Couple stumbles upon 8 rusty cans in their yard, open them up and instantly start shaking

A Northern California couple was walking their dog on their property one day when they spotted something unusual on the ground. They decided to stop and investigate, and soon made a discovery that would change their lives.

The couple had been walking this same path for many years and had never found anything unusual. But on this particular day, the woman spotted a rusty old tin can sticking up out of the ground. Many people wouldn’t have given it a second look, but she’s certainly glad she did…

As it turned out, that old tin can was filled with rare, solid gold coins that dated back to California’s Gold Rush days in the 1800s. And that was just the first discovery. They soon learned that there were seven more cans just like it.

Needless to say, the couple was absolutely stunned by their findings.

In total, the cans contained more than 1,400 gold coins dated between 1847 and 1894. All were in pristine condition and the total estimated value of this lucky find was an astonishing $10 million. According to CBS News, Don Kagin, a veteran numismatist who represented the couple, said,

“. . . you don’t get an opportunity to handle this kind of material, a treasure like this, ever. It’s like they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

The couple, who wanted to remain anonymous to protect their privacy, put the coins on the market, leading to sales figures most people could only dream about. It was estimated that the most valuable of the coins could be worth as much as $1 million, just by itself.

The couple decided to use the proceeds of the sale to pay off some bills and then donate the rest – quietly – to benefit charities in their community. In his interview with CBS News, Don Kagin described a few words that the woman had for other would-be fortune hunters:

“Don’t be above bending over to check on a rusty can.”

Learn more about this couple’s amazing good fortune by watching the video below!

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Things take a sad turn after stranger pays single mom’s $200 grocery bill

A San Diego woman says she is heartbroken after learning that the man who offered to pay her more than $200 grocery tab passed away just 24 hours later.

Jamie-Lynne Knighten only met Matthew Jackson briefly. She was grocery shopping at a local Trader Joe’s when her credit card was declined due to an anti-fraud block, NBC 7 reported.

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With her 5-month-old baby boy crying in her arms, and a mounting line behind her, Knighten struggled to get her credit card company on the phone.

“[My baby] just wasn’t having it,” Knighten told NBC 7. “By the time we got to the check-out, I was done.”

That’s when Jackson stepped in and offered to pay for the woman’s groceries.

Knighten refused Jackson’s offer at first, but the 28-year-old was persistent. He asked her again, and Knighten said she could tell that he genuinely wanted to help her.

She accepted Jackson’s offer, which came under one condition. He made her promise that one day she would do the same for someone else.

“It just felt like this huge hug, this great big bear hug,” Knighten told the LA Times.

The married mother-of-two couldn’t get Jackson and his random act of kindness out of her mind. She remembered that he mentioned working at a local LA Fitness Gym, so she called to let the manager know what a good guy Jackson was.

“That’s when [the manager] started crying,” Knighten told NBC 7.

The manager, Angela Lavinder, informed Knighten that Jackson had been killed in a car accident. The crash occurred less than 24 hours after his good deed.

“She said it was Matt and my heart just dropped because he had just passed away,” Knighten said. “It broke my heart because – what a beautiful person.”

Jackson was with two others when the vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree, according to reports. The two other people survived.

“I still cannot believe it,” Knighten wrote in a Facebook post, according to the LA Times. “I thought for sure I would get the chance to see him again, give him a hug and thank him at least once more in person.

“Now I won’t get that chance, but more importantly no one else will get the chance to meet him. And that breaks my heart.”

Despite the tragic news of Jackson’s death, Knighten said she will honor his legacy by continuing to pay it forward and encouraging others to do the same.

“It is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time,” she added to NBC 7. “We are trying to turn something sad into something really good.”

Knighten has since started a Facebook page and a Twitter page to honor Jackson’s legacy. They are both aptly named, “Matthews legacy.”

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The dangerous reasons why plastic bottles ought not to be re-used

While we all concern about our health and proper hydration, there are hazards we do not notice. Taking a bottle of water with us no matter where we go, and giving our kids a bottle to school, we need to avoid using the same plastic.

Those are not recommended to use twice by manufacturers, and here are few reasons why:

1. The reuse of plastic bottles such as washing them again and again, letting them scratch and rub against furniture, inside bags, car/bus seats lead to plastic breakdown. The small scratches appeared on the bottle create a perfect place for bacteria generation.

2. Inside of plastic bottle can not be washed so well. Together with hot temperature and moist left inside it makes an environment for bacteria growing, creating risk for our health.

Those can be poisoning, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Putting the bottles in the dishwasher will not solve the problem, but create chemical breakdowns getting in touch with hot water.

3. Even proper washing is not an insurance against preserving your health. Plastic contains chemicals which harm your hormonal balance. Those may affect the water quality.

