On Wednesday, auction records were shattered when an anonymous buyer spent $US450.3 million ($593.6 million) to be the proud owner of a "long lost" painting "by" Leonardo da Vinci. The thing is, it may not have even been painted by Leonardo, it's in terrible shape, it isn't especially good, and in the financial world of art, none of that matters.
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The only thing worse than getting struck by lightning or a large, flying bird is getting struck by a meteorite. Thankfully, the chances of this happening to you are incredibly low -- according to National Geographic, there is only one confirmed case of a meteorite striking a person. So perhaps it's no surprise that a piece of the offending space rock, called "Sylacauga" after the town it landed in, just sold today for one hell of a price tag.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Today, Christie's auctioned off the well-worn leather jacket of Albert Einstein. You may know him as the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who figured out the essence of the universe almost a full century before science could prove him right. But he also had great fashion sense.