In 2011, a team of experts explored the gold plated Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. They discovered $22 billion worth of valuables inside five out of six vaults. The sixth vault, Vault B, remains sealed shut under the order of the Supreme Court, and its Contents remains unknown. theprint.in/?p=460345
The last remaining copies of hundreds of silent movies made by Fox and MGM were permanently destroyed during two vault fires (1937 and 1965); including entire collections of some of the greatest actors and directors of the silent era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
In WWII , scientists at the Vavilov Institute of Plant protected the seeds from the threats of cold, hungry residents of the besieged city, rats, and their own hunger. 28 of the botanists died of starvation, protecting their collection Today invaluably stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault theconversation.com/the-t…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
In 1980’s a construction company renovating the Lexington Hotel discovered a secret vault, once used by the notorious gangster β€˜Al’ Capone. A record number of people tuned in to watch the vault being opened live. It turned out to be completely empty save for some empty bottles and debris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the 1937 Fox vault fire, in which 40,000 films were destroyed. 75% of all 20th Century Fox films from before 1930 were lost. There are actors for whom not a single copy of a single one of their films survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Da Vinci painted 2 Mona Lisas. The older one was hidden in a vault until 2012. artdependence.com/article…
In 1972 Jerry Lewis wrote, directed, and starred in a movie about a Jewish man who dresses as a clown to lead children into gas chambers in the Holocaust; upon screening, Lewis had the film locked in a vault so nobody would ever see it; as per his will, the film will be made public in 2025. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure seed bank in Norway designed to store duplicates (backups) of seed samples from the world's crop collections in case of natural or human-made disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn's daughter Kevin was kidnapped from her home in 1993 with a $2.5 million ransom requested for her return. Instead of reporting the crime, Wynn quickly arranged delivery of $1.4 million in cash from the vault of the Mirage. She was returned unharmed. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A gang of brilliant French thieves used a vacuum cleaner to steal $800K from a bunch of grocery stores. The stores used a pneumatic tube system to convey their cash payments to their safes. They broke in and used the vacuum cleaner to suck the money out of the store vaults. historycollection.co/grou…
The music artist Prince had enough unreleased music written in his vault that he could make an album every year for the next century. consequenceofsound.net/20…
Canada's nuclear escape bunker was built with a track around the interior vault and pullup bars so the soldiers assigned to it could stay fit during a nuclear apocalypse. The interior was painted in soft colors to try and minimize stress. onetripatatime.com/diefen…
Jacques Lowe, one of JFK’s personal photographers who took some of the president’s most iconic photographs, lost his life’s work of more than 40,000 images when the vault the negatives were stored in were destroyed during 9/11. They were in the archives of the WTC. theguardian.com/artanddes…
, Lego HQ in Billund, Denmark has an underground vault containing every Lego set ever made. gizmodo.com/this-secret-u…
During the siege of Leningrad, a group of Russian botanists holed up in a secret vault starved to death rather than consume the greatest collection of seeds they were guarding for a post-apocalyptic world. rbth.com/blogs/2014/05/12…
On July 2, 1963, five weeks after setting a new world record in the pole vault, twenty year old Brian Sternberg broke his neck on a trampoline, after he landed awkwardly on his neck and was left a quadriplegic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England's gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing - and popped out of the floor to greet them bankofengland.co.uk/knowl…
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/…
There's a vault that stores seeds from all over the world to preserve genetic diversity in case of a sudden catastrophy seedvault.no/how-we-work/…
The ball from the Immaculate Reception, regarded as the greatest play in NFL history, was taken by a fan after the game. He offered it back to the Steelers in exchange for season tickets for life, but was refused. He now keeps the ball in a bank vault and has refused all offers to sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
The robbery of the Federal Reserve in Die Hard with a Vengeance is so plausible that the FBI actually questioned the screenwriter on how he had such intimate knowledge of the vaults. uproxx.com/movies/die-har…
There was an attempt to steal Lincoln's body. The suspects were caught and a group of Lincoln admirers formed a secret society to hide the body for 16 years until it was given to Lincoln's son, who had it placed in a concrete vault. usnews.com/news/articles/…
The Anal Sampling Mechanism is a reflex which detects the contents of the rectal vault and allows for voluntary flatulation to occur without unexpected voiding of feces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
There's a hidden chamber behind Lincoln's face on Mt. Rushmore that entombs copies of a number of important US documents in a massive titanium vault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
