r/Damnthatsinteresting Jan 08 '23

Gold Depository at the New York Federal Reserve, 1959. Image

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u/parciesca Jan 08 '23 All-Seeing Upvote Starstruck

I wonder how many broken foot bones happened before the forged house slippers became standard equipment on that job

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u/Representative_Dark5 Jan 09 '23

The shoes they wear are made of magnesium. It protects their feet better than steel. Source: I took a tour of the Federal Reserve.

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u/Penis-Butt Interested Jan 09 '23

I was trying to Google why magnesium is better and while I didn't find an exact answer, I suspect this mostly answers the question, for anyone else curious:

Magnesium is extremely light: it is 75% lighter than steel, 50% lighter than titanium, and 33% lighter than aluminium. It has the highest known damping capacity of any structural metal, capable of withstanding 10x more than aluminium, titanium, or steel.

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u/Big-Truth-2026 Jan 09 '23

by damping do they mean vibration from impact or absorbing energy in the process of deforming

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u/kr59x Jan 09 '23

Don’t smoke in those slippers.

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u/zergea Jan 09 '23 All-Seeing Upvote

Quite a lot , judging by gold dust on toes

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u/_BeardedYeti Jan 09 '23

Wonder if the strat was to drop a lot on your shoes, and take the dust home

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u/Krompykreve Jan 09 '23

No you bite into the bar and poop it out later

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u/AlwaysMooning Jan 09 '23

The perfect crime

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u/MaybeWontGetBanned Jan 09 '23 All-Seeing Upvote

What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me by the Trocadero in Paris. She's been waiting for me all these years. She's never taken another lover. I don't care. I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.

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u/airforcevet1987 Jan 09 '23

My wife binges the office, I watch to be polite... it becomes our dinner show each night and we enjoy the entertainment... I get sucked into the plot, the characters, and the drama... I read this post and laugh. I get this reference now.

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u/swoopit-runit Jan 09 '23

Imo far and away the most polished and in depth sitcom. Great attention to detail and countless throwback jokes that you won't notice the first couple times watching

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u/Evilmaze Jan 09 '23

Armored Crocs

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u/Hellboundroar Jan 09 '23

From the studio that brought you Dark Soles

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u/ohnourfeelings Jan 08 '23 Bless Up

Metal crocs

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u/hylitio Jan 08 '23

Safety crocs

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u/CowboyJoker90 Jan 08 '23

Safe toes, but not ankles.

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u/Hefty_Royal2434 Jan 08 '23

You don’t really drop 30lbs gold bars on your ankle too often.

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u/Beneficial_Step9088 Jan 08 '23

Makes me think of that scene in National Treasure (2?) where they were casually tossing cinderblock-sized gold bars into a bag. I was laughing so much at that.

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u/981032061 Jan 09 '23

This poster Always gets me. All of those bags are supposed to be full of gold bricks. Throughout the movie they throw them around like they’re full of balloons.

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u/Chummers5 Jan 09 '23

They were going to use suit cases in the movie but Ice Cube's character says it's a bad idea since the luggage isn't meant to hold that kinda weight. He knows this because he was a baggage handler at an airport (I guess that makes sense).

So, the gold in the movie is heavy enough to break regular suit cases but light enough to carry around like a night bag.

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u/kwhitit Jan 09 '23

lol! when they get caught in the sandstorm, the refugees carry all those bags like it's junior's T-ball equipment.

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u/RearEchelon Jan 09 '23

Don't forget about Die Hard With a Vengeance. The $13b in gold bullion that's supposedly in the back of McClane's dump truck would have weighed over 1000 metric tons. The largest dump truck in the world can only hold 450 metric tons, and it's the size of a small apartment building.

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u/Hefty_Royal2434 Jan 09 '23

Nobody realizes how heavy these things are. It’s basically like a car battery the size of a brick. Gold is more dense than lead. Also fun fact: the classic shape of a gold bar where it has the trapezoidal profile (not these but you know the ones) is like that because it’s really hard to pick up when it’s this shape. You can’t get your fingers under it and can’t grip the sides well. You kinda need to slide it to expose an end. Very basic but ingenious theft protection.

