NICK EICHER, HOST: Say you’re walking along a familiar path and look down and notice something unfamiliar.
A man in Arkansas was exploring in a park he’d enjoyed since he was a kid when something shiny caught his eye.
He thought it was just glass, but I left out a detail. He was in the Crater of Diamonds State Park and you can’t blame him for wanting to be certain.
It took some time, but workers in the park confirmed it: a 9 carat diamond! That’s really big. It could fetch $100,000.
Now, this state park, it’s unique. It’s truly finders-keepers. Locating diamonds is the point and in the 50 years the park’s been open to the public, explorers have found more than 30,000 diamonds and only one bigger than this one.
The kicker? The finder’s going to be hearing from the IRS. The bad news is, even if he doesn’t sell it, Uncle Sam’s going to be demanding a cut.
It’s The World and Everything in It.