You're a Chemical Factory

What's inside your body may surprise you

(HealthDayNews) -- Have a burning desire? Perhaps that's because your body contains enough phosphorous to make 2,000 match heads.

Mining other bits of mineral information from the book "Amazing Facts About Your Body," published by Doubleday and Co.:

  • The human body contains enough carbon to make 900 lead pencils;
  • enough iron to make a 3-inch-long nail.
  • enough sulphur to kill all the fleas on a dog;
  • enough lime to whitewash a small chicken coop,
  • and enough potassium to explode a toy cannon.
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