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GOLDEN GRATES,

BRIDGES GENERAL HISTORY

General Custer, wife, and ?

General (couldn't resist) Custer was called “Yellow Hair” by the Indians and died in 1886, at the battle of the Little Big Horn (or is that Big Little Horn). Custard (as far as DT knows, did not derive it's name from him, but did he derive his name from it?)

Gold is the first element mentioned in the bible.  

Croesus, King Of Lydia (Western Turkey), ordered the first gold coins In 550 B.C.

Following the Egyptians, the Etruscans in the seventh century B.C., used gold to hold substitute teeth from cattle in place in their patients' mouths.

The Golden Fleece that Jason and his Argonauts searched for was a sheepskin, which was used in ancient times to trap the fine specks of gold in a fast moving stream. Although the Golden Fleece they sought was said to be skinned from a winged ram and guarded by an invincible dragon, the search was probably a romanticized gold raiding expedition into Armenia around 1200 B.C. The fleece ship of Jason was called the Argo. DT wouldn't try to fleece ya.

Golden Fleece

Midas was called the "Golden King" in mythology. He was the King of Phrygia and had asked Dionysus that everything he touched be turned into gold. After even his food was being turned into gold, he asked the god to take his favor back. This was done by bathing in the river Pactolus, which thereafter had golden sands.

The Aztec word for gold was cuzticteocuitatl, which means "the feces of the gods". (no cuzticteocuitatl Sherlock?)  

Captain Kidd

Heinrich Schliemann was the great German archaeologist who made most of his money in the California gold rush before going to excavate Troy and Mycenae. The Russians took these treasures of Troy from the Schliemann museum in Berlin in 1945.

Captain William Kidd is said to have buried a treasure on Gardiner’s Island (off of Long Island) in 1696.

In 1717, Britain’s master of the mint, Sir Isaac Newton, first established a fixed price of gold. This gold standard would (heavily) influence the importance of gold.


Art Buchwald, seeing the steady drain of gold from Fort Knox in the 1960's, suggested the U.S. declare itself on the junked car standard.  Americans would have thirty days in which to turn in their old cars to the Federal Reserve, where they would be squashed to the size of a shoebox by a giant press. Since Americans junk cars faster than any other nation, their reserves would inevitably be the largest. The Russians and the Chinese, who don't have many cars, would be nowhere in the "running".

In 1936, Italy made an appeal for all women to turn in their gold wedding rings to help the government pay for the war in Abyssinia (Ethiopia).

Goldbrick is a term of ridicule, usually meaning someone who is trying to get out of doing his share of the work. This usage developed because of greed and corruption. One can actually follow the logic of this words development, backwords. At one time, a gold brick was actually a solid brick of  gold. But, as is usually the case when a buck can be made, games will be played. Anyway, some con artists began to coat ordinary bricks with a gold finish and then sell them to unsuspecting "dupes".

Tonite was a term that actually meant a blasting explosion..."here's Johnny".  
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In Japan, some businessmen believe that sitting in a bathtub fashioned from 143 kilos of pure gold built in the shape of a Phoenix and filled from a hot spring, will increase longevity.

And of course, who can forget the Golden Gate Bridge... and if you take the "g" out of bridge, you get bride, who should always get a band of gold...

While researching the Legend of the Lost Dutchman for the Goldbuster Guidebook that accompanied the Superstition Gold album, DoubleTake found many things about Gold.  NOTE: MANY OF THE WEB PAGES USED IN THE GOLD 'N STUFF SECTION HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THE GUIDEBOOK, BUT HAVE BEEN EDITED FOR THE INTERNET AND DO NOT NECESSARILY USE IN"CLUE" INFORMATION ABOUT THE DT'S SEARCH FOR THE GOLD.
Use the links below to find out more about what DT found.

GOLD 'N TRIVIA

AL CHEMY & HIS BANDS OF GOLD

GOLDEN GRATES, BRIDGES GENERAL HISTORY

LET'S GET PHYSICAL

BACK TO THE MINER LEAGUES

GOLD USES AND ABUSES ... or ... APPLICATIONS BEING EXCEPTED

BEAR MARKETS ... or ... PAWS FOR THE CLAWS

FLASH IN THE PANS & OTHER GOLD DIGGERS

GOLD SPOTS AROUND THE GOLDEN GLOBE

GOLDEN DO LITTLE'S - ANIMALS

 

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