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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 $1,500 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 $10000 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 liquid part of your blood ,aka plasma, can be worth $50.

  • However some of the wealthy and aging among us are paying $8000 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.

  • Weird!

  • 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 $3000.

  • 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 $2500.

  • Then, there are elements that make up you.

  • Though we're made mostly of oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen, there are some very valuable trace elements that contribute to your design

  • 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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How Much Is Your Body Worth?

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    Arissa Wang posted on 2018/09/04
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