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           TRIVIA TODAY - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 
       "Six Items a Day of Enduring Insignificance" 

Greetings Infomaniacs,

I just took the diamond ring my boyfriend bought me for 
Christmas to the jewelry store to be re-sized. It's always 
so chilly in my office that my fingers shrink, and I was 
afraid it was going to fall off. My friend went with me to 
drop off the ring, so of course we had to check out the 
other merchandise in the store while we were there! Not 
that I expect or even want a super huge diamond, but it's 
always fun to look. And now that I have diamonds on the 
brain, why not learn a little bit more about these sparkly 




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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: “Let us not be too particular; it is better to have 
old secondhand diamonds than none at all.”

HINT: (1835-1910), American humorist, writer and lecturer


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A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth, but 
if it is placed in an oven and the temperature is raised 
to about 1405 degrees Fahrenheit, it will simply vanish, 
without even ash remaining. Only a little carbon dioxide 
will have been released.


Diamonds are formed over a period of a billion or more 
years deep within earth's crust - about 90 miles deep - 
and is pushed to the surface by volcanoes. Most diamonds 
are found in volcanic rock, called Kimberlite, or in the 
sea after having been carried away by rivers when they 
were pushed to the surface.


A diamond is 58 times harder than the next hardest mineral 
on earth, corundum, from which rubies and sapphires are 
formed. It was only during the 15th century that it was 
discovered that the only way to cut diamonds was with other 
diamonds. Yet, diamonds are brittle. If you hit one hard 
with a hammer, it will shatter.


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The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan, found in 
South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It 
was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 
carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 
carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless color 
and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.


Not all diamonds are white. Impurities lend diamonds a 
shade of blue, red, orange, yellow, green and even black. 
A green diamond is the rarest. It is not the rarest 
gemstone, however. That title goes to a pure red ruby.
Diamonds actually are found in fair abundance; thousands 
are mined every year. 80% of them are not suitable for 
jewelry - they are used in industry. Only diamonds of 
higher clarity are sourced to the jewelry stores.

A diamond carat differs from a gold carat. The gold carat 
indicates purity - pure gold being 24 carats. One diamond 
carat is 0.007055 oz. The word carat derives from the carob 
bean. Gem dealers used to balance their scales with carob 
beans because these beans all have same weight.


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                  *** Weekly Mind-Scrambler *** 

I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will,
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.
What am I?

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QUOTE: “Let us not be too particular; it is better to have 
old secondhand diamonds than none at all.”

ANSWER: Mark Twain

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