It wasn’t all bad
■ When Illinois repo man Jim Ford went to repossess a 1998 Buick belonging to Patty Kipping, 70, and her 82-year-old husband, Stanford, he was distraught to learn that the couple was mired in debt from medical expenses and had only $30 to last until their next Social Security check. Taking the car broke Ford’s heart, so he set up an online fundraiser to help the Kippings out. In a single night, he raised $3,500: enough to pay off the car, which he also repaired, and put $1,000 toward the couple’s bills. “It was a miracle come true,” said Patty.
■ Pray. Eat raw eggs. Stay single. Those are the keys to a long life, according to Emma Morano, who celebrated her 117th birthday this week. As the world’s oldest person—and the only person alive to have been born in the 1800s—Morano is a national treasure in her native Italy, where her birthday celebration was broadcast live on state TV. Journalists, relatives, and well-wishers crowded into her cozy apartment in the northern town of Pallanza, where Morano received plenty of gifts and cheek kisses. She only interrupted the festivities once, to ask, “Is there anything to eat here?” After the party, Morano took a well-deserved nap.
■ At nine months pregnant, Ariel Boggs really should be avoiding stressful situations. But last week the Kentucky mom of three was stopped in her car, waiting for a work crew to move a new trailer home out of the road, when one of the workers accidentally touched a power line—sparking a fire that engulfed him in flames. Without a moment’s hesitation, Boggs jumped out of her car, climbed up the ladder to the trailer’s roof, and began to administer CPR that saved the workman’s life. “Feeling his heartbeat and knowing I helped give him that back,” said Boggs, “that means a lot to me.”