There is a fun factoid out there that goes something along the lines of:
“Did you know that dynamite is made from peanuts?”
This little factoid isn’t completely false and it isn’t completely untrue. Dynamite is an explosive material based on nitroglycerine and was invented by Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel. Nitroglycerine is an oily explosive liquid made from glycerol. This is where peanuts come in. Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, and thus linking it to the production of dynamite.
The thing is though, there are many industrial processes that also produce glycerol like the production of biodiesel and soap manufacturing. Although biodiesel manufacturers are using a genetically engineered bacteria to produce enzymes to remove glycerol during production to create a cleaner product. Raw materials used to make glycerol includes animal fats like beef tallow as well as vegetable oils such as peanut oil. Vegetable oils also include sources like coconut and soy bean.
So dynamite can be made from peanuts, coconuts, cows, soy beans and soap. This is because glycerol can be made from so many different sources.