Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thar’s gold in them thar….

OK, OK, I admit I don’t really know where to “go” with this.

Human No. 2, it seems, could actually be No. 1. At least, the U. S. Geological Survey is inclined to say so.

The USGS recently reported it found gold, platinum and silver in treated human waste. A spokeswoman said the traces of gold found in human doo-doo is “at the level of a minimal mineral deposit.”

Another crew of experts (how does one get to be an expert in this kind of thing?) estimated that the stuff that Americans flush down the toilet in a year contains valuable metals worth $13 per person.
Who knew?

And it’s not like it’s a unprecedented concept.

Back in the 1500s or so, poor folks in Europe sold their urine to tanneries that needed the uric acid for leather processing. The very poorest of the poor were shut out of this modest transaction because they “didn’t have a pot to piss in.”

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015

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