The Jewelry District, Episode 9: Best of Weird Stories 2019

In This Episode
In the latest installment of “The Jewelry District,” you’ll hear a compilation of our weird stories of the week. You’ll hear quite a few stories from JCK’s news director, Rob Bates, about people’s consumption of jewelry—but not in the way you might think! You’ll also hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky tell us what her favorite weird story has been.

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Show Notes
00:30 Victoria introduces her favorite weird story
01:10 A Moo-ving Proposal
03:55 Hard to Swallow
07:05 Unusual Diet
10:07 Tesla Trouble
13:35 Should You Fire That Hippie?
16:30 No Laughing Matter

Episode Credits
Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky
JCK staff: Emili Vesilind
Editor: Levi Sharpe
Producer and engineer: Natalie Chomet
Plugs:, @jckmagazine

Show Recap
A Moo-ving Proposal
Social media was abuzz with ring-shamers, animal advocates, and those looking to jump on the bandwagon with bovine puns when a farmer from Singapore proposed to his girlfriend by placing a diamond engagement ring on a cow’s udder.

Hard to Swallow
A woman dreams she swallowed her ring to protect it from a jewelry heist. On waking up, her ring was nowhere to be found. After going to urgent care, it turns out she really did swallow the ring while sleeping! Is there a happy ending to this weird story? Listen to find out!

Unusual Diet
Doctors remove a whopping 1.6 kilograms (3.5 pounds) of jewelry from a 22-year-old woman’s stomach. That jewelry totaled £53,000 ($64,310)! When the woman was suffering from abdominal pain, she decided to go to the doctor. What the Bengali doctors found was striking: 69 chains, 80 earrings, 46 coins, eight lockets, 11 nose rings, five anklets, and one watch dial—all in her stomach! Somehow, her family didn’t expect anything, as the jewelry went missing over a long period of time.

Tesla Trouble
Ben Baller, the man who created a $400,000 diamond and ruby ring for Elon Musk, got locked inside of his own Tesla for 40 long minutes. While stuck, he posted video of the incident to his Instagram feed. Conflict and conspiracy theories ensued.

Should You Fire That Hippie?
An article that was published in 1975 with an inflammatory title is the focus of this weird story. Did the article make points that are still relevant to the industry today? How does it reflect on millennials and their attitudes?

No Laughing Matter
Rob recounts to Emili the disturbing story of a dental hygienist who relieved several patients of their jewelry while under sedation. The local police chief asserts that this incident was “no laughing matter,” despite the use of laughing gas.

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