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Lost Wallet Returned After 55 years

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2007-05-09 10:17.
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A wallet misplaced during a romantic embrace has been returned to its forgetful owner after 55 years.

Two classic car collectors from the US state of Idaho found the wallet after it fell out of the back of a vintage car they were planning to restore.

After an internet search they found and contacted the owner, Glenn Goodlove.

Mr Goodlove said he probably lost the wallet in the back seat of his 1946 Hudson car while kissing a girl when he was home on leave from the US Navy.

Why It's Cheaper To Buy Tomatoes In A Supermarket Than Grow Your Own.

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2007-05-06 08:15.
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The $140 Homemade Scarf

During the late 19th century, piano manufacturing was one of New York City’s largest industries. Every right-minded American family, it seemed, wanted to fill its home with music. The advent of the player piano — a music-making machine that required zero talent — drove the boom even further. By the 1920s, some 300,000 pianos were being sold in the United States each year, roughly two-thirds of them player pianos.

But a pair of newer technologies, the radio and the phonograph, soon began to drive the piano into a deep disfavor that continues to this day. Last year, Americans bought only 76,966 pianos. That’s a decrease of 75 percent over a period in which the population more than doubled. As much as people may love music, most of them apparently don’t feel the need to make it for themselves. According to Census Bureau statistics, only 7.3 percent of American adults have played a musical instrument in the past 12 months.

Keys to maximum-security prison in Iowa are sold on EBay

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-05-04 08:17.
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ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) - A 135-year-old penitentiary changed some of its locks after keys to the maximum-security prison were apparently sold on EBay.

The keys belonged to a locksmith who retired from Anamosa State Penitentiary in 1974. He died two years later and when his wife died last year, an auctioneer was hired to sell off the estate, which included the keys. Someone bought the keys and put them on EBay. Most appear to be antiques.

Jerry Burt, the prison's warden, said prison staff members told him about the keys after they attended the auction, not knowing the keys were there.

World's Most Expensive Train ($20000 Per Person)

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Fri, 2007-04-27 08:58.
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Once considered the preserve of scruffy backpackers, hardy adventurers, and vodka swigging businessmen, a new train on Russia's Trans-Siberian route aims to lure wealthy tourists with luxury.

Kids In Maine Pay $3,400 To Liberate Lobsters

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-04-19 09:31.
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PORTLAND, Maine -- Freedom has a price. In this case, the price is nearly $3,400 for 300 lobsters.

Pete McAleney said 10 young people showed up at his New Meadows Lobster Pound in Maine and bought all of his one-clawed lobsters. He said the lobster lovers called the crustaceans "God's creatures" and vowed to free them.

McAleney said he told the group the lobsters would probably just be caught again. He said the young people said at least the lobsters would get a second chance.

McAleney said he did not know the identity of the lobster liberators.

[Via -TheDenverChannel.Com]

$1 Parking Ticket Paid After 26 Years

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2007-04-12 11:43.
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A $1 parking ticket from 1980 has been paid off, after the offender sent the payment along with a $3 late fee to police without giving a name.

"It's kind of cool that someone took the time to take care of their obligation after 26 years," police Capt. Mike Babe told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a story posted online Monday. "Maybe their conscience got to them."

The signature on the money order used to pay for the ticket is not legible, and the return address reads: "Someone who keeps way too many old papers way too long." The envelope carried a Chicago postmark.

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