There's cheap crap, and there is expensive crap.
But it is all still crap.
(If the crooks are smart, they will just melt the toilet down for the gold, and then sell that.)
Blenheim Palace was forced to close its doors on Saturday following the theft of a solid-gold loo – a piece of art called "America". The crapper was lifted from Winston Churchill's Oxfordshire birthplace early on Saturday morning and the theft was reported to police just before 5am. Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: "We …
Depends. Low-carat gold may be ok. 24K not.
But I concur about the likelihood of it actually being solid gold. How many kilos would that be? At (clickety...) $48,000+ per kilo? That's for 24K of course, divide at your convenience. Then multiply by the weight of your convenience.
I cannot believe that El Reg's headline does not say something like:
Valuable art work (loo)ted from Blenheim Palace.
Or alternatively: Gold-plated crapper (loo)ted from Churchill's blingheim palace.
Icon, cause this happens sometimes in these places.
It's 'elf & safety gorn mad. Like the mass of a solid gold seat and/or cover slamming down close to one's prized jewels.
I'm betting there's no way it's 'solid gold', especially if 1 person managed to wrench it out and run away with it without the aid of a pallet truck.
Although nobody wants to think about the messy and uncomfortable implications of this being an "inside job" following an manual evacuation (of the toilet of course).
I also however don't believe it could be entirely solid gold - given that gold would (highly approximately) weigh around twice as much as solid steel, and would need something a bit less bendy to be included or be far less pure to retain strength. If I approximate that toilet even bowl only is likely to weigh in at over 30Kg in solid gold you are hardly likely to be running away with it. Lots of huffing and puffing involved in this even without the magazines stuffed behind it...
I believe that the average British toilet bowl runs between 30 and 55bs (well it is a US piece of work). Given the density difference between gold and porcelain, if it was a solid gold bowl, then it must have weighed one heck of a lot more if it maintained the form. It must have been tricky to get in place but getting such a heavy object back out through the window (as reported) would have required heavy lifting gear shurely?
But I laughed at the 'heist' anyway. The naff being taken from the stupid (the Churchill family).
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