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Middle East oil strike

In 1908, shortly after 4:00 am, the first major Middle East oil strike was made at Masjid-i-Sulaiman, Persia. A gusher of petroleum rose 50-ft above the top of the drilling rig and smothered the drillers. Drilling at this site began in Jan 1908, under chief engineer George B. Reynolds. It was just two days short of 7 years since Shah Muzaffar al-Din had signed the concession agreement with William Knox D'Arcy. From 1905, D'Arcy had financial assistance from the Burmah Oil Company. In 1909, Anglo-Persian Oil was formed to develop the oil field, forerunner of British Petroleum (BP). Oil seepages had been noted for centuries in persia, where the oozings were used for such purposes as the caulking of boats and the binding of bricks.*

A wife was having trouble with...

A wife was having trouble with the idea of turning 30 and was oversensitive to any signs of advancing age. When she found a prominent gray hair in her bangs, she pointed to her forehead and asked her husband, "Oh no, have you seen this?"
"What?" he asked, "the wrinkles?"
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