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Friday, 23 November 2012

$300,000 worth of gold dust found in home during HVAC installation -

$300,000 worth of gold dust found in home during HVAC installation - 

Sacramento homeowners called for what was going to be an expensive new heating and air system but ending up striking gold.
Workers installing the equipment found a secret gold stash hidden away in the house. They pride on customer service at Clark & Rush, but this is one guarantee they say they can’t make, finding gold on every house call. 

The total value of what they found was $300,000 worth of gold. The total cost of the HVAC installation was around $6,500. After hundreds and hundreds of HVAC installations, Steve Ottley said the jackpot discovery was one of a kind. “I still can’t believe it today,” he said. “It’s unreal. We kind of just looked at each other and said ‘wow’.”

Back in September, beneath the floor grille of an older home, Steve and his partner discovered 12 baby food jars filled to the brim with gold dust. “I looked at it and said, ‘I think that’s gold,’” he said. Clark & Rush has been in Sacramento for 50 years and they’re celebrating their golden anniversary. But don’t expect a guarantee of “gold after every installation.” 

“That’s one promise we can’t make, but I can say this, the integrity and professionalism of Clark & Rush, every time we find this type of thing, we are always trustworthy and upfront,” Mark Thyne said. Where the gold came from is still a mystery. The lucky homeowners didn’t want to be part of the story, but we’re told they’re handling their new gold just fine.


Sweet tooth thieves steal 18 tons of Austria chocolate -

Sweet tooth thieves steal 18 tons of Austria chocolate - 

Thieves with a huge sweet-tooth have driven off with 18 tons of chocolate in Austria.
State broadcaster ORF says on its website that the driver of a Slovak tractor trailer loaded the 33 pallets of milk chocolate onto his vehicle from the producer in the western town of Bludenz earlier this week — supposedly to deliver an order from a company in the Czech Republic. But, police in the westernmost province of Vorarlberg say that the license plates and papers of the Slovak truck and driver were apparently counterfeit.
The trip should have taken less than a day, but as of Friday — four days after the truck was loaded — the delivery was still outstanding.
Police are investigating.


Spire for 1 WTC making its way to New York City by barge from Canada -

Spire for 1 WTC making its way to New York City by barge from Canada - 

The giant spire that will top 1 World Trade Center is making its way to Manhattan from Canada.

The spire is divided into 18 sections that weigh between five tonnes and more than 67 tonnes. Eight of the sections are being transported via barge from Canada on the Atlantic Salvor.

It left Quebec on Nov. 16 and is expected next week at Port Newark in New Jersey.

The remaining sections are expected to arrive via truck in mid-December.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the World Trade Center site, says progress of the barge and the spire can be tracked online: http://bit.ly/UWwvio.

Once the 125-metre spire is installed, the tower will stand 541 metres tall, making it the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority says it will take about three months to install.


Those interested can follow the barge’s journey via the WTC Spire Tracking Web site.