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    Here are some facts you didn’t know about gold

    Six facts you didn’t know about gold
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    Six facts you didn’t know about gold

    Text: TNN

    We all love wearing gold, but here are some lesser known facts about the shiny metal that seems almost indispensable when you're decking up.

    The olympic gold medal isn't made of gold
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    The olympic gold medal isn't made of gold

    The Olympic gold medal consists of around 1% gold. The rest of it roughly comprises 92% silver and 6% copper. The last time solid gold medals were handed out at the Olympics was 1912.

    It's edible
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    It's edible

    Gold is 'biologically inert', which means that it can pass through your digestive tract without getting absorbed into your system. Even so, most experts recommend that you don't gulp down the first necklace you see if you have the munchies!

    Aurophobia
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    Aurophobia

    It might be hard for most to relate to, but some people suffer from the irrational and extreme fear of gold, or sometimes even golden objects - a condition called aurophobia. The very sight or mention of gold can cause nausea, dizziness and panic attacks, among other symptoms.

    An eerie reason behind gold earrings
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    An eerie reason behind gold earrings

    Sailors in Europe used to wear gold earrings - not for fashion, but in the event that they drowned and their bodies washed up, the gold could be used as payment to give them a proper Christian burial.

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    Here are some facts you didn’t know about gold

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