(TMU) — A sweet beer-loving senior citizen who went viral around the world for her straightforward sign requesting more cold ones, has been given just what she asked for.
Like many of us, 93-year-old Olive Veronesi of Seminole, Pennsylvania has been stuck indoors at her home due to her state’s stay at home order to help curb the coronavirus.
And with so much time being stuck at home, Olive ran into a problem that many of us can surely empathize with: she depleted her supply of beer.
Hoping to resolve the intolerable situation, Olive reached for a miniature whiteboard and wrote a message on it appealing to the public for urgent help. The message read:
“I NEED MORE BEER!!”
One of Olive’s relatives then took a now-iconic photo of her grinning while holding the sign and a can of Coors Light beer.
It wasn’t too long after the picture began trending across social media—with over 5 million people sharing the image—that the Molson Coors brewing company took notice of Olive’s SOS signal.
TOO FUNNY: ♥️🍺 93-year old Olive Veronesi from Seminole, PA is doing her part to stay home and stay safe, and she’s sending this message to her neighbors and to her daughter. pic.twitter.com/oQlKITF6a9
— KDKA (@KDKA) April 10, 2020
A Molson Coors spokesperson told CNN:
“When we saw Olive’s message, we knew we had to jump at the chance to not only connect with someone who brought a smile to our faces during this pandemic, but also gave us a special opportunity to say thanks for being a Coors Light fan.
Even in the pre-COVID era, we would’ve been thrilled to fulfill Olive’s request.
But in this moment, during these unusual times, bringing a little bit of joy to someone’s day is the least we can do.”
The company decided to give our nonagenarian protagonist a few cases—or 150 cans—of beer.
As soon as the delivery of 10 cases arrived, Olive quickly cracked one of those bad boys open and chugged it down.
Molson Coors showed up at 93-year-old Olive Veronesi’s home today with a special delivery: 10 cases of Coors Light! https://t.co/yeNmvRtyYP
— WNDU (@WNDU) April 13, 2020
Olive told KDKA:
“I was on my last 12 cans, I have a beer every night, you know what, beer has vitamins in it, it’s good for you, as long as you don’t overdo it.”
For Olive, whose age puts her squarely in the demographic of people facing a high risk due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, she was only trying to be responsible by staying indoors. But the last thing she expected was for the photo of her to go so viral.
With most people in the United States stuck indoors sheltering at home and social distancing, it makes sense that many among us are reaching for our favorite drink of choice.
Faced with boredom, stress, and listlessness thanks to unemployment or reduced workflow, our social lives grinding to a halt, and the need to simply cool off, many across the U.S. are drinking their way through the coronavirus crisis in manner that has concerned public health experts.
And while Olive is right about the occasional beer’s proven health benefits, excessive alcohol consumption can absolutely wreck one’s immune system. Whether you’re drinking Coors Light or Corona, boozing it up in excess will roll out the proverbial red carpet to viruses seeking to infect you.
But Olive now has enough beer to last her almost half a year—that is, if she sticks to enjoying just one “Silver Bullet” per day, as she claims she does.
Mountain Top! @CoorsLight generates $3,859,519 of equivalent brand value (so far), from its $125 worth of beer donated to 93-year-old, Olive Veronesi (media exposure from: TV, Radio, Social Media & Digital/Online News) pic.twitter.com/u0MQ2xefGo
— Apex Marketing Group (@ApexMarketing) April 14, 2020
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”
Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family
Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.
“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.
Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.
Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.
“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.
“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”
The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.
The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.