1. Gold (the ancient metal?)
2. Silver (imaging?)
3. Copper (wiring?)
4. Lead (bullets?)
5. Iron (swords?)
There are many valid correct answers, but I have one particular answer in mind.
Here's the answer!
For at least 1,250 years, those wishing to hoard elements from the periodic table had only five choices.
There are now many additional options open to us.
1. Titanium (the space age metal?)
2. Plutonium (nuclear weapon?)
3. Uranium (power plant?)
4. Aluminum (airplane?)
5. Platinum (automobile catalyst?)
And many more!
I would argue that world wars will no longer be fought over gold, but they may very well be fought with plutonium. In a way, plutonium has been the world's ultimate safe store of value for the last 60+ years. It's been very difficult to have a world war with it in existence. Let's hope it stays that way. Otherwise, plutonium will become a very unsafe store of value.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. - Albert Einstein
I think you all did great in the comments by the way. As you can see, my hints were not all that helpful. The description I offered for gold was the key, but you will notice that I suggested it was "the ancient metal", not one of five. I'm pretty sure you all would have solved it had I said that!
For what it is worth, I would not have solved this puzzle. The red herrings would have definitely worked their magic on me.
Timeline of chemical elements discoveries
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