There is a Diamond mine in Arkansas that is open to the public. Visitors can keep whatever Gems they find. Till now Thousands of diamonds have been found since it opened. arkansas.com/articles/dia…
In 1998 a burglar stole a priceless diamond ornament originally belonging to empress Elisabeth of Austria, replacing it with a gift shop replica. Newspapers covered up the theft by claiming it had been speedily recovered and the fake remained on display for 10 years. secretvienna.org/sisi-los…
Those Cremation Diamond Businesses Are Scams. There Isn’t Enough Carbon in One Body to Create Even the Tiniest Diamond. instituteofappraisal.com/…
It rains diamonds deep within Uranus telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Today I learned about "Stone Frigates", islands and buildings that are legally naval ships. A notable example is the HMS Diamond Rock, which was captured after battle with 16 French and Spanish ships. The Diamond Rock inflicted over 50 casualties but the captain was still court-martialled for "losing" the ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Paul McCartney in 2002 threw his fiance' Heather Mills' diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring (Β£15,000 ($25,500) out of a hotel window during an argument. After calming down he asked security at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club to search the grounds and it was eventually found. nypost.com/2002/06/03/ex-…
Today I learned of the Diverging Diamond Interchange, is a type of highway interchange where you get to drive on the other side of the road while crossing the freeway, so on the interchange, you actually drive on the left side of the road! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
JK Rowling wrote her first book at age 6, and at age 11, she wrote her first novel, about "seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them." thestreet.com/lifestyle/j…
The most expensive dreidel was valued at $70,000. The custom-designed piece took four months to create constructed entirely of 18k gold, the smaller lettering is made with 18k white gold and has 222 modern round brilliant diamonds inlaid into the symbols. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
There is a diamond mine open to the public in Arkansas, it is the only diamond mine open to the public. So far 31000 gems have been found since it became a state park in 1972, the visitors keep what they found. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
Crispen Glover's father was Bruce Glover, one of the most well-known characters actors of the 60's and 70's; a staple of television's hay-day appearing on Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Mod Squad, Mission Impossible, Adam-12 and Barney Miller. He was also in Diamonds Are Forever and Walking Tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Today I learned of a new type of traffic intersection that has been shown to prevent traffic accidents and decrease traffic congestion called the diverging diamond exchange jalopnik.com/the-divergin…
"Antwerp diamond heist" dubbed the "heist of the century". Around $100 million worth loose diamonds, gold, and jewellery were stolen. It took place in Antwerp,Belgium in 2003.Though arrests were made and time was served, most of the diamonds stolen remain unrecovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Cullinan diamond, found in 1905, is the largest diamond ever discovered at 3,106 carat. A fake diamond was transported from South Africa to England via a guarded ship, while the real diamond was simply sent in the mail in a plain box. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Black apples exist. In a remote part of Tibet grow "Black Diamond Apples". This is due to the amount of UV light they receive along with temperature fluctuations at night. today.com/food/black-appl…
Zimbabwe has what many experts believe to be the largest diamond field in the world. With extraction of over 17Million carats. This mining region is size of the German capital Berlin, these diamonds are sent to the EU to be refined. dw.com/en/zimbabwean-diam…
Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand were friends who attended the same high school in Brooklyn where they were both members of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
When the Hope Diamond is put under ultraviolet light it will continue to glow an orangish red color for almost 30 seconds after the light source is no longer present, longer than any diamond in existence. youtu.be/tQEWkK03CQQ
Today I learned of the book On the Trail of the Golden Owl, an armchair treasure hunt that offers an owl statue made of gold, silver, and diamonds worth over €150,000 to the winner. Published in 1993, and despite the author releasing several clues, it remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
An elderly man gained the trust of a Belgian bank by bringing the workers chocolates. He was eventually given VIP access to the bank vault. In 2007, he stole $28 million worth of diamonds and vanished. people.howstuffworks.com/…
, a carat weighs 200 milligrams, making a one pound diamond equal to 2,267.2 carats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
There’s a man who makes his living off scouring the streets and sidewalks of New York’s diamond district for mini diamonds that are dropped during transport nypost.com/2011/06/20/got…
Today I learned about the Blue Diamond Affair, which began with a Thai servant stealing valuable jewels from the Saudi Royal Family and taking them back to Thailand in 1989, then became a series of unsolved crimes, which have soured Thai and Saudi relations for 31 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
