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Top Viral Stories Of The Week - August 7th, 2015

From a wife's trip to Mars to a puppy's amazing transformation, there was no shortage of attention-grabbing stories this week. In case you fell off the grid a bit, here are a few that made waves.

1. One Tough Grandma

You usually hear about monsters under the bed, not monsters in the bed beside you.

According to WTVR, 82-year-old grandmother Reba Shook felt someone in the bed beside her. At first, she thought her dog had jumped into the bed with her -- but when she realized the body was of the human variety, she started kicking. Shook must have gotten the better of him, because the man ran off.

She told reporters she's not going to move out of her home, but she's going "shopping for a gun."

2. "Bye, Honey. I'm Going To Mars"

"Honeymooners" character Ralph Kramden always threatened to send his wife, Alice, to the moon -- but he would have been heartbroken to lose her to outer space. However, one Virginia woman has volunteered to take a one-way mission to Mars, and her husband is totally cool with it.

Jason Standford defends his wife's decision to take part in the first settlement on Mars. His wife, 36 year old Sonia Van Meter, has been selected as one of the 100 candidates to go the red planet in 2024 as a participant in the privately funded Mars One Project. Eventually only 24 of the original 200 thousand plus candidates will be picked.

They've both received a fair share of backlash -- especially because she's the stepmom to children. However, Standford sees the Mars mission as a decision to benefit humanity, comparing his wife to Christopher Columbus and Magellan.

3. Rescued Pup Makes Unrecognizable Recovery

A puppy with severe skin infection, intestinal parasites, and fleas had all but given up on life. Even the dog shelter had given up on her and was set on euthanizing her. However, a veterinarian from Vet Ranch Rescue thought she could be saved.

Dr. Karri nicknamed the pup Crusty Kristy because of her appearance, but after a number of baths and medical treatments she had to start calling her simply Kristy.

Just three weeks after being rescued, Kristy looks like a whole new dog. All she needs now is a home.

4. Hateful Note Left On Handicap Student's Car

Arkansas college student Julie McGovern found a note with the word "FAKER" left on her car in reference to her handicapped placard.

Now, she's firing back. In a letter titled "My Fear Came True Today," McGovern explains how she was diagnosed with Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and went from a healthy athlete to a chronically ill young adult.

"People think I look fine, so I am not sick. It isn't that I'm looking for sympathy, but respect and compassion...I am unable to keep up with my friends and my pride often keeps me from asking for help. [...] This person doesn't know me or my struggles. They don't know what this illness has taken from me."

The response was shared all over social media and covered by news sites all over the world.

That's our roundup for the week. Check back next week for a new batch of stories you may have missed.

