A few Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Gold [The word "gold" comes from the Old English word "geolu", meaning yellow.]
♦ Evidence suggests that around 5,000 B.C., gold and copper became first metals to be discovered by man.
♦ Two thirds of the world`s gold comes from South Africa.
♦ Scientists believe that gold can be found on Mars, Mercury and Venus.
♦ The visors of astronaut`s helmets are coated in a very thin, transparent layer of gold (.000002 inches) that reduces glare and heat from sunlight.
♦ Elvis Presley owned three cars manufactured by Stutz Motor Company, in which every part that is normally chrome was converted to gold.
♦ Alchemists believe they can change ordinary materials, such as lead, into gold.
♦ The chemical symbol for gold is Au,which is derived from the word "aurum", which means "shining dawn".
♦ Some sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis receive injections of liquid gold to relieve pain.
♦ Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.
♦ India is the world`s larges consumer of gold today.
♦ It is believed that around 80% of earth`s gold is still buried underground.
♦ Olympic gold medals were pure gold until 1912.
♦ The Aztec word for gold, "teocuitatl", was translated by Europeans as meaning "excrement of the gods".