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Quick Takes: Watered-down wedding

For wetter or for worse, one bride was determined to say “I do”

Illustration by Chanelle Nibbelink

Quick Takes: Watered-down wedding
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It’s hard to say what—if anything—would have stopped one Filipina bride on her wedding day. Despite flooding from a deadly typhoon, Dianne Victoriano processed through ankle-deep waters down the aisle of a water-logged church in the city of Malolos July 30 to tie the knot with Paulo Padilla. Rather than delay due to the weather, the couple asked their wedding coordinator Eilleen Bautista for help proceeding as planned. Padilla prepared for his role by rolling up his pants and donning flip-flops. The photographers splashed through the event barefoot. Rather than amend her outfit, Victoriano allowed her white train to become submerged in the floodwaters. “This wedding proved that even in the face of adversity,” Bautista later shared on social media, “we can still come together and celebrate love in its purest form.”

Not at this address

Atlanta officials mired Everett Tripodis in a flood of bureaucratic paperwork, demolished his home, and then sent him the bill—all because city workers mixed up a zip code. The saga began earlier this year when Atlanta officials sent certified letters to Tripodis threatening to condemn his investment property if improvements were not made. But they sent those warnings to the wrong address. When Tripodis went to the property with a remodeling contractor, he found the home flattened. Adding insult to injury: The city is now suing Tripodis for $68,000 to recover demolition costs.

Catapulting car

Emergency crews had some ­theories, but no one knew for sure how a Toyota Corolla ended up impaling the second floor of a rural Pennsylvania home Aug. 6. When firefighters and police arrived on the scene in Mifflin County, Pa., they saw the car stuck into the house like an arrow. Police theorized the driver caught air by hitting a nearby culvert at a high rate of speed. An investigation deemed the accident intentional, and the alleged driver, 20-year-old Evan Miller, is now facing charges.

From drain to tap

Real Kölsch beer comes from Cologne, Germany. But a new Kölsch-style ale made by a California brewery comes from sink and bathtub drains. Officials at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. partnered with a San Francisco water-treatment company to make Epic OneWater Brew using wastewater from a residential building. Company officials say they’ve made more than 7,000 cans so far—but none are for sale due to regulations prohibiting the sale of drinks made from recycled wastewater.

Skip, reverse, draw four

The makers of the Uno card game are looking for someone to draw four—paychecks, that is. In a marketing scheme designed to promote a new game called Uno Quatro, Mattel officials said on social media they were taking applications for a position in New York City called “Chief Uno Player.” The job would require someone to play the new game four hours a day, four times a week for four weeks beginning in September. Mattel said the gig would pay $4,444 per week. The job posting says candidates must be 18 and able to sit for long ­periods of time, lift and carry 50 pounds, and set up tents and tables to play the game.

Stolen land for sale

A chance conversation with a childhood friend prompted New York resident Daniel Kenigsberg, 70, to check on the 0.45-acre undeveloped parcel in Fairfield, Conn., that had been in his family since the 1950s. But instead of the grass and trees he remembered on his last visit five years ago, Kenigsberg found a large house under construction. Kenigsberg then started unraveling a scheme that began last year when a South African forger stole his identity and sold the property to a local developer. In July, Kenigsberg filed a lawsuit alleging theft of property against the developer, who had already listed the home for sale for more than $1.4 million.

It’s raining … snakes?

While Peggy Jones was minding her own business, mowing the grass at her Silsbee, Texas, home, a snake fell from the sky onto her arm. Before she could reason why a snake had fallen on her, Jones said, a hawk swooped in and began attacking the snake and consequently her arm. The snake desperately hung onto Jones by coiling itself tightly around her arm. “The snake was squeezing so hard and I was just waving my arm in the air,” Jones told KPRC-TV. “I just kept saying, ‘Help me, Jesus!’” The Aug. 1 incident didn’t conclude until the hawk, on its fourth attack run, pried the snake from Jones’ arm and flew away with its meal.


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