Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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It was with some sadness that Katie Smith set off last September on a 10,000-mile trek that would take her and boy-friend Dave Gould from Harrogate, England, their hometown, to Egypt, Costa Rica, and parts of the US. Not because she wasn't looking forward to their adventure, but because just before leaving her gold-and-sapphire ring disappeared. But off they went anyway. Now, fast-forward to last month and the discovery of the ring ... which had been embedded in the tread of one of Gould's hiking boots the entire time.


Now, imagine the disappointment of thieves who smashed through three sets of doors and a hardened glass display case inside New Zealand's Auckland Museum to steal a golden frog. Alas, after all that work, they escaped with only a mere replica. The original, crafted in or near what is now Panama between AD 800 and 1200, is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But it has been in storage for 30 years.

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