2 The Aztec word for gold is “teocuitlatl“, which means “excrement of the gods.”
3 The first discovery of gold in the United States was in 1799 when Conrad Reed found a 17-pound lump of gold on his father’s North Carolina farm. It was used as a doorstop for three years before being identified by an expert.
4 Conrad Reed’s father sold it to the jeweler for $3.50, less than one-thousandth of its true value.
5 There’s no such thing as “skin suffocation” despite the James Bond movie Goldfinger suggesting so (in fact, even the producers thought this).
6 Upwards of 85 percent of all the gold ever found is still being used today – based upon both its value and recyclability.
7 A thin gold film over astronauts’ visors is used to protect their eyes from glare.
8 Alchemy (turning base metals into gold) is sort-of possible. Soviet nuclear reactors have in the past radioactivity transformed some lead nuclei into gold.
9 Gold is green in the light spectrum.
10 Australian researchers have discovered microorganisms that “eat” trace amounts of gold within rocks and subsequently deposit them into larger nuggets.
and one for luck…
11 The largest reservoirs of gold on Earth, an estimated 10 billion tons, are the oceans. No one yet has found a practical way to get it out.