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Not even into its first week of release, Pokémon Go has already become HUGE. It's an app you can download to your phone to – get this – leave your house to play! It allows you to go out and about, find your own real (-ish) Pokémons, and capture them! It really makes you wonder what was going on in the meeting inside the Pokémon HQ, when this app was proposed.

Boss: “You want to make an app that what? Makes the user actually get up and walk around? OUTSIDE?”
*hysterical laughter*
Appmaker guy: “You guys finished? Okay. The players get to capture their own virtual Pokemon in their backyards, on sidewalks, all that.”
Boss: “Sounds dumb.”
Appmaker guy: “Initial estimates say we'll make billions.”
Boss: “Well, why are you just standing there? MAKE THAT APP!”

Unfortunately, not everyone is finding just Pinsirs and Bulbasaurs. They're finding injuries, dead bodies, and internet fame, as their wives gives birth with Pokémons in the delivery room!

Here are just a few of the wild Pokéstories already rolling in, the first of many, I'm sure.

The Pidgey is Pretty Important, Too...

From Buzzfeed, In one of the first cases of many where the the Pokémon seeker may have taken it a little too far, Jonathon Theriot found a Pidgey as his wife was on the delivery table at the hospital, getting ready for her c-section!

The reactions from the internet have been varied, as usual. From understanding... funny... mildly prophetic.

But as Jonathon said, “She just kind of laughed at it.” “It was primarily an eyeroll once she realized what I was doing.”

With New Life, Also Comes...Ick

In Riverton, Wyoming, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins was playing her new Pokémon Go app Friday morning, when she jumped a fence to get closer to Wind River.

"The Pokemon are all over Riverton," she said. "I was trying to get a Pokemon from a natural water resource."

She might be deleting the app and getting counselling soon, though. The only thing she found was a dead body floating about three feet from shore.

Your Beacon Attracts More Than Just Other Players

Playing the game in broad daylight, or at least in areas with large numbers of people is recommended, but that doesn't stop people from going out at 2 a.m., to dimly lit parking lots, unarmed, with their other unarmed friends. Then they get robbed.

On their Facebook page Sunday morning, the O'Fallon Missouri Police Department has already put information out there about Pokémon Go users getting robbed.

But, the app warns you with a Gyarados and an exclamation mark!

Watch out for ditches

Yes, that's a cute baby elephant in a ditch
Yes, that's a cute baby elephant in a ditch

According to Reddit user Amalthea-'s post on Thursday, it's once again been proven that walking and doing anything on your phone can be hazardous to your health.

Not even 30 minutes after the release last night, I slipped and fell down a ditch. Fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in my foot, 6-8 weeks for recovery. I told all the doctors I was walking my dog lol... Watch where you're going, folks!

Not sure the doctors will be able to see through that little fib, but dude, still.

“I Swear, I Wasn't Robbing You, I was Pokéhunting!

That guy might not live to see his next birthday.

Don't Poké & Drive Is Taking On A Whole New Meaning

Wait, what?


I'll admit, I peaked at my app while we were driving this morning, and the dude on the screen was running!

Wink Wonk?

I don't know much Pokémon lingo, but this lady, despite her swollen ankle, had a pretty funny tweet.

Police Stations Can Be Pokéstops, But Seriously, Don't Go In.

Do you have any Pokémon Go Stories to share?
Embarrass yourself in the comments!


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