De Beers is responsible for the slogan β€œA Diamond is Forever,” which convinced the paying public that diamonds, which actually wasn’t as valuable as gold and silver, was desirable as it is tied to love and marriage. The diamond engagement ring thus became an obligatory wedding purchase. science.howstuffworks.com…
A man in Arizona stole a diamond worth 160,000$ and traded it for 20$ worth of weed. abcnews.go.com/US/arizona…
Today I learned about β€œThe Redemption of Vanity”, an artwork by Diemut Strebe who put the blackest black (developed by MIT) onto a $2M diamond - thereby covering the world’s brightest material with the world’s darkest. Both substances are molecular forms of the same element: Carbon. the-redemption-of-vanity.…
The Thai thief who stole valuable gems and set off the Blue Diamond Affair between Saudi Arabia and Thailand in 1989, told reporters in 2016 that he would become a monk for the remainder of his life (then 65 years old) to repent for his dishonest actions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
At the height of Van Halen’s success with Diamond David Lee Roth, Roth had his penis insured with Loyd’s of London. Since others in the group were getting vital body parts insured, he insisted that β€˜Little Elvis’ ought to be insured as well because he too would be used heavily on tour. huffpost.com/entry/david-…
Diamonds are flammable. popsci.com/diy/article/20…
It rains solid diamonds on Uranus and Neptune nationalpost.com/news/wor…
When the world's largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized - as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
After Neil Diamond wrote his hit masterpiece "Heartlight", he had to pay MCA/Universal $25,000 because they felt that the song infringed on their copyright of the film E.T. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Sir Isaac Newton's dog set his laboratory on fire, ruining his 20 years of research. When he saw what the dog had done, Newton is said to have exclaimed, "O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done." mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In 2013 Craftsman Dave Evans spent weeks making a hand-cut puzzle using photographs of the Queen's diamond jubilee, but just a day after adding the final piece it collapsed on the floor of his workshop - 7 days before presenting it to the Queen theguardian.com/uk/video/…
"Cracklin Rosie" is actually a bottle of wine. Neil Diamond got the idea for the song from an old folk story about an Indian tribe with more men than women. The guys who didn't have girls would spend time with the bottle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Since 1814, the diamond-studded Iffland-Ring is hold by the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iff…
Diamonds Shatter as easily as Glass. They are very Hard (scratch resistant) but have a Low Fracture Toughness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
When the Romanov family was executed in 1918 the daughters Tatiana, Anastasia, and Maria survived the initial gunfire because they had over 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds) of diamonds sewn into their clothing, which the bullets ricocheted off. They were subsequently killed with bayonets. nytimes.com/1995/08/06/bo…
The "tradition" of spending several months salary on an engagement ring was a marketing campaign created by De Beers in the 1930's. Before WWII, only 10% of engagement rings contained diamonds. By the end of the 20th Century, 80% did. bbc.com/news/magazine-273…
The Iran Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. It features a fashion avenue, a diamond and crystal atrium, three food courts with more than 200 restaurants, and a 3,300 square meter book garden with 67,000 volumes of books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
China creates so much synthetic diamonds that are identical to real diamonds that prices of diamonds are being driven down and De Beers has created a university to study how to identify "natural" and "man made" diamonds because no experts can tell the difference. scmp.com/business/compani…
Today I learned of the Antwerp Diamond Heist, a 2003 jewellery heist in which thieves stole over $100 million worth of gems. The ringleader was caught after he was linked to DNA on a partially eaten salami sandwich found near the crime scene. Most of the stolen diamonds remain uncovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Mohs scale of hardness defines "hardness" by their "scratch resistance" compared with other minerals. The scale goes from 1-10 were diamond is a 10, 15x harder than ordinary quartz. Which clocks in at a solid 7/10. You could still easily crush a gem sized diamond with a hammer though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
The most expensive writing pen ever sold was the $8 million Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi. The one-of-a-kind fountain pen is based on the Divine Proportion of Phi, and the ratio between the cap and the barrel equals exactly 1.618. The luxurious pen also features 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies. supermoney.com/25-most-ex…
Dan Frost, a German man, discovered a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds by extracting the oxygen from the C02 leaving behind carbon that, under intense pressure, forms diamonds popularmechanics.com/scie…
John Lennon repeatedly denied that the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is about LSD, and that he got the inspiration for the song when his son brought home a drawing of his friend Lucy who was in the sky with diamonds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
That, contrary to popular belief, diamonds are NOT formed from coal, but are formed from other carbon sources deep in the upper mantle. geology.com/articles/diam…
It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter. businessinsider.com/diamo…
