Couple Discovers 'Electrical Box' In Backyard Was Actually A Safe Filled With Treasure

Couple Discovers 'Electrical Box' In Backyard Was Actually A Safe Filled With Treasure

If you grew up on cheesy action-adventure movies like me that are set in the early 20s or 30s, then you probably are wary of ancient treasures and the inevitable curses they’ll bring upon you.

I know it seems like an irrational fear, but the idea that my greed and desire for a “shortcut” to fame and fortune resulting in an eventual and horrible curse is something I worry about a little too much, seeing as they’re not real (probably). So the idea of grave/tomb robbing isn’t something I’m into, because I don’t want a visit from any supernatural creatures chasing me to the ends of the earth.

But ancient artifacts is where I draw the line. If I find an old-timey safe or something that’s existed in the last couple of centuries and it’s filled with modern day cash and goods, you best believe I’m going to take that stuff with a clear conscience or fear of repercussion.

Which is why I can’t understand, for the life of me, why this couple would do what they did when they discovered a rusty safe behind some trees in their backyard. A safe that they thought for the longest time was just an electrical box. It wasn’t.

This gross-looking box was on their property. This gross looking box contained $ 52,000 in cash, gold, and diamonds. This gross looking box could been their next decadent vacation. A double-or-nothing “bet on black” single game of roulette. A brand new supercharged Audi. A  $ 52K bitcoin investment.

And Matthew and Maria Colonna Emanuel decided they couldn’t keep it. They could’ve said, “Finders keepers.” They could’ve easily kept the money and all of the belongings. But there’s a reason they didn’t.

It’s because the couple are decent people. In addition to all of the discovered loot, these two State Island folks found a sheet of paper.

On that paper, was an address.

Because they have a conscience or whatever, they knew that they needed to contact the person whose name was on the address and as it turns out, that person was their neighbor.

So they knocked on their door and asked if they’d ever been burglarized. Turns out that they were and the police reports from 2011 prove it.

So the couple let their neighbor know that they had their safe without hesitation, which of course, people admired. Because it’s very easy to talk yourself into keeping it in that situation, think of all the excuses?

They probably got insurance to cover it.

or:

This is fate, the universe is looking out for me.

or the most compelling:

Finder’s keepers, b****es.

People on Twitter not only commended the couple for their honesty…

…but they also had a bunch of questions for whoever stole the safe.

Like, if they were planning on going back and getting the safe after stealing it, why didn’t they ever go back and pick it up? Why would they leave it so close to the crime scene?

And then a bunch of other people basically told the same joke.

The story also inspired some hopeful treasure hunters to grab a shovel and go to work in their own backyards.

And others lamenting their own misfortune.

Honestly, as sad as it sounds, I know plenty of people who happened upon $ 52,000 randomly just means they’ll be in less debt than they were before. #StudentLoanLife.

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This Couple Celebrated Their Engagement By Recreating Film's Greatest Duos

This is Jackie Nguyen and Nate Huntley:

You might be able to tell from that photo that they are in love and engaged. The two met while doing a production of Miss Saigon in North Carolina. They’re both actors and perhaps a bit dramatic. In an email, Jackie wrote that when they decided to get married, they joked about taking engagement pics that would be so “outlandish” that they’d confuse their whole family. It was so fun to brainstorm ideas, they couldn’t settle on one. It turned into a year-long photo project with photographer Isaac James and relationship goals for the rest of us.

The two have been taking more and more engagement pics, paying homage to all their favorite characters in TV and film. Here we have Marvel’s Agent Peggy Carter and Captain America:

There’s Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott. They’re sort of a couple, if you think about it.

Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant escaping the dinos in Jurassic Park:

Doc and Marty McFly forever:

The characters from Mrs. Doubtfire, which is technically about divorce, but still great costumes:

Some of the pics are pure fantasy:

They even dressed up as real life couple Yoko Ono and John Lennon:

And as unrequited love, from Bojack Horseman:

Don’t worry, they still have a few normal pics:

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This Couple Proposed To One Another At The Exact Same Time Because They're Meant To Be

It can be hard to stay positive on Valentine’s Day when you’re single, but every once in awhile a real gem surfaces in all these sappy love stories clogging up social media. This is one that will make you shout from the rooftops, “Love is real!”

