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Old 01-16-2018, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Shreveport, LA
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Why does touching statues make them shine?


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Old 01-16-2018, 06:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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The fat deposit on your fingers?
The tarnish, or patina, is caused by a chemical reaction between the various metals in the alloy, and acids or other corrosive materials. Acids in the skin can cause uneven tarnish from over-handling, and over time even dust will have leave an unattractive patina.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Ask a different question - "What are good ways to polish metal?"

(What kind of weirdos have such a big toe fetish that they make the big toes of statues shine? I hesitate to think what would happen if statues were within easy reach of people and where Elvis might shine...)
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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For the same reasons that even copper coins get shinier when you rub then with your fingers, or the handle of a wooden walking cane gets shinier, or the most touched door knob in your house. The skin on your fingers can polish things that you touch all the time.
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Germany
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(What kind of weirdos have such a big toe fetish that they make the big toes of statues shine?
Apparently if you make a wish while rubbing the toe, your wish comes true. From the link:

"Because of a belief that rubbing the toe while saying a wish will actually make that wish happen. And naturally, as with millions of other similarly bizarre and unproven beliefs, people massively accepted it and rub the toe of poor Gregory as if it is a lucky charm."
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