A South Korean firm reportedly discovered the wreck of a sunken Russian Imperial Navy cruiser reportedly carrying $133 billion worth of gold a mile off the South Korean island of Ulleung.
The vessel Dimitrii Donskoi, which sank during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, is believed to contain an entire flotilla’s treasury meant to cover port expenses and pay the salaries of sailors and officers, based on historical accounts. Its reputation has made it a coveted target for many treasure hunters in the past.
A Chinese clothing designer became an internet sensation after sharing a photoshoot featuring the beauty of the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from 618 to 907 CE.
The idea and inspiration came to designer Ao Luojia one day when she saw a piece of Tang era pottery during her visit to the Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an, northwest China, according to Shanghaiist.
In a once-popular commercial for Calgon detergent in the 1970s, a curious housewife probes the Chinese owner of the local laundry for the answer to one of the world’s eternal mysteries: “How do you get shirts so clean, Mr. Lee?” After peering over his shoulder (so as to be sure that his not-so-discreet wife isn’t standing near) the man turns back around, raises a finger to his lips and says through a smile, “Ancient Chinese secret!”
While the answer to the question posed to the laundry owner by the woman was a closely guarded secret — one that his sweet, no-nonsense wife happily ruined — it was neither ancient nor even Chinese in origin. But the TV spot famously tapped into one of the most enduring legends about the country whose Ming Dynasty rulers had a 16-to-26 foot wall built around it: the age-old traditions of secrecy. And what happened in China very often stayed in China.