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(SeattlePI)   Ah, beachcombing: you never know what you might find, be it pirate treasure, sea shells, or insanely valuable whale vomit   (seattlepi.com) divider line
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2016-04-14 2:29:35 PM  
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Ambergris. Noun. A grease-like product of the sperm whale's digestive tract that is used as a base in the finest perfumes.
 
2016-04-14 3:13:14 PM  
static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.
 
2016-04-14 3:22:11 PM  
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Tina: Remember that weird lump we found at the beach?

Gene: My name's Gene!

Tina: No, I mean the one that smelled funny.

Louise: His name is Gene!
 
2016-04-14 4:41:40 PM  

Ivo Shandor: A grease-like product of the sperm whale's digestive tract that is used as a base in the finest perfumes.


still smells like puke to me.
I have a "nose"

I could work in a perfume lab
 
2016-04-14 4:54:33 PM  
Obligatory beachcomber relic:

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2016-04-14 4:54:37 PM  
And what caused the whale to puke?

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2016-04-14 4:56:17 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [img.fark.net image 479x396]
Ambergris. Noun. A grease-like product of the sperm whale's digestive tract that is used as a base in the finest perfumes.


What smells like freaking porpoise hork?!
 
2016-04-14 4:56:28 PM  

timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.


The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.
 
2016-04-14 4:58:34 PM  

timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.


Came to say the same thing, they really ruin the language.
 
2016-04-14 4:59:30 PM  

Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkuuZEey_bs
 
2016-04-14 5:03:04 PM  

Bob_Laublaw: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkuuZEey_bs


I'm working. Have no idea what you linked to.
 
2016-04-14 5:08:55 PM  

Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.


Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.
 
2016-04-14 5:13:53 PM  

timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.


Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp
 
2016-04-14 5:14:29 PM  
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2016-04-14 5:17:53 PM  

Shadow Blasko: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.

Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp


Well I'll be damned. From now on, though, I'm pronouncing them after the city, Mobeel homes.
 
2016-04-14 5:18:23 PM  
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2016-04-14 5:22:45 PM  
Isn't it illegal to remove ambergris from the beach here in the US?
 
2016-04-14 5:24:19 PM  

timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.

Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp

Well I'll be damned. From now on, though, I'm pronouncing them after the city, Mobeel homes.


FYI that's one of their fake stories.
 
2016-04-14 5:27:17 PM  

Ivo Shandor: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.

Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp

Well I'll be damned. From now on, though, I'm pronouncing them after the city, Mobeel homes.

FYI that's one of their fake stories.


Yeah, just came back to say that, as I'd gotten to the end of the article and saw the "more information" link. I was curious to know more, so I clicked and it turns out that it's intentionally fake.
 
2016-04-14 5:27:46 PM  

Ivo Shandor: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.

Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp

Well I'll be damned. From now on, though, I'm pronouncing them after the city, Mobeel homes.

FYI that's one of their fake stories.


Damn you! I had him!
 
2016-04-14 5:28:33 PM  

wax_on: Isn't it illegal to remove ambergris from the beach here in the US?


Yes.
FTA:
Gary and Angela Williams of Northwest England were on a leisurely beach stroll when a pungent rotting-fish smell drew them to a lump of ambergris about the size of an American football.

Also FTA:
Even though harvesting ambergris doesn't require killing whales, many countries have banned the trade; the U.S. Endangered Species Act, for example, prohibits the possession and sale of it.  But in the U.K. it's legal, and the Williams are allegedly negotiating with buyers in France and New Zealand
 
2016-04-14 5:29:00 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Ivo Shandor: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.

Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp

Well I'll be damned. From now on, though, I'm pronouncing them after the city, Mobeel homes.

FYI that's one of their fake stories.

Damn you! I had him!


Only until I got to the end of the page, though, sorry. :(
 
2016-04-14 5:53:07 PM  

Bob_Laublaw: Obligatory beachcomber relic:

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You're doing good work, sir.
 
2016-04-14 5:53:08 PM  
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2016-04-14 6:09:40 PM  
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2016-04-14 6:10:53 PM  
Whale vomit is valuable?

/ I wonder if whales like Jaegerbombs?
 
2016-04-14 6:30:26 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [img.fark.net image 479x396]
Ambergris. Noun. A grease-like product of the sperm whale's digestive tract that is used as a base in the finest perfumes.


Whale vomit turned into perfume? Now that's what you call ironic.
 
