While this initially sounds impossible, it is actually true! Cell phones are composed of many things, such as plastic and glass, yet there is also gold, silver, copper, platinum, and coltan, which are worth money.
If you were to stand in front of a single ton of cell phones, around 280 grams of gold could be extracted from them, along with 140 grams of platinum and palladium, and 140 kg of copper. So just how much gold is this?
Gold is one of the rarest substances on Earth, which is the reason for it's extreme cost. Just to highlight how rare it is, in a ton of gold ore there is usually .3 to 5 grams of gold. Compare this to a ton of cell phones, which alone can yield up to 280 grams of gold! So could you actually get the gold out of your phone?
Sadly the answer is no. It takes extreme knowledge on mining and is only done by a handful of highly advanced companies around the world. The process can actually be dangerous and a man even poisoned himself in the attempt!
Drinking is probably the biggest and most heavily stressed “do not” when it comes to driving, and most people would never even consider sleep to have a negative correlation with driving, yet new data tells us otherwise!
If an average person gets less than six hours of sleep in a night they begin to have a slower reaction time, diminished coordination, and impaired judgment. This correlates to driving because it makes it more difficult to navigate a car when a person’s brain is not operation at it's full potential.
The legal limit for drinking and driving in most of Europe is a BAC of .05, which is about how impaired your brain is after not sleeping for 17 hours! Although America is slightly higher, usually around .08 or .1, scientists still acknowledge the dangers of not sleeping and operating a car.
People who commonly work night shifts are especially at risk because they usually sleep a couple hours less and at awkward hours, making driving sober with little sleep more dangerous than being slightly intoxicated!
It was initially believed to be fraud when Powerball lottery officials noticed that over 100 people had correctly guessed five of the six numbers, yet it was completely accurate! On March 30, 2005, there were 110 second prize winners for the Powerball lottery, which was sold in 29 states and usually resulted in four or five second prizes given out.
There was a one-in-three-million chance of guessing the combination of 22, 28, 32, 33, and 39, yet all those who had eaten a fortune cookie from Wonton Food's Long Island City factory had come in contact with the numbers. The total second place prize was $19 million, yet so many people won each person only got $100,000 to $500,000!
Anatoli Bugorski was a Soviet student studying for his Ph. D when he was working with the largest Soviet particle accelerator. While checking that everything was in order, the machine malfunctioned and a proton beam travelling around the speed of light struck him in the face!
Bugorski said that he felt no pain and only saw a flash “brighter than a thousand suns.” The radiation alone was expected to kill him, yet strangely Bugorski survived.
The proton beam burned through parts of his face and went straight through his brain, yet he was perfectly okay! Intellectually he was completely fine, although he did tire easily, but had gone deaf and half his faced was paralyzed.
Bugorski became a poster boy for Soviet radiation medicine and was not even allowed to tell people about his accident for over ten years because the Soviet government was so secretive!
In 2010, T.I. was driving in Atlanta when he heard on the radio about a man who was standing outside of a 22-story building’s window ready to jump. He said as soon as he heard the radio broadcast, there was something in his heart that told him he had to go help.
T.I. ignored his responsibilities for the day and immediately drove to the site. Authorities had been trying to coax the man down for some time, and when T.I. showed up he immediately began his attempt to help.
Police wouldn’t let him approach the man in case it scared him, so he videotaped a message and sent it to him, which, after watching, caused the man to change his mind and come off of the building!
T.I. said he could sympathize with the man because he had often fallen on hard times and had been worn out by life. Regardless of the reason why, T.I. can be thanked for saving a man’s life!