the furry friends are able to take patients’ minds off their troubles. But a recent news story really made headlines when it was the dogs themselves who could have been hospitalized as well!  And these injured dogs were also providing aid to patients in a Dallas rehabilitation  institute.

Wheelchair-bound dogs Chili and Arlo have been able to inspire many patients.  According to program director at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Linda Marler, since “many of the patients are new to wheelchairs, when they see Chili and Arlo, they say, ‘If those dogs can do it, so can I.’”  Every week the dogs come and visit these patients who have incurred a traumatic injury or a stroke.  Indeed, 6-year-old Chili was thrown over a fence onto cement when she was just 8 weeks old.

Shapell Manuscript Foundation and Lake Champlain

On September 6, 1901, President McKinley was shot in Buffalo.  Initially it was thought that the President of the United States of America would not only make a full recovery, but that it would be a speedy one.  Thus, his Vice President at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, didn’t show too much concern about what might change the course of his political career forever.

At the time of the shooting, Vice President Roosevelt was on a different political mission: he was preparing the speech he was to deliver to the Vermont Fish and Game League’s annual meeting in an island of Lake Champlain. As part of its ‘Between the Lines’ program, Shapell Manuscript Foundation houses the original document written by Roosevelt to his superior McKinley, scribbled on the back of a railroad timetable.  It read: “Director of Hospital or House at which President lies Buffalo NY.  Wire me at once full particulars to Van Ness House Burlington Vermont.”

Roosevelt no doubt anticipated a pleasant trip that day in 1901 at Lake Champlain, but that wasn’t what happened.  This was a huge, unexpected shock.  Just three days after the assassination it seemed like McKinley was all set to recover; he had an excellent prognosis.  But that prognosis didn’t reign true and thus ultimately Roosevelt had to step up and replace President McKinley, becoming the youngest President of the United States of America.