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A climber was killed on a New Zealand mountain. Years later his backpack and camera were found.
The film was recovered and the photos posted on Facebook where they were identified.

This bit intrigue me, about the Hooker glacier where the find was made -

Hooker is at the base of Aoraki (Mount Cook), in a national park of icy peaks where hundreds of climbers have died, dozens of them never to be found.

Hundreds have died there? Dozens of bodies never recovered? Why haven't we heard of this before?
Or maybe I wasn't paying attention.

Tony Shepherd in the Guardian -

Photos from ‘beyond the grave’: camera discovery reveals climber’s last images before fatal avalanche

Two decades ago Richard Stiles escaped an avalanche in New Zealand, but friend Steve Robinson wasn’t so lucky. Now the mountain has given up some of its secrets

When mountaineer Chris Hill found a backpack with an old camera in it on the Hooker Glacier – an 11km chunk of ice on New Zealand’s South Island – he was intrigued and decided to get the film inside developed.

Hill wanted to know whose pack he held, so he took the photos – grainy and vintage-looking – to the police and to New Zealand’s Land Search and Rescue. Eventually, he posted them on Facebook, hoping the mountaineering community could solve the mystery of the pack and the camera.

The photos were shared and finally the mystery was solved. The mountain had given up one of its many secrets.

One of the men in the photos, with a big grin and long wavy hair, turned out to be 29-year-old Steve Robinson, the pictures taken in 1997 just before he was killed and buried by an avalanche.
 

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Hidden Cupid resurfaces in one of Vermeer’s best-known works after two and a half centuries
Laboratory tests revealed "sensational" discovery that the figure in Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window was overpainted decades after the artist’s death
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hidden-cupid-resurfaces-in-one-of-vermeer-s-best-known-works
After 2.5 years of meticulous work, the large Cupid figure that had been hidden by overpainting is now fully revealed and the painting will soon be publicly exhibited.
Vermeer's 'hidden' Cupid is the enigmatic artist's latest mystery

For around three centuries, the girl reading a letter in the dimly-lit solitude of a Johannes Vermeer painting gave no indication of what the message contained.

Facing an open window, her figure gently curved as she scanned the note in her hands, her body appeared slight against the vacant wall behind her. But last week, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany, where she's been housed for most of her long life, has finally unveiled an amorous secret, hidden long ago beneath layers of paint.

Ahead of its upcoming show about the celebrated Dutch painter, the museum has released an image of a drastically changed "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window," which the Dutch artist painted between 1657 and 1659. Following a painstaking four-year-long restoration, the empty wall now shows a monumental painting of Cupid, discovered by X-ray in 1979, but now revealed for the first time. ...

The unveiling of Cupid, the Roman god of love who is often represented as a winged boy, gives the girl's letter new connotations of affection, longing and desire. ...

When the hidden Cupid was first found over four decades ago, it was believed the Delft-born artist had himself painted over it. ...

But when conservators began cleaning the painting in 2017, they found evidence suggesting otherwise. ...

Now, the team involved believe it was painted over sometime in the early 18th century. But as to who did it, they can only guess. ...

Who painted over Cupid in "Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window," or why they did, may never be solved. ...

Several other Vermeer paintings were inexplicably altered, as well, ... from an entire blue sky painted into his early work "Diana and her Companions" to a modified picture frame in "Woman Holding a Balance." (Both paintings have since been restored to their original compositions.) ...

To recover the Cupid, conservators at Dresden State Art Collections decided not to remove the original 17th-century varnish, but instead meticulously chipped away at layers of paint with a medical scalpel under a microscope with 120x magnification, according to Koja. The process took two and a half years, with only a few square millimeters covered each day. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/vermeer-gemaldegalerie-2021-hidden-cupid/index.html

NOTE: This article includes an embedded video showing the painting in progressive stages of restoration.
 

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I'm trying to figure out how this Illinois fair-goer managed to lose his / her dentures in the conservation exhibition. Was he / she chewing on an endangered species?
Police reunite Illinois State Fair visitor with lost dentures

The Illinois State Police said a visitor to the Illinois State Fair was reunited with an unusual piece of lost property -- their dentures.

The ISP said in a Facebook post that a fair-goer flagged down troopers to turn over a set of "abandoned chompers" found in the Conservation World area of the fair. ...

The post was later updated to say the owner had been found.

"The owner has been in contact with the lost and found and should be reunited with their previously misplaced pearly whites very soon. Thank you to all that made this reunion a reality," the post said.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/09/10/Illinois-State-Fair-lost-dentures/2331631298652/
 

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A social media appeal has begun, looking for the owner of a box of 6 WWII medals that were found on a golf course.

