Henning Brand’s name might not immediately ring a bell, but we wouldn’t have a number of life’s simplest joys were it not for the 17th century alchemist’s lifelong quest to transmute urine into solid gold.
Stolen bed sheets are part and parcel of running a hotel business. Somehow I reckon Milan’s TownHouse Galleria would be extra put-out by people pilfering its linen, mainly because it isn’t linen, but gold. Woven 24-karat gold, to be precise.
That little bead right there? That’s all the gold in four and a half pounds of electronics waste. And it took so very much work to get there.