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November 6

What once was lost....

We don’t know about you, but whenever we lose something, it never comes back. From umbrellas to phones, we can count the times we’ve reunited with a lost object on less than one hand. That is, until we Tiled these pesky items!  

Here’s a few amazing tales of lost and found- can you relate?

A Walk On The Wild Side

Holly the tabby made an epic journey across Florida to be reunited with her owners, who had given up hope of ever seeing her again  She became separated from her owners while they were on holiday in Florida but  returned home - after walking 190 miles to get there.

Jacob and Bonnie Richter were on a trip to the Daytona International Speedway  with their beloved pet Holly when she was spooked by fireworks and ran off into the night. The couple spent days searching for her and handing out flyers before returning alone to their home in West Palm Beach, Florida. But a full two months later they got an unexpected call. Holly had been found in a garden just a mile away from home - having completed a nearly 200-mile journey. "She was so skinny, all bones and weak and she could hardly walk," said the woman who spotted her, Barb Mazzola. She told ABC News how she took the cat to a local vet who located the animal's microchip, and Holly was reunited with her family - amazing!

Gone For 40 Years

Rudolph R. Resta, a former  New York Times employee received his lost wallet, found some 40 years later. Inside, he found his photos and documents from his past. The reunion was made possible by José Cisneros, 46, a security guard who works in the former Times building, now called the Times Square Building. He came across the wallet when he was investigating a void between an old unused window on the second floor and the masonry seal behind it. The wallet had apparently been stashed there after a thief found it in the coat closet and pulled out the cash. José Cisneros, contacted various people and tracked down the nw retired Mr Resta, who then had an emotional reunion with his wallet, intact apart from missing cash.

Tracking Down Teddy

A lost toy and an adventure helped reunite a child with a beloved stuffed animal. It all started when Katie Hoeppner discovered George. He had been left behind at a rest stop near Williamsburg, Iowa, along Interstate 80 eastbound, so she posted on Facebook: “I know this is a long shot, but please share this. I stopped at a rest stop on Iowa Interstate 80 Eastbound and found this little guy in the bathroom wondering where his family went. As a mom, I know exactly what it's like to have a child whose frantic when they lose their Stuffy. I decided to rescue him and bring him home until we can find his owner. I don't know his name, so I named him George. "George" was my co-pilot home, wore his seat belt without a fuss, picked the music on the radio, and ran some errands with my family. I'm adding pictures to show George's endeavors and captions to go along with it.  Please help me get "George" back to his family!!!”

54k likes, 10k Likes and 9k Comments later, George or Pup Pup to give him his real name was reunited with his owner, they were able to identify a very particular marking on "George" to prove that he was theirs. He belongs to a little boy here in Iowa. Katie said “It is all of you who were terrific and shared this story. Without each and every one of you 54k+ people who shared it, there might not have been a happy ending. You are just as terrific. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ARE PART OF HIS STORY! Each and every one of you helped get him home. So thank YOU all”

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Lost In Flight

The lost property departments at airports around the UK can be a treasure trove of bizarre items. London Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world, had more than 26,000 items reported to lost and found in the last year. Some of the more bizarre items at Heathrow included a microwave, a roll of carpet and a bottle of holy water. All items are meticulously recorded, recycled, destroyed, auctioned or – where possible – returned to their owner.

What does make for interesting reading is a list of the most unusual items recovered by airport staff. £50,000 in cash, a bag of diamonds, a Rolex watch worth £10,000, the keys to a Porsche, and a book of blank cheques (each of which was signed), a set of false teeth, a glass eye, several wigs, and an artificial skull. The majority of items were returned, said Darren Grover of London City Airport, “but the owner of the false teeth never did come forward”. The most bizarre things to have ended up in the lost property bin at Gatwick include wedding dresses, crutches, walking sticks and guitar amplifiers.

What does happen to these lost items? According to Gatwick Airport, about 85 per cent of the more expensive items, like laptops, mobiles and cameras, are returned to their owners, as well as many lower value items, including books. But that still leaves countless unclaimed possessions. These items are, by law, stored for a minimum of 90 days, before being donated to or auctioned for charity, alongside items left on aeroplanes.

Better Tile It

So whether it's your wallet, your phone, or a special gift from a loved one, there's nothing worse than that moment you realise you've lost something important to you. You search high and low and recheck pockets and drawers, hoping and praying that whatever is lost will somehow magically reappear, but deep down you have that sinking feeling. Save yourself the stress and invest in a Tile or two!


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