Meet Tori Monaco and her girlfriend Berkley Cad—or I should say fiancée. They just became engaged after asking each one planned a surprise proposal for the other, to take place at the exact same time.

Insiderreports that they had some help—Cade’s mom knew what each woman was planning, and helped facilitate their proposals so that they took place during a family Pictionary game.

“Her mom was the mastermind,” said Monaco. “They were planning this perfect proposal.”

And she caught the whole thing on video:

In the video, Cade is at the easel, trying to lure the love of her life into guessing, “Marry me.” But then she turns around and sees Monaco on bended knee, asking the same question. Cade had been planning the proposal with her mother for some time, when mom got a call form her daughter’s girlfriend sharing her plans to do the exact same thing. Of course, mom got to scheming.

Everyone is sobbing over this perfect moment:

Help, I’m sobbing! This is the first same-sex relationship for either woman—they met online and traveled across state lines to meet each other. They hit it off right away and have taken it all the way to a ring. And they’re celebrating:

I think this expresses it pretty well:

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One Week After Couple Adopts Triplets, Their Doctor Gives Them This News

Sometimes destiny can throw you a curveball. This is particularly true in the case of Sarah and Andy Justice, a Tulsa, Oklahoma couple desperately longing to be parents. After years of unsuccessful attempts at conception, the Justices decided it was time to consider adoption.

Yet, like their three long years waiting to conceive, the adoption process proved equally frustrating. Still, the couple persevered and was soon given the chance to adopt not just one, not two, but three babies. Once the triplets were born, however, something unbelievable happened… 

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Sarah and Andy Justice had been married for three years and while they were loving life together, they were missing one, vital thing: children of their own. It wasn’t for lack of trying, mind you, they just hadn’t had any luck conceiving. After three years of waiting, it seemed they would have to look into some sort of help. 

Sarah and Andy decided that it was time to seek the advice of a fertility expert. In early 2014, the two traveled from their home in Tulsa, OK to St. Louis, MO to enlist the aid of a fertility specialist. The Justices drove for nearly six hours, but when they got there, they received more bad news… 

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The specialist told the couple that while they were perfect candidates for in-vitro fertilization treatment, there was still only a 10% chance that they would ever become pregnant. The process was also a bit more invasive than the couple had been prepared for. What’s more, the process wasn’t exactly going to be cheap, either. 

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As it turns out, in-vitro fertilization costs a pretty penny. The process would cost the Justices between $ 30,000 and $ 60,000. Between the extremely prohibitive cost and the fact that even if they did try it, it might not work, the couple decided that this was not the right path for them. So they went to the next logical step: adoption… 

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Even adoption had certain difficulties attached to it, however. For one, the process can take years to finalize, and the Justices were, like most people who opt to adopt, interested primarily in newborn babies. Still, they were willing to do whatever they had to in order to get the ball rolling, including a series of interviews. 

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As part of the adoption process, Sarah and Andy had to be interviewed by prospective birth mothers in order for them to determine if the couple would be suitable as parents. The interviews, while cordial and successful in the end, were exhausting and nervewracking for the Justices. Sadly, their struggle to build their family was far from over… 

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The Justices had been accepted as adoptive parents on two separate occasions, following the interviews. Yet in both cases, the birth mothers had changed their minds at the last minute. Just when it seemed like everything was going smoothly, they had to start all over again. But they were not about to give up that easily. 

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Finally, when they were at their lowest, the Justices received a call. One of their expectant mothers had accepted them as parents. They met with her again and even went with her to an ultrasound appointment. Everything appeared perfectly normal during the scan, but there was one little surprise that neither the mother nor the Justices had planned on: the woman was having triplets… 

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Rather than try and renege on the agreement, the Justices decided to move forward with the adoption and accept all three babies. The papers were signed, after all. Sarah and Andy were about to become the proud parents of three beautiful newborns. It was not something they were initially prepared for… 

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As a matter of fact, the situation actually suited the couple perfectly. They had already planned on having more than one child but had dreaded the prospect of undergoing adoption process a second time. It seemed that now they had the perfect situation: multiple children all at once. Soon they were ready to meet their newborn triplets… 

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The babies, Hannah, Joel, and Elizabeth, were born in May 2013. In yet another twist of fate, the triplets were born eight weeks early. The tiny little babies weighed only about three pounds each, which meant that they had to be kept in neonatal intensive care for some time before they could go home with their new parents. 