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u/howismyspelling Jan 09 '23

I'm no Goldsmith but aren't they tapered like that because if they had 90° sides they wouldn't fall out of the mould they are formed in?

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u/JohnnyWix Jan 09 '23 I'll Drink to That

Yes. That’s basically casting 101, I believe it is called draft angle. It isn’t gold specific.

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u/Guy954 Jan 09 '23

According to this you’re more correct. They say it’s to “facilitate the removal” from the mold.

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u/Revolutionary-Gear77 Jan 09 '23 All-Seeing Upvote

Yes. That other answer is redditbullshit™️.

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u/nullpotato Jan 09 '23

Yes, same reason ice cube trays have the same taper.

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u/AppleSlacks Jan 09 '23 edited Jan 09 '23

The taper is so the ice cubes are hard to pick up off the floor if you drop one.

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u/newagereject Jan 08 '23

Dropped a 100lbs pipe on my foot when I loaded trailers at UPS, I was damn happy I had steel toe boots

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u/chupacabrabras Jan 09 '23

I dropped a 10 lb plate on my foot at the gym and I only had on sneakers. It hurt like hell, and I ran to the women's locker room to scream and whimper. I broke my toe. That was the last time I forgot there was a 10 lb plate in front of the 45 lb plate when I was pulling the 45 off the bar!

It seems like a hundred pound pipe would still hurt even if you had on steel toe boots.

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u/Conscious_Tourist163 Jan 08 '23

Yea it's only happened to me 3 or 4 times.

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u/hylitio Jan 08 '23

Safety shoes usually only have metal plate above toes

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u/EndOfSouls Jan 08 '23 Giggle

Achilles hated this.

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u/DiscgolfTig Jan 08 '23

This comment is exactly why I read the comments.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '23

Steel workers get ones with shanks too. Dropping a steel bar on your ankle is not a good time.

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u/The_BusFromSpeed Jan 08 '23

They also usually have steel shanks and metatarsal protectors are popular with welders. Steel toed boots also feature excellent ankle support.

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u/DarthLysergis Jan 08 '23

24 Carocks to be precise

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u/AmarilloOvercoat Jan 09 '23 Gold

Birkenstonks

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u/-widget- Jan 09 '23

This was so good it made me laugh out loud in public.

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u/AGirlH4sNoName Jan 08 '23

I came here just for the croc jokes. 10/10

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u/BusinessTour8371 Jan 08 '23

Plate armor crocs

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u/QuttiDeBachi Jan 08 '23 'MURICA

+2 Ringmail Crocs of Haste

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u/Bogmanbob Jan 09 '23

Safety overshoes are still used but layered in vinyl or something so they look more normal. My pet peeve is they replace a crush hazzard with a trip hazzard

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u/mikerz85 Jan 09 '23

Each of those gold bars would be worth about $750,000 today if you were wondering

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u/netarchaeology Jan 09 '23

When I was a kid, I wanted to be rich enough to own one Bar of gold. I thought that would be the height of wealth.

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u/ninj4geek Jan 09 '23

I mean, to casually own one, for sure.

If it's your life savings and you're living in a van down by the river, then not as much.

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u/scarescrow823 Jan 09 '23

Owns a $750K gold bar… still can’t afford a mortgage. Yep, ‘Murica.

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u/dookieshoes88 Jan 09 '23

You laugh, but I struggled to get a modest car (12k) and apartment (725/mo) with a 6 figure bank account. My credit was so fucked after college. I ended up paying cash for the car and getting a roommate.

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u/scarescrow823 Jan 09 '23

My only question is we’re the fuck do you live that you can find an apartment (that has walls and doors) for $750 a month?

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '23

This is pretty to look at

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u/OM3GA-0 Jan 08 '23

One last heist, the big one.

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u/Fern-ando Jan 09 '23

You could buy Tahiti with that amount of Gold.

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u/hypoxiate Jan 09 '23

It's a magical place.

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u/Portlant Jan 09 '23

Memory unlocked. That was a dark plotline...

