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How much is your body worth?
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Posted 9/3/08 , edited 7/12/09
I remembered something that I found long ago about how much (in dollars per body) our bodies are worth. It's just an interesting thing that I wanted to share, and you may discuss anything related to it. I just hope that this is not a duplicate, IF IT IS, please do report this thread, and sorry for being unable to find the original.




According to the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, the chemical and mineral composition of the average human body 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, our bodies contain trace quantities of copper, zinc, fluorine, silicon, manganese, aluminum, and arsenic. Those amounts of elements total less than one dollar.

However, the average person owns approximately 14 to 18 square feet of skin. If you base the skin's value on the selling price of cowhide, which is about $0.25 per square foot, the value of an average person's skin is a whopping $3.50!

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_is_your_body_worth


So, basing on your own knowledge, do you agree with the quoted post above? Or do you think we are worth more than $4.50?


Below is another opinion from the Indiana University School of Medicine :

How much is a human body worth? When broken down into fluids, tissues and germ fighting our bodies are worth more than $45 million.

This price tag on the human body is based on a survey published in Wired magazine. It found that vital organs are no longer the most valuable body parts. Rather, bone marrow heads the list…priced at $23 million, based on 1,000 grams at $23,000 per gram.
DNA can fetch $9.7 million, while extracting antibodies can bring $7.3 million. A lung is worth $116,400, a kidney $91,400 and a heart $57,000.

Women's eggs are costlier than men's sperm. The survey found that a fertile woman could sell 32 egg cells over eight years for $224,000; however, for a man to earn the same amount, he would have to make 12 sperm donations a month for 20 years.

The prices are based on cost estimates taken from hospitals and insurance companies, and are based on projected prices only in the United States. Of course, the prices also assume that all these substances can be extracted from living tissue for sale.

Although this break down is illegal, unethical and also impossible, you should not feel like a million dollars anymore. You can feel like $45 million, instead!

http://soundmedicine.iu.edu/archive/2003/quiz/humanWorth.html


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I'm priceless.
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a few billion..im worth a fortune in the porn business <_<
im already making 3 donations of sperm a day :3
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well i agree that if you break it as far as the chemicals and minerals then it isn't worth much, but an actual human is very expensive (organs, tissues etc.)
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priceless indeed
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27 / M / In your room stea...
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hehe nice yea the organs are worth a lot.
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According to Mankiw the average value of a human is 2 Million dollar
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27 / M / UK
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OMG!!!............ ahh... i never knew I'm that much valued...
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26 / F / West Ar Rifa`
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priceless too
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Zenchiji wrote:

OMG!!!............ ahh... i never knew I'm that much valued...


$ 4.50 as in four dollars and fifty cents! Priceless!
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The body may be worth $4.50, but the soul is priceless. Which brings about a very strange series of questions.
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no amount of money can buy me. im a goddess lol
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Fuck yea, now I have the ingredients I can go about playing God and try to bring back my dead mother using alchemy...Boy I sure hope it works and I don't lose an arm over it. >_>

Seriously though, that may be the actual cost to MAKE a body, but a body in its own right is made up of so much more...I've been holding in a love speach for a while, I'll try not to let it spill into this conversation.
Posted 9/3/08
hmmmm...im pretty cheap.....


maybe like a couple 100 dollars an hour or something.....
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