4. All types of viruses, and also Hepatitis A may be caused by drinking from the same bottle over and over again.

The top of it is extremely settled with bacteria, as we touch it with our mouth constantly, open the cap with dirty hands. While the same can happen with glass bottles, they can be thoroughly washed, but the plastic ones tend to preserve bacteria anyway.

There are the alternatives you can use, and still have your 8 glasses of water every day, as recommended.


Use glass or stainless steel. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, metal bottles will prevent toxins from getting into your water, you can refill it with tap water and still enjoy the taste.

You are not safe anymore using plastic, so consider the other choices and invest in your health in advance.

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8 foods that might not be so popular today were it not for the Great depression

There are so many meals that families ate during the Great Depression that stretched the grocery budget as far as it could go. While many of these foods were eaten by small numbers of people in the U.S. before the Depression, they didn’t catch on until folks were looking for ways to more efficiently feed their families. At the same time, farmers were looking to increase their profits where they could.

With the most desirable foods going scarce during the ’30s, new recipes made the best of the food that was available. And, like any good recipe, they got passed down over the years. Here are 8 foods that might not have become commonplace were it not for the Depression.

Grapefruit

Not widely eaten before it was provided as part of public assistance in the ’30s, grapefruit fulfilled the nutrition requirement for vitamin C and was at first only begrudgingly accepted as an edible citrus fruit. Recipes called for searing or boiling the grapefruit. But, as more people came to eat this food, it became a normal part of our diets.

Casseroles


They were an invention of necessity: combining ingredients to make the most of every meal. It meant stretching premium ingredients like protein and veggies. And, cleverly, casseroles could disguise bland canned vegetables or canned meat and turn a ho-hum dish into something that had appeal for the whole family.

Chicken & Dumplings


Just like chicken soup, you can use a tough old chicken for this American staple and it relies heavily on flour which is cheap. While already eaten widely in the South by sharecroppers, the popularity of chicken and dumplings spread far and wide. Now it’s a staple comfort food for many families, North and South.

No-bake Pies


Your mother might have called them refrigerator pies. The preparation of pies using fruit juices and gelatin or pudding meant a reduced cost over fresh fruit. And, it meant less preparation time. Of course, only families with a refrigerator or icebox could partake, but these pies would become a family favorites, especially in summertime.

Many Depression-era foods had to be economical and great taste was not always the main factor in creating new recipes. So, when novel foods came along, many wives and mothers jumped at the chance to make something different. And, even in the midst of food shortages, convenience foods were beginning to pop up as they sometimes saved money over fresh foods.

Government initiatives like Aunt Sammy’s radio program aimed to educate the public on how to create nutritious and inexpensive meals. This meant new recipes were widely disseminated and the tastiest of cheap dishes soon became old favorites.

Fried Egg Sandwiches


Obviously, someone thought up the egg sandwich before the Depression hit. But, they became a popular substitute for meat sandwiches due to their low cost and ease of preparation. Now they a regular at many breakfast tables and restaurants.

Hamburgers


While fast food existed before the crash, fast food chains thrived during the Depression because their burgers were cheap, creating the vast market for fast food we now have.

Broccoli


Searching for ways to increase profits, Japanese farmers in California in 1930 started cultivating a crop imported from Italy which most Americans had never heard of before: broccoli. It’s hard to conceive that less than 100 years ago broccoli wasn’t a commercially grown crop in the U.S. Just imagine if you’d never been told to finish your broccoli before you could leave the table!

Baked Apples
With only four ingredients, this dish is cheap dessert. While even spices were sometimes hard to come by during the Depression, most women usually kept some cinnamon on hand for baking. In the video below we get to see how they’re made from a woman who survived the ’30s and loved her mother’s

While it is possible that we would be eating these foods with the same frequency had the Great Depression not happened, the fact that these foods were either cheap or easy to make certainly made them more appetizing in a time of great poverty and food shortages.

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10 things you don’t see at the dinner table any more

Think back to what your life was like growing up; where did most of your memories occur? For many of us, several of the best memories took place at the dinner table. Family dinner was a place where you could come together with your parents and siblings and unwind from the day. Sharing laughs over mom’s delicious home-cooked meals, listening to dad’s cheesy jokes, and just being together as a family without distractions was something many of us cherished. Unfortunately, many of the traditions of family dinner that we grew up with don’t happen very often these days (if they happen at all).

We decided to look back at some of our most vivid memories of family dinner and come up with a list of things you just don’t see very much any more. If you grew up in the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s, chances are this will bring back a lot of memories! Some of you might still carry on a few of these happier traditions. And while we miss some of these ideas more than others, it’s always fun to reminisce on how things were, and to notice how much things have changed.

