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Man finds valuable whale vomit on beach
upi ^ | Jan. 31, 2013

Posted on 02/01/2013 11:20:44 AM PST by JoeProBono

MORECAMBE, England, A British man said he was walking his dog on the beach when the canine discovered a lump of whale vomit -- also known as ambergris -- worth some $158,550.

Ken Wilman said his boxer, Madge, discovered the smelly lump on a Morecambe, England, beach and an online search identified the 6-pound object as ambergris, an ingredient in perfume that could be worth as much as $158,550, The Mirror reported Thursday.

"It smelled horrible. I left it, came back home and looked it up on the Internet," Wilman said. "When I saw how much it could be worth, I went back and grabbed it. It is like walking on the beach and finding a bag of 50,000 pounds [$79,275] in cash."

Wilman said he will send a sample of the lump to France to verify it is authentic ambergris, vomit from a sperm whale.


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1 posted on 02/01/2013 11:20:48 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

That’s not whale vomit. That’s a whale’s kidney stone.


2 posted on 02/01/2013 11:22:08 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: JoeProBono

How can “an ingredient in perfume” and “It smelled horrible” be talking about the same thing?

Maybe it was the world’s first “musk”.


3 posted on 02/01/2013 11:25:33 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: JoeProBono

whale pellets?

you learn the damndest things on FR


4 posted on 02/01/2013 11:27:35 AM PST by digger48
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder how many womens know they are coating themselves in whale vomit to attract a feller.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 11:27:37 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: cuban leaf

I remember seeing a short film once that was supposed to be based on a true event. Someone finds something on the beech he thinks is ambergris. Soon there’s a mad scramble with everyone on the beech is trying to get some of it. They all end up covered in it.

Turns out it was some kind of animal poop.


6 posted on 02/01/2013 11:28:39 AM PST by DManA
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To: JoeProBono

Wonder if cat hairballs could be a substitute?


7 posted on 02/01/2013 11:29:19 AM PST by abb
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To: JoeProBono

You forgot to put [BARF ALERT} at the end of your title. Also, whale oil was used in the Hubbel space telescope. Very interesting!


8 posted on 02/01/2013 11:29:41 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: JoeProBono
authentic ambergris, vomit from a sperm whale.

How much is sperm from a vomit whale going for?


9 posted on 02/01/2013 11:29:47 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: crusty old prospector

I can imagine many years ago some guy walking along the beach and he stumbles upon some whale vomit and says “Hey, there’s some whale vomit! That’s smells like sh*t, I think I’ll make some perfume outta that!” LOL


10 posted on 02/01/2013 11:32:18 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Good luck milking one!


11 posted on 02/01/2013 11:34:13 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: abb

“Wonder if cat hairballs could be a substitute?”

Yes.


12 posted on 02/01/2013 11:37:52 AM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: JoeProBono

13 posted on 02/01/2013 11:39:12 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Maybe I have just found a use for all of that dog %^&* that I have been throwing over the fence.


14 posted on 02/01/2013 11:39:57 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: JoeProBono; My Favorite Headache; Dahoser

..’I catch the scent of Ambergris
and turn my head, surprised’..


15 posted on 02/01/2013 11:40:38 AM PST by CaptainPhilFan
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen
And you thought eating cat hair was weird........

Darks fault!

16 posted on 02/01/2013 11:41:33 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: JoeProBono

Probably should have left it there for the tax man...


17 posted on 02/01/2013 11:44:58 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: cuban leaf

They use the ambergis after it has been refined and liquified

From Wiki:

Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odor. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent commonly likened to the fragrance of rubbing alcohol without the vaporous chemical astringency.[2] The principal historical use of ambergris was as a fixative in perfumery, though it has now been largely displaced by synthetics.


18 posted on 02/01/2013 11:47:00 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger
The principal historical use of ambergris was as a fixative in perfumery

That's a pretty well-known fact. Still, it makes me wonder who discovered noxious whale puke's beneficial uses and how.

19 posted on 02/01/2013 11:56:27 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: JoeProBono

The White House lawn would probably be a good place to hunt for that.


20 posted on 02/01/2013 11:59:46 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Bernard Marx

Ancient Egyptians used to burn it as incense........


21 posted on 02/01/2013 12:02:45 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: cuban leaf
That’s not whale vomit. That’s a whale’s kidney stone.

That's whale GOLD!........

22 posted on 02/01/2013 12:04:16 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: cuban leaf

Ambergris has been used in making perfume for centuries. Surprisingly enough, some perfumes are made of several foul smelling substances that smell pleasant when mixed together.


23 posted on 02/01/2013 12:08:31 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

...some perfumes are made of several foul smelling substances that smell pleasant when mixed together.


Kinda like Limburger cheese and garlic?


24 posted on 02/01/2013 12:10:51 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
Kinda like Limburger cheese and garlic?

To someone like Jeanine Garafolo, that would be an improvement

25 posted on 02/01/2013 12:24:01 PM PST by digger48
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To: JoeProBono

His poor dog looks like he’d rather be anywhere else.


