World's Largest Gold Nugget
Las Vegas, Nevada
It's named "Hand of Faith," it's the size of a baby, and it weighs almost 62 pounds. It was found in 1980 by a guy in Australia with a metal detector, who reportedly almost didn't bother to dig it up because he thought that his machine was faulty. Hand of Faith was only six inches below the surface. The Golden Nugget bought it for a million dollars.
Ever mindful of the general casino ban on photography, we noticed other nugget admirers surreptitiously sneaking cell phone cameras out of handbags. As we snapped a few photos with our comparatively blocky Canon Digital Rebel, a casino alarm began to sound. "The source of the alert has not been determined," said a woman's voice on an audio loop, over and over. "You will be notified when we determine the source of the alert." We don't think we were the cause, but still scurried away like a couple of claim interloper....