Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/22/2014 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Found in Siberia on Friday the 13th in the light of a full moon, chunk has ominous properties

Finding an enormous chunk of gold in the wilderness would at first seem to be a stroke of momentous good luck. People aren't so sure in Siberia, however, A huge chunk of gold discovered there has been dubbed the "Devil's Ear" because of a lot of eerie coincidences. Discovered on Friday the 13th by the light of the full moon, there are a few things about the unique find that are more than just slightly - diabolical.

The discovery has prompted much excitement, as these finds rarely come singly.

The discovery has prompted much excitement, as these finds rarely come singly.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/22/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Devil's Ear, gold, Russia, Siberia


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The precious metal find was at first discarded by a sifting machine. It was only after an employee of the Ukhagen mine in the Irkutsk region's Bodaybinsky district saw what was a costly discovery. 

Newspaper reports say that the lump of gold weight seems sinister "- including three sixes - 6.664kg (14.69 pounds)." Depending on its purity, the chunk could be worth as much as $300,000.

See how you can fill in the gaps to world hunger -- by going here --

A huge nugget of gold, nicknamed the Devil

A huge nugget of gold, nicknamed the Devil's Ear because of its peculiar shape, was found by miners in Siberia on Friday 13th, as a full moon shone over Russia. Depending on its purity, it may be worth $300,000.


While a substantial find, the "Welcome Stranger Nugget" of Australia is largely thought to be the world's biggest gold nugget ever found. Weighing in at over 158 pounds, it was more than ten times the size of the Devil's Ear nugget. The Welcome Stranger Nugget was discovered near Dunolly, Victoria in Australia on 5 February 1869. The nugget was 24 inches wide, in contrast to the Devil's nugget which is only 8.3 inches wide.

The Welcome Stranger Nugget was melted down into ingots and shipped to the Bank of England.

Miners admitted that their machinery (pictured), meant to identify gold, cast the find aside. Instea

Miners admitted that their machinery (pictured), meant to identify gold, cast the find aside. Instead, a worker, who started to level the pile, found the nugget.


In regards to the devil's Ear nugget, "The nugget was found on Friday 13 June, coinciding with a full moon," a statement by local officials read. "The weight also favors secrecy - there are three sixes - and the shape is very similar to a pointy ear. So miners immediately called the find the Devil's Ear."

Officials admitted with some embarrassment that the mine's machinery, meant to identify gold, cast the find aside. "A worker, who started to level the pile, found the nugget."

The discovery has prompted much excitement, as these finds rarely come singly.

"If there is one, there will be a second and it is possible that very soon the Devil's Ear will have a brother.

Even the giant nugget

Even the giant nugget's weight seems sinister - including three sixes - 14.69 pounds. The largest nugget ever to be found - the Welcome Stranger Nugget - is around ten times larger at 158.78 pounds. Pictured is the Irkutsk region where the Devil's Nugget was discovered.


"The nugget was found in a new mine that according to preliminary estimate doesn't have that much gold," Sergey Kozlov, Ugakhan director, said.

"Now the miners are very hopeful that an old saying 'one nugget never walks alone' will work for them again.

"But first we will have to check the dropouts more carefully - to see what else the clever equipment threw away."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Asia Pacific

Woman accused of witchcraft axed by group of men in Papua New Guinea Watch

Image of Mifila was accused of spreading measles with black magic.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Despite a law against revenge killing for use of black magic, created in 2013, a woman has been axed by men in Papua New Guinea. Police are now searching for the men who committed the crime, according to the statement of a missionary who spoke with the authorities on ... continue reading


India's heatwave death toll rises: Six young boys drown in desperation to cool down Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the heatwave crisis in India continues, reaching a temperature of 48 degrees Celsius, more and more people are subduing to the desperation of cooling down. Unfortunately, six children were not spared, after jumping into the water and miscalculating the dam's depth, ... continue reading


India's blistering heat continues: Roadways are MELTING under the sun Watch

Image of India's roads are melting under extreme heat.

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Forecasters issued a warning that the extreme heat beating down on India will continue to get worse. About 1,100 people have already died from the killer heatwave, which had gone up to 45 degrees Celsius. Reports come that the road surfaces are actually melting because ... continue reading


A warning to China? Japan joins U.S., Australian joint Pacific exercise Watch

Image of U.S. Marines during operation Talisman Sabre in 2007.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Talisman Sabre, a major, biennial joint U.S.-Australian military exercise taking place in the Pacific, will gain a new and unexpected partner due to increased concerns over China's recent actions in the Pacific and the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


New labor law drastically sets backs children's rights in India Watch

Image of Poverty, analysts say, does not cause child labor -- it is the other way round. Child labor perpetuates poverty. When children work, they are actually doing what able-bodied adults should be doing.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Every country in the world has made strides in child labor - with the notable exception of India. Even latecomers who have made strides in sending adults to work, and children to school, such as Malaysia, have seen improvement. The current Indian government led ... continue reading


Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Tagle becomes first Asian Caritas Internationalis president Watch

Image of Congratulations, Cardinal Tagle.

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is the new president of Caritas Internationalis. The general assembly of the umbrella organization of Catholic charities elected the Filipino cardinal with 91 votes out of 133. Vatican City, May 14, 2015 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


Nepal hit with SECOND large earthquake - panic spreads rapidly Watch

Image of Many people were still trying to recover from the 7.8-magnitude April 25 quake.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nepal was hit with a second powerful earthquake, less than three weeks after the massive one that devastated many and left more than 8,000 people dead. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nepal's second earthquake is assigned with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, with ... continue reading


Chinese province orders crosses to be removed from outside churches Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Chinese law, giving authorities of the eastern province of Zhenjiang the ability to legally prohibit churches from mounting crosses on their rooftops, has been set up for approval. According to Yahoo News, authorities have already forced removals of crosses atop ... continue reading


American Nepal earthquake survivors denied rescue by five helicopters Watch

Image of An avalanche of boulders destroyed the remote village the American couple was visiting.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

American Nepal earthquake survivors, stranded in a remote village, were denied rescuing from a total of five helicopters, because they didn't have travel insurance. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Della Hoffman and her boyfriend Eric Jean, an American couple from ... continue reading


China brutally kills millions of babies with forced abortions Watch

Image of Many Chinese women are forced to have abortions.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In China, 360 to 400 million babies have been aborted over the past 35 years. Due to the country's intense and strict birth control laws, such as the one-child policy, many young lives have been taken. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Chen Guangcheng, a ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 51:12-20
12 And therefore I shall thank you and praise you, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11
8 The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 11:27-33
27 They came to Jerusalem again, and as Jesus was ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 30th, 2015 Image

St. Joan of Arc
May 30: St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter