Sunday, August 30, 2015

4.5 Million In Lost Treasure Found Off The Florida Coast

July 24, 1715 a fleet of 12 ships left Havana, Cuba to return to Spain with a cargo hold full of treasure. Just one week after setting sail, On July 31, 1715, the fleet was caught up in a hurricane off the coast of Florida and 11 of the 12 ships were lost to the storm after being pushed into the outer edge of a reef. Over 1,000 sailors lost their lives when their ships sunk into the Atlantic Ocean. But they weren't the only casualties that day, the treasure that was on its way to Spain was also lost to the seas. Since then, the occasional coin would wash up on shore from time to time sparking continued interest in treasure hunters that were hopeful to find the bulk of the treasure laying somewhere along the ocean floor.
Everyone dreams of finding buried treasure or winning the lottery, but very rarely does it actually happen.  However, 300 years to the exact day of the treasure being lost to the hurricane, a group of treasure hunters struck gold, literally. On July 31, 2015 over 300 gold pieces were found just 15 feet off the Florida Coastline and in only 8 feet of water. The gold coins were found by William Bartlett with his crew consisting of the captain of their boat, Jonah Martinez, and fellow treasure hunter Dan Beckingham.
The 350 gold pieces were sitting on the sandy floor, just 8 feet below the surface of the ocean.  They used the propeller of their boat to remove the top layer of sand from the ocean floor in order to reach bedrock, which is where these gold coins were discovered!
It took 5 exciting days to salvage what coins they could from the ocean floor. 
“We all enjoy doing this and we all know the odds when we’re out there and finding nothing,” Martinez said. “To be able to go and do that, and then succeed in something like that, is more than any treasure.”
It's hard to believe that such an amazing treasure was so close to shore and that it took 300 years to find. 
The Gold found by Bartlett and his crew is worth an estimated $4.5 million dollars. Bartlett commented that the gold coins were in such great shape, they could have fallen off the ship yesterday. 
Although the crew can't keep the actual gold in their find, it must have been extremely satisfying being able to handle and organize all this gold! 
Part of their discover included 9 larger pieces of gold called Royals. Prior to this discovery there were only a reported 20 Royals known in existence. These large gold coins were tokens given out by King Phillip V to other important people in the monarchy as a presentation piece. Each of the Royals are valued at an estimated $300k each
This picture shows the crew as well as Brent Brisben who owns the salvage company Queen's Jewels which owns the right to the 1715 shipwreck site. 

So far $6.5 million dollars worth of gold have been recovered from the disastrous fleet wreck 300 years ago, and there is about 400 million more yet to be discovered. Queen's Jewels owns the right to the wreck and hires subcontractors, like Bartlett and his crew, to treasure hunt for them.  The subcontractors are responsible for all expenses, which could add up to over $50k a summer searching for sunken treasure, but they get to keep a percentage of their find if they happen across any treasure from the 1715 shipwreck.  Brisben's company bought the right to this particular treasure from Mel Fisher who won a court battle in 1980 for the rights because Spain hadn't shown much interest on the lost treasure even though it originally belonged to Spain. However, the state of Florida did assert rights to any treasure found on their coastline. They get 20% which they will display in their museums!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Road Workers Found This Mysterious Box Underground (13 Pics)

Road workers in eastern China were given the task of widening a road in the city of Taizhou, in the Jiangsu Province. While they were digging a hole about 6 feet below the surface, they came across something completely by chance that no one was expecting to find. They hit something solid while digging and after a bit of research they realized that they had actually hit a buried tomb. not wanting to disturb or move it, they knew it was time to call in professional archeologists to unearth and reveal this mystery. After the archeologists arrived, they discovered that the chamber was over 700 years old. Luckily they documented the entire process and shared them with the world. Just wait until you see all of the pictures they took, showing the step by step removal of the tomb along with the opening of it.
Here is the tomb after it was unearthed. A team worked together to open the box without disturbing the contents.
The team prepares to see what was inside for the first time after being buried for over 700 years.
Encased in the stone tomb was a wooden box.
After opening the box, they found that the contents were rare silks and linens lying in some sort of brown liquid.
They discovered the mummy of a woman under all of these layers of fabric.
They were amazed to see the body and contents in near perfect condition after being underground for over 700 years.
They think the mummy was a high ranking member of the Ming Dynasty.
She was adorned with beautiful jewelry from that same time period.
The team carefully removed the woman out of her tomb for the first time since being mummified.
She was wrapped in many rare layers of fabric that would have been common for a high ranking member of the Ming Dynasty.
Whatever she was preserved in was remarkable. She even had her eyebrows still attached.
This close up of her shoes shows how well preserved her corpse was.
This is a rare find and with advancements in archeology today, she will stay preserved in a museum.

