44 Random Gold Facts

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1. Aluminum used to be more valuable than gold!
2. The first discovery of gold in the United States was at the Reed Gold Mine near Georgeville, North Carolina in 1803.
3. Goldfish lose their color if kept in dim light. Similar to humans, they need sunlight to keep their pigment.
4. Aurophobia is the fear of gold.
5. 85% of the exhibits in Peru’s Museum of Gold are fakes.
6. The Golden State Fence Company was hired to build a part of the US-Mexico border wall, and fined $5M for hiring illegal immigrant workers.
7. As pure gold is very soft, it is often combined with other things when making jewelry.
8. Golden orb weaver spiders can catch birds in their webs.
9. The streets of Victor, Colorado, once a gold rush town, are paved with low-grade gold.
10. A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court!
11. One ounce of Gold can be drawn into a wire 50 miles long.
12. Pokemon Gold and Silver were developed by a small team of only 4 programmers, which is why it took 3 and a half years to make.
13. During the Gold Rush in 1849, some people paid as much as $100 for a glass of water!
14. More gold is recoverable from a tonne of personal computers than from 17 tonnes of gold ore.
15. Kelly Osbourne had her wisdom teeth removed and dipped in gold – she kept one and gave the other to Ozzy as a gift.
16. Gold leaf is attached to paper or plaster with egg whites, the same now as in ancient times!
17. Iron Man claims that his suit is made of a gold titanium alloy. In real life, that would make his suit weigh around 350 lbs.
18. The current market value of a pot of gold is about $1,258,000.
19. During the Gold Rush in 1849, some people paid as much as $100 for a glass of water.
20. One cubic mile of seawater contains about 50 pounds of gold.
21. Gold is about eight times heavier than any other metal on earth.
22. In 1968, gold was made the official state mineral of Alaska.
23. Gold is perfect for use in coins and jewelry as it does not react with air or water like many other metals.
24. 2% of people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge survive the fall. One man even jumped off for "fun". #strangehobby
25. In 2011, Australia minted a giant ‘A$1 million’ gold coin. It weighed over a ton and used gold worth A$52 million.
26. 94% of people who were prevented from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge between 1937 and 1971 are still alive or died naturally.
27. All the gold ever mined could be molded into a cube 60 feet high and 60 feet wide.
28. One cubic foot of gold weighs more than 1,200 pounds!
29. You can buy a gold pill for $425 and you will literally poop gold.
30. Aluminum used to be more valuable than gold.
31. Gold is edible.
32. The Golden lion tamarin is a species of monkey that can be found sleeping in abandoned woodpecker nests.
33. On average, at least one suicide takes place every two weeks in the Golden Gate Bridge, making it the most popular place to commit suicide.
34. Goldfish will not stop eating if there is food available, regardless of how full they are.
35. Whoopi Goldberg received her first name due to her bad flatulence while working on stage.
36. Whoopi Goldberg used to be a bricklayer.
37. Today, India is the world's largest consumer of gold.
38. The 'Welcome Stranger,' the largest gold nugget ever recorded, was found in Victoria, Australia, in 1869. It weighed 78 kilograms (about 172 pounds).
39. The word Gold derives from the Old English word Gelo meaning yellow.
40. At present, the country of South Africa is considered as the largest producer of gold in the world.
41. If you jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, you would hit the water at about 75 mph with a force of 15,000 lbs. per square inch.
42. Goldfish lose their color if kept in dim light. Similar to humans, they need sunlight to keep their pigment
43. In 1988, there were 600,000 illegal gold prospectors in Brazil.
44. One cubic foot of gold weighs more than 1,200 pounds.

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