There’s a 752 pound emerald in an LAPD vault, worth anywhere between $100 to $900 million. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
LEGO has a secure, temperature- and humidity-controlled, fireproof underground vault in Denmark that contains every LEGO set ever made. gizmodo.com/my-childhood-…
Today I learned about Richard L. McKinley, who died in a nuclear plant accident. His body ended so contaminated that had to be buried in a lead-lined casket which was then sealed in concrete and placed in a metal vault and cannot be moved from its location without the approval of the Atomic Energy Commission. arlingtoncemetery.net/rlm…
One of the largest and most publicized murder trials in Australia was for a group of serial killers who hid the bodies in plastic barrels located in a disused bank vault. The notoriety lead to a short term economic boost in Snowtown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
Saddam Hussein commissioned a calligrapher to write a copy of the Quran using his blood as ink. The 605 page book contains roughly 27 liters of his blood and is kept in a mosque in Iraq behind 3 vault doors. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
, George Eyser won 6 medals (3 gold, 2 silver) in one day at the 1904 Summer Olympics, including a win in the vault comepetion. Oh yeah, he did it with one leg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has a β€œFort Knox” vault of Maple Syrup. A barrel is worth about $1,200 or $2.88 per pound which is 10-18 times the value of U.S. crude oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Karin Lichey achieved something in gymnastics that is so rare it's happened only one time in the history of the NCAA. On Feb. 23,1996 she scored a "perfect 40" meaning she scored a perfect 10 on all 4 events -- vault, balance beam, uneven bars & floor exercise all during one meet. ncaa.com/news/gymnastics-…
There is a hidden "Hall of Records" carved into Mount Rushmore that contains 16 porcelain enamel tablets describing the project and a short US history. They are kept in a teakwood box, sealed inside a titanium vault. nps.gov/moru/learn/histor…
"The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults" was the most-watched live television special of 1986 with an audience of 30 million. Hyped as potentially revealing great riches or dead bodies, when opened the vaults revealed just dirt and empty bottles. washingtonexaminer.com/cr…
The LDS Church has a private secure vault in the Granite Mountain in Utah. deseret.com/2010/4/29/201…
There is a single official object that defines the mass of a kilogram. A tiny, 139-year-old cylinder of platinum and iridium that resides in a triple-locked vault near Paris scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan has a replica of the costume worn by the Golden Man, a warrior from the 5th century BC and a main symbol of independence. The original is made of more than 4,000 pieces of gold and is said to be kept in a vault in the National Bank of Kazakhstan in Almaty modernsilkroadtour.com/en…
The largest cave in the world is Hang Soon Doong and is located in Vietnam and it could contain an entire city with 40-story skyscrapers and in contains a large underground forest that was able to grow and developed thanks to skylights created by the collapse of parts of its vault. sondoongcave.org/
There's a vault deep inside a mountain, between mainland Norway and the North Pole, that holds copies of the worlds seeds in case something happens to the smaller, worldwide seed banks. seedvault.no/
Β£1million & Β£100million bank notes exist. They are kept by the Bank of England in a vault to back the value of all Scottish and Northern Irish notes. They are called β€˜giants’ and β€˜titans’. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
In 1957 Tulsa Oklahoma buried a Plymouth Belvedere to commemorate Oklahoma’s 50th anniversary. In addition, citizens entered guesses as to what Tulsa’s population would be in 2007, closets person would win the car. When the vault was opened it was filled with water and the car was ruined. blog.amsoil.com/story-of-…
Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 then kept breaking it every year after by as small an amount as possible for the reward money. theguardian.com/sport/the…
During WWII Soviet scientists defended the world's largest seed vault through a 900-day siege. Many of the scientists starved amid the crops and fruit, refusing to jeopardize 'the future of Russia' to save themselves. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Former NBA player, Chris Webber, has an extensive collection of African American artifacts he began collecting his rookie year. It grew so large that it is housed in the Sacramento Public Library’s Archive Vault. It includes signed docs and letters from Malcolm X, MLK, and Frederick Douglass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Sergei Bubka repeatedly and deliberately broke the world pole vault record by the smallest possible height so he could cash in on a Nike bonus with each new record. In a two-year span, he broke his own world record 14 times. theguardian.com/sport/the…
The Cryptex, the cylindrical combination vaults that hold secret messages, made famous in The Da Vinci Code, is a neologism completely invented by Dan Brown and has no historical connection to a real device of the sort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Today I learned of Jacques Lowe who was a photographer for us President John F. Kennedy. he was his official photographer during his election campaign and presidency. he had 40,000 negatives in a fireproof vault at Morgan/Chase Bank in New York’s WTC, only to have it all destroyed on 9/11 bhphotovideo.com/explora/…
