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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

The year 2020 seems to be the year that just won’t stop throwing us curve balls. In its latest attempt to shock and terrorize us, workers in Mexico City’s sewer system have found what appears to be a giant rat inside the system. The photos and video are straight out of a horror film.

Some on social media quickly wondered if this wasn’t an actual Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. But it turns out that the ‘giant rat’ has a far more normal origin story.

Images of a ‘giant rat’ from Mexico City’s sewer system quickly went viral on social media.

In what many are calling another sign of the apocalypse brought to us by the year 2020, Mexico City cleanup crews discovered what looked like a monster drowned rat while dredging the sewers. The giant-size “rodent” was part of 22 tons of litter the workers had removed from the city’s drainage tunnels following heavy rains, according to the Border Report.

During the cleanup process, the workers reportedly turned a corner and encountered what they described as a “giant rat,” which sat hunched over and sported incredibly realistic fur. As it turns out, the ’giant rat’ was actually a Halloween prop that had been washed out of its warehouse by the storm. The decoration somehow ended up in the labyrinthine network of sewer tunnels, where it sat undiscovered for years — until now.

Apparently, the ‘giant rat’ was a homemade Halloween decoration that went missing after a rainstorm.

Since the ‘rodents’ discovery, a woman named Evelin López has come forward to claim the rat, which she reportedly created from scratch for Halloween. Lopez said it had gone missing “years ago” during a torrential downpour, and no one could help her retrieve it.

Fortunately, the monster rat appears to be in safe hands — as a now-viral video shows it being hosed off on the street by sewer workers after being rescued from its subterranean lair. Witnesses told El universal that they marveled at the “beast’s” naturalistic appearance, and as can be expected many admitted that they’d of gone running in fear if they had seen it on the street.

The rat’s rightful owner said she has no idea what to do with her “Princess Bride”-evoking prop. Social-media pundits suggest recycling the beast for this year’s Halloween festivities — provided they hose it off a few more times first.

Unfortunately, the rat was discovered only because crews cleaned up debris after a woman drowned following torrential rains.

The ‘giant rat’ / Halloween prop was discovered to have caused a flood which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her apartment. The woman that died was named in local media reports as Doña Mari. She was 54 and drowned in her home after the water flooded into her residence.

The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who went looking for her after realizing she wasn’t with other residents who had congregated outside after leaving their homes due to the flooding.

Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat.

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These Abuelos Met And Fell In Love During Quarantine And Now They’re Happily Married

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These Abuelos Met And Fell In Love During Quarantine And Now They’re Happily Married

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Many think that being old means that people no longer get to enjoy the many things that young people can – like fall in love. Then, throw in a global health crisis in the form of a pandemic and many will say the odds are stacked even higher against you.

Well, one Brazilian couple – who have 196 years on Earth between the two of them – are proving that it’s never too late to find love. And they’re sending the Internet into a frenzy with their romance while giving hope to those of us who haven’t been so lucky in love.

A Brazilian couple have made headlines for getting married at a very advanced age.

Although finding love might not be high on most people’s priorities these days – as so many of us are focused on surviving the Covid-19 pandemic and a whirlwind presidential election – that’s exactly what one elderly couple from Brazil just did.

The story of Marcelino and Branca, both from São Paulo, Brazil, show us how we should never give up. At 100 and 96 respectively, they were just married and can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together.

The couple met in a nursing home two years ago but during a Coronavirus-induced lockdown, the pair grew closer. Although in an interview with Telemundo, Marcelo says that he new Branca was the love of his life from the moment they first met.

Their marriage took place at a small ceremony in front of their own children, some of whom are more than 70 years old.

Because of Covid-19, the couple celebrated their love for one another with a small wedding ceremony attended by their closest relatives and a few close friends and roommates from the nursing home where they first met.

The incredible story has filled Marcelino and Branca with new life, joy and youth. So you know, it’s never too late to find love.

They’re not the only couple to have found love amid the pandemic!

Also out of Brazil, a couple who first met 55 years ago as teenagers have reunited and fallen in love all over again.

Antonia Leni and Paulino dos Santos had dated briefly when she was 16 and he was 15 – they say they were each other’s first love. After high school, they each followed their own paths, made their own lives, until fate appears to have brought them back together.

