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Where Did The Week Go… Keep Betty White Alive!

Go Fund Me Page Created to Protect Betty White from 2016 Curse

Congratulations any person who’s ever been remotely famous. You made it to midnight last night without dying. The celebrity curse of 2016 was a real thing. We lost Gary Shandling, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Harper Lee, Nancy Reagan, Gordie Howe, Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder, Arnold Palmer, Florence Henderson, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds the very next day!

Seemingly no one was safe, not even celebrities we thought had died years ago like George Kennedy and Zsa Zsa Gabor. We even lost famous people who seemed immortal like Abe Vigoda and Fidel Castro.

But one celebrity we absolutely couldn’t lose in 2016 is Betty White. That would have been the final nail in the coffin (No pun intended). Fortunately, she made it and it might be thanks to a Go Fund Me account started to “help protect Betty White from 2016.”

Betty White made it to 2017! | (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Started on Tuesday by Demetrios Hrysikos of South Carolina, the page states, “Help 2016 catch these hands if it goes anywhere near Betty White! If she’s okay with it I will fly to where ever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan. 1, 2017.”

As of today, the account has raised more than $9,000 toward its $10,000 goal. The Go Fund Me page is all in good fun obviously and all of the donations will go to the Spartanburg Little Theater in South Carolina to “help craft new stars of stage and screen to carry mantle of the legends that have left us this year.”

This was certainly a creative way to drum up some donations for a good cause and it accomplished its primary goal: Keep Betty White alive. She’s 94 and still going strong. Side note: Kirk Douglas turned 100 in 2016. How many cigarettes and booze has that man consumed and he’s still kicking. They don’t make em like that anymore. That man will outlive us all.

 

Brenna Clanton Gets back at Fiance Who Dumped Her Via Text Message

Brenna Clanton of Austin, Texas was having a wonderful 2016. After her boyfriend proposed to her back in June, she decided to secretly buy a pair of expensive tickets to the Dallas Cowboys’ Dec. 26 home again against the lions to surprise him.

Brenna Clanton gets the last laugh. | (Twitter)

But the 2016 Gods quickly re-calibrated such a happy life. A week after Clanton bought the tickets, her fiance dumped her, telling her they had “nothing in common.” To make things worse, he did it through a text message. Now that’s low.

Undaunted by the harsh breakup, Clanton went to the game anyway.

“I was just going to take my best friend instead,” said Clanton to the Dallas Morning News. She also took a handmade sign that read, “My fiance dumped me in a text message. He should have waited until after Christmas.”

The sign included “#NothinginCommon.” I don’t usually condone trolling on the Internet, but this was well-played on her part. And she was smart in not including his name. He seems like the kind of person who would sue over something like this. Judging by her photo, I don’t think she’ll have any problem finding another date.

 

Roller Coaster Malfunction Causes 21 People to be Stuck 100 ft in the Air

I love roller coasters and have always secretly wished I lived near a Six Flags or Knott’s Berry Farm. But while I love the thrill of them, I’ve also felt that so much has to go right for them to function because of the countless moving parts. You’re essentially strapped into a seat hurtling down a track of metal going faster than a speeding car. It’s crazy. I’ve also seen Final Destination 3.

But besides falling to your death, the next scariest thing to happen on a roller coaster is having the ride suddenly stop. For 20 passengers and one ride operator at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, such a rare occurrence happened on Friday afternoon.

A different kind of thrill at the amusement park. | (Yahoo!)

At about 2 p.m. the Sky Cabin attraction stopped approximately 100 feet in the air. Among the passengers were seven children who were all forced to wait on the ride for nearly seven hours while the Orange County Fire Authority figured out the best way to bring them down safely.

Fire crews initially tried to use a crane to bring them down, but they eventually opted to lower each passenger one-by-one with a rope and harness system.

All 21 people were rescued without incident.

“Each of Knott’s rides is inspected, check-listed and properly maintained daily. Sky Cabin will remain closed until the park’s investigation into the cause of the incident is completed,” the park said.

This type of incident won’t prevent me from going on roller coasters in the future, but the thought of something like this happening is always in the back of my mind. But isn’t that part of the thrill of it?

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