Thursday, July 26, 2012

Did You Know?!...

A great way to stand out
at your next Dinner Party, is to speak up with some fun and interesting facts...

With the Olympics upon us, try using one of these surprising nuggets of knowledge ;)

* Gold medals are mostly made of silver.
Despite the popular belief that the Gold Medal is composed of pure gold, this hasn’t been the case since the 1912 Olympics. Today’s Olympic Gold Medal is an impostor, made almost entirely from silver with approximately 6 grams of gold to meet the standard laid out in the Olympic Charter. The London Games medals are the biggest Olympic medals ever, weighing in at 400 grams. With gold selling at $1,571 an ounce, an Olympic medal made of pure gold would cost upwards of $20,000.

*Only three modern Olympic Games have been cancelled.
The games were cancelled due to World War I (1916) and World War II (1940, 1944).

*Only one person has ever won gold medals during the Summer and Winter Olympics.
American Eddie Eagan has this distinction. In 1920, Eagan took home gold in boxing. He later earned a gold medal at the 1932 Lake Placid Games in the team bobsled event.

and finally the best one of all!...

***Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games competed in the nude. ***
In fact, the word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos” meaning nude. As such, the literal translation of gymnasium is “school for naked exercise.”

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