Nosey Janitor Discovers Ancient Coin Collection

A German janitor who decided to take a peek in a box she had walked past a hundred times, discovered more than 170 ancient coins worth millions of dollars. Tanja Höls told The Local she was doing her normal rounds of storerooms in the Passau state library in Bavaria when she decided to open up the inlaid wooden box and see what was inside. “The box itself was fairly unspectacular, it looked like a big jewellery box, with lots of little drawers inside,” she said. “So I pulled open one of the drawers and there were some coins in it. And I pulled a couple more open, and there were more coins – lots of different ones, different sizes and different metals.” “There are coins there from ancient Rome and Greece, as well as from the Byzantine era, as well as medals from the baroque period and Napoleonic times.” The coins – silver, bronze and brass – were worth millions, he said. “We looked for similar ones online, and found that some which were the same but in much worse condition had been sold for considerable sums. Then there were coins that we have that are not recorded elsewhere.” He said the coins had simply been forgotten about. ‘No-one currently working at the museum knew they were there,’ he said.” w/ photo

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Santa Olympics

“Lassoing reindeer? Throwing presents down chimneys? It can only be the Santa Olympics.” — diagonaluk

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Italian Cat Inherits $10m Fortune

Tommaso, a four-year-old, one-time stray from Rome, is thought to have become the world’s richest cat. Since the death of his 94-year-old mistress last month, he has become a property magnate, or perhaps mognate, with flats and houses worth an estimated $10m scattered from Milan in the north to Calabria in the south. In a handwritten will, signed on 11/26/09, Tommaso’s mistress — the childless widow of a successful builder — gave her lawyers the task of identifying ‘the animal welfare body or association to which to leave the inheritance and the task of looking after the cat Tommaso’. One of the lawyers, Anna Orecchioni, told the Rome daily Il Messaggero they considered several organisations without getting adequate guarantees of the cat’s future comfort and welfare. In the meantime, the old lady met a fellow cat-lover, named only as Stefania, in a park. ‘Sometimes I’d go to her house so my cat could play with Tommaso,’ Stefania said.” w/ photo

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How Clever Can We Get?

“We put a lot of energy into improving our memory, intelligence, and attention. There are even drugs that make us sharper, such as Ritalin and caffeine. But maybe cleverer isn’t really all that better. New research suggests that we may have evolved ‘limits’ on our minds, such as faulty memories, almost as a defense mechanisms. Any new drug or technology that ‘raised’ human intelligence permanently could be dangerous. A new paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, warns that there are limits on how smart humans can get, and any increases in thinking ability are likely to come with problems. The authors looked to evolution to understand about why humans are only as smart as we are and not any smarter.” w/ photos

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Top 8 Home Remedies That Actually Work

“Nobody is naysaying the wonders of modern medicine — what would we do without a medication like penicillin to treat infections? But, as it turns out, everyday items have secret curing powers, too. Next time you don’t want to fork over money to get a common wart removed, consider using duct tape. Already popped two aspirin but can’t get rid of the headache? A pencil could do the trick. Here, get medical explanations behind a few bizarre—albeit brilliant—MacGyver-esque home remedies.” w/ photos

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