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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Was Adolf Hitler a boxer or briefs man? This 70-year-old question was finally answered recently when a pair of the fuhrer's underpants was sold at auction.

The answer: boxers, more or less.

The underwear were left behind in a suite at the luxury Parkhotel Graz in Austria after he stayed there in April 1938.

Auctioneer Bill Panagopulos said he believed the underwear was sent to the hotel's laundry department and were only returned after Hitler and his entourage had checked out. The seller was the grandson of the hotel's owners at the time.

The 19-inch long white linen shorts have a 'surprisingly large' 39-inch waist and are embroidered with the initials 'A.H.'.

Panagopulos, who owns Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, said, "We've sold underwear belonging to Eva Braun, but never any belonging to Hitler himself. I think this is the first pair to come to market.

"It's a fascinating thing. It's as close as you can get to Adolf Hitler, literally."

The shorts were sold to a private buyer for $6,737.


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A Russian mining company has unearthed a massive pink diamond they believe could be the most expensive gem yet recovered by the group. The 27.85 carat pink gem was recovered by Alrosa PJSC from the company's alluvial mines in the northwest part of Yakutia in Russia's Far East. According to Alrosa, the pink gem is of jewelry quality with almost no defects. It measures 22.47 by 15.69 by 10.9 millimeters. Until the latest diamond was unearthed, the biggest pink gem recovered by Alrosa measured 3.86 carats. "Experts of Alrosa are currently studying this gem to decide on whether to sell it as a raw diamond or cut it," Evgeny Agureev, head of the United Selling Organization of ALROSA, said in a news release. "Big gems, especially of rare colors, traditionally enjoy high demand at auctions. Considering that no similar gems have been before in Alrosa's history, we can say it will be the most expensive diamond of all time in Alrosa, if it is decided to cut the diamond in the company." Earlier this year, a humongous pink diamond, measuring 59.60 carats, sold at auction in Hong Kong for $71.2 million -- the most ever paid for a gem at auction.


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A subway rider captured video of an unusual subway surfing stunt when a man clung to the outside of a door on the underground train. The video, posted on Instagram, shows a man pressed up flat against the outside of the door to a subway car while the train is in motion. Amused passengers laugh and congratulate the man as he holds tight to the train. The filmer dubs the surfer a "gangster" and gives him an honorary fist-bump through the window. Authorities said the man was holding on by the windshield wiper on the rear window of the train and was lucky to escape the incident unharmed.

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I don't know about that hotel made out if sand. I certainly wouldn't want to be staying there during the rainy season. -Chris

Lewis, My eyes skipp'd a line when I read the bit about the dude riding his mother-in-law's lawn mower--took me a second not to see the sentence as 'riding his mother while holding a can of beer'. -Lily
[Story probably would have been more interesting the other way.]

Lewis, how lame do you have to be to let your fiancee plan your bachelor party for you? In my opinion the guy deserved what he got.

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