The old news that’s new

January 7, 2015
Newspapers removed from a time capsule, which was placed under a cornerstone of the State House in 1795, sit in archival boxes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Newspapers removed from a time capsule, which was placed under a cornerstone of the State House in 1795, sit in archival boxes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

A silver plate made by Paul Revere, a centuries-old newspaper and a 1652 shilling: these are among the historical gems uncovered from a 220-year-old time capsule that’s just been unearthed in Boston.

Custodians unpacked the items, ranging from a bronze medal with George Washington’s likeness to colonial records, from a 10-pound brass box buried beneath the state house, Reuters reported. The items will go on display soon – but not for long: Officials plan to rebury the artifacts, along with tokens from modern time.

Read on for more stories that may have also gotten buried:

 

Hamm brings the bacon

It’s the divorce that won’t end: Tycoon Harold Hamm offers his soon-to-be-ex-wife a $974.8 million check – and she refuses to cash it.

 

Simpson case solved… no, not that one

A Heisman Trophy honoring O.J. Simpson is rediscovered after vanishing more than two decades ago.

 

Video: Not so plain vanilla

Extracting vanilla flavoring for ice cream and other treats is inefficient and polluting. But one researcher believes he’s found a better way to get a sweet treat.

 

Hazing hijinks? Think again.

Despite common assumptions, it’s actually middle-aged Americans – not teens or college students – who are most likely to die from alcohol poisoning.

 

Burned over fries

Venezuelans fume over the disappearance of french fries from local McDonald’s amid a nation-wide food shortage.

 

But hey, it could be worse

McDonald’s halts the sale of some Chicken McNuggets in Japan, after a roughly 4-centimeter piece of vinyl is found in one. In another incident, a customer found a human tooth in a french fry, leading one to wonder how big those french fries are. Enjoy lunch!

 

Gallery: A palate cleanser

Sorry for grossing you out. Enjoy some pretty pictures from the Hubble telescope and forget I mentioned the whole “human tooth in fries” thing.

The tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina. REUTERS/NASA

The tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina. REUTERS/NASA

 

Correction: This post originally misstated the amount Harold Hamm offered his soon-to-be-ex-wife. The post has been revised.

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