The Treasure of Lima

Shaun Whitehead is leading an archaeological expedition to Cocos Island, the supposed hiding place of the “Treasure of Lima” – one of the world’s most fabled missing treasures.
The haul – said to be worth in excess of $200 million – was stolen by a British trader, Captain William Thompson, in 1820 after he was entrusted to transport it from Peru to Mexico…The team plan to use a small, unmanned helicopter, fitted with specialist cameras, to fly above the nine mile square island, which will enable them to make a computer-generated 3D map of the landscape.

They will then use a snakelike robot that can be dragged across the parts of island and, using ground penetrating radar, detect voids and cavities up to a depth of around 60ft. This data will be added to the 3D map to identify any likely concealed caves. After this, a team will use a specialist “keyhole” drill, which can reach more than 100ft, to dig down into the cave. A probe camera can be sent down through the 1in diameter.

An original inventory showed 113 gold religious statues, one a life-size Virgin Mary, 200 chests of jewels, 273 swords with jewelled hilts, 1,000 diamonds, solid gold crowns, 150 chalices and hundreds of gold and silver bars. The most famous Cocos hoard of all is the “Great Treasure of Lima.” In 1820, as the revolutionary José de San Martín advanced on Lima, the Spanish Viceroy realized he had better remove the stores of gold and silver under his command. Officials of the more than 50 Spanish churches in the city came to the same conclusion about their ecclesiastical riches, which included a solid-gold, gem-encrusted, life-size image of the Virgin Mary.

Figuring that hiding this wealth anywhere near Lima would be foolish, the Viceroy entrusted it to a British sea captain named William Thompson, a known and respected trader in the region. The Viceroy’s plan was to have Thompson sail around for several months, with the treasure stowed aboard his merchantman, the Mary Dear, until the political situation improved. Big mistake. A load of such value—at the time, Spanish officials deemed it worth between $12 and $60 million—proved too great a temptation to Thompson and his men. Once out of sight of land, they cut the throats of the Viceroy’s appointed guard, tossed their bodies overboard, and made haste to Cocos, where they duly buried the treasure.made haste to Cocos, where they duly buried the treasure.

Thompson and his crew decided to split up until things simmered down, then reconnoiter to divvy up the spoils. But not long after leaving Cocos, the Mary Dear was picked up by a Spanish man-of-war. The crew was put on trial for piracy, convicted, and hung—all except for Thompson and his first mate, who agreed to lead their captors to the stolen goods if their lives were spared. Soon after they stepped on Cocos under an armed guard, however, Thompson and the mate suddenly hotfooted it into the jungle. Despite a protracted search, they were never found, and their frustrated captors finally left the island. According to some versions of the story, the pair were later picked up by a whaler and taken to Puntarenas, in Costa Rica, where the mate contracted yellow fever and died. For his part, William Thompson seems to have vanished from the pages of history shortly thereafter, and there is no indication that he ever returned to Cocos Island.

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Dexter Posters

After Lost concluded Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative became a big fan of Showtime’s hit series Dexter. He was so inspired that he created one poster design for each of the first four seasons – highlighting the iconic moments from the show.

You can follow him on Twitter or check his blog and or more information about a limited print run and their availability.

LOST “Final Flight” print

Via: The Fire Wire

The final LOST official cast photograph is titled “Final Flight” and it can be ordered as a Limited Edition signed 16×20 print for $49.99.

This print is limited to 300 copies and is individually numbered and signed by Bob D’Amico – ABC’s Chief Photographer. The image comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and there is a limit of one (1) per household.

You can order it HERE.

NickAd LOST Tattoo in USAToday

My friend Andy Nick (@nickAD) got a tattoo inspired by the ‘Lost’ television show that was done in iridescent ink. USA Today had users submit stories about their ‘Lost’ tattoos if they had one. Andy’s story reigned supreme! I haven’t really watched Lost, but I do think this tattoo is rad! Here is Andy’s story: “In the late summer of ‘08, I took my Lost love to the next level by getting a Dharma tattoo inked onto my ankle. Since my good pal had recently started working at small parlor nearby, we decided to collaborate. I had been wanting to experiment with iridescent ink. My pal had never worked with the stuff, so we struck a deal: I would be his guinea pig if he would spring for the ink. “If you’ve never heard of it, iridescent ink is a dye that glows under a black light. The tough thing about tattooing with it is that you have to illuminate the surface of the skin just to see what you’re doing. “The Dharma logo seemed perfect for this technique, with a thick, recognizable shape. The ink itself has an obvious throwback to the episode ‘Lockdown,’ where John Locke sees the blast door map illuminated by black light inside of the Swan hatch. We decided to use the Looking Glass Station’s logo — a white rabbit inside of the Dharma shape — a reference to Alice in Wonderland, and the (site) of my favorite Lost episode, the Season 3 finale.” Andy adds, “The tattoo turned out great, and under normal light, it’s nearly invisible. It’s my little secret.” This reader loves his ‘secret’ ‘Lost’ tattoo at USA Today

My buddy @nickAD got a tattoo inspired by the ‘Lost’ television show that was done in iridescent ink. USA Today had users submit stories about their ‘Lost’ tattoos if they had one. Andy’s story reigned supreme!

Here is Andy’s story:

“In the late summer of ‘08, I took my Lost love to the next level by getting a Dharma tattoo inked onto my ankle. Since my good pal, Tom Davis had recently started working at Wells & Company Custom Tattoos in Vandalia, Ohio we decided to collaborate. I had been wanting to experiment with iridescent ink. My pal had never worked with the stuff, so we struck a deal: I would be his guinea pig if he would spring for the ink.