The kilogram is currently defined as the mass of a platinum-iridium cylinder called the International Prototype Kilogram, which was made in 1879 and is stored in a special vault in France. There exist several dozen official replicas, also called prototypes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
In 2005 a gang of thieves rented a house posing as an astroturf company so they could rob a nearby bank. It took them 3 months of tunneling 80 meters underground for two blocks before they reached the vault. They walked off with 20,000lbs of cash worth $65 million. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
London has $248 billion in gold stored in sprawling vaults that contain a fifth of all gold held by the world’s governments. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
Today I learned about Fierljeppen, a Dutch sport dating to the 15th century where people pole vault over a canal youtube.com/watch?v=xTf_z…
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…
To keep demand high across generations, Disney Studios carefully restrict the supply of some home release classics. They are locked away in the β€˜vault' for 8-10 years before being released for a short unspecified time. vulture.com/2017/02/the-d…
Behind Lincoln's head on Mount Rushmore there's a Hall of Records with 16 porcelain plates describing the U.S.'s history. They're kept in a teak box inside a titanium vault. atlasobscura.com/places/h…
Most bank vaults are made of concrete, not metal, and even the metal door is usually just a thin jacket of metal over concrete. madehow.com/Volume-7/Bank…
There is an underground vault containing every Lego set ever bigthink.com/ideafeed/und…
Italy’s Credem Bank takes parmesan cheese from local producers in exchange for cheap loans (charging 3-5% interest, depending on quality) & a fee ensuring the cheese matures properly (2yrs) in the bank vault (cheese is sold if the loan defaults). 430,000 parmesan wheels ($200M+) are stored there cnn.com/2013/08/15/busine…
In 2002, 339 dead bodies were found on the property of a crematorium in Georgia after the owner started leaving them around the crematorium, in storage sheds, inside vaults and boxes, and outdoors instead of cremating them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Several Mosler Safe Company vaults were installed in Hiroshima's Mitsui Bank building prior to WWII. After surviving the nuclear attack on the island, the company became renowned for the strength of the vaults and would be the gold standard for blast doors during the Cold War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India has approximately $19 Billion worth of gold and precious stones kept in 8 onsite vaults. One vault is still unopened and what's kept inside is still unknown. indiatoday.intoday.in/sto…
In 1957 a new Plymouth Belvedere was buried in an underground vault in Oklahoma, but when they dug it up in 2007 it was apparent that they had not made the chamber waterproof. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
A film titled "100 Years" starring John Malkovich, will be released in November 18, 2115. It is stored in a bulletproof vault which will automatically open for it's premier at the Cannes Film Festival indiewire.com/2016/05/joh…
Today I learned about the bank vault J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye, had installed in his house. He did this so he could keep all of his writing safe from the world​ and reportedly had 15-16 books in it. quixoteconsulting.com/Blo…
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure facility built into the side of a mountain intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. britannica.com/topic/Sval…
Three years before Robert E. Lee was born, his mother, Anne Hill Carter, was thought to have died from yellow fever, and was placed in the family vault until a caretaker heard a faint voice coming out of the coffin three days later. womenhistoryblog.com/2011…
Today I learned about the largest heist in the history of Rhode Island, where a secret Mob vault was robbed, by the head of the Mob. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonded…
Some of the earliest potential human ancestor fossils were last known to be in bank vaults in Kenya. But may not be there. nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/…
Henry Ford gave his son Edsel $1 million for his 21st birthday- the equivalent of $24,652,400 today. He gave him the amount in gold bullion, which he took him to the bank vault to see. gphistorical.org/autobaro…
Today I learned of Wilhelm Voigt who in 1906 disguised himself as a Prussian military officer, rounded up a group of soldiers, arrested the mayor of a town and looted its vault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The banks can create money out of thin air when issuing loans. It doesn't matter how much money they have in their vault. All they need to is to deposit 1-3% with the Central Banks. It is referred to as the bank money. youtube.com/watch?v=t6m49…
Today I learned of the Chase burial Vault in Barbados. The heavy lead and granite coffins inside are said to inexplicably move on their own into odd configurations, always being found "in a confused state, having been apparently tossed from their places" with no signs of break-in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There is a secret room inside Lincoln's head in Mount Rushmore that was meant to be a vault of American history but was never finished by Rushmore's sculptor because he died before it could be completed. More than 50 years later, it was partially completed by 4 generations of his family. history.com/news/mount-ru…
