No one will daresay she didn’t love her cats. Ellen Frey-Wouters, who died at age 88, left $300,000 to her two cats, Troy and Tiger, in her will. Frey-Wouters, an author and a Netherlands native, passed away in 2015 and made special provisions for her feline pets, adding that the two would “never be caged.”
She has no immediate family to pass her money to. Her husband, who was a professor in Brooklyn College, died in 1989. Their only child died in infancy.
Tiger and Troy
Dahlia Grizzle, the widow’s former home health aide, is now Tiger’s caretaker. She said:
“The cats were like her babies. He deserves it,” she said. He’s a wonderful cat.”
Tiger, who is a former alley cat, now sleeps on a bed made of faux fur and silk lining and eats filet- mignon-flavored Fancy Feast regularly.
According to court papers, Frey-Wouters’ lawyer, Irwin Fingerit, was surprised when the widow decided to leave such a large sum to her pets.
Said Fingerit during a hearing in 2016:
“I said I didn’t think, you know, $300,000 was necessary, and I pointed out the case of the Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley, who left $65,000 to a dog and became sort of a laughingstock.’’
Leona Helmsley is a New York billionaire famous for mistreating her staff.
Her attitude became legendary and thus earned her the nickname Queen of Mean. She actually left $12 million to her Maltese dog, Trouble.
But Frey-Wouters was adamant. “She wanted to make sure they were taken care of,” Fingerit said.
The other cat, Troy, now lives with Rita Pohila, also one of the widow’s former health aides. She received a $50,000 bequest from Frey-Wouters.
So what will happen when the cats die? Whatever’s left of their trust fund will go to the widow’s sister in the Netherlands, her only living family member. The rest of her estate, which was valued at $3 million, was split between her lawyer, her two other home health aides, and charities.
Niagara Falls Becomes Frozen During Winter, and It Looks Like Narnia
Here is your modern fantasy land, folks!
The Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and it is a crime not to pay it a visit it. Apparently, during winter, this beaut becomes a truly breathtaking site. And it actually looks like something from the fantasy movie called The Chronicles of Narnia.
There is also a cool thing about this phenomenon. First and foremost, the falls do not really freeze completely. And although ice jams may or may not temporarily still the waters, ice only forms at the very base of the falls. Subsequently, this forms what is now called "ice bridge." The water, in particular, keeps flowing underneath the two main cataracts, namely the smaller American Falls and the bigger Horseshoe Falls. Both simply make up the frozen facade.
Still, if you are a travel enthusiast and want to experience something majestic, the frozen Niagara Falls is your best bet. Many of its areas have been turned into ice, all of which are dangling precariously on the rocks. It is really like a Narnia-ish land, one that you can only imagine from reading books or watching movies....
Stonefish: The World’s Most Venomous Fish, Also Quite A Delicacy
The world’s most dangerous fish might also be the most delicious you’ll ever taste.
The Philippines is popular for its marine biology and it is a well-known fact that its surrounding oceans inhabited by thousands and thousands more of aquatic species than elsewhere in the world. For this, the archipelago has become a top tourist destination for beach lovers, most especially to divers who wish to witness an amazing aquatic environment. Lurking beneath the majestic, blue waters of Philippines, though, is the most venomous fish and one of the deadliest species in the world. This simply proves that the biggest creature underwater is not necessarily the largest threat.
The stonefish is known as the master of camouflage. It blends perfectly with its surroundings and this is all because of its brown or grey skin with red or yellow patches, making it look like it’s a part of the coral reef. It can also look like an ordinary stone, so you have to wear your wet shoes to be protected from these deceiving creatures.
If sharks and sting rays scare you, you might want to be more careful around this smaller fish.
Belize Suspends Oil Activity In Its Ocean Waters In An Effort To Preserve Marine Life
The reef will now be safe, thanks to the support from thousands of people.
The Belize Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,400 species of marine life and serves as the country's main tourist attraction. In an effort to preserve the reef, Belize has just taken a big step to protect the ocean waters from the effects of oil extraction and exploration by banning oil activities.
The reef was under threat from oil operations just last year but the government has heard the calls and protests of people who are concerned about the environment. Over 450,000 people joined together to put an end to oil operations and other harmful activities in the Barrier Reef.