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Comment: I remember an age old story of a man that robbed Ft Knox bit by
bit over the years. He rubbed the gold all over his clothes while he
worked there, then got the gold dust out of them. Over time he accumulated
a large amount of gold.

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El Chupacabra
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Was his name... Goldmember?? I love Gooooooooouuuuuuuuuuld!!!!!
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I hioghly doubt that this would work. Few people even get to go into the the fort know vault to begin with and even if you could rub gold onto yourself, it would be fairly obvious to the number of people that work there.

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I seem to remember hearing that they actually WEIGH you when you enter or leave, to ensure that you aren't secreting anything out of the area. I don't think you could secret enough gold dust to not be detected and have it still be worth it. I also think people would notice if you were suddenly sparkly, too.

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What about the guy who worked at the GM factory in Detroit and built himself a Cadillac by stealing one piece at a time? Smart, huh?

Pogue

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Pogue, that's a Johnny Cash song, "One Piece At a Time." It's not based on a real event.

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quote:
Originally posted by RelicMan:
I seem to remember hearing that they actually WEIGH you when you enter or leave, to ensure that you aren't secreting anything out of the area. I don't think you could secret enough gold dust to not be detected and have it still be worth it. I also think people would notice if you were suddenly sparkly, too.

I took a tour of the Asarco refinery in Amarillo (they refine Copper from 99% Copper to 99.9999% Copper) back in high school. In the process, they refine out a good bit of gold from the copper. The people who work there have to change clothing and wash before they are let out of the area. I bet Ft. Knox has a similar system.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sandman:
Pogue, that's a Johnny Cash song, "One Piece At a Time." It's not based on a real event.

Way to ruin another great urban legend. [Razz]
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The gold stored in the Depository is in the form of standard mint bars of almost pure gold or coin gold bars resulting from the melting of gold coins. These bars are about the size of an ordinary building brick, but are somewhat smaller. The approximate dimensions are 7 x 3-5/8 x 1-3/4 inches. The fine gold bars contain approximately 400 troy ounces of gold, worth $16,888.00 (based on the statutory price of $42.22 per ounce). The avoirdupois weight of the bars is about 27-1/2 pounds. They are stored in the vault compartments without wrappings. When the bars are handled, great care is exercised to avoid abrasion of the soft metal.

I doubt there's much "gold dust" floating around.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/fort-knox-depository.htm

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quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
quote:
Originally posted by Sandman:
Pogue, that's a Johnny Cash song, "One Piece At a Time." It's not based on a real event.

Way to ruin another great urban legend. [Razz]
Maybe not, but the car does actually exist.

It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56, '57, '58, '59 automobile...

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quote:
Originally posted by RelicMan:
I seem to remember hearing that they actually WEIGH you when you enter or leave, to ensure that you aren't secreting anything out of the area.

Reminds me of something in one of "The Hithchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" books. Something about it being vitally important to get a receipt every time you go to the bathroom [Big Grin]

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That's awesome. I never realized that they actually built that thing! Thanks for the pic.

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I am reminded of the guy that worked at a timber yard. Every night, he would take a wheelbarrow load of off-cuts to his car.

The first time, the security guard asked him what he was doing. He explained that he was just taking the off-cuts for his fire at home. The security guard poked through the barrow to ensure he wasn't stealing other things.

After a while, the security guard would just wave him through without checking the barrow.

This went on for many weeks, until someone noticed all the wheelbarrows were missing.

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Sorry for the slight hijack, but am I the only one here who read the title of this thread and thought "Okay - another rant on Bush and the expense of the war in Iraq" [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by El Chupacabra:
Was his name... Goldmember?? I love Gooooooooouuuuuuuuuuld!!!!!

Being more old school, methinks it was this man:  -

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I seem to remember hearing that they actually WEIGH you when you enter or leave, to ensure that you aren't secreting anything out of the area.
Sweat, toilet visits and so on would ruin that security.

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No, you just get your receipt for the toilet and they factor it in when they weigh you agian. Just don't lose the receipt!

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quote:
Originally posted by Delta-V:
quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
quote:
Originally posted by Sandman:
Pogue, that's a Johnny Cash song, "One Piece At a Time." It's not based on a real event.

Way to ruin another great urban legend. [Razz]
Maybe not, but the car does actually exist.

It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56, '57, '58, '59 automobile...

But they got the headlights wrong:

Now the headlight's was another sight
We had two on the left and one on the right

Unless the picture is reversed, but then Cash wouldn't be in the driver's seat.

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there is a sort of factual basis for this..

there was a guy at the australian mint who stole $155,000 in $2 coins by putting them in his boots..

see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4882560.stm

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When I was young and really dumb, I went to Ft. Knox to "take the tour." The soldier who stopped my car nicely informed me that there was no "tour." I turned the car around, then parked for a sec to take a couple pictures. The nice soldier started running toward me and yelling that I was not permitted to do that. I think the only reason he didn't confiscate my camera was because I had that vacant, dumb blonde look on my face.

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