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Poor Fisherman Finds Extremely Rare Pearl Worth $330,000 While Searching for Food

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A fisherman from a poverty-stricken village in Thailand has managed to hit pay dirt after finding a stunning and rare orange pearl worth more than $330,000 that was just sitting on the beach.

Hatchai Niyomdecha, 37, was walking along a beach in the Si Thammarat province in the Gulf of Thailand last Wednesday, collecting oyster shells with his family, when he found an abandoned buoy dotted in shellfish that had washed ashore.

Hatchai and his 35-year-old younger brother Worachat Niyomdecha picked three shells from the buoy in hopes of getting a quick snack that they could prepare at home. However, after they took the shells back to their 60-year-old father Bangmad for a cleaning, they soon found out that they were in store for a much more luxurious snack than a few bites of fresh escargot.

It wasn’t long after their father set about cleaning the shells that he found a brilliant orange pearl, roughly the size of a dime and weighing 7.68 grames, in one of the shells. Hatchai immediately fetched his wife and two sons to show them the amazing find before going to have its value appraised the next day.

They eventually found out that the pearl wasn’t just your typical pearl one finds in an oyster, but was an orange Melo pearl. These extremely expensive gems are exclusively formed over the course of many years within the shell of the large Melo Melo or Volutidae sea snail, a gastropod native to the South China Sea. These unusual treasures can be found in shades ranging from a dull tan or brown to the tremendously rare and coveted tangerine-hued orange.

In this case, the pearl could be worth a staggering 10 million baht, or about $332,000 USD.

For Hatchai and his family, who have largely been living a hand-to-mouth existence as fisherfolk in their small seaside village, the discovery of the rare find is nothing less than miraculous – and they believe that destiny played some role in finding Melo pearl.

Hatchai believes that an odd dream that he had just days was actually a premonition of the life-changing discovery.

“An old man in white with a long mustache told me to come to the beach so I can receive a gift,” Hatchai told Viral Press. “I think he led me to finding the pearl.”

For Hatchai, the appearance of the old man wasn’t just a strange nightmare – but may have been divine intervention by a deity intent on improving the lot of his entire family.

Since discovering the rare pearl, Hatchai’s story has gotten nationwide and global exposure, resulting in several potential buyers approaching him with offers.

One wealthy businessman from another province offered to buy the pearl for a miserly one million baht, or about $33,000, but Hatchai’s family declined the offer.

A second luxury items collector boosted the offer to five million baht, but the family remained uninterested.

However, a third potential buyer from China with much deeper pockets is negotiating to buy the pearl for the expected price of 10 million baht, and is expected to fly out to Thailand to see the Melo pearl in Hatchai’s seaside village.

“I want to sell the pearl for the highest price,” Hatchai explained. “The money won’t just change my life, it will change my destiny. My whole family will have better lives.”

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Rare Creature Photographed Alive In The Wild For The First Time Ever

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Advances in the methods used by researchers to watch wildlife have allowed for the photographing of a rare creature whose image had never been captured in the wild before.

Researchers in the West African nation of Togo were able to spot the rare Walter’s duiker, a rare species of petite African antelope, for the first time in the wild thanks to camera traps equipped with motion sensors.

In addition to the Walter’s duiker, the camera traps were also able to discover rare species of aardvarks and a mongoose, reports Gizmodo.

At a time when the extinction of entire species is becoming more common worldwide, such devices should help conservationists not only preserve creatures sought by bushmeat hunters but also spot rare animals whose presence is elusive for human observers. In the past, biologists were forced to rely on the same hunters for information.

“Camera traps are a game changer when it comes to biodiversity survey fieldwork,” said University of Oxford wildlife biologist Neil D’Cruze.

“I’ve spent weeks roughing it in tropical forests seemingly devoid of any large mammal species,” D’Cruze continued. “Yet when you fire up the laptop and stick in the memory card from camera traps that have been sitting there patiently during the entire trip—and see species that were there with you the entire time —it’s like being given a glimpse into a parallel world.”

The Walter’s duiker was discovered in 2010 when specimens of bushmeat were compared to other duiker specimens. The new images of the creature are the first to have been seen.

Rare species like Walter’s duiker are often not listed as “endangered” by groups like the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to a lack of data.

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Formerly Homeless Man Enjoys New Life In First 3D-Printed Home In US

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A formerly homeless man is now enjoying his advanced years in a comfortable, entirely 3D-printed tiny home – the very first of its kind in the entire U.S.

Tim Shea, 70, has struggled for much of his life with substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness.

However, the previously unhoused man is now the first person to live in a 3D-printed tiny home, which is now being touted as a model of engineering and sustainability, reports Green Matters.

The 400-square-foot 3D-printed tiny home was printed by nonprofit New Story and construction technology company ICON in the Austin, Texas, area in March 2018 before Shea moved into the location in September.

In 2019, New Story and ICON have also printed a similar community of tiny homes in Mexico, hoping to make good on the use of the technology as a tool to provide homes to the extremely poor.

According to Shea, his new domicile has made all the difference in the world.

“When I found out I’d be the first person in America to move into a 3D-printed home, I thought it was pretty awesome,” Shea told NY Post. “The very people I used to run away from, I’m running to. If you’ve been on both sides of the fence, you know some people just need a little encouragement and support.”

From start to finish, the process of printing and assembling these homes takes only 48 hours and relies on only 70 to 80 percent of the raw building material that conventional housing requires.

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Company Will Pay $2,400 to Those Willing to Go On a ‘Digital Detox’ for 24 Hours

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The ongoing pandemic has left many of us staring at a screen for far too long, be it a television screen, smartphone, or computer monitor.

However, one company is seeking to find out whether we can make it through a full day without looking at a screen – and volunteers could receive a reward of $2,400 if they accept the challenge.

Reviews.org is hosting a new “24-Hour Digital Detox Challenge” that will allow participants to take the ultimate test of their ability to abstain from staring into the black mirror and report back the results.

“Are you burnt out from doom scrolling on your phone, re-watching old sitcoms, and trying to maintain your sanity during the pandemic?” the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company recently announced. “Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like American Ninja Warrior, but you’ve been too busy trying to beat Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat instead?”

The challenge is open to anyone 18 or older who is eligible to work in the United States, and the participants will be announced on March 29 on the company’s YouTube channel.

Upon being chosen, participants will be able to accept or decline the challenge after two weeks before picking a day that fits into their schedule. They can spend their day however they please, but they must agree to abstain for a full 24 hours from mobile devices, gaming devices, smartwatches, TVs, computers and other wearables as well as smart home devices. The digital display of your alarm clock, microwave, or other home appliances won’t count.

“Detox challengers” will also receive a safe to store their devices in, as well as a $200 gift card to purchase a tech-free survival kit that can consist of writing stationery, books, board games and other decidedly analog devices.

“We have a feeling someone out there needs a break,” the company wrote in its announcement, noting that since the start of the pandemic people have been staring at screens at an unprecedented rate. 

Those interested can fill out a short application for the challenge here, but do it quickly! Applications close on March 26. 

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