Posts by Mia Fitzharris
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 hrs ago
John and Lois Lafferty were married later in life but shared a passion for travel and history. So when they passed away, Lois's daughter Misty had the perfect idea for scattering their ashes. Lois and John became the first customers of Mesoloft, which launches ashes via weather balloon high into the Earth's atmosphere. Yes, there actually is a company that offers this service. In a video posted by Mesoloft, whose slogan is "The last adventure," you can see the container, attached to a weather balloon, floating higher and higher into the sky. Then, at 72,000 feet, Lois and John's ashes are released from the container and scatter above the Earth. The company says the couple's remains will likely land on mountaintops, valleys, deserts, and oceans. Mesoloft even provides flight GPS data for families to track their loved one's journey. Misty said she used this service because Lois and John "were traveling buddies, and [they] had their little map and they would 'pin' all the places they had been. John loved history, and he really loved anything new and exciting. And Mom loved sharing new and exciting things with him." If you're looking for an out-of-this-world way to scatter your remains, a word of caution: It doesn't come cheap. Mesoloft's standard launch package starts at $2,800.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News5 days ago
A cat in Australia is responsible for not only sealing the deal on the sale of her owners' home but upping the sale price, too. Tiffany the cat belonged to the Perceval family in Glen Iris, a suburb of Melbourne. During a recent home auction, Fran and Michael Perceval were happy to see a top bid of $2,060,000 Australian, which is the equivalent of nearly $1.8 million U.S. When broker Glen Coutinho began negotiations with the bidders, they made an unusual request: They offered to raise their bid by nearly $140,000 Australian ($100,000 U.S.) to $1.9 million U.S. only if they could keep Tiffany. It turns out the buyers' child had taken a liking to 4-year-old Tiffany during tours of the five-bedroom home. Earlier, "we jokingly said that all the people coming through are loving her," Fran Perceval recalled. "I said to the agent, 'She goes with the house, ha-ha.' Not expecting at all to actually have a clause written into the contract saying that includes with cat." Coutinho said he thought he had seen it all in his career: "I've had plenty of people say they would throw in their partners, but not pets, no. It's the first time." The buyers' 19-year-old son, who had picked out Tiffany in a pet shop, isn't taking the news so well. But his mom said, "We're thinking we'll put $20,000 in a pile next to the cat and say to Sam, 'You choose'" (he's planning to travel overseas next year). This might be the first cat clause in real estate history.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News6 days ago
Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri recently completed construction on their gorgeous 5,300-square-foot beach house in a gated community in Hammock Dunes in Florida. The only problem with their palatial new digs? It was built on the wrong lot. Contractors built the $680,000, 5-bedroom house on property that technically belongs to a couple from North Carolina. The couple purchased the lot in 2003 but never developed it. According to Keystone Homes, which built the house, the mistake is traced to a survey conducted last year that pointed out the wrong stretch of land on which to build the Voss's home. Renters had been living in the house for months until the slip-up was noticed in September. So what happens now? Keystone Vice President Robbie Richmond says the company is looking for a way to negotiate a settlement. "We are 100 percent committed to finding a resolution that is fair," he said. "I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County, and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it's rare." And as for the Vosses, they say they are in total disbelief. "We may have moved someday. But, with this headache and grief, we're not so sure," Mark Voss said. "The Midwest is looking pretty good right now." Another day, another weird story out of Florida.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News8 days ago
The relationship between cats and the Internet has stood the test of time, and it grows fonder by the minute. Just ask Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Maru, and Colonel Meow; they are just a few felines on the long list of Internet cat celebrities. And now that list just got a bit longer. Meet Napoleon, the Persian cat stealing hearts all over the Web for his creative photo shoots.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News11 days ago
