Rick Moranis improvised his entire Louis Tully speech in Ghostbusters at his apartment party, none of that was scripted. He decided he'd be a tax accountant and riffed all that gold. "I'm giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that's why I invited clients instead of friends." cinemablend.com/news/1532…
Today I learned of the "copper" scroll found with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Besides being metal, this scroll is different from the others in that it is not a religious work. It claims to list the locations of where various items of gold and silver were buried or hidden. Attempts to find it have been unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Today I learned about John Morrissey, who went from being a famous gambler during the Gold Rush to a heavyweight boxing champ to the boss of the Irish mob to a New York senator to Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall, which basically controlled NY politics for the Gilded Age, all before dying at 47 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
On a visit to Constantinople Samuel Colt gave a custom gold inlaid revolver to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and informed him that the Russians were buying his pistols. The Turkish ordered 5,000 pistols. Colt neglected to tell the Sultan that he had used the same tactic with the Russians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
When Richard the Lionheart got married, he was busy with the Crusades, so his bride came to Cyprus for the wedding. Richard then deposed the ruler of Cyprus, claiming the island for England. Richard wrapped the ruler in gold and silver chains, and presented him to the new queen as a wedding gift mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Infamous Alabama Governor George Wallace Took The Oath of Office standing on a gold star, which marked the very spot that The President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis stood when he took the oath in 1861. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about Jim Thorpe, the first Native American to win a gold medal in the United States. On the morning of his decathlon event, his running shoes were stolen. Using two mismatched shoes (including one taken from the garbage), he won the gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Red Gold Tomatoes company consumes 95% of the tomatoe crop in Inidiana & 80% all tomatoes in the Midwest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
At the 1896 Olympics, American Robert Garrett decided to enter the discus event; β€œto have a try”. He had never thrown a regulation discus in his life. Attendees were laughing, as his first 2 throws narrowly missed hitting audience members. However, his 3rd throw won him the gold medal. preservationmaryland.org/…
Cinnamon is made from the inner bark of laurel trees, and used to be more valuable than gold. britannica.com/plant/cinn…
We get oranges in our Christmas stockings, to represent little bags of gold, left by St Nicholas. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Johnny Marx not only wrote the song Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, he also wrote Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and "Run Rudolph Run." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Shipwreck hunter Tommy G. Thompson is imprisoned and fined 1,000$ per day for not revealing where he hides the gold he found and had promised to split with investors arkansasonline.com/news/2…
Shortly after Benny Hill died in 1992, grave-robbers dug up his grave under the mistaken belief that he was buried with copious amounts of gold and jewelry. He was re-buried with a 1-foot thick slab of concrete on top to prevent future dusturbances. wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_…
In 2017 a 100kg, Royal Canadian Mint made (but privately owned) gold coin dubbed the "Big Maple Leaf” was stolen from Bode Museum in Germany. It has a face value of $1 million but by weight was worth $4 million. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
523 mostly one of a kind, lost silent films from around the gold rush era, were found buried beneath the permafrost, they were used to fill in a swimming pool and make a skating rink in the small town of Dawson City Yukon indiewire.com/2016/09/daw…
When Greek Runner Konstantinos Kenteris won gold at the 2000 Olympics for the 200-metre dash, he was the first Greek athlete to win an Olympic sprint since Dionysius of Alexandria in 269 AD. youtu.be/0onEevh0s8E
In 1995 Australian costume designer Lizzy Gardiner wore a dress made entirely of genuine, but expired, American Express Gold cards to the 67th Academy Awards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
King Midas turning his daughter into gold was not in the original myth; the daughter was added by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1852 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
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…
The vault of Federal Reserve Bank of New York has more gold (6,190 tons) than the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox (5,052 tons). abcnews.go.com/Business/s…
The California Genocide was carried out between the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the late 19th century by Spain, Mexico, and the United States to decrease the indigenous population of California through acts of enslavement, kidnapping, rape, separation of families and displacement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Vin Mariani was a mixture of wine and cocaine that was popular in Europe during the late 1800s. Two popes were known to drink it and it was so much enjoyed by Pope Leo XIII that he was used on posters promoting the product. The creator won a Vatican gold medal for creating it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
California is named after a fictitious island described in a series of 16th century Spanish romance novels. The island was described as being inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and fought alongside Muslims en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned about Dan O'brien, a USA decathlete who in 1992 was considered so transcendent and perfect that olympic gold was a fait accompli. Reebok built a marketing campaign around his coming gold a year hence (Superb Owl commercial launch). Dan failed making the US team with zero points in pole vault marketplace.org/2018/02/0…
