Latest Odd News Items
A French champagne producer literally did hit gold in this way, when workers making repairs on his property, to an old building, brought a shower of US coins that had been carefully hidden away in the rafters of the room.
Latest Odd News Items
Can you imagine being part of a team knocking down an old house, only to be treated to a golden shower as your crow-bar bites into the ceiling of the room you are in? A French champagne producer literally did hit gold in this way, when workers making repairs on his property, to an old building, brought a shower of US coins that had been carefully hidden away in the rafters of the room.
Head of the Alexandre Bonnet champagne-producing firm Francois Lange described the treasure trove consisting of 497 $20 face-value gold coins minted between 1851 and 1928 and worth about $1million today. Half of the find will go the workers, half to the owner in what has to be the luckiest of finds, the treasure building a former grape-drying facility belonging to somebody trading in the 1930s with the USA.
In another twist on questionable toy releases, Mattel have abnnounced the William and Kate wedding Barbies, the royal pair shown with Kate wearing that Alexander McQueen designed lace white dress and William wearing his red Irish Guards uniform, of course.
Aimed at adult collectors, this royal pair will be on sale from April to coincide with the first anniversary of the couple, and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon for £99.99, or around $150.
Going back to being lucky, 36 year-old Ludovic Masciave was driving through his car through the French Alps - the Arly Gorge in fact -when he found the roof of his car caving in ov him as a TWENTY ton rock crashed down on it.
This unfortunate man, astonishingly, survived the impact, taken to the local hospital to recover. He recalls driving slowly at 40 - 50 km per hour when a sudden, terrible shock brought the vehicle to a jarring halt upon which he immediately lost consciousness. How he escaped from the vehicle alive, the entire vehicle crushed beneath that rock, beggars belief, the car so damaged that rescue workers couldn't even tell what kind of car it was, his injuries including flattened lungs and several broken ribs.
Another odd claim is that of a British excavation, saying they struck gold by discovering a site that may solve the mystery of where the legendary, biblical Queen of Sheba got her fabled treasure some three millennia ago. Sheba of those times spanned what today is Etheopia and Yemen, giving vast quantities of gold to King Solomon.
The team have unearthed an huge ancient goldmine, the ruins of a temple and the site of a battlefield in what was this ancient land, headed by Louise Schofield, archaeologist and former British Museum curator.
They found a 20ft stone slab, carved with a Sheba-style sun and crescent moon, beneath the stone an inscription in Sabaean, the language of the Queen of Sheba. Nearby found parts of a buried temple apparently dedicated to main Sheba deity moon god, was found.
Sheba, a thousand year-long 8th century BC civilisation that prospered, their queen immortalised in both bible and Qur'an, her image standing for divine wisdom in Turkish and Persian paintings, as well in medieval Christian mystical works.
A full excavation will soon be underway, but initial tests by the gold prospector who first brought her attention to the mine show that it is extremely large, and very possibly might turn out to be in reality the King Solomon's Mine of legend.