What Happens When You Get A Plane Turned Into A Boat (19 Pics)

Howard Hughes is an american business icon. He was one of the wealthiest self-made businessmen in the world during his peak. He was also just a super interesting and intelligent dude. He formed Hughes Aircraft Company and designed multiple airplanes. Hughes was an aviation innovator whose legacy still has an impact to this day. He used his access to top of the line aviation technology to set multiple air speed records. He was a film maker who had a knack for making some of the more controversial films of the day like Hells Angels (1930) and Scarface (1932). The guy is a business legend and accomplished some pretty spectacular things. He was also one of the first people to have an executive plane, pretty much a flying office. This thing was absolute luxury in the skies. Every modern amenity you could think of at the time was built into the plane, which there were only 9 of in the world. After Howard Hughes death however, the plane was taken to a plane graveyard and was left to rot away with the countless other planes kept there. Until another creative guy got a hold of it in 1969. Wait till you see what the new owner did with this piece of history. This repurposed plane turned into a boat is absolutely crazy!
This is a "Flying Penthouse", a Boeing 307 Stratoliner that has been modified for private VIP transportation. In fact, this is Howard Hughes personal "Flying Penthouse".
The cockpits on these planes were state of the art for their time.
In 1964 a hurricane rendered the plane inoperable. It was then moved to a plane graveyard to live out its remaining days amongst the husks and shells of other planes.
In 1969 the plane was bought as scrap for $61.99 by a man named Kenneth W. London, a local realtor and pilot.
Unable to make the plane flyable again, he cut the wings off and transported the fuselage to a local marina.

Kenneth then spent the next four years transforming this giant shell into something amazing.
He turned it into a fully functioning and incredibly unique looking motor yacht!
They decided to name the vessel "The Londonaire". It officially set sail for the first time in July of 1974. 
In 1981 the boat was bought by a man named Dave Drimmer. He renamed the vessel "Cosmic Muffin" after publication of Jimmy Buffett's novel "Where is Joe Merchant". The ship was even featured in a Jimmy Buffett Music video.
That is some luxury cruising right there.
The boat had to be extensively rebuilt and remodeled after Dave found out that the original hull was barely holding the boat together.
The original cock pit plane controls are what control the boat.
Two V-8 inboard motors power this incredible piece of restoration through the water.
This thing can hit up to 20 miles an hour in the water!
Dave Drimmer actually bought this boat as a live aboard house boat. I would never leave if I owned this thing. 
He does let people come aboard and tour the boat and take pictures for free however.
Dave now has plans for private charters, elementary education, and nonprofit fundraising projects.
This would be a pretty cool sight to see docked up next to the street. 
This crazy machine has seen a lot in the time it's been around.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Artist Used LSD And Drew Herself For 9 Hours To Show How It Affects Brain (11 Pics)

Countless artists have experimented with the effect drugs have on their work. User whatafinethrowaway, inspired by the “Nine Drawings” series which was the result of an experiment by the US government in the 1950’s, asked her friend to draw self-portraits while on LSD. The friend took 200µg of LSD and drew 11 self-portraits over nine-plus hours.
“She spent between 15 minutes and 45 minutes on each drawing,” writes whatafinethrowaway. “It didn’t seem hard for her to focus, I was actually quite impressed by that. She just loved what she was doing. I don’t know if the change of styles was on purpose or not.”

15 min after taking LSD

Before any noticeable effect.

45 min

« Are you feeling anything?
– Nope.
– Those are some bright colors !
– Yeah. That’s probably gonna get worse. »

1 h 45 min

2 h 15 min

« That was a good idea, buying coloured pencils. »

3 h 30 min

« I didn’t draw the eyes. Do you want me to draw the eyes? I don’t feel like drawing the eyes. »

4 h 45 min

« Here you go. I’m violet. »
Later: « Usually, I draw the eyes at the very end, because I don’t want the picture to look at me while I’m drawing it. Here, I didn’t want the picture to look at me at all. »

6 h

« I lost the black pencil. I only had the coloured ones. »

6 h 45 min

8 h

After 45 minutes in the dark, listening to some Pink Floyd, she started to draw again.

8 h 45 min

She didn’t seem quite satisfied with the last one, so she directly started this one: « During the previous one, I tried to draw what was inside my head, but in the middle of it, things were happening outside my head instead. »

9 h 30 min after taking LSD

While the effects were disappearing.
« Do you want to draw a last one? Like, a normal one?
– I’ll try. »

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