Marshawn Lynch and Ricardo Lockette: Good Samaritans

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In November 2014, NFL Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch found a lost wallet at a Shell gas station in Marysville, Washington. The wallet belonged to local Seahawks fan Jason Lynch, who saw Marshawn Lynch and teammate Ricardo Lockette at the gas station: “I see a giant Mercedes van pull up playing super loud music. Marshawn Lynch jumps out and walks into the store. I thought about asking for a picture … but decided not to bother him. What I didn’t know was that I dropped my wallet.” Ten minutes later, still not realizing that his wallet was missing, he went home to a surprise. His neighbor had his wallet and a story to tell. She said to him, “You’ll never guess who brought this over!” Jason later wrote, “When she said ‘Marshawn Lynch,’ I was shocked!” He said, “I can’t thank them guys enough for bringing it back … and for making my neighbor a very happy lady for getting a chance to meet them.” Jason also tweeted, “@MoneyLynch thank you so much for going outta your way to return my wallet! A lynch taking care of a lynch — #Good Karma.”

For More Information: Corwin Haeck, “‘All about that action’: Marshawn Lynch returns fan’s lost wallet.” KOMO (Seattle, Washington). 19 November 2014

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Feed the poor and they call you a saint. Ask why the poor have no food and they call you a communist.

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Source: Nuuskamuikkunen, “Russell Brand on inequality.” Imgur. 22 November 2014

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Shavarsh Karapetyan: Hero

In October 2014, Chris Fox and P. Chung published online in Cracked an article titled “5 Lives Saved by the Exact Right Person Randomly Showing Up” — actually, many more than five lives were saved. The #1 story was given this heading: “A Bus-Load of People Crashes Into a Lake in Front of a Champion Swimmer” and its featured hero was Shavarsh Karapetyan, a professional world record-holding finswimmer for the USSR. (Armenia was a part of the USSR at the time.) On 16 September 1976, a driver lost control of a trolleybus, which went into the Yerevan Lake in Armenia and sank more than 30 feet. Trapped inside were 92 passengers who could not break the windows or open the doors. Fortunately, Mr. Karapetyan, who had just finished his daily 12-mile run, heard the sound of the crash and swam 80 feet to the bus in freezing water. Visibility was near-zero because the crash had kicked up silt from the bottom of the lake. He dove 30-some feet down to the bus, broke the back window with his feet, and started rescuing people. Every time he got a person to safety, he went back to rescue another person. His brother, Kamo Karapetyan, took care of the people whom he brought to the surface. In all, 20 people survived the crash (he got more people out of the bus but not everyone survived) because of Mr. Karapetyan, who stopped rescuing people only because of exhaustion, wounds made by broken glass, and hypothermia. He developed double pneumonia and, because of polluted water, blood poisoning, and he fell into a coma that lasted for 45 days. All these injuries so damaged his body that they ruined his professional swimming career. Mr. Karapetyan regretted not being able to save more people, saying, “I knew that I could only save so many lives, I was afraid to make a mistake. It was so dark down there that I could barely see anything. One of my dives, I accidentally grabbed a seat instead of a passenger … I could have saved a life instead. That seat still haunts me in my nightmares.” Cracked, of course, cites its sources but also engages in humor, especially in its photo captions. Underneath a photo of Mr. Karapetyan holding several sports medals appeared this Cracked-written, fictitious-but-appropriate quotation: “Screw steel; my balls are solid gold.” One more thing: On 19 February 1985, Mr. Karapetyan rushed into a burning building and started pulling people out. He suffered severe burns and again spent much time in a hospital.

For More Information: Chris Fox, P. Chung, “5 Lives Saved by the Exact Right Person Randomly Showing Up.” Cracked. 15 October 2014

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For More Information: “The Remarkable Acts of Heroism of Shavarsh Karapetyan.” ILTWMT. Accessed 23 November 2014

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For More Information: “Shavarsh Karapetyan to celebrate birthday with his family.” ARMENPRESS. 19 May 2014

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“Thank You. I Appreciate Your Integrity. Now Go, Big Red!” 

On 17 October 2014, Erin Rankin lost her wallet at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. She has a North Carolina driver’s license, but she, her Husker-fan boyfriend, and his family were in Illinois to watch the Northwestern Wildcats-Nebraska Cornhuskers football game. After returning to Navy Pier and looking for but not finding her wallet, she thought that her wallet, which contained $60, credit cards, and her driver’s license, was lost forever: “I knew there was slim to no chance I’d get it back.” She needed ID to get on the plane back home. Fortunately, a Navy Pier employee advised her to go to a lost-and-found office in the shopping center at the end of the pier. Ms. Rankin said, “It wasn’t easy to find. It was out of the way and I figured nobody else would have gone to the effort to go there just to turn in a wallet.” However, someone had turned in the wallet and all its contents, along with a Nebraska football schedule with the words “Returned by Husker fans,” written on it in black pen. She said, “If there’s anything I could say to that person, it’d be, ‘Thank you. I appreciate your integrity. Now Go, Big Red!’” On 18 October 2014 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, Nebraska defeated Northwestern, 38-17.

For More Information: Mara Klecker, “Woman cheering for Huskers after fans return wallet lost in Chicago.” Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska). 20 October 2014

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“What’s the Most Memorable Thing that You have Seen or that has Happened at Your Gym?”

