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How 2 Nerds Found Most Valuable Treasure in US History!

Have you heard about how a couple of data nerds found a 131-year-old sunken treasure?

It's a fascinating story of how Tommy Thompson and his neighbor Bob Evans found the most valuable sunken treasure in U.S. history.

About 21 tons of gold coins and bars was being carried by a ship called the SS Central America that ran into some bad weather--a hurricane, actually.

Tommy started stapling together some 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper and went to the library to search through microfilm. Remember this was in the 1980s before nerds had advanced databases or Google search tools. Instead, they, with the assistance of Larry Stone, used something called Baysian Theory, which, ironically is the base foundation on how modern search engines work. It involves pouring through large sets of data to narrow down the most likely area of finding the intended target, in this case, treasure.

The two of them did their level best to calculate such things as which way the winds were blowing at the time of the sinking and even seemingly remotely antidotal data in order to create an algorithm to determine the most likely location of the sunken treasure. It was called a Data Correlation Matrix Combined Narrative, plotting the course of the USS Central America's course from Havana on September 8, 1857 toward New York.

To make a long story short, the data nerds followed the trail of headwinds measured in knots, charted the net speed of the ship, it's intended trajectory and the amount of deflected direction from the initial winds that accelerated into a tropical storm, and lo and behold, they found the projected sinking point. X marks the spot, so to speak, except you can't exactly draw an X on the surface of the ocean.

Oh, and one more thing, it was a fairly large X--about the area size of Rhode Island! Hey, at least they narrowed it down from searching the entire Atlantic Ocean.

So they took a floating high tech sonar machine, er, well, high tech from 1980s standpoint. And after a false alarm, finding a sunken ship--without gold--they went back to work and found the right ship about 200 miles off shore--with about a ton of gold in it! They scooped it up, headed to land and whisked it away in three packed Brinks armored trucks.

But that was when the nice guy nerds ran into a whole host of gold digging opportunists including 39 different insurance companies that filed lawsuits, laying claim to the gold, saying they were entitled to it because they paid insurance claims on the lost treasure in the 1800s.

Lesson learned? Finding the gold wasn't easy but it proved to the easiest part. For years they navigated the treacherous waters of federal courtrooms for 10 years and 43 million dollars in legal fees and loans.

But eventually Team Tommy prevailed, winning the rights to the gold, selling it for $48 million dollars, and having $6 million left over for the investors--The rest is history and their story is being told on--the History Channel? Ha! Gotcha. Nope. It's coming soon from ESPN Films! And the adventure story is titled, "In Deep Water." Now isn't that a sportin' good ending to this story!

But it doesn't have to be the end for you. Perhaps this is just the beginning. Have you ever considered investing in rare gold coins?

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