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posted on Nov 10, 2011, 12 am

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psudonym, Nov 10, 2011, 12 am

Drawn with honest fondness to Bil Keane.

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The_Hankerchief, Nov 10, 2011, 01 am

Ah, Family Circus.....

Anyway, Gold is still valuable because it is shiny. People like shiny things. Gold is just a harder to find shiny thing, making it more treasured among other shiny things. Shiny!

Shard, Nov 10, 2011, 01 am

...Is that an Angry Bird plushie?

Gunwild (Guest), Nov 10, 2011, 03 am

You will not be allowed affection, Kobe. Not while the duck lives. Not for anything in the world!

Pat-Man12, Nov 10, 2011, 06 am

I want a duck plushie.

Dreamslayer (Guest), Nov 10, 2011, 10 am

its valueable because there is little of it and has solid value and cant be replicated as easely as paper money

Helix_luco, Nov 10, 2011, 11 am

gold it occasionally used in the manufacture of computers? i don't know.

tRickityHouses, Nov 10, 2011, 12 pm

because it has confidence. really round about way to get to the table

ExSxT (Guest), Nov 10, 2011, 03 pm

If I'm correct, it was established as currency because there was no other use for it at the time and it was very shiny.

Encoyroaba, Nov 10, 2011, 06 pm

Has Question Duck ever asked a question more than once? ...
Has Question Duck ever asked a question more than once?

SuperSixOne (Guest), Nov 10, 2011, 11 pm

The main reason is that gold is pretty much never wears out or oxidises like other metals. There's just as much gold in the world now as there was in the time of the Romans.

A_Moose (Guest), Nov 11, 2011, 05 am

A few reasons it's valuable:
It's rare.
It has commercial uses in several industries including that all important one, electronics.
Tradition. People will pay a lot for it because it's always been valuable.

Ishtar (Guest), Jul 04, 2014, 06 pm

If some apocalyptic disaster hit tomorrow, gold would quickly be worth less than food, especially canned foods that keep well. Gold is valuable because society agrees that it has value.

rcthompson, Dec 26, 2014, 03 pm

Physically impossible to counterfeit

There's one aspect to gold that people haven't considered yet: its density. Copper and silver can be watered down by mixing them with denser but cheaper metals. But the only elements denser than gold are also at least one of the following: extremely rare; radioactive; extremely high melting point; extremely brittle; or more valuable than gold, so mixing them in would make the alloy *more* valuable. Therefore if a sample of gold weighs the correct amount, you are absolutely certain that it is pure gold. This makes it easy to verify the purity of a sample of gold, and impossible to counterfeit a gold coin.

Elements denser than gold: http://m.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=elements+denser+than+gold+&x=0&y=0

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