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Meet the Man Who Took Epic Engagement Photos With a Burrito

He's met the ultimate love of his life

We’ve all been there – some combination of overwhelmed/annoyed/depressed by the ever-increasing stream of wedding and baby photos on our social media.

David Sikorski, a San Francisco-based writer, reached his breaking point. It was time for the world to see how happy he was with the love of his life: a carne asada burrito from San Francisco restaurant Taqueria La Cumbrea.

“With so many domesticated photos of staged afternoon picnics in the park or holding hands running along the beach, I figured people would be interested in sharing the happiness of my own current love life situation as well,” he tells BuzzFeed about his (literally) cheesy engagement photos with his meal.

Sikorski hired professional photographer Kristina Bakrevski to take photos of the happy couple hanging out in front of several San Francisco landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alamo Square, as well as frolicking on the beach, as one does.

“We haven’t established a set date yet, but over the next few months I hope to be introducing our menu of friends to one another,” he says.

#engagement #truelove #blowingyourfeedsup #datburritolifedoe

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This article originally appeared on People.com

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$200,000 in Cash Fell Out of a Tree in Germany

Sometimes money really does grow on trees

This weekend, it was raining money — specifically, €50 notes — at a campsite in a small German town, UPI reports. The equivalent of $200,000 in cash started falling from a tree’s branches on July 11 after the plastic bag in which it appeared to have been hidden came undone.

The bag had been hanging on a pipe between two branches, but after a heat wave struck the Mirow area in Germany, the pipe bent, UPI says. An elastic tying the bag shut then snapped, causing the money to slip out of the bag and fall to the ground. A group of passersby discovered the cash floating down from the tree.

According to UPI, police are currently searching for the original owner of the cash. They suspect the mysterious bag may have to do with a cottage fire that took place on the site earlier in the week. Sources say the owners of the campsite claim the money is theirs, but police are still investigating.

If police don’t confirm the owners after six months, the people who found the money will be entitled to the entire sum, UPI reports. They have already received a $6,000 reward for reporting their findings.

[UPI]

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This Woman Changed Her Name Just So She Could Log In to Facebook

And you thought forgetting your password was a hassle

You might change your name as a spy. Or adopt a new moniker to elude the law. But would you change your name for Facebook?

Jemma Rogers did.

The holistic therapist from Lewisham, southeast London, changed her name to match her Facebook pseudonym, Jemmaroid Von Laalaa, after she was locked out of her account, according to the Telegraph.

The 30-year-old created her profile in 2008 under a fake name to avoid unsolicited friend requests. But when Facebook asked for proof of identification to unlock her account last month, Rogers was stuck. The account would remain locked without positive identification.

Rogers emailed Facebook to explain the situation. She begged. She even tried Photoshopping a bank card. But nothing worked.

So Rogers did something drastic — she changed her name by deed poll and ordered a new driver’s license and bank cards.

“I know I’ve been a completely moron, but Facebook are being ridiculous,” Rogers said. “They should be able to tell it’s a genuine account but just under a fake name, I can’t believe I am being punished like this.”

Unfortunately, her new documents were not the key to unlock her account. Since sending them to Facebook, Rogers has only received automated responses promising to “look into” the situation.

“I’ve been locked out of my account for five weeks now and have lost all of my photos, messages and precious memories,” Rogers said.

She lost her name too.

[The Telegraph]

TIME Bizarre

People in Toronto Have Created a Memorial to a Dead Raccoon Left on the Street

#RIP Conrad

Residents of Toronto rallied around a dead raccoon left on the side of the street for an entire day, creating a memorial to him. As the memorial grew, #DeadRaccoonTO began trending on Twitter.

It began at around 9 a.m. local time Thursday, when a concerned Torontonian tweeted at Animal Services to pick up a dead raccoon on the street.

As the hours progressed, the raccoon’s corpse remained untouched. Instead of running away in disgust, some Torontonians decided to memorialize him.

Passersby left notes, candles and even flowers. Twitter took notice and the raccoon was even give a name, Conrad.

Once night fell, though, a City of Toronto worker finally came to pick the raccoon up. At that point, #DeadRaccoonTO had captured the hearts and minds of Twitter.

Some Twitter users even made a meme out of Conrad’s ordeal.

#RIP Conrad. You may be lying dead in a dumpster somewhere, but, like Jon Snow, we won’t forget you.