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A week after their premature birth, Sarah Justice decided to go to a doctor’s appointment by herself. The stress of the whole situation had been affecting her health slightly and she wanted to make sure she was feeling better by the time the triplets came home. When the doctor finally came in, he had some unbelievable news; she was not sick, she was pregnant. It was a miracle, and what’s more, she was expecting twins… 

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Fate is a funny thing. While this amazing, and unlikely, occurrence would have felt like bad timing to most people, the Justices saw the humor in it. The irony of the situation wasn’t lost on them either, or the difficulty that would come with raising five children all under a year old. But Sarah and Andy were mentally and emotionally prepared for what was to come. 

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They were, of course, shocked, even slightly overwhelmed by the news, who wouldn’t be? But they had been longing for a family of their own for so long, they couldn’t help but she the unique situation as a true blessing. Soon they had welcomed their biological twins, Andrew and Abigail, into their home as well. It was going to be a big adjustment… 

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The situation wasn’t easy, obviously. With five hungry babies, the couple didn’t sleep a whole lot in the first few months. Luckily, Sarah and Andy had the support of their community and their family. Friends, neighbors, members of their parish, everyone pitched in to help and provide for the new family of seven. 

Members of Tulsa’s Eastland Baptist Church began to send over food for the family as well. They sent cooked meals, frozen dinners, and baby formula. Their friends at church even offered to help watch the five Justice babies while the couple was away at work. And it wasn’t just food and time their friends provided, either… 

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Diapers, bottles, blankets, clothing: it all came pouring in from donations around Tulsa. The supplies were sorely needed. The five infants went through a whopping 300 diapers and 84 bottles every week. And because it was such a task getting the kids from place to place, they had to get a bigger van. 

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Sarah and Andy had a little trouble telling the babies apart at first, despite their slight age difference. To fix this, they came up with a system. The boys were easy enough, for obvious reasons. But for their older daughters, Hannah and Elizabeth, the parents used different colored toenail polish. Soon, the Justices were internet celebrities… 

The story of the Justice clan instantly went viral and in the three years that passed since the Justices became parents, they have gained an impressive Facebook following. The world is constantly looking at their fantastic photos and updates. In fact, the couple who thought they’d never be parents, even welcomed a sixth child in January of 2016. 

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Despite the crazy demands that the Justices’ face each and every day, they say they wouldn’t change it for the world. Their lives have become all about the babies, but they both feel that it’s a good thing. “It was something we’ve wanted so badly that we love it,” says Sarah Justice. “We just really love having these children.” 

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Dutch Men Are Holding Hands To Show Support For Brutalized Gay Couple

Dutch Men Are Holding Hands To Show Support For Brutalized Gay Couple

The road to equal rights for any group that’s discriminated against is unfortunately one that’s filled with violence, terror, and heartache.

And although these heinous acts perpetrated against specific groups can’t ever really be stopped, we can control how we react to this violence.

It’s easy to get bitter and violent towards those who harm someone based on their gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. But oftentimes the most profound responses to such unabashed hatred are the moments when people opt to show love to victims.

Like how Dutch men all over the Netherlands are holding each other’s hands in support of two gay men who were recently attacked.

A gang of men attacked Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes as they walked together early one Sunday morning. One of the men was armed with a pair of bolt cutters, which they used in the attack.

Jasper wrote about the incident in a heartbreaking and scary Facebook post.

Posted by Jasper Vernes-Sewratan on Monday, May 27, 2013

Unfortunately, Ronnie and I also became a victim of a hate crime towards gays 😞, following the steps in anhem we are two of us to walk home provoked because we are more or less walking hand in hand (what we do Do it more often when we’re alone or walk) but so were attacked by a group of marokannen with between the ages of 14 and 18 years. I have always said that we weren’t crazy and wouldn’t let us know and we did so. Unfortunately had to be one of the guys, so apparently a bolt cutters and after what swearing up and down, it was like pulling and pushing all of a sudden it became so escalated, and eventually even the place fully and did all those guys at the same time on us, before I 😞Knew it was Ronnie out of my neighborhood and I had 3 man on me. I fought me out out but suddenly heard Ronnie screaming that all his front teeth were knocked out by one of those moroccans with so those bolt cutters, I went after her and the rest of them ran away and eventually, all of a sudden I could run towards Ronnie and what shows; His upper lip is one laceration, and he is no less than 4 front teeth and partly a 5th tooth lost by the clapping, the lip is now in the hospital but the teeth are a bigger problem and need to be reset. So we’re all going to cost a spoedtandarts.

What a nice date night was has become a nightmare what I personally catchy.

That this can still happen in 2017 is incomprehensible and hard to understand because in the end, we are just dutch in our own country, but it can’t be like that, apparently, in terms of homosexuality 😞.

A hashtag began in support of the couple, #allemannenhandinhand, which originated from Dutch journalist Barbara Barend.

It translates to: “Can this whole week all men (straight and gay) please just walk hand in hand …” 

So men started doing exactly that, all around the world.

Men from all professions and walks of life started tweeting photos of themselves holding hands with other men in a touching show of solidarity for the couple.

Dutch soccer clubs even got in on the act.

As did Rotterdam’s police force.

And members of the religious community.

The movement is gaining tons of momentum with more and more people across the Netherlands and all over the world showing their support for Ronnie and Jasper.

It’s important to note that the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2001. But as anyone who’s taken two seconds to look at the progress of the Civil Rights Movement will tell you, widespread acceptance hasn’t been achieved yet.

Philip Tijsma, public affairs manager for COC Nederland, says that LGBT rights in the Netherlands have a long way to go.

“While some may think of the Netherlands as some sort of ‘gay paradise,’ the truth is that the layer of acceptance in this country is thinner than many people think. About 7 in 10 LGBT people say they have been confronted with physical and/or verbal violence because of their identity,” Tijsma said. “Plus, many LGBT students have a difficult time in high school, are bullied and see suicide rates that are almost five times higher than average.”

“The fight for equality continues,” CNN reported.

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Twitter Is In Love With This Couple Who Went To Special Needs Prom Together

Twitter user ThatGuyJigg recently took to Twitter to share perhaps the cutest couple in the would right now — his brother, Justin, and his prom date, Victoria. They're all dressed up for Night to Shine, an “unforgettable prom experience” for special needs kids who might not be able to go their school's prom.

He asked the internet to help them go viral, and the internet obliged, retweeting the post 220,000 times and liking it more than half a million times. 

And Justin seems pretty excited about the whole thing.

Someone even drew a sketch of the two.

Mostly, people are just freaking out about how adorable these two are.

We really need some fashion tips from both of them. 

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Woman Hurls N-Word, Spits At Black Couple During Chicago's Margarita Festival

Ernest and Cassie Crim, a husband and wife team that are also high school teachers, were looking forward to Chicago’s Margarita Festival being held at the end of July for months.  Unfortunately, a day that was supposed to kickoff the big wind-down to their summer took a very ugly turn.

The black couple were next in line for a game of cornhole,


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After hurling a string of racial epithets at the couple, Ernest Crims pulled out his cell phone to being recording the confrontation and almost immediately had the phone slapped out of his hands by the woman, who would later be identified as Jessica Lynn Sanders.

Before the video ends, the woman spits at the Crims, managing to hit Mrs. Crim on the arm.  Festival security removed the woman from the event, and Chicago police confirmed that the Crims have filed a simple battery charge against her.

The video was uploaded to YouTube, showing the gross level of offense the Crims were subject to for simply being there 

Cassie Crims was understandably upset

“I was humiliated after that.  We had a lot to think about. We’re educators. We’re black. We had too much going for ourselves to stoop to that level.”

They believe that the recent racial tensions that have come to light nationwide were a contributing factor.  In Chicago alone, racial hate crimes have gone from 13% to 24%, almost doubling between 2010 and 2014.

Ernest Crim, who uploaded the video, had this to say

“I feel like the history and the climate of this country had already nurtured the [anti-black] mentality that she had.

In this day and age, I just wanted to get her on camera so I can expose how ignorant she is and was.”

 

(h/t mic)

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