It all happened after Antonia, after being diagnosed with depression and having tried to commit suicide, was transferred to a mental health hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to receive the best care, a place where Paulino also resided since he suffered an unfortunate accident.

He recognized her immediately and although it was difficult for him to get close to Antonia, little by little they began to remember their beautiful moments together in adolescence. On Valentine’s Day, Paulino surprised his beloved with a beautiful gold ring to ask for her hand and after nine months of engagement, the couple celebrated their wedding with the help of 100 volunteers, including his family and the staff of the nursing home.

How about you? Do you have any Coronavirus love stories? Or know somebody who does?

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This Pathetic Christmas Tree Is The Ultimate Symbol Of 2020 And Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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This Pathetic Christmas Tree Is The Ultimate Symbol Of 2020 And Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the holidays are fast approaching and with it: Christmas trees are going up in cities across the country.

Though, it looks like 2020 is also taking it’s toll on these annual traditions.

From New York to Cincinnati, these holiday icons aren’t exactly living up to their expectations, with many saying they’re sad, pathetic appearance is peak 2020.

Cincinnati’s Holiday Tree goes viral for looking like the sad symbol of 2020 we all expected.

It all started over the weekend in Cincinnati, when a picture of the Macy’s holiday tree setup in the city’s Fountain Square started going viral for all the wrong reasons.

The photo looks like an after photo of a wood chipping incident, according to one Twitter user. Many of the branches were still tied up and the tree looked to be missing giant patches of greenery and limbs.

Of course, photos of the sad, sad tree quickly went viral with many relating to it’s 2020 feels.

Many compared it to the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Cincinnati tree was quickly compared to the tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, for its truly pathetic appearance. Even Stephen Colbert got in on the Christmas tree roast. “OK. Yeah. That’s me. That’s got the feels,” Colbert said when we showed a photo of the sad tree. 

He said it looks like the tree went on its last march into Isengard, a “Lord of the Rings” joke about the Ents marching into battle in The Two Towers.

Colbert went on to poke fun at officials who said the tree looked that way because the branches were still tied up with twine.

“Can I start using that excuse?” Colbert asked. “I know it may look like I haven’t exercised since March, but it’s just the twine. If you untwine me I’m harder than a Hemsworth.”

However, city officials promise the tree will look great once it’s “fluffed up” and decorated.

Acknowledging it’s less than ideal appearance, Fountain Square officials also poked fun at the tree.

“2020 has been a rough year for all of us, including our tree. Our team is hard at work making this 65’ Norway Spruce beautiful for the holiday season,” they wrote. “Stay tuned for transformation photos as we get her fluffed up and beautified after her long drive into town.”

And it seems that they’re following through with their promise. Since the weekend, it does seem like the tree is being upgraded: most of its branches have been untied and “fluffed out,” leading to a more polished look.

Even the actual tree spoke up about the controversy.

The tree even put out its own statement through a Twitter account, @TreeFountain. A pinned Tweet on its profile page insists that the tree is “just doing the best (it) can in these trying times,” and under Owsley’s photo, the page insisted that the tree had just been missing some personal care sessions.

But it wasn’t the only sad tree – New York’s Rockefeller tree also didn’t look great.

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This year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, which comes from Central New York, is reminding many people of Charlie Brown.

The 75-foot Norway spruce, donated by Al Dick of Daddy Al’s General Store in Upstate New York, arrived in New York City on Saturday for the annual holiday tradition. Many social media users complained it didn’t look very full after being lifted into its spot by a crane, and compared it to the sad-looking tree from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

A tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no public access to this year’s event, but the lighting will be broadcast on television to continue the tradition.

One Twitter user summed up the whole debacle perfectly.

Although many on Twitter were pointing out just how similar the trees look to how we all feel in this cray cray year, one user set it perfectly.

“The Rockefeller tree. The Cincinnati tree. You know what? ALL 2020 Christmas trees should be Charlie Brown trees. Every dang one. I wouldn’t have it any other way. On New Year’s Eve, we can light them all on fire and pretend none of this ever happened,” another tweeted.

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