10 Crazy Facts about Gold

1. The term “gold” is the from the Proto-Indo-European base meaning “yellow,” “green,” or possibly “bright.”

2. Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth.

3. Gold is so pliable that it can be made into sewing thread.

4. Gold is chemically inert, which also explains why it never rusts and does not cause skin irritation.

5. The Olympic gold medals awarded in 1912 were made entirely from gold. Currently, the gold medals just must be covered in six grams of gold.

6. Gold is edible.

7. Gold melts at 1064.43°c. It can conduct both heat and electricity.

8. The largest gold nugget ever found is the “Welcome Stranger” discovered in Australia in 1869. The nugget is 10 by 25 inches and yielded 2,248 ounces of pure gold.

9. The Greeks thought that gold was a dense combination of water and sunlight.

10. The chemical symbol for gold is Au, from the Latin word aurum meaning “shining dawn” and from Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.


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