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Newly Discovered Photo of Billy the Kid Could Fetch $5 Million

A few years ago, while scouring a Fresno, Calif., antiques shop, Randy Guijarro coughed up $2 for three old photographs. Now, one of those images—said to be the second verified picture ever found of outlaw Billy the Kid—is worth an estimated $5 million.

In the shot, the Wild West gunslinger is holding a weapon of a different variety: a croquet mallet. Henry McCarty (a.k.a. William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid) plays the unexpectedly dignified sport alongside members of his gang The Regulators in the summer of 1878 in New Mexico. The 4-inch-by-5-inch tintype was authenticated by a firm called Kagin’s Inc.

Guijarro had no idea he’d procured a valuable piece of American history until after he brought it home and realized that one of the men looked like Billy the Kid. It took more than a year to authenticate the image.

Guijarro told National Geographic:

“... It’s almost a Twilight Zone photograph. That’s why it’s caught so much attention, skepticism, and pushback. You have the most famous and iconic American around the world, posing on a croquet stick with the Regulators, along with his girlfriend. This is a story. It’s not just a portrait of him. This tells a day in the life.”

It’s a remarkable find, considering there’s only one other known photo of the thief and gunfighter in existence.

If you’re itching for more on the Wild West legend and the recently recovered photo, you're in luck. On Sunday, October 18, the National Geographic Channel will air a documentary about Guijarro’s efforts to authenticate the image.

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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