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Lost wallet found 63 years later

BANNING, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Renovation on a California movie theater led to the discovery of a wallet lost during earlier work, probably in 1946 or 1947, the wallet owner's ex-wife said.


The wallet, which still had family photos inside, belonged to the late Clyde W. "Lefty" Mize, who lived in Banning, Calif., where the theater is located, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Saturday.

"He must have been doing lathe work there," his ex-wife, Gloria Burke Round, 87, of Santa Maria, Calif., said of Mize, who died in 2005 at age 85.

Melody Mize, Clyde and Gloria's daughter, said her mother learned of the wallet's discovery from a series of phone calls after the find was announced on a television news report.

Clyde and Gloria moved to Banning from Los Angeles County after World War II so Clyde and his brother, Lloyd, could join their cousins in their plastering work in Desert Hot Springs.


Man listens to album for 524 straight days

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A 49-year-old man in Maple Heights, Ohio, listened to the Judas Priest double album "Nostradamus" every day for 524 straight days, a disc jockey said.


WJCU FM, University Heights, Ohio, disc jockey Bill Peters said Jim Bartek completed his 524-day streak Saturday by rocking out to "Nostradamus" with nearly 35 people at a local bar, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

"Some think he's crazy," Peters said of Bartek. "But his passion and devotion made him an international cause."

During his streak of listening to the Judas Priest work daily, Bartek earned notoriety by being featured in a variety of publications ranging from newspapers to magazines like Rolling Stone.

The Plain Dealer said the Maple Heights resident was even contacted by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, who taped a special testimonial for Bartek.

"You are a special guy. ... You brought a lot of attention to 'Nostradamus' around the world. We got quite a bump from that. Thank you, Jim. Thank you for being a fan," Halford said.


Record attempt uses 430 gallons of stout

TUSTIN, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Two pub owners in Tustin, Calif., said they filled an 8-foot-tall glass with 430 gallons of Guinness stout in an attempt to set a world record.

David Copley and Eric Johnson, co-owners of the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub, said they tried to make it into the Guinness Book of Records Saturday by using a 900-pound glass to hold 2,772 pounds of beer, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported.


Johnson said while the glass will remain on display and eventually tour to other Auld Dubliner pubs across the United States, the Guinness stout was meant to be consumed Sunday.

"We dipped our glasses in, and we have a pump," Johnson said. "We're going to drink it."

Copley said he and Johnson came up with the record attempt after learning about an award given for the world's largest Irish coffee.

"Guinness seemed the obvious choice. We're an Irish pub and Guinness is synonymous with Ireland," Copley said.

The Register said the record targeted by the two pub owners currently belongs to Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in Chicago. The restaurant filled a 100-gallon glass that was 4 feet tall in February 2008.


Former bathroom book may sell for $99,000

LONDON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Christie's auction house in London said a first edition copy of Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" that once resided in a bathroom could sell for $99,000.

The first edition copy of "Species" stood for years on a bookshelf in a guest bathroom at a home in the area of Oxford, England, The Oxford Mail said. The owners bought the book at a British shop almost 40 years ago for a fraction of what experts say it is worth now.


The book is scheduled to go up for auction in London Tuesday, the newspaper Mail said.

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