It's been almost 70 years, and the U.S. Postal Service is still attempting to deliver a letter mailed in 1945.
The Associated Press reports that the letter was sent by Myron C. Cook, an Army sergeant in New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Sensabaugh on Washington Avenue in Muskegon, Michigan. The letter never made it to the intended destination, and arrived in Muskegon last year, after an indeterminate (and unexplained) detour in Minneapolis. The house where the Sensabaughs lived is empty, and since the letter could not be delivered, it was placed in a "dead mail" pile. A local carrier took an interest and started the search again, and officials have asked a local historian to research both the Sensabaugh and Cook families in an attempt to track a relative down.
No one is sure just what Cook was going to share with the Sensabaugh family in his letter; it has apparently never been opened, and that's how it's going to stay for the time being. "We're not going to disturb it until we can see if we can find the family first," says Veronica Mauseth, secretary to the Muskegon postmaster. Catherine Garcia
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chipotle has released its top secret guacamole recipe — which just so happens to be nearly identical to 99.9 percent of all other guacamole recipes.
Chipotle's version calls for 2 ripe Hass avocados, 2 teaspoons each of lime juice and chopped cilantro, one-quarter of a cup of finely chopped red onion, half of a finely chopped jalapeño, and one-quarter of a teaspoon of kosher salt. After making sure your avocado feels "squishy yet firm," all you have to do is coat the cut up avocado in lime juice, season, mash, then fold everything together. That's it! Maybe next week they’ll enlighten us and share how they shred their cheese. Catherine Garcia
David Letterman is talking a lot about his retirement, which makes sense since he only has a handful of shows left. President Obama has almost two more years left, but on Monday's Late Night, Letterman still asked him about his future plans. No dice. But dominos, maybe. Some Late Show guests, like Steve Martin, go with the darkly comic when it comes to Letterman's retirement, but Obama was cheerfully goofy.
"I was thinking you and me, we could play some dominos together," Obama said. "We can go to the local Starbucks and, you know, swap stories." It's worth noting that this is apparently what the president thinks "real people" do, and maybe he's right. Things get a little sappy at the end, but Letterman did elicit from Obama that he's planning to take a month off after leaving office. Well, it's something. —Peter Weber
It's Monday, and if you're feeling a little nostalgic for the '90s, or the last time you were around the campfire with two romeos and a guitar, but you also want to laugh, Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon have your fix. On Monday's Tonight Show, Black and Fallon recreated the video for Extreme's "More Than Words," in, shall we say, period costume. The idea may have been to do a straight re-enactment, but Black is probably incapable of not clowning a bit, and what fun would that be anyway? Get your nostalgia on below. —Peter Weber
By the end of 2016, Panera Bread plans to remove at least 150 artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, and sweeteners from its soups, sandwiches, salad dressings, and several bakery items.
The chain will discontinue using ingredients like fat substitutes and propylene glycol, a preservative used in deodorant and e-cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports. While a lot of food products will be affected, some offerings, like soda, will still have artificial ingredients. The company's chief executive officer, Ron Shaich, said Panera is trying to "give people a simple, easy Good Housekeeping seal-of-approval kind of approach to it."
Panera Bread has been planning to drop the ingredients since 2012, and has already stopped using the artificial sweetener sucralose and titanium dioxide, which is used to make mozzarella cheese whiter. Catherine Garcia
Papua New Guinea was rocked by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, which hit 80 miles south of the town of Kokopo at a depth of 40 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
— RT (@RT_com) May 5, 2015
After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves up to 3 feet were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter, The Associated Press reports. The country's National Disaster Center said it had not heard any reports of damage from residents, and acting director Martin Mose said the center was sending a message to villages near the coast to "take extra precautions in case a tsunami is generated." Papua New Guinea is on the Ring of Fire, where earthquakes often strike, and this quake was centered in the same area as two weaker ones that took place last week. Catherine Garcia
Last summer, everyone was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research — including one California police officer now charged with disability fraud.
Prosecutors say that a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police officer Jaime Robison, on disability for a lower back injury, lifting up a five-gallon bucket filled with ice water and pouring it over the head of another officer. Robison has been charged with four counts of insurance fraud, and prosecutors say that because she allegedly inflated her injuries, she cost the department up to $117,000, the Los Angeles Times reports. Prosecutors also think she exaggerated an injury in 2012 so she could collect over a year's worth of disability pay.
Robison pleaded not guilty on Friday. If she is convicted of all four charges, she could face up to six years and four months in county jail. Catherine Garcia
Everyone who attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala goes with one goal: To turn heads. With this year’s theme being “China: Through the Looking Glass,” celebrities, socialites, and those who could spend thousands to get in showed up to the gala on Monday night wearing rich golds, fiery reds, and bold patterns. Here are just some of the more extravagant looks. —Catherine Garcia