On 22 November 2014, ArabianDisco asked, “Gym Employees of Reddit, what’s the most memorable thing that you have seen or that has happened at your gym?” Here are some replies:

1) Yoinkie2013 wrote, “I’m not a gym employee, but I have a good story for this. For the past three years, I’ve been using the gym in my Condo building. I don’t much like crowds while working out, and our gym has all the necessities of getting in a good workout. A few months into my start, I started noticing this guy start coming into the gym basically on the same schedule as me. I tend to work out late, usually 9ish, so there are only 5-6 other people in our gym at that hour. This other guy, let’s call him Chuck because that’s his name, looked like he was in [his] late 30’s, early 40’s, and quite overweight. First few months I saw him, he would always be on the treadmill. After a while, I started observing some noticeable differences in him; his physique started looking better, his overall mood looked brighter, and he just generally started to look like a better guy. It always cheered me up to see him in there, because seeing dedication in any form is motivation to improve yourself as well.

“After a few more months, however, I stopped seeing him in there. I figured his life schedule changed and he was coming in at a different time. But one day I noticed him in our building elevator, and it looked like he had lost all the gains he had made in the months I had seen him. Now, we never really talked in the gym, we both had headphones on and did our own collective things. But there were always head nods and we always acknowledged each other in some way. I decided to make small talk and said that I hadn’t seen him in the gym in a while. He said that some sh[*]t had come up in his life, and it had thrown him off track and he had lost motivation to care about his health as much. It was only a 15-second elevator ride, so I really couldn’t say anything other than I hoped to see him back in the gym sooner or later.

“I saw him back in the gym maybe a month later, and he tried to do the treadmill and some stretching, but his heart just didn’t seem to be in it. I decided to go over and actually talk to the guy who had been such a source of motivation for me. He told me that he wanted to give the gym another try, and he had been working out once a week if lucky, and felt it was pointless because he had lost all the gains he had made and there was no point in starting over. He kept on having ‘day 1’ and couldn’t find the motivation to build on them. I completely understood what he meant, we have all had bad weeks or months where we stop working out, and it seems pointless to start again. The first days are the worst, because you remember yourself being so much better, and now here you are basically starting at ‘level 1’ all over again.

“I couldn’t really give him any sound advice, and just gave him some cliché lines, hoping it would help him. He thanked me for the talk and we both went our separate ways. Before I left the gym, I took off my headphones and told Chuck, ‘I’ll be in here at 9 tomorrow night. Hope I see you here for day 2.’

“And sure enough, the next day I walked into the gym and saw him — there he was for day 2, with a smile on his face.”

2) Dianaofwhales wrote, “I teach Zumba and hip-hop classes at my gym (free membership, little pay, guaranteed workouts even during busy weeks … great 3-4hr/week part-time work!) and there is a wall of glass panels on one side of the studio I teach in, so other members can see the different classes and join if they want (all are free). One guy who was playing on a rec basketball league walked past on his way to the gymnasium, and apparently liked the booty shaking … because he started rubbing his balls on the window, no effing joke. Now, I have plenty of women who have had to give themselves months of pep talks to set foot in the studio and join a class, let alone one that anyone can look into and watch them within. This did not sit well with me. I put a regular in charge of finishing the song (we were nearly done with the hour as it was), and ran out after him, which he didn’t expect. I tried to stay calm and rational (and did, for the most part), but when he stepped forward and pushed his chest against mine, I flipped my sh[*]t in front of my ladies (who were all glancing out of the window). Luckily there were PLENTY of witnesses to his actions, and the owner threw him out. I … wish I could say I was super brave, but I was shaking like a leaf once he was escorted out, and gladly accepted one of our personal trainer’s offers to walk me to my car once my class was over for the night. Still makes me angry, but as the group leader I can’t just let someone get away with that, even if I’m nanoseconds to getting myself punched.”

She added, “I’m a teacher in real life outside of the gym, and think it’s just part of the job — you protect your students (even if they are adults, and you’re at your part-time job).”

NothingThatIs commented, “Shaking is normal, actually. Your brain told your body you were about to fight due to recent sensory inputs: anger, running, getting shoved. So your body reacted by flooding itself with adrenaline, the aftereffects of which include shaking. My first fight I didn’t stop shaking for 2 hours afterwards.”

Dianaofwhales replied, “When I got home I angry-cried for about 30 seconds, and shook for quite some time, as well. I honestly hope I never have to put myself in that place again, but simultaneously know that if it ever happens again I’ll be running back out there to confront another d-bag.”

Mementomori4 asked whether the d-bag member was permanently banned from the gym.

Dianaofwhales replied, “His membership was yanked, and he was escorted out. It’s a Family-friendly gym/rec facility, so they were especially sensitive about what he did.”

For More Information: ArabianDisco, “Gym Employees of Reddit, what’s the most memorable thing that you have seen or that has happened at your gym?” Reddit. 22 November 2014

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Mike Nichols and Elaine May – 1959 Emmy Awards (full version) (YouTube)

Mike Nichols and Elaine May – 1959 Emmy Awards (full version) (YouTube)

The Total Mediocrity Award.

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Abby Martin: How the Universe Became Something out of Nothing | Interview with Lawrence Krauss (YouTube)

Abby Martin: How the Universe Became Something out of Nothing | Interview with Lawrence Krauss (YouTube)

Abby Martin interviews theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, discussing everything from his belief that all religion will be eliminated within a generation to his view on the origins of the universe.

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