Today I learned about diamond mining in India, which was the only place where diamonds were mined until 1726. Koh-i-Noor, Hope, Nizam, Jacob, Great Mughal, Orlov are some of famous diamonds from a region called Golconda(kollur) in India en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
The diamond engagement ring fever was invented by an ad campaign in the 1930s and that before that few Americans proposed with the precious stone, and the price of diamond was falling theatlantic.com/internati…
Diamond, despite being the hardest material known, will shatter if hit with a hammer. Hardness means resistance to scratching; toughness is a different property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
A Queens man, Raffi Stepanian, has mined the cracks in the sidewalks in Midtown's Diamond District, New York City, for bits of diamonds, rubies, platinum and gold to make a living. Over six days, he says he collected enough gold for two sales totaling $819. nypost.com/2011/06/20/got…
There is a special form of carbon called Lonsdaleite, that in theory can be up to 58% harder than diamonds, but in nature is almost never found in pure form, which makes it much weaker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The briefcase in Pulp Fiction originally contained diamonds but that was deemed too predictable so it was decided that the contents were never to be seen. This way each audience member would fill in the blank with their own contents. snopes.com/fact-check/wha…
Planets can be giant DIAMONDS (i.e. made in large parts of crystalline carbon) - for example the extrasolar planet PSR J1719βˆ’1438 b, discovered in 2011. reuters.com/article/us-pl…
In 1955 GE scientist Tracy Hall manufactured the first Synthetic Diamonds that are widely used today in many industrial applications; for compensation, he was given a $10 savings bond. thehigherlearning.com/201…
A diamond will shatter if hit with an ordinary hammer. It is hard (does not scratch) but is not tough (resistant to fracture) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
When the Hope Diamond was sent to the Smithsonian, it was sent through U.S. Mail in a box wrapped in brown paper as simple registered mail with $2.44 postage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
De Beers, the world's biggest diamonds company, started selling synthetic diamonds for the first time in its 130-year history. The manufacturing process has become so perfect that it has become difficult to tell the difference between synthetic and natural diamonds. ponderwall.com/index.php/…
In Rwanda, some diamond mines use mines to fend off unlicensed prospectors. files.ethz.ch/isn/15037/2…
Most natural diamonds have ages between 1 billion and 3.5 billion years. Most were formed at depths between 150 and 250 kilometres (93 and 155 mi) in the Earth's mantle, although a few have come from as deep as 800 kilometres (500 mi). Under high pressure and temperature, carbon-containing fluid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
For Elton Johns wedding, Eminem gave him 2 diamond-encrusted cock rings on a velvet cushion. youtube.com/watch?v=_xGKl…
The Hope Diamond was mailed through the United States Postal Service costing only $2 and $150 to insure. postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2…
Thomas Jefferson believed Jesus's teachings were "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man," but that they had been appropriated by his followers, resulting in a Bible that contained both "diamonds of wisdom" and the "dung" of ancient political agendas. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Even though diamonds are the hardest material known to man, they can be smashed and shattered by a hammer because hardness only determines how scratch resistant something is, not how strong it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
There was a Canadian ad campaign for "Diamond Shreddies", which were just the original square Shreddies, rotated 45Β°. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
Snails’ teeth are the strongest natural material on Earth, able to withstand pressures high enough to turn carbon into diamond. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Ashes (cremated remains) can be compressed into a diamond. Several, actually. They've created up to 9 diamonds from a single person's remains. npr.org/2014/01/19/263128…
Today I learned of the Diamond Knot. In 1947 it collided with the Fenn Victory off the Washington Coast and sank. The insurance company paid out for the ship and cargo lost, then salvaged the cargo, $3.5 million worth of canned salmon, using vacuum pumps and barges. It was then re-canned and sold. dcsfilms.com/Site_4/Diamo…
While colored diamonds get their color from chemical impurities absorbing light- such as yellow diamonds containing nitrogen and blue diamonds containing boron- pink diamonds have no traces of impurities, thus baffling scientists and geologists as to how they have a pink color. bbc.com/news/magazine-305…
It rains diamonds on Neptune and Uranus gizmodo.co.uk/2017/08/sci…
The word "lozenge" is another name for "diamond shaped". We call cough drops lozenges because very early cough drops were often shaped like diamonds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loz…
De Beers has spent millions trying to detect the difference between "real" diamonds and modern lab-grown diamonds - so far to no avail - as the diamond supply floods with cheap chinese lab-grown gems. scmp.com/business/compani…
