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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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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The Grilled Cheesus Sandwich Press {Amazon}


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

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/