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Oops! North Carolina Man Drops Engagement Ring in Ocean Mid-Proposal

Sep 01, 2015 -- 7:25am
When 25-year-old Matthew Picca decided to plan a romantic seaside proposal for his girlfriend, Kayla Harrity, 24, he probably wasn't expecting to pop the question while soaking wet and smelling of fish – but that's exactly what happened when his proposal went horribly awry. 
Picca was on vacation with Harrity's family in Southport, North Carolina, when he planned a surprise proposal, WBTV reports. The Monroe, North Carolina, man made arrangements to ask his girlfriend to marry him in front of both of their families at a bar on a dock. 
"I turned around and he was getting down on one knee," Harrity told the news station. "As he opened the ring box, the ring fell out of the box and fell through the cracks on the deck and into the water. I didn't even get to see it before it dropped." 
Both families and the patrons of the bar looked on in horror. 
"I covered my face and began to cry because I knew my boyfriend was devastated," Harrity said. "Matthew did not even get to say anything to me before the ring fell into the ocean."  "We all kind of stood in shock for a minute and then a few people were saying, 'The water's not that deep, go look for it,' " Picca told Fox 46. 
Picca jumped into the water to search for the ring, followed by Harrity's brother-in-law and sister – all fully clothed. Strangers also joined in on the search.  "At the bar, there were three men who were enjoying a beer who saw the whole thing," she said. "They must have felt bad for us and did not want to see our engagement end like this. They jumped in the water and helped look for the ring." 
Adding insult to injury, Harrity's sister attempted to use Picca's phone as a flashlight under the water thinking it had a waterproof case. It did not.  Locals provided underwater flashlights and goggles to help the group's search.  "After 10 flashlights, five pairs of goggles and over 1.5 hours of searching in the water, the ring was found!" Harrity said. 
A bar patron named Kyle Blusher found the ring.  "Everyone at the bar was cheering. All of a sudden, everyone was chanting, 'Propose again! Do it again!' " Harrity told the news station. "It was the best feeling in the world. My fiancé, soaking wet, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to get down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!" 
The couple then returned to the bar to buy the men who helped search a round of shots.  "Without [their] help, we would not be standing here right now planning our wedding," Harrity said (via People)

Say what? Rotterdam woman seeks help finding missing wall

Aug 28, 2015 -- 8:19am
By: Anna Meiler
ROTTERDAM - Old books, plates and glasses- these are some of the items left over from Christine Daniel's yard sale that she wanted to give away for free. She posted an ad on Craigslist and put the boxes on her front wall. But, someone came and took something she really wanted to keep.
“I just was in awe. I was like am I seeing things right? What in the world is going on here?”
Then it hit her like a ton of bricks. Someone had really misunderstood the sign saying "For Free.”

“Everybody was just stunned like in absolute disbelief. I think all of us are saying who takes a wall?” said Daniel. Neighbors driving by can't believe their eyes.
“I can’t. I can’t believe it,” said Lisa Baker.
“It’s totally bizarre just to take a wall,” said another neighbor. Daniel says the stone wall had sentimental value to her landlord, who built it more than four decades ago. Daniel didn't see a thing, but neighbors tell her they saw a landscaping truck pull up Sunday afternoon. They saw two men take the wall apart and haul the stones away. But, because it was a landscaping truck, they didn't think anything of it. 
“If it's really a landscaping company I think they should come and I think they should do a really nice job for my landlord because he’s really the victim in my eyes,” said Daniel. Daniel put another ad on Craigslist. This one is pleading for the wall to be returned. No questions asked. In the meantime, she's trying to keep a sense of humor about this strange disappearance. 
“I guess I’m going to have to put up a sign that says don't take the grass,” she laughed. Rotterdam police say whoever did this could face felony charges. They're asking for anyone who saw anything to give them a call (via WNYT).

The McWhopper mashup that almost happened

Aug 27, 2015 -- 9:10am
All of your burger mashup dreams were about to come true, then dashed in a matter of moments.
On Wednesday, Burger King took out full-page ads in both the New York Times and Chicago Tribune newspapers asking McDonald's to call a truce on the "burger wars." BK wants to join forces to sell a one-day-only McWhopper burger at a special pop-up location in September. All proceeds would benefit nonprofit Peace One Day, reports the New York Times.
Burger King explained in its open letter ad to McDonald's that it's time to bring attention to International Peace Day on Sept. 21, which was established by the United Nations in 1981. BK argued that if the two giants in the burger wars can come together for the common good, surely the rest of us can follow their example. The company even proposed a location (Atlanta, Georgia, midway between the two companies' headquarters) and launched a website that explains everything from packaging to uniforms, and includes a droolworthy video.

Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley makes a cameo on the McWhopper website, giving full support to the project and saying, "We hope you get on board, McDonald's."
But McDonald's just rained on your parade.
A statement posted by McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook on the company's Facebook page says:
Dear Burger King,
Inspiration for a good cause... great idea.
We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference.
We commit to raise awareness worldwide, perhaps you’ll join us in a meaningful global effort?
And every day, let's acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war.
We’ll be in touch.
-Steve, McDonald’s CEO
P.S. A simple phone call will do next time.
Ouch. Turns out McDonald's doesn't like surprises. No one claimed that burger wars compare with actual wars. That's like saying Happy Meals actually change your brain chemistry and make you euphorically happy.
Nonetheless, what Burger King is selling, McDonald's isn't buying. So, there you have it. There is no McWhopper in your future. No flame broiled patty slathered in Big Mac sauce. No influx of #mcwhopper photos flooding your Instagram feed. It's just you and a dream that was taken away all too soon. Only time will tell if the short but glorious life of the #mcwhopperproposal was in vain or results in lasting recognition for a worthy cause.
All isn't lost, though — the point was to bring awareness to International Peace Day and Peace One Day. 
Peace One Day's founder, Jeremy Gilley, told Mashable "I am delighted with the result of today...[with] so many people finding out [about International Peace Day]...I look at this as sort of a real success." Attention has been paid. Mashable reached out to Burger King for comments but received none by the time of publication (via Mashable)
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