In 1900, a sealed cave was discovered in China's Gansu province containing 1,100 scrolls and 15,000 Buddhist texts. Believed to have been sealed around 1002, the last recorded date, the cave contained lost texts and the earliest dated printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra printed in 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mog…
There is another type of diamond called Lonsdaleite, which are naturally produced at meteorite impact sites. They are about 58 percent harder than regular diamonds, and are much rarer and more valuable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
Over time diamond degrades to graphite as its atoms internally rearrange and relax to a lower energy state. However, at Earth's surface temperature, this process can take millions of years, which makes the phrase "diamonds are forever" a very good approximation to reality on a human time-scale. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
Only 40 songs have ever reached diamond certification (11x platinum). "Baby Shark" is the only children's song to earn this designation. billboard.com/articles/co…
The Hope Diamond, which originated in India, was purchased in 1666 by French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier sold it to King Louis XIV in 1668. It was stolen in 1791 and was recut and renamed by a London banking family called Hope in 1839. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
The Dubai First Royale MasterCard is considered to be the most exclusive credit card in the world. The card has legitimate gold trim and an actual diamond stud. It's believed that most of the cardholders are members of the Dubai and Saudi royal families, with no limit and no restrictions. cnbc.com/2018/07/06/3-lux…
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…
Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth about 100 miles or so below the surface in the upper mantle and come to the surface through volcanic eruptions. Diamonds cannot be dated but it is estimated most are 1-3 billion years old. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
When the largest gem quality diamond ever found was sent to the King of England as a gift, it was accompanied by multiple armed police, locked in a safe, and guarded at all times. This was a ruse. The diamond was actually sent by standard mail. It is valued to be worth over $50 Million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Diamonds evaporate under UV light. Diamonds were exposed to intense light pulses in the UV-C band (the harsh ultraviolet rays filtered out by the ozone layer), and small pits in the diamond surface were visible after only a few seconds. phys.org/news/2011-07-sci…
The German village in the final scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has multiple houses built from stone containing tiny diamonds from a meteorite impact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C…
Today I learned about the Battle of Diamond Rock, which was fought between 16 French ships and 1 British frigate in 1805. Despite sinking 5 French ships and killing 50 (to only one British loss of life), the British surrendered. The British "frigate" was actually a rock the navy had commissioned as a warship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Mir Osman Ali Khan, an Indian man who is considered to be one of the 5 richest people ever. He owned the world's only diamond mine at the time, and he used the Jacob Diamond, the fifth largest in the world, as a paperweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
A man from Sierra Leone found a huge 706 carat diamond and gave it to the government instead of keeping it for himself africatimes.com/2017/03/1…
A novelesque scam involving a fake noblewoman and a gullible cardinal, a hugely expensive diamond necklace, and the French royal family helped ignite the spark of French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aff…
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…
The Neil Diamond song "Heartlight" is about ET. Diamond and co-songwriters Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach saw the movie together, and had to pay $25,000 in licensing to Universal Studios en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Today I learned of Marchioness Elizabeth Conyngham, the last mistress of King George IV. A contemporary dismissed her as having "Not an idea in her head; not a word to say for herself; nothing but a hand to accept pearls and diamonds with, and an enormous balcony to wear them on” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Most natural and largest diamonds are between 2.5 billion and 3.9 billion years old and were formed at depths between 95 to 125 miles (150 and 250 km) below the surface. carnegiescience.edu/news/…
Those Cremation Diamond Businesses Are Scams. There Isn’t Enough Carbon in One Body to Create Even the Tiniest Diamond. instituteofappraisal.com/…
Today I learned of the Black Diamond Apple- a rare breed of apple with dark purple, almost black appearing skin. It is cultivated in Tibet, and its color is the result of the region's high altitudes. odditycentral.com/foods/b…
Today I learned about Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. The strange greenish soil is from an extinct volcano and a local farmer discovered diamonds laying in the dirt. Although the site was professionally mined for a time, it's now a state park where visitors can hunt for diamonds and other gemstones. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
It Rains Diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned of Martin Van Buren Bates, the "Kentucky Giant." He was 7ft 7in tall and weighed 330lb. He was a captain in the Confederate army, and was wounded and captured in battle. Upon his wedding to his wife Anna (7ft 11in), Queen Victoria gave them each two extra-large diamond-studded gold watches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
84% of the world’s rough diamonds and 50% of the world’s polished diamonds pass through the Belgian city of Antwerp, which houses 4 diamond exchanges and over 1700 registered diamond traders in an area of less than one square mile businessinantwerp.eu/sect…
Today I learned about Mir Osman Ali Khan, the fifth richest man in the history of mankind - donated 5tons gold to National Defence Funds of India and was using the Jacob Diamond as a paperweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
It rains diamonds deep within Uranus telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Scientists at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany have discovered that since peanut butter is so rich in carbon, it's possible to turn into diamonds. bbc.com/future/article/20…
W. W. Johnson found a 16.37-carat white diamond in Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas in 1975 while he was vacationing at the park with his family. Its value has been estimated between $150,000 and $175,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
The very first Miss Universe crown, used only in 1952, was actually from royalty. The Romanov Imperial nuptial crown, previously owned by the Russian Tsar, was used to crown Armi Kuusela of Finland. It is believed to be made with approximately 1,535 flawless diamonds rappler.com/entertainment…
During WWI, the British Army had a group of entertainers assigned to every division. They offered soldiers a respite from war, reminded them of home, and provided a neutral outlet to air grievances. "The Diamond Troupe" was most famous because of their female impersonator and trick cyclist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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-…
Coretta Scott King asked performer Josephine Baker if she would take her husband's place as leader of the Civil Rights movement, but Baker declined. She was also a WWII spy and had a pet cheetah with a diamond collar that ran amok during her performances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In 2007, Damian Hirst unveiled β€œFor the Love of God” A platinum cast of an 18th century human skull, encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds. The work's title was supposedly inspired by Hirst's mother, who once asked, "For the love of God, what are you going to do next?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The famous fossil Lucy was named after the Beatle’s song β€œLucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” which was playing in the palaeontologist’s camp when she was unearthed bbc.com/earth/story/20141…
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 $28 million worth of diamonds and vanished. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Today I learned about "Stone Frigates", islands and buildings that are legally naval ships. A notable example is the HMS Diamond Rock, which was captured after battle with 16 French and Spanish ships. The Diamond Rock inflicted over 50 casualties but the captain was still court-martialled for "losing" the ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Today I learned of the Diverging Diamond Interchange, is a type of highway interchange where you get to drive on the other side of the road while crossing the freeway, so on the interchange, you actually drive on the left side of the road! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
A man in Arizona stole a diamond worth 160,000$ and traded it for 20$ worth of weed. abcnews.go.com/US/arizona…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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