March. 12 (UPI) -- Before he died at the age of 80 on Sunday, Walter George Bruhl, Jr., of Newark, Del., took the time to write his own obituary.
His grandson, Sam Bruhl, posted the lengthy piece on Reddit on Monday and it has been making its way across the Internet ever since.
The obituary utilizes some fill-in-the-blank sections and also alludes to Bruhl’s wife now being able “to purchase the mink coat which he had always refused her because he believed only minks should wear mink.”
Bruhl’s relatives only found out about the self-penned obituary after his death.
Here it is in full:
“Walter George Bruhl Jr of Newark and Dewey Beach DE is a dead person, he is no more, he is bereft of life, he is deceased, he has wrung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible, he has expired and gone to meet his maker.
He drifted off this mortal coil on _____________ at __________ at his home in ________. His spirit was released from his worn out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe.
He was surrounded by his loving wife of ______ years, Helene Sellers Bruhl, who will now be able to purchase the mink coat which he had always refused her because he believed only minks should wear mink, his two sons, their wives, and his four grandchildren. Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935, a spinal disc in 1974, a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988, and his prostate on March 27th 2000.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota high school wrestler won over the crowd with a hug that came away from the mat — and after a loss.
Instead of getting upset when he lost the 120-pound title match in the Class 3A tournament, Blaine High School sophomore Malik Stewart went over to his opponent’s dad — who is dying of cancer — and gave him a hug. The crowd at the Xcel Energy Center loved it.
"He won," Stewart said of opponent Mitchell McKee. "He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him."
"I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through," Stewart added. "The crowd went wild and I heard a couple people say after I did it - that was pretty classy - but I just did it straight from the heart."
Stewart lost his own father to a heart attack when he was just 7 years old. He said he was just doing the right thing.
McKee, a St. Michael Albertville High School sophomore, told KARE-TV that he wanted to win the tournament for his father, who has just months to live. He pinned Stewart around 1:22 into the face-off in the match earlier this month.
"It was a big match for him and to be able to hug my dad like that and not be mad and storm off like a lot of kids do," said McKee. "Really respectful."
When it was McKee's turn to hug his dad, people in the crowd cried, stood and clapped.
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Two people were killed and 23 others were injured when a suspected drunk driver fleeing arrest drove his car through temporary barricades and into a crowd of people leaving a musical performance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., police said early Thursday.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told a news conference that a man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened at around 12:30 a.m. Acevedo said the two people who died were on a moped that the motorist hit along with pedestrians who were leaving a club where a concert had been held. Neither victim's identity was released.
Acevedo said that of the 23 people injured, five were critically hurt. Austin Police Lt. Brian Moon told the Associated Press that most who were transported to local hospitals had minor injuries.
The chief said that the driver, who has not been identified, will be charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths, as well as 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said the man also struck a cab before jumping out of his car and trying to flee on foot. Officers shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.
South by Southwest, an overlapping set of music, film, and emerging technology festivals, has been held in Austin every year since 1987, and traditionally draws thousands of people to the Texas capital.
The street was full of concert-goers just minutes before the tragedy, but officials had moved some people onto the sidewalk due to the presence of a fire lane.
"We had a large crowd," Acevedo said. "I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Mar 12 2014
A 'missing' woman on holiday in Iceland managed to unwittingly join a search party looking for herself.
It happened after a tourist group traveling by bus to the volcanic Eldgja canyon made a pit stop near the canyon park.
The woman in question went inside to freshen up and change her clothes at the rest stop, and when she came back "her busmates didn't recognise her".
Word spread among the group of a missing passenger, and the woman didn't recognise the description of herself.
A 50-person search party - including the 'missing' woman - was soon canvassing the area, and the coast guard was mobilising to deploy a search party of its own.
It wasn't until 3am that someone finally figured out that the missing woman was actually in the search party, albeit in different clothes, and the search was called off.
A judge in the Cayman Islands fined a Louisiana man $600 on Tuesday for forcing a Delta Air Lines flight to make an emergency landing after he got into a drunken argument with his wife aboard the plane on their anniversary.
Michael Foret, 33, was escorted from a Delta Air Lines plane by police when it landed in the Cayman Islands on Sunday night. The flight was traveling from Atlanta en route to Costa Rica.
His wife remained aboard the plane and continued traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica, police said.
On Tuesday, Foret, who had been held in police custody, appeared before a Cayman Islands judge, his lawyer, Ben Tonner, said. Foret was fined for disruptive behavior aboard a commercial flight, he said.
It was the second time in recent weeks that Delta reportedly performed an emergency landing because of drunken behavior by a passenger.
A Delta flight from Baltimore to Salt Lake City on February 7 was diverted due to an unruly female passenger who was described by officials as intoxicated.
