The Most Expensive Liquid in the World is…

The most expensive liquid in the word is…

Drumroll, please…

Scorpion venom at around $39 million dollars per gallon. That’s about $2.4 million per cup.

So why is scorpion venom so darn expensive anyway?

When electrical stimulation is used to “milk” the venom glands of scorpions, an average yield of anywhere from 0.006 mg to about 2.0 mg of venom can be obtained from a single scorpion. [1]

With one scorpion only able to produce such a teeny tiny amount of venom at one time, filling

How much is scorpion venom worth?

“Scorpion” by John Douglas

up even one cup can take ages! It’s a very time consuming process that requires the use of A LOT of scorpions.

Now on to an even better question. What on earth do you do with scorpion venom? Scorpion venom is used for medical research, most recently to see if it could possibly be used as a cancer treatment and so far, things are looking pretty optimistic. Check out this article, On The Horizon: Scorpion venom as cancer treatment for more info.

So if you’re ready to get rich, grab a few friends, find some scorpions, say your prayers and milk away!


SOURCES:

[1] http://wrbu.org/scID/sc_sting.html

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-scorpion-venom-so-expensive

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150527091547.htm

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Ok, So Who Was Billy Jean?

“Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son”

We’re all familiar with the hit single “Billie Jean” from Michael Jackson’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982), but who was he singing about? Who the heck was this chick claiming he was the father of her child? Is the song even based on a real life experience or did Jackson just write up a catchy little ditty about a rather realistic scenario?

In an interview, Jackson stated that Billy Jean isn’t just one particular person, but rather a certain type of person:

“There is a girl named Billie Jean, but it’s not about that Billie Jean. Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the ’60s. They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers.”

So there you have it.

And today’s question: Is there a Billie Jean in your life? 


SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Jean

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/30-cool-facts-you-didnt-know-about-billie-jean-766687

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=277

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The $214 Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The world’s most expensive sandwich is a grilled cheese sandwich known as “The Quintessential Grilled Cheese” served at Serendipity 3 in New York.

This luxury sandwich is made with French Pullman bread that has been infused with Dom Perignon champagne and brushed with truffle oil that contains flecks of edible gold. Between the two slices of fancy bread is Caciocavallo Podolico cheese, a rare Italian cheese made from the milk of free-ranging cows that have been fed a diet of fennel grasses and wild strawberries. After it has been grilled, the melted cheese at the edges of the sandwich are dipped in edible gold leaf and served with tomato lobster bisque.

Sounds pretty fantastic to me! I’d love to try it but darn it, I’m poor and that sandwich costs almost as much as my electricity and internet bill combined. Would you like to try it?

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SOURCES:

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2014/12/08/what-does-214-grilled-cheese-taste-like.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3118362/You-won-t-brie-leave-New-York-restaurant-create-world-s-expensive-grilled-cheese-sandwich-214.html

10 Facts Tuesday #1

Yo! Welcome to my first of many 10 Facts Tuesday posts. What’s 10 Facts Tuesday you ask? Ok, you probably didn’t ask because I think it’s pretty self explanatory. Let’s get on with it!

1. There are two million millionaires in the Unites States. Are you one of them? For real, are you? Share.

2. Snoop Dogg has claimed that “Willie Nelson is the only person that’s smoked me under the table.”  (Translation, “Willie Nelson is the only person who  can smoke more marijuana than I can.”)

3. The cost of college has gone up 500% since 1985.

4. Matthew Bellamy of the band Muse smashed 146 guitars during a 2001 tour, setting a Guinness World Record. Sheesh, what a waste.

5. Lipstick was a sign of social status in ancient Rome in Egypt so both men and women wore it to show they were upper class .

6. When dolphins are sexually frustrated they gang up on innocent porpoises and ram them to death .

7. Jelly Belly created a cheese pizza flavored jelly bean, but it was so gross, that they made it the vomit flavored jelly bean instead .

