Magnesium: Another Stupid Element

Coming in at number twelve on the periodic table, magnesium is a metal that is found nearly everywhere: in the Earth’s crust and deep in the Earth’s mantle and core, in seawater, and in plants. That’s right: plants are made of metal!

Don’t believe us? Try this experiment at home*. Take a common houseplant: a fern, one of those spider plants, one of those things with the deep green leaves they’re always selling at the grocery store, or whatever. Now, use the plant to fashion a crude bullet-proof vest. Braid the leaves, or sew them together, whatever works for your particular plant needs. Now, put your bulletproof plant-vest on, and have a friend shoot you. The bullet will simply bounce right off the plant, because it is made of metal!

Probably. We don’t know. This is more of a thought experiment. As in: we thought it would be a terrible idea to actually DO this experiment.

*By “Try this experiment at home,” we mean, “Do NOT ever try this experiment at home.” Thank you for your attention in this matter.

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One comment

  1. Jo

    Plants are not made of metal. After reading this post I tried to stick my grocery store plant to my magnetic whiteboard and it just crashed to the floor.

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