MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: How much would the elements of a human being cost?

Date: Tue Jan 16 00:00:20 2001
Posted By: Shelley Schlief, Admin, MadSci Network
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 978561135.Bc


According to

"When we total the monetary value of the elements in our bodies and the value of 
the average person's skin, we arrive at a net worth of $4.50!

"The U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils invested many a hard-earned tax dollar in 
calculating the chemical and mineral composition of the human body, which breaks 
down as follows:

*	65% Oxygen 
*	18% Carbon 
*	10% Hydrogen 
*	3% Nitrogen 
*	1.5% Calcium 
*	1% Phosphorous 
*	0.35% Potassium 
*	0.25% Sulfur 
*	0.15% Sodium 
*	0.15% Chlorine 
*	0.05% Magnesium 
*	0.0004% Iron 
*	0.00004% Iodine 

"Additionally, it was discovered that our bodies contain trace quantities of 
fluorine, silicon, manganese, zinc, copper, aluminum, and arsenic. Together, all 
of the above amounts to less than one dollar!

"Our most valuable asset is our skin, which the Japanese invested their time and 
money in measuring. The method the Imperial State Institute for Nutrition at 
Tokyo developed for measuring the amount of a person's skin is to take a naked 
person, and to apply a strong, thin paper to every surface of his body. After the 
paper dries, they carefully remove it, cut it into small pieces, and 
painstakingly total the person's measurements. Cut and dried, the average person 
is the proud owner of fourteen to eighteen square feet of skin, with the 
variables in this figure being height, weight, and breast size. Basing the skin's 
value on the selling price of cowhide, which is approximately $.25 per square 
foot, the value of an average person's skin is about $3.50."

You can see the original article at:

How much is my body worth? 

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