From one anchor's on-air meltdown to a mysterious woman-shaped figure spotted on Mars, 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.
Some are saying proof of life on Mars exists thanks to this photo recently published by NASA. Zoom in and some say it looks like a woman with flowing dark hair and a ghostly long dress standing on a rock.
The image that came out a few weeks ago started becoming popular on social media this week.
Last week, a new mother from Canberra, Australia, had just been discharged from the hospital with her infant son when she saw a parking ticket on her car.
Inside the envelope, a stranger had left a note. It read: "Hi there, I saw your car had a parking ticket on it, I'm sure whatever you are going through at the hospital is tough enough so I have paid for you."
The note also included the receipt number and payment details. The kind stranger named Laura signed it with, "I hope things get better!"
In the woman's Facebook post on the Canberra Mums page, she added, "I hope that Laura sees this and knows how much I appreciate her support."
"It wasn't until after the drawing that I flipped on the news and saw that the winning ticket was sold in Milwaukee and I looked up and saw the convenience store on there and I went, 'Oh man, that might be me," said Rumpel. And it was.
Rumpel took the cash option so he'll take home $15.7 million.
That's a wrap on our weekly roundup of trending and viral stories. Check back next week for a new batch of stories you may have missed.
Before you go, take a look through our photos of the week:
Photos of the week for 8/14
4 trending stories you may have missed this week
GIANYAR, BALI, INDONESIA - AUGUST 12: A veterinarian handles two new born Bengal tiger cubs at Bali Zoo on August 12, 2015 in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. The Bengal tiger cubs were born on Sunday, August, 2 2015 in Bali Zoo. They are primarily found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar with more than 2500 left in the wild. (Photo by Putu Sayoga/Getty Images)
SHENYANG, CHINA - AUGUST 12: (CHINA OUT) A visitor walks in blossoming lavender at China's largest lavender theme park in Shenbei New District on August 12, 2015 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. More than 799,920 square meters of lavender blossomed in China's largest lavender theme park which attracted visitors to enjoy. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: A hot air balloon is inflated at 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)
Kashmiri government employees shout slogans as purple-dyed water is sprayed by security personnel during a protest in Srinagar on August 10, 2015. Dozens of government employees were detained as they tried to stage a protest demanding the regularisation of contractual employment status and the release of pending salaries. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Heavy rain lands on a footpath in Piccadilly Circus on August 13, 2015 in London, England. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain in the south east of England, which is to move north through the rest of the day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Sea turtle hatchlings head to the water after being released by volunteers at the Sea Turtle Reserve Centre in Kosgoda, some 74 kms south of Colombo, on August 10, 2015. Volunteers can learn about turtles, conservation and the local community during a two-week volunteer programme at the centre. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
SPRING MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NV - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 11, 2015 shows a 'nail house' standing in the middle of a flyover in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province. Three key indicators released by China on August 12 all came in below market expectations, the latest poor statistics for the world's second-largest economy. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteers walk on the Fuente de Piedra lake, 70 kilometres from Malaga, on August 8, 2015, during a tagging and control operation of flamingo chicks to monitor the evolution of the species. The lake, which is the most important breeding ground for flamingos in the Iberian Peninsula, is also a nature reserve and a haven for birds with over 170 different species recorded. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
RIAU, INDONESIA - AUGUST 6: An Indonesian military personnel spray water on forest burned area at Rimbo Panjang Village, Kampar, Riau, Indonesia on August 06. 2015. During Indonesias annual dry season, hundreds of fires are often illegally ignited to clear forests in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, where large forest concessions are used by pulp and paper and palm oil companies. The heavy smoke can shroud neighbouring Singapore and Malaysian cities with smog and haze. (Photo by Yenni Safana/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOWER LAKE, CA - AUGUST 11: A burn operation is seen along Morgan Valley Road during the Jerusalem Fire on August 11, 2015 near Lower Lake, California. The fire has consumed 16,000 acres after doubling in size overnight and is currently five percent contained. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Mount Fuji is seen from US Secretary of State John Kerry's plane as if flies over Japan while returning to the United States on August 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)