Word of caution – Caution. Ok, seriously, this is a bit out of the ordinary from the things I write about – aka saving you time, money, and sanity one step at a time. This article is a sneak peak into my not-so-sane sanity and you’ll see that saving sanity tips on this blog are much more necessary for some like me than others. LOL
I’ve always be fascinated with the sub-atomic world… the world within a world within a world within a world. Lately, I’ve been thinking of electrons, our bodies, and our connections with the world. Physics was my major of choice initially in college until my first professor’s lack of teaching skills helped fuel my switch to engineering. Also I made a D in chemistry in college (oh, for the love of all college students why would they have a 7:30am class). So these are not theories I’m able to prove or even want to, I just wonder in my little mass of cells called a brain how the universe works. I don’t mean the giant universe we live in with all the planets that I cannot even fathom the size. I mean the subatomic universe that lives within us that I cannot even fathom the size.
Never-the-less, somedays I like to park my thoughts in sci-fi mode and dream away. The last couple of days it has been about the escape of tens of thousands of electrons spontaneously leaving their orbits from my skin cells’ atomic building blocks. A kind of subatomic glow, or pixie dust-ish display, hovering just above my skin and drifting carelessly into the atmosphere. Does that happen? Is that how “sparks fly” between lovers or when quarrels ignite?
According to https://www.thoughtco.com/how-many-atoms-in-human-cell-603882, “… the number of atoms in a single human skin cell “ is 100,000,000,000,000 or 100 trillion atoms. Interestingly, the number of cells in the human body is estimated to be about the same as the number of atoms in a human cell.”
Ok, stating the obvious… that’s a lot of atoms. I mean anything over just 100 and I cannot conceptualize what the quantity means but to think a cell that cannot be detected singularly by the naked eye has 100 trillion atoms just A-bomb blows my mind.
What are all of these elements that make up the inner workings of just one human skin cell? They include Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, and Oxygen and can have small amounts(Ok whatever that means in light of all the other numbers you’ve just read) of Phosphorous Iron, Sodium, Magnesium, Sulphur, Calcium and Chlorine. BOOM!
What about the valence electrons in all of those teensy tiny balls of magic?
You know the electrons living on the fringe. Hanging out on the very edge of their societal atom? Most times they hook up with more than one atom and a menage a trios (or 100 trillion) happens between the elements. With the types of not-very-conductive atoms in skin cells, every once in a while, the electrons don’t hook up and as the sappy old school rock song plays, “You can go your own way, go your own way.” And even more less frequently, occasionally a person scoots their feet across a carpeted room and electrons are released at the touch of a metal door knob like a crowd of 1000 ravers escaping a packed warehouse during a raid. ZAP.
So why all this mumbo jumbo nonsense about subatomic particles and electrons moving freely or not so freely about in the surface layer of our skin? I don’t know. Maybe I’d like to think that figuring out the escape of electrons from our skin could be the first step toward figuring out teleportation.
Or it’s 2 am and I can’t sleep.
All I can think of is teeny tiny bits of glowing spheres drifting from my skin and yours, and people I see at grocery stores or rest stops or neighbors waving hello as their skin’s atoms’ electrons disperse and swish back and forth with each of their arm’s movement. Swish. Swish. Swish. And with that, a hearty electron energy charged goodnight my sweet readers.