A horse walking into a police station sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but that scenario actually happened.The horse trotted into the Cheshire Constabulary Headquarters in Winsford, England, early Monday morning. The animal is seen on closed-circuit video casually entering the station through automatic doors before an officer walks him back out a short while later. Apparently the horse was from a nearby field, where it was returned by the staff. Police Superintendent Peter Crowcroft released this statement: "We were somewhat saddled with our unexpected guest, who in the early hours of the morning quickly became the mane event of the night shift. ... At neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security." That is probably the best example of British humor we have seen in a while.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now12 days ago
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably witnessed or heard about the incredible talent of dancer Taylor Hatala. The 11-year-old is known for impressively strutting her stuff with choreographer Laurence Kaiwai in a video that went viral on YouTube a few weeks ago in which she breaks it down to a remixed version of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda." That YouTube video is currently at over 8 million views. Taylor even got to perform her famous dance steps on the "Ellen" show, where DeGeneres exclaimed, "They're amazing. I love that so much. That girl is so good. Give anything to dance like that ever in my life." Taylor was blown away by the experience, saying, "It was a dream come true. I'm so blessed." Now Taylor is back giving her fans what they want -- a fresh dance routine. In a new video featuring a different choreography partner, Matt Steffanina, the tiny dancer breaks it down to a remix of Meghan Trainor's catchy hit "All About That Bass." The new video has been viewed more than 500,000 times so far. If you're looking to get dance lessons from Steffanina, this YouTube channel is filled with tutorials. Does this new dance video live up to Taylor's first hit? What do you think? Is Taylor the real deal? Let us know on our Facebook pageor you can tweet us at @YahooTrending.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News13 days ago
Surely you have seen your fair share of cakes in your lifetime, but have you ever seen one that could have been mistaken for a slab of ribs? Probably not, until now. Baker Debbie Goard has been making custom sculpted cakes since 2006. They are desserts that look nothing like a dessert. For example, these are not wings. I repeat, not wings. This is a cake:
And these are not real shoes:
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News14 days ago
It's pretty hard to get away with scamming the public in a time when everyone has a cell phone with a camera. A woman in Oklahoma City found that out while begging for money on the street. The 78-year-old was holding a sign claiming she needed cash for food. According to Daniel Ayala, he had given her money on a few occasions even when he didn't have enough money to pay for his own lunch. The story could have ended there, but then one day Ayala noticed the woman sitting in the driver's seat of a bright red 2013 Fiat — not exactly what you would expect of a woman who begged for money. He couldn't contain himself and let the woman know how he felt by screaming at her in the parking lot. Brandi Newman was there to witness the confrontation and captured it all on her cell phone before posting the video to her Facebook page on Oct. 1. In the profanity-filled video, which has been viewed more than 3.2 million times, Ayala tells the woman, "I work hard for my money" and "Thursday I did not eat to give you four dollars, and you drive a better car than me?" Ayala also threatens the woman, telling her that if he sees her in the same parking lot again, he will "bust a window." Newman told KFOR 4 that she took out her phone to take a picture of the woman after realizing that she had been duped into giving the woman money, and that's when Ayala approached the car. The elderly woman's grandchildren allegedly contacted Newman and told her that their grandmother has a panhandling permit and was not doing anything illegal. How would you react in a similar situation?
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News15 days ago
Anna-Maria Hefele is the furthest thing from a traditional singer, and nowa video of her performance is going viral. Hefele can sing using polyphonic overtone techniques, also known as "throat singing." She can sing two notes at the same time. The video has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube thanks to a nod from Reddit, where users gave it more than 4,105 upvotes. Hefele tries to explain the technique in the video saying, “You can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing.” Commenters on the video are mostly baffled at Hefele’s unusual talent, which some are calling "otherworldly." In other words, we’re not sure if she's a human or an alien. One commenter suggests Hefele is not an alien but a witch, writing "Burn the witch! Burn! Seriously though, this is witchcraft." On her website, Xanmoo.com, she writes that she has been practicing this unique musical technique since 2005. Polyphonic overtone singing started in southwestern Mongolia, where it is known as sygyt. If you’re interested in learning how to sing like Hefele, she is holding a workshop Oct. 25-26 in Austria for 190 euros per person.