All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told …
Food for thought from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice — quoting legendary fable and proverb collector (plagiarist?) Aesop and forebears.
The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide with the formula FeS2. This mineral’s metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool’s gold because of its resemblance to gold. — Wikipedia
About the photo above, Flicker user Colbalt123 writes:
From the Asarco Mining Company, on display at the Desert Casino south of Tucson, Arizona. This gold “flower” was about 4″ in diameter! … There are about 4 of these pyrite beauties on top of slate (at least I think it is slate). I was happy to get permission to photograph them inside the casino tonight.
To quote Alanis Morisette: Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? that the fool’s gold flower is on display in a gambling den?
Hold out for the steak knives?
As we discussed in my post Calling all gullible gamblers!, some marketers seem to be continuously honing their sales pitches — e.g. ‘One day only: Two tickets for $29 (83% discount! You save $145!) Plus get our spruiker-in-chief’s new book!’ Oh dear me.
Operators like this, it seems to me, reveal themselves as endeavouring to attract people susceptible to ‘83%’ discounts, prize draws and lucky giveaways. Is that how they go after their target market? How long, I wonder, before they offer punters the chance to go into a draw for a chance to win a ‘gold flower’? (ahem)
* If so, here’s a link to the Virgin Mary on grilled cheese…