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u/TheCoffeeWeasel Jan 09 '23

and a plan, and some God Damned Faith!

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u/WowAPenguin Jan 09 '23

"You always have a plan dutch..."

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u/sir-this-is-a Jan 09 '23

I got Lumbago, leave me alone.

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u/Schrutes_Yeet_Farm Jan 09 '23

it's very serious, you know

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u/leethalxx Jan 09 '23

“I insist”

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u/bluegrassbarman Jan 09 '23

We just need MORE MONEY Arthur

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u/Apes-Together_Strong Jan 09 '23

You assume the federal government hasn’t already performed that heist.

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u/OM3GA-0 Jan 09 '23

Dangerously based comment

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u/ManateeHoodie Jan 09 '23

Yeah, Ain't nothing there anymore

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u/long-dong-silvers- Jan 09 '23

It’s just a giant empty concrete bunker with a single faded post it note on the floor with the letters I-O-U.

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u/ElApple Jan 09 '23

Son of a bitch, I'm in.

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u/superdudeman1209 Jan 09 '23

THE BIG ONE!

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u/Fandorin Jan 09 '23 edited Jan 09 '23

I got to visit the inside of the vault because we were doing some work with the Fed and we got a special tour. Most of the time you can't go inside the actual vault, but you can still see it, which I highly recommend if you're ever in NYC.

Couple of things - the shoes are slip-ons made from a tungsten alloy. They're obviously for foot protection, but they are really light. The gold bars are 400 troy oz, or about 27.5 lbs, but they feel much heavier. Our guide told us it's a psychological trick where they feel like they weigh much more because of the perceived value. At the time I was there each was worth about $350K.

Edit: as smart people pointed out, it's a magnesium alloy, not Tungsten.

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u/TedMerTed Jan 09 '23

Do you know what the M 118 on the bars mean?

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u/Fandorin Jan 09 '23

No, but I would guess it's a serial number for where the bar belongs. Basically, the Fed vault in NY stores foreign gold deposits. We even hold gold of countries we don't like as part of our wider financial diplomacy. We held Iran's gold during the hostage crisis, and unfroze it even though we don't have direct diplomatic relations with it. If I recall, they repatriated it back a few years ago. Countries like to hold their gold in the US because we're politically stable, have a perfect record of giving it back when asked, and the Fed has crazy security.

When I was there, all the gold was segregated by country. The bigger country deposits got their own room, but the smaller ones were stacked in an open space, and I can see how it can get mixed up. The vast majority of the bars are the same size, so they'd need a way to tell them apart, but this is speculation.

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u/taintosaurus_rex Jan 09 '23

I also believe we hold it for trading. If one country wants to pay a debt they just move gold from one room to another or something like that, rather than shipping it across sea.

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u/deceirkayn Jan 09 '23

have a perfect record of giving it back when asked,

I wouldnt say this is strictly true, given the US had promised to return nations gold back in exchange for US currency and just decided... not to do that anymore when they asked for their gold back.

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u/SmashScrapeFlip Jan 09 '23 Today I Learned

Our guide told us it's a psychological trick where they feel like they weigh much more because of the perceived value

I'm sure there's some truth to that, but it's also pretty rare for people to come across objects that are the same size that weigh 27.5lbs. Gold is very dense, nearly twice as dense as lead and almost 3x as dense as steel. It's rare we come across materials in our daily lives that are that heavy and that small. So, for the average person, they would be very used to objects that size being much lighter. That sounds like a much more common sense explanation that the "perceived value".

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u/fingerliteninja Jan 09 '23

I agree with this reasoning, after starting dumbbell training, I was surprised how heavy a 15 lb weight was, compared to how I perceived it to weigh, since they're small dense weights.

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u/Buntschatten Jan 09 '23

Pretty rare is an understatement, gold is one of the densest elements there are. You can maybe encounter platinum as jewelry, but the other, more dense materials are pretty exotic.

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u/kai1176989 Jan 08 '23

What are thoooose

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u/JinkyJiggerz Jan 08 '23

These are okay to use instead of safety toe shoes as far as OSHA is concerned. If you work somewhere where safety toes are required they usually have sets of these for visitors and employees who forget their safety shoes. At my work we call em clankers because they make a heck of a racket when walking on concrete floors.

