$63,000 Worth Of Whale Vomit

Eight year old Charlie Naysmith was walking down Hengistbury Head, on the southern coast of England when he found a rock-like, football sized chunk that in actuality is piece of “whale vomit” potentially worth as much as $63,000

What Charlie found is not a rock, but actually ambergris which is a bile-like material that is created in the innards of sperm whales.  It’s purpose is to assist in the digestion of difficult foods (think, squids and bigger fish) and is expelled by the whales.  While it is commonly referred to as vomit, it actually is dumped out the back end of the whale, so it’s really more like whale poop.

Ambergris, though, starts out smelling like what you’d think whale crap would smell like, but after a very long period of floating around, marinating in the ocean, hardening the odor changes into something more difficult to explain.  But its an odor that so desired that ambergris is commonly referred to as “floating gold”.  It is this scent that is used in all sorts of perfumes, incense, and in many cultures as an aphrodisiac.

The stuff sells for $10-$50 a gram, the chunk Charlie found weighs approximently 300 grams, putting its potential value at that $63,000 mark mentioned earlier.

It should be noted that because of the sperm whale’s protected status in the US, the use of ambergris in perfumes is illegal.

Guy Seeks Revenge with Chainsaw

Dean Dinnen got kicked out of an bar in England for smoking and did what any other drunk, drug-fueled-prided-bruised chap would do…

…return to the bar with a chainsaw and look for some revenge.

That is exactly was Dinnen did and it was all captured on the security cams inside and out of the bar.  While he was looking for a specific person (who actually had already left the bar) Dinnen went on a rampage threatening some with the chainsaw, and actually got one person trying to defend himself with a barstool.  That patron, Adrian Pryor, suffered a torn tendon when he attempted to assist a friend.

With other patrons diving, scrambling and fleeing to get out of the way, Dinnen cut through a fire door, made a mess of the place and eventually was stopped with a collection of pool cues, chairs, stools and lots of people kicking him.

He was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm and something the english call, “affray”, because he threatened people that caused them to fear for their safety.

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