History UsefulNotes / Gold

31st Aug '12 10:50:18 PM mlsmithca
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You know gold is heavy, but it's almost certainly heavier than you think. TheHistoryChannel interviewed a guy who had a part-time job ferrying gold bars to and from the vaults for an internal audit of Fort Knox back in the 1970s. He mentioned how a brick of gold is heavy (weighs about 33 pounds) is dirty (the dust isn't cleared out of sealed vaults) and is dangerous (drop a gold brick on your foot and you'll break every bone.) For the same amount of space, gold is about ten times as dense as brick. Lifting a single bar is something you do with both hands, carefully. Lifting a ''crate'' of gold is done with heavy machinery. [[DidNotDoTheResearch Fiction rarely gets this right.]]

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You know gold is heavy, but it's almost certainly heavier than you think. TheHistoryChannel interviewed a guy who had a part-time job ferrying gold bars to and from the vaults for an internal audit of Fort Knox back in the 1970s. He mentioned how a brick of gold is heavy (weighs about 33 pounds) is dirty (the dust isn't cleared out of sealed vaults) and is dangerous (drop a gold brick on your foot and you'll break every bone.) For the same amount of space, gold is about ten times as dense as brick. Lifting a single bar is something you do with both hands, carefully. Lifting a ''crate'' of gold is done with heavy machinery. [[DidNotDoTheResearch Fiction rarely gets this right.]]
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18th Jun '12 3:04:32 PM MarqFJA
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18th Jun '12 12:22:10 PM MarqFJA
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fun fact: In UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.

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fun Fun fact: In UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.



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!!'''Tropes involving actual gold:'''

* CityOfGold
* GoldFever
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny
* GoldSilverCopperStandard
* GoldTooth
* NaziGold
* TastyGold
* WorthlessYellowRocks

!!'''Figurative gold:'''

* EyesOfGold
* GoldDigger
* GoldenEnding
* GoldenPath
* HairOfGold
* HiddenHeartOfGold
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold
* SolidGoldPoop

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!!'''Tropes involving actual gold:'''

* CityOfGold
* GoldFever
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny
* GoldSilverCopperStandard
* GoldTooth
* NaziGold
* TastyGold
* WorthlessYellowRocks

!!'''Figurative gold:'''

* EyesOfGold
* GoldDigger
* GoldenEnding
* GoldenPath
* HairOfGold
* HiddenHeartOfGold
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold
* SolidGoldPoop

For ''tropes'' about gold, both literal and figurative, see TheGildedIndex.
26th May '12 10:07:42 AM Tdarcos
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You know gold is heavy, but it's almost certainly heavier than you think. It's just about ten times as dense as brick. Lifting a single bar is something you do with both hands, carefully. Lifting a ''crate'' of gold is done with heavy machinery. [[DidNotDoTheResearch Fiction rarely gets this right.]]

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You know gold is heavy, but it's almost certainly heavier than you think. It's just TheHistoryChannel interviewed a guy who had a part-time job ferrying gold bars to and from the vaults for an internal audit of Fort Knox back in the 1970s. He mentioned how a brick of gold is heavy (weighs about 33 pounds) is dirty (the dust isn't cleared out of sealed vaults) and is dangerous (drop a gold brick on your foot and you'll break every bone.) For the same amount of space, gold is about ten times as dense as brick. Lifting a single bar is something you do with both hands, carefully. Lifting a ''crate'' of gold is done with heavy machinery. [[DidNotDoTheResearch Fiction rarely gets this right.]]
20th Apr '12 10:53:11 AM Vehudur
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These days, however, gold has a wide range of uses. One of the most popular uses is in electronics as it is one of the best conductors of electricity (no better conductor is known to exist) and is highly resistant to corrosion. Those silicon chips in your computer? They're connected to the pins on their casings by very fine, very pure gold wires (the aforementioned corrosion resistance means that this is the only way wires could be that fine; copper wires would just turn into non-conductive oxide). Recycle a tonne of old computers and you can recover a whopping 250 grams of gold.

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These days, however, gold has a wide range of uses. One of the most popular uses is in electronics as it is one of the best conductors of electricity (no better conductor electricity. Gold is known to exist) [[http://environmentalchemistry.com/yogi/periodic/electrical.html slightly less conductive than copper and silver]] but is highly resistant to corrosion. corrosion compared to copper and silver. Those silicon chips in your computer? They're connected to the pins on their casings by very fine, very pure gold wires (the wires. The aforementioned corrosion resistance means that this is the only way wires could be that fine; copper or silver wires would just turn into non-conductive oxide).oxide. Recycle a tonne of old computers and you can recover a whopping 250 grams of gold.
23rd Feb '12 10:40:50 PM OnagaIsComingToTown
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These days, however, gold has a wide range of uses. One of the most popular uses is in electronics as it is one of the best conductors of electricity (surpassed only by silver and copper) and is highly resistant to corrosion. Those silicon chips in your computer? They're connected to the pins on their casings by very fine, very pure gold wires (the aforementioned corrosion resistance means that this is the only way wires could be that fine; copper wires would just turn into non-conductive oxide). Recycle a tonne of old computers and you can recover a whopping 250 grams of gold.

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These days, however, gold has a wide range of uses. One of the most popular uses is in electronics as it is one of the best conductors of electricity (surpassed only by silver and copper) (no better conductor is known to exist) and is highly resistant to corrosion. Those silicon chips in your computer? They're connected to the pins on their casings by very fine, very pure gold wires (the aforementioned corrosion resistance means that this is the only way wires could be that fine; copper wires would just turn into non-conductive oxide). Recycle a tonne of old computers and you can recover a whopping 250 grams of gold.
12th Jan '12 7:14:58 PM thatonedude
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Fun fact: Gold's gold colour and resistance to corrosion are consequences of special relativity. If it weren't for relativistic effects, gold would be silver coloured and very reactive.

Another fun fact: In UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.

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Fun fact: Gold's gold colour and resistance to corrosion are consequences of special relativity. If it weren't for relativistic effects, gold would be silver coloured and very reactive.

Another
fun fact: In UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.
8th Oct '11 10:01:18 PM LiberatedLiberater
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Another fun fact: In {{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.

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Another fun fact: In {{Alchemy}}, UsefulNotes/{{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.
3rd Oct '11 2:04:52 PM vifetoile
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Another fun fact: In {{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing.

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Another fun fact: In {{Alchemy}}, the philosopher's stone can turn lead into gold and make men immortal. Why? Because gold is an immortal metal, never tarnishing.
tarnishing. Gold is the perfection of the world of metal, and the Philosopher's Stone can perfect anything.
3rd Aug '11 2:43:44 PM maniakes
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For most of human history the physical properties of gold have limited its uses to aesthetics, such as jewellery, or the storage of wealth, given its relative rarity in comparison to other elements obtainable through pre-industrial revolution processes.

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Gold is valuable in part because it is so rare, much rarer than is commonly depicted in fiction. A total of about 160,000 metric tons of gold have been mined throughout all of human history, or 8500 cubic meters as a solid mass of pure gold. Assuming Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s money bin is a cube six stories tall, filling it with gold would require 2/3 of the world's gold supply.

For most of human history the physical properties of gold have limited its uses to aesthetics, such as jewellery, jewelery, or the storage of wealth, given its relative rarity in comparison to other elements obtainable through pre-industrial revolution processes.
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