It wasn’t all bad
Indiana contractor Andy Rasmussen was prying up the floorboards of a Bloomington home when he noticed a bag sitting on top of an old heating duct. It was stuffed with $20 and $50 bills—moldy at the edges, but worth at least $30,000, he guessed. Rasmussen, who revamps homes for people with disabilities, believes the cash was likely hidden there by a previous occupant. It has now gone to the property’s owners, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, which will use it to help people with developmental disabilities. “It is not going to waste,” said Rasmussen.
Paris: A record-shattering feat
Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win Britain’s grueling 268-mile Montane Spine Race last week, an ultramarathon that starts in rural northern England and ends in the Scottish Borders. What makes her feat all the more remarkable is that the 35-year-old smashed the course record, set by a male runner, by 12 hours—while also stopping to pump breast milk for her 14-month-old at aid stations along the route. Carrying her own gear and battling cold weather and extreme fatigue, Paris finished the race in 83 hours and 12 minutes, sleeping for only three hours. “It’s been a life-affirming experience,” said Paris.
A devout Buddhist poker player won $671,240 at a high-stakes game in the Bahamas last week—and promptly gave away his haul to charity. Scott Wellenbach, who works as a translator of Tibetan and Sanskrit Buddhist texts, placed third in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament. The 67-year-old Canadian says he once struggled to balance his faith with his love of cards, and so years ago decided that he would give away all his winnings to Buddhist nonprofits and aid organizations. Anyway, Wellenbach says, he really doesn’t need the money. Buddhists “sit around and meditate a lot—and that’s free.”