“If you’ve never heard of it, iridescent or UV ink is a dye that glows under a black light. The tough thing about tattooing with it is that you have to illuminate the surface of the skin just to see what you’re doing.

“The Dharma logo seemed perfect for this technique, with a thick, recognizable shape. The ink itself has an obvious throwback to the episode ‘Lockdown,’ where John Locke sees the blast door map illuminated by black light inside of the Swan hatch. We decided to use the Looking Glass Station’s logo — a white rabbit inside of the Dharma shape — a reference to Alice in Wonderland, and the (site) of my favorite Lost episode, the Season 3 finale.”

Andy adds, “The tattoo turned out great, and under normal light, it’s nearly invisible. It’s my little secret.”

This reader loves his ‘secret’ ‘Lost’ tattoo at USA Today

Lost makes its final voyage: Season 6

THE FINAL SEASON OF LOST RETURNS FEBRUARY 2ND.

Questions will be answered as the world’s most talked about TV show arrives for its sixth and final season. It’s been six years since venturing through the looking glass and gleefully entering Lost’s masterfully woven web. Now we prepare to be thrilled and saddened as the TV phenomenon enters its climactic final chapter.

Season 5 of Lost left us hanging as Juliet detonated the bomb and potentially changed the islanders’ fate. Ben killed Jacob at the request of a resurrected Locke and we were introduced to the enigmatic ‘man in black’.

Meanwhile, mysteries from series past are begging to be resolved, including the strange set of numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42), the four-toed statue and, of course, the smoke monster. Not to mention the overarching questions that surround the series as a whole: what exactly is the island? And why were Jack, Kate, Sawyer and the rest of the castaways ‘selected’ in the first place?

In keeping with time-honoured tradition, series creators JJ Abrams, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are remaining tight-lipped. When asked about Lost’s ending, Lindelof sits teasingly on the fence: “Some people” will think it’s enormously satisfying. Other people will think it’s not satisfying enough. It all depends on the way that you watch the show”. Viewers will excited that a few familiar faces will be returning, namely Claire, who vanished without a trace in season four, Charlie and Boone, both of whom we apparently saw die in seasons four and two, respectively. All will be revealed as Lost makes its final voyage.

Oceanic Airlines boarding pass via: Crystal Dennis

Lost Season 6 Survey

My buddy, Andy Nick over at NickAd created this wickedly in-depth survey for the upcoming and long-awaited 6th and final season of ABC’s hit TV show, LOST. Stop over, check it out and give him your feedback!

Via: NickAd

The final season will be a roller-coaster ride of charachter’s stories, island answers and inevitably more mysteries. I’ve listed a million questions that Lost has asked, ranging from obvious to obscure.

Directions: This is not a QUIZ nor is it a CONTEST. This is simply a survey meant to ask fans what answers they think we’ll get, and what those answers might be. Also, this small project is also meant to be a primer to stir up your Lost history and get everyone thinking about all the different loose ends again. Answer the questions according to what you think and before season 6 starts I’ll post a summary of results!

Dark Tower Project Next for LOST Men

Stephen King has always been my favorite author. Mainly because I attribute him to opening my eyes to the world of reading. Reading can be enjoyable, entertaining, educating—ok so you get the point, I’m out of adjectives that start with the letter e anyway. I picked up a copy of the The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger that my mom had laying around the house I was intrigued by the cover artwork.

As I opened the book and read the first line“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” I was immediately hooked and amazed at how fast I blazed through the story. I was finished in two days, a small book mind you, but up to this point I’d only read what was required in high school. But King’s style of writing was something new that I really enjoyed. Next I turned by attention to the Stand and was equally impressed. Thank you Mr. King for helping to open my mind to reading. It’s become a large part of who I am.

Over the years I’ve read King’s whole collection, in addition to many other works by many different authors. I have a collection of first edition Stephen King hardbacks that is only shy four of being complete. But the “The Dark Tower series”, all seven books continues to hold my attention. Several of the early books I’ve read too many times to count. I endured a delay of almost seven years between book three and book four, so I couldn’t be more happy about the possibility of the LOST guys taking on an immense challenge like the Dark Tower. I hope they do Stephen King proud.
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J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof Will Work On Dark Tower After LOST Is Over
Via: LarryFire 05/01/09

Just as there are whispers in the jungles of “Lost,” there have likewise been whispers in Hollywood that J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof — two of the masterminds behind the ABC television series — have been working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel series “The Dark Tower.” Now, those whispers are getting louder and clearer.

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“Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King,” Abrams told IGN while promoting the upcoming “Star Trek” film. “We got the rights for [‘Dark Tower’] as a film. Damon is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on ‘Star Trek’ together. As soon as ‘Lost’ is done, hopefully we’ll begin tackling that.”

For his part, Lindelof has also been speaking about the Stephen King adaptation. As “Lost” wraps up its penultimate season and gets ready for the sixth and final year of the show, Lindelof told Lostpedia that his entire creative energy is currently focused solely on the series.

“We’re just so focused on finishing ‘Lost’ that it’s really hard to think about anything else,” he said. “The last thing we want to think about is how to adapt a seven book series of, you know, basically the writer who we admire the most and look up to most and has inspired our work the most, and do anything with that. I think that it’s such a daunting task. We have a pretty daunting task in front of us ourselves [with the end of ‘Lost’].”

Still, it’s not as if the “Lost” showrunner hasn’t spoken about “Dark Tower” in the past. He previously told AMC that he envisions the series on the same scope as Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“There are always ‘Dark Tower’ conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun,” said Lindelof. “If ‘The Dark Tower’ were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”