"A woman has launched an online appeal to try to track down the owner of a box of six World War Two medals, which was found on a golf course.

Kimberley Farnsworth said the box was discovered by a friend who was retrieving his ball at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire.

After struggling to find the veteran's family, Ms Farnsworth has turned to social media to widen the search.

The golf centre's management described the find as "fantastic" and "rare"."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-58503872
 

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This is an old story that's been spun and re-spun to add lots of woo factor for years.

The owner of the property was a car dealer who'd stored excess inventory and sealed the warehouse. The photographer didn't stumble onto this - the owner hired him to document the collection. It is true the photographer was sworn to secrecy about the collection's location.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/portugal-barn-find/
Here’s a similar story, albeit with less desirable cars.

Mystery car enthusiast selling off his £1million dust-covered collection of classics

The classic cars, which date back to the 1940s, has grown gradually in a business park in Tottenham and is auctioned off in a sale with individual guide prices of up to £25,000

The 174 cars have been hidden in a London warehouse for more than 10 years.

Each vehicle was put on for sale individually and had been languishing in the warehouse for years covered in dust and bird droppings

The cars are a ramshackle collection of classic models and some do not have number plates or identifying documents

All of the cars are said to run properly and were driven to the warehouse under their own power but some have not been taxed for 30 years.

The spokesman said that they were "sifting through 15 boxes of old receipts, old tax disks, photos of better years, service history, MOTs, V5s and more" and wanted to "share as much as possible" with interested parties.

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individual guide prices of up to £25,000

I would venture that (from looking at the pic) there are going to be quite a few of those vehicles that fetch considerably more than the 'guide price'. Particularly the VW minibuses of both the Type 1 and T2 varieties, the convertible Mercs, the MGBs, and I think I can see a series III Landy in the corner too.
 

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A cat escaped its transport carrier at JFK and spent 3 weeks wandering around the airport before being detected and recaptured.
Escaped cat found after three weeks wandering around JFK airport

A cat that escaped from a carrier while being loaded onto an Italy-bound flight was captured safely after three weeks of wandering around the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

John Debacker, vice president of nonprofit animal rescue group Long Island Cat Kitten Solution, said Salvatore Fazio, a man who lives part-time in Mastic Beach, arrived in Italy to find his cat, Ettore, had escaped from his carrier before being loaded into the plane. ...

Debacker said it was difficult to get permission to search for Ettore on the runway area.

"It was quite difficult to get clearance. My friend Teddy Henn and I were hanging flyers in the terminal when a Port Authority worker noticed a collar found near the runway's edge by the water matched the flyer description," Debacker told Patch.

Fazio appealed to the Port Authority, and Debecker was given supervised access to the tarmac to find Ettore.

Debecker said he set up an overnight camera that managed to capture a glimpse of the wandering feline on the first night, allowing him to set a humane trap that managed to ensnare Ettore about 1 a.m. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...ong-Island-Kitten-Cat-Solution/6021632242595/
 

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I've just lost my glasses and then found them in our house. Or did they find me?.

Anyone who knows me in none internet land will tell you I'm extremely methodical, even the objects I put in the pockets of my jeans are never mixed up (I never for example use my back left pocket for anything other than for the Mrs's money or other peoples). I always put stuff both at work and at home in the same place every time, people even comment on it so when I lost my glasses this morning, I went to the relevant place in each room but they'd seemed to have entered the Twilight Zone. Even the Mrs was shocked so she helped me look. I found a cigarette in the top of a shirt in the washing machine that hasn't been switched on yet which was lucky and the Mrs found a belt I'd lost ages ago down the back cushion in my chair. She handed to me, we both looked at it then I tossed it onto the floor because we were both on a mission.

I found my spare pair and fixed those with super glue so I could actually see to find the buggers. We both did another sweep of the house, re tracing my steps ... nothing ..

I was supposed to be meeting my mate so I called her to say I might be a bit late, sat in my chair from my laptop then got up, had another look around, got as far as the door then for some reason turned back to look into the room and my glasses were in plain sight on the floor next to the belt? ... I called the Mrs to come and have a look, I swore that I wasn't pranking her and we were both a little bit freaked out.

Her theory is that my glasses had become hooked onto the belt ... and on rare occasions, on top of my chair is where I sometimes put them ... but how come neither of us saw them attached to the belt when we both looked at it as I was holding it up to try and work out if it was her belt or mine. And how come we hadn't spotted the glasses earlier on our light coloured carpet?. At least it's made me get off my arse and fix my other pair, I've regained my good belt and I didn't fill our clothes washing machine with Tabaco.
 

