25 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Gold

Posted by , Updated on January 22, 2016

Gold is one of those seemingly mythical substances that somehow came to be equated with extreme value. Even during the Olympics the winning medal is always gold. Why is that? Out of all the metals in the universe why has gold become so valuable? Well, in many ways it has been an interesting course of events that led gold to be considered so highly. For one, it isn’t the rarest metal, not by a long shot. That is not to say that gold isn’t rare…it’s probably even more rare than you think. But there are some elements that are inconceivably rare. As in you could barely find a handful of those elements on the Earth. And gold isn’t particularly interesting. It doesn’t really react with any other elements. So what’s the deal? Well, the boringness of gold is actually what made it very useful as a currency. It wasn’t too rare and it wasn’t too abundant. It wasn’t radioactive and it wasn’t poisonous. Out of all the elements that eliminates most of them (not to mention gasses). From the few that are left (silver, platinum, etc) gold has one distinction…it is yellow-ish. All the others are gray-ish. This means it stands out. And there you go. Gold became the currency of choice and although these days it is no longer used as currency (in most places) it has still retained its value (precisely because it doesn’t react with other elements and therefore tarnish!). These are 25 crazy things you didn’t know about gold!

Featured Image: wikipedia

25

1 ton of old cell phones will give you more gold than 1 ton of gold ore.

1 ton of old cell phones will give you more gold than 1 ton of gold oreSource: pacebutler.com, Image: wikipedia
24

If you took all the gold out of the ocean, there would be enough for every person on Earth to have 9 pounds.

If you took all the gold out of the ocean, there would be enough for every person on Earth to have 9 poundsSource: noaa.gov, Image: wikipedia
23

To prevent the Nazis from confiscating them, Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy melted down the gold Nobel Prizes of German physicists Max von Laue and James Franck. They were recast after the war.

To prevent the Nazis from confiscating them, Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy melted down the gold Nobel Prizes of German physicists Max von Laue and James Franck. They were recast after the war.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
22

Sailors often wore gold earrings so that if they drowned and washed up on the beach, the earrings would serve as payment for a proper Christian burial.

Sailors often wore gold earrings so that if they drowned and washed up on the beach, the earrings would serve as payment for a proper Christian burialSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

The Olympic gold medal is only 1% gold.

The Olympic gold medal is only 1% goldSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

20

In Dubai, there are ATMs that dispense gold bars.

In Dubai, there are ATMs that dispense gold barsSource: marika-emirates.blogspot.com, Image: wikipedia
19

Most of the gold in Earth's crust was put there by asteroid strikes.

Most of the gold in Earth's crust was put there by asteroid strikesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
18

The vast majority of gold on Earth is in the core because it sank to the center while the Earth was forming.

The vast majority of gold on Earth is in the core because it sank to the center while the Earth was formingSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

Not entirely about gold but a cool fact nevertheless. In 1859 gold miners in the Rocky Mountains woke up at 1am to eat breakfast because the aurora was so bright they thought it was morning.

In 1859 gold miners in the Rocky Mountains woke up at 1am to eat breakfast because the aurora was so bright they thought it was morningSource: scientificamerican, Image: wikipedia
16

Ice cream testers use gold spoons to avoid the after taste of using regular spoons.

Ice cream testers use gold spoons to avoid the after taste of using regular spoonsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
15

The Roman politician, Gaius gracchus, had a bounty put on his head for its weight in gold. The head was delivered but the bounty wasn't paid because the captor had filled his head with lead.

The Roman politician, Gaius gracchus, had a bounty put on his head for its weight in gold. The head was delivered but the bounty wasn't paid because the captor had filled his head with lead.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
14

Aluminum used to be the most valuable metal on Earth. Rich people would dine with aluminum cutlery while poorer people would use gold.

Aluminum used to be the most valuable metal on Earth. Rich people would dine with aluminum cutlery while poorer people would use goldSource: innovationexcellence.com, Image: wikipedia
13

Mansa Musa, ruler of the Mali Empire, once spent so much gold in Egypt that he devalued it and nearly destroyed the economy.

Mansa Musa, ruler of the Mali Empire, once spent so much gold in Egypt that he devalued it and nearly destroyed the economySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
12

Chinese prisoners are forced to mine gold in World of Warcraft. Some sources report nearly 100,000 virtual gold farmers throughout the country.

Chinese prisoners are forced to mine gold in World of Warcraft. Some sources report nearly 100,000 virtual gold farmers throughout the countrySource: forbes, Image: beketchai via Flickr
11

LEGO used to give its employees a 25.65 gram brick of gold for completing 25 years of service.

LEGO used to give its employees a 25.65 gram brick of gold for completing 25 years of serviceSource: brickenvy.com, Image: wikipedia
10

Gold is edible.

Gold is edibleSource: slate.com, Image: wikipedia
9

Gold has been found on every continent.

Gold has been found every continentSource: randomhistory.com, Image: wikipedia
8

Gold is often forcibly extracted from water during earthquakes due to pressure deep within the Earth's crust.

Gold is often forcibly extracted from water during earthquakes due to pressure deep within the Earth's crustSource: cbc.ca, Image: wikipedia
7

The leaves of eucalyptus trees have been found to contain traces of gold.

The leaves of eucalyptus trees have been found to contain traces of goldSource: telegraph.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
6

Three olympic sized swimming pools are capable of holding all the gold ever mined in human history.

3 olympic sized swimming pools are capable of holding all the gold ever mined in human historySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

Almost half of that gold has come from one location - Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Almost half of that gold has come from one location - Witwatersrand, South AfricaSource: wikipedia
4

Aurophobia is the fear of gold.

Aurophobia is the fear of goldSource: phobia.wikia.com, Image: wikipedia
3

Indian housewives hold nearly 11% of the world's gold. That is more than the US, Switzerland, Germany, and the International Monetary Fund combined!

Indian housewives hold nearly 11% of the world's goldSource: nytimes, Image: wikipedia
2

The largest gold bar in the world weighs 250 kg (551 pounds).

That is more than the US, Switzerland, Germany, and the International Monetary Fund combinedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
1

Your body contains about .2 mg of gold, mostly in your bloodstream.

Your body contains about .2 mg of gold, mostly in your bloodstreamSource: telegraph.co.uk, Image: wikipedia

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