20 Mind blowing facts about gold that you didn’t know!

Gold is the most enthralling element on earth. From times immemorial, it has been used and revered as a metal of extreme value. Even the Olympics and other Common Wealth games revere to the first position with a gold medal! When it comes to jewellery, gold perhaps is given more preference as compared to the other valuable baubles. The history of gold gaining power has been interesting. Its tame qualities have made it possible for gold to be used as one of the most valuable currencies of the world and for it to be purchased for the mass market through web-based platforms like nuggetsbygrant.com or in retail shops!

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1 Why and how did gold become so important?

Gold is not rare but neither is it abundant. It stays inert and does not react with any other elements. Gold is the safest material to be worm to the skin as it is not poisonous or radioactive. These inert properties have made it a metal safe to handle. Besides these properties, gold stands out in terms of hue as compared to its counterparts like silver, platinum etc and it never gets tarnished!

Why and how did gold become so important?

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Mind blowing facts about gold

Since gold is everyone’s favourite, we decided to tell you some mind-blowing facts about gold that we are sure you haven’t heard ever before!

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2 Gold spoons are used to test ice creams

The ice cream testers have a lot of samples to go through every day and to be able to do the testing properly, the testers use an especially designed gold spoon. This gold spoon helps them taste the ice cream without leaving the aftertaste that normal, ordinary spoons do.

Gold spoons are used to test ice creams

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3 Aurophobia is the fear of gold

People who suffer from panic attacks or feel uncomfortable when exposed to gold are called aurophobic.

 Aurophobia is the fear of gold

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4 Witwatersrand in South Africa has produced almost half of the world’s gold!

 Witwatersrand in South Africa

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5 The house wives of India hold almost 11% of the world’s gold! That is more than Switzerland, US and Germany combined!

The house wives of India hold almost 11% of the world’s gold

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6 A human body contains about 0.2 milligrams of gold. This is mostly found in our blood stream

A human body contains about 0.2 milligrams of gold

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7 Gold is edible

Though tasteless, gold in the form of gold leaf is sometimes used to garnish sweets and confectioneries and is mostly done to give the dish a great value.

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Gold is edible

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8 There was a time when aluminium was the most valuable metal on Earth.

The rich used aluminium and the poor ate in utensils of gold. But now, this trend has reversed!

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There was a time when aluminium was the most valuable metal on Earth

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9 Lego once used to give about 25 grams of gold to its employees for completing 25 years of service

Lego once used to give about 25 grams of gold to its employees

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10 Dubai is famous for its gold; what is most incredible is that they have ATMs that dispense gold bars

Dubai is famous for its gold

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11 Most of the Earth’s gold came from the asteroids striking against it

gold came from the asteroids striking

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12 Majority of gold on Earth is in the core at the centre

Majority of gold on Earth is in the core at the centre

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13 Old cell phones and old personal computers would give you more gold than 1 ton of gold ore

Old cell phones and old personal computers

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14 All the gold in the ocean is enough to distribute about 9 pounds to each person on earth

All the gold in the ocean

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15 The Nobel prizes of German physicist

Max Von Laue and James Franck were melted down to prevent them from being confiscated by the Nazis. These were recast again when things simmered down.

The Nobel prizes of German physicist

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16 The world’s largest gold bar weighs an unbelievable 250 Kilograms

The world’s largest gold bar

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17 The Olympic gold medal is not all gold! It just contains 1% gold

The Olympic gold medal is not all gold

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18 Gold has been found on every continent on Earth

Gold has been found on every continent on Earth

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19 Earthquakes have the effect of turning water into gold! Water present in the faults of the earth vaporize and turn into gold during an earthquake.

Earthquakes have the effect of turning water into gold!

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20 About 6 milligrams of gold gets lost every year from wedding rings by just wearing it

About 6 milligrams of gold gets lost every year

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21 In ancient times

Sailors often wore a gold earring as the only valuable jewellery as a way to pay for their Christian burial. During their times at the sea, if they drowned and were washed ashore, this gold according to them was to be used to cover the costs of a proper Christian burial.

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In ancient times

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Gold continues to grow to be the best element there ever was and we love it for its yellow sunshine sheen!

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