Urban Legend “Momo” Sweeps the Internet and Terrifies Many

There is no doubt that most people like to be scared. When it comes to sharing scary stories, watching horror movies or dressing up on Halloween, frightening things can be fun. However, can these things get out of hand?

Recently, unsettling pictures of a statue known as “Momo” have been going viral around the internet. The pictures are associated with a challenge that supposedly encourages kids to engage in violence or self-harming behaviors. This challenge is known as the Momo challenge, which began grabbing the internet’s attention in July of 2018.

The Momo Challenge was started when an urban legend began circling the internet. It was said that through messaging services such as WhatsApp, a contact going by the name “Momo” would contact children and pressure them into dangerous acts. These acts would range from small acts of violence or misbehavior to things as serious as suicide attempts. The challenge was not speculated as a hoax until recently after legitimate investigations were conducted trying to connect this challenge to recent suicides. Law enforcement have been unable to find evidence that harmful behaviors have occurred as a direct result of the challenge.

While Momo’s sphere of influence has reached epic proportions, most view it as another internet challenge to gain shock and attention from the public. Some compare it to a similar challenge, the Blue Whale Game, that gained popularity in 2016. This game was known to pressure kids into self-harm, however it also turned out to be a hoax. It can also be compared to the toxic Tide Pod eating challenge that took off in early 2018.

If there is anything to be learned from these viral challenges, it’s that it is important when navigating the internet to use personal judgement and common sense to decide if participating is a good idea.

Information provided by https://www.vox.com/2019/3/3/18248783/momo-challenge-hoax-explained

‘Beverly Hills 90210’and ‘Riverdale’Star Luke Perry Dies at age 52

On March 4th, 2019, actor, father, and fiancée Luke Perry died of a stroke at the age of 52 years old.

Perry was rushed to the hospital after suffering a major stroke in his Los Angeles home. When he was taken off life support, he was reported to have had his children, fiancée, and ex-wife by his side in his last moments.

Perry was known to be an advocate for testing colorectal cancer after the revelation that he had cancerous growths. He named his daughters the sole benefactors to his estate.

Luke Perry was made famous through his casting as Dylan McCay on “Beverly Hills 90210” in 1989. Perry was an actor on “Riverdale”, playing Archie’s father Fred Andrews. Perry also appeared on many things such as “Law & Order” and “The Simpsons”.

Perry had been laid to rest near his home in Vanleer, Tennessee, where he had lived since 1995.

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Mother puts her Son’s Life Before her Own in Hostage Situation

In Anderson, Indiana, a mother and her eight-year-old son walked into their comfortable country home to find waiting for them a man at gunpoint. As the gunman began to take the mother as a hostage, she told her son to run to safety. The man took the mother to an area close to the Menards, where he barricaded her where she could not be seen. The boy was able to get a neighbor to call 911, and SWAT soon arrived. The mother had reportedly escaped her kidnapper’s clutches after three hours and hid in an unattached garage not too far from the scene of the crime.  After a few hours, everybody was safe and there were no casualties.

The suspect, Michael Shewman, is now in custody for the crime, and his motive has yet to be determined.

Sherriff Scott Mellinger shared his thanks and praise for the heroic mother.

“Most of all I commend the heroic victims who in the face of danger and uncertainty were able to endure,” Mellinger said, “I have a very deserving nominee for mother of the year.” 

Information provided by https://www.wthr.com/article/madison-county-mom-taken-hostage-while-son-gets-safety-gunman

Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek is Diagnosed with Cancer

Since 1984, people have hummed the catchy theme song to the gameshow Jeopardy and have seen Alex Trebek’s familiar face on the television. Recently, the popular game show host has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Since the diagnosis, the host has remained fairly upbeat. He even joked that he cannot possibly let the disease win because, under the terms of his contract, he has to host Jeopardy until 2022. Trebek announced his illness on the show himself in order to dispel any negative rumors regarding his health.

“I’m going to fight this—and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease,” Trebek said.

Since the news of his diagnosis broke out, many survivors of cancer began writing supportive letters to the host.

Trebek was determined to keep going with his work, which was exactly what he did. After his announcement, he continues to appear on regularly-scheduled Jeopardy shows—just as he has done for many years.

Information provided by https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/03/alex-trebek-thanks-fans-after-cancer-diagnosis?verso=true

Professor Holds Baby During Class to Help Father Take Better Notes

Parenting can sometimes be stressful. It can be even more stressful with piles of schoolwork on your plate. 26-year-old college student Wayne Hayer was holding his baby on his chest in algebra class, when his professor offered to hold the infant. The photo of little Assata and the professor, Nathan Alexander, went viral on platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

Since his wife was out running errands, Hayer was unable to find anybody to take care of his five-month-old baby. Instead of skipping class for the day, he took the liberty of bringing Assata on campus at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

“I was nervous to go to class, Morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me,” said Hayer.

Another student in the class tweeted that the professor told Hayer he could hold his baby so he could “take good notes”. He reported that the baby girl was very well behaved and did not distract from the lesson, allowing all of the students to focus.

“Part of my role and goal as an educator is to provide opportunities for students, we work to build a community in class,” said Alexander.

Alexander also added that this needed to be brought to attention to highlight the importance of affordable childcare, which would make all of the difference for young parents all across the nation.

Information provided by https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/03/us/morehouse-professor-holds-baby-trnd/index.html