Molecules of Water and Air Passed Through Famous People

Take water. It's simple, common, and vital. There are more molecules of water in an eight-ounce cup of the stuff than there are cups of water in all the world's oceans. Every cup that passes through a single person and eventually rejoins the world's water supply holds enough molecules to mix fifteen hundred of them into every other cup of water in the world. No way around it: some of the water you just drank passed through the kidneys of Socrates, Genghis Khan, and Joan of Arc.

How about air? Also vital. A single breathful draws in more air molecules than there are breathfuls of air in Earth's entire atmosphere. That means some of the air you just breathed passed through the lungs of Napoleon, Beethoven, Lincoln, and Billy the Kid.


Best explanation for why the H2O in a glass of water has molecules that passed through the kidneys of historical figures (even dinosaurs).

Folksonomies: wonder atoms scale

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Earth (0.925396): dbpedia | freebase
Single person (0.841050): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Genghis Khan (0.840598): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc | yago
Joan of Arc (0.824365): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc | yago
Water (0.808942): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Khan (0.790198): dbpedia | freebase | yago

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