Gold is one of the most sought-after and appreciated metals in the world, and has been for thousands of years. It is an element, a store of value, and a thing of beauty. It serves many industrial uses. It can even be eaten! Here are 25 interesting facts about gold.
- The word "gold" comes from the Old English word "geolu," meaning yellow.
- There is more steel created per hour than there has been gold dug up throughout history.
- Around 161,000 tons of gold have been mined by humans.
- Gold can be found beneath the earth on all seven continents.
- It is believed that around 80% of earth's gold is still buried underground.
- Gold can be turned into thread and used in embroidering.
- Gold chloride solution along with gold oxide are used to make red-colored glass.
- The world’s first gold vending machine was unveiled in May 2010. Located in an ultra-luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, the vending machine itself is covered in 24-carat gold.
- Alchemists believe they can change ordinary materials, such as lead, into gold.
- A carat was originally a unit of mass based on the carob seed used by ancient merchants.
- The most expensive gold coin in the world is the 1933 Double Eagle, which was sold at Sotheby's in New York in 2002 for $7.59 million.
- Elvis Presley owned three cars manufactured by Stutz Motor Company, in which every part that is normally chrome was converted to gold.
- Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.
- An ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet covering 100 square feet
- The largest nugget still in existence is the "Hand of Faith," found in 1980 in Australia. It is currently on display at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.
- Pure gold does not cause skin irritations.
- Olympic gold medals were pure gold until 1912.