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(UPI)   Good news: Lady gets $18,000 lump of whale puke as a gift. Bad news: It's against the law to sell whale puke. Icky news: Whale puke is an ingredient in perfume   (upi.com) divider line 69
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2006-12-18 04:40:46 PM
They wrote an entire Encyclopedia Brown book about this.
 
2006-12-18 04:40:47 PM
I thought everyone knew about ambergris. Apparently, ignorance is bigger than I thought.
 
2006-12-18 04:41:41 PM
Not precious ambergris?

/was her name Amy?
//and did she get it from Kif?
 
2006-12-18 04:43:55 PM
redoctober65: Not precious ambergris?

/was her name Amy?
//and did she get it from Kif?


He hid some in the usual place.
 
2006-12-18 05:42:11 PM
mmmmm hamburgers
 
2006-12-18 05:45:00 PM
Precious hamburgers?
 
2006-12-18 05:45:44 PM
C'mon barf like a freshman!


/You're lumpy and you smell bad
//Whale biologist!
 
2006-12-18 05:46:08 PM
redoctober65: Not precious ambergris?

users.bentonrea.com
 
2006-12-18 05:46:18 PM
Doesn't anyone read Moby Dick anymore?

From the heart of hell, I stab at thee.
 
2006-12-18 05:46:18 PM
Who smells like freaking porpoise hoark?
 
2006-12-18 05:46:38 PM
Don't look at me, I'm a Marine Biologist.
 
2006-12-18 05:46:40 PM
"Who smells like porpoise hoark?"
 
2006-12-18 05:46:55 PM
Somewhere in a trailer park, some noob Farker on a dialup connection is thinking, "Ambergris...why, that would be a real pretty name for my next li'l baby girl."
 
2006-12-18 05:47:08 PM
Only the really good, expensive perfume.
 
2006-12-18 05:47:18 PM
Dang, You Go Murphyr.. !! ROFL
 
2006-12-18 05:48:17 PM
Ambergris?

duh.
 
2006-12-18 05:48:31 PM
How could it be valuable if you can't sell it?

Isn't value dependent on how much you could receive in exchange?

Futurama has held up a lot better than the Simpsons.
 
2006-12-18 05:48:52 PM
czmilosz
They wrote an entire Encyclopedia Brown book about this.



Holy crap. someone else remembers.
 
2006-12-18 05:49:02 PM
Let me get this straight. A woman sent her an unattractive lump of mystery material that sat around her house for 50 years to her sister as a gift. Right. Look, it may be worth something but I have to wonder if said sister secretly hates the other.
 
2006-12-18 05:49:32 PM
Didn't he play ODO on DS9? And the secretary dude on Benson?
/oh, that's Rene Auberjonois, not ambergris
//kinda similar though....heh
 
2006-12-18 05:49:34 PM
carmody: Somewhere in a trailer park, some noob Farker on a dialup connection is thinking, "Ambergris...why, that would be a real pretty name for my next li'l baby girl."

Hahahahahahahahaha! I can see that. On next years top 10 baby names, I expect to see Ambergris.

/Scruffy's formulated a plan
 
2006-12-18 05:49:45 PM
Eeeg. I should have previewed that before I submitted. Holy sentence structure, Batman.
 
2006-12-18 05:51:10 PM
Not to be confused with Amber grease, a natural lubricant that can be found on most strip club poles.
 
2006-12-18 05:51:17 PM
Arachidonic Acid.
A liquid unsaturated fatty acid that is found in liver, brain, glands, and fat of animals and humans. Generally isolated from animal liver. Used in companion animal food for nutrition and in skin creams and lotions to soothe eczema and rashes.

Castor. Castoreum.
Creamy substance with strong odor from muskrat and beaver genitals. Used as a fixative in perfume and incense.

Cetyl Alcohol.
Wax found in spermaceti from sperm whales or dolphins.

Cystine.
An amino acid found in urine and horsehair. Used as a nutritional supplement and in emollients.

Gelatin. Gel.
Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. From cows and pigs. Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics. Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (e.g., "Jello"). In candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts. On photographic film and in vitamins as a coating and as capsules. Sometimes used to assist in "clearing" wines.

...etc.

Gross!!! No thx.
 
2006-12-18 05:56:45 PM
Let's not forget civet, used as a fixative in perfumes. Scraped from their ass-glands. Lovely.
A guy a few villages away from my own in Ethiopia is a civet farmer. I doubt he has many friends.
 
