Presently, I own a broken umbrella, a broken mop, a broken file cabinet, a broken fan, and a broken blender.
I also own an exceptional, well-built, robust, and stylish working umbrella, working mop, working file cabinet, working fan, and working blender.
All the broken items are made of cheap plastic, are new, and were manufactured in and imported from third-world nations where labor is cheap.
As many of us have figured out, it's not worth spending twenty dollars on a cheap plastic blender that only lasts six weeks, versus purchasing
a 1950s Waring blender that lasts a lifetime... more...
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You may have noticed, prices for metal objects at the hardware store, such as plumbing valves and compressors, pumps, and motors, are not getting any cheaper.
Antiques are made of the same metals as industrial tools, such as metals such as brass, bronze, tin, aluminum, steel, titanium, tungsten, copper, zinc, pewter, silver, and gold.
Brass is an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions... more...
Valuable Church Antiques Stolen And Sold For Scrap
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police say two men broke into a church and stole antique candleholders worth as much as $80,000, and then sold them for scrap for $100.
Police said Saturday the suspects were arrested this week following Monday's burglary at St. Anthony Catholic Church...
Antiquities, With A Proven Record, Drive Auction Market
The Egyptian bronze cat cast in the second or first century B.C. was helped by a historic provenance. The sculpture, which reached Paris by 1895, once belonged to an Egyptian statesman of Armenian descent, Nubar Pasha Nubarian, who died in 1899.
The seated feline, 34.6 centimeters, or almost 14 inches, high, exceptionally well modeled, is also unusually large. Its mesmerizing expression acted upon bidders with magic efficacy. At $2.02 million, six times the high estimate, the bronze set a world record for an Egyptian cat...
Bob Kraft Says Vladimir Putin Stole His Super Bowl Ring
Robert Kraft divulged bizarre details this week of his 2005 meeting with Vladimir Putin that resulted in the Russian president walking off with the Patriots owner's Super Bowl ring.
The New York Post reports Kraft explained the incident during a meeting in St. Petersburg this week. Kraft reportedly said he took the ring off to show Putin. He reportedly said the Russian president put it on and said, "I can kill someone with this ring," before putting the ring in his pocket and walking away.
Shortly after the incident, Kraft released a statement saying he gave the ring, which carried an estimated value of $25,000...
Mass. Pols Unveil Compromise Transportation Bill
State House and Senate negotiators agreed late Tuesday on a bill that would raise $500 million in new revenue, including hikes in gasoline and cigarette taxes, to shore up the state's aging and debt-ridden transportation system.
The legislation would also end the practice of borrowing to pay the salaries of state transportation workers and requires the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to formulate plans for putting tolls on additional state highways, including those near the borders of other states.
The Legislature, however, approved $500 million in new taxes, including a 3 cent hike in the gasoline tax to 24 cents per gallon and a $1 increase in the tax on cigarettes...
Window On Collecting Art & Antiques #3 - Vintage Books
Fine Artist and collector, Paul J. Katrich, talks about
collecting books, and he shows interesting examples. Vintage, rare and
antiquarian books can often be found at very low prices. Compared to computer
files, books can be collected as physical objects, to be held and enjoyed in
many ways. Beginning collectors can easily start a personal library.
Literature, nonfiction and instructional titles are shown. Book art is
displayed, including Gustave Dore illustrations in a copy of Dante's
The Jade Tree - A Typical Chinese Antique Shop
"Right now Chinese are buying back. we have more Chinese customers in Chinatown than we have American customers right now. They come everyday searching for Chinese antiques, and bring it back to China, because, uh, the value is higher over there, right now, than here."
Orders For U.s. Durable Goods Rose More Than Forecast
Orders for U.S. durable goods rose more than forecast in May, reflecting broad-based gains that signal manufacturing is stabilizing.
Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years climbed 3.6 percent for a second month, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3 percent increase. Excluding transportation gear, where demand is volatile month to month, orders advanced 0.7 percent, also topping projections...
Drywall From China Blamed For Problems In Homes
Real estate agent Felix Martinez thought he'd found his dream house when he bought the 3,500-square-foot beauty in Homestead, Fla., two years ago.
Then, he says, his large-screen TV mysteriously failed. Next, the air conditioner went. His bath towels smelled like rotten eggs. Visitors noted an odor in the house. Martinez says he's suffered new sinus problems and sleep apnea. His wife and son sneeze a lot.
The walls in the home, a recently filed class-action lawsuit alleges, were built with the same kind of Chinese-made drywall that tests have shown emit sulfur gases that corrode copper coils and electrical and plumbing components.
Things Could Get Ugly If U.s. Treasury Bonds Keep Rising
If yields on U.S. Treasury bonds keep rising, things are going to get very messy. As I write this, the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasures has risen to 2.51 percent. If that keeps going up, it is going to be like a mile wide lawnmower blade devastating everything in its path. Ben Bernanke’s super low interest rate policies have systematically pushed investors into stocks and real estate over the past several years because there were few other places where they could get decent returns. As this trade unwinds...
General Information Of Zinc
Centuries before zinc was discovered in the metallic form, its ores were used for making brass and zinc compounds were used for healing wounds and sore eyes. Brass was produced by the Romans in the time of Augustus (20 B.C. - 14 A.D.). By 1374, zinc was recognized in India as a new metal and at Zawar, India, both zinc metal and zinc oxide were produced from the 12th to the 16th century. From India, zinc manufacture moved to China in the 17the century. Zinc was recognized as a separate metal in Europe in 1546. In 1743, the first European zinc smelter...
Copper Mine Operation Prices Sky Rocket
Copper is a vital metal throughout the entire world. Chile produces one third of the world’s copper but the operation costs for copper mines is increasing quickly. The costs jumped twenty percent in 2010. For the time being the mines are fine because China’s demand for copper is also increasing. However,the situation is looking bleak in upcoming years. The jump in copper prices can be linked to the financial crisis that the Western countries just experienced. In London,copper is now $3.42 per...
British Silver Hallmarks
The British system of Hallmarking and the unbroken continuity of marks over the centuries is unique and a source of great fascination for many people. Much of the charm and interest in British silver hallmarks lies in their variety and individuality. However the main object of silver hallmarking was and is to...