This Amazing Son Handed His Parents a Plain Envelope on Christmas and Changed Their Lives

Dec 26, 2014 By Abraham 5

Yesterday after all the other Christmas gifts had been handed out and opened, Joe Riquelme and his parents sat back to relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday.

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At least, that’s what mom and dad figured. But Joe had one more present to give.

He pulled a folded, unmarked envelope from his pocket and handed it to his mom.

As he says

“Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages.”

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She opened it up and pulled out what appeared to be a bill.

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MasterChef Competitor Can’t Open a Jar. She’s About to Lose…but Dad Is in the Crowd.

Dec 18, 2014 By Abraham 2

During a timed competition on Brazil’s MasterChef, one of the cooks couldn’t open a container she needed for her recipe. Without it open — and fast — she would lose.

Try as she might, however, the lid would not come loose. She even went so far as to risk her fingers and pry it off with a knife. But then…

…she looks into the crowd, and there is Dad.

And to make the story perfect, it all ended with her winning.

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Good job, dad.

Romantic Nerd Secretly Tracks His Heart Rate As He Proposes

Dec 3, 2014 By Abraham 0

It is both a thrilling and stressful experience to ask a person to marry you. A million questions are swirling around in your mind making the day leading up to the big ask much more nerve-wracking than an ordinary day…

What should I say? Will I remember to say it? Am I going to lose the ring? Will they say yes?

All this must have a physical effect, like a raised heart rate at minimum, right? Redditor Sesipikai decided to check.

On a recent trip to Rome, he planned to ask his girlfriend to marry him. While some men might try to get a photographer to clandestinely capture the moment, he decided to document and commemorate his proposal even more creatively — with a secret heart monitor.

Throughout the day in question, he secretly tracked his beats per minute with a heart rate belt. Then, after he came down from the high, he exported the resulting data as an xml file and created this adorably nerdy graph in Excel…

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Don’t worry, his resting heart rate is much lower than this chart would suggest. He notes…

I did try measure my heart rate in the office. It’s about 60ish. The whole day was walking and thinking, so the mean is quite elevated.

And not just that. He says…

That ring burns your pocket like there’s no tomorrow. I have a new found respect for Mister Frodo after that day.

Obits Aren’t Usually Full of Jokes, but This One Is. And It’s by the 35-year-old Deceased…

Dec 1, 2014 By Joey 0

Before he became a husband and father nearly 3 years ago, Aaron Purmort was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer.


Rather than live in a state of melancholy, the Minneapolis graphic designer and his wife Nora grabbed life by the horns. Through social media and Nora’s Tumblr, their story reached thousands before Aaron’s untimely death last week.

True to his nature, Aaron wrote his own obituary with his wife shortly before his death and it was published in the Sunday edition of the Star Tribune. You’ve probably never read a better one…

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Be sure to check out Nora’s Tumblr, My Husband’s Tumor, where you can read more about the vivacious couple and contribute to help cover costs for Nora and their son Ralphie.