Setting The Dinner Table Before Each Meal
As kids, many of us had a chore list that included several household duties, one of which was setting the table each night! It was always fun to feel included in helping prepare dinner. Many of you probably still do this for special occasions, but we used to do it for every meal.

Placemats At Every Setting
Of course, setting the table wasn’t just about putting out the proper silverware, plates, and glasses. Each member of the family had their own placemat, and there was always a clean tablecloth covering the table. Often times these placemats were handmade by mom, and were beautiful, lace doilies or fun crocheted patterns.

Dressing Up For Dinner
While we would save our most fancy duds for Sunday dinners or special occasions, mom always made sure we were washed up and wearing a clean shirt before we came to the dinner table. We hated it at the time, but looking back, it was probably not very hygienic to wear the clothes we had been in all day while we were climbing trees and playing in the grass!

Sunday Dinner
Sunday dinners were the best meals of the week. Usually, mom spent a lot of time fixing up something special (my personal favorite was her pork chops). The family was home all day, and before we ate we would go upstairs and put on our Sunday best. Sometimes, extended family would come over, and it was just great to have such a semi-formal gathering each week.

Proper Table Manners
Using proper dinner etiquette was a requirement in my house, especially if we had company. A few things I still do this day include putting the napkin in my lap, saying excuse me if I had to leave the table, never reaching across someone for a dish, and of course, chewing with my mouth closed. It seems that table manners are not nearly as much of a priority these days as they were when we were growing up. (No elbows on the table, young man!)

 

Eating Dinner Together At The Table As A Family

The thing we probably miss the most about what dinner used to be like is the quality family time we spent at the table. We rarely ate in front of the TV, unless it was a special occasion. There were no cell phones to distract anyone, and you were “forced” to actually make conversation and discuss your day (shocking, right?!). This family time was some of the most cherished moments of my childhood, and it’s something we still try to enforce now that we’re older.

Cooking Everything With Lard
Maybe it’s the nostalgia, but if you ask us, nothing tasted better than mom’s cooking. Perhaps a reason for this was the liberal use of lard. In today’s health-conscious world, you just don’t see the use of lard as much as you used to. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but we grew up eating it and things seemed to taste just a little better back then!

Bread With Every Meal
Speaking of health-conscious, eating bread with every meal was the norm growing up. Again, this is something that hasn’t disappeared all together, but you just don’t see it as much. Usually we had a nice serving of vegetables to go along with our meal, but that piece of bread was great for soaking up any excess gravy or sauce that might’ve escaped the main course!

Finishing What Was On Your Plate
Being a picky eater was not a choice when we were kids, especially if your parents grew up during the Great Depression. You may remember how the menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. Of course, scarfing down your Brussels sprouts was a lot better than going to bed hungry.

After Dinner Cigarette
Now this may only pertain to a few of you, but we definitely remember a few times when dad would light up an after-dinner cigarette. Usually this was only on special occasions, but you have to remember how different the thinking on cigarettes was back then. Of course, we know smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health, so it’s for the best that this has faded away with time.

This concludes our list of things you just don’t see at the dinner table anymore. We hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane!

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The guys from american pickers find some buried treasure during a pick in an attic

Do you love American Pickers? Do you like the idea of looking through old junk in search of some buried treasure? Do you hope to one day accidentally run across something that’s worth more than you can even imagine?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you’ve come to the right place.

In this video, Mike and Frank from American Pickers dive deep into an attic full of boxes in search of a hidden gem. Sometimes they come out of their picks with little to show for their efforts, but this time they’re about to hit the jackpot. Don’t you wish you were there with them?

After digging through box after box, Mike comes across what he considers buried treasure: a gorgeous collection of costume jewelry!

While it may not look like much at first glance, this stuff is worth a lot to Mike and Frank, who can sell it again in their shop.

Don’t you just love costume jewelry? Get a closer look at his find in the following clip and find out how much they’re willing to offer the gentleman who owns the attic full of junk.

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Can you guess what this item was used for? It’s actually quite clever (and fun)!

You’ve seen items similar to this, we’re sure. It looks like a simple crystal vase, right? Well, if that was your first thought, you’d be wrong.

Although this piece is meant to hold liquids, it actually has a hole on both ends. How the heck is that supposed to work? Have you figured out what this thing is yet?

If you guessed punch glass filler, then you’re correct! The way it works is actually quite simple; it functions just like a kid playing with a straw in a drink, except with an upscale sophisticated twist!

First you put the filler into the bowl of punch with the bigger end down. Then you put your thumb over the top of the filler where the smaller hole is. This creates some suction that causes the punch to stay inside the crystal even when it’s lifted out of the punch bowl. And then you have a handy, transportable amount of punch to fill up your cup with! Get a closer look at the video below.

