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Phosphorus/@#$% My Gardener Says (14)


Phosphorus/@#$% My Gardener Says

A German had a little tinkle
from which he hoped a golden shower would sprinkle

He was way off his mark
and instead found glow-in-the-dark

From an alchemist named Brand
to the double helix DNA strand

We now have a way to replenish the soil
that doesn’t require @#$% loads of urine to boil

July 19, 2011
Tressa Lee Breen


My Notes & Research Tools:
Phosphorus-Ancient Greek name for Venus-Light Carrier
Latin-Light Bearer-Lucifer-also Venus the Morning Star
Phosphorescence-glows after illumination
In DNA, RNA, ATP, cell membranes
Explosives, nerve agents, friction matches, fireworks, pesticides, tooth pastes, detergents, fertilizers
German alchemist Hennig Brand, 1669, trying to make gold, boiled down old urine, white material, glowed & burned brilliantly, Phosphorus Mirabilis- miraculous bearer of light
Ground up bones also source
Red-relatively stable-matches
Black-hard to make/rarely seen
White-toxic, explosives, kept in dark
Phosphate Rock-calcium phosphate-source 
Replenishes soil after harvest
Phosphorus on Wikipedia
The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From The Periodic Table Of The Elements by Sam Kean
Periodic Table: An Exploration Of The Elements by Joel Levy
Periodic Tales: A Cultural History Of The Elements From Arsenic To Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
The Elements: A Visual Exploration Of Every Known Atom In The Universe by Theodore Gray

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