8. Most serial killers are born in November.

9. Samuel L. Jackson has been married to his first and only wife, LaTanya Richardson for 37 years. A true Hollywood rarity!

10. There is a book titled, “Everything Men Know About Women“. It consists of about 100 completely blank pages.

Can an American Be Knighted?

Can an American Be Knighted? Meh. Kind of.

Americans do receive honorary British knighthoods and damehoods. That’s pretty cool but they’re not addressed as ‘sir’ or ‘dame’, they don’t have to kneel and they don’t get the tap of the royal sword on either shoulder (bummer). Even though they don’t get the “royal treatment”, they do receive a beautiful insignia and a hearty handshake from the Queen of England. At least 91 Americans to date have been knighted including:

Angelina Jolie. Jolie was knighted honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George in 2014 for her contribution to foreign policy and working to end sexual violence.

Steven Spielberg was knighted in 2001, for his massive impact on British cinema.  was knighted in 1998 for his works in entertainment.

In 2002, Rudolph Giuliani was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his leadership during and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.

Billy Graham was knighted  in 2001 for his international contribution to religious and civic life.

Henry Winkler was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs.

Bill and Melinda Gates have both been knighted. In 2004, Bill Gates was knighted for his business skills, contributions to technology, and also for his work on reducing poverty with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Melinda Gates was appointed as an honorary Dame of the British Empire in 2013 for her services to philanthropy and international development.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was inducted into the Order of the Bath and the Order of Merit in 1945 for his service as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in WWII.

 

Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush were both made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath. I’m not quite sure why. I’m not trying to be funny. I’m just not finding why they received honorary knighthood for any reason other than being the presidents of the United States.

So tell me. Do you think you deserve to be knighted? If so, why? Tell me all about it in a comment below!


SOURCES:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ukinusa/12-americans-you-probably-didnat-know-are-honora-dp3u?utm_term=.yhmWWk7Jy#.iaJEEGLkx

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/611621/Knighthood-for-Bob-Hope—but-dont-call-him-sir.html

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-12-01/news/mn-62855_1_queen-elizabeth-s-court

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_honorary_British_knights_and_dames

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2788029/angelina-jolie-meets-queen-buckingham-palace-officially-receive-honorary-damehood.html

 

What is Casu Marzu? {Gross Alert}

Casu marzu is a cheese made of sheep’s milk that contains live maggots. The words casu marzu in English literally means “rotten/putrid cheese”.

According to Wikipedia:

“…casu marzu goes above and beyond typical fermentation to a stage of decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly Piophila casei. These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats. The texture of the cheese becomes very soft, with some liquid (called lagrima, Sardinian for “tears”) seeping out.”

The inhabitants of this cheese have the ability to JUMP about six inches when disturbed, so it’s best to clear the maggots away before consuming. Some casu marzu eaters, however, do not do that.

Yummy.

BONUS FACT: Pule, or smoked donkey milk cheese, is the most expensive cheese in world at $600 per pound.

 


SOURCE:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/276980-5-most-expensive-cheeses-in-the-world/

Are Flamingo Egg Yolks Pink?

Often thrown into the mix of “fun fact” posts on social media, the “fact” that Flamingos lay eggs with pink yolks is not a fact. How did a rumor like that even get started? No one is really sure. One likely theory, though,  is that it could have been inspired by a photoshopped stock image of a cracked egg revealing a pink yolk that has been circulating the internet for some years.

Flamingo egg yolks range from golden yellow to reddish yellow but not pink. That would be pretty cool though.

BONUS FACT: Adult flamingos are four to five feet tall, but only weigh between four and eight pounds. Let that soak in. Weird, no?


SOURCES:

http://www.snopes.com/flamingo-egg-yolks-are-pink/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61853/15-fascinating-flamingo-facts

The Most Expensive Wedding Dress on the Planet

martin_katz_renee_strauss_12_million_dollar_wedding_dressThe most expensive wedding dress ever made is the the Diamond Wedding Gown worth $12 million dollars.  The dress was created by designer Renee Strauss and master jeweler Martin Katz. Made in 2006, this dress features 150 carats of diamonds.

