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A Missing Teenager Finally Returns Home… Sort Of

The mysterious case of Nicholas Barclay, who has been missing since 1994.

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Every year, children go missing all around the world. It’s a terrible and heartbreaking occurrence that happens all too often. Thankfully, sometimes the children are returned safely to their family. Other times, sadly, they are never found. This bizarre story strangely fits somewhere in the middle.

Nicholas Barclay grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He was a nice kid growing up, but as he reached his teenage years he started to act out. He would get in fights with his family, with his schoolmates, and with his teachers. In fact, in 1994 he had gotten in big enough trouble that he was due in court to address his behavior.

The night before his day in court, he went out with a few friends to play some basketball. His parents weren’t sure if they should let him go out, but they eventually allowed it. It ended up being a decision they would regret for the rest of their lives. Why? Because it was the last time they ever saw Nicholas. Kind of.

After he never came home, his parents started to worry that maybe he had run away because he didn’t want to go to court the next day. But as the days passed, they feared it was much worse. They filed a report and he was officially a missing child. They passed out fliers and did as much as they could, but neither they nor the authorities were having any luck finding even the slightest clue as to what might have happened.

It’s an impossible tragedy to deal with, but eventually, you do have to move on with your life. The sadness and despair could literally kill you if you let it. So that’s what Nicholas’ parents did. But then, in 1997, a full three years since his disappearance, they got a phone call that truly shocked them. Nicholas had been found!

They couldn’t believe it. Where was he?! Where had he been?! It turns out he was found in Spain of all places! He was found by local authorities there who had heard of Nicholas’ disappearance and recognized him. He was quickly put on a plane and sent back to America. 

When they were finally reunited with their son, they were yet again heartbroken when they heard what had happened. Nicholas claimed he was kidnapped and sold into a child sex-trafficking ring. They felt terrible for what he had been through. But they were so happy to have him back.

There was only one problem… he looked different. Specifically, his hair and eyes were a different color. Nicholas said that the men who took him had dyed his hair and actually changed his eye colors through a dangerous medical procedure. His family was happy to believe him. A private investigator by the name of Charlie Parker, however, did not.

 

He started to investigate and look at pictures of Nicholas then and now. Finally, he spotted something. The ears were all wrong. They were completely different! Parker was convinced this was not Nicholas and this man was lying. But if that was true, then who on Earth was this man?

 

It turns out he was a 23-year-old man (Nicholas would have been 16 at the time) named Frederic Bourdin. A man known by Interpol as “the Chameleon.” He was an international criminal famous for impersonating missing children! Nicholas’ family couldn’t believe it. They were yet again heartbroken. But at least Bourdin was finally caught.

 

To this day, no one knows exactly what happened to Nicholas. What a terribly sad and terribly fascinating story. I hope they find him soon!

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Why You Should Live in the Rivertowns

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If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of New York, a quick jaunt upstate to the Rivertowns is the perfect place. The Rivertowns, straddling the Hudson River, is a collection of picture-perfect villages that combines laid-back living with the convenience of amenities and easy transport options.

The Rivertowns in Westchester County consist of cozy and picturesque towns. It is resplendent with typically 19th-century architecture, stunning views of the river, and thriving centers full of creative and artistic individuals. As more people look to make the break from urban living in New York and trade skyscrapers for tree-lined streets and spacious homes and gardens, interest in the Rivertowns has grown.

In this blog post, we will look at four communities in the Rivertowns to consider moving to. If you’re looking for a quaint and historic community in which to raise a family, grow old in comfort, or get back to nature, you’ll find it all in the Rivertowns.

1. Ossining

Further out from the city than many of the other communities within the Rivertowns but if it’s good enough for Don Draper and his family, it’s good enough for us. This stunning community is famed for its architecture and historic buildings. Ossining is an affordable location within Westchester, which has drawn many young professionals from the city. 

Ossining features a wide selection of houses, from historic to new constructions. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade or move location, Ossining has it all.

2. Sleepy Hollow

A 40-minute train journey from the city, Sleepy Hollow is known worldwide for its connection to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. A mixture of new constructions and historic homes, the charming community is popular with creative types, history buffs, and people looking for a more laid-back environment that is still close to New York.

3. Yonkers

The city’s sixth borough, with a population of around 200,000, has excellent education options, easy transportation to Grand Central, and recreation options (including Untermyer Park). The largest of Westchester’s cities, Yonkers has an urban feel that offers the benefits of suburban living. There is a wide mix of Victorian homes and luxury apartments on the market in Yonkers.

