January 20th, 2008


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Discussion (9)¬

  1. Rowanmdm says:

    See, I was expecting the footnote to be about how worthless wombats find gold since it’s too soft and heavy to do much with. Yeah Ursula for breaking away from expectations! 🙂

  2. Sammi says:

    Wombats have plenty of use for gold. Namely, everybody else covets the stuff, so they can sell it off and buy useful things like food and clothing. I’m betting that it’s a major export.

  3. Sarah says:

    In a society where it isn’t valuable for its shininess, gold might be very useful for coating things like iron as a form of rust-proofing.

  4. Mark Antony says:

    Gold is handy for alloying, adding flexibility and rust resistance. It’s very useful for dentistry, too, as gold alloys makes very good crowns and false teeth. I doubt wombats have much use for its conductive properties, though.

  5. BunnyRock says:

    Given we know then mine Bauxite, a mineral that can only be smelted electronically, who knows?

  6. Nivm says:

    Bauxite also has a very high melting point, so it may be used for magma working.

  7. Warhammer says:

    I would throw in a Dwarf Fortress reference here, but i don’t know how many people would get it

  8. Untellgient says:

    If they didn’t get the reference, you could just pour magma on them.

  9. JET73L says:

    Or unleash the carp, if that wouldn’t be overkill.

    Gold’s resistance to corrosion is also why it is used for false teeth, or was before modern artificial teeth became more commonplace, and it can easily be alloyed into grey precious metals like silver for interesting effects. I hear that some gods really like it, too.