Operation Fish was the largest movement of physical wealth in history – approximately $160 billion of British gold (in 2017 dollars) was shipped from the UK to Canada for safekeeping at the onset of World Ward 2 bankofcanadamuseum.ca/201…
At banquets, Roman Emperor Elagabalus would serve peas with gold, lentils with onyx, beans with amber, and rice with pearls, as well as sprinkling pearls in lieu of pepper. At the end of the banquets, he would bring out lions and leopards, panicking the invitees, who were unaware they were tamed penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
There is an asteroid named 16 Psyche worth $10,000 quadrillion in gold, planinum, iron and nickel. cbsnews.com/news/nasa-mis…
In 2013 , A California Couple Found $10M in Gold Coins In A Bucket Buried in Their Yard nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Today I learned about Philippa Raschker,she is one of the most successful masters athletes to ever compete.She has 70 gold medals from the World Masters Athletics Championships,making her an icon within the running community and earning her a spot in the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Today I learned of cranberry glass, which owes its red colour to particles of gold suspended in the glass matrix. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The cast of Pawn Stars don't work at the shop. The Gold & Silver Pawn is managed by someone else and filming interrupts business because they have to close down to bring in the cast and pre-screened customers. reviewjournal.com/enterta…
The song "Heart of Glass" by Blondie became a hit in part due to critical exposure on the TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati." In gratitude, the band gave the show a gold record, which can be seen hanging on set from the 2nd season onwards. metv.com/lists/12-fascina…
Phosphorus Was Discovered By A German Alchemist Trying to Make Gold Out of Human Pee Pee and Its Name in Latin Means "Lucifer." Phosphorus is in every cell of the human body, mostly in the teeth and bones underwaterville.com/under…
Aluminum was once so valuable that Napoleon III served dinner to his most honored guests on aluminum plates, while the less distinguished were served on gold and silver plates. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The 1920 Olympic cycling race was held over a course that crossed six train lines. While South African Henry Kaltenbrun crossed the line first, after factoring in stops caused by train delays, the gold was awarded to Sweden’s Henry Stenquist. sport-olympic.gr/sp/index…
The original code names for the British beaches on D-Day were: Gold, Sword, Jelly and Band as in Goldfish, Swordfish, Jellyfish and Bandfish. Churchill disapproved of the name "Jelly" and renamed it "Juno". Band beach was not invaded; instead the troops landed on Sword. youtube.com/watch?v=5z-Cj…
In a 1991 football match in Uruguay, a striker was wearing multiple gold chains. When he went up front for a corner, a defender pulled off one of the chains and put it in his sock. Neither the striker nor anyone else noticed, but TV cameras picked it up. At full time, the defender was arre-sted theguardian.com/football/…
A Turkmenistan dictator ordered his people to no longer get gold teeth and that β€œthose of you whose teeth have fallen out did not gnaw on bones. This is my advice”. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
The most expensive bottle of water sold at auction was for $60,000 USD ( Β£39,357 ), it was made of 24-karat gold and all funds raised went to a charity. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 23 sequels to Tarzan of the Apes. The ape-man discovers he is John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, fights alongside Germans in WWI, finds a colony of Atlantis and the City of Gold, befriends a tribe of dog-sized humans, and has other bizarre adventures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Brides were so scarce in Gold Rush era California that widows from the cannibalistic Donner Party tragedy remarried within months of rescue. Virginia Reed wrote with amusement of declining the proposal of a young man at Sutter's Fort when she was 12 and recovering from starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Hantaro Nagaoka synthesized gold in 1924, achieving the symbolic goal of Alchemy (Chrysopoeia). Glenn Seaborg improved on this result in 1980 producing a non-radioactive gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn…
The Powder Room bar in Hollywood offers a $500 milkshake with decadent chocolates, ultra-premium spirits, gold flake, and includes a Swarovski crystal cocktail ring. cnbc.com/2017/11/21/the-p…
The Japanese yen, now worth about one U.S. cent, was originally defined in 1871 as 1.5 g gold, then about one U.S. dollar. Soon after losing most of its value in the aftermath of WWII, Bretton Woods fixed the rate at 360 yen per dollar until 1971. nippon.com/en/column/g005…
1389 people died at a banquet celebrating the crowning of Tsar Nicholas II. The banquet was free to the public but a rumour of gold coins as gifts and there not being enough beer for everyone caused a stampede; trampling many. The festivities continued anyways and the incident was cleaned up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kho…
Today I learned about the Big Maple Leaf, a set of six $1 million Canadian gold coins each weighing 100 kilograms (220 lbs). One of the coins was stolen in Berlin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
In 1981 Irish criminal Martin Cahill broke into the home of film director John Boorman and stole a gold record he had been awarded for the Deliverance soundtrack. In 1998 Boorman directed The General, starring Brendan Gleeson as Martin Cahill, which features a depiction of the burglary. tampabay.com/archive/1999…

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