Silver miners in the 1800s would discard their old work jeans in the mines. These jeans now can be sold for prices over $30,000, Levis going for the most! Many people have started hobbies going into the silver mines in hopes of finding them. jeanstore.co.uk/blogs/new…
Henry VIII was sometimes called "Old Coppernose." He issued debased coins to fund wars and one coin was mostly copper with a thin layer of silver on top. The coin had a portrait of Henry and his projecting nose caused the silver to wear off first exposing the copper underneath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Roman Empire mined so much silver that at peak production they were mining 200 tonnes per year. This was 5 to 10 times larger than the combined amount of silver available to Medieval Europe & Abbasid Caliphate around 800 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Today I learned about Bhagat Ram Talwar an Indian spymaster -code named- Silver who was essentially the only known example of a QUINTUPLE agent having spied for Germany, Italy, Japan, USSR, and Britain during WW2 openthemagazine.com/loung…
While there are multiple elements named after coutries (Americium, Francium, Germanium, Polonium.. ) there is only one country named after an element. 'Argentina' is derived from 'Argentum' the latin name for Silver. The symbol for Silver is Ag. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Not only is diamond the hardest natural material, it is the most thermally conductive, almost 5 times as conductive as silver thermtest.com/thermal-res…
The Opium Wars were due to the British trade deficit with China due to tea. In 1685, China declared all goods bought from China must be paid in silver or bullion. Traders used opium to sell to China to earn back the silver to pay for the tea thus, leading to the Opium Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea
Today I learned of the silver mines of Potosi or the β€˜Mountain that eats men’. At one point it produced 60% of the worlds silver. The silver funded Spain’s wars and caused an economic crisis in China in the 16th Century theguardian.com/cities/20…
A 2008 computer reconstruction of Bach worked from a copper replica of his skull shows him as a strong-jawed man with a slight underbite, large head, short, silver hair. Images of Bach are plentiful, the Bach House alone has 140 likenesses, but he is only known to have sat for one portrait abcnews.go.com/Technology…
There is a silver ratio. The golden ratio is the metallic mean between 1 and 2 and the silver ratio is the metallic mean between 2 and 3. Just like how the Golden Ratio is connected to the Fibonacci Sequence, the Silver Ratio is connected to the Pell Sequence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In the 2008 Olympics 200m race, Shawn Crawford finished 4th, but after 2 sprinters were disqualified for running outside their lanes, he received the silver medal. After the Olympics, he gave the medal to the 2nd-placed athlete, with a note saying "You ran a silver medal race and deserve this" archive.shine.cn/sports/a…
An average silver back can deadlift 1800 lb and their grip can crush a crocodile's skull | They are 4 to 9 times stronger than an average human male. animalwised.com/how-stron…
Today I learned about Mack Robinson, who was Jackie Robinson’s older brother. Mack won the silver medal in the 200 meters at the 1936 Olympics, coming in second to Jesse Owens face2faceafrica.com/artic…
Before Joel Silver produced some of Hollywood's biggest action film franchises (The Matrix, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, Commando, Road House, V for Vendetta, etc), he and his high school buddies created the sport Ultimate Frisbee β€” a name that he coined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
During a flight of the Hindenburg over the UK a parcel was thrown overboard and found in West Yorkshire. It contained flowers, a small silver Cross, and a note requesting they be delivered to a passenger's brother's grave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Sewage sludge contains traces of gold, silver and platinum at levels that would be seen as commercially viable by traditional prospectors. theguardian.com/science/2…
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…
The Oak Ridge facility for enriching uranium in WWII used 395,000,000 troy ounces of coinage silver to build electromagnetic coils because copper was needed for the war effort. y12.doe.gov/sites/default…
In The silver fox domestication experiment, the tamest foxes were selected to be bred, generation after generation, to see what happened: they became very tame very fast, developed floppy ears and curly tails, and some got mottled coats, just like other domesticated animals. evolution-outreach.biomed…
In the Rio 2016 Paralympics, each medal had a distinctive rattle sound for bronze, silver and gold. This was for visually impaired athletes. abc.net.au/news/2016-09-1…
The Hunts built a large, leveraged position in silver in the 1970s, causing a price spike & jeopardize the trading exchanges. Exchanges & US gov't changed rules to limit purchases & discourage lending to speculators. On Silver Thursday, the price collapsed 77% & the Hunts went bankrupt. businessinsider.com/hunt-…
Today I learned about a Miner’s egg, a method in which miners would smuggle silver ore out of mines using candle wax, and later β€œlay” once out of the mine. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Today I learned of the 1636-37 Tulip Mania speculative bubble, during which 1 Tulip bulb was exchanged for 2 lasts of wheat, 4 lasts of rye, 4 fat oxen, 8 swine, 12 sheep, 2 hogsheads of wine, 4 tuns of beer, 2 tuns of butter, 1000lbs. of cheese, a bed, a suit of clothes, and a silver cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