2006-12-18 05:57:55 PM
AcadianSidhe: Holy crap. someone else remembers.

Came in to say the same thing.

/Sally kicking Bugs Meany's ass ftw!
//Can't believe I remembered that
 
2006-12-18 06:00:01 PM
Yes, but it's still legal to sell my sandworm puke to Fremen wanting to make the Water of Life, right?
 
2006-12-18 06:09:18 PM
I've seen ambergris a few times. I've never seen it look green, like it does in the photo accompanying the article that was in the NY Times.


graphics10.nytimes.com
 
2006-12-18 06:12:52 PM
char_boy: Doesn't anyone read Moby Dick anymore?

From the heart of hell, I stab at thee.


That was such a great book :)
 
2006-12-18 06:12:52 PM
Sure Danarchy84. But the new synthetic sandworm puke is just as good. Except for the side effects.
 
2006-12-18 06:20:28 PM
They wrote an entire Encyclopedia Brown book about this.

By now, I shouldn't be surprised that several people on Fark would have beaten me to this comment, but I'm simply floored by the collective geekiness here. :)
 
2006-12-18 06:20:55 PM
czmilosz: They wrote an entire Encyclopedia Brown book about this.

AcadianSidhe: Holy crap. someone else remembers.

Grotfabrieken Rubbishhausen: Sally kicking Bugs Meany's ass ftw!


OMG I guess nothing really is obscure on Fark.
/Had all of those books as a kid
 
2006-12-18 06:23:12 PM
Based on that photo of the supposed ambergris...

Why the hell would anyone pick that up, let alone hold onto it for 50 years? That's disgusting.
 
2006-12-18 06:23:32 PM
*sighs*

We really need Dave Barry to comment on this.
 
2006-12-18 06:28:44 PM
There is an interesting chapter that discusses ambergris in the book "The Emperor of Scent" the material is more like muceous (sp) then vomit. It is coughed up by whales, but actually needs to float and age for years before it "mellows" and is usable. It will bake and brine in the sun for years before it reaches its optimal state. Small amounts are used in perfumes and a little goes a very long way.
 
2006-12-18 06:30:58 PM
Damn, I came in here to say "precious hamburgers"

Beaten by Neurocrat
 
2006-12-18 06:32:04 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris
 
2006-12-18 06:32:26 PM
I'll simply shed my skin...
 
2006-12-18 06:34:27 PM
Why would the endangered species act affect the puke from an animal that then washes up on the beach. I can kinda see the arguement that it could lead to people hunting or not able to tell washed up on the shore ambergris from extracted from a dead whale you killed ambergris. Come on if it washed up on the beach the endagered species act shouldn't apply. You should at least be able to get a permit to show no whale was harmed.
 
2006-12-18 06:34:32 PM
They said she may not be able to sell it because of the endangered species act. What the hell does whale puke have to do with that?
 
2006-12-18 06:34:52 PM
Personally, I hate whales.. Especially Mushu....
 
dez
2006-12-18 06:36:48 PM
Hey! Who smells like Frankenberry?
 
2006-12-18 06:40:03 PM
char_boy: Doesn't anyone read Moby Dick anymore?

From the heart of hell, I stab at thee.


Not unless they're really suffering from insomnia. I can't believe I read that book willingly. Ugh.

/whales aren't fish, Melville.
//and bats aren't bugs
 
2006-12-18 06:43:17 PM
char_boy: Doesn't anyone read Moby Dick anymore?

From the heart of hell, I stab at thee.


That's a great book. The film version sucks ass, though.
 
2006-12-18 06:45:33 PM
 
2006-12-18 06:46:00 PM
And what's all this I hear about the endangered feces....?
 
2006-12-18 06:55:55 PM
If subby were a Futurama fan they he would already know about whale hork and perfume.
 
2006-12-18 07:05:24 PM
www.leslies-fishing.co.uk
 
2006-12-18 07:17:22 PM
I have actually smelled Ambergris, back in the late 1990's, and despite the "icky" origins, it smells HEAVENLY.

A friend brought some back from a business trip to Asia.
I have no idea how he got it past customs. I didn't ask, either.

If you have ever smelled the "amber resin" that is sold in stores that sell incense, it is somewhat similar.
 
2006-12-18 07:37:50 PM
The Mail Demon

I remember doing a report on Ambergris in 2nd grade. :)
 
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