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Your body is cool and all,
but have you ever wondered how much is it all worth?
Let’s start with selling your body one piece at a time.
Sperm? You can make $35 to $135 a shot,
with some banks paying donors $1500 for a one-year commitment,
the criteria being you are healthy, tall, young, and educated.
The price for an egg, however, is much greater at $10 000
and is likely due to the more invasive 20-minute procedure to retrieve eggs
that can put you at a risk of infection or even endometriosis.
The protein rich part of your blood, aka plasma
can be worth $50
However some of the wealthy and aging among us
are paying $8 000 a session to be infused with young blood.
Though evidence is in its early stages
the “fountain of youth”/”young blood” hypothesis
comes from research at Stanford University
where old mice injected with plasma from umbilical cords of newborn human babies
improved the old mice’s performance on memory tests.
The price of an organ transplant can be extremely expensive
with more than 116 000 Americans waiting to receive a transplant.
A kidney transplant is over $400 000
while a heart can be $1.4M.
That is, however, the cost of the transplant surgery
and not how much you would make selling your organs.
Though illegal in the US and most other nations,
the organ black market does exist.
Based on reports by the World Health Organization,
a kidney in India can go for $20 000;
in China, $40 000;
but in Israel, you can make as much as $160 000
Not willing to part with, well, a part of you?
Try selling your hair!
A real wig can cost $800 to $3 000
It’s clear that some body parts are worth a lot,
but some people have really put a price tag on their parts
Sources state that Rihanna’s legs are insured for $1 000 000,
but that’s nothing compared to Cristiano Ronaldo,
whose legs are $144 million.
Then there are the services your body provides.
Right now, you’re breathing.
You exhale 11 000L a day
and that means you can blow up the tires for about 275 cars.
Your sneeze has a wind speed of 4.5 meters per second
which is enough wind to power a small electric wind turbine.
Your cough is even more powerful at 22.4 meters per second
and could power a utility scale windmill.
Your farts? If your diet is rich in beans,
you can produce 68 mL of carbon dioxide in a single day.
If you store these (we won’t ask you why)
but if you did, in 40 years
you would have an approximate metric ton of CO2.
That’s a lot of gas, but it would only be worth $220.
Meanwhile, your brain can store 100 TB of information.
The retail value of a hard drive that big is upwards to $2 500.
Then, there are elements that make up you.
虽然我们大部分是由氧 碳 氢做成的
Though we’re made mostly of oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen,
there are some very valuable trace elements that contribute to your design
比如铜 金 甚至铀
like copper, gold, and even uranium.
However, if you added this all up,
your elemental dollar amount is close to… one dollar.
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