Rubies and diamonds, and _The Man Who Would be King_

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu May 31 01:57:15 UTC 2007

It's in the movie, silently held aloft by Sean Connery.

  Memory is tricky. Maybe it wasn't much bigger than a coconut.

  The amount of inflation since 1739 does interest me, however.  I was once told (1988) that U.S. inflation since the 1870s grew by a factor of about 40. Later I heard it was more like 20.


"Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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Subject: Re: Rubies and diamonds, and _The Man Who Would be King_

Gee, I don't remember that ruby from either the movie or the
tale. (The movie, of course, is large and epic, the tale is small and shabby.)

All I know about sizes comes from (Wikipedia's?) statement of the
number of carats in the Koh-i-Noor diamond -- but I don't know the
volume occupied by one carat.


At 5/30/2007 06:17 PM, "Facetious" wrote:
>Also, were any of the rubies the size of a soccer ball, like in _The
>Man Who Would Be King_?
> J "The Facetious" L
>"Joel S. Berson" wrote:
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>Subject: Re: Sterling today and yesteryear [was: "Location, location,
>location": a proverb?]
>At 5/30/2007 05:05 PM, Michael Quinion wrote:
> >The Office of National Statistics in the UK has a downloadable article at
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> >with the title Consumer Price Inflation Since 1750. The abstract says that
> >"between 1750 and 2003, prices rose by around 140 times". There's a lot
> >more information in the full article, I believe.
>Not far from the 120 I got via my correspondent, for 1746 to 2002
>(perhaps both from the same basic data). And (I say for the second
>time) for a "consumer basket", not specifically for jewels and other
>plunder. What has been the inflation rate for Old Master or (for a
>shorter period) Impressionist paintings?
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