Nicolas Raymond, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Nicolas Raymond, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

A 13-Year-Old Spotted a Mistake in This Al Capone Museum Exhibit

Nicolas Raymond, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Nicolas Raymond, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

The Eastern State Penitentiary museum in Philadelphia is home to a meticulously detailed recreation of the jail cell inhabited by legendary gangster Al Capone in 1929 and 1930. Featuring an ornate desk, patterned rugs, arm chair, and wall art, the exhibit is meant to show what Capone's cell looked like during his time behind bars. But as museum curators recently discovered, one minor detail was out of place.

Atlas Obscura reports that on a recent visit, 13-year-old antiques enthusiast Joey Warchal noticed something amiss. Warchal, who is a collector of antique radios and record players, instantly identified the large cabinet radio included in the exhibit as a Philco A-361, released over a decade after Capone served his jail sentence. reports that Warchal emailed museum vice president Sean Kelley about the mistake, offering to track down a period-appropriate replacement.

“As an antique collector specializing in radios," he wrote in the email, "the radio displayed is a Philco A-361, made in January 1942.”

Kelley took Warchal up on his offer, giving the seventh grader a budget of $400 for a replacement. Warchal, who spends his weekends antiques collecting, and has extensively studied 20th century radios, quickly tracked down a Philco Model 76 made in 1929. To celebrate the new radio and thank Warchal for his hard work, the museum will throw a cider and cake ceremony on June 7, when Warchal arrives to deliver the radio.

When asked about her son’s amazingly in-depth knowledge of 20th century radios, Warchal’s mom told, “Most kids want toys. He wants antiques.”

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

Paris is Selling Its Love Locks, and Donating the Proceeds to Refugee Organizations

Paris officials have turned an urban problem into a public service: They’re selling the city’s “love locks” as souvenirs and donating the proceeds to refugee groups. The Guardian first reported the news back in December, and now—beginning on Saturday, May 13—the locks will be auctioned off online.

For traveling couples, the padlocks they affixed to the iron grills of the French city’s bridges, initials scrawled on the surface, were a symbol of romance. But to Parisian officials, they were a civil danger. Fearing that the locks would weaken overpasses like the Pont des Arts, the city began dismantling the metal trinkets in 2015.

Left with 1 million padlocks (which totaled 65 metric tons of scrap metal), authorities needed a creative way to repurpose the waste. So they decided to sell 10 metric tons of locks to members of the public, marketing them as relics of the city’s bygone history.

“Members of the public can buy five or 10 locks, or even clusters of them, all at an affordable price,” Bruno Julliard, first deputy mayor of Paris, said in a statement quoted by The Guardian in 2016. “All of the proceeds will be given to those who work in support and in solidarity of the refugees in Paris.”

The locks will be sold in a variety of lots, some of them just as a single souvenir, others in groups. Smaller lots are expected to sell for anywhere from $100 to $200, while pieces of the padlocked railings could go for as much as $5000 to $9000 apiece. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army, Emmaus Solidarity, and Solipam.

99-Year-Old Woman Checks "Spending Time in Jail" Off Her Bucket List

When a senior looks back on his or her life to assess their triumphs and regrets, “not getting arrested” typically falls into the former category. But according to the BBC, a 99-year-old woman in the Netherlands wished she had spent time in the slammer. To help her achieve this unconventional bucket list dream, law officers let the woman, named Annie, hang out in a jail cell—with handcuffs on—at the police station in the eastern Dutch town of Nijmegen-Zuid.

Annie has her family to thank for the experience. "Her niece came to us with this request," a police officer told the BBC. "When she was reporting a crime, she told the police officer about Annie's 'bucket list.'"

"You get many unusual requests with this profession," he added. "We thought it would be nice to do something special for Annie."

Politie Nijmegen-Zuid/Facebook

As you can see in the photos above, Annie’s brush with the law was a blast. However, she isn’t the only senior who has wondered what life is like behind bars. Last year, a 102-year-old woman named Edie Simms from St. Louis, Missouri was faux-arrested per her own bucket list request. Police teamed up with a local senior center to make Simms’s dream come true. "She was so excited that she can ride in a police car and she said, 'Do you think you could put those handcuffs on me?'" Michael Howard, executive director of Five Star Senior Center, told KPLR. Talk about centenarians gone wild!

[h/t BBC]


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