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"NOT the earrings! Not my shiney pearl earrings!" [May. 12th, 2006|01:34 am]
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Pliny the Elder says that Cleopatra made a bet with Marc Antony that she could spend the equivalent of two million dollars on a single banquet. Cleopatra won the bet when she dissolved her huge pearl earring in a tumbler of very strong vinegar. The pearl was one of the largest in the world and very, very valuable. She was about to dunk the other earring when the referee called a halt, declaring her the winner. Scientists have subsequently proven that pearls do not dissolve in vinegar. Nonetheless, the story does stand as a testimony to Cleo’s profligate ways and theatricality.
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[User Picture]From: bigtyper
2006-05-11 11:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome! First comment!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 09:37 am (UTC)
lol. Awesome because you have the first comment, or awesome because you find the story interesting?
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[User Picture]From: benchilada
2006-05-11 11:38 pm (UTC)
Everything dissolves in vinegar, especially hate.
Scientists are full of shit.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 09:41 am (UTC)
lol. Okay. ;)
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[User Picture]From: faerie_mistress
2006-05-11 11:42 pm (UTC)
Surely said vinegar would have to be consumed before it could be counted...

I think I prefer the gold leaf stirred through wine or aspic idea. Mmm, metallic.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 09:43 am (UTC)
Gold leaf's sooo pretty. And so fun to touch.
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[User Picture]From: mazaskaneko
2006-05-12 01:01 am (UTC)
hahha wow....wish I had pearl earrings like that to waste! go cleopatra!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 09:45 am (UTC)
Seriously.
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From: tommiie
2006-05-12 03:45 am (UTC)
Didn't a Hollywood celeb do something along those lines with a table? He/She wanted a table worth a bazillion dollars but to be a showoff about it, instead of buying a good table, they took two bits of glass, sandwiched a bazillion dollars between them and slapped four legs on it.

Similiar idea, but I don't know the specifics - maybe somebody can clear it up?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 09:47 am (UTC)
Never heard of that, but wow. That's kinda stupid.
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2006-05-12 05:22 am (UTC)
thats a lot of money...damn. what did she get if she wont the bet?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 10:00 am (UTC)
I really don't know. lol.
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[User Picture]From: coeur_dguenille
2006-05-12 06:53 am (UTC)
I love that story. I would totally do that.

Randomosity rules...I'm so glad you found me! :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 11:37 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I did too! I'm glad you're enjoying. :)
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[User Picture]From: lynphoenyx
2006-05-12 07:57 am (UTC)
What an idiot! I've always been for Cleo's strong woman ways, but that's just stupid! I'd rather she got into a catfight over Cesaer instead of ruining beautiful jewelry. Ugh and the waste! What kind of ruler was she to do that instead of use the money for her people.

Other than that rant :D your opening made me think of a movie called The Pearl Earring
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[User Picture]From: jewddha
2006-05-12 08:08 am (UTC)
Makes me think of some vestigial memory of (maye) Egyptian decadence about drinking a wine vinegar with dissolved pearls in it, jsut because they could.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 07:04 pm (UTC)
What other reason would there be for drinking it? ;)
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[User Picture]From: reenie72
2006-05-12 10:28 am (UTC)
Ingenious and all, but did she win what the earring was worth in the bet?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 07:08 pm (UTC)
I highly doubt it. :/
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[User Picture]From: sapphirezelda
2006-05-12 10:51 am (UTC)
This has got to be one of the most random things you have ever posted...lol.
My lit. class just started reading Julius Caeser (which IS a bore)but it's funny because now you are talking about Cleopatra and Marc Antony..lol...<3
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 10:53 am (UTC)
Aww, I don't think old JC is a bore. I like him. :)

And yeah, it may be up there. ;)
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From: lostways
2006-05-12 11:29 am (UTC)
It was probly a big ball of suger or salt that was back together to look like a pearl
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
That would be wise.
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-05-12 03:39 pm (UTC)

Yay history!! lol.

Wow...I didn't know that. lol.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-12 07:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay history!! lol.

Well, it's not exactly common knowledge.
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[User Picture]From: 4sakencarapace
2006-05-13 10:32 am (UTC)
Wow, I guess the only feasible conclusion is that Cleopatra was magical and could defy the Laws of Chemistry.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-13 11:02 am (UTC)
LOL! Absolutely!
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[User Picture]From: actionjack
2006-05-13 10:45 pm (UTC)
Why was there a referee for a bet about spending money? Who did they appoint... her treasurer?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-14 06:42 am (UTC)
lol! I don't know! I thought it was a bit strange too.
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