Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Isn't there a Scrooge McDuck Adventure about This?

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Whale 'vomit' sparks cash bonanza: An Australian couple who picked up an odd-looking fatty lump from a quiet beach are in line for a cash windfