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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)

Ed Sheeran Jokes About Massive Lion Tattoo In Deuling Instagram Posts

Aug 27, 2015 -- 6:56am
Ed Sheeran could be "roaring" with laughter after revealing that his latest tattoo was a hoax -- or was it? The British singer showed off a tat-free Instagram photo on Wednesday, contradicting the post from Aug. 11 in which he displayed a colorful and elaborate lion's head inked across his chest that he had said was only "halfway" complete.
 
 
 
"Was only joking about the lion," the pop star captioned his newest snap, a bare-chested shot similar to his pose in the original pic. However, just hours later Ed shared another photo with the lion's mane peeking out from a thick layer of makeup.
 
"Only joking covered it up for a TV show didn't I" he wrote alongside the new image. While he didn't specify the gig, Ed is set to appear on FX's new drama "The Bastard Executioner" this fall. All of the singer’s jokes aside, Ed is clearly proud of the artwork. After its Instagram debut he also Tweeted a shout-out to celebrity tattoo artist Kevin Paul, writing, "Lion is courtesy of @kp_est78 who puts up with me complaining about the pain."
 
 
Kevin himself went on the record to discuss the tat, telling E! News that the lion image was a work in progress. "The piece as it stands took about six hours to do but there is still about six hours left to complete the tattoo," the artist said at the time. In a BBC interview from July, Ed also explained that his inspiration behind the planned artwork was his love for England's football team, whose mascot is – of course – a lion.
 
"Originally I was going to get the [Wembley Stadium] floor plan tattooed on my side, but that seemed a bit ridiculous," Ed told the outlet. Prank or not, the crooner has a sense of humor about his other tats, too. Ed also sports confirmed ink of both a teddy bear and Puss in Boots from the "Shrek" franchise (via Access Hollywood)
 
 
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