50 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Gold……..

50 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Gold

1. The word “gold” comes from the Old English word “geolu,” meaning yellow.

2. There is more steel created per hour than there has been gold dug up throughout history.

3. Around 161,000 tons of gold have been mined by humans.

4. Gold can be found beneath the earth on all seven continents.

5. It is believed that around 80% of earth’s gold is still buried underground.

6. There is an estimated total of 10 billion tons of gold in the world’s oceans. That is 25 tons of gold for every cubic mile of seawater.

7. The world’s first gold vending machine was unveiled in May 2010. Located in an ultra-luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, the vending machine itself is covered in 24-carat gold.

8. Most western economies’ currencies were on the gold standard until 1961.

9. Switzerland was the last country whose currency was tied to gold. 40% of a Swiss Franc was backed by gold until Switzerland joined the IMF in 1999.10. The gold held at Fort Knox is accounted for by the United States as an asset valued at $44.22 per ounce.

11. As of December 31, 1941 Fort Knox held 649.6 million ounces of gold.

12. Today, Fort Knox  holds about 147.3 million ounces.

13. The size of a standard gold bar is 7″ by 3 and 5/8″ by 1 and 3/4″

14. Alchemists believe they can change ordinary materials, such as lead, into gold.

15. A carat was originally a unit of mass based on the carob seed used by ancient merchants.

16. The most expensive gold coin in the world is the 1933 Double Eagle, which was sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 2002 for $7.59 million.

17. Elvis Presley owned three cars manufactured by Stutz Motor Company, in which every part that is normally chrome was converted to gold.

18. Former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski bought a gold-threaded shower curtain worth $6,000.

19. A noble metal, gold is prone neither to rust nor tarnish and does not form an oxide film on its surface when coming into contact with ai

20. There are 92 naturally occurring elements found in the earth’s crust. Gold ranks 58th in rarity.

21. The chemical symbol for gold is Au, which is derived from the Latin word “aurum,” which means “shining dawn.”

22. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

23. The melting point of gold is 2,063 degrees Fahrenheit.

24. Gold is a great conductor of electricity.

25. Gold is the most malleable and ductile pure metal known to man.

26. An ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet covering 100 square feet.

27. In 1869, two Australians unearthed the world’s largest nugget of gold, the “Welcome Stranger,” which measured 10 by 25 inches before it was melted down.

28. The largest nugget still in existence is the “Hand of Faith,” found in 1980 in Australia. It is currently on display at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.

29. A gold nugget found in the earth can be three to four times as valuable as the gold it contains because of its rareness.

30. The heaviest modern gold bullion coin is Austria’s Philharmonic. In 2004, the coin, which has a weight of 1,000 ounces (31.1 kilograms or 69 troy pounds or 828 troy ounces) and a diameter of 15 inches, was dubbed the world’s largest gold coin by Guinness World Records.

31. In 2007, Canada made a 100 kilogram (3,217 troy ounce), 0.99999 gold coin with a face value of $1,000,000.

32. Pure gold does not cause skin irritations.

33. Some sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis receive injections of liquid gold to relieve pain.

34. Olympic gold medals were pure gold until 1912.

35. An ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire 60 miles long.

36. Two thirds of the world’s gold comes from South Africa.

37. India is the world’s largest consumer of gold today.

38. South Asian jewelry is generally more pure than western jewelry, comprised of 22 carat gold rather than 14 carat.

39. Gold is the state mineral of California and Alaska.

#-ad_banner_2-#40. 90% of the world’s gold mining has been done since the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in California in 1848.

41. During the California gold rush, some speculators paid more for an ounce of water than they received for an ounce of gold.

42. South Dakota and Nevada produce more gold than any other states.

43. Scientists believe that gold can be found on Mars, Mercury, and Venus.

44. The visors of astronauts’ helmets are coated in a very thin, transparent layer of gold (.000002 inches) that reduces glare and heat from sunlight.

45. The Aztec word for gold, “teocuitatl,” was translated by Europeans as meaning “excrement of the gods.”

46. According to the legend of El Dorado (the gilded one), an Andean chief who was covered in gold dust would make offerings of gold into a mountain lake.

