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It seems this cat decided to spend the winter in a warmer climate ...
Missing Michigan cat found 2 months later in Florida
A cat who went missing from suburban Detroit for two months turned up more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away in Florida.

Dearborn resident Judy Sanborn was shocked when she received a call in December from BluePearl pet hospital in Tampa ... Staff told her they had her 2 1/2-year-old tabby named Bandit.

Staff told Sanborn that a local resident had found the cat, who’d been identified through his microchip. ...

It’s unclear how Bandit made the cross-country trek. Sanborn guesses he hitched a ride on a moving vehicle or was found by someone in Michigan on their way to Florida. Sanborn joked that she hopes Bandit isn’t disappointed to go from sunny Florida to Michigan’s cold.

Bandit is set to catch a return flight to Michigan this week. ...
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/4f46452386ad4b1a8ef8c27070854dc8
 

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Then Lost Again..

Beach disappears, reappears, then disappears again.

A beach which disappeared from Achill Island, Co Mayo in a storm in 1984, then reappeared 33 years later after another storm in 2017, disappears again after repeated storms since September.

Locals had braced for the beach’s departure and were hoping for a swift return, said the tourism manager. “It was great while we had it but there was an air of inevitability about it going. The sand is just out in the bay. With the right conditions it can come back.”
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In case you're wondering where the Tudor dynasty originated, it may well have been in this bed discarded by a UK hotel.

It was a royal pain to invest the royal amount of effort into investigating and demonstrating this bed's royalty.
Bed Used in Hotel for 15 Years Turns Out to Be Henry VII’s Marriage Bed
An ornately carved oak bed that spent 15 years in the honeymoon suite of a hotel in Chester, in the United Kingdom, had a remarkable hidden history: Experts recently found that it is likely to be a long-lost royal marriage bed dating to the 15th century.

In it, the nuptial frolics of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York celebrated the end of the Wars of the Roses (during which King Richard III died) and birthed England's famed Tudor dynasty.

The bed's former identity came to light after it was retired from the hotel and discarded in a parking lot. It was rescued by an antiques dealer who listed it as "a profusely carved Victorian four poster bed with armorial shields," according to a description from a symposium about the bed's history, held on Jan. 21 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

When Ian Coulson, a restorer and dealer of antique beds, purchased the bed online in 2010, he discovered that the wood was far older than the seller suspected. What's more, the bed's embellishments hinted at royal origins ...

Clues in the varnished wood and in the quality and content of the carvings suggested to Coulson that this was a royal bridal bed, and that it belonged to Henry VII ... While the claim initially seemed far-fetched, Coulson spent the next nine years accumulating evidence of the bed's lofty origins; he and other experts presented their findings at the symposium. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/64718-henry-vii-marriage-bed.html
 
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.

Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Workers found it in January behind science classroom cabinets in the old Jeffersonville High School, where Everett was a senior in 1955.

Greater Clark County Schools spokeswoman Erin Bojorquez says the district was able to track Everett "thanks to the power of social media" after one of her relatives saw a Facebook post about the purse . The district plans to mail the purse to Everett's home in Florida.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good...he-1950s-to-be-reunited-with-owner/ar-BBTvtPO
 

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This find may be one of the earliest US Medals of Honor, presented by Abraham Lincoln ...

Florida house flippers find possible Civil War Medal of Honor
A Florida couple clearing out a house they bought made an unexpected discovery: a suspected U.S. military Medal of Honor from the Civil War.

Erin and Michael Kara said they bought the Orlando home with the intention of flipping it and they set about clearing out the belongings from the previous owner, who had died.

The couple said they opened a box and found what they believe to be a Medal of Honor dating from Abraham Lincoln's presidency.

The medal bears the name Mark Wood, and online records indicate a man by that name was one of the first-ever Medal of Honor recipients in the 1860s. ...

The couple said they are considering donating the medal to a museum.

"Just the uniqueness of it and, you know, after researching, I saw there was only, I think, 3,500 ever awarded, and Abraham Lincoln would have been the one to give this one out, so it's kind of a big deal," Erin Kara said.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...sible-Civil-War-Medal-of-Honor/2041551202061/
 

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Took a while to find.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.

Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Workers found it in January behind science classroom cabinets in the old Jeffersonville High School, where Everett was a senior in 1955.
Wonder how it ended up there? Either placed on top and fell down, in which case Ms Everett would have known at the time where she'd left it, or it's been dumped there as a prank or maliciously or after being stolen.
 

