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It's rosary lost-and-found time ...
Metal detector hobbyist returns lost rosary 70 years later

A New Jersey man who found a buried rosary while metal detecting a few miles from his home reunited the item with its owner -- 70 years after it was lost.

Daniel Jurgens said he took his metal detector to a large open space about 5 miles from his home May 14 and his haul for the day included a Brownie ring, a 1943 mercury dime, a couple pennies and a small metal container engraved with the image of the Virgin Mary. ...

Jurgens said he opened the container and found a rosary with an inscription reading: "Diana, May 5, 1946."

"So, I go home, and I clean it off a little bit better. ... I know that there's a Catholic church about three blocks from this park, and I call up the Catholic church, and I speak with the secretary," Jurgens told the Clinton Herald.

The secretary at Our Lady of Peace Church got back to Jurgens three days later and told him someone named Diana Antonides of Fords, N.J., had received her first communion on May 5, 1946.

Jurgens said a check of Ancestry.com found census records from 1940, when Antonides lived about three blocks away from where he found the rosary.

Antonides married Salvador Borja in 1958, and Jurgens found an obituary for Borja dated from 2017 that listed his wife among his survivors.

Jurgens said he was excited to learn Antonides might still be alive, and set off on a quest to contact the woman or her adult children.

Just two days later Jurgens connected with Antonides' daughter Kathy, who related his messages to her brother, Kris, and mother, who was indeed still alive at age 81.

Antonides said she believes the rosary -- a gift from her aunt, who was also her godmother -- was taken by a neighbor boy named Ritchie who had a habit of stealing her possessions. She said he must have buried it in the lot where Jurgens found it 70 years later. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...rns-lost-rosary-70-years-later/2991590677677/
 

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An American WW2 soldier lost his prized rosary while fighting in Italy. After three-quarters of a century the rosary was returned to his family.
Rosary lost by U.S. soldier in World War II returned to family

The family of a U.S. man who lost his rosary while serving in Italy during World War II had the item returned to them thanks to the family of the soldier who found it.

Tim Maynard said his father, Robert Maynard, told his family the story of how he lost the leather pouch containing the rosary given to him by his mother while he was serving in Italy during World War II. ...

"I remember him saying at one point that his only regret was the fact that he had lost the rosary and it was his mom's and it was a special rosary," Maynard told WCPO-TV. "It had a relic inside of it. And that kept him safe and alive that whole time."

Charles Werley, another U.S. soldier serving in Europe, found the pouch on a beach and brought it back to United States with him in the hopes of eventually finding its owner.

The pouch contained the rosary as well as a note that bore Robert Maynard's name.

Gail Tucker, Werley's daughter, said her father never managed to track down Maynard, but she renewed the efforts when her mother handed the pouch and rosary down to her.

Tim Maynard said it means a lot of have a piece of family history back in his possession.

"It's just amazing to have something, you know, that was with him through those times, back in hand," he said. "Years and years and years have passed since he touched them. But the things that he went through while that was in his possession speaks volumes and the energy is still there with it, as I believe his energy's with it." ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...orld-War-II-returned-to-family/9551602012903/
 

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Another long overdue library book returned while the application of fines is suspended ...
Book returned to library nearly 60 years overdue

Employees at a library in Britain said a poetry book was recently dropped into the return box 60 years after its due date.

The Middlesbrough Central Library said "The Buried Stream," a poetry anthology by Geoffrey Faber, was returned to the facility's drop box this month. ...

Officials said the tome was 58 years overdue, with a listed due date of December 1962.

"We're really grateful to the anonymous person who returned this book to us as it will be added back to our stock and placed in the Reference Library for future generations to enjoy," Librarian and Community Hub Officer David Harrington said.

Harrington said the book would have accrued more than $650 in late fees, but fines are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...ibrary-nearly-60-years-overdue/4641602531997/
 

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A steam shovel used in constructing a dam was left to lie submerged in the resulting lake for 95 years. It's now been retrieved from the (currently drained) lakebed, and it's in good enough condition to undergo restoration.
Steam shovel retrieved after being submerged in lake for 95 years

A steam shovel that had been submerged in a Michigan lake for nearly a century has been returned to dry land and is being restored.

Mike Oberloier said he dreamed of removing the steam shovel from the bottom of Wixom Lake since his father first told him about the artifact about 50 years ago. ...

Oberloier and a team of volunteers removed the last pieces of the steam shovel from the lake Saturday. It had been used to construct the Edenville Dam in the 1920s and was submerged in the lake for 95 years.

Oberloier finally received his opportunity to see his dream fulfilled when the dam failed in May, causing the lake to drain.

He said the steam shovel's engines are in good enough condition to restore, and he is beginning work on the project.

