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Man Finds Missing Car 42 Years Later on eBay

Man Finds Missing Car 42 Years Later on eBay

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You can find almost anything on eBay — Bob Russell knows this well. The 66-year-old found his beloved Austin Healey, 42 years after it went missing, on the online auctioning platform.

Russell, of Southlake, Tex., never stopped looking for his cream Austin Healey 3000 after it disappeared from his Philadelphia neighborhood in 1967, according to the original Associated Press report.

At the time, Russell was a student at Temple University. Years later, as a retired sales manager living near Dallas, he still eyed every Healey vehicle that passed by.

On May 11, years of scouring online car ads finally paid off. Healey immediately recognized the vehicle’s identification number on the eBay listing. He called the auctioneer, a Los Angeles-based Beverly Hills Car Club, that stopped the bid. The last incoming bid for the car was $19,700. Russell paid $3,000 for it in 1967.

“I hate to sound indelicate,” Russell told the unsuspecting dealer, “but you’re selling a stolen car,” according to AP. He had the car’s identification number, original key and car title to prove it.

The car dealer involved has received slack after allegedly trying to sell the stolen car back to Russell for $24,000. The dealer responded with a press release stating that they found the vintage Austin Healey on Craigslist and purchased the car from the New Jersey-based seller. All the paperwork matched up in this case, the dealer states. The N.J.-based owner had driven the car for nearly four decades.

“We are all very happy that Mr. Russell has gotten his car back,” wrote Versa Manos, a Beverly Hills Car Club spokesperson. “However, we are victims in this situation. We have lost $27,000, which is what we paid for the car, plus the cost to ship it to California.”

After Philadelphia police located Russell’s 1967 stolen car report, the L.A. Police Department impounded the car from the lot. Russell and his wife were able to drive off within a few weeks after the debacle started.

Image courtesy Flickr, den99

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/16/missing-car-ebay/

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‘Tumblr the Musical’: Coming to a Dashboard Near You

'Tumblr the Musical': Coming to a Dashboard Near You

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What happens when high school theater kids grow up and get hooked on the addictive street drug known as the interwebz? Answer: YouTube videos like this one.

“Tumblr: The Musical” turns the art of Tumbln’ into a catchy tune, complete Internet meme references, web culture jokes and a cameo from Hipster Ariel.

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9-Year-Old Skateboarder Successfully Lands a 540 After 75 Tries

9-Year-Old Skateboarder Successfully Lands a 540 After 75 Tries

Watch out, Tony Hawk. This kid is shredding her way to the top.

At age 9, most young skateboarders are just learning to ollie, happy to successfully jump their boards a few inches.

Sabre Norris from New South Wales, Australia, can’t ride a bike, but has already tackled the halfpipe and landed her first 540. The trick requires the rider launch off a ramp, spin with the board one-and-a-half turns and successfully land back on the ramp.

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Video: YouTube, The Berrics

The video shows a few failed landings, but after 75 attempts that day, Norris finally landed the 540, according to The Berrics.

Her reaction to landing the trick is just as good as the feat itself.

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Kitten Livestream Hacks Up Hairball of Cuteness

Kitten Livestream Hacks Up Hairball of Cuteness

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kitten livestream. Kitten Livestream. KITTEN LIVESTREAM.

Scratch away a ho-hum day by tuning into a live video stream of adorable fuzzballs. The stream features the playful — and sleepy — antics of the Spice Kittens, a whiskered clowder of cuteness currently living in foster care.

The Livestream is part of Purrfect Pals, a no-kill shelter that asks for donations to support the hundreds of homeless cats the organization cares for each year.

BONUS: The 10 Cutest Videos of 2012

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13 Terrifyingly Realistic Halloween Makeup Jobs

13 Terrifyingly Realistic Halloween Makeup Jobs

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Sloth Playing Imaginary Piano Wins the Internet Today

Sloth Playing Imaginary Piano Wins the Internet Today

We’ve just discovered the Elton John of the sloth world. Well, at least he is in his own mind.

This slow-moving furball from the Sloth Sanctuary in Monteverde, Costa Rica, plays a mean imaginary piano. YouTube user shmee40 set the footage of Slothton John tickling the make-believe ivories to the snappy tune “Old Piano Roll Blues” to achieve a maximum cuteness level.

Go ahead and try to find something more adorable on the Internet today.

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Man Takes Selfies for Proof to the IRS

Man Takes Selfies for Proof to the IRS

People usually take selfies for themselves, not the government.

Anne Jarvis’ father, Andrew, is an architect that splits his time between his firm’s branches in New York City and Philadelphia. The commute became so overwhelming that he began to rent an apartment in NYC to improve his quality of life.

Upon further inspection of tax laws, Andrew learned that in order to avoid being taxed by New York, he would only be allowed to live in the city 182 days or less out of the year. In preparation for disputes against his living situation, he began taking selfies, as a way to prove to the taxman that he spends more time in Philadelphia, than he does in New York.

Along with time-stamped selfies of himself underneath the commuter train marquee or with the daily newspaper in hand, Andrew also collects receipts from his day-to-day transactions. The selfies aren’t a narcissist obsession, Andrew just likes to play by the rules.

“My dad is the kind of guy who reads the rules of a board game from front to back before embarking on playing the game,” his daughter told Mashable. “He cares about facts, practicality, rules, and integrity.”

Anne also describes her father as a visual person. (Presumably so, since he’s an architect.)

After discovering the photos on her father’s camera, Anne felt they should be shared with the world, so she made an Instagram account to showcase her father’s pictures. Andrew was surprised that these pictures could be used for anything other than evidence of his residence, but was happy his daughter found them so amusing.