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Valuable Substances

Are you a true one-percenter? See if you can name these expensive items!
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Description
Substance
What King Midas loved
A pound of this was once worth a £
Substance sold by HP and Canon;
Per gallon price is $2,700
The four "precious" gem-stones
One of these fish sold for
$1.8 million in Tokyo
Green rock popular in China
Red spice made from flowers
Description
Substance
Common ice cream flavoring
What Walter White produced
Sturgeon eggs
Beef named for a Japanese city
One of these mushrooms sold for $330,000
The cost of this 94th element
is $4,000 a gram
Fatty duck liver
World's lightest solid
Whale substance once used in fragrances
You would need trillions of dollars to make
one gram of this "opposite" material
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level 79
Aug 9, 2014
Yes! I knew that reading Moby Dick would finally pay off!
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level 17
Sep 19, 2017
I recall that my high school English teacher asked about ambergris on a pop quiz about Moby Dick because then he could tell who read the Cliff Notes and who didn't. Apparently Cliff Notes went into great detail about ambergris and only students who had read Cliff Notes would know about it.
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level 73
Aug 11, 2014
I think fragrances is misspelled.
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level 43
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 56
Aug 25, 2014
Why do I know Aerogel?
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level 61
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 71
Apr 13, 2017
Never heard of it or Walter White.
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level 70
Aug 25, 2014
No Unobtainium?
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level 65
Apr 13, 2017
How about adamantium?
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level 71
Apr 13, 2017
Or Vibranium?
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level 76
Aug 25, 2014
Accept fois or foix gras as well? - had to look up the correct spelling.
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level 60
Aug 25, 2014
Allow 'time' for liver pate?? why?
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level 22
Aug 25, 2014
Why not just ask them to accept fwahhh or f---.
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level 66
Aug 28, 2014
"Fois" means "time" as in "trois fois" - three times. Foix is a city in Southern France. While we're at it, "foi" means faith.
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level 63
Apr 13, 2017
Foie obviously means Liver, the pate made from the overfed livers of Geese is what is valuable.
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level 75
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 68
Aug 25, 2014
Good one!
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level 57
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 60
Aug 25, 2014
Please think about accepting "toner" or "printer toner" for ink.
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level 55
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 46
Aug 25, 2014
Saffron spelling cost me, and foie gras very nearly did.
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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 59
Apr 13, 2017
You shouldn't try crystal meth, kids! ಠ_ಠ
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level 43
Apr 13, 2017
hahahaha
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level 61
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 59
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 59
Aug 26, 2014
You're probably thinking of "dark matter", and no, they're not the same. Antimatter is made up of antiparticles, which behave like mirror images of "regular" matter particles (e.g. they all have the same mass and opposite charge). When particles come into contact with their own antiparticles, they annihilate and are converted to gamma-rays. So any antimatter doesn't tend to stick around long in the presence of a bunch of matter. Dark matter, on the other hand, refers to the large amounts of matter that make up some 90% of all mass in the universe. We actually don't even know what dark matter is, only that it has a lot of mass, and is at best weakly interacting with everyday "baryonic" matter (this rules out familiar antiparticles, of course, since they tend to interact rather strikingly with their corresponding matter, as mentioned above). We only know of dark matter because of the effects its gravity has on a very large scale.
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level 59
Aug 25, 2014
Isn't roe the actual term for the fish eggs and caviar the processed result?
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level 59
Oct 14, 2014
No. Roe is any fish egg. Caviar is specifically roe from the sturgeon.
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level 71
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 38
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 66
Aug 28, 2014
Any data to back that up?
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level 38
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 63
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 68
Aug 25, 2014
Post WW2, merino wool was famously worth a "pound a pound" too
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level 72
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 45
Aug 26, 2014
Meth is dirt cheap.
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level 55
Sep 13, 2014
what!? no gasoline? =)
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level 59
Oct 14, 2014
I would call saffron orange rather than red. :/ Oh well, I guess it's redish uncrushed.
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level 62
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 66
Oct 20, 2015
I thought caviar came from the beluga whale
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level 72
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 60
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 65
Apr 13, 2017
Are fish really a "substance"?
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level 57
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 69
Apr 13, 2017
You're right. Different branches of the kingdom Fungi.
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level 63
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 56
Apr 13, 2017
Meth is not very expensive, especially compared to other hard drugs like cocaine.
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level 27
Apr 13, 2017
Can you accept Safron as well?
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level 59
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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