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