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Found: A Historic Trolley Hidden Inside a House
When Trenton’s streetcars came to a halt in the 1930s, one literally found a home.
BY NOOR AL-SAMARRAI
MARCH 19, 2019

WHEN BRANDON BREZA AND MARC Manfredi, buddies since high school, started a real estate venture together, they didn’t expect to find themselves on an adventure in historic preservation.

In August 2018, they purchased a foreclosed house at 31 Smith Avenue in Hamilton, New Jersey, with the idea that they could transform it into an appealing rental unit. The description on the property listing said that the small home had been made out of a former rail car, but on first glance it looked like an ordinary suburban house, though perhaps a little worse for wear.

“I don’t think we’re gonna find a dead conductor or anything here … maybe there’ll be some old train parts or something,” says Breza, of his thinking at the time.

They began work a few days after purchasing the property, bringing down a couple interior walls. But they got a little hammer-happy. “We watched a lot of HGTV and thought, ‘This is awesome, let’s start knocking down walls,’” Breza recalls. “We started thinking, we’d do it the right way and make it more attractive for renters.”

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/trolley-car-inside-a-house
 

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oooh! I'm sure I've read critiques which talk about the genius of the quiet background!
 

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Dutch statesman's diary found 200 years after it was lost

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is arguably the greatest Dutch statesman, as one of the founding fathers who helped liberate the Netherlands from Spanish rule, but for 200 years the whereabouts of a diary chronicling his final months before he was beheaded has been a mystery.

The prose – written over an eight-month period between 1618 and 1619 – was last seen in 1825 when a pastor, the Rev Adrian Stolker, studied the manuscript and made a copy by hand to be published for wider dissemination.

But the original leather-bound book, written by Van Oldenbarnevelt’s trusty servant, Jan Francken, detailing his master’s daily refusal to accept that he was doomed for execution, had simply vanished from sight – until now, on the 400th anniversary of his execution.

Alongside William I, Van Oldenbarnevelt, who lived from 1547 to 1619, is widely regarded as one the architects of the Netherlands, who also oversaw the founding of the source of the country’s great wealth, the Dutch East India Company.

His undoing came when he fell out with William’s son, Maurice of Nassau, over a military expedition to Flanders that nearly ended in disaster. He then parted ways with the young prince over rival interpretations of the bible.

Van Oldenbarnevelt, arrested for treason on the grounds he had “breached the peace of the Church and State”, was imprisoned at the age of 72 in a small room in the Binnenhof, home of the Dutch parliament and prime minister.

Eight months later, on 13 May 1619, he was beheaded by sword – 400 years ago this week. But until then, Francken was given freedom to move in and out of his master’s rooms, smuggling in pen and paper, and recording events for posterity.

“Francken started his diary just at the moment that Van Oldenbarnevelt was arrested by a soldier in the name of prince Maurice,” said Edelkoort. “He wrote until the moment he was beheaded, noticing everything that happened in the room in which he was kept. The original was kept secret for 200 years.”
 
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Quite a bit overdue but the borrower was generous.

A book has been returned to a library 52 years after it was taken out, with a £100 cheque to cover the fine.

Jo Wilde, manager at Lowestoft Library, said she was "amazed" when the copy of The Metaphysical Poets arrived in the post.

It has a date stamp to show it was due back in September 1967 and it came with a note from the borrower who said they were "extremely embarrassed".

Ms Wilde said the "very generous" gesture was a "lovely surprise".

"Most people wouldn't have even bothered to return the book," she said.

Ms Wilde said the borrower - who took out the book while staying with their parents in the town - had come across it again while moving house.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-48348971
 

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... And this MIA library book turned out to be quite a bit more overdue ...
Rare book returned to Irish library almost 82 years overdue
An Irish library was surprised after a rare book was returned 80 years past its due date.

The Donegal County Library confirmed Sunday a copy of the Annie M.P. Smithson book The White Owl was returned to its Gaoth Dobhair location Friday, nearly 82 years after it was checked out in 1937. ...

... The book was checked out July 23, 1937. ...

The Irish Mirror said relatives of the person who borrowed the book found it during a house clearance at their home in Falcarragh. The book was supposed to be due 14 days after its check-out date.

Irish public libraries ended overdue book fines in January. The average overdue fee was 5 cents per day, meaning the fee for The White Owl would have been around €1,280, or about $1,428.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...ibrary-almost-82-years-overdue/8111558452800/
 

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Quite a bit overdue but the borrower was generous.

