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Those London 2012 gold medal are more Argos jewellery than 22 carats

by | 8th, August 2012

YAAAAY! Team GB is winning gold hand over fist. Sod football – let’s make athletics the national sport. We’re good at it. Very good at it. It’s 22 gold gongs so far! The Daily Express leads with the headline: “22 CARAT GOLD.”

Presumably, when the GB athletes had 9 gold medals the Express toyed with the headline “9 CARAT GOLD”, it being a benchmark of excellence and Argos jewellery. Only, those medals are not all that golden:

The gold medal is made up of 92.5% silver, 1.34% gold, with the remainder copper (a minimum of 6g of gold).

The silver medal is made up of 92.5% silver, with the remainder copper.

The bronze medal is made up of 97.0% copper, 2.5% zinc, and 0.5% tin.

The medals weight between  375 and 400 grams, (depending on the alloy) .

Still, why let the facts get in the way of a punny headline..?

 



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