Quandary: Finding a big baby, and love
Question No. 1
Where is Tom’s Baby now?
For those of you non-locals, don’t worry, Tom’s Baby isn’t some misplaced toddler we all shuffle around. It is actually a gold nugget discovered from the Farncomb Hill area just outside of present-day Breckenridge.
The nugget was discovered on July 23, 1887 by Tom Groves and Harry Lytton. Weighing in at over 13 pounds, the nugget quickly developed the nickname Tom’s Baby after the man who discovered it. When found, Tom wrapped his bundle of joy in a blanket and carried it about town. To date it is still the largest piece of gold ever discovered in Colorado, which is why it is no longer a Summit County resident. This dazzling rock now finds its happy home in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Well, that’s the general assumption anyway.
You see, the nugget spent a few years on the lamb, until local researcher Mark Feister tracked down its location to a bank vault owned by the museum, in a box labeled “dinosaur bones.” Always the last place you look, right? The nugget in the vault weighed just over 10 pounds however, and it is still unclear how the baby cut the flab. So while you can’t see the nugget in its entirety, the majority is still safely housed a the Museum of Nature and Science.
Are you on Tinder?
Like I’ve said, old Quandary isn’t exactly an early-adapter when it comes to technology, but it’s just gotten so difficult to meet a good goat nowadays. Add in the fact that this old goat has a few kids — and maybe grandkids — running around, and the nannies just don’t come calling like they used to. The years have been hard on the old pick up lines too, such classics like ‘you just made my heart skip a bleat’ and ‘did you know this coat’s made of boyfriend material,’ just aren’t working like they used to.
So yes, this goat has turned to the Internet to try and find my new doe — I took a Buzzfeed quiz that said this year is my year for love after all. My inability to swipe has really slowed down the dating process, but this old goat can still turn some heads.
There’s a lot of new lingo out there though. I put in my profile that I’d be happy to share my grass to try and attract some frugal female goats, but now I keep getting messages from tourists. Why do people only like certain numbers anyway? I’m friendly with all of them not just 420.
Quandary, an old and wise mountain goat, has been around Summit County for ages, and has the answers to any question about life, love and laws in the High Country. Have a question for Quandary? Send an email to email@example.com
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