47. Evidence suggests that around 5,000 B.C., gold and copper became the first metals to be discovered by man.

48. King Croesus of Lydia created the first pure gold coins in 540 B.C.

49. When Franklin Roosevelt raised the price of gold from $20.67 to $35 in 1934, the dollar immediately lost 40% of its value.

50. Henry VIII, Diocletian and Nero were infamous gold debasers, mixing other metals into gold coins and decreasing their value.

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Did you know…..Very interesting…….

1. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.

2. The world’s deepest postbox is in Susami Bay in Japan. It’s 10 metres underwater.

3. In 2007, an American man named Corey Taylor tried to fake his own death in order to get out of his cell phone contract without paying a fee. It didn’t work.

4. The oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (they were found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle), and were made from animal and fish intestines.

5. In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory.

6. Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.

7. Most Muppets are left-handed. (Because most Muppeteers are right-handed, so they operate the head with their favoured hand.)

8. Female kangaroos have three vaginas.

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9. It costs the U.S. Mint almost twice as much to mint each penny and nickel as the coins are actually worth. Taxpayers lost over $100 million in 2013 just through the coins being made.

10. Light doesn’t necessarily travel at the speed of light. The slowest we’ve ever recorded light moving at is 38 mph.

11. Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.

12. The loneliest creature on Earth is a whale who has been calling out for a mate for over two decades — but whose high-pitched voice is so different to other whales that they never respond.

13. The spikes on the end of a stegosaurus’ tail are known among paleontologists as the “thagomizer” — a term coined by cartoonist Gary Larson in a 1982 Far Side drawing.

14. During World War II, the crew of the British submarine HMS Trident kept a fully grown reindeer called Pollyanna aboard their vessel for six weeks (it was a gift from the Russians).

15. The northern leopard frog swallows its prey using its eyes — it uses them to help push food down its throat by retracting them into its head.

16. The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface.

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17. Some fruit flies are genetically resistant to getting drunk — but only if they have an inactive version of a gene scientists have named “happyhour”.

18. Experiments show that male rhesus macaque monkeys will pay to look at pictures of female rhesus macaques’ bottoms.

19. In 1567, the man said to have the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over his beard running away from a fire.

20. The Dance Fever of 1518 was a month-long plague of inexplicable dancing in Strasbourg, in which hundreds of people danced for about a month for no apparent reason. Several of them danced themselves to death.

21. Vladimir Nabokov nearly invented the smiley.

22. In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer called Bob Geary was allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. He was.

23. Sigurd the Mighty, a ninth-century Norse earl of Orkney, was killed by an enemy he had beheaded several hours earlier. He’d tied the man’s head to his horse’s saddle, but while riding home one of its protruding teeth grazed his leg. He died from the infection.

24. The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges.

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25. A family of people with blue skin lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.

26. Powerful earthquakes can permanently shorten the length of Earth’s day, by moving the spin of the Earth’s axis. The 2011 Japan earthquake knocked 1.8 microseconds off our days. The 2004 Sumatra quake cost us around 6.8 microseconds.

27. The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

28. Melting glaciers and icebergs make a distinctive fizzing noise known as “bergy seltzer”.

29. There is a glacier called “Blood Falls” in Antarctica that regularly pours out red liquid, making it look like the ice is bleeding. (It’s actually oxidised salty water.)

30. In 2008 scientists discovered a new species of bacteria that lives in hairspray.

31. The top of the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun, as the metal facing the sun heats up and expands. It can move as much as 7 inches.

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32. Lt. Col. “Mad” Jack Churchill was only British soldier in WWII known to have killed an enemy soldier with a longbow. “Mad Jack” insisted on going into battle armed with both a medieval bow and a claymore sword.

33. A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck — and surviving — seven times between 1942 and 1977. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1983.

34. The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s “Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)” started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640. The last time the note changed was October 2013; the next change isn’t due until 2020.

35. There’s an opera house on the U.S.–Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.

36. The tiny parasite Toxoplasma gondii can only breed sexually when in the guts of a cat. To this end, when it infects rats, it changes their behaviour to make them less scared of cats.