In 1979, two tiny silver scrolls were found in a burial chamber southwest of the Old City of Jerusalem. Dated 400 years before the Dead Sea Scrolls, the scrolls were examined and found to contain the Priestly Benediction, Numbers 6:24-26. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
Silver foxes were selectively bred for domestication in the 1950's in order to study evolution. As with dogs, the ears started to droop as physical manifestation of docility, and some even started vocalizing barks as like dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
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…
Today I learned of the Hunt Brothers trying to corner the market in silver in 1980. When the price collapsed it almost wiped out large segments of financial markets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Count Dante, who billed himself as 'The Deadliest Man Alive' in Silver Age comic book ads, was the alias of John Keehan who owned a series of dojos in the Chicago area as well as salons and porn shops chicagoreader.com/chicago…
When Samuel Fuller left Hollywood to fight in WW2, he refused offers for desk jobs and instead enlisted as an infantryman, saw heavy fighting, and even liberated a concentration camp. Returning home with a Silver Star, he became one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
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 Grant Memorial coinage are a gold dollar and silver half dollar struck by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1922 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant. The two coins are identical in design and were sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Some densely populated countries use Election ink to prevent double voting. The ink uses silver nitrate which stains the skin and is only removed by shedding of external skin cells, therefore providing a sure way of knowing who has or hasn't voted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
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…
Today I learned of Swansea Jack, a dog from Wales who saved 27 people from drowning in the river Tawe, he was awarded a silver cup by the Mayor of London and to this day is the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League, he was named 'Dog of the Century after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
In the 1904 Olympics, the U.S. won Gold, Silver and Bronze in Tug of War. tugofwar.co.uk/olympics-h…
In the middle ages, some people used to "clip" coins, Coins in medieval Europe were based on gold or silver. The purpose of clipping was to remove slivers of this material from the edge of the coin. Do this enough times and you have enough for a new coin, if caught punishment was death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Alan Turing once bought 150lbs of silver, but didn't trust banks so he buried it in the woods instead. After the price of silver had almost doubled, he went to dig it up, but could no longer find it. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
The Beatles' song 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is about a murderer, despite the upbeat tune. It took four recording sessions to complete, and John, George and Ringo really disliked the song. Ringo called it "the worst track we ever had to record." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Today I learned about the Silver Pearlfish, a long, slender, ell-like fish that lives inside the body cavities of sea cucumbers to hide from predators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Korean chopsticks aremainly metal as during the Baekje(18BC-660AD)Period the royal family used silver chopsticks to detect poison in their food since silver changes color when it comes in contact w/ poisonous chemical.It is believed that commoners took after the king and adopted steel chopsticks. foodbeast.com/news/why-ko…
Dr.Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen exclusively uses pre-1956 British six-pence coins as guitar picks for his home-built guitar called the 'Red Special'. He likes the serrations on them and claims the soft silver doesn't damage the strings nearly as much as conventional plastic picks canadiancoinnews.com/quee…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
When Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe tied for silver at the 1936 Olympics they refused a tie-breaker. The silver was arbitrarily awarded to Nishida. They had their medals cut in half and then welded together so they each had one "friendship medal" of half silver, half bronze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
The year 1972 marks the United States’ first Olympic loss in basketball to the Soviets, by 51-50. Despite the ruling, the American basketball team felt "robbed" and subsequently boycotted the medal ceremony, refusing to accept their silver medals to this day. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Iron Crown of Lombardy that allegedly had a nail of the cross in it's composition is actually a band of silver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Vladimir Lenin's personal car at the time of his death was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that he had converted into a half-track. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
The only person to ever win both an Olympic Medal and a Nobel Prize was Philip Noel-Baker. Baker won a silver medal for the 1500m in 1920 and a Nobel Peace Prize in 1959. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The word dollar comes from the word Thaler, one of the large silver coins minted by the Holy Roman Empire, originally minted in the modern day Czech Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…

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