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May072014

109: It's Treasure-Hunting Time


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Pick up your shovel and get ready to dig into the world of hidden and buried treasure! Uncover facts behind the fictional golden city of El Dorado, the secrets behind Al Capone's "hotel," the real inspiration behind pirate treasure maps, and what would YOU put in a time capsule representing 2014? And just how well do you know your treasure-hunting movies? Chris is back from the desert and has a first-hand report on the legendary video game mystery of the famed Atari digsite!

ALSO: Exploding whale updates

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 36 seconds

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With regard to your section on the French Golden Owl, you may be interested to know that some 20 years earlier, a book entitled "Masquerade" by Kit Williams was published by Jonathan Cape in 1975. It contained clues to the burial place of a Golden Hare, which was eventually unearthed in 1982. Like many people, I purchased a copy at the time but never worked out any of the clues.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia Lavender

You mentioned Geocaching in this episode, and I thought it interesting that this week I just stumbled upon the largest geocaching movement I've ever heard of, and it's completely 'virtual'. The mobile only game 'Ingress' is basically a digital geocaching game, where you have to hunt for an opposing team's Portals, often spaced close enough that walking/cycling from one to another is highly encouraged, and you 'hack' the portal to collect the cache stored within, which you can use to more effectively hack other portals... It's being used as a weight loss tool for guys like me (overweight and need that 'gamification' element to encourage me) so it's two great tastes that taste treat together! Exercise and Geocaching, who knew?! Keep it up! BEST PODCAST EVARRRRRR!!!

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJosh Wardell

Just wanted to send in a little correction! You guys mentioned the lovely potentially-exploding whale out in Trout River, Newfoundland, but you mispronounced the name of our island province! It's said like NewfoundLAND, with the emphasis on the Land, rather than NewFinland or NewFOUNDland as you said. A helpful trick is to say "Understand Newfoundland" as they're pronounced the same! Also, it's pronounced correctly here in the first few seconds of this Youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHB32ll7Ce8 - the rest of the video is pretty interesting too, as we have our own... language... practically)

A lot of people tend to pronounce it wrong which is super frustrating for us Newfoundlanders! Spread the word if you could! You also can make it up to us by coming for a visit :)

Cheers!

PS: you guys rock!

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Linegar

Treasure hunting and pirates has always been a fascination to me, so this was an awesome episode for me. I also wanted to mention that, since it's graduation month for colleges and high schools all over the US, maybe you could do a segment or episode about school and graduation, maybe senior pranks or hijinks that happened at some graduations?

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

just a followup on my comment on the last episode, if you decide not to do an episode on witchcraft. One about books would be amazing, so much to learn about there

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdagny

Hi guys! When you started talking about buried treasure, I was hoping this would come up. In a vein similar to Masquerade or the Golden Owl, Byron Preiss published a book in 1982 called "The Secret: A Treasure Hunt." The book contained 12 pictures and verses that, when solved, would lead to a ceramic cask containing a key. Each key could be redeemed for an actual gem stone, stored in a safety deposit box. Preiss assumed these puzzles would be solved quickly, but actually, only two have been found in the last 30 years! Unfortunately, Preiss passed away a few years ago, so the true locations of these casks may never be found.

More info here: http://thesecret.pbworks.com

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElisa W.

Emm.... how frequent are these? It seems like you hit 100 6 months ago! Not to pressure you, but, I've been desperate! It's been getting to the point where I have to find..... OTHER PODCASTS!

May 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGabe

Hey guys, listen to your show every week. the show helps me out alot while im stuck in traffic jams. I loved the show; was wondering why you guys didnt talk about the Oak Island. Oak Island is noted as the location of the so-called Money Pit and the site of over 200 years of treasure hunting. Repeated excavations have reported layers of apparently man-made artifacts as deep as 31 metres (102 ft), but ended in collapsed excavations and flooding. Critics argue that there is no treasure and that the pit is a natural phenomenon, likely a sinkhole.
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May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyonel Arias

I've been working on "The Secret" for a while...here's what I came up with for the Charleston casque: https://jamesvachowski.com/2017/12/31/the-buried-treasure-of-sullivans-island/

January 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames V

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