From the bizarre to the serendipitous, the world often surprises us with stories of lost items and unexpected occurrences. This week, we delve into three such tales, each highlighting the peculiar nature of loss and discovery. From lost skulls, expensive tools floating away and absent people, these stories capture the essence of how sometimes what is lost can lead to extraordinary outcomes or unveil hidden truths.
A Real Life Case of “Bones”
Straight from an episode of the TV series, Bones, in North Myers, Florida, a charity shop’s Halloween display became an unexpected crime scene when an anthropologist customer identified a real human skull among the decorations.
The store owner revealed that the skull had been found years earlier in a storage unit they purchased. After the discovery, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was alerted, and they confirmed the skull was indeed human. The case was turned over to the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis. Although the incident was unsettling, authorities did not immediately suspect foul play.
This bizarre find underscores the adage that one person’s trash could be another’s chilling treasure.
Lost in Space
A routine spacewalk outside the International Space Station took an unexpected turn when astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara accidentally lost a tool bag in space. The incident occurred during the duo’s six-hour-and-forty-two-minute mission, which involved maintenance work on the ISS’s solar arrays.
NASA quickly assessed the situation, ensuring the lost tool bag posed no risk of recontacting the station and that the safety of the crew and the space station was not compromised. The tool bag, now an unintended satellite of Earth, has become a unique spectacle for astronomers and enthusiasts.
With an estimated visual magnitude of around 6+, it can be observed with binoculars, trailing ahead of the ISS for a few months before it is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrate.
Taking a cue from the movie Airplane!, an easyJet flight from Manchester to Alicante was on the brink of delay or cancellation due to the mysterious absence of its pilot. However, Michael Bradley, a passenger on the flight, who also happened to be a licensed easyJet pilot, offered to fly the plane. He had brought his professional ID to the airport, anticipating such a possibility after learning about the flight’s delay. In a turn of events that seems straight out of a movie, the airline took him up on his offer, and Bradley flew the plane to Alicante. His announcement over the intercom was met with applause and relief from the passengers. This remarkable story not only highlights Bradley’s quick thinking and dedication but also showcases how a potentially frustrating travel experience turned into an extraordinary tale of resourcefulness and community spirit.