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Painting Sells For Record $90.3 Million

A single painting, English artist David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’, recently sold for $90 million at an auction. This is a record for a single painting for any living artist. A painting by the British artist David Hockney has fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the … Continue reading

Watching TV Without a License?

Did you know a licence is needed to watch ordinary TV in the UK? As an American I wouldn’t have believed this could be true, but it has been since at least 2003. The BBC is authorised by the Communications Act 2003 to collect and enforce the TV licence fee. Section 363 of the Act makes it … Continue reading

The $17 Million Dollar Shoes (of Doom?)

This is crazy. A pair of women’s shoes are now the new most expensive shoes in the world, valued at $17 million dollars. The new heels beat the previous $15.1 million record holder, shoes made of 24-carat gold painted leather and rare diamonds. Called “The Passion Diamond Shoes”, these gold and diamond-encrusted stilettos are believed … Continue reading

The Unlikely Story of Frane Selak

Some folks have super weird luck. In the past, we wrote about Bill Morgan, an Australian who came back from the dead then won the lottery twice, Roy Sullivan, who survived being struck by lightning seven times, and Radivoje Lajic, a Bosnian whose house was hit six different times by meteorites, or so he claims. … Continue reading

ComicCon Subscription: Amazon Prime Pulls a Fast One

Last night I could watch the SciFi series “Earth Final Conflict” with Amazon Prime Video, but this morning I cannot. Amazon Customer Care says I now need to pay for a subscription to a “Comic Con Channel” to finish watching the second half of Season 5 (after I watched the other 4 seasons), as of … Continue reading

Mining Asteroids: What to do with the Metals

Will NASA mine the core of a dead planet for quadrillion’s of dollars of nickel and iron? There have been unexpected discoveries on this planetary embryo found in our solar system’s Asteroid Belt. Named 16 Psyche, the bolide is one of the most massive in the Asteroid Belt, measuring 186 miles across and consisting of … Continue reading

Japanese Court: Father is “Sole Parent” to 13 Babies

Not many men have sole custody of 19 of their own children, 13 by foreign surrogate mothers. In the news is the case of a weathly Japanese man, Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was recently awarded sole custody of 13 children by surrogate Thai mothers. The ruling is not saying he is the only biological parent, rather … Continue reading

The Earth, in Part, Has a Golden Heart

Did you know the Earth’s core is estimated to contain enough gold to coat the planet’s surface with a solid layer 1.5 feet thick? Somewhere within is 1.6 quadrillion tons of gold by one geologist’s estimate. There is also likely 9.6 quadrillion tons of even heavier platinum, but the core precious metals are probably mixed … Continue reading

Man asked to re-enact lottery scratch win for TV won again, $250,000 on camera

How likely is this? A man’s heart stops, he’s in a coma, he wakes up, wins a car, then to re-enact that car win, accidentally wins 250k, live. Strangely enough, it’s true. Bill Morgan, a 37-year-old truck driver, was in an accident. He developed a heart condition, then had an allergic reaction to the heart … Continue reading