(NEWSER) – News that a tugboat's cook had survived being trapped underwater for nearly three days came out six months ago. But it wasn't until this week that video emerged showing the dramatic moment when Harrison Okene's outstretched hands reached toward his rescue divers, and they realized to their astonishment that he was still alive. It was all thanks to a 4-foot pocket of air in the boat, which sank off the coast of Nigeria.
Especially when they’re worth more than $200,000.
Sure, Han Solo is used to having a price on his head. But now, instead of being pursued by the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunters, he’s the target of geeks hoping to get their hands on his famed blaster.
The resin-based blaster may appear crude and clumsy when compared to that more famous, elegant weapon from a more civilized age. But the prop gun used by Harrison Ford in the original “Star Wars” trilogy films “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” has been put up for auction – and the minimum asking price is $200,000.
The description reads as follows:
"This non-firing blaster was created for 'The Empire Strikes Back' and was also used in 'Return of the Jedi.' It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han's hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels' encounter with Imperial forces on Endor."
The auction will take place on December 21 in Calabasas Hills, Calif. And we have to wonder if the gun is being put up for sale by Ford himself. After all, the auction will also include prop items used by Ford in some of his other films, including his gun from “Blade Runner,” and a rifle carried by Ford in the latest “Indiana Jones” movie.
Based on the real-life German issue Mauser C96 handgun, the modified DL-44 blaster was crafted out of resin and made to resemble the same gun used by the Solo character in the original Star Wars film, “A New Hope.”The original has since been lost or destroyed, making this the oldest known.
Still, are there any diehard Star Wars fans out there that would hand over $200,000 for a prop from a film, even one as iconic as the original trilogy? Currently, there are a few dozen people “watching” the bid but no one has made a formal offer as of yet. We know what Solo himself would say. “Never tell me the odds.”
So here's a mystery for the holiday season: someone is leaving enormous, four- and five-figure tips on small checks at restaurants all over the country. But who, and why?
The "who" is the person or persons who goes by the pseudonym "Tips for Jesus." As for why? Well, the name seems to say it all, as does their Instagram slogan: "Doing the Lords [sic] work, one tip at a time."
"Tipsforjesus" has been active since at least September. The tips range from $500 to $10,000, and are being left at a random assortment of restaurants from Michigan to Chicago to Los Angeles. According to The Daily Dot, the tips left total more than $54,000.
The person or persons responsible is also making sure that the tips get in the right hands. When a waiter at Legends of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., complained that the $10,000 tip hadn't been given to him, "tipsforjesus" took action.
#thumbsup #godbless #tipsforjesus by @tipsforjesus
“Notre Dame is stiffing you?” tipsforjesus replied. “Hmmm, let me make sure the charges went through since they claim they did not. If they're lying to you, I can talk to AMEX about it, then you should get a lawyer, and call the local paper and ESPN. What they're doing flys in the face of what Jesus would do.” The account later posted a photo of the cleared AMEX charges.
(NEWSER) – Sitting beneath about four feet of garbage in an area of a Welsh landfill the size of a football field sits a fortune—in the form of a computer hard drive that James Howells threw out this summer while cleaning up his workspace. On it: the cryptographic "private key" he needs to access 7,500 Bitcoins. And since the digital currency hit a major milestone yesterday, with a single coin now worth more than $1,000 on the most popular exchange, that tossed hard drive is worth more than $7.5 million. Unfortunately, Howells doesn't have a firm sense of when he sent it to its resting place in the Docksway landfill near Newport, Wales, though he's been racking his brain since Friday, when he realized his error: "between June 20 and Aug. 10. Probably mid-July" is the best he can come up with.
(NEWSER) – A six-year-old boy was taken into the mountains to help a goatherd, but when the man died, the boy was left alone—until a mother wolf nosed some meat his way. So says Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja, now in his late 60s and long back among humans in the Spanish town of Rante. He was discovered at age 19 by police after years with the animals, he tells the BBC. It all started in a cave, where he was playing with wolf cubs. When the mother arrived with food, she ultimately shared it with the boy.
(NEWSER) – Planning to murder someone? You may want to make sure you don't butt-dial your intended victim while discussing the details of your nefarious plot. Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, say Larry Barnett, 68, accidentally called one of his former employees last week ... and when the employee heard Barnett discussing the plan to have him killed, he contacted police, KAIT-8 reports. Among the comments Barnett allegedly made to a third man: "I don’t care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it. I don’t care what you have to do, make it look like an accident."
A Missouri driver did not appreciate the message she saw on the state issued license plate that she recently received. KTVI Fox 2 News reported that Deb Levy’s new plate read “WH0 R8X” something she was offended by and felt could be read as, “whore eight times.” It’s a message, placed below the state’s nickname the “Show Me State,” that is insulting to Deb.
In KTVI’s report the upset driver said, “I’m driving around with that plate and people go, ‘Oh there’s a [bleep]. There’s a [bleep].’” She added, “Who wants to drive around with that word on the back of your car? Would you?” Deb’s teen daughter Abigail agrees with her mother saying, “Yeah it’s probably not a good idea to drive it.”
So the Missouri mom has decided to keep the expired license plate on her car’s bumper and carry the current plate inside the car just in case a police officer stops her. Deb filed a complaint with the state and asked for a replacement but was told that she would have to pay a fee of $17. While the cost is seemingly small the Missouri driver said, “It is not about the money, but when I showed it to them they said it just said, ‘Who.’…Can you spell?” Still, some commenters on the station’s story wrote that they see no problem with the plate and also read it as, “Who R8X.”
KTVI stepped in to help Deb calling the Missouri Department of Revenue, the state’s agency that issues license plates, and was able to get officials to issue a replacement plate free of charge. Deb was grateful but said, “It took Channel 2 to make this happen and why, why should it take a news station to make something simple like this happen?”
The station also reported that the plate in question was generated based on a standard formula, meaning that there are other MO plates that would have a similar combination of letters and numbers. To which Deb said, “That’s just not right.”
(NEWSER) – Over a four-year period, a Florida man has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times, searched 100 times, and jailed 56 times, even though his most serious conviction is for having marijuana. Earl Sampson has been arrested 62 times for trespassing, nearly always at the 207 Quickstop convenience store—where he works. And he's not the only one: His fellow employees and customers at the shop are regularly stopped by police, to the consternation of owner Alex Saleh, who had security cameras installed for protection... against the cops, the Miami Herald reports.
A group of fisherman off the coast of São Paolo, Brazil, had their Nov. 15 fishing trip transformed into a rescue mission for one adorable creature of the sea. In a dramatic video uploaded to YouTube, the fishermen spot a young dolphin caught in a plastic bag. The anglers use a net to pull the calf onto their boat to help it out. After a few tries, they are finally able to free the dolphin from the plastic bag: