New Delhi: The plunging gold rates have boosted the sales of the yellow metal as jewellery stores across the country are witnessing huge rush. Gold, like no other metal, has a fascinating history and a special place in the world.  Here are some amazing facts about the metal of kings and gods that you probably don’t know!

The temperature of the human body is 37 degrees centigrade. Because of gold’s unique conductivity, gold jewellery rapidly matches body’s heat, becoming part of the human body.

Gold leaf is only 100 nanometres thick, 1/1000 of a sheet of paper. When hammered into sheets, gold in a pile, an inch high would contain more than 200,000 separate sheets.

With all the world's available gold, you can cover a surface area the size of Switzerland in gold leaf.

One ounce of Gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long but the resulting wire would be just five microns wide. With 60 tonnes of gold, you could make a wire long enough to stretch from Earth to the Sun.

All the gold in history could be placed in a cube measuring 65.5 feet. All of the gold in the world could be compressed into an 18-yard cube, which is about 1/10 the mass of the Washington Monument.

One of the heaviest metals, Gold is 19.3 times heavier than water.

There is some gold in the world’s oceans.  In every cubic mile of sea water there is 25 tons of gold! That’s a total of about 10 billion tons of gold in the oceans.

Pure gold is non-toxic to human and does not cause any irritation when ingested. In fact, some alcoholic drinks contain metallic gold.

The largest ever true gold nugget weighted 2316 troy ounces when found at Moliagul in Australia in 1869. It was called the “Welcome Stranger”.

Gold melts at 1064 degrees centigrade. And only boils at 2808 degrees centigrade.

(JPN/Agencies)

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