TIME Bizarre

This Guy Just Made a Playable Vinyl Record Out of a Tortilla. And It Sounds Terrible

Don't throw away your iPod just yet

After a joke video of a tortilla spinning on a record player to the Jarabe Tapatio (aka The Mexican Hat Dance) went viral a few months ago, YouTube user Rapture Records decided he could do one better.

So he got himself an uncooked tortilla and a laser cutter and made a playable, albeit shaky, vinyl record.

“I was already familiar with laser cutting records at 78 rpm on acrylic for use in gramophones,” he wrote in a Reddit post. “I decided to see if I could make it work on an actual tortilla.”

Rapture Records says uncooked tortillas work the best, “since they are the flattest” and it takes about half an hour to make a 7” record that lasts around 30 seconds.

As well as the Jarabe Tapatio, he’s made tortilla records that play other tortilla-related songs, including the Macarena, Yakko’s World and Puttin’ on the Ritz by Taco.

And quite possible the best part about this project: “They are edible,” he says. “Just taste rather burnt.”

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How the Roswell UFO Theory Got Started

Roswell Cover
Cover Credit: MATT MAHURIN The June 23, 1997, cover of TIME

This was the first public news of the strange happenings of July 7, 1947

Odds are, if you’re familiar with the city of Roswell, N.M., you’re familiar with what happened there on this day, July 7, in 1947: a rancher named W.W. Brazel told Sheriff George Wilcox that he had found something strange on a sheep ranch northwest of the town. After finding bits of rubber, wood, foil, tape and paper in the field, the Sheriff called the local Army air field, which sent Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer, to check it out. Marcel was convinced that Brazel stumbled upon nothing less than the remains of a flying saucer. He told his group commander, who told the press officer on duty, Walter Haut, who sent out a press release. The next day the Roswell Daily Record bore a headline—”RAAF CAPTURES FLYING SAUCER ON RANCH IN ROSWELL REGION”—that instantly turned the town into the nation’s UFO capital.

But there’s a big hitch in that oft-told tale. As TIME reported in an investigation on the 50th anniversary of the incident, the same day that the Daily Record ran the sensational story, it was determined that the litter was from a destroyed weather balloon. The paper printed a follow-up retraction the next day, and Brazel stated that he was embarrassed to have gotten so worked up over nothing.

That should have been that. But not everyone bought the official explanation, as TIME explained in 1997:

Enter Stanton Friedman, a former itinerant nuclear physicist now living in New Brunswick, Canada, who has long been, in his words, “a clear-cut, unambiguous UFOlogist.” In 1978, while waiting in a Baton Rouge, La., television station for an interview, Friedman was told that Jesse Marcel, long retired from the Air Force and living nearby, had once handled the wreckage of a UFO. After quizzing Marcel, who still believed the debris he retrieved was extraterrestrial, Friedman reviewed the old stories about Roswell, painstakingly sought out and interviewed other witnesses, and came to a dramatic conclusion: there had been a cover-up of “cosmic Watergate” proportions. His research and conclusions became the basis of the 1980 book The Roswell Incident, co-written by Charles Berlitz (author of The Bermuda Triangle) and UFO investigator William Moore. Its publication put Roswell back on the map.

The next decades saw the publication of several more Roswell books. Public awareness of the supposed cover-up grew to a point that the Air Force did its own investigation, eventually making public details of a top-secret balloon-tracking project that had been going on during that 1947 period and which they said explained the original wreckage.

Others clung to their belief that it was a flying saucer—including Walter Haut. Haut, who died in 2007 without ever giving up on the idea of the alien landing, was one of the founders of the city’s UFO Museum.

Read the 1997 cover story about Roswell, here in the TIME Vault: The Roswell Files

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HSBC Has Fired Six Staffers Over a Mock ISIS-Style Beheading Video

A branch of HSBC is seen in Chinatown in central London
Toby Melville — Reuters A branch of HSBC is seen in Chinatown in central London June 9, 2015

The video was apparently filmed during a team building exercise

Six HSBC staffers have been fired after posting a mock execution video to social media, reportedly filmed in the style of an ISIS beheading.

The video purportedly showed a group of men in balaclavas, wielding what appeared to be a knife, surrounding a kneeling man in an orange jumpsuit. It was allegedly filmed during a team building exercise in the U.K., AFP reports.

The staff members posted the video on Instagram, according to AFP. It has since been deleted and all of the staffers involved have been fired.

“This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologize for any offense caused,” a representative of the bank said.

