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Eureka

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Eureka (or 'Heureka') is a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes. He reportedly uttered the word when he suddenly understood buoyancy, subsequently leaping out of his bathtub and running through the streets of Syracuse naked. "Heureka" is a form of the Greek verb heuriskein, meaning "to find"; it means "I have found it!" As a result, "Eureka" has become an interjection which is used to celebrate a discovery (whether a major scientific truth or something as minor as the finding of a lost item).

The expression is quoted as the state motto of California, referring to the momentous discovery of gold near Sutter's Mill in 1848.

Place names

Several places are named for the expression:

More than one of these places are or were involved in the gold mining industry, with the phrase 'I found it' having an obvious connection.

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