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That old photo album? Check it before you toss it out.

A very early photograph of New York City in the 1840s has sold for $62,500. The photo depicting Manhattan’s Upper West Side as open countryside was sold Monday at Sotheby’s auction house.

The photo is a daguerreotype, an early form of photography that was used mainly for portraits. It is believed to date from 1848 and shows a white house with shutters, a grassy hillside and a horse-drawn carriage.

via Very early photo of NYC sold for $62,500.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | cool stuff, Great Pictures, Pictures | , | Comments Off on That old photo album? Check it before you toss it out.

How do you get rid of $800K in change?

A crime gang described by Queensland’s police chief as “very clever” has allegedly stolen more than $800,000 from Brisbane parking meters…

It is alleged the gang took an average of $8 from each of 1,900 parking meters across Brisbane every week between January 2007 and March this year.

via Gang ‘stole $800k from parking meters’.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Strange | | Comments Off on How do you get rid of $800K in change?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Allingham!

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Britain’s oldest ever man is looking forward to becoming a teenager – for the second time.

Henry Allingham turned 112 years and 296 days on Sunday, surpassing Welshman John Evans who died in 1990 aged 112 years and 295 days.

He spent the day quietly with a few visitors at St Dunstan’s care home for blind ex-service personnel in Ovingdean, near Brighton, East Sussex.

Mr Allingham, one of Britain’s only two surviving First World War veterans, is due to turn 113 on June 6, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Link to more:  Ananova – Britain’s oldest man due to be teenager.

Mr. Allingham is the last surviving founding member of the RAF.

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For the Parkland Library ladies (Thanks, Geoff)

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