A book has been returned to a library 52 years after it was taken out, with a £100 cheque to cover the fine.

Jo Wilde, manager at Lowestoft Library, said she was "amazed" when the copy of The Metaphysical Poets arrived in the post.

It has a date stamp to show it was due back in September 1967 and it came with a note from the borrower who said they were "extremely embarrassed".

Ms Wilde said the "very generous" gesture was a "lovely surprise".

"Most people wouldn't have even bothered to return the book," she said.

Ms Wilde said the borrower - who took out the book while staying with their parents in the town - had come across it again while moving house.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-48348971
I remember reading that book when I was doing 'A' level English.
 

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Found: A Historic Trolley Hidden Inside a House
When Trenton’s streetcars came to a halt in the 1930s, one literally found a home.
BY NOOR AL-SAMARRAI
MARCH 19, 2019

WHEN BRANDON BREZA AND MARC Manfredi, buddies since high school, started a real estate venture together, they didn’t expect to find themselves on an adventure in historic preservation.

In August 2018, they purchased a foreclosed house at 31 Smith Avenue in Hamilton, New Jersey, with the idea that they could transform it into an appealing rental unit. The description on the property listing said that the small home had been made out of a former rail car, but on first glance it looked like an ordinary suburban house, though perhaps a little worse for wear.

“I don’t think we’re gonna find a dead conductor or anything here … maybe there’ll be some old train parts or something,” says Breza, of his thinking at the time.

They began work a few days after purchasing the property, bringing down a couple interior walls. But they got a little hammer-happy. “We watched a lot of HGTV and thought, ‘This is awesome, let’s start knocking down walls,’” Breza recalls. “We started thinking, we’d do it the right way and make it more attractive for renters.”

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/trolley-car-inside-a-house
In Essex (I will keep this deliberately vague) inside a normal looking bungalow, is one of these:

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&r...aw1xOKdujkRU6ocrdwDwSnHj&ust=1558559501901809

In excellent condition, still with its running gear. The house belonged to our old roadie. It was his bedroom when he was a child and he most definitely doesn't want people coming to look at it.
 

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Brilliant! And they are all different, it's not a case of "another pawn ho hum!" :D

wish it definitely was going to a museum :(
 

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Brilliant! And they are all different, it's not a case of "another pawn ho hum!" :D

wish it definitely was going to a museum :(
If I won mega millions on the Euromillions lottery you’d be able to see this piece in the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. Would like it perhaps to be a smaller museum but a bit worried about security.
 

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Yes, very desirable and very nickable.

I think the ones in Scotland are in the NMS with superb copies on show in Lewis? I'm assuming that Lewis has copies of the London ones too.
 

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Yes, very desirable and very nickable.

I think the ones in Scotland are in the NMS with superb copies on show in Lewis? I'm assuming that Lewis has copies of the London ones too.
Yes 11 in NMS I believe. But having said that I’m pretty sure the wife and I were in some small town and they had a loan in their local museum.
 

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Note to self ... Stow all prostheses before wading out into the water ...

Florida police find prosthetic ear owner after Facebook post

Police in Florida trying to find the rightful owner of a prosthetic ear that washed up on their beach got a happy phone call from South Carolina on Thursday.

Holmes Beach Police Sgt. Brian Hall said a woman called saying the rubber ear they posted on Facebook belongs to her husband.

Hall said the Beaufort couple was vacationing in the Tampa Bay area when the man went swimming. She said he was trying to put the ear in his pocket for safekeeping when “a wave knocked it off his hand.”

The police department posted a photo of the left ear, saying a local resident found it in the sand on Saturday after the “World’s Strongest Man” contest on Anna Maria Island.

Prosthetic ears can cost thousands of dollars. Hall said the department will mail it to South Carolina.

“We will put it in box. I hope nobody sees it and freaks out,” he said.
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/fd3bbf4f6a1e420cb51e463cd7f3717d
 

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To the best of my recollection, this 75-year span represents the record lapse between losing a wallet and the owner getting it back ...
Stolen wallet returned to woman 75 years later

An 89-year-old Illinois woman had an unexpected reunion when her stolen wallet was returned to her 75 years later.

Pastor Seth Baltzell said a plumber working on a project to convert the former Centralia High School building in Centralia to a church discovered a stash of 15 wallets in the wall of a girls' bathroom.

