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Diego Calanawan with a bullet.  He looks for precious metals in very unlikely places.

Diego Calanawan with a bullet. He looks for precious metals in very unlikely places. (View larger version)

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  • It takes ten tons of ore to produce one ounce of platinum.

  • It takes over 6 months of refining ten tons of ore in order to producer one ounce of platinum.

  • Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold.

  • Catalytic converters substantially increase toxic emissions for the first 15 minutes from a cold start until they reach 430°C (806°F).

  • The catalytic converter was mandated for all U.S. cars and trucks in 1975, to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they left the exhaust system.

  • Officially titled "Most Pierced Woman", Elaine Davidson of Scotland holds the Guinness World Record for most permanent piercings, first setting this record in 2000 upon verification by Guinness judges of 462 body piercings, with 192 at the time being around her head and face.

  • Monte Pierce (USA) can stretch his earlobes to a length of 12.7 cm (5 in) for his left and 11.43 cm (4.5 in) for his right. When not strecthed, his earlobes measure just under 2.54 cm (1 in).

  • The Fort Knox depository opened in 1937.

  • When World War II began, the US Government declared Platinum a strategic metal and its use in non-military applications was disallowed.

  • Annually, only 133 tons of platinum are mined, compared to about 1,782 tons of gold.

  • Because of its ability to take the highest polish, silver has a greater reflectivity than gold.

  • Pure silver’s melting point is 1761 degrees Fahrenheit or 961 degrees Celsius.

  • Gold’s melting point is 1,945 degrees Fahrenheit or 1063 degrees Celsius.

  • In 1158, King Henry II introduced the Tealby penny, which was made of 92.5% pure silver.

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