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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)
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)
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)
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)
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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