The wallets had been stripped of cash, but still contained school IDs that identified their owners as students from the mid-1940s.

"We've been working on this building for six months. I've been kind of waiting for that really cool thing that nobody's seen in the last 75 or 100 years to pop out," Baltzell told CNN.

The pastor posted photos of the wallets to Facebook along with the names from some of the IDs in hopes they would be recognized by relatives.

"Most likely, the person that's owned the wallet is either at the end of their lifespan or no longer living," Baltzell said. "My best chance was to reconnect with one of their relatives."

Baltzell was surprised, however, when KSDK-TV told him one of the owners, Betty Sissom, 89, is still living in the St. Louis area.

Sissom said it was shocking to be reunited with the tattered red wallet.

"I can't imagine somebody stole all those wallets and put them behind the toilet in a space I didn't even know was there," Sissom said.

She said the wallet contained one particularly sentimental item: A photo of her brother, who has since died, while he was serving in World War II.

"I was just so glad to get that, because I don't have a picture of him," Sissom said.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...turned-to-woman-75-years-later/1511562770924/
 

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I hate to think what this guy's blood pressure readings may have been from the time he realized his screw-up until the lucky outcome occurred ...
Man reunites with $23K found in recycling sorting facility

A man who accidentally tossed $23,000 into the recycling bin reunited with his life savings Saturday after a worker at a recycling facility in Northern California spotted a shoebox stuffed with money.

When the man from Ashland, Oregon, realized his mistake on Thursday, the recycling bin had already been emptied into a truck bound for the Recology sorting facility in Humboldt County.

The facility’s general manager told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat most of the recyclables from the truck had been sorted by the time the man contacted Recology. Workers were nonetheless told to be on the lookout for the box.

Someone spotted the box down the sorting line Friday and recovered all but $320. The money somehow stayed in the box during the 200-mile trip to the facility.
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/b6c8ebba14f14c5fbf77600dfd3421fc
 

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This class ring's journeys remain a mystery, but at least it's been reunited with its original owner.
Man's lost class ring returned to him 43 years later

A man who created from a Tennessee high school in 1976 was reunited with the class ring he lost while skiing 43 years ago thanks to an employee at the school.

Sandra Manning, a secretary at Sevier County High School, said a man came into the school Thursday morning bearing a Class of 1976 ring that he said his mother found years ago at a campground in Georgia.

Manning used the initials on the ring, C.E.S, and some old yearbooks to identify a prime suspect, Chris Smith.

The secretary posted a plea for help on Facebook, and just a couple hours later she was on the phone with Smith's wife, Joyce.

"I thought it was a joke at first to be honest," Chris Smith told WBIR-TV.

Smith said he does not know how his ring ended up at a campsite in Georgia.

"I lost the ring the summer that we graduated skiing out here at Douglas Lake at the local lake here. So someone had to find it and it made its way way back to Georgia," he said.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...returned-to-him-43-years-later/9131566581813/
 

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I don't recall seeing a cat owner and a cat reunited after this long a timespan (11 years).
Woman reunited with cat missing for 11 years

A New York woman reunited with her cat 11 years after he went missing thanks to a patient animal rescue worker and a microchip scanner.

Maggie Welz, of Duchess County, said her cat Tiger never returned home after running out of her house when someone opened a door. Her family later moved down the street, but she asked the people who moved into her old house to keep an eye out for the brown tabby cat.

The neighbor never found Tiger, but Carol O'Connell, an SPCA staffer, did. She said Tiger had been coming around her house for the past three years, but she wasn't able to get close enough to pet him.

"Each year he came to my house, he deteriorated more and more each year, and that's when I realized either somebody just abandoned him or he just was missing or lost or he was just a feral cat," O'Connell said. "This spring he started to come around a little bit more in the mornings so I started to work harder to gain his trust."

O'Connell borrowed the SPCA's microchip scanner and was able to locate Welz. She said that even though they had been apart for 11 years, she definitely planned to bring Tiger back home.

"At that point we determined that he was coming home ... " Welz said.

... "I have no idea where he was for the years in between, I'm sure he could tell us many tales, but the thing is that he is now home with us and he will be with us for the remainder of his life."

The SPCA said Tiger was in remarkably good health for living on the streets for 11 years.
SOURCE: https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/lost-found.15028/page-27
 

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I love these heartwarming stories, thank you
 
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