Augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go has now achieved record Apple Store downloads in the first week, is more popular than Facebook (in terms of time spent), and has been personally responsible for the break up of at least one couple, the discovery of a dead body, and helping people lose weight. But what are the craziest Pokémon Go stories? Here’s what we think:
3) BROOKLYN MAN COMPLETES ENTIRE U.S. POKEDEX
FROM BUSINESS INSIDER: Nick Johnson publicly declared himself to be the first Pokémon Go player to catch all of the 142 Pokémon that we know are available in the US.
According to the original video games that Pokémon Go is based on, there are 151 total monsters. We know that there are 142 you can catch in the US, plus three more exclusive to certain international regions, but nobody can account for the whereabouts of the other six.
He said he’s lost “about eight pounds, but I was walking eight miles a day. My endurance walking/jogging has definitely improved. Either gym or poke walk probably will do the trick, just do whatever gets you motivated to exercise! For me Pokemon go made it fun to exercise in a way the gym does not.”
Johnson’s journey to Pokémon mastery took a lot of doing and some long nights, he tells Business Insider, but it was worth it to fulfill his childhood dream of catching ’em all. His tips:
- He chose water-type Squirtle as his first Pokémon because he didn’t realize that he had a choice. He would have gone with the fire-type Charmander, in reflection of his choice of Team Valor, the game’s red team.
- The very last Pokémon he needed for his collection was Omastar, which he evolved himself. He says that he would have caught it a day earlier when two appeared in his vicinity — but then Verizon cell service cut out for 15 minutes, denying him of his prize. “Shout out to Verizon, you the real MVP,” Johnson jokes.
- The second-to-last Pokémon that Johnson needed, Porygon, was also the hardest, and required a trip to Jersey City. “I may or may not have seen it on the radar and then ordered an Uber to drive me around until I found it,” Johnson says.
- The best spots in New York City for catching Pokémon are Battery Park and Grand Army Plaza in Central Park. The latter is where Justin Bieber was spotted playing, and on any given night, there are 300 or so people gathered there for Pokémon hunting purposes, staying “well until the morning.”
- His best tip for would-be Pokémon masters: “Buy some good walking shoes.” He also recommends that if you’re going to spend real money for in-game items, then the egg incubators are the best bang for your buck.
2) TORONTO BAKERY CHARGES PEOPLE BASED ON POKÉMON TEAM:
A Toronto bakery called Waffle U posted a sign saying customers on Team Valor get their treats half-off, while Team Mystic customers have to pay twice the normal charge.
FROM BLOGTO: “That’s right, owner and PokeMaster Alex Puzo first started offering discounts to Team Valor on Sunday. If you’re not playing yet, the Pokemon Go teams are kind of similar to the houses in Harry Potter.
Puzo was (unsurprisingly) neutral towards Team Instinct, however he wasn’t too kind to Team Mystic; if members of the blue team wanted one of his epic-looking waffles, they were supposed to pay double.
But once in store, Puzo ended up giving all trainers a discounts. “Everyone who comes here knows that I play it, they play it now as well, it’s becoming a growing community.”
Redditor Dubiono posted a photo of the sign on Monday, the same day Puzo took it down. “I had to take it down within two days,” he says. “The lineup was behind the building and I just can’t make that many waffles.”
1) DRIVER CAUGHT ON CAMERA SLAMMING INTO COP CAR WHILE PLAYING POKÉMON GO:
FROM PIX11: A man playing Pokémon Go while driving ended up colliding with a Baltimore police officer’s parked patrol car early Saturday morning.
The officers had just responded to a 911 call and were standing on the sidewalk around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday when one officer’s body camera recorded the accident.
They were standing steps from the vehicle when, suddenly, a tan-colored Toyota RAV4 slammed into the patrol car at high speed.
No one was seriously injured, and when officers caught up to the driver he seemed more embarrassed than anything.
The driver got out of the car holding his phone so police could see the game, and said, “That’s what I get for playing this dumb a** game.”
“#PokemonGO is not all fun and games,” Baltimore police tweeted. “Here is a video of a distracted driver who struck one of our cars. #PlaySafe.”
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