England’s Crown Jewels has 142 pieces including a spoon and walking stick. It is the only full set of regalia of its kind in the world and owned by Queen Elizabeth II. ancient.eu/British_Crown_…
In 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood tried to steal the crown jewels. The audacious plot was foiled but the colorful personality of Blood so amused King Charles, he awarded Blood an estate in Ireland. This inspired the quip: "Since loyalty does not man good, Let's steal the King, and outdo Blood!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
In 2017 "Killer Mike" (of Run The Jewels fame) was awarded a day in his honor on July 17th in Atlanta. Additionally fellow Atlanta rapper "Big Boi" suggested he run for Mayor of the city atlantamagazine.com/news-…
In 1964, 3 amateur jewel thieves stole $400,000 worth of jewels from the American Museum of Natural History. Using a glass cutter, duct tape, and a squeegee, they were able to take the world's largest sapphire, the world's most perfect ruby, and the largest black sapphire smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The rap group Run the Jewels released a remix of their 2nd album entitled "Meow the Jewels" which was essentially Run the Jewels 2 but with all the instruments replaced by cat sounds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo…
Living things such as the jewel wasp can make their victims, cockroaches, into their "zombies". nationalgeographic.com/an…
In the late 17th century, the pirate Henry Avery became the richest pirate in the world after raiding a treasure laden ship belonging to the Grand Ruler of India. He stole Β£600,000 in precious metals and jewels, equivalent to Β£89.6M today. The world’s first worldwide manhunt was called on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned about Richard Jewel, who found a bomb and evacuated the area, saving many lives. He was investigated and despite never being charged, he underwent a "trial by media" with great toll on his life. Jewel's case is an example of the damage that can be done by media based on bias. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
That in the 1980s a group of scientist found that male Jewel beetles in Australia were mating with discarded beer bottles as they looked like very sexually attractive females; glossy, dimpled and brown. Afterwards, the beer company changed their bottle design. australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned of the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels, stolen in 1907, shortly before the visit of King Edward VII Today they would be valued at several million euro. They were never Recovered. dublincastle.ie/the-theft…
A cockroach can "karate kick" an emerald jewel wasp in the head. If not kicked away, a wasp injects venom into a roach's brain & midsection which paralyzes a roach's front legs & makes it a zombie to be led by its antennae; then it gets stuck with a wasp egg & eaten alive by wasp larvae. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Jewel, the singer who had hits such as "Who Will Save Your Soul", "Foolish Games", and Roy and Pam's song from the office, "You Were Meant For Me", started her career in a yodeling duet with her father, until she moved to Michigan to study opera. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewel_…
The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are uninsured against loss including theft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
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…
When Australian beer companies learned that their bottles were having an observable impact on the jewel beetle populationβ€”because male beetles were confusing the "stubbies" for females, and ended up dying in the hot Australian sun, leaving no heirsβ€”the companies changed their beer bottles. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Jewel Royale is the most expensive chess see ever made. costing $1.3 million it features gold platinum and precious stones. moneyinc.com/most-expensi…
During WWII, gemstones from the British Crown Jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin and then buried deep underground at Window Castle. A trapdoor used to access the secret area where the tin box was kept still exists today. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
The first, and last person to steal the crown jewels in the UK was pardoned instead of executed historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
During WWII, the British crown jewels were stored in a biscuit tin and kept in a chamber under Windsor Castle. During the construction, they covered it at night with a tarp so German airplanes couldn't tell what's going on. It was so secretive that not even then-Princess Elizabeth was told. vogue.com/article/royal-f…
One of the lost Faberge eggs from Imperial Russia was discovered in 2012 after the owner, a scrap metal dealer, struggled to sell it because prospective buyers thought he was overestimating it’s worth in gold and jewels. It was later valued at Β£20million. telegraph.co.uk/culture/a…
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…
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a purportedly cursed temple in Southern India which contains over $22 Billion in gold and jewels and is estimated to contain over $1 Trillion behind a mysterious sealed door en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad…
America’s Best Jewel Thief Is An 88-Year-Old Woman thedailybeast.com/goldie-…
In 1741 the British sent 180 ships and 27,000 men to take Cartagena, the β€œjewel of the indies”, from the Spanish. Against all odds, the one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged admiral β€œhalf-man” Lezo, led 3,000 men and 6 ships to victory. Embarrassingly, the British had already minted celebration coins. academia.edu/36484510/_Im…
Despite having DNA evidence of the suspect, German police could not prosecute a $6.8M jewel heist because the DNA belonged to identical twins, and there was no evidence to prove which one of them was the culprit. content.time.com/time/wor…