BONUS FACT: Las Vegas is the top wedding destination in the US with over 100,000 weddings a year.

 


SOURCES:

https://financesonline.com/top-10-most-expensive-wedding-dresses-diamonds-silk-platinum/

Dress image – http://www.diamondring.com/journal/715-diamond-wedding-dress/

The Most Weight Lost By One Person

At his heaviest, Jon Brower Minnoch weighed approximately 1,400-lbs.  Minnoch was hospitalized in March 1978 at age 36 due to cardiac and respiratory failure. During his hospitalization, it was discovered he was suffering from edema and carrying an estimated Jon_Brower_Minnoch900 – lbs in excess body fluid.

To get Minnoch to the hospital from his home, it took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel, a specially modified stretcher, and a ferry boat to transport him to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

He was placed on a strict 1,200 calorie diet and discharged from the hospital after 16 months having lost a whopping 924-lbs; putting him at a weight of 476-lbs.

John passed away in 1983 from his incurable edema. Upon his death he weighed 798-lbs.

BONUS FACT: The fastest weight loss on the reality show the Biggest Loser was from Moses Kinikini in season 11 who lost 41-lbs in ONE week. 


SOURCES:

http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/lifestyle/the-biggest-weight-loss-ever-recorded/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Brower_Minnoch

Photo of John Minnoch – https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42893432

Can You Cry in Outer Space?

 

Can you cry in outer space? Er, well… kind of.

Your eyes can produce tears in space but the zero gravity will not allow them to fall in dramatic streams down your face. The tears will instead form into watery blobs in and around your eyes and will remain there until you wipe them away or until they’ve built up enough mass to break away on their own. From there the tears will simply float around.

Watch the video below for an actual demonstration!


SOURCES:

http://www.tested.com/science/space/453084-astronauts-cant-really-cry-space-they-can-produce-space-tears/

Why are Elephant Tusks So Valuable?

Elephant tusk, also known as Ivory, is durable, aesthetically pleasing and can be carved rather easily. In the past, ivory has been used to make false teeth, home decor, dominoes, cutlery handles, musical instruments, billiard balls, and piano keys.

Elephants are hunted and killed for their tusks and this has diminished their population greatly. There are laws to try to stop poachers from hunting elephants but this has made ivory rare and therefore has increased its value.

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Although buying and selling ivory has been banned since 1975, elephant tusks are still used all over the world but most commonly in China. There, ivory is used to make figurines, pipes, daggers, chopsticks, jewelry, ornaments, souvenirs and hair accessories.

BONUS FACT: It is popular belief that the first US president, George Washington’s false teeth were made out of wood, when in fact they were made from metal, ivory, human teeth, and animal teeth. You can see Washington’s false teeth with your own peepers at Mount Vernon, Washington’s preserved estate in Virginia.


SOURCES:

https://www.reference.com/hobbies-games/ivory-valuable-8b10a781d2d763ad#

https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/elephant-tusks-used-64b1b6203e36183

http://www.snopes.com/george-washington-wooden-teeth/

Is There Real Gold in Goldschläger?

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Image Credit: Crown & Wine Spirits

Goldschläger is a Swiss cinnamon schnapps (43.5% alcohol by volume or 87 proof) with very thin flakes of gold in it. The gold flakes in Goldschläger liquor are actual flakes of edible gold leaf. Gold leaf is created by flattening or “beating” real gold bars into incredibly thin sheets.

 

BONUS FACT: Urban legend has it that the gold flakes in Goldschläger are intended to increase alcohol absorption by creating tiny cuts in the throat and stomach of the consumer,  thus speeding up the process of getting tanked. This is not true as the flakes are soft and not sharp at all.


SOURCES:

https://www.reference.com/food/gold-flakes-goldschlager-liquor-279ef98c58cc0560#

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldschl%C3%A4ger

http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/goldschlager.asp