August 2012

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Medal (noun): A small metal disc or object given as a prize, award or honor.

Metal (noun): A hard substance, notably used to make medals.

Medals in the news

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, 962 total medals were distributed:

135 for East Germany and the USSR

357 for Usain Bolt

962 for North Korean athletes*
*According to North Korean Information Ministry

Medals by rank

Gold - Can be melted down and exchanged for cash in times of recession. Ideal for Eurozone countries.

Silver - Awarded to second place finishers. Also called the “French Medal”.

Bronze - Named after Charles Bronzen, movie cowboy and moustache pioneer.

The Medalists of Medals

Bronze - Carl Lewis, 10 Olympic medals and champion singer.

Silver - Θεόδωρος Πάγκαλος, Greek General, for his full medal jacket.

Gold - Mr. T and his girlfriend Nancy.

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