Police in Florida have seized 60 pounds of silver coins that had been stashed for decades inside the walls of a recently demolished home. According to officials in St. Cloud, Fla., glass pickle jars holding more than 2,000 coins shattered while city workers were leveling a 1915 bungalow, turning the demolition into a momentary slot machine. “It was like a treasure hunt — the more you dug the more you found,” one of those workers, Melissa Howes, told the Orlando Sentinel. “We thought we might be able to keep it like finders keepers, but it was city property.” It is believed the coins may have been hidden inside the walls by a former owner during the Great Depression. Click here for more on this surprise find!
L.T. was put on disability after suffering terrible foot injuries from a car crash. Since then, he has struggled to make ends meet. One day while watching television, he saw an episode of “Antiques Roadshow” in which a Navajo First Phase Weaving Blanket was featured. His family had kept a similar one that had been passed down through generations. Seeing the value of the blanket on TV, L.T. decided he would see if his family’s blanket could fetch similar results. Once verified that it was in fact an authentic Navajo weaving blanket, L.T. took it to auction. Appraisers stated their expectations for the blanket’s market value which were quickly blown out of the water. Click here to see just how high the bidding unexpectedly went!
Two and a half years ago, Corey Wadden set a goal of earning $1 million by the time he turned 25 to provide his mother with a retirement — something she, like millions of others, had not been able to save for herself in years of working before losing her job. While he’s a long way from that goal, Wadden did manage to surprise his mother with a different present: a classic Saab she’d sought for years. According to Wadden, his mother has spent years talking about wanting a particular old Saab, until he finally had her point out exactly what it was — a 1973 Saab 99 EMS coupe, one of the sportier cars the Swedish manufacturer sold in North America back in that era. Wadden says it took nearly a year of searching to find a Saab 99 in the proper color, then extract it from its owner, before he could spring the surprise. Click here to see this mom’s reaction to the special present from her son!
Trisha Prabhu, an 8th grader at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, Illinois is determined to find an effective way to help prevent cyberbullying. Prabhu was a finalist in this year’s Google Science Fair with her project, “Rethink,” in which she looked into behavioral mechanisms behind online nastiness. Her idea was to create automated reminder causing users to pause before posting a hurtful comment. She hypothesized that if kids had to read the comments again before pressing send, they might retract their insult. And guess what? She was right. A whopping 93.43 percent of the group presented with a message about their mean comment changed their minds about sending hurtful words after receiving the alert. Click here to see what’s next for this young inventor and her great project!
The owner of a KFC branch in Nebraska got a pleasant surprise this week when he received a letter of apology from a patron who stole a piece of chicken from the store’s buffet. An apology was mailed to Nebraskan KFC store owner Rocky Rasmussen after someone took an extra piece of chicken home from the buffet. The envelope that contained the note was accompanied by $2. The letter is unsigned, leaving the repenting customer a mystery. “This $2 is for the piece of chicken I brought home with me on Tuesday,” the letter began. “That’s stealing. Sorry!” The anonymous patron went on to explain what happened at the restaurant before asking for forgiveness. Click here for more on this story proving there are still good people in the world today!
Tom Hruby doesn’t see his situation attempting to walk on at Northwestern as a defensive end as something outstanding or amazing. Rather, he’s trying something that seems against all odds. After all, he’s a 32-year-old who is married with three kids and he’s also an active Navy SEAL. He’s currently a SEAL instructor at the Great Lakes Naval Station and saved up his leave to participate in Northwestern’s training camp. He played football in high school and after “falling apart as a person” when he was in the latter stages of high school, he started training to become a SEAL and married his wife Jen. He enrolled at Northwestern last year after taking the SAT and has a dorm room on campus. He spends weekends with Jen and their children, as the family lives with his mother after they moved back from Wisconsin. If he makes the team, he hopes to play on special teams. He figures the mentality he gained during SEAL training will help. Click here for more on this DE hopeful!
As three little girls gathered to get their picture taken on Saturday, the mood was quite a bit lighter than the last time the children were photographed together just a few short months ago. Back then, Rheann Franklin, 6, Ainsley Peters, 4, and Rylie Hughey, 3, each battling cancer, came together for an emotional photo session in April with Oklahoma photographers Lora Scantling and Christy Goodger. The image taken that day, after the girls met for the first time in the studio, touched the hearts of people all over the world. When the girls reunited on Saturday, it was to share in happy news: In July they confirmed they are each in remission!! To celebrate, they got back together with Scantling and Goodger to put an even more positive spin on the beautiful scene that went viral earlier this year. Click here to see the touching photos of these sweet little girls!
Owners of Duncan, a two-legged 9 month old Boxer, describe him as a happy-go-lucky, normal puppy loving his life. Duncan was born with a birth defect causing an amputation of both of his back legs to be necessary. While it’s obvious that his hind legs are not there, his owners don’t discuss it and try very hard to make it not a big deal. They have done tons to make sure that Duncan still has a great, quality life such as buying him wheelchairs, but Duncan refuses to walk with them. He has chosen on his own to learn how to do what any other dog with four legs would do! Click here for more on this dog who has beaten the odds!
One military dad gave his daughter the biggest surprise of her life. 7 year old Hailey MacGregor had no idea that her father, an officer for the Navy Reserves who had spent the last 7 months serving in Afghanistan, was coming home! Her reaction to his arrival during one of her cheer routines at a hometown football game is priceless, and was all caught on tape! Click here to see this emotional surprise reunion!