25 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Gold

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!

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In Dubai, there are ATMs that dispense gold bars.

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

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