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The Baby Abandoned at a Burger King Sets Out to Find Her Mom 27 Years Later

Cynthia Brooke

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On September 15, 1986, a newborn baby girl was abandoned in the bathroom of a local Burger King. Her mother placed the baby girl under one of the bathroom sinks, and she later was discovered by a Burger King employee. The child quickly became known as the “Burger King Baby” throughout the nation. Not knowing where to start looking, “Burger King Baby” never thought she would find out who her mother was or why her mother left her behind. She was in for a surprise 27 years later!

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Thinking back, the fast food worker remembers heading off to work that day thinking nothing out of the ordinary was likely to happen, and boy was he wrong! During his shift in the Allentown, Pennsylvania Burger King, he heard a noise coming from the women’s bathroom. As the worker moved closer to the door, he realized it was the sound of a baby crying. The cry prompted him to rush in and find the tiny baby under the sink bundled in a red sweater with no mother around.

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The Burger King worker looked for the owner of the newborn but was unable to locate anyone in or around the restaurant. Not knowing what to do, he called emergency services. An ambulance rushed to the scene, checked the infant for medical problems, and then turned her over to the authorities. Police publically appealed to the mother to come forward or anyone who might have information about the “Burger King Baby.” Alas, no one came.

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At the Burger King, the worker took police to inspect the site where the infant was found. By this time, a camera crew had arrived on scene, and the employee was questioned about what took place. He explained how he came to locate the baby and showed the site under the sink where she was located. A police officer chimed in to refocus the issue to finding the child’s mother.

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Emergency medical responders at the scene voiced their surprise and relief that the infant was found alive and well. The two responders that took care of her reported to the news crew that the baby was beautiful and the mother must have had a rough time leaving her this way. They were certain the mother must be suffering the loss of this child.

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Police went to work fingerprinting the bathroom looking for clues to the identity of the person who left the “Burger King Baby” behind. They questioned locals for weeks in search of any information on the infant but came up empty handed. The story was shared through the media across the nation without results. Everyone was at a loss of where the baby belonged.

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The trail grew cold, and the police realized they were not going to locate the infant’s parents anytime soon. The child was put up for adoption. Brenda and Carl Hollis, a loving local couple, decided to make her the new addition to their family. Lucky for her, they changed her name to Katheryn and raised her with all the love and care they could.

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When Katheryn was 12, her adopted parents decided to share what they knew about her early years. It was 1998, and the information changed Katheryn’s life forever. While it was no household secret that Katheryn was adopted, she never knew she had been abandoned in the local Burger King, or that her name had been “Burger King Baby” for the first months of her life. Brenda had kept a scrapbook of articles and pictures from the newspapers to share with Katheryn.

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Katheryn’s focus moved to finding her birth mother. Like many adopted children, Katheryn always knew something in her life was missing. Katheryn express her desire to know where she came from during an interview on the Today Show. She did not want to replace her adoptive family, but she wanted to know her birth mother.

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Katheryn continued to grow and flourish in her life. She attended school, became an EMT, married, and gave birth to three children of her own. Katheryn and her family ended up living close to the Burger King where she was found, just outside Allentown in South Whitehall Township. As Katheryn grew, her desire to locate her birth mother only grew, and at 27 years old, she decided to do something to find her mother.

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Katheryn decided to start searching through social media and settled on Facebook as a place to start. Katheryn had a photo taken with her holding a handwritten sign with the details of the abandonment. She requested her fellow Facebooker’s to share her post so it could go viral and asked her mother or anyone who had information to contact her.

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Katheryn’s post did exactly what she wanted and went viral being shared over 30,000 times! Katheryn’s tale was picked up by the media to expand her efforts to locate her mother. After two weeks, her mother was found! Cathy Pochek, her birth mother, emerged from the crowd. Cathy’s story that led up to her abandoning her infant was as traumatic as the emergency medical responders predicted so many years before.

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Cathy Pochek gave birth to Katheryn at 16 years old, and her pregnancy was a result of rape. Cathy was too afraid to share the pregnancy news with her parents, so she kept it hidden. When Cathy went into labor, she was too frightened to go to the hospital, who would have questions she did not want to answer, so she birthed Katheryn in her bedroom alone. She then went to a business that was close by, the Burger King, to leave her infant in hopes someone would take care of her.

