20 Strange And Interesting Facts About Gold

The Most Pure

The carat weight of gold is an indication of its purity. It generally comes in 10, 12, 14, 18, 22, and 24; the greater the carat number the gold has, the greater the purity of the metal.

Common Miracles

Fact is always stranger than fiction, sometimes more stranger than you ever realized. For instance, did you know that the power of an earthquake can turn water into gold?

Looking For Some Hot Stuff

Gold is a notoriously soft metal, but it actually isn’t as malleably as you think. A very pure 24 carat gold has to be heated to 1063°C or 1945°F for it to melt.

Fancy Plants

For a metal, gold tends to be rather shy and sneaky, its discovery difficult and it occurs in the oddest places. For example, small traces of gold have been found in the leaves of the eucalyptus tree.