From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex, or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com, and they could appear on “World News.”
Rare Footage of Baseball Stars
Rare footage has surfaced from June 1, 1925 of Babe Ruth, the supernova of baseball at the time, in the Yankees dugout with Lou Gehrig sitting behind him. Gehrig pinched hit that day, the first of his 2,130 consecutive games. The baseball star went almost 14 years without missing a game, setting a record that stood until 1995.
Bishop of Bling
The so-called “bishop of bling” has officially resigned. Germany’s Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst reportedly spent $43 million in church funds on his home, which included marble bathtubs and expensive art. He resigned in October after news of his opulence broke, but the pope accepted his resignation recently after reviewing the findings of an investigation into the lavish spending. Elst will remain a bishop but the Vatican is expected to give him a different, lower profile, job.
Smithsonian Gets John Coltrane Photographs and Saxophone
New, never-before-seen images of jazz legend John Coltrane have been released. Photographer Chuck Stewart donated the photos to the Smithsonian from the recording session for “A Love Supreme,” taken 50 years ago in 1964. Ravi Coltrane, the musician’s son, also donated one of Coltrane’s famous saxophones to the museum.
Rare Mustang Found in Pristine Condition
A 1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 428 Cobra Jet was found in pristine condition in the garage of the recently deceased Larry Brown. For car lovers the find is a kind of holy grail. The one-time owner barely drove it, as the care only had 8,531 miles on it, and he never washed it. The layer of dust acted like a protective layer and today the car is in showroom condition and will be auctioned off later this month. Brown at the time paid just $5,000 for the car that is now worth six figures.