114. Peanut Diamonds

14 May

Peanuts are bizarrely useful things. They are also just bizarre things that ripen underground. Firstly, they are not nuts. Technically a type of Pea, so peanuts are a fruit. They also are weird in other ways, they have more protein than beef liver and more energy than pure sugar.

Also they are used in the manufacture of Dynamite.

So how are they useful? Cheese, milk, coffee, cosmetics, soap, plastic, ink, dyes and many more products can be made using in part, peanuts. The main ‘Peanut Man ‘was a man called George Washington Carver. He was a freed slave who lived through the end of the 18th Century and the beginning of the 19th. Over the course of his life his fascination with peanuts led him to discover 325 uses for peanuts. Pretty cool right? That list I gave before was nothing compared to what he found.

Even then more uses were found for the common Peanut. This last one though is not really a use, it is just very impressive.

If you put enough pressure on a peanut, it will become a diamond. a bona fide tiny little diamond. I want one!

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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Articles, Trivia


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4 responses to “114. Peanut Diamonds

  1. Sarah

    December 6, 2011 at 17:46

    Anything with carbon in it could be turned into a diamond with enough pressure. And life as we know it is carbon based.. anything that is or was alive, including ourselves, could be turned into a diamond. Pretty amazing.

  2. Jay Banfill

    May 14, 2011 at 21:08

    I’ll right away grab your rss as I can not find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      May 17, 2011 at 17:20

      I do have one actually, it should be possible to use it.
      Just scroll down the page and look at the Menu bar on the right.
      Beneath the title ‘Email Subscription’ you should be able to put in your email into the white box and click the button. The you’ll be on the mailing list.

  3. Santina Grossen

    May 14, 2011 at 19:51

    I’m still learning from you, while I’m trying to reach my goals. I actually love reading all that is written on your blog. Keep the stories coming. I loved it!


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