Wednesday, March 10, 2010

There's Gold in Them Thar Hills

Today's bit of randomness:

1. An ounce of gold can be stretched into a filament 35 miles long.

2. The specific gravity of gold is 19.3, which means that a quart of gold weighs 19.3 times as much as a quart of water.

3. The Periodic Table symbol for gold is Au, which comes from the Latin word "aurum," which not surprisingly means "gold."

"Gold" is the subject of today's bit of randomness because I'm suffering from the Post-Winter Olympic blues. Sure, I'm getting more sleep. Sure, I've spent a lot less time in front of the TV since the games ended. But come on -- how often is curling televised in Texas? When else am I going to get to watch cross-country ski racing? I live in a place where we all freak out over "hard freezes," and we really only have two seasons - hot and hotter.

But I digress.

We were talking about gold. So, here's a word challenge for you -- changing only one letter at a time, how many words does it take you to get from "gold" to "bent?" (For example, to get from "cup" to "sat," it takes three words -- "cap," "sap," "sat.") I can get from "gold" to "bent" in four words. How about you?

While you're working on that, I'll be searching for curling on YouTube . . .


  1. I am in mourning as well! And what about the goofy Harry Potter guy that rocked the ski jumping again! I don't think I can wait 4 years to see what he's been up to! I feel like he's a member of the family!

    And what about those great video montages (sp?)? I am a sucker for a great video montage.

    Awesome blog!

  2. OK--gold-bold-bolt-belt-bent (4)
    OR--gold-geld-gent-bent (3!) (is it OK to use words from a different language and slang abbreviations? do scrabble rules apply?)

  3. I think I used the exact same four words. Great minds think alike!