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A woman who turned to YouTube for help in finding a diamond in an Arkansas state park got a huge surprise when she almost immediately found a humongous diamond nearby.
Miranda Hollingshead was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park last Friday when the 27-year-old decided to play a YouTube video on how to spot diamonds in the wild. According to the State Parks of Arkansas, she almost immediately used that online advice to find a big score.
Sometimes, a small change can change your life. Miranda Hollingshead visited Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park...Posted by The State Parks of Arkansas on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The 27-year-old Hollingshead hadn’t even originally planned to travel to the park that day from her native Bogota, Texas, about a 2.5-hour drive away. She said she was supposed to pick up a car transmission, but since her family was in town, they were looking for something fun to experience.
Once they reached the park, Hollingshead said she pulled up a YouTube tutorial on how she could discover a diamond. Sitting there in the park that allows nearly 40 acres for diamond discovery, she found one that weighs 3.72 carats.
“I was sitting in the shade, watching a YouTube video on how to find diamonds,” she said, via Arkansas State Parks. “I looked over at my kid for a second, and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks. … I shook my hand across it to make sure what it was, picked it up, and yelled across the field to my mom, ‘I think I got one!’”
It’s the largest yellow diamond that’s been found in the park since 2013 and the largest diamond of any color to be discovered since 2017. Hollingshead said she wasn’t sure if she would sell the diamond or have it mounted in a ring. Either way, it’s a pretty nice souvenir.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.