Police in Germany said a father is facing charges for allowing his 3-year-old daughter to ride a motorbike with a top speed of about 40 mph.
Police said an officer spotted the girl driving the "pocket bike" Sunday afternoon in Tuttlingen and the officer noted the girl "did not possess a valid driving license" and the bike was not registered for use on the road, TheLocal.de reported Tuesday.
"It was an incident that would be more likely attributed to an adolescent or adult, not a 3-year-old," police said.
Investigators said the girl's 22-year-old father was standing nearby and had been teaching the girl how to operate the bike.
"The father did not realize that a bad accident would have happened if the girl had just given it a little bit more throttle," police said.
Police seized the bike and the father was charged with breaching insurance laws and licensing regulations.
Mar 12 2014
The Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat who trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.
Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland said he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.
"We're not getting rid of him right now," Palmer said. "He's been part of our family for a long time."
Palmer says the animal attacked his 7-month-old child after the baby pulled its tail. The child suffered a few scratches on the forehead.
On the 911 call, Palmer tells the dispatcher he kicked the cat "in the rear" to protect his child. Palmer says the animal then "just went off over the edge" -- leading Palmer and his girlfriend to barricade themselves, their baby and the family dog in the bedroom for safety.
The cat can be heard screeching in the background of the call as Palmer says in a panicked voice: "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door." Palmer also tells the dispatcher the cat has been violent in the past.
Officers used a dog snare to capture the animal, and placed it in a crate.
The cat attack story gained national attention after police put out a news release about it Monday. Palmer says the family has had proposals from people wanting to adopt Lux, but the family is not taking them up on it.
Mar 11 2014
A 2-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after using FaceTime to save his mother after she was gravely injured.
According to a report from KGUN, Laura Toone was trying to break up a fight between a foster dog she had been caring for and one of her own dogs -- when the foster dog bit part of her middle finger almost completely off.
Toone tried to dial 911 herself, but she said her hands were too bloody to make the call.
"I begged my daughters to call 911, and they're 4, and they were quite afraid to even touch the phone, because it was covered in my own blood from me trying to call 911," Toone, from Tuscan, Ariz., told KGUN.
The mother continued to lose significant amounts of blood and thought she was going to lose consciousness -- until her 2-year-old son Bentley showed up with a dish towel from the kitchen. After wiping some of the blood off his mother's iPhone, Bentley proceeded to use FaceTime, a video chat app, to call Toone’s friend Connie Guerrero.
"All I could see was his little forehead, and I said 'Hi Bentley,' and it was quiet for a little bit. And then I hear Laura screaming," Guerrero told KGUN.
Guerrero then called 911, and Bentley unlocked the door to let firefighters into the house. Toone told KGUN she is very thankful for her little hero and has since taught all of her children how to dial 911
- More than three days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from the skies, there were still no signs Tuesday of the missing plane's whereabouts.
Every lead that has raised hopes of tracing the commercial jet and the 239 people on board has so far petered out.
The challenge facing those involved in the huge, multinational search is daunting; the area of sea they are combing is vast.
And they still don't know if they're looking in the right place.
"As we enter into Day 4, the aircraft is yet to be found," Malaysia Airlines said in a statement Tuesday.
Over the past few days, search teams have been scouring tens of thousands of square miles of sea around the area where the plane was last detected, between the northeast coast of Malaysia and southwest Vietnam.
They have also been searching off the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, in the Strait of Malacca, and north into the Andaman Sea. The airline said Tuesday that authorities are still investigating the possibility that the plane might have tried to turn back toward the Kuala Lumpur airport from where it set off.
The search also encompasses the land in between the two areas of sea.
But it could be days, weeks or even months before the searchers find anything that begins to explain what happened to the plane, which disappeared early Saturday en route to Beijing.
In the case of Air France Flight 447, which disappeared over the Atlantic in 2009, it took five days just to locate the first floating wreckage.
And it was nearly two years before investigators found the bulk of the French plane's wreckage, and the majority of the bodies of the 228 people on board, about 12,000 ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Mar 11 2014
A man ended up being stuck in an underground drain for two days after chasing a $20 bill - which he never actually found.
Fortunately his cries for help were heard by a group of passing schoolkids and an emergency crew came to his rescue.
The unnamed male from Oklahoma told police that his desperation for cash is what forced him to such extreme lengths to recover the lost note.
Sergeant John Chelenza told KSWO News: "We could hear a man yelling for help.
"We see a gentleman down in the bottom of it (the drain) and it seemed that he had been down there a couple of days."
"That's the first time in going on 28 years that we have found somebody down in a storm drain."
Police officer Alicia Redding said: "I was amazed. I was confused how he had gotten down there and amazed that he was still okay."