37. The katzenklavier (“cat piano”) was a musical instrument made out of cats. Designed by 17th-century German scholar Athanasius Kircher, it consisted of a row of caged cats with different voice pitches, who could be “played” by a keyboardist driving nails into their tails.

38. There is a single mega-colony of ants that spans three continents, covering much of Europe, the west coast of the U.S., and the west coast of Japan.

39. The largest snowflake ever recorded reportedly measured 15 inches across.

40. An epidemic of laughing that lasted almost a year broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1962. Several thousand people were affected, across several villages. It forced a school to close. It wasn’t fun, though — other symptoms included crying, fainting, rashes, and pain.

41. The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works. Please don’t do it, though.

42. There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice. But, seriously, don’t do that either.

 

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Life is so great

Life is such a great thing, its so fun! If you aren’t having fun then you aren’t living it right. Don’t be sad, or mad, just be HAPPY! Don’t cry over a boy/girl, you don’t need them if they’re making you cry.. If you’re having a bad day someone else is having it way worse.. SO be happy with life, its such a wonderful experience!

BIG HEARTS

I absolutely hate shopping for myself, or going to shop with someone but i love to go shop for someone. It makes me feel so good, like i’m doing something good for someone. I love doing things for people i have such a big heart when it comes to other people, even if they don’t really deserve it. I always try to find the good in people, everyone has a story.. Don’t treat someone different because you have more money, or you think you’re better than them because you never really know!

Adulting..

Adulting can be extremely scary, especially if you aren’t exactly ready to be an adult. You’ll never really be ready to adult and move on without your parents because you’re so use to depending on them. When you move out and get the hang of things everything will start making more sense and start treating you better. It seriously might be a struggle at first or all the time, but things don’t come easy, no where near easy and if they do, you are a lucky one. I don’t think people should exactly be scared of adulting just because it is a wonderful thing to experience!

Facts about the sun..

Age: 4.6 Billion Years
Type: Yellow Dwarf (G2V)
Diameter: 1,392,684 km
Equatorial Circumference 4,370,005.6 km
Mass: 1.99 × 10^30 kg (333,060 Earths)
Surface Temperature: 5,500 °C
  1. At its centre the Sun reaches temperatures of 15 million °C.
  2. The Sun is all the colours mixed together, this appears white to our eyes.
  3. The Sun is mostly composed of hydrogen (70%) and Helium (28%).
  4. The Sun is a main-sequence G2V star (or Yellow Dwarf).
  5. The Sun is 4.6 billion years old.
  6. The Sun is 109 times wider than the Earth and 330,000 times as massive.
  7. One million Earths could fit inside the Sun.
    If a hollow Sun was filled up with spherical Earths then around 960,000 would fit inside. On the other hand if these Earths were squished inside with no wasted space then around 1,300,000 would fit inside. The Sun’s surface area is 11,990 times that of the Earth’s.
  8. The Sun contains 99.86% of the mass in the Solar System. 
    The mass of the Sun is approximately 330,000 times greater than that of Earth. It is almost three quarters Hydrogen, whilst most of the remaining mass is Helium.
  9. The Sun is an almost perfect sphere.
    There is only a 10 kilometre difference in its polar diameter compared to its equatorial diameter. Considering the vast expanse of the Sun, this means it is the closest thing to a perfect sphere that has been observed in nature.
  10. The temperature inside the Sun can reach 15 million degrees Celsius. 
    At the Sun’s core, energy is generated by nuclear fusion, as Hydrogen converts to Helium. Because hot objects generally expand, the Sun would explode like a giant bomb if it weren’t for its enormous gravitational force. The temperature on the surface of the Sun is closer to 5,600 degrees Celsius.
  11. Eventually, the Sun will consume the Earth. 
    When all the Hydrogen has been burned, the Sun will continue for about 130 million more years, burning Helium, during which time it will expand to the point that it will engulf Mercury and Venus and the Earth. At this stage it will have become a red giant
  12. The Sun will one day be about the size of Earth. 
    After its red giant phase, the Sun will collapse, retaining its enormous mass, but containing the approximate volume of our planet. When this happens, it will be called a white dwarf.
  13. Light from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach Earth. 
    With a mean average distance of 150 million kilometres from Earth and with light travelling at 300,000 kilometres per second, dividing one by the other gives us an approximate time of 500 seconds, or eight minutes and 20 seconds. Although this energy reaches Earth in a few minutes, it will already have taken millions of years to travel from the Sun’s core to its surface.
  14. The Sun travels at 220 kilometres per second. 
    The Sun is 24,000-26,000 light years from the galactic centre and it takes the Sun 225-250 million years to complete an orbit of the centre of the Milky Way.
  15. The distance from the Sun to Earth changes throughout the year. 
    Because the Earth travels on an elliptical orbit around the Sun, the distance between the two bodies varies from 147 to 152 million kilometres. The distance between the Earth and the Sun is called an Astronomical Unit (AU).
  16. The Sun is middle-aged. 
    At around 4.5 billion years old, the Sun has already burned off about half of its store of Hydrogen. It has enough left to continue to burn Hydrogen for approximately another 5 billion years. The Sun is currently a type of star known as a Yellow Dwarf
  17. The Sun has a very strong magnetic field. 
    Solar flares occur when magnetic energy is released by the Sun during magnetic storms, which we see as sunspots. In sunspots, the magnetic lines are twisted and they spin, much like a tornado would on Earth.
  18. The Sun generates solar wind. 
    This is a stream of charged particles, which travels through the Solar System at approximately 450 kilometres per second. Solar wind occurs where the magnetic field of the Sun extends into space instead of following its surface.                Credit to : http://space-facts.com/the-sun/

