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100 Things You Will Never Find by Daniel Smith
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The Romanovs Imperial Easter Eggs
Lost Fossils of the Bone Wars
JFK's brain

This is a good book for taking in small bites. I read it, one Lost Item per morning, over breakfast. You get a picture or three, a page or two of text, and as often as not a reason to do some quick trips down the rabbithole of Wikipedia.

Holy Grail
Shakespeare's "Love's Labours Won"
Pythagoras's complete works

Some of these, of course, are debatable. It might be that Shakespeare's lost play, for example, was simply an alternate title of "Much Ado About Nothing". About others, like the Holy Grail, there is some debate as to whether they ever existed at all. But in each case, there is an intriguing historical mystery of one sort or another, fun to think about as long as you're not too attached to the idea of mysteries having a resolution. Some of these have had no resolution for millenia.

Formula for WD-40
Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari
Gene Roddenberry's ashes

Of course for others, there is not so much mystery, it's just that you can't get to them. Roddenberry's ashes were cast into space, per his wishes. Leonardo's lost painting's location is very well known, it's just that another (also very old and historically significant) wall painting is on top of it, and you can't get to the one without potentially damaging the other. The formula for WD-40 is known to a few people, its location is fairly well known, and in any case the rest of us can pretty well guess at the majority of it at least. But they each have a good story to go with them.

There is not any particular overarching theme to go with this book other than that: good, short, at least mostly true stories. They range from the ancient (e.g. King Solomon's Mines) to the medieval (the last panels of the Bayeux tapestry) to the modern (the MV Lyubov Orlova, a 21st century ghost ship). I am tempted to check up on them periodically, to see how often one of these things that will "never" be found, gets found. In the meantime, I will have to find some other source of bite-sized food for thought to read over breakfast.

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March 23, 2019 – Shelved
March 23, 2019 – Shelved as: red

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