Who knew that it is appetizing enough to be eaten with caviar, useful enough to be send to space, beautiful enough to stare at it and so rare that most of it forms in space only when a star explodes.
1. Gold can be eaten during that special dinner
Gold is edible but is not digested. For example, the Emirates Palace, a luxury hotel in United Arab Emirates, served about 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of gold in 2008.
Above: Dessert with gold shavings
2. Even the poorest man on Earth owns gold
Human body contains trace amounts of gold. In fact, a 70-kilogram person harbours about 0.2 milligrams of gold.
Above: Male human body
3. Gold’s mother is a star
Gold is only formed when a massive star explodes. The high-energy explosion happens at the end of a star life cycle and at this stage it may shine as bright as 10 billion suns!
Above: Remnants of a star explosion (NASA)
4. There are golden hearts indeed
In medicine, gold is used to replace a damaged tissue after a heart attack.
Above: Open heart surgery
5. Don’t worry world, there is still some gold left
In the entire human history, only 165,000 (165 thousand) tonnes of gold has been mined. On the other hand, 70,000,000 (70 million) is the amount that is estimated to be dissolved in oceans and 10,000,000,000 (10 billion) is estimated to be found on ocean floors.
Above: World oceans surrounding Indonesia and Australia
6. Olympic gold medal is made of silver
A gold medal used to award successful competitors at the Olympic Games contains less than 2% of gold; in this regard, it is more a silver medal as it is composed of over 90% of silver.
Above: Olympic Gold Medal (1996)
7. The word “karat” is the child of the word “carob”
The word “karat”, a measure of gold purity, comes from the word “carob”, a seed. Because of their unusually low variability in mass, in antiquity, these seeds were put on balance scales used to measure the mass of gold.
Above: Carob seeds
8. South Africa is a “Mecca” for gold
This most southern part of Africa contributes to 50% of gold mined every year in the entire world.
Above: South Africa
9. Gold jewellery will never go out of style
Over 70% of total gold that is mined every year around the world is used for making jewellery.
Above: Golden necklace from Bulgaria
10. Gold saves astronauts from death
Astronaut helmets are coated with gold to block harmful ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun.
Above: Astranaut helmet
These are just some unique facts about gold that I really liked.
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