LOVEEEEEE

The term “love” is from the Sanskrit lubhyati, meaning “desire.” Getting dumped often leads to “frustration attraction,” which causes an individual to love the one who dumped him or her even more. Breaking up with someone you love triggers activity in the same part of the brain responsible for physical pain. Roses are a traditional symbol of love. When a person falls in love, the ventral tegmental area in the brain floods the caudate nucleus with dopamine. The caudate then signals for more dopamine; the more dopamine, the higher a person feels. The same system becomes activated when someone takes cocaine. Timing significantly influences love. Individuals are more likely to fall in love if they are looking for adventure, craving to leave home, lonely, displaced in a foreign country, passing into a new stage of life, or financially and psychologically ready to share themselves or start a family.

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Moving

Moving can be so exciting, but it can also be very annoying. I’ve moved so much that it has either been horrible and exciting. Moving isn’t something you really want to be doing. You want to stay in one place for ever.  You are wanting to make memories in that house and no where else. Growing up in a house is such a great thing, being in one house was my dream. When i was little our house had burnt down, so yeah we had to move. Then we’d move closer to our school so it was easier. Everyone has different opinions on moving and i have a love/hate relationship with it.

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Dreams

Dreams can be a good or bad thing, they can make you happy or sad, maybe even scared. They will happen anytime in your sleep, and they will make it seem like you have slept way longer than what you really did. No one really knows why we dream the things we dream. People in your dreams are usually people you’ve seen before and that’s crazy. People who don’t dream have usually experience tension, depression, anxiety, and to hallucinate. Researchers have found that dreams are to help people solve problems in their lives, it could also even motivate you.

Come talk more about dreams with me at Goldwiser in Conroe TX

Open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, See you soon!! 🙂

Engagement

Yesterday I talked about weddings, and today I’m going to talk more about engagement. Being the girl you are never really sure when your significant other is going to propose and you aren’t really going to be ready, you’re just going to be so shocked and happy. You’re going to be so speechless because you weren’t expecting it, and now something so special is happening. A million different things are running through your mind, and that’s okay. They say “When you know, you know” and i definitely feel like that is true. Love is such a great thing, and i think everyone should experience it and be with some one they love for the rest of their lives.

Come talk more about weddings with me at Goldwiser, 1235 N. Loop 336 W. Conroe, TX 77301

Open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 7 pm