"I wanted it, and I sought, I scrabbled and muckled like a slave. Was it famine or scurvy? I fought it, I hurled my youth into a grave" -Robert W. Service on his thoughts about his favorite element. If you don't know what element I am talking about, I shall give you a hint. It is the single element most credited with catalyzing wars, building civilizations, inspiring artworks. It stands the test of time by being a strong non tarnishing metal, yet remains physically soft and seldom exists in nature alone. Coupled with its brothers platinum and silver spread thinly about the Earth's crust, this element remains the first place choice for jewelery, one of the best conductors use in electronic boards, and even has radioactive isotopes used to treat cancer. If you guessed Gold as the element being described, then you are absolutely correct. No other element retains the same characteristics and variety of uses, yet remains so rare and precious that it will ever be tossed into the whirlpools of oblivion.