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Valuable Substances

Are you a true one-percenter? See if you can name these expensive items!
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First submittedAugust 8, 2014
Last updatedAugust 25, 2014
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Description
Substance
What King Midas loved
Gold
A pound of this was once worth a £
Silver
Substance sold by HP and Canon;
Per gallon price is $2,700
Printer Ink
The four "precious" gem-stones
Diamond
Ruby
Sapphire
Emerald
One of these fish sold for
$1.8 million in Tokyo
Bluefin Tuna
Green rock popular in China
Jade
Red spice made from flowers
Saffron
Description
Substance
Common ice cream flavoring
Vanilla
What Walter White produced
Meth
Sturgeon eggs
Caviar
Beef named for a Japanese city
Kobe Beef
One of these mushrooms sold for $330,000
White Truffle
The cost of this 94th element
is $4,000 a gram
Plutonium
Fatty duck liver
Foie gras
World's lightest solid
Aerogel
Whale substance once used in fragrances
Ambergris
You would need trillions of dollars to make
one gram of this "opposite" material
Antimatter
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level 84
Aug 9, 2014
Yes! I knew that reading Moby Dick would finally pay off!
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level 77
Aug 11, 2014
I think fragrances is misspelled.
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level 45
Aug 25, 2014
Yes, and it is still misspelled. Oh, well.
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level ∞
Aug 25, 2014
Fixed
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level 62
Aug 25, 2014
Why do I know Aerogel?
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level 63
Jun 8, 2015
Because that stuff is freaky and awesome. Once learned of, is easy to remember because of aforementioned freaky awesomeness :D
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level 76
Apr 13, 2017
Never heard of it or Walter White.
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level 77
Aug 25, 2014
No Unobtainium?
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level 72
Apr 13, 2017
How about adamantium?
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level 79
Apr 13, 2017
Or Vibranium?
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level 82
Aug 25, 2014
Accept fois or foix gras as well? - had to look up the correct spelling.
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level 80
Aug 25, 2014
And at ballparks all across America, beer is $64/gallon. Closely followed by a gallon of water at any American airport.
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level 72
Aug 25, 2014
Good one!
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level 58
Apr 13, 2017
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level 42
Apr 16, 2017
I just did the math and water at the stadium near my location is CAD 4.75 a bottle, so 33.25 per gallon
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level 65
Aug 25, 2014
Please think about accepting "toner" or "printer toner" for ink.
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level 54
Aug 25, 2014
You tend not to measure powders like toner in gallons though. Toner itself isn't that expensive compared to ink, at least for how many pages you are getting out of a cartridge's worth (although laser printers and the cartridges can be much more expensive).
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level 51
Aug 25, 2014
Saffron spelling cost me, and foie gras very nearly did.
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level 61
Jan 9, 2019
yup tried saffran saphran saffrane saphrane safran safrane...then gave up ( it hink, might ve tried again thinking i missed one). Usually when the word is written is one way in my language it is easy to predict how it will be written in english, often follows the same pattern. But here unexpectedly an o appeared
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level 52
Aug 25, 2014
Tried crystal meth, would have liked that to work. Fun quiz!
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level ∞
Aug 25, 2014
Crystal meth will work now.
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level 66
Apr 13, 2017
You shouldn't try crystal meth, kids! ಠ_ಠ
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level 39
Apr 13, 2017
hahahaha
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level 68
Apr 14, 2017
I can't believe it took nearly three years for someone to point that out. XD
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level 50
Aug 25, 2014
26 seconds left, feeling pretty cool.
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level 32
Aug 25, 2014
Meth is only valuable in masses, didn't you mean the extraordinary potent Blue Sky (which is probably fictional)?
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level 66
Aug 25, 2014
Not pretending for scientific accuracy and knowledge in the field, but isn't "black matter" the same as "antimatter"?
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level 77
Feb 1, 2019
Do you mean dark matter? nobody knows what that is so maybe, but probably not - if most of the universe is antimatter we would see some pretty big explosions basically everywhere
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level 66
Aug 25, 2014
Isn't roe the actual term for the fish eggs and caviar the processed result?
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level 66
Oct 14, 2014
No. Roe is any fish egg. Caviar is specifically roe from the sturgeon.
