*Updated Oct 16, 2019
These 10 weird facts about gold will make you wonder.
Did you know that gold can be eaten with caviar and is considered a delicacy?
Did you know that gold only forms in space when a massive 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.
2. Even the poorest man on Earth owns gold
Human body contains trace amounts of gold. In fact, a 70-kilogram human contains about 0.2 milligrams of gold.
3. Mother of gold is a star
Gold is only formed when one of the massive stars explodes.
The high-energy explosion happens at the end of a star life cycle. At this stage the start may shine as bright as 10 billion suns!
4. There are golden hearts indeed!
In medicine, gold is used to replace a damaged tissue after a heart attack!
5. Don’t worry world, there is still some gold left
In the entire human history, only 165,000 tonnes of gold has been mined.
On the other hand, 70,000,000 is the amount that is estimated to be dissolved in oceans.
While 10,000,000,000 (10 billion) is estimated to be found on ocean floors.
6. Olympic gold medal is actually made of silver
This 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!
7. The word ‘karat’ is the child of the word ‘carob’
The word ‘karat’, a measure of purity of gold, comes from the word ‘carob’, a seed.
Because of their unusual similarity in mass, in antiquity, carob seeds put on a balance scale were used to measure the weight of gold.
8. South Africa is ‘Mecca’ for gold
South Africa contributes to 50% of gold mined every year in the entire world.
9. Gold jewellery will never go out of style
Over 70% of total gold mined every year around the world is used for making jewellery.
10. Gold saves astronauts from death
Astronaut helmets are coated with gold to block harmful ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun.
Incredible things, right?