A Nugget of Knowledge: The first gold Columbus brought back from the New World was used in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome to gild the ceiling. It’s still there. (From Tidbits)
Laugh a bit: If a king sits on gold, who sits on silver? The Lone Ranger. (From Tidbits).
GOLD NUGGESTS: In 1983, a Brazilian prospector found a 137 pound (62 kg) nugget that contained a million dollars worth of gold.
The largest gold nugget ever found was found in Australia in 1869. The nugget is 10 by 25 inches and yielded 140 pounds (64 kg) of pure gold. It was found buried under just two inches of dirt.
Solid gold: According to the legend, King Hiero II wanted to have his old gold crown melted down and made into a new crown. However, he was afraid that the jeweler hired to do the work would cut the pure gold with a less expensive metal such as silver. The crown would still weigh the same; it would still look like pure gold, but the jeweler would be making off with a chunk of royal gold for free.
The King asked Greek scientist Archimedes how he would be able to tell if the jeweler stole gold from the royal crown. Archimedes pondered the question for some time. Then, he decided to take a bath,
As he got into the over-filled tub, some water splashed on the floor. That’s when he realized that a body immersed in fluid loses weight equal to the weight of the fluid it displaces-an important law of physics. He knew that by weighing the amount of water displaced by the crown both before and after it was re-worked, he could tell if the gold have been adulterated. He became so excited that he allegedly rushed naked in to the streets of Syracuse, Sicily shouting: “Eureka!” which means “I have found it!”. The crown was weighted, the jeweler did steal some gold—and he paid for it with his life.
It is a fact: The world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.