Saturday, March 22, 2008

Man Gets Stolen Mustang Back 38 Years Later | Weird Facts

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(AP) LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man is getting his stolen Mustang back _ 38 years after it was stolen. The vehicle has an extra 300,000 miles and a different paint job, but Eugene Brakke’s 1965 Mustang is evidently running just fine.

Brakke reported the car stolen to Burbank police in May 1970.

One month later, a Long Beach teenager named Judy Smongesky received the car as a high school graduation gift from her father, who had bought it at a Bellflower used car dealer.

Smongesky, who now lives in San Diego, said Thursday she had been driving and maintaining the car for nearly four decades, and only learned that it had been stolen when she recently prepared to sell it. San Diego police verified the car was hot.

"It’s his car, even though he had it for four years and I had it for 38," Smongesky said. "He seems like a real nice gentleman, though."

Brakke found out Smongesky had twice rebuilt the engine and painted the Mustang from its old gold color to silver-blue.

"He wasn’t too happy with that," Smongesky said.

The pair planned to meet up to transfer the car soon.

"It was hard but it was the right thing to do," Smongesky said. "I haven’t really cried yet, but when he drives it away, I think I’ll fall apart."

[Via - KOB.Com]

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Norwegian Hospital to Equip Babies With Anti-Theft Alarms | Weird Facts

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OSLO (AFP) - A Norwegian hospital said Monday it was planning to equip all newborn babies with anti-theft alarms to protect them from kidnappings and help avoid identity mix-ups.

"The main reason is that we want to emphasise security," Erik Normann, head of the Akershus University Hospital near Oslo told AFP.

"There was a period in which Norway experienced several infant kidnappings and that is something we want to avoid," he said.

The alarm system consists of two small chips, one attached to a bracelet clasped around the baby's ankle as soon as it is born and the other stuck on the mother's bracelet.

When the two chips are separated by a certain distance the alarm is set off. If a woman tries to leave with a baby who is not her own, or if someone tries to rip the bracelet off an infant, the hospital doors automatically lock shut and the hospital elevators grind to a halt.

The Akershus hospital, which has one of Norway's largest maternity wards with some 4,200 babies delivered there each year, has never experienced an infant kidnapping, Normann said.

The hospital, which will be the first in the Scandinavian country to implement the "inexpensive" system, has decided to begin using the alarms when it moves to a new location on October 1.

Before then, the new system must receive the approval of the hospital board.

[Via - Yahoo!News]

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