4. Hastings-on-Hudson

With a creative and environmentally conscious ambiance, Hastings-on-Hudson boasts a lively downtown and impressive views of the Hudson. 35 minutes by train to Grand Central, this community is packed full of high-regarded amenities, including restaurants and public parks. Popular for families due to its excellent schooling options, it has a close-knit population of around 8,000.

Click here to learn more about the Rivertowns and its appeal to those looking to move out of the city.

Find a New Lease of Life in the Rivertowns

Experience the benefits of suburban living with easy access to New York City. Embrace your creative and artistic side in the Rivertowns. Choose from stunning 19-century homes to new, luxurious apartments and condos.

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This Camper That Doubles As A Boat Is A Game Changer

The future of road-tripping has arrived and it’s a camper that is also a boat.

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There are a lot of different ways to vacay. Some people love to travel the globe. See new countries, experience different cultures, and, of course, try new food. Some people don’t need all that and can enjoy themselves just escaping a couple hours out of town for a day or two.

Then there are those “free spirits” I keep hearing about. Those people that just jump in the car and start driving. No real destination in mind. No idea how long the latest adventure will last. More often than not these people are either expert campers… or they have an actual camper. And there’s a new one out there that’s about to blow their minds.

Introducing the Sealander Caravan. Doesn’t look like much, does it? Actually looks kind of small, doesn’t it? Well, there’s more than meets the eye with this mini camper. Because in addition to having wheels and the fact that it can easily be hitched to the back of a truck, it also doubles as a boat!

That’s right. You heard me. This thing operates as both a camper and a boat. So you can cruise down the highway and pull over whenever you like and sleep in your camper. Or you can take that thing out in the water and have a beautiful candlelit dinner with your sweetie in the middle of a lake.

While on the water it’s controlled by an outboard motor and can go up to 20-25 miles per hour. And the inside is practically a transformer. There’s a bench and table configuration that can accommodate seating for four. Then you can remove the table and fold out the benches to make a bed that easily fits two people. You can even get yours upgraded to include a bathroom and cooking utilities!

Now I know what you’re thinking. How much does this brilliant invention cost? Well, it’s actually pretty reasonable! The most basic model runs at around $17,000. And then the price will obviously go up from there as you customize and add more features.

And that’s not all! While you need a special license to drive most boats, there is no special license required to take this beauty out on the water! It meets all safety requirements for both land and water around the world. Be right back, I’ve got to buy one of these like now!

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You May Be Taking A Flying Taxi In The Very Near Future

Ok, so I stretched the truth a little bit. Yes, flying taxis may soon be a very real thing. But you’ll probably have to be in New Zealand to take one. See! it’s not technically a lie! It was just a really dirty trick. For which I am very, very sorry. But can we please… View Article

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Ok, so I stretched the truth a little bit. Yes, flying taxis may soon be a very real thing. But you’ll probably have to be in New Zealand to take one. See! it’s not technically a lie! It was just a really dirty trick. For which I am very, very sorry. But can we please focus on what really matters here? New Zealand’s about to have flying taxis for goodness sake!

The recent announcement goes along with their grander plan of having absolutely zero emissions as a country by as early as 2050. An ambitious goal to say the least. But these electric flying taxis are a great step in the right direction.

Obviously, our cars are one of the greatest contributors to the dangerous emissions that are damaging our ozone layer. So if we can find ways to get as many cars off the road as possible, we would all be better off. And just imagine not having to deal with traffic ever again!

As we all know by now, many people and even companies have been trying for years to get us as a society past our dependency on fossil fuels. There have already been many helpful and effective advancements in the use of solar and wind power. And electric anything is the next big phase.

There are already plenty of electric car options out there that require very little gas and are doing wonders for the environment. But an actual flying electric alternative? Now that would really be something special.

And as previously mentioned, New Zealand is at the forefront of the flying electric transportation revolution, thanks to flying car company, Kitty Hawk. They have already seen successful test runs of their prototype that they have named Cora. In fact, the prototype has been so successful and has already garnered so much attention that the New Zealand government is already pushing for Kitty Hawk to partner with them in making them taxis available to the public.

And it’s easy to understand why when you learn that they can travel as fast as 93 miles an hour and for as long as 62 miles. How much more do you really need from a taxi anyway?!

Further details are still unknown at this time. But it’s safe to say we will be seeing these incredible machines put to use in the next five years or so. The only question now is: how much will a fare in one of these flying taxis cost?!

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