Lost and found (Five by 8 – 8/31/10)

Today is Tuesday. What do you fight for on this day honoring a god of war?

1) While working at the MPR booth yesterday afternoon I found myself wondering how many items get lost at the fair. People agree to meet at our booth, reconvene at our booth if they’re separated, or even jokingly offer to leave their children in our care so they don’t get lost. (Please don’t try this) So I started consider, what gets lost? Turns out Nikki Tundel found out last year: The Minnesota State Fair’s Lost and Found. This is from 2009, don’t bother placing a claim.

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2) Don’t you feel badly for hikers? They seem to stumble upon more than beautiful vistas. Discoveries such as… Climber discovered after perishing in ice 21 years ago:

EDMONTON, Canada — A melting Canadian glacier has given up the well-preserved body of an American climber missing 21 years, Canadian media reported Saturday.

Two hikers on a day trip found the body of William Holland, 38, of Gorham, Maine […]

The CBC reported that the family has been notified.

3) Again, it’s enough to make one reconsider a walk.

Updated: Ninth human foot found washed up on West Coast, Tourist makes grim discovery on Washington state beach.

A tourist strolling on a beach in Washington state discovered a human foot Friday, the ninth to wash up on the West Coast in the last three years.

The detached right foot — likely belonging to a woman or child, based on the size — washed up on Whidbey Island Friday just before 11:30 a.m., according to Det. Ed Wallace of the Island County Sheriff’s office.

4) What if you got credit for showing up? Or penalized for not checking in? Hard to go missing if you’re missed in the amount of time it takes to register a proximity card.

Northern Arizona University will have a little extra incentive to roll out of bed for that 8 a.m. calculus class.The school is installing electronic scanners outside some large lecture halls to track attendance. NAU may be the first American educational institution to try the technology.

University Attendance Scanners Make Some Uneasy

5) Your real self will be found. 2nd UPDATE: 3M Agrees To Acquire Cogent For About $943 Million. What do they get for $430 million (to account)?

The deal will strengthen industrial conglomerate 3M’s offerings in high-security ID systems and law-enforcement products.

That’s a lot of fingerprint, palmprint, face and “iris biometric” systems.

Unrelated Bonus: Goodbye, Polinaut. Hello, astronauts! Welcome NASA to the Commons Flickr hosts “The Commons” collecting the world’s public photography archives.

  • http://www.lungmn.org Bob Moffitt

    I think I can safely say that’s not my cigarette case. I imagine quite a few interesting things are lost and turned in….

  • Julia Schrenkler, MPR

    Bob, I had no doubt that it was *not* your case.

  • bsimon

    “even jokingly offer to leave their children in our care so they don’t get lost. (Please don’t try this)”

    But they’re really, really cute.

  • Julia Schrenkler, MPR

    Oh man, was that YOU yesterday? Because that is almost an exact quote.

  • Bob Moffitt

    I was working the Fair yesterday, too, lending a hand at the Minnesota Soybean Growers booth near the Miracle of Birth Center. I ran the Plinko game and talked biodiesel to the fairgoers.

  • Julia Schrenkler, MPR

    Shoot, wish I realized you were there. We could have had a lemonade break or something.

  • Craig in MN

    Speaking of lost & found: On Sunday, in the Education Building, I saw a pack of birth control pills, with half of the pills left, on the ground next to a garbage can.

    Gentlemen, be careful if your lady friend was at the fair in Sunday, or next year you’ll be the one tracking down Julia to watch your new little cutie during the fair.