The biggest, sparkliest aquamarine — named Dom Pedro — will go on display this week at the Smithsonian. Today, The Washington Post tells its story, which began in Brazil:
When found, the Dom Pedro crystal stretched more than three feet long and weighed something close to 100 pounds. Sometime in the late 1980s a garimpero, or prospector, spied it. He and two buddies pried it loose and lugged it out of a mine in the state of Minas Gerais, famous for its gemstones.
And then, guess what? THEY DROPPED IT. But it turned out to be a blessing, or something, and a bunch of white people were still rich, including [...]
The Washington Post finally clicked on that cartoon woman who claims to have lost weight because of a weird old trick, and although it couldn't find her or figure out her secret, it did discover a labyrinth "of diet and weight-loss companies" that sadly turned out to be "bogus."
(I am teasing, but it's an interesting read if you've ever wondered what lay behind that woman's undulating door.)