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By the time Katheryn located her mother, she was open to hearing what happened that made her mother leave her behind. After her mother told her the story, Katheryn forgave her immediately and understood her decision. Cathy left her where she would be found and cared for, and did not want to throw her away at all.

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Katheryn and Cathy’s first reunion was full of tears and joy. They were able to have their first mother-daughter hug. They were brought together on the Today Show where they could talk about their first meeting. They both were nervous, and yet so overjoyed to find each other after so many years. In looking at the two, it’s obvious they are related because the resemblance is uncanny. The two are grateful to have the opportunity to share in each other’s lives from here out.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

Brooke Hurbert

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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40 of the Worlds scariest bridges

Brooke Hurbert

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Everyone has a fear of something and fear of bridges is not less a fear. There are some bridges in the world which are very scary and even dangerous to cross over. These bridges in different parts of the world have set records as the most hazardous and the scariest bridges in the world. For people with fear of bridges; gephyrophobia, these are bridges you definitely want to stay away from but for the fun-loving daring people then this is an adventure you may want to venture into.

The Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado;

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This bridge found in the USA was made in 1929. During the time of its building, it did not have any wind cables which makes it very interesting. It was not until 1979 when wind cables were added to the bridge. It is in the highest suspension point in the United States which is similar to its historic significance, crossing 955 feet high over the Arkansas river. The Royal Gorge Bridge has held record as the tallest bridge up until 2001 when the Liuguanghe Bridge of China surpassed it. It spins 1260 feet over a rocky canyon.

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The Invention of Pinball

Cynthia Brooke

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Pinball is an arcade game where you score points by manipulating balls around on an inclined play field with flippers. The goal is to hit various targets without losing the ball through the drain at the bottom. Most modern pinball machines are themed—they tell a story and players complete objectives to finish the story. Pinball has been around for decades. But where did it come from?

Origins Date to 1871

In 871, the British inventor Montegue Redgrave received a patent for his game, “Improvements in Bagatelle”. Bagatelle was a game that used a table and balls, but Redgrave received the patent in order to make changes to the original game. He added a coiled spring, a plunger, inclined the playing field and made it smaller, and replaced the larger balls with marbles—all of which are features of pinball.

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Mass Production 1930s

It wasn’t until the 1930s that pinball machines appeared in mass. In 1930 and 1931, these games were countertop machines, rather than freestanding with legs as we know them today. Manufacturers began adding legs in 1932.

The first countertop pinball machine was called “Bingo”, and was produced by the Bingo Novelty Company. This was the first pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Company. Next, the company released “Baffle Ball”, another countertop mechanical game. In 1935, they released the same game in an electro-mechanical standing version. It even had a payout.

In 1931, another countertop pinball machine was released called “Bally Hoo”. It included optional legs and was the first coin-operated pinball machine in existence. It was developed by Raymond Maloney, the founder of Bally Corporation.

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Origins of the Name

The game was not actually called “pinball” until 1936. The first pinball games did not have flippers, the balls were instead directed by static nails, or pins, which gave the game its name.

Features

One of the most popular pinball machines in history is “Advance”. The tilt mechanism was invented in 1934 because players had been physically lifting the machines to shake the ball around. Tilt fixed this problem.  The tilt mechanism was first used in “Advance” the pinball game made by Harry Williams.

In 1933, battery-operated pinball machines were introduced. They were first made by Harry Williams; by 1934, electric machines showed up which allowed them to offer plenty of extra features, like new sounds and lights. In 1937, the bumpers were added in a game simply called “Bumper” by Bally Hoo. Flippers were then added in 1947, in a game called “Humpty Dumpty”. Flippers were invented by Harry Mabs and incorporated into the D. Gottlieb & Company game. It used six flippers, three per side.

In the 1950s, pinball machines got flashier—they incorporated lights behind a glass scoreboard which helped highlight the scores and added two player options. In 1963, multiple balls were introduced; designed by Steve Kordek and first used in the game, “Beat the Clock”. He is also the one that moved the flippers to the bottom of the game.

Ever Changing Pinball

Pinball has continued to change with the times. Digital scoring was introduced in 1966, and 1975, the first solid-state electronic pinball machine was released. Later, in 1998, pinball machines incorporated video screens, and today, players can play pinball online.  

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