The only thing better than getting rich by finding treasure is not having to put much effort into your windfall. So why waste an afternoon walking along a beach with a metal detector in hand when you could instead lounge on a blanket and drive this one around with a remote control?
1926: One of the world's first walk-through metal detectors, invented to search employees leaving a manufacturing plant in Germany. [April 1926 issue of Radio News]
A prospector made an extraordinary discovery yesterday, when he found an "incredibly rare" 12-pound (5.5-kilogram) gold nugget under only 23 inches of dirt. The total price for such a happy unearthing: a whopping $300,000. And he found it in a place where hundreds searched before, all thanks to state-of-the-art…
The use of magnetic inks in currency already allows vending machines to verify the authenticity of bank notes. But new research shows that metal detectors at security checkpoints could detect and count large stacks of notes from a distance for catching smugglers.
A Belgian jail's metal detector falters whenever attractive lawyers visit, allegedly because it's too sensitive to the underwire in bras. To ensure they're not packing guns, the lawyers are then asked to remove their bras to enter the jail.
Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins.
Tonight, on your local news at 11: Area man shocked slightly after wandering into surf while wearing his new metal detector shoes.
While the TSA introduced whole body scanners as a means to search passengers posing a greater security risk (like those who set off metal detectors), they now plan to use the invasive technology on everyone.