Did you know? Due to a similar appearance to gold, the mineral pyrite has the nickname fool’s gold.
Gold has been one of the most precious metals around the world. And as we all know, it’s on even higher ground in India. A subject of discussion for everyone, Gold is the talk of the town. Whether it is regarding the karat weight, the purity, how to know if it’s real gold or some fun facts about it – the curiosity has got us all. So, to fulfil those pesky thoughts, we’ve rounded up some fun and interesting facts about Gold that you may or may not have heard of!
#1. Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.
#2. Gold metal flakes are a part of many foods and drinks and are still used in some food manufacturing processes. It is inscribed as the ‘E number’ 175 (look out for it!). Many high-end restaurants are known to add gold flakes to their dishes to give it extra flair and visual appeal. There are also many variations of liquors throughout the world that include gold leaf!
#3. The element symbol for gold is Au. The symbol comes from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise.” Above all, the name was derived from Aurora, the goddess of the dawn in Roman culture.
#4. Some of the cars used in Formula One racing have engine parts covered in gold foil to help with heat dispersal.
#5. In medieval times, gold leaf was used to decorate food and drink at feasts to show off the wealth of the host. It was also perceived that gold leaves have magical properties that could aid health when eaten!
#6. Elvis Presley owned three cars manufactured by Stutz Motor Company, in which every part that is normally chrome was converted to gold.
#7. The Aztecs also, mined gold and used it in personal decoration and religious rituals. The Aztec word for gold, “teocuitatl,” was translated by Europeans as meaning “excrement of the gods.”
#8. Did you know there’s a fear of Gold too? It’s called Aurophobia. The symptoms are usually triggered when the sufferers see or get in the vicinity of gold.
#9. The helmet visors for astronauts are covered using an extremely thin coating of gold. This coating has a thickness of only 0.000002 inches. It is so thin that the helmet visors remain transparent but this coating is just enough to significantly reduce heat caused by sunlight. Consequently, it reduces glare as well.
#10. The largest gold nugget was found in 1869 by two Australians. Deemed as ‘Welcome Stranger’, the nugget weighed 72 kilograms. Similarly, the second largest nugget which was discovered in 1858 was named ‘Welcome Nugget’.
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Source: Investing Answers, American Bullion, The Gold Bullion, Lolwot, Facts Legend, Love and Pieces, Oh Fact.