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Dad Builds $51-Million Theme Park for Disabled Children Like His Daughter

After seeing his daughter feeling devastated because no one wants to play with her, one dad sold his business in 2005 to build a theme park for disabled children like his daughter so they can play together and have fun even if they were ‘different’.

You can call Gordon Hartman as the ‘Greatest Dad in the World’ for doing something as grand as creating a theme park for his special needs daughter, Morgan.

I will never forget the look of anguish on Morgan’s face when the kids didn’t play with her. I determined there had to be a better way to bring together individuals with and without special needs in a safe, colourful, inclusive environment devoid of barriers,” Hartman said.

Thus, the idea for Morgan’s Wonderland was born. Because play is a common denominator it has the power to bring people together.

Work began in 2007 for Morgan’s Wonderland, a fully accessible theme park in San Antonio, Texas. The 25-acre theme park which was opened to the public in 2010 caters to individuals with special needs but is also open for everyone else.

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The rides are fully accessible and are provided with special equipment to provide extra protection for differently abled riders. The playgrounds are fully accessible and there’s also a sensory village among the attractions.

This year, Morgan’s Inspiration Island opened, following the success of Morgan’s Wonderland. The waterpark also fully caters to individuals with special needs, even providing waterproof wheelchairs so the disabled riders wouldn’t ruin theirs while having fun.

Photo credit: Morgan’s Wonderland / UNILAD

Most rides are also equipped with space for wheelchairs.

Morgan who is now 24 years old has a mental age of a 5-year-old child – and she absolutely loves the theme park! During visits to the parks, she was seen smiling and even giving other guests high fives.

Photo credit: Morgan’s Wonderland / UNILAD

What is a Theme Park?

A theme park is an amusement park that has a unifying idea or setting. For instance, Disney theme parks provide guests and riders with a place where they can see their favourite Disney characters and movies come to life.

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Traveler Gets Arrested for Wearing Too Many Clothes, Gets Refused on Plane Twice

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One traveler who tried to cheat the airline by wearing many layers of clothing to allegedly keep him from paying excess baggage charges was refused boarding by an airline. He was arrested, then, refused boarding by the next flight he booked the following day! Ouch.

Ryan Carney Williams, who uses the handle Ryan Hawaii on Twitter, took to social media to express his disappointment after British Airways refused to let him board the plane after he put on the clothes that wouldn’t fit within his check-in baggage in a flight from Iceland to England.

Cops were soon called to arrest Williams after he put on eight pairs of pants and ten shirts. He accused the airline of racial profiling, saying he had done nothing wrong except put on the clothes that were in excess of his baggage allowance. He further claims he wasn’t trying to cheat the airline but just couldn’t afford to pay for the excess.

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He also claimed he had been polite throughout the incident but the airline’s ground crew had called the cops on him for ‘unruly behavior’.

According to Williams, the cops arrested him at Iceland Keflavík International Airport, sprayed him with mace, and held him on the ground despite him staying polite and just refusing to leave the counter – but why would he leave the counter, anyway, when he was actually trying to get into the flight?

He was brought to the police station where he formally gave his report. The plane flew without him.

After missing the flight over the incident, Williams booked one with EasyJet the following day but though he was able to go through check-in and security without problems this time, he was refused boarding at the flight gate – again!

He was told that he was not allowed on board because of the previous day’s incident with British Airways. Ironically, though, his luggage was able to fly ahead as it had already been checked in at that flight.

Photo credit: Ryan Hawaii -@RYAN_HAWAII / Twitter

It angered Williams to be stuck in Iceland with no money – and no more luggage! He took to Twitter to express his frustration. Fortunately, while reactions varied from netizens, he did receive a refund from both airlines.

He was later able to finally fly to England on a Norwegian airline. Whew.

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Man From Taiwan Earns $2700 A Month Just For Cleaning A House And Brushing A Turtle

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Being a housekeeper is a noble job. They help us to our day-to-day lives, without them, people can’t go through to their busy schedules.

However, much as we benefit from their service, it’s common knowledge that housekeeper doesn’t earn much despite their heavy loads of work, but not this Taiwanese housekeeper.

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Recently, a Taiwanese guy named Lee became viral after he was learned to have earned TW$80,000 (approx. US $2714) salary each month for being a housekeeper.

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Lee was once an employee at a restaurant who only earned TW$30,000 (approx. US $1017) per month. But one day, he decided to switch career and become a full-time housekeeper, and guess what, it turned out to be the best decision he ever made in his life!

“Many families in Taiwan have dual incomes. Since both the husband and wife need to head out to work, they have no time to take care of their home. This is where housekeepers like us come in to help sort things out,” 

Aside from his main job which includes cleaning the house and other normal chores for a housekeeper, Lee was required to clean the client’s tortoise. Easy, right? Well, read on.

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You may think cleaning tortoise is an easy task but it’s not. Cleaning the client’s tortoise require skills and should be done with extra care.

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Lee would first brush the tortoise’s’ shell and repeat the process on its belly. He then would try to remove any possible dirt from the shell. For that, he earned TW$80,000. Just be careful not to hurt the tortoise and scratch its valuable shell if you want to keep the job.

Same as to the most of us, Lee works ten hours a day, only he’s paid double or triple our salary for being a housekeeper.

Boy, doesn’t it make you want to switch jobs?

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Woman Pulls Prank on Her Husband at Her Death Bed

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find that one person that would make you smile for the rest of your life? That person who knew how to make you happy no matter what happens, even if you know that you are both going to eventually die?

Well, one man found that kind of wife – and they lived a happy life until she passed away after a 5-year battle with cancer. But little did he know that she would pull a prank on him even on her death bed and would make him smile years after her passing!

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Phedre Fitton, 69, of South Africa had battled cancer for 5 years.

In her death bed, surrounded by family and holding the hands of her beloved husband whom she met when she was still 16 years old, Phedre took the time not just to bid goodbye but to also prank her husband; although he didn’t know about it until many years later.

Photo credit: Antonia Nicol‏ / Twitter

Their daughter Antonia would share the discovery of the prank on Twitter:

Before my mum passed away, she gave my dad strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom. He’s been religiously watering them & keeping them alive.

They [looked] so amazing he decided to take them to his new [retirement] home, only to discover they are plastic! Can [still] hear my mum chuckling.

Can you believe that? On her death bed, Phedre managed to put in one last big prank for her husband – and it was the most adorable thing!

Photo credit: Antonia Nicol‏ / Twitter

But her husband, Nigel, really had no idea that it was a prank or that the plants weren’t actually real. He followed his wife’s instructions religiously, watering the plants not just once but twice a day! He did that for years since Phedre died of cancer in 2013.

Their kids only find out when they helped him move to his new retirement home. Isn’t this hilarious but also quite sweet?

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