ISIS has released a series of gruesome videos showing the beheading of international hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. The Islamic group has executed over 3,000 people in the last year alone, according to the AFP.

[AFP]

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People Really Think It Looks Like Michael Jackson Is Moonwalking in These Clouds

Six years after his death

During a lightning storm in central Virginia, some people swore they saw Michael Jackson moonwalking his way through the clouds. Behold, this image captured by recreational photographer John Plashal:

Plashal captured the image on Tuesday, June 23, but told CBS affiliate WTVR that he didn’t even notice the Jackson resemblance at first. He submitted several storm photos to the station’s Facebook page — and once other people noticed the Michael Jackson imagery, the photo started to go viral.

“I see it. I see it now,” Plashal told the New York Daily News. “It’s pretty wild. It’s one of those things — believe what you will.”

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A Guy Got Struck by Lightning Twice, and His Name Happens to Be Rod

You really can't make this stuff up

Is it any wonder his nickname is “Lightning Rod”?

Rod Wolfe of Chebanse, Ill., was standing outside his home on June 20 when a tree next to him was hit by a lightning bolt. The charge traveled through his body but didn’t kill him, ABC 7 Chicago reports. He did, however, end up in the hospital with broken ribs and some cardiac problems.

Eighteen years earlier, Wolfe was hit by lightning while working in a cemetery.

“Everybody says I am a lucky person and I say, How can I be a lucky person?” Wolfe told ABC 7 Chicago. “They say, Yeah, but you survived twice.”

[ABC 7 Chicago]

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This Is Why People Think UFOs Look Like ‘Flying Saucers’

Salem, Massachusetts, USA. 3rd August, 1952. This picture, taken through the window of a laboratory by a 21 year old U.S. coastguard, shows four unidentified flying objects as bright lights in the sky. Many American's believe them to be flying saucers.
Popperfoto / Getty Images A picture, taken through the window of a laboratory by a U.S. coastguard, shows four unidentified flying objects as bright lights in the sky, in Salem, Mass. on Aug. 3, 1952.

It’s credited as the first modern UFO sighting and the origin of America’s obsession with flying saucers. But it might have all been based on what The Atlantic calls “one of the most significant reporter misquotes in history.”

On this day, June 24, in 1947, an amateur pilot was on his way to an air show in Oregon when he saw a bright blue flash of light in the sky near Mount Rainier. At first he thought it was the sun glinting off another aircraft, but the only other plane around was about 15 mi. away, and not glinting. Then he saw nine more flashes of light, in quick succession — coming from what he later described as unidentified flying objects.

It was when the pilot, Kenneth Arnold, tried to describe the motion of the objects to a reporter for the United Press that the mix-up occurred. He said they flew “like a saucer if you skip it across the water.” The reporter took this to mean that the objects themselves were saucer-like, and news reports across the country repeated that Arnold had seen “flying saucers.”

Suddenly everyone was seeing what Arnold had seen, except that he hadn’t. Per TIME: “By July 4, newspapers were heralding literally hundreds of reports of ‘flying saucers’ in skies across the nation.”

On July 7, a New Mexico rancher reported finding what he thought was the crash site of a flying saucer near Roswell, N.M. When he shared his theory with officials at the Roswell Army Air Field, they concurred, and issued a press release claiming they had “captured” a flying saucer. (The next day, cooler heads prevailed higher up the chain of command. The Air Force retracted the claim and said that what they had actually captured were the remains of a weather balloon.)

But while Arnold didn’t say he’d seen saucers, he believed he’d seen something otherworldly. He’d calculated the speed of the flying objects at more than 1,200 mph — nearly twice the speed of sound, at a time when planes hadn’t yet cracked the sound barrier.

He couldn’t come up with an explanation other than the extraterrestrial, since the flying pattern of the objects was too erratic for planes and too fast for almost anything else.

“Everyone says I’m nuts,” he’s quoted as saying in a 1947 newspaper story, “and I guess I’d say it too if someone else reported those things. But I saw them and watched them closely.”

Although the objects Arnold saw have never been incontrovertibly identified, the Air Force eventually offered a better explanation for the Roswell crash site — and even admitted to a cover-up of sorts, according to TIME. That weather balloon wasn’t really a weather balloon, the Air Force acknowledged in 1994, but neither was it a flying saucer: Most likely it was one of a train of high-altitude balloons carrying acoustical equipment to monitor Soviet nuclear tests in the years following World War II.

Read more about flying saucers, here in the TIME Archives: Did Aliens Really Land?

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