I came across this on Yahoo and found it interesting and decided to share. In 1969 US Amabassador William Middendorf bequeathed to former Dutch Prime Minister William Drees what Drees thought was a piece of moon rock brought back to Earth by American astronauts. Drees then gave the piece to the Rijksmuseum. The museum then insured the piece for 100,000 florins or 50,000 euros of today's money. Now they have a useless piece of petrified wood.
What I am wondering and as was editor in chief of the museum's magazine was why give this piece in the first place and to a prime minister who had been out of power for nearly 10 years? The whole thing sounds kind of fishy and I was wondering if anyone possibly knew the history behind this and why the trip was taken in the first place, and what was the US's relationship with the dutch at that time?