"It's going to the Midland Antique Engine Association, and it'll be put on display there where everybody can come out and see it," he said. "My hopes and dreams are to make it dig again."
SOURCE (With Video): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...submerged-in-lake-for-95-years/6411603735721/
 

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Another lost class ring story - in this case, apparently lost for circa 40 years. In an odd twist, the original owner had completely forgotten she'd lost it.
Metal detector hobbyist reunites 1980 class ring with owner

A Massachusetts man who found a 40-year-old class ring while out with his metal detector reunited the item with a woman who had completely forgotten it was lost.

James Gilbert said he was treasure hunting in the spring near a pond in the Burbank Hospital area of Fitchburg when he unearthed a white gold ring from Auburn High School's Class of 1980. ...

Gilbert said he contacted the school and officials identified the ring's engraved initials, CLB, as likely belonging to 1980 graduate Carol L. Bartlett.

The metal detecting enthusiast said he spent months trying to track down Bartlett before seeking help on a Facebook group called Metal detecting Massachusetts. He said it was only a matter of hours before another group member had located the woman, now named Carol Mulvey. ...

Mulvey recognized the ring, but said she had no memory of losing it. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...tes-1980-class-ring-with-owner/4101605558304/
 

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What is it about class rings that everyone's so keen to be rid of them?
They're emblems of accomplishment and / or affiliation, both of which fade as one moves on into adulthood. In other words, they become symbolically irrelevant. This irrelevance is exacerbated by the fact that class rings are typically heavy / bulky objects that aren't all that comfortable to wear on the finger and are easily snagged on external things (sometimes painfully or even causing injury).
 

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A Pennsylvania woman unexpectedly found and recovered the cat she'd lost 8 years earlier ...
Pennsylvania woman reunited with lost cat after 8 years

A Pennsylvania woman whose cat ran away from home eight years ago was reunited with her long-lost pet when she discovered the feline was up for adoption at a local cat cafe.

Kristen Williams said Snickerdoodle, a tortoiseshell cat, ran away from her home in Watsontown about eight years ago, and despite searching and calling around to local shelters, she was never able to locate her missing pet. ...

Williams said she was on Facebook a couple weeks ago when her attention was grabbed by a post from the Scratching Post Cat Cafe in Lewisburg.

The post included a photo of a for-adoption cat that Williams immediately recognized as her long-lost Snickerdoodle.

The cat, now named Maria, bore all the same markings as the cat in Williams' photos, as well as sharing her old pet's obsession with hanging out in sinks.

Williams said she hadn't been looking to adopt a cat at the time, but she couldn't resist the opportunity to bring her long-lost pet home. ...

Williams said Maria has already laid claim to the kitchen sink in her home.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...ed-with-lost-cat-after-8-years/9811605720885/
 

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An Ontario library has received an overdue book which seems to be on the order of 80 years overdue at the very least.
Returned library book could be up to 100 years overdue

Officials at an Ontario library said a book recently dropped into its return bin is believed to be up to 100 years overdue.

The Fergus Library said a copy of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens was recently dropped into the book return bin by an anonymous person. ...

Library officials said they don't have records of the book, but it bears a Fergus Library name plate inside the cover, indicating it might have been from the facility's original collection when it opened in the 1900s.

Officials said they aren't sure of when the book was last checked out.

"We're guessing from 100 to maybe 50 years ago," chief librarian Rebecca Hine told CTV News. ...

Officials said they have no intention of trying to find the person who checked the book out to charge fees. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...uld-be-up-to-100-years-overdue/9201605815270/
 

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Dog found 300 miles away reunited with family after eight years

Kavik the Malamute-German Shepherd cross disappeared after escaping with his brother Konan from the family home in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in May 2012.

Owner Stevie Rodger found both of his dogs in a nearby field full of sheep but was left devastated when an irate farmer shot both animals.

Konan died in the field but the injured Kavik bolted, sparking a huge search that went on for months.
But Stevie, partner Sarah Moonie, 45, and his three children are now ‘over the moon’ after Kavik – now 10-years-old – turned up almost 300 miles away in Birmingham.

Stevie received a phone call on Tuesday from Lost Dogs Scotland saying an animal matching Kavik’s description was being held at a dog shelter in the city.

‘I jumped in the car in the morning and drove all the way to Birmingham still not sure if it was my boy.

‘But when I got there I knew instantly it was him and I just burst into tears.

‘He came running over to me and started licking me like he’d seen me just yesterday. It was a very emotional reunion.

Kavik was found in an undernourished state looking for food at a pet store in Birmingham and was taken to the dog home after staff took pity on him.
 

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Folk who let their dog worry livestock should get them back.
 

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A New York couple brushed off the folklore about their century-old house being built by a Prohibition-era bootlegger. They found the lore more plausible once they undertook remodeling and started finding multiple caches of whiskey hidden in the walls and beneath the floors.
Couple finds more than 66 bottles of Prohibition-era whiskey hidden in the walls of their New York home

When a New York couple was told their over 100-year-old home was built by a notorious bootlegger, they passed it off as small town legend.

But during a recent home renovation, the couple discovered something that revealed the legend could be true.

In early October, Nick Drummond and Patrick Bakker said they found more than 66 bottles of whiskey from the Prohibition-era hidden within the walls and floorboards of their home, which was built in 1915. ...

Drummond, a designer and historic preservationist, told CNN he was removing outside skirting along the bottom of the mudroom attached to the house when a mysterious package fell out. ...

"I'm like holy crap. This is like a whiskey stash. And this is like, all of a sudden, the whole story of the bootlegger." ...

Drummond went on to find more packages of smuggled whiskey under the floorboards after entering the mudroom through a uncovered hatch inside the floor. He said the couple continues to find more bottles. ...

The liquor is a brand of Scottish whiskey labeled Old Smuggler Gaelic whiskey, which is still made today. Each bottle was wrapped in tissue paper and straw and bundled in a package of six, said Drummond. ...

The couple plans to leave the bottles they found empty or evaporated preserved in the home -- and sell the bottles they found full. The full bottles are estimated at a value of around $1,000 each, said Drummond. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/25/us/whiskey-bottles-found-new-york-home-walls-trnd/index.html
 

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An Ontario man's wallet went missing 54 years ago. It turned up in a couch and has been returned to him.
Ontario man reunited with wallet lost 54 years earlier

An Ontario, Canada, man who lost his wallet 54 years ago had the item returned to him after another man found it in an old couch.

Darcy Major, 86, of Port Dover, said his wallet went missing in 1966, and he never found out what happened to it until Christopher Camacho got in touch with his children. ...

Camacho found the wallet in an old couch and got Major's name from the documents inside, which included a driver's license, an old check and a dog license.

Camacho wrote ... on Facebook that he had fished the wallet out of an old couch and was trying to find its owner.

Commenters on the post helped Camacho get in touch with Major's children, who informed their father that his wallet was found.

"It was unreal, where's it been for all those years," Major told the Simcoe Reformer. "It must have been a good couch."

Major said he was grateful to Camacho for tracking him down.

"It's quite a thrill, even though everything is outdated," Major said. "There's honest people out there to return it. He could've put it in the garbage, and it's so nice that there's people like that."
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...h-wallet-lost-54-years-earlier/4031606942774/
 

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Divers discover Nazi WW2 enigma machine in Baltic

German divers searching the Baltic Sea for discarded fishing nets have stumbled upon a rare
Enigma cipher machine used by the Nazi military during World War Two which they believe was thrown overboard from a scuttled submarine.



Thinking they had discovered a typewriter entangled in a net on the seabed of Gelting Bay, underwater archaeologist Florian Huber quickly realised the historical significance of the find.

“I’ve made many exciting and strange discoveries in the past 20 years. But I never dreamt that we would one day find one of the legendary Enigma machines,” said Huber.

The Nazi military used the machines to send and receive secret messages during World War Two but British cryptographers cracked the code, helping the Allies gain an advantage in the naval struggle to control the Atlantic.

At Bletchley Park codebreaking centre, a British team led by Alan Turing is credited with unravelling the code, shortening the war and saving many thousands of lives.

Shortly before Germany’s surrender in May 1945, the crews of about 50 submarines, or U-Boots, followed an order to scuttle their ships in Gelting Bay, near the Danish border, to avoid handing them to the Allies. Destroying encryption devices was part of the order.

“We suspect our Enigma went overboard in the course of this event,” said Huber.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-g...w2-enigma-machine-in-baltic-sea-idUKKBN28D257

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Wedding ring found five years after being lost on British beach

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Date: 1 December, 2020

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Officials in southern England said a platinum wedding ring found on an area beach was returned to its owner, who revealed the precious item had been lost five years earlier.

The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council posted a photo to Facebook on Monday showing a platinum wedding band found by a crew excavating a timber groyne on a Bournemouth beach.

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https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...er-being-lost-on-British-beach/9381606841770/
 

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Man discards wallet in the trash; city official and trash collection workers find it after sifting through tons of trash.
Crew digs through tons of trash to find Indiana man’s wallet

A northern Indiana man whose cash-filled wallet was accidentally thrown out got it back last week after a crew waded through tons of trash and found it, wet and smelly, near the bottom.

Logansport resident Robert Nolte said his wallet ended up in the trash Thursday when he asked a friend to throw out a pair of green camouflage pants that were covered in white paint. After his trash was hauled away, Nolte realized his wallet was missing and that it had been in the discarded pants.

At his wife’s urging, he called a city code enforcement officer, Johnny Quinones, and explained the situation. ...

“I originally told the caller that there would be no way to find it,” Quinones told the (Logansport) Pharos-Tribune. ...