Marine snails (Limpets) teeth are the strongest natural material on Earth. It's stronger than Kevlar and can withstand pressure that would turn carbon into diamond. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 2003, Heidi Klum wore the Very Sexy Fantasy Bra, a multicolored top that took 370 hours to create. Not only was the bra encrusted with 2,800 jewels, but it also featured a single 70-carat Excelsior diamond, the second largest in the world teenvogue.com/gallery/vic…
There are only 8 WWII B-24 Bombers with only two of them airworthy. Diamond Lil a B-24A Bomber and Witchcraft B-24J Bomber which is own by the Collings Foundation. The Collings Foundation take their planes around to over 120 city’s nationwide. This weekend they are in my home town! airplanesofthepast.com/b2…
Apples are generally red, green, yellow, but if the right geographical conditions are met, they can apparently grow dark purple, almost black, as well. These rare apples are called Black Diamond and they are currently only grown in the mountains of Tibet. odditycentral.com/foods/b…
There is a company that makes "memorial diamonds": synthetic diamonds made from the ashes of cremated human remains. The process takes 6-8 weeks and requires at least 1 pound of ashes. businessinsider.com/turn-…
Today I learned that 70s soft rockers Seals and Crofts (Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl, etc) played the 50’s instrumental classic β€˜Tequila’. sealsandcrofts.com/champs…
Several companies offer a "memorial diamond" service where they take a cremated body and forge the ashes into diamonds businessinsider.com/turn-…
It doesn't just rain diamonds in Jupiter. It also rains diamonds in Uranus and Neptune en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Despite it consistently ranking among the lowest in GDP per capita, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has an estimated $24 trillion in untapped minerals, having 70% of the world's coltan, a third of it's cobalt, over 30% of its diamond reserves, and a tenth of its copper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The "Nigerian Prince" money scam people receive through email can actually be dated back as far as the 1830s, with people receiving letters that falsely promise gold and diamonds in return for money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adv…
The song "Red Red Wine" was written by Neil Diamond in '67. The band UB40 covered it in '83 in a light reggae style and it reached #1 on the Billboard 100. Diamond has stated that it is one of his favorite covers and he often performs the song in the UB40 style instead of the original version. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Eminem bought Elton John 2 diamond cock rings for his civil partnership rollingstone.com/music/vi…
When you die you can have your remains turned in to a diamond. Carbon is extracted from your cremated ashes or hair and compressed to almost 900,000 PSI and subjected to temperatures of 2,500 degrees Celsius to form a bonding of the atoms. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
The world's oldest printed book is 'The Diamond Sutra' and it was created in 868 A.D. by a man named Wang Jie. At the bottom-right corner he printed: β€œReverently made for universal free distribution by Wang Jie on behalf of his two parents.” smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A tardigrade (Water Bear) species, Neostygarctus lovedeluxe, is named after the Stand, [LOVE DELUXE] from Jojo's Bizzare Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, which in turn is derived from the 1992 album by Sade. bioone.org/journals/zoolo…
Today I learned of DDP Yoga, a yoga program devolped by former WWF and WCW wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to help recover from spine injuries like the one he suffered in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Diamond prices aren't being manipulated anymore as the De Beers lost control of the global diamonds market in the 90's when new mines in Russia, Canada and Australia decided to bypass the De Beers cartel and sell independently. kitco.com/ind/Zimnisky/20…
Today I learned of the "Star of the South", one of the largest diamonds in the world. Discovered by a river in Brazil in July 1853, it was found by a slave girl named Rosa, who turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom, and giving her a pension for life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
At the end of the Diamond SΕ«tra - the oldest surviving dated printed book - is a note that the creator was told to copy out the book by his parents wiganlanebooks.co.uk/blog…
There are enough diamonds in existence to give everyone on the planet a cupful. diamondreview.com/tutoria…
Today I learned of Kolmanskop - a former diamond mining town in the Namib desert. It was home to over 1000 people with amenities like a ballroom, bowling alley and a hospital. It was completely abandoned by 1954 and since then, has been slowly invaded by sand. businessinsider.com/kolma…
Red Red Wine by UB40 was a cover song of a Neil Diamond hit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Most natural diamonds have ages between 1 billion and 3.5 billion years. Most were formed at depths between 150 and 250 kilometers (93 and 155 mi) in the Earth's mantle, although a few have come from as deep as 800 kilometers (500 mi). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
A man from Arizona stole a diamond worth $160K and traded it for $20 of weed. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
Scientists can turn peanut butter into diamonds news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Today I learned of Leonardo Notarbartolo, who took part in an elaborate 3 year heist of 100M $ worth of diamonds, only to be caught when a sandwich containing his DNA was found near the crime scene abcnews.go.com/Primetime/…
There is a hidden 8 in the middle of the 8 of diamonds indianexpress.com/article…

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