Low-Hanging Loot: Thieves Stole 50,000 Apples From an Indiana Orchard

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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, one ambitious thief just stole enough to stay healthy for roughly 137 years.

Thrillist reports that somebody absconded with about 50,000 apples—an entire acre’s worth—from Williams Orchard in Indiana’s La Porte County last week. Though the orchard has been around for more than a century, this is the first year that its new owners, Jon and Robyn Drummond, are running it. They noticed the cleanly-picked trees on Saturday.

“Floored,” Jon Drummond told WSBT-TV. “Completely floored.” According to Drummond, the affected area was a valley toward the back of the orchard, which leads him to believe that the thieves (or thief) had carefully cased the joint.

“Someone knew this orchard really well,” Drummond told CNN. “They knew where to go, the portion of the orchard where they couldn’t be seen.”

Unfortunately, since the Drummonds hadn’t quite gotten around to installing locks on their gates, it was all too easy for the crooks to drive right onto the property. And because the surrounding grounds are suspiciously bare, they think the bandits placed tarps beneath the trees, shook the trees, and then collected the apples in bins. According to WSBT-TV, the sheriff’s office is looking for a pick-up truck or trailer that could accommodate such a massive haul of fruit.

Officials probably won’t, however, be looking for a listing of 50,000 apples on the black market of pie ingredients. Drummond believes the culprits might turn their takings into applesauce or apple cider.

Drummond estimates they lost out on $27,000—a devastating blow, considering they don’t have theft insurance. However, the orchard still boasts 134 other acres of apple trees ripe for the (legal) picking, and the couple is trying to maintain a positive outlook.

“We’re going to laugh about it because the only other option is to cry,” Drummond told CNN.

Helping them with that particular objective is Jimmy Fallon, who joked on The Tonight Show that “right now, some kingpin is screaming, ‘You idiots robbed the wrong Apple store!’”

[h/t Thrillist]

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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Cracking Open the History of Unsolved Mysteries

Robert Stack hosts the original Unsolved Mysteries.
Robert Stack hosts the original Unsolved Mysteries.

With his steely glare and trademark trench coat, Robert Stack took viewers on a journey through tales of true crime, alien abductions, amnesia, and lost loves. It was Unsolved Mysteries, and on this week’s episode of "Throwback," host Erin McCarthy is taking us down some dark alleys to discover the origin of this classic 1990s series that’s being rebooted on Netflix. Join us.

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