Quinones nonetheless worked with a crew from trash-hauler Republic Services to search for the pants after determining which driver had collected Nolte’s trash. They made their way through 9 tons (8 metric tons) of garbage dumped onto a concrete slab, looking for the pants, which Nolte’s friend had rolled up and placed, unbagged, on top of Nolte’s trash.

They eventually discovered the pants at the bottom of the trash pile, with the cash-filled wallet still in one of its pockets. Quinones thanked Republic Services for allowing the search then summoned Nolte, turning the wallet over to him. ...

“I took out a $100 bill to give to Johnny for finding my wallet. He refused it. Johnny, being the nice guy that he is, wouldn’t take the money,” Nolte said. “He just said, ‘God will do me better down the road.’”
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/article/crew-digs-trash-for-indiana-man-wallet-c7a69a342a46b9675c125b6f894c2fc1
 

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Yes, I think that was an Above and Beyond event.
 

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A businessman transporting a valuable surrealistic painting to Israel screwed up and left the painting back at the Dusseldorf airport. Oops!
Valuable painting left behind at airport found in the paper recycling

A painting worth about $340,000 was forgotten at a German airport by a businessman flying to Israel, and police rescued the misplaced artwork from the recycling.

Dusseldorf Police said the businessman arrived in Tel Aviv after his Nov. 27 flight and discovered the painting, a surrealist work by Yves Tanguy, had been left behind at the Dusseldorf Airport. ...

The businessman contacted the airport, but officials were unable to locate the flat cardboard box containing the painting.

The man's nephew, who lives in Belgium, traveled to Dusseldorf to join in the search and sought help from the local police.

Police contacted the cleaning company contracted by the airport and an investigator ended up searching through the waste paper recycling with a company manager.

The painting was found at the bottom of the recycling container. It was returned Wednesday to the businessman who had misplaced it.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...t-found-in-the-paper-recycling/3431607705441/
 

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This Doncaster woman is eternally thankful for getting her cat Laddo microchipped. No explicit agreement from Laddo yet ...
Lost cat found one year later, 75 miles away

A British woman whose cat went missing in November 2019 was reunited with her pet more than a year later when the feline turned up 75 miles away.

Sybil Gillatt, 70, of Doncaster, England, said her long-haired black cat, Laddo, went missing from her home in November 2019. ...

Gillatt said she searched for Laddo and put up posters bearing his pictures, but there was no sign of her beloved cat.

It turned out Laddo had turned up in April in the garden of Karen Rice, who lives 75 miles away in Snodgrass. ...

Rice said she had borrowed a microchip scanner to check the status of the chips in her own cats, and she decided to try it on the cat living in her garden.

"I couldn't believe it when he was chipped. I contacted my local Cats Protection branch, gave them the chip number and the next day they phoned to tell me that the owner had been traced. She was over the moon that her cat had been found," Rice said. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/12/11/Lost-cat-found-one-year-later-75-miles-away/5341607715257/
 

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Sometimes a cigar box holds more than cigars.

A lost artefact from the Great Pyramid of Giza has been found in a chance discovery at the University of Aberdeen.

It is one of only three objects ever recovered from inside the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. Curatorial assistant Abeer Eladany, from Egypt, was reviewing items in the university’s Asia collection when she came across a cigar box marked with her country’s former flag. Inside she found several wooden splinters, which she then identified as a fragment of wood from the Great Pyramid that has been missing for more than a century.

“The university’s collections are vast – running to hundreds of thousands of items – so looking for it has been like finding a needle in a haystack. I couldn’t believe it when I realised what was inside this innocuous-looking cigar tin,” she said.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/wor...giza-found-in-cigar-box-in-scotland-1.4438394
 

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I tried to make a pun, but it was a rubbish attempt.
Don't be concerned, Enola was just engaging in trash talk.....
 

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A California chihuahua is back home after a 5-year disappearance ...
Chihuahua dog missing for 5 years in California is found

A Chihuahua dog named Sweet-Pea who went missing five years ago in Southern California has been found and is back home.

The tiny dog was reunited with her owner on thanks to microchip identification ...

Sweet-Pea went missing in the city of Compton in 2015. The Inland Valley Humane Society found her about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away in the community of Covina.

Sweet-Pea appeared to have been well-cared for during her long absence, KNBC-TV reported. There were no immediate details disclosed about where the dog stayed while away from her owner. ...
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/article/california-dogs-02580639da2b9e255a25546dc7b16ed2
 

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Went to the supermarket this morning and I put one of those 3 packs of microwave vegetables in the trolley and unloaded them with the rest of the food.
When I got home they were not in any of the bags so I thought perhaps I had left a bag behind.
On checking the docket however they were not even on it.
There was nothing left in the trolley and I'd put a divider behind my groceries, so I don't know where they flicked off to.
 
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