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4 trending stories you may have missed this week
CLEARLAKE, CA - AUGUST 01: A firefighting air tanker flies in front of the setting sun while battling the Rocky Fire on August 1, 2015 near Clearlake, California. Over 1,900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that burned over 22,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. The fire is currently five percent contained and has destroyed at least 14 homes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CHAOHU, CHINA - AUGUST 05: (CHINA OUT) A fisherman boats in Chao Lake where thick cyanobacteria gather on the surface on August 5, 2015 in Chaohu, Anhui Province of China. As high temperature came in summar, part of water in Anhui Province's Chao Lake breeds large tracts of cyanobacteria which not only brought pollution to sense of smell, but also affected people's life. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
An Indian vendor carries a huge sack of flowers on his head at a wholesale flower market in Lucknow, India, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On a good day, the vendor can earn 6 to 8 US dollars. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Ashamoni, wife of blogger Niloy Chowdhury, cries at her house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Assailants believed to be Islamist militants entered an apartment building posing as potential tenants and killed the secular blogger in Bangladesh's capital on Friday, in the fourth such deadly attack this year, police said. The killing is the fourth of a secular blogger since February. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 photo Afghan Zubair Nazari, left, speaks with his friend Abdulrahman as they sit inside their tent at a camp set near Calais, northern France. An estimated 2,500 migrants are currently at the windswept camp surrounded by sand dunes that sprung up when a state-approved day center for migrants was opened nearby. The ramshackle encampment of tents and lean-tos is referred to as the "jungle," like the camps it replaced. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Afghans gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
A man carries a member of the Egyptian forces on his shoulders as they join others to celebrate the new Suez Canal opening, while gathering around Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. With much pomp and fanfare, Egypt on Thursday unveiled a major extension of the Suez Canal billed by its patron, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as a historic achievement needed to boost the country's ailing economy after years of unrest. (Ahmed Abd El-Latif/El Shorouk newspaper via AP)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 and made available Thursday, Aug. 6, migrants swim while others climbed onto a rescue dinghy wait for rescuers on the scene of the capsizing and sinking of a fishing boat in the Mediterranean sea off Libya. The Italian coast guard and Irish navy said at least 367 people were saved, although 25 bodies also were found as many other are feared to have died during the capsizing of the fishing boat in the latest human smuggling tragedy. (Italian Navy VIA AP Photo)
A Sudanese migrant gets a hair cut at a camp set near Calais, northern France, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants have been scaling fences near the Channel Tunnel linking the two countries and boarding freight trains or trucks destined for Britain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A migrant jumps a fence as he attempts to access the Channel Tunnel in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Thousands of migrants have been scaling fences near the Channel Tunnel linking the two countries and boarding freight trains or trucks destined for Britain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Iraqi firefighters extinguish a fire following a car bomb explosion in the Shiite predominant district of Sadr city, Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. An Iraqi police official said a minibus loaded with explosives detonated on a crowded street in Baghdad, killing several people. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)
A lost whale swims near boats in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The whale appeared in a port of one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive neighborhoods, periodically surfacing alongside luxury yachts while attracting hundreds of onlookers. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The Empire State Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. The large scale projections are in part inspired by and produced by the filmmakers of an upcoming documentary called "Racing Extinction." (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Artem Silchenko of Russia competes during the men's 27 meter high dive competition at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
Fireworks explode as the blue moon rises in the distance at Worlds of Fun amusement park Friday, July 31, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. A blue moon happens when the moon rises in its full stage twice during the same month. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A tourist plays in a zorb ball on the Vltava river on August 4, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech meteorologists are predicting sunny and hot weather with temperatures of 35-37C forecast in the upcoming days. This season's drought is the worst in the last 12 years in the Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 03: A rainbow appears over the city on August 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
A firefighter lights a backfire as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fire has charred more than 60,000 acres and destroyed at least 24 residences. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
CLEARLAKE, CA - AUGUST 03: A DC-10 firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant on a ridge in front of the Rocky Fire on August 3, 2015 near Clearlake, California. Nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that has burned over 60,000 acres has forced the evacuation of 12,000 residents in Lake County. The fire is currently 12 percent contained and has destroyed at least 14 homes. 6,300 homes are threatened by the fast moving blaze. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a satellite image shows the far side of the moon as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft and the Earth, at one million miles away, released August 5, 2015. The image is one of a series that NASA has turned into an animation of the moon passing by the Earth. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
People cool down under a sprinkler in a water park in Shanghai on August 5, 2015. Typhoon Soudelor is set to bring an end to the heatwave affecting the region over the weekend, according to local reports. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
People travel on a road submerged by floodwater in Rajanpur, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Torrential rains and flash floods have hit various villages and cities across the country, forcing the authorities to declare an emergency and issue alerts. The National Disaster Management Authority said the floods, which began in early July, have affected 900,000 people in 2,495 villages across Pakistan. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)
RAFAH, GAZA - AUGUST 2 : People walk amongst the rubble of buildings on the anniversary of 'Black Friday' that killed at least 135 of Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza on August 2, 2015. (Photo by Ali Hassan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A rice farmer uses a strimmer at a paddy field in Yabu City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, on Saturday, August 1, 2015. High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over dairy and vehicle policies trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 01: The RSAF Black Knights in action during the National Day Parade preview at Marina Bay on August 1, 2015 in Singapore. Singapore will be celebrating her 50th year of independence on August 9, 2015. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 01: Fireworks light up the sky during the National Day Parade preview at the Marina Bay on August 1, 2015 in Singapore. Singapore will be celebrating her 50th year of independence on August 9, 2015. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
A Chinese tank moves during competition in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The competition called the International Army Games involves troops from Russia and several other nations. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a second full moon for the month of July rises behind the dome of the U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2015 in Washington, DC. In recent years, people have been using the name Blue Moon for the second of two full moons in a single calendar month. An older definition of Blue Moon is that it is the third of four full moons in a single season. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
A bumblebee gathers pollen from a pink hollyhock in Godewaersvelde, northern France, on July 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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