The words “wealth” and “gold” are nearly synonymous. Throughout history, gold has been considered among the rarest and most precious elements known to man. Gold has been a symbol of wealth and luxury for thousands of years; wars have been waged over its possession; poems have been written about its beauty; massive human migrations to the most remote regions of the world were undertaken just to obtain it. It is universally valuable. Heck, the term “gold standard” defines gold as without rival in value. So, man loves gold. But I bet there are a few things about Earth’s most sought after element that you didn’t know. Prepare to be wowed – below are our top-10 facts about gold we bet you didn’t know about:
#6. Gold Can’t Be THAT Hard to Find, Can It?
Gold is so rare. How rare is it? Gold is so rare that in one hour, the world pours more steel than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history. By some estimates, the total amount of gold we’ve mined since the beginning of time would fill up roughly three (3) Olympic-sized swimming pools.
#7. Time to Grab Your Shovel
Because of how rare and valuable gold is, most of the gold discovered throughout history is actually still in circulation in one form or another. It is thought however, that 80% of the world’s gold still remains underground. Time for another Gold Rush?
#8. The Past Century Has Been a Good Century for Gold
Seventy-five percent of all gold we use today has been extracted since 1910. In other words, 75% of the gold in circulation today was pulled out of the ground during roughly 1.5% of the 7,000 year period since man first discovered the element back in 5,000 B.C.E.
#9. Mmm, Tastes Good, Too
You can eat your gold. Personally, I think there are plenty of better-tasting, cheaper foods that don’t count themselves among the rarest elements on earth. But some Asian countries do put gold in foods like fruit, coffee, and tea. But Asian countries aren’t the only ones doing it. Since around the 1500s, Europeans have been putting gold leaves in bottles of liquor like Goldschlager and Danziger Goldwasser. A few Native American tribes even believed that eating their gold could give them the power to levitate. I guess that’s at least a good enough excuse to taste what all the fuss is about.
#10 It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s… Giant Flaming Rocks Filled with Gold?
Here’s our favorite: nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 4 billion years ago during a 200 million year-long meteor shower. Forget for a moment that meteors rained down for 200 million years, but they rained down GOLD, of all elements. If wearing a gold, outer-space necklace souvenir wasn’t cool enough already, check this out: scientists estimate that there’s enough gold on earth to cover the entire surface 12 feet deep in of pure gold. Sure beats the heck out of a snow day.
So that’s it for the last 5 of our top 10 craziest facts about gold we bet you didn’t know about!
But that’s not all – at the end of the day, everyone’s favorite fact is just how much his or her gold is worth. You don’t need to go trekking through Alaska or exploring the Amazon to find out either; Buckeye Gold Company is Central Ohio’s premier gold buyer. For all of the facts, visit Buckeye Gold.