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After retiring from truck driving in 1987, Teri Horton devoted much of her time to bargain hunting around the Los Angeles area. Sometimes the bargains were discovered on Salvation Army shelves and sometimes, she willingly admits, at the bottom of Dumpsters.
Even the most stubborn deal scrounger probably would have been satisfied with the rate of return recently offered to her for a curiosity she snagged for $5 in a San Bernardino thrift shop in the early 1990s. A buyer, said to be from Saudi Arabia, was willing to pay $9 million for it, just under an 180 million percent increase on her original investment. Ms. Horton, a sandpaper-voiced woman with a hard-shell perm who lives in a mobile home in Costa Mesa and depends on her Social Security checks, turned him down without a second thought.
Ms. Horton’s find is not exactly the kind that gets pulled from a steamer trunk on the “Antiques Roadshow.” It is a dinner-table-size painting, crosshatched in the unmistakable drippy, streaky, swirly style that made Jackson Pollock one of the most famous artists of the last century. Ms. Horton had never heard of Pollock before buying the painting, but when an art teacher saw it and told her that it might be his work (and that it could fetch untold millions if it were), she launched herself on a single-minded post-retirement career — enlisting, along the way, a forensic expert and a once-powerful art dealer — to have her painting acknowledged as authentic by scholars and the art market.
"Could Be a Pollock; Must Be a Yarn," by Randy Kennedy, The New York Times, November 9, 2006
Where is the provenance???
"Provenance" is a list of the previous owners of a work of art, tracing it from its present location and owner back to the hand of the artist. Provenance has many uses: It can help to determine the authenticity of a work, to establish the historical importance of a work by suggesting other artists who might have seen and been influenced by it, and to determine the legitimacy of current ownership.
- What is provenance research? - Association of Art Museum Directors
- Provenance Resources Online - The Museum of Modern Art
- Provenance Research - The Getty
- Metropolitan Museum's Provenance Research Project
- Provenance Research - Princeton University Art Museum
- Museum Provenance Research - Google
- Nazi Era Provenance - American Association of Museums
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"Olny srmat poelpe can," TEDblog, November 12, 2005
- Summary of "The Significance of Letter Position in Word Recognition," PhD Thesis, 1976, Nottingham University, by Graham Rawlinson
- "Reibadailty," by Graham Rawlinson, New Scientist, May 29, 1999
- "the science behind this meme," by Matt Davis, October 30, 2003. A page with versions in different languages and many links to various aspects of letter randomization.
- "University researchers demonstrate the order of letters within words is unimportant to reading comprehension." Snopes, September 23, 2003
1) From Russell Roberts (no relation):
What proportion of the American labor force earns the minimum wage or less and what is the standard of living of the average American today relative to 100 years ago?
2) If you placed
one penny on the first square of a chess board, two pennies on the second square, four on the third, etc.
and kept doubling the pennies on the next square, how much would you have after doubling the pennies on the 63rd (the next-to-last) square of the chessboard?
3) Are disasters good for the economy?
You can click "Read More >>" after jotting down your answers ...
1) Less than 3% of the American population earns the minimum wage or less, and "the average American is at least five and maybe 30 times better off than we were in the good old days." That's 500% to 3000% better off ... "Knowledge Deficit," Econoblog, The Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2005
2) The power of compounding means you'd end up with $92,000,000 billion ... and that's real money, even in Washington ... it's also why you want to start saving early in your working life ... "Economic Growth," by Paul M. Romer, The Library of Economics and Liberty« Close It