Ira Keys is an 81-year-old man whose father taught him a simple rule: "'Whatever you do, son, save your money,'" Keys recounted to KCBD. "Back when I started in '52, I didn't have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them."
The Slaton, Texas resident did just that and, millennials, take heed. Keys finally took all his pennies (all 500 pounds of them) down to the bank to cash in, netting a cool $816. Not a bad return for a simple habit he picked up as a little kid. Of course, the local bank in Staton reportedly had to count each penny by hand, so maybe not everyone is thrilled with Keys' decision, but his wisdom holds up ... Discuss
All the dance masters will tell you that all you really need to totally crush it on the dance floor is one signature move—your moonwalk. Once you've got your trademark move down, just take that out to the floor and show everyone else what you're made of. The oldest trick in the book, and it works every time. This kid knows what we're talking about ... Discuss
Aaron Joseph Purmort was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in 2011. Around that same time, he met Nora, whom he would go on to marry and spend the next, last three years of his life battling cancer alongside. In that time, the two had a son and slowly learned to accept that the tumor would take Aaron's life. But the two shared a wonderful sense of humor, and co-wrote his obituary—an obituary which is now seeing the light of the day, after Aaron passed away last Tuesday. It's sweetly funny, very heavy on Spider-Man fandom and even poignant.
Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city. His family knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered Art Director, a designer of websites and t-shirts, and concert posters who always had the right cardigan and the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate). Aaron was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. In high school, he was in the band The Asparagus Children, which reached critical acclaim in the northern suburbs. As an adult, he graduated from the College of Visual Arts (which also died an untimely death recently) and worked in several agencies around Minneapolis, settling in as an Interactive Associate Creative Director at Colle + McVoy. Aaron was a comic book aficionado, a pop-culture encyclopedia and always the most fun person at any party. He is survived by his parents Bill and Kim Kuhlmeyer, father Mark Purmort (Patricia, Autumn, Aly), sisters Erika and Nicole, first wife Gwen Stefani, current wife Nora and their son Ralph, who will grow up to avenge his father's untimely death.
You can watch a teaser for an upcoming documentary about the couple's brief, beautiful marriage here ... Discuss
Sometimes, in life, the little things can end up being a source of frustration and even insurmountable difficulty. You may see others struggling with this challenge and think that surely you, with all your strength and cunning, will not have a problem overcoming this obstacle, only to find yourself bested, lying in a heap of your peers. Of course, next time, you'll be wiser about the ways you take on life's little hurdles, but we don't have that video metaphor. We only have this one ... Discuss
Man. The noblest beast. Through courage and cunning, man has forged rivers, crossed oceans, ascended mountains and even dared to set foot on the very moon and beyond. And though greatness beckons, it is our destiny to sometimes stumble and fall in the tendrils of our nature. This is one such moment as Max, the crowning achievement of creation, reckons with the unfairness of the world around him. In time, he too will join humanity in the sun. But today is not that day ... Discuss
Oh, childhood. Sweet, sunlit land of unfettered bliss. Who among us has not wished that it would last forever? Who among us does not remember the first time we stared into the abyss? Today, we are all Sadie, and we sob in unison with her ... Discuss