Some of the best questions are the ones that can’t be answered. Sorry if that sounds a bit like a fortune cookie, but it’s true. The other day I stumbled upon a question that nobody could possibly answer, but it still stuck with me for days.
The always interesting Cheers UK (who I have given props to before) asked the community for their best estimates as to the value of all the sunken treasure at the bottom of the ocean. Now think about that for a moment. All of the sunken treasure. Would it be millions of dollars? Billions of dollars?
Knowing my best efforts would probably be fruitless, I still went and searched for an answer. I found an article from MSNBC on a recent discovery of treasure at the bottom of the Atlantic. Explorers brought it to the surface and found the loot to be worth $500 million bucks. Not a bad haul, but compared to all that’s out there, really just a drop in the bucket.
After some more searching, I found pay dirt. Well, kind of. An article from CNN estimates that the value of treasures under the world’s oceans range from billions to trillions of dollars. Furthermore, the article speculates that new technology will help folks recover nearly all that loot over the next “10 to 20 years.”
For some reason, all that treasure being brought to the surface strikes me as kind of sad or unromantic. But, on the bright side, at least we’ll finally have an answer to Cheers UK’s question.
Thanks for reading,
p.s. — What’s the strangest “treasure” you’ve ever discovered? A $10 bill in your pocket? A really cool seashell? $500 million in ancient coins? What?
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