Today I learned of the 'Doomsday vault', Svalbard Global Seed Bank. Contains seeds of every plant currently in existence. It was built to survive anything that could befall the earth and allow survivors to begin again. time.com/doomsday-vault/
WWE has a nuclear proof vault of over 48,000 tapes of wrestling footage wwe.com/classics/inside-v…
A platinum weight kept in a French vault that defines a perfect kg keeps experiencing minor fluctuations in mass. Now a perfect crystal sphere that took two years to polish and has a fixed number of atoms is being developed as the new standard wired.com/wiredscience/20…
London has $248 billion in gold stored in sprawling vaults that contain a fifth of all gold held by the world’s governments. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
Michael Jackson has "hundreds" of unreleased songs that were discovered in his vault after he died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a secret room inside Mt. Rushmore that contains porcelain enamel panels with text from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights sealed in a teakwood box, placed in a titanium vault, and sealed shut under the weight of a 1,200 pound granite capstone. nationalparkstraveler.com…
The WWE has a nuclear proof vault that has all of the WWE's footage wwe.com/classics/inside-v…
In 1974 a Washington lawyer circulated a theory that 'elites' had raided all the gold from the United States Bullion Depository in Fort Knox. Members of the media were given access in order refute the theory. It is the only time a member of the public has been allowed inside the vault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There is a Seed Vault that protects seeds from all sorts of natural and man-made disasters; essentially a food insurance policy in case the world goes to hell. xposethereal.com/most-peo…
There is a second "Mona Lisa" painting held in a secret vault in Switzerland also thought to have been painted by Leonardo DaVinci that shows a much younger version of the female subject newsfeed.time.com/2013/02…
The National Archives keeps the Nixon White House tapes in a climate controlled vault with hopes that future technological developments could allow for restoration of 18 1/2 minutes of missing audio that may have been deliberately erased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
A kilogram, the international SI unit for mass, is based on the mass of a cylindrical metal called the Le Grande Kilo, which is locked away in a vault in Paris. It is the last of the SI units to be still based off a physical object rather than a universal constant si-units-explained.info/m…
In Italy, wheels of parmesan cheese can be used as collateral for loans. Banks charge 3-5% interest (depending on the quality) and a fee for maturing in temperature- and humidity-controlled vaults; large vaults can hold as many as 430,000 wheels worth €190M cnn.com/2013/08/15/busine…
The Bank of England only owns two of the ~400,000 gold bars in its vaults. bankofengland.co.uk/what/…
There exists extreme luxurious underground "end of the world" shelters with (among other things) DNA vaults and multifloor apartments for the rich to survive terravivos.com/
In New Orleans cemeteries are "cities of the dead" where coffins are kept in above ground vaults due to the high water table making it impossible to bury the deceased. experienceneworleans.com/…
There are hidden wine cellars that run beneath the expanse of the Brooklyn Bridge. Though no longer in use, they were created to help supplement the building costs as merchants would pay to store expensive bottles in the always cool vaults. psfk.com/2012/03/wine-cel…
There is a Lego secret vault that holds nearly every lego set ever produced. sploid.gizmodo.com/this-u…
Most of the silent films have been wiped out in film vault fires. Due to the usage of nitrate film they were impossible to extinguish. wikipedia.org/wiki/1937_F…
Today I learned of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island, Spitsbergen. Started by conservationist Cary Fowler, the vault holds and secures up to 4.5 million agricultural seed samples to ensure against the loss of seeds in a global crisis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
Today I learned of the Grandpa Gang, a group of senior citizens who broke into a formerly impregnable bank vault in England and made off with over $20 million. reuters.com/article/us-br…
There is a hidden vault behind the carved heads at Mount Rushmore. It contains the text from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It is not accessible to the general public. nationalparkstraveler.com…
Today I learned of a secret German bunker containing 15 billion German Mark during two decades in the cold war. The entrance to the vault was hidden by two houses in the village of Cochem in the slopes of the Mosel valley. None of the village residents knew about it. bundesbank-bunker.de/en/b…
There is a small titanium vault inside of Mount Rushmore describing the origins of the monument and some history on the United States nps.gov/moru/learn/photos…
There is an ancient masonry technology in Mexico who allows bricklayers to build vaults and roofs type dome using only their trowel, without formworks or ceiling mounts en.mexico.pueblosamerica.…
Prince hired Kevin Smith to make a documentary about him and then locked it away in a vault. youtube.com/watch?v=hZZom…
There is a massive emerald valued at $500 mil - $1 bn USD sitting in the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department vault because of contested ownership. The Bahia Emerald. wired.com/2017/03/curse-b…

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