First of all, a guy just quit his job to catch ’em all
While the pull to slack off is strong, most people would agree the benefits of being employed outweigh the benefits of being a Pokemon master, but New Zealand’s Tom Currie respectfully disagrees. He’ll be searching for the rest of his life.He WAS a barista and bartender, but now he’s quit all of that noise to travel around and try to catch all 250 Pokemon. Heaven help him if the game ever expands their Pokedex.
Pizza places and other businesses are dropping lures left and right
So if you’re playing the game, there are things called lures that, long story short, can be used to attract Pokemon (and thus, hopeful trainers) to a certain location. While people have used lures for nefarious purposes (see “Crime”), some businesses have wised up and dropped lures to please customers and possibly find new ones.
Animal shelters are making adorable proposals
A shelter in Muncie, Indiana, has made an offer that animal lovers could never refuse. Pokemon trainers are encouraged to add some purpose to their PokeRamblings by stopping by and walking a shelter dog.
According to the Muncie Star Press, the idea has proved perfectly synergistic: More than 150 people have showed up to take the pups for a spin.
People are hatching their eggs like mad scientists
One of the features that has Pokemon Go looking like a fancy exercise app is the egg incubation process. Eggs are unhatched Pokemon, and in order to hatch them, you need to, you know, actually walk and move around. Some people are far too impatient for that. Ceiling fans and dog collars it is.
Some dudes fell off a cliff
The opening screen of Pokemon Go CLEARLY asks people to watch where they’re going when they’re playing. Two San Diego men did not heed the words of the wise Gyarados and accidentally plunged several stories off an E Street cliff. They were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Another gamer, who was streaming his hunting experience on Twitch, accidentally fell into a pond. Whoops. (Video contains a lighthearted profanity.)
Finally, some of the craziest stories you’ve heard may not be true
As crazy as Pokemon Go has made us all, don’t believe everything you see on Facebook (this is just generally good lfie advice, to be honest). Poynter recently profiled a young man who posted a bunch of fake Pokemon stories to a fake news website.