Materials From History #2

Can you name these materials that played an important part in world history?
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The cities of Venice and Waterford were once famous for making this
Glass
What stave churches are constructed from
Wood
The first watch made using this crystal was released by Seiko in 1969
Quartz
Gas that the Hindenburg zeppelin was filled with when it caught fire in 1937
Hydrogen
Material made by tanners, who traditionally used urine and dung in the process
Leather
Hat makers may have gone "mad" due to exposure to this toxic metal
Mercury
This bouncy substance made from tree drippings caused the Amazonian city of
Manaus to be fabulously wealthy in the late 19th century
Rubber
What the Statue of Liberty is made from. It took a couple decades for the statue
to turn from orange to green.
Copper
Lightbulbs were improved in 1904 when filaments were first made using
this durable metal with the chemical symbol W
Tungsten
In the Roman Republic, free born men wore rings of this utilitarian material. Over time,
the practice died out and people (who could afford it) wore gold rings instead.
Iron
The most abundant metal in the earth's crust, it used to be worth more than gold
because it was difficult to refine
Aluminum
Known as "inheritance powder", poisonings using this substance were difficult to detect
until the Marsh Test was invented in 1836
Arsenic Trioxide
Substance found in the heads of certain whales that was used to make candles
Spermaceti
Traditionally, college professors wore jackets made of this rough woolen material,
named for a British river
Tweed
The Aztecs made many decorative objects from this blue-green stone
Turquoise
Type of ceramic invented in China and not produced in Europe until 1708
Porcelain
Bird and bat poop deposits that were highly valuable as fertilizer until the early 20th century
Guano
Forged documents claimed that Saddam Hussein was trying to import the
yellow cake variety of this element, leading to the Iraq War
Uranium
The world's first synthetic fiber, created by DuPont in 1935. During WWII, women stopped
wearing stockings made from it due to wartime shortages.
Nylon
Drug lord Pablo Escobar gave people a choice between two metals.
The first was silver (a bribe). The second was this (a bullet).
Lead
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Level 38
Feb 22, 2020
Great quiz!!
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Level 71
Feb 22, 2020
Interesting quiz. I tried arsenic and lead but completely forgot about mercury.
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Level 79
Feb 22, 2020
Very interesting quiz.
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2020
Good quiz. FYI, there's a typo in the question about Manaus: "fabously". I guess that's either famously or fabulously.
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
Okay, fixed.
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Level 80
Mar 3, 2020
Didn't rayon predate nylon? And is silicon not considered a metal? It's more abundant than aluminum.
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2020
Rayon's not synthetic; and silicon's not a metal.
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Level 80
Mar 31, 2020
not "fully synthetic," I guess
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Level 62
Jul 17, 2020
Yeah I tried silicon for a while before guessing aluminum, forgetting that silicon is a technically a metalloid.
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2020
Nice one!

FYI- In the 7th question, the word "utilitarian" is missing the 2nd "t".

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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
Okay, fixed.