2016-04-14 6:39:16 PM  

Shadow Blasko: timujin: Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.

Um, what? Do you think they're looking for a place in Mobile, Alabama? A mobile home (not a proper noun) is another name for a trailer home, a prefabricated structure usually associated with its ability to attract tornadoes. I have always been amused that they're called "mobile" homes, though, since they're rarely moved once put in place.

Oh?

http://www.snopes.com/lost/mobile.asp

James Sweet, a machine shop supervisor by trade, was reportedly finishing off his workday lunch one afternoon in January 1946 when a newspaper article about the post-war housing shortage caught his eye. What if, he thought, someone could manufacture a type of housing that could be put together cheaply and quickly at a central location, but was small and light enough to be transported to wherever the purchaser wished to locate it? Something like the prefabricated structures of the era, but much nicer and more home-like - a prefab housing unit divided into discrete rooms (rather than one large open space) with all the electrical and plumbing fixtures already in place. They could be built as one- or two-piece units, then loaded onto flatbed trucks and delivered wherever the purchaser desired.

Sweet's wife, Laura, was a commercial artist who did illustrations for magazines, and she drew up a few simple floor plans according to her husband's directions. James Sweet built a couple of prototype units in his off-work hours to prove his concept viable, and then, satisfied with the results, used the couple's savings, mortgaged their home, and borrowed against his life insurance to establish Sweet Homes, a company dedicated to the manufacture and sale of prefabricated
homes.


They really missed a trick there by not including the name of the state in which they operated.

/Lynyrd Skynyrd would owe them an arseload of royalties for the name.
 
2016-04-14 6:43:01 PM  
*reads thread*

Oh, that was the joke.
 
2016-04-14 7:04:13 PM  

Bob_Laublaw: Obligatory beachcomber relic:

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Many years ago I saw a flyer for a punk show in downtown Victoria: "Bruno Gerussi's Medallion" opening for "Jack Lord's Hair".

Damn I wish I had the time to stay for the show.
 
2016-04-14 7:22:12 PM  

Shadow Blasko: timujin: static caravan [mobile home]

Let's see, "non-moving vehicle" and "moving domicile" and they describe the same thing. Ah, English.

The Mobile in Mobile home is a proper noun, not an adjective.


And it's pronounced, "moe-BEEL?"
 
2016-04-14 7:23:24 PM  
I'd rather find Baltic Amber that size.  Stuff floats; that's one way to tell real amber from fake (unless your faker has the right plastic).
 
2016-04-14 11:12:21 PM  
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Don't underestimate the value of excrement.
 
2016-04-15 1:51:09 AM  

Ivo Shandor: [img.fark.net image 479x396]
Ambergris. Noun. A grease-like product of the sperm whale's digestive tract


Oh, it's worse than that:
The average sperm whale will consume around a ton of squid a day, equating to several thousand squid beaks and other debris which, after a while, start to build up in the sperm whale's four stomach chambers. As a rule, sperm whales will regularly vomit this mass of sharp and indigestible squid remains; however, very occasionally, these pass further into the whale's digestive system and this sets the scene for ambergris to be formed. A world expert on ambergris, whale scientist, Dr Robert Clarke has described the several-year process of creating a lump of ambergris deep within the intestines of the whale.

As the tangled mass of squid beaks passes through the intestines en route to the rectum, it becomes saturated with faeces. This mass of squid remains and faeces bind together in the whale's rectum, which itself is teeming with bacteria. Under these conditions, the mass grows ever larger and, over a period of years, forms a 'boulder' which increasingly obstructs the whale's rectum. Sometimes the whale is able to excrete the mass and survive, but in other cases - maybe because the lump of ambergris has grown too large to be accommodated in the whale's gut - the unfortunate whale suffers a fatal rupture. Either way, the ambergris is ejected into the ocean, where it may float at the mercy of currents for long periods of time before eventually washing ashore.
 
2016-04-15 1:04:57 PM  
This brings to mind an old song, "The Thing" by Phil Harris.
 
2016-04-15 2:32:37 PM  

Uzzah: Ivo Shandor: [img.fark.net image 479x396]
Ambergris. Noun. A grease-like product of the sperm whale's digestive tract that is used as a base in the finest perfumes.

What smells like freaking porpoise hork?!


PirateKing: [40.media.tumblr.com image 400x341]


Came for these, leaving satisfied.
 
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