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I've just lost my glasses and then found them in our house. Or did they find me?.

Anyone who knows me in none internet land will tell you I'm extremely methodical, even the objects I put in the pockets of my jeans are never mixed up (I never for example use my back left pocket for anything other than for the Mrs's money or other peoples). I always put stuff both at work and at home in the same place every time, people even comment on it so when I lost my glasses this morning, I went to the relevant place in each room but they'd seemed to have entered the Twilight Zone. Even the Mrs was shocked so she helped me look. I found a cigarette in the top of a shirt in the washing machine that hasn't been switched on yet which was lucky and the Mrs found a belt I'd lost ages ago down the back cushion in my chair. She handed to me, we both looked at it then I tossed it onto the floor because we were both on a mission.

I found my spare pair and fixed those with super glue so I could actually see to find the buggers. We both did another sweep of the house, re tracing my steps ... nothing ..

I was supposed to be meeting my mate so I called her to say I might be a bit late, sat in my chair from my laptop then got up, had another look around, got as far as the door then for some reason turned back to look into the room and my glasses were in plain sight on the floor next to the belt? ... I called the Mrs to come and have a look, I swore that I wasn't pranking her and we were both a little bit freaked out.

Her theory is that my glasses had become hooked onto the belt ... and on rare occasions, on top of my chair is where I sometimes put them ... but how come neither of us saw them attached to the belt when we both looked at it as I was holding it up to try and work out if it was her belt or mine. And how come we hadn't spotted the glasses earlier on our light coloured carpet?. At least it's made me get off my arse and fix my other pair, I've regained my good belt and I didn't fill our clothes washing machine with Tabaco.
Welcome to the old buffer's club!
 

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Want to find lost gold in the sea? Follow a squid! ...
Caiman Islands snorkeler follows squid to man's lost wedding ring

A woman snorkeling in the Cayman Islands said a squid led her to a wedding ring that she was later able to reunite with its owner.

James Ross said he had only been wearing his wedding ring for about six months when he lost it while scuba diving with his wife, Kirsty McMillan, at Eden Rock. ...

Three weeks passed with no sign of the ring, until Raquel Tobian, who recently moved to the Cayman Islands from Ohio, chanced upon the lost item while snorkeling in the Eden Rock area.

Tobian said she was following a squid in the water when she noticed something glittering in the sand nearby. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...squid-James-Ross-Raquel-Tobian/1021632513113/
 

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I've just lost my glasses and then found them in our house. Or did they find me?.

Anyone who knows me in none internet land will tell you I'm extremely methodical, even the objects I put in the pockets of my jeans are never mixed up (I never for example use my back left pocket for anything other than for the Mrs's money or other peoples). I always put stuff both at work and at home in the same place every time, people even comment on it so when I lost my glasses this morning, I went to the relevant place in each room but they'd seemed to have entered the Twilight Zone. Even the Mrs was shocked so she helped me look. I found a cigarette in the top of a shirt in the washing machine that hasn't been switched on yet which was lucky and the Mrs found a belt I'd lost ages ago down the back cushion in my chair. She handed to me, we both looked at it then I tossed it onto the floor because we were both on a mission.

I found my spare pair and fixed those with super glue so I could actually see to find the buggers. We both did another sweep of the house, re tracing my steps ... nothing ..

I was supposed to be meeting my mate so I called her to say I might be a bit late, sat in my chair from my laptop then got up, had another look around, got as far as the door then for some reason turned back to look into the room and my glasses were in plain sight on the floor next to the belt? ... I called the Mrs to come and have a look, I swore that I wasn't pranking her and we were both a little bit freaked out.

Her theory is that my glasses had become hooked onto the belt ... and on rare occasions, on top of my chair is where I sometimes put them ... but how come neither of us saw them attached to the belt when we both looked at it as I was holding it up to try and work out if it was her belt or mine. And how come we hadn't spotted the glasses earlier on our light coloured carpet?. At least it's made me get off my arse and fix my other pair, I've regained my good belt and I didn't fill our clothes washing machine with Tabaco.
So next time I'm on t'blower to Harry the Dip and he's planning a weekend in Cromer I'll mention your pocket arrangement. Save some of his valuable time. :wink2:
 

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A Florida man discovers one of the plaques he'd purchased at a garage sale solely for its nice hardwood contained one of Louisiana's long-lost moon rocks from the Seventies.
Florida gun collector solves mystery of Louisiana's long-lost moon rock

A long-lost moon rock presented to the state of Louisiana by NASA after the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 has been returned to the state by a Florida man who purchased the plaque to use the wood for gun repairs.