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level 76
Aug 25, 2014
Meth kills people and ruins lives, therefore I do not see it as a valuable substance. Expensive, horrific, and evil, but never valuable.
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level 37
Aug 26, 2014
Value is what people are willing to pay for something. Diamonds have ruined more people's lives in the process of getting them out of the ground than meth has.
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level 37
Aug 30, 2014
Yes, sure. http://web.archive.org/web/20121023004513/http://www.un.org/peace/africa/Diamond.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Beers#Controversies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_diamond#References Please don't say "Wikipedia isn't a source", the data is in the references linked in the articles.
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level 67
Apr 13, 2017
Now give the list of people killed, suffering and disabled because of Meth, worldwide and ongoing. It is not only the weak people that decide to do Meth that suffer but also their families and friends.
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level 71
Jan 25, 2018
I'm with forgin. Diamonds – specifically the De Beers cartel – has devastated entire *countries*. Thankfully, things have been changing, and their iron-fisted monopoly has lessened.
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level 71
Aug 25, 2014
Post WW2, merino wool was famously worth a "pound a pound" too
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level 76
Aug 26, 2014
You should have the dollar amounts listed in another column, just for fun.
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level ∞
Aug 26, 2014
I wanted to, but it was too hard to get good data on the price of weird stuff like ambergris.
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level 71
Jan 25, 2018
Plus silver and gold change constantly!
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level 77
Feb 1, 2019
Maybe you could put the highest recorded price?
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level 43
Aug 26, 2014
Meth is dirt cheap.
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level 61
Sep 13, 2014
what!? no gasoline? =)
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level 66
Oct 14, 2014
I would call saffron orange rather than red. :/ Oh well, I guess it's redish uncrushed.
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level 66
Apr 14, 2017
Saffron is graded by quality. The really deep red threads are regarded as the most flavorful, and they are also the most expensive. Lighter orange or yellow saffron is cheaper.
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level 61
Jan 9, 2019
I agree that when thinking of saffron I immediately think orange, be it a dark orange though, not like the orange of an orange ;)
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level 69
Oct 20, 2015
I thought caviar came from the beluga whale
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level 77
Jan 4, 2016
There is a beluga sturgeon too. But seriously, anybody should know that whales don't lay eggs...
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level 66
Feb 22, 2017
For me saffron is yellow (spice small amount in rice for exampe) the "color saffron" in golden yellow based on wikipedia. But is true that red shaffron is exist. So please change red to red/yellow.
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level 69
Apr 13, 2017
Are fish really a "substance"?
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level 79
Jul 8, 2018
Uhh, what kind of crazy ghost fish have you been eating?
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level 61
Jan 9, 2019
if you can touch it it has substance
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level 59
Apr 13, 2017
Truffles are not mushrooms. I didn't even think to guess truffle because they are not mushrooms. Your clue is, to quote the sitting President of the United States, WRONG!!!!!
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level 76
Apr 13, 2017
You're right. Different branches of the kingdom Fungi.
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level 67
Apr 13, 2017
A truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean Ascomycete fungus, and in the lay world any fungus seems to get the name of mushroom. I can't believe anyone with reasonable general knowledge would not realise that a "Mushroom" sold for $330,000 was a "Truffle".
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level 59
Apr 13, 2017
And then there's me guessing "anti-hydrogen" before "antimatter". I need to stop over-thinking.
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level 66
Apr 13, 2017
Meth is not very expensive, especially compared to other hard drugs like cocaine.
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level 77
Feb 1, 2019
As pointed out above the (fictional) Blue Sky variety was very expensive.
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level 50
Apr 13, 2017
Can you accept Safron as well?
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level 57
Apr 15, 2017
Cosmetics. Try pricing them sometimes.
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level 13
May 3, 2017
people say emralds arnt real
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level 77
Feb 1, 2019
For Aerogel maybe it means least dense solid. Pretty sure a pound of that and a pound of anything else weigh the same. I was guessing carbon nanotubes which are solid but very very small so would technically be the lightest. Even if you had a piece of aerogel that small it would be a lot heavier because the lightness is just due to it having it gaps filled with air and on a small scale there would be a lot fewer gaps (if any).