26 posted on 02/01/2013 12:34:45 PM PST by bgill (Welcome to Amerika.)
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To: digger48

Actually, season 4 episode 16, “300 Big Boys” of Futurama from 10 years ago covered the subject in some detail (in a comedic way).


27 posted on 02/01/2013 1:15:46 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: CaptainPhilFan

‘My gaze is caught and held, and I am helpless, mesmerized...’


28 posted on 02/01/2013 1:47:29 PM PST by Go_Raiders (The wrong smoke detector might just kill you - http://www.theworldfiresafetyfoundation.org)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Whale Vomit is about the only thing I’ve heard actual make money in the Obama Administration’s fifth year in office. I’ve tried vomiting up money myself, but it is never worth much - I send it to my kid’s college every semester, anyway.


29 posted on 02/01/2013 4:07:30 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: JoeProBono

There’s a Michael Moore joke in there somewhere.


30 posted on 02/01/2013 4:29:09 PM PST by floozy22
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To: Go_Raiders

>‘My gaze is caught and held, and I am helpless, mesmerized...’<

I salute you.
Or I play my air guitar in your general direction.

Call me later, we’ll review the set list.


31 posted on 02/01/2013 9:41:05 PM PST by CaptainPhilFan
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To: cuban leaf
Two primary qualities perfume makers aim for are intensity and longevity. A perfume must emit molecules into the surrounding air for it to be detected. A perfume that evaporates too quickly will be overly intense for a short period and then rapidly lose all effect. A perfume that evaporates too slowly may not have enough intensity although it may have much longer longevity.

By virtue of its chemical structure, ambergris has unique properties that, when blended with various scents will optimize the evaporation rate and intensity, making it highly desireable additive.

32 posted on 02/01/2013 9:57:29 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: digger48
"whale pellets?"

Actually it's whale puke.

33 posted on 02/01/2013 9:59:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cuban leaf

Perfume makers pay good money for skunk essence. The stink is removed but the stink carrier remains and is used to project the perfume smell over distances.


34 posted on 02/01/2013 10:05:51 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: JoeProBono

Okay, I’m curious. If one should happen to find some of that on the beach, what do you do?


35 posted on 02/01/2013 10:43:49 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite

http://www.ambergris.fr/


36 posted on 02/01/2013 11:00:18 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: PLMerite

Send it to me and I will verify it with a certificate of authenticity...then I will store it in my federal reserve vault and you can take out loans on the value of the certificate. Sound good?


37 posted on 02/01/2013 11:04:21 PM PST by willyd (Don't shoot, we're Republicans!)
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To: Lakeshark; Darksheare

This is too sick, I’m blacking out and ignoring the twisted shark. What’s that called... I need a censor device... :0)


38 posted on 02/02/2013 8:05:44 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: CaptainPhilFan

I haven’t been able to prove a definitive link, but a cousin of mine two generations ago in Canada married a member of a Peart family of Ontario. Maybe I can play the ‘almost family’ card and we can get Neil to sit in on drums!

Cheers.


39 posted on 02/02/2013 8:21:28 AM PST by Go_Raiders (The wrong smoke detector might just kill you - http://www.theworldfiresafetyfoundation.org)
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To: Borax Queen
Censor devices don't work in dungeons....

:-)

40 posted on 02/02/2013 8:33:39 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: JoeProBono

When you searched the internet for this story, did you Google “whale vomit” or “whale puke”?


41 posted on 02/02/2013 8:37:13 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Hot Tabasco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_t44siFyb4


42 posted on 02/02/2013 8:44:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Lakeshark
noooooooo!

OK, I'm on a safe thread now where I won't get physically nauseous.

Whoops, I lied about it being safe, it's about BO "skeet shooting".... I might split my sides and break some ribs laughing...

43 posted on 02/02/2013 9:00:30 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Borax Queen
BO and his skeet shooting may acatually deserve to be on a thread about whale vomit.........

Not safe for work (or dungeons).

44 posted on 02/02/2013 9:22:22 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Lakeshark

HA!


45 posted on 02/02/2013 9:25:05 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Borax Queen
acatually

Gesundheit!

:P

46 posted on 02/02/2013 9:25:16 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Lakeshark

Ewww, sick, I’m leaving.

:0)


47 posted on 02/02/2013 9:26:58 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Borax Queen; Darksheare
acatually

Twas Darks coffee....

48 posted on 02/02/2013 9:26:58 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Borax Queen
Our son says you have global warming today.

Well........we have climate change here......10°.......

You gotta love a theory that acatually explains all temperatures and weather conditions.......

49 posted on 02/02/2013 9:29:31 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Lakeshark

Stupid Commies, don’t get me started on that one. If Bill Gates and crew weren’t playing weather games, esp in Land of Enchantment, we wouldn’t have as much “climate change.”


50 posted on 02/02/2013 9:45:57 AM PST by Borax Queen
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