The Florida man, who chose to remain anonymous, said he frequently buys plaques at garage sales and thrift stores to use the wood for gun stock repairs, and he was recently going through one of his boxes of plaques when an unusual item caught his eye. ...

The plaque contained an odd stone, and the inscription on the metal plate told its story: "This fragment is a portion of a rock from Taurus Littrow Valley of the Moon. It was part of a larger rock composed of many particles of different shapes and sizes, a symbol of the unity of human endeavor and mankind's hope for a future of peace and harmony."

The rock had been collected by astronauts on the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 and was presented to the state of Louisiana by NASA once it was brought down to earth.

The Florida man said he likely purchased the item at a garage sale at some point in the past 15 years. ...

The rock was the second and final lunar sample presented to the state of Louisiana. The first, from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, was also considered lost for decades, but was rediscovered in 2018 in the collection of the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...rida-gun-collector-garage-sale/3341632852203/
 

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A Florida man discovers one of the plaques he'd purchased at a garage sale solely for its nice hardwood contained one of Louisiana's long-lost moon rocks from the Seventies.

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...rida-gun-collector-garage-sale/3341632852203/
This I think.is one of the issues with big museums/collections, they have so much stuff that they dont even know 2hat they have got, it is a great shame that so much interesting stuff is hidden away in boxes and drawers and is unlikely to ever see the light of day again, when it should be cherished and displayed with pride.
 

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A Toronto library has received a book of children's poetry checked out 43 years ago.
Overdue book returned to Toronto library after 43 years

A Toronto library said a children's poetry book is back in circulation after being returned 43 years after its due date.

Toronto Public Library officials said Nicholas Knock and Other People, a book of poetry by Dennis Lee, was returned to the Danforth-Coxwell branch this month after being checked out in October 1978. ...

Leung said the borrower will not face overdue fines.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...-Coxwell-overdue-book-43-years/2281632939360/
 

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Severed finger found outside block of flats

A hunt has been launched to find a man whose finger was found outside a block of flats in Southampton.
The man’s finger was severed off as he scaled a fence after getting trapped in a courtyard area, according to locals.

It’s believed he had been drinking and could have lost a lot of blood in the gory incident on Lower Bannister Street.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Officers are concerned for his welfare due to the trauma of what happened and as he appears to have lost a lot of blood.
 

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Severed finger's owner traced by police in Southampton

Police have traced the owner of a severed finger found outside a block of flats.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-58780921

(I'm guessing that if he was a known criminal then the rozzers probably had his dabs on file)
 

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A metal detectorist searching for a lost diamond ring discovered a lost locket containing its owner's father's ashes.

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...ach-Massachusetts-Rich-Bonanno/5191630435712/
One of the ways metal detectorists can enhance their chances of obtaining new permissions on private land as well as improving the Public perception of their activity, is to offer a (free) lost item searching service. A poster on my detectoring Forum was recently approached by a farmer who'd lost a Rolex watch in a field 4-5 years earlier. The watch was small, the field was HUGE (don't know if it had been ploughed) and the poster was asking for advice - he wondered if it was a good idea to invite other detectorists on social media to help search, maybe offer a small reward ? Consensus was that if he gave the exact location of a field with something on it valuable enough to attract a reward, the field would overnight become a cratered lunar surface and the next time anyone see the Rolex would be on Ebay. Sad but true in the UK.
 

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A social media appeal has begun, looking for the owner of a box of 6 WWII medals that were found on a golf course.

"A woman has launched an online appeal to try to track down the owner of a box of six World War Two medals, which was found on a golf course.

Kimberley Farnsworth said the box was discovered by a friend who was retrieving his ball at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire.

After struggling to find the veteran's family, Ms Farnsworth has turned to social media to widen the search.

The golf centre's management described the find as "fantastic" and "rare"."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-58503872
Sounds like someone's discarded that after a burglary.
 

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A Kansas man was reunited with a wallet he'd made - and lost - almost a half-century ago.
Wallet lost in early 1970s returned to Kansas owner

... The Great Bend Police Department said in a Facebook post that a wallet recently was turned in to the department by a member of the public, and officers found several items including a Social Security card and a driver's license inside -- although the license had expired in 1974. ...

The department said officers were able to get into contact with the wallet's owner, who now lives in Lawrence, Kan. The owner told police he had lost the wallet in the early 1970s.

"He ... shared with us that he made the wallet himself," the post said.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/1...tment-Kansas-lost-wallet-1970s/2011633727465/
 
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