Just be sure not to let your thumb off the top too soon!

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Do you own any cameo jewelry? If so, here are some things you should know!

Cameo jewelry is for more than just dressing up your Halloween costume this year. Time to dig through your jewelry box and see if you have any of these special pieces. If you happen to own any, here are some things you should know about them.

Cameo jewelry holds a special place in many collectors’ hearts, and for good reason! Cameo jewelry, which usually contains the profile of a person, is so artistic!

While it’s definitely been out of style for a while, it still has many purposes and plenty of value! Plus, the process of making this jewelry is fascinating, and each piece really captures a small part of history.

In the following video, Bryan Abbott of 310Antiques goes over some important things about Cameo jewelry, including the different types, a brief history, and what makes a piece special.

Check it out and let us know what you thought. Do you own or collect any cameo jewelry? Has this video changed how you feel about your precious jewelry and/or what you intend to do with it?

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12 things never to say to a stay at home mum

Being a mum is a full time job. It lasts for life with no pay and is pretty much 24-7.

Whether you’re a stay at home mum or you went back to work, the important thing is that it’s your decision and no one else’s. That said, there are certain questions that some people seem to have for stay at home mums in particular – debating their child’s social skills, for instance, or asking them how they actually fill their days (as if they’d last 24 hours in a stay at home mum’s shoes…)

Here are the things that you should never say to a stay at home mum. Never. Not once. Not even just to see.

Any of these sound familiar?

1. ‘If your children don’t go to nursery, they won’t know how to share’


Because you can’t possibly teach children how to share outside of nursery. Also, how many toddlers do you know who already know how to share perfectly BECAUSE they went to nursery? Not many, we’d wager.

2. ‘I’d be worried about my child’s social skills…’


Trips to the park, play dates, siblings, birthday parties… there are other ways of being social than have to just having to pay for childcare.

3. ‘When are you going back to work?’


If a stay at home mum want to go back to work, then great. But if they want to spend that time looking after their children rather than working, that’s just as inspiring and empowering. Back up with the pressure, people.

4. ‘So you’re a “lady of leisure”?’


Come and spend a day in my shoes, then we’ll chat.

5. ‘It’s not as hard as a real job though, is it?’


Well, that depends if you count being a chauffeur, a nurse, a chef, a cleaner, a teacher and about the million other jobs mums do every 24 hours as a real job?

6. ‘If your kids are at school what do you actually do all day?’


Oh you know, getting them up and ready for school all at the same time, driving to school, looking after them when they’re ill, all the cleaning, cooking, errands, after school activities, helping with homework. Apart from that, you know, not much.

7. ‘But childcare doesn’t cost that much’


Says the person who has somehow managed to put their child into a nursery in the early 1980s, clearly.

8. ‘It must put your partner under a lot of pressure to provide for both of you’


Staying at home to care for children is a joint decision, and SAHMs contribute a whole lot more than money.

9. ‘I’d be bored with all that free time you have’


Looking after children is full time, not free time. Did you mishear?

10. ‘So have you just given up on a career now?’


None. Of. Your. Business.

11. ‘I wish I had it as easy as you’


Just because you’re at home, does not mean it’s easy.

12. ‘Your house isn’t as tidy as I’d have expected for a stay at home mum’


If you want to try and keep it clean whilst feeding, clothing and entertaining this lot, be our guest…

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Washing laundry with aspirin may help remove yellow stains

Laundry is the №1 activity on the weekends. A pile of bed sheets, towels, and clothes certainly demand some attention. Moreover, the items that have stains or lost their color demand even greater effort.

Fortunately, those with experience in this area aren’t selfish when it comes to advising and have shared a brilliant trick using aspirin, which is easy, cheap, and effective!


What needs to be done?
Don’t get frustrated if your favorite clothes have acquired a yellow or gray shade. Acetylsalicylic acid can help you deal with the problem. Dissolve 5 tablets in 8 liters of water, then soak the clothes overnight or for 5–6 hours. After that, rewash in a washing machine as usual.

Aspirin will also put your colored linen in order. In this case, there is no need for a solution. Place your clothes in the washing machine, add 2 tablets and wash.

You will be amazed at the results! White clothes become white, colored clothes become bright and rich in color again.

Here is a visual explanation.

We’d like to clarify that this method is suitable for natural and synthetic fabrics. The essence of the action is that acetylsalicylic acid destroys protein molecules. If you draw an analogy, these tablets influence the blood the same way by diluting it.


The acetylsalicylic acid will also help remove blood stains from clothes. The rules are the same as with white clothes but in this case, the water should be cold, otherwise, the blood will stick deeper into the fabric.

A great method for everyone who has to do laundry! Most importantly, it helps you get rid of the need to buy expensive stain removers, helping you to save money!

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