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Cargo Ship Sinks with 2,000 Cars on Board, Including Lots of Luxury Vehicles

Carrying 365 container vans and 2,210 vehicles wherein 1,298 were brand new vehicles from major manufacturers, including 37 Porsche sports cars, the sinking of an Italian cargo ship off the coast of France could be one of the most expensive in history.

Italian merchant ship Grande America was on its way from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco when a fire hit on board as it was near the coast of France. The crew of 27 sailors struggled to put out the fire, but after many hours of trying their best, they had to make the tough decision of abandoning the ship.

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With the seas being rough at the time, the sailors boarded their lifeboat but struggled to keep afloat while being surrounded by waves 16 to 20 feet high! Then, the lifeboat’s engine got damaged, leaving the sailors terrified.

The Grande America was on fire just meters away, yet the sailors could not also move away because their lifeboat’s engine would not turn on. Lucky for the sailors, the HMS Argyll from the Royal Navy came to their rescue, traveling 150 miles in rough sea conditions to rescue the stricken seafarers.

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While the Grande America sank to the bottom of the sea, along with its entire cargo, all the crew were safe and accounted for. All suffered from smoke inhalation and some minor scrapes but were out of danger.

It took the Royal Navy some 8 hours to rescue everyone in the ship but everyone was just so thankful to be alive.

The cause of fire is still unknown but is believed to have started on the car deck, spreading quickly to a container.

A lot of car manufacturers were affected by the incident, with Porsche among the hardest hit with 37 sports car, including four limited edition 911 GT2 RS models. The company had only built a limited number of these exclusive sports cars and has since discontinued building the line; however, due to the unfortunate circumstances, Porsche promised to build four more to replace the ones lost at sea.

Audi has also reported the loss of several brand-new vehicles, including A3, A5, Q7, RS4, and RS5 models.

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But aside from the vehicles, the cargo ship was carrying 365 containers, 45 of which contained materials that are deemed hazardous. There are 70 tons of sulfuric acid and 10 tons of hydrochloric acid – and all that is at the bottom of the sea. With more than 2,200 tons of fuel also dumped into the water, a massive oil spill is feared to hit the coasts of France.

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Netizens Express Amusement at Reminders a Woman Put All Over the House

Fed up with cleaning after her family, one woman decided to print out reminders and posted them all over the house – and the photos have gone viral, with most netizens expressing amusement over these posts.

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It seems that every corner of the house had a post reminding the family about something they should do to keep the house spic and span. The reminders were actually quite direct to the point, with a matching short rationale about the instruction that netizens couldn’t help but clap their hands at this genius woman.

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Huwag magtambak ng hugasin para iwas sa ipis. Takot si nanay sa ipis,” one sign read. It was placed over the sink.

Most of the instructions are really about cleaning up the house.

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I-check ang basurahan. Siguraduhing nakabuhol ang plastic sa gabi. Baka kalkalin ng pusa. Makalat.

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Magwalis araw-araw. Maglampaso kung may time.

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Huwag ipasok ang sapatos panglakad. Kung ipapasok ito, maglalampaso.

Some netizens poked fun at the reminders, especially the one about tying up the curtains with a red ribbon.

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Ayusin ang mga kurtina sa umaga. Talian ng pulang laso para maaliwalas.

Due to specific mention of the red ribbon, several netizens joked that using a different-colored ribbon won’t have the same effect.

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Panu pag d pula ang laso, hindi na maaliwalas???” one netizen asked.

Hahaha natawa nmn aq sa laso dapat pala pula,” another one chimed in.

But while most netizens agreed with the woman and mull doing the same thing at their house, some argued that this was an insult to the other people living in the house.

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A few netizens also pointed out that while the reminders might keep the house clean, especially when there are visitors, it would actually be rather shameful if visitors see these signs in the house…

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See more of the signs here:

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What do you think of the signs in this home?

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Adorable Photo of Dogs at Sari-Sari Store Goes Viral

A pair of dogs at a sari-sari store recently went viral because of their similarity to humans in that the male was standing outside the store, peering through the hole as he ‘talks’ with the beautiful lady inside. So cute, right?

Miss, pabili nga po ng isang sulyap mo! 😂” netizen Kylie Medel captioned the post on her Facebook account. (Miss, can I buy a glimpse of you! 😂)

The canine ‘love team’ lives in Tondo, Manila.

Medel saw Ram, the male dog, standing up on his hind legs like a human, seemingly buying from the store while Miley, the female dog, also appeared to be talking to her ‘suitor’ and selling him something from the store.

Photo credit: Kylie Medel / Facebook

A lot of netizens had a good laugh at the cute photo, but many were also a bit jealous that the dogs have a love life while they can’t even find a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Buti pa yung mga aso besh, pumapagibig! 😂😂😂” one netizen wrote.

Many netizens shared that they also experienced a similar thing with their dogs. That’s just so cute!

This was Ellabree and her suitor back in the day,” netizen Gian Arre commented.

Others wished their dogs also had suitors like this valiant male; though other netizens jokingly commented that they might also open a store so they could find a love life like these dogs have. LOL.

A lot of netizens really enjoyed the post that it has garnered more than 28k shares and 15k reactions just a day after it was posted! Medel was reportedly happy that the post had amused a lot of netizens. She thanks those who shared and liked the photo.

Some netizens are saying these adorable dogs are now the new stars of the ‘dog serye’, an allusion to the ‘kalye serye’ of ‘Yaya Dub’ on Eat Bulaga!

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Flood or Pool? Netizen Shares Photos of Unbelievably Overcrowded Resort

In the past, people stay at their homes and were afraid to travel especially during Good Friday and Black Saturday. In recent years, however, people have turned the Holy Week into a chance to take a break from work and have fun with their family while on vacation. After all, this is the only time that most workers can take a break for four straight days without having to take a vacation leave.

Many families flock to beaches and resorts, whether near their homes or even in popular tourist spots across the country. A lot have their preferred hotels and resorts in mind, going to those places sometime during the Holy Week break.

Photo credit: Jemar Breezy John Usi / Facebook

But would you still push through with your vacation plans if the place you’re visiting is already overcrowded?

Netizen Jemar Breezy John Usi shared photos of an unbelievably overcrowded resort in Calumpit, Bulacan.

Photo credit: Jemar Breezy John Usi / Facebook

With 11 swimming pools, 4-hectare fishing lagoon, hundreds of cottages, and plenty of exciting activities offered for guests, it is no wonder that Jed’s Island Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the area. Set in 10 hectares of land and offering lots of Instagrammable spots, it is easy to see why the place is popular among locals and tourists alike.

Photo credit: Jemar Breezy John Usi / Facebook

Yet the photos shared by Jemar were met with negativity on social media, especially because the resort appears to be so overcrowded in the photos that many of the swimmers in the pool were no longer swimming. They had to fight for space and just had to stand on their spot – there’s little room to move around.

The entrance to the resort was also so overcrowded that you would not think this was actually a resort’s entrance until you see the sign above the photo.

Photo credit: Jemar Breezy John Usi / Facebook

Many netizens think the resort management should have turned away many of these people if they were already filled beyond capacity, but others said the resort probably didn’t want to make their customers unhappy by making them go home. But would you still be happy swimming in this overpacked resort?

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