Wisconsin Teen Who Lost Her Wallet Got It Back—60 Years Later

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When Joyce Stratman lost her wallet about 60 years ago, she never expected to see it again. She had been a freshman at Cambria-Friesland Middle School and High School in Wisconsin when her friend stole her little red billfold and hid it on top of a locker room divider wall. It was meant to be a prank, but the wallet ended up falling through a hole in the cinder blocks where it was impossible to retrieve. "We both joked that one day the school would be torn down and someone would find it,” she told the Daily Citizen for a recent story.

The scenario Joyce joked about as a teenager is exactly what happened decades later. In June, a construction crew remodeling the school's locker room discovered an old wallet, and thanks to some detective work, it's finally found its way back to its owner.

The wallet Joyce Stratman lost didn't have a driver's license or any other form of identification, but it was filled with clues. There were old photographs, a school lunch ticket, and magazine clippings tucked inside the folds. The biggest lead came from a yellowed sheet of lined paper with notes from a Bible class: The name Joyce D. was written at the top.

Steve De Young, the foreman of the construction crew, shared the discovery with his father-in-law Glenn Smits, who had graduated from Cambria Union High School in 1963. When he saw the name he thought of his cousin Joyce Stratman, whose original name was Joyce Dyksta.

When De Young's wife texted his cousin, who now lives in Michigan, she confirmed his suspicions. Stratman didn't find any cash or valuables in the wallet when it was returned to her, but she did find several precious artifacts she thought had been lost forever. There were photos of her friends and siblings taken more than 60 years ago. She even found a lock of her sister's hair. After being reminded of the old memories, she called up the friend who had been responsible for losing the wallet in the first place and thanked her for making the experience possible.

Sixty years is a long time to pass before finding a lost wallet, but it's not a record. Just a few weeks ago, a wallet that had been lost for 75 years was recovered from a church vent in Missouri.

[h/t Daily Citizen]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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A Short, Sweet History of Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
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Depending on which survey you happen to be looking at, candy corn is either the best or the worst Halloween candy ever created. If that proves anything, it’s that the tricolor treat is extremely polarizing. But whether you consider candy corn a confectionery abomination or the sweetest part of the spooky season, you can’t deny that it’s an integral part of the holiday—and it’s been around for nearly 150 years.

On this episode of Food History, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is tracing candy corn’s long, storied existence all the way back to the 1880s, when confectioner George Renninger started molding buttercream into different shapes—including corn kernels, which he tossed at actual chickens to see if it would fool them. His white-, orange-, and yellow-striped snack eventually caught the attention of Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly), which started mass-producing what was then sometimes called “chicken feed” rather than “candy corn.”

But what exactly is candy corn? Why do we associate it with Halloween? And will it ever disappear? Find answers to these questions and more in the video below.

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