Today I learned of a "Bezoar", the accumulation of ingested material such as hair, fur or fiber in the stomach that forms a large stone. Once prized as magical items with protective properties. There was a gold-framed bezoar in the Crown Jewels of Queen Elizabeth I as recently as 1962. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of Chinese folklore's "Pixiu", a creature that was banished from the heavens for being unruly--; It was spanked by the Jade Emperor so hard that its butthole was sealed, leaving it cursed to a diet of gold, silver, and jewels but unable to expel any of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pix…
Pirates rarely plundered gold, silver, and jewels. Their most common plunder was trade goods such as bolts of cloth, tanned animal skins, spices, sugar, dyes, cocoa, tobacco, cotton, and wood. latinamericanhistory.abou…
For years, Popes wore a paper-mache Tiara during long events, until 1963, when they stopped using Tiaras all together. It was much lighter than a normal Tiara and easier on the head. It was created for a Pope in 1800, when Napoleon was occupying Rome and holding all other Papal jewels. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Instead of their usual bits of sand, vegetation, or tiny snail shells, certain species of Caddisfly larvae can be encouraged to make their protective larval cases from fragments of gold-leaf, pearls, or other jewels, provided by artists. thisiscolossal.com/2014/0…
Today I learned of the "Nazi gold train" legend - a train which left Breslau, Poland laden with gold, jewels, weapons, and other treasures. It was driven into tunnels under the Owl Mountains that were part of an unfinished Nazi secret Project Riese. Excavations to find the train have been unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
, a Thai janitor stole Saudi Royal jewels, when the jewels were then returned it was discovered that half of them were fake, a Saudi business man with close ties to the royal family then traveled to Thailand to investigate and was abducted and killed, along with 3 Saudi officials 3 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
The "Grandpa Gang," a group of men the oldest being 76, committed the biggest bank robbery in English history. After climbing down an elevator shaft and drilling through a concrete wall they stole more than $200 million in cash and jewels. mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news…
Today I learned of Indra's Net,a metaphor to illustrate concepts in Buddhist philosophy of Dependent Origination and Interpenetration.The net is set with jewels reflecting all other jewels and the reflections also containing every other reflection,ad infinitum,symbolizing how all phenomena are deeply connected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Koh-i-Nur, is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing 105.6 carats and part of the British Crown Jewels originally comes from the Mughal Empire. It was willed to the East India company by Ranjeet singh but after his death his will not was executed yet was given to the Queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koh…
The Scottish crown jewels are the oldest surving set of crown jewels in brittish isles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned about Family Jewels, set of CIA reports on illegal or inappropriate actions conducted by the CIA over the span of decades from the 1950s to the mid-1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Paris Hilton was robbed for millions in jewels by a bunch of teenagers. She had left her mansion unlocked with no one home. She didn't notice the robbery for weeks. vulture.com/2013/05/canne…
The oldest object in England's Crown Jewels is a spoon. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about "Meow the Jewels" a crowdfunded remix album by the hip hop duo Run the Jewels. The album, a remix of the duo's original album Run the Jewels 2, has all instrumentals replaced with sounds of cats. The campaign raised over $60,000 which were donated to charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo…
In 2013 a lone thief stole $136 million worth of jewels from a Cannes hotel room. Though the thief carried a pistol, he never had to draw it due to the room being poorly gaurded. It is possible the door was left unlocked as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned about Klondike Joe Boyle who was a Yukon Lumberjack Commando Secret Agent who managed a Stanley Cup hockey team, received high military honors from England, Canada, France, Romania, and Russia, stole the Romanian crown jewels from a vault in Moscow, and once fought a shark with a hunting knife. badassoftheweek.com/index…
A Roman merchant who sold fake jewels was sentenced to face a lion in the arena. When the gate finally opened, a chicken walked out. Emperor Gallienus proclaimed β€œHe practiced deceit and then had it practiced on him.” smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen. The jewels were never recovered and the culprits never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Jewel's debut album "Pieces of You" was initially a commercial failure. Two years later her first single "Who Will Save Your Soul" finally received airplay and the album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. It was certified 12X platinum and is one of the best selling debut albums of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which contains over $22 Billion in gold and jewels and is estimated to contain over $1 Trillion behind a mysterious sealed door en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad…
Today I learned that in 2015, American hip hop duo 'Run The Jewels' released 'Meow The Jewels': a crowdfunded version of their 2014 album, where they replaced all the instrumentals with samples of meowing cats - and donated the $60k+ funds to charity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo…
Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains is 2M in treasure (Gold, Jewels), buried by a millionaire who wrote a poem of clues as where to find it. npr.org/2016/03/13/469852…
Napoleon extracted $45 million from Italy, $12 million in metals & jewels β€” in addition to 300 priceless paintings & sculptures en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
A Roman merchant who sold fake jewels was sentenced to face a lion in the arena. When the gate finally opened, a chicken walked out. Emperor Gallienus proclaimed β€œHe practiced deceit and then had it practiced on him.” smithsonianmag.com/histor…

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