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Julius Caesar gave two hundred gold coins to each of his soldiers from the spoils of war in defeating Gaul.

 

The element symbol for gold is Au. The symbol comes from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means "shining dawn" or "glow of sunrise". The word "gold" comes from the Germanic languages, originating from the Proto-Germanic gul and Proto-Indo-European ghel, meaning "yellow/green". The pure element has been known since ancient times.

 

Gold is extremely ductile. A single ounce of gold (about 28 grams) can be stretched into a gold thread 5 miles (8 kilometers) long. Gold threads can even be used as embroidery thread.

 

The largest gold coin ever minted, a 2007 Canadian $1,000,000 Maple Leaf is 53cm in diameter.

 

In 95 BC, Chinese Emperor Hsiao Wu I minted gold commemorative piece to celebrate the sighting of a unicorn.

 

Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.

 

Gold is the only metal that is yellow or "golden". Other metals may develop a yellowish color, but only after they have oxidized or reacted with other chemicals.

 

Researchers identified residue of a chemical compound that comes exclusively from the cacao plant - the source of chocolate - in pottery vessels dating from about 1100 BC in Puerto Escondido, Honduras.

 

Chocolate invented 3,100 years ago by the Aztecs - but they were trying to make beer

 

Brazil is the largest country in South America and in the Latin America region

 

Nervous system can transmit signals at 100 meters per second.

 

The earliest washing "machine" was the scrub board invented in 1797.

 

Homeopathic medicine, is an alternative medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago.

 

In 1979 the first cellular network was launched in Japan.

 

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

 

Laughter tends to occur in short bursts of vowel-like sounds such as 'ha-ha,''ho-ho, or 'he-he,' which are repeated every fifth of a second.

 

In groups, women laugh more than men. Women also laugh more at men more than men laugh at women.

 

Peppermint or cinnamon flavoured chewing gum is believed to reduce your stress levels if you are stuck in traffic.

 

Blind people often have trouble with sleep because daylight is so important to regulating circadian rhythms.

 

You strengthen memories made during the day while you sleep.

 
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