It's easy to forget things. We forget people's birthdays if they're not on Facebook. We forget where our car keys are all the time, especially when we're going somewhere important and we can't be late.
Next time you forget something, just tell yourself that forgetting things could actually be a sign that you're smarter than other people. Yeah, keep telling yourself that. Although it has technically been proven.
Maybe you've forgotten to pick your kid up from school. Or your anniversary. Everyone's done it. But have you ever forgotten where you parked your car?
Why, of course, you say. Of course I've forgotten where I've parked my car. It happens all the time. Sometimes you have a long day, and you can't remember what you were doing in the morning. It happens to the best of us.
No, we're talking a little more extreme than that. One man in Frankfurt, Germany, did not have the best of luck with his parking. In fact, after having parked in a parking garage in an industrial area of the city, he absolutely couldn't find his car.
Yeah, you read that right. It was 1997. We know you already know that this guy had forgotten his car for twenty years, but we're just going to reiterate the fact that this was twenty years we're talking about. That's a really long time, in case you needed reminding of that, too.
So instead of looking around for his car, this unnamed man reported his vehicle stolen. Maybe he had really good stolen vehicle insurance. And we all know it would just be so much effort to walk around a little and look for the car. No, we can't be having that.
So, essentially, the man gave up. At the time that he couldn't find his car, the man was 56-years-old. So, if you do that math, you can conclude that he was 76-years-old by the time he found his car again.
We all know that time goes by in the blink of an eye. So that twenty years probably went pretty fast. Maybe he got married, had a few children. We're just going to go out on a limb here, but we assume that the man probably also bought a new car.
So you can imagine this guy's surprise when he got a call about the car, twenty years after he had left it in the parking lot. Time heals all wounds, so he likely forgot about the tragedy of his car allegedly getting stolen. Except now he'd know that that wasn't quite the case.
It turns out the parking lot where the car was being stored was set to be demolished, and the car was discovered with the license plate still registered to the man. The authorities drove the man with his daughter to go see his old car. And there it was, just where he had parked it all those years ago.
Note: the car pictured is not the car in question. The make and model of the lost car are unreported. This, however, is another unlucky lost car. Poor cars of the world.
Well, that's a parking job for the age, if we've ever heard of one. But, as you can imagine, there were some problems with a car that has been sitting for the last twenty years. Our cars that we've been driving for a few months tend to have problems, after all.
"The car can no longer be driven and will be sent to the scrap heap," said the Frankfurt authorities. So, even though he was reunited with his car, he soon had to say goodbye. You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone. Or you don't even really know what you've got, because you thought it was stolen.
Next time you park your car, for the sake of everyone everywhere, make a mental note where you parked it. Or, maybe if you're a genius con artist, you can get some money out of having your car reported stolen. Maybe just save yourself the worry and put a GPS tracker on your car. There we go. Problem solved.