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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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A New York man who was having some landscaping done in his backyard discovered a buried safe filled with valuables that were stolen seven years ago.

Matthew Emanuel said he hired Bob Foley and his New Jersey landscaping company to replace some damaged trees in his Staten Island backyard with deer-resistant bamboo. While they were digging, the workers came across a large metal box.

"I thought it had something to do with electricity or something," Emanuel told the Staten Island Advance. He soon discovered, however, that the box had a dial on one side -- it was a safe.

The landscapers opened the weather-beaten safe with a pickax, revealing it was loaded with valuables.

"There it was, all these bags, zip bags with cash, gold, diamonds, it was incredible," Emanuel said.

Emanuel said he and his wife found $16,300 in salvageable cash, while many other large bills had been damaged by water getting into the safe.

He said a slip of paper inside the safe indicated it belonged to a neighbor he knew in passing, so he visited their home to tell them about the buried treasure.

The couple told Emanuel the safe had been taken during a burglary in 2011 and they had given up hope of ever seeing their belongings again.

Emanuel and his wife decided to place a ceramic elephant in the spot where they found the safe, to mark it as a lucky location.


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A Florida high school apologized after sparking outrage with a surprise appearance by a live tiger at the school's jungle-themed prom. Students and family members said they were surprised when the Christopher Columbus High School prom featured surprise animal guests including a caged tiger, a fennec fox, a lemur and two macaw parrots. Mari-Cristine Castellanos, whose brother attends the school, posted cellphone footage of the tiger to Facebook. "This poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present, it is not the student[s] fault to be so naive BUT it's the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, therefore they are responsible for this tiger's misery," Castellanos wrote. The school said in a statement that the tiger was not harmed by the experience. "The tiger, which was displayed for a few minutes in a cage, was never harmed or in danger, was not forced to perform, was always accompanied by his handlers."


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A group of people in Michigan believe they captured a picture of an angel. "I said 'That's an angel!' And I was just blown away," said Glen Thorman, whose security camera captured the image. "I couldn't wait to send it to my wife and send it to Deneille. And I said 'My camera took a picture of an angel.'" The camera is only activated by a motion sensor. Last week, it emailed him a picture that shows what he says looks like an angel hovering over his truck, then moving out of the frame. One of the first things he did was send the picture to the pastor of his church, Deneille Moes. Moes posted the photos on the church's Facebook page where it has gotten hundreds of shares. "There's no editing on the photo," Moes said. "It's the real thing." Whether the image was a sign from heaven or an insect flying in front of the camera, the people who found it say they feel like their prayers have been answered.

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You know Lewis, nobody likes a dirty stalker. -Scott
[Unless she's really hot. Am I right?]

So, the officer believes the kid crawled into the claw machine through the prize door? Wow, Sherlock, you keep making clever deductions like that and you'll be head of detectives in no time. -Chris

Lewis, I only have one question about the woman who sent 65,000 texts; Does she swallow? -Alton

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