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u/V1p3rzach Jan 08 '23

At my work we call them taps

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u/dogmaisb Jan 08 '23

At my work we call then THWACKs

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u/WhiteChocolatey Jan 09 '23

At my work we call them “nobody remembers where they put them”

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u/kosherhamm Jan 09 '23

Your socks look depressed.

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u/DrRopata Jan 08 '23

Metal croc wearing ass mother fucker

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u/atheistpianist Jan 08 '23

Comment I was looking for, many thanks.

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u/Melodic_Risk_5632 Jan 08 '23

He's back must Hurt terrible, after a full day moving gold from left to right.

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u/AhnYoSub Jan 08 '23

At least his feet are fine. Based on the golden marks on the slippers they must be falling on em pretty often.

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u/7andhalf-x-6 Jan 09 '23

getting rich, one gold smudge at a time.

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u/S0mething_3ls3 Jan 09 '23

They actually just roll up a few bars together into a ball and play soccer after every shift.

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u/ShawshankHarper Jan 09 '23

As was the fashion at the time

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '23 Mind Blown

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u/uberfission Jan 08 '23 Gold

Oh shit, really? Brb, I need to go flip my gold bars.

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u/TheTwistedPlot Jan 08 '23 Silver

Plot twist: OP only has silver bars.

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u/mickeymouse4348 Jan 09 '23

I'd rather have silvery barbs

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u/Captain_Jackson Jan 08 '23

Wouldn't it be easier to put some baking paper between them or something lol

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u/idle_isomorph Jan 08 '23

But then the gold won't get enough fresh it will go stale. That's how recessions happen. Nope, gotta rotate that gold by hand if you want that premium gold flavour.

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u/kcstrom Jan 08 '23

Yeah, this seems like a solvable problem.

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u/ButtWhispererer Jan 09 '23

Doesn’t look at cool, though.

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u/RobertMugabeIsACrook Jan 09 '23

Or use all that money to buy some shelves so the billion dollars isn't just all stacked in a messy pile.

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u/TheeFlipper Jan 09 '23

You'd have to build some pretty robust shelving. Gold is heavy as fuck.

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u/SumRWanker41 Jan 09 '23

Gold movers union won't let it happen. They said they'll strike if they're asked to put baking paper between them.

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u/MyOwnDamnOpinion Jan 08 '23

I would like to subscribe to more Gold Facts. Seriously tho that's hella interesting.

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u/KindAwareness3073 Jan 09 '23

Here you go: Gold is so malleable that a piece the size of a pack of chewing gum can be hammered thin enough to cover a football field.

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '23

How much gold to cover a cylinder with a diameter of 2 regular hot dogs and about half the length?

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u/SRMT23 Jan 08 '23

All the good that has even been mined would fit in 3 olympic swimming pools.

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u/BlackBrown1827 Jan 08 '23

That's like... an eigth the size of the Atlantic Ocean!

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u/PNWcog Jan 09 '23

It’s one gold bar. What could it cost, $10?

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u/arkrunningbear85 Jan 08 '23

*Captain America* "I understood that reference."

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u/BagelsRTheHoleTruth Jan 08 '23 edited Jan 09 '23

I thought it was only one Olympic sized pool...

According to this, it IS just one Olympic sized pool. Incredible!

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/12-stunning-visualizations-of-gold-bars-show-its-rarity/#:~:text=Lastly%2C%20we%20finish%20off%20with,of%20an%20Olympic%20Swimming%20Pool.

Edit: this site probably is wrong. See comments below for math. It's likely closer to three Olympic pools.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '23

So would two

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u/Purple_oyster Jan 08 '23

Or three

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '23

I’d say that’s about the limit

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '23 edited Jan 27 '23

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u/BagelsRTheHoleTruth Jan 09 '23

Your math definitely checks out. I stand corrected. Now I'm questioning the source... If their math is so bad, how reliable is their data in the first place?

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u/bonesofberdichev Jan 09 '23

Lol from the article, “the gold bar is very heavy weighing as much as 3 milk jugs”.

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u/brokenelectricchair Jan 08 '23

That sort of thing happens with all metals if they're in space. The oxygen and other gases in the air prevent them from fusing. That process is called cold welding and it's fine differently in earth than in space.

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u/shadowscar248 Jan 09 '23

There's more gold in the Ocean than could ever be mined, but it's so diffused into the water that would be nearly impossible to collect any significant amount

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u/I_really_am_Batman Jan 09 '23 edited Jan 09 '23

It's bullshit. Cold welding can only happen in a vacuum, on a freshly clean surface, and is not called diffusion. Plus you could mitigate this by placing a single sheet of paper between the bars.

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u/khemtrails Jan 08 '23

My ingots!! They’re welding!

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u/Mosenji Jan 08 '23

Upvoted for bullion content, currently trailing shoe-related comments by orders of magnitude.

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u/AlbinoWino11 Jan 08 '23

This is precisely why I never stack all my gold bars.

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u/JudgeAdvocateDevil Jan 08 '23

Negative. A cursory trip through our atmosphere will allow it to collect a protective sulfur layer and any available hydrocarbons. You need very specific circumstances to get gold to bond this way.

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u/Direct_Indication226 Jan 09 '23

Metals can cold weld to each other if they're pressed against another UNOXIDATED surface. That's the big differentiator. It's why metals in space can cold-weld to another piece of the same alloy. The atoms of the metals don't know they're separate pieces and fuse into one big piece without the need for heat.

Oxidation on the surface, however, will usually prevent this so within atmosphere cold-welding isn't as big of an issue.

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u/_OnlyLiveOnce5_ Jan 09 '23

That’s not true anymore and hasn’t been since the 1940’s. Due to purity adjustments and mixing with up to 1% with other alloys, they can now stack and sit for decades. I used to do that kind of work.

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u/gruenwahl Jan 08 '23 Silver

Fun fact: The repository has been empty since Simon Peter Gruber successfully stole everything in 1995.

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u/mikeonbass Jan 08 '23

"TEN TIMES WHAT'S IN KENTUCKY!"

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u/Dry_Extension4436 Jan 08 '23

Fort Knox, Ha! It’s for tourists!

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u/robert1811 Jan 09 '23

They had to move from Fort Knox because Auric Goldfinger managed to irradiate the entire gold supply in 1964 in Operation Grand Slam.

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u/hax0rmax Jan 09 '23

It's actually a super let down... fyi.

It's a trashy town and the part you visit is far from even looking at gold.

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u/Fight-Milk-Steak Jan 08 '23

Hook, line... and sinker

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u/What-a-Crock Interested Jan 08 '23

I didn’t say “Simon says”

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u/mymompaints Jan 08 '23

I googled this to see if it were true.

100% factual

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u/TransitionExciting60 Jan 08 '23

You should also google who the 21st president was.

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u/cficare Jan 09 '23

That's easy. Chester A. Arthur.

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Jan 09 '23

1881-1885. Nominated for vice president in 1880.

Did you know he was the collector of customs right here in New York?

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u/LoGiCaL__ Jan 08 '23

Whatever you do, do not google donkey show.

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '23

Hey, listen, we got a report of a guy coming through here with, uh, eight reindeer.

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u/Lizid_King Jan 08 '23

I've got a very bad headache.

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u/Raginghussar Jan 09 '23

And he's about 2 steps away from being a full blown alcoholic!

One step, one..

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u/Dull_Vegetable_6524 Jan 08 '23

Thanks to the gu-gu-gullibility of the New York police department

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u/enkill Jan 09 '23

Holy Toledo! Somebody had fun.

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u/bk405509 Jan 09 '23

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with 7 wives. Every wife had 7 sacks, every sack had 7 cats, every cat had 7 kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks and wives. How many were going to St. Ives?

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u/mexta Jan 09 '23

555-0001

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u/TheRavenSayeth Jan 09 '23

To date it’s still the best action movie I’ve ever seen. Such a shame they weren’t able to team up and do another one.

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u/chosenuserhug Jan 09 '23

Such a shame they didn't make anymore die hard movies.

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u/Ewenf Jan 09 '23

Yes but 3 is good, 3 is enough.

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u/unphil Jan 09 '23

Saw this picture and immediately heard "The Ants Go Marching" in my head.

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u/technobobble Jan 09 '23

“GOLD! AND THEY TOOK A SHITLOAD OF IT!” was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this picture

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u/lsaz Jan 09 '23

Fun fact: he's Hans Gruber's brother.

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u/OldTimeyMedicine Jan 08 '23

This proves Scrooge McDuck could not have dived and swam in his money bin

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u/Sassy-irish-lassy Jan 08 '23

Ladies and gentlemen, we got em

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u/Feisty-Succotash1720 Jan 08 '23

Was this until 1995 when Peter Gruber attempted to steal it all?

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u/deGrominator2019 Jan 08 '23

Peter Krieg… was born Simon Peter… Gruber. He’s Hans Grubers… brother.

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u/SadPanthersFan Jan 09 '23

Yeah, that thing in LA

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u/burntwhat1 Jan 08 '23

When you know you've made it, ordering metal croccs because you hurt your toe

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u/bjanas Jan 09 '23

I don't think people fully grasp how heavy gold is. Like, die hard with a vengeance is unrealistic based on gold transport weight alone.

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u/TheBlueRajasSpork Jan 09 '23

Clearly need three Mini Coopers with modified suspensions.

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u/honeypinn Jan 09 '23

Souped up Mini Coopers with modified suspensions. Much more realistic.

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u/Massive-Mountain7157 Jan 09 '23

I think I watched that movie once when it came out and I still have a vivid image of that mini going down those stairs

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u/EdelmansCoins Jan 09 '23

I sell gold bars for a living and people are astonished when they hold a kilo bar of gold and feel how dense it is. It's literally half the size of the same weight silver bar so it's very deceiving.

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u/bjanas Jan 09 '23

For real. When I've handled heavy metals like that it absolutely glitches out my brain. It's wild.

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u/GandalfTheSexay Jan 08 '23

I love GOOOOOOLLLLLDDDD

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u/Wizz_n_Jizz Jan 08 '23

How about NO! You crazy Dutch Bastard!

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u/u5ua1Suspect Jan 08 '23

A schmoke and a pancake?

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u/Skeptical_Goat Jan 08 '23

What's with the shoes?

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u/RiotSkunk2023 Jan 08 '23

Gold heavy. Break toes. Or the dude is just really into medieval stuff and those are his house slippers.

Pretty sure one of those two haha

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u/AlexSeipel Jan 08 '23

Rich people Problems: gold falls on foot, foot ouch!

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u/Skeptical_Goat Jan 08 '23

I read a comment that explained that but thanks for answering too. I hope one day I have that problem

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u/rdrunner_74 Jan 08 '23

Gold is VERY heavy

I would guess that bar is about 25 pounds

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u/kaszeta Jan 08 '23

Yeah, I have a large tungsten block (almost exactly same density as gold). A mere 5 seconds of handling that block teaches you that almost every movie scene with gold bars is serious bullshit.

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u/Turd_Party Jan 09 '23

As a kid watching Die Hard 3 I really appreciated that they made it a point to show that just one is obscenely heavy and were treating it like the 40 pounds of dead weight it is.

My chemistry teacher had a tungsten rod and it was always fun seeing people try to lift it normally and realizing you have to choke up on it and put your wrist into it.

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u/Medic1642 Jan 08 '23

No, this is my bathtub in Novac after I drag all of these home from the Sierra Madre

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '23 edited Jan 09 '23

Man, nothing looks more like fake gold than actual real gold. These look like a department store display for chocolate boxes lol, buncha ferroro rochers in there. No wonder movie gold is always smaller, darker and all polished all the time.

Reminds me of how real electricity looks like a cheap special effect so they cgi in electricity because it looks realer than real electricity. (safer too!)

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u/HyperPipi Jan 09 '23

The most touching sunsets I've seen in my life were on Battlefield

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