A Most Unusual Will: 5 Most Uplifting Stories

Also, an abused dog wins the hearts of donors
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2015 5:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Seattle couple who said thanks to their adoptive country in extraordinary fashion and a sleeping baby who defied the odds make the list of the week's good-news stories:

  • Seattle Couple Remembers 'America' in Will: Peter Petrasek escaped Czechoslovakia during World War II and met and married his wife, Joan, an Irish immigrant, in Canada. The pair made Seattle their home in the late 1950s. Both have since died, but they found an unusual way to say thank you to the US.
  • Donations Pour In for Abused Dog: A brutal story is moving toward a happy ending. A shelter in Arizona has received more than $20,000 in donations after it began caring for a young dog left bound and hanging from a tree. Even better, 2-year-old Sunny seems to be able to trust people again.
  • Waffle House Diners Wowed by Kid's Selfless Act: When 5-year-old Josiah Duncan spotted a homeless man outside a Waffle House in Alabama, he quizzed his mom about the man's plight. Upon getting his answers, he asked his mom to buy the man a meal, which she did. For the other diners, it was a meal to remember.

  • Baby Is Fine After Incredible Close Call With SUV: An SUV crashing into a house isn't all that uncommon. An SUV crashing into a house and hitting a crib that's holding a sleeping baby is downright scary. But when the baby emerges unscathed from all that, police have a different word entirely.
  • 110-Year-Old Has a Tip for Longevity: Mark Behrends of Nebraska celebrated a milestone rare among men this week—he turned 110, qualifying him for supercentenarian status. The majority of people who reach that mark are women. As for that inevitable question about the secret to his longevity, Behrends has a pretty good answer. It involves a daily can of his favorite brew.
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