Modern Marvels

Lead

Season 15, Ep 17, Aired 10/9/08
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  • Episode Description
  • A versatile yet toxic metal, lead has served mankind for 6,000 years.

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    • Narrator: History's original heavy metal. Unearthed from a dark underworld and processed by an arsenal of machinery. 18 pounds will start your car and a tiny particle will unlock secrets of the past. It protects but it also poisons and it's the key to making majestic music. Now the untold story of Lead, on Modern Marvels.

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    • In 2005, Department of Energy researchers examining bone fragments of Ludwig van Beethoven determined that his chronic abdominal pain, irritability, depression and death were cause by lead poisoning.

    • According to the Minerals Information Institute, today's average American will require 911 pounds of lead during their lifetime.

    • More than 97% of lead-acid batteries are recycled, almost double that of the next most recycled products, aluminum cans, with only 55%.

    • U.S. bullet manufacturers use up to 600 tons of lead per day. That's enough lead to make more than 65,000 car batteries or over five and half million lead crystal wine glasses.

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