The festive season is approaching, so it's time for everyone's favorite giant Swedish straw caprid to suffer from repeated attacks. Already ("The front hoof smells of petrol") this year's goat at Gävle
has been attacked. Of the 76 goats to date
, 33 have been burnt (includes goats burnt down more than once and goats only partially burnt), 7 vandalised (includes goats thrown in the river), 1 run over and 1 stolen, giving a survival rate of 45%. The goat attracts international attention and attacks; in 2001 a tourist from Cleveland, Ohio was jailed for 18 days [Swedish
] for igniting the goat. Last year's goat survived to December 2nd (traumatic video
). Gävlebocken is 13 metres tall and consists of 3.6 tonnes of straw. While intact it tweets
, and blogs in Swedish and English
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 3, 2012 -
A letter by Rene Descartes, stolen in 1840s, recovered in 2010 by online detective work.
The letter was stolen by Guglielmo Libri, inspector general of the libraries of France, who stole thousands of valuable documents and fled to England in 1848. Since 1902 it's been in the collection of Haverford College, its contents unknown to scholars, and nobody there realized that it was an unknown letter. But because they had catalogued it and recently put their catalogue on line, Dutch philosopher Erik-Jan Bos found it "during a late-night session browsing the Internet
". (A Haverford undergraduate thirty years ago had translated it and written a paper on it, in which he recognized that the letter was unknown -- but nobody followed up and the letter had sat in the library since then until it was listed online.) The letter includes some last-minute edits to the Meditations, and some thoughts on God as causa sui. Haverford, whose president was a philosophy major, is returning the letter
to the Institut de France.
posted by LobsterMitten
on Feb 26, 2010 -
helps you find your stolen laptop by sending timed reports to your email with a bunch of information of its whereabouts. [more inside]
posted by signal
on May 28, 2009 -
"was created by police officers to provide the best possible asset tracking and property recovery services in the world. JustStolen.net is an innovative tool designed to easily register assets in order to facilitate their recovery if they are lost or stolen. JustStolen.net joins forces with online auctions
to help identify stolen property."
posted by tristeza
on Dec 6, 2007 -
First Stolen Segway Recovered.
It was inevitable. And it was all caught on tape. Segway owners and members of SegwayChat
covertly planned and implemented a successful sting operation to recover a stolen Segway HT
. (Main link goes to 5 MB embedded Windows Media video of actual sting taking place!)
posted by docjohn
on Aug 14, 2003 -
An Edinburgh man got back from holiday to find his car had gone missing. It hadn't been stolen. It had been moved by the local council
because it was obstructing some drain and hadn't bothered to tell him. How far can local government authority really go in matters of personal property? [more]
posted by feelinglistless
on Jan 29, 2003 -
Beware the white van:
(scroll down a bit for the content that matters) I've never been scammed before, but these guys were brilliant. The details of my sad story are inside.
posted by aladfar
on Nov 16, 2001 -
The crimes they are a'changing.
This comes from the daily police log of The Union newspaper Grass Valley/Nevada City, CA. Surveillance cameras (and apparently not very effective ones) were stolen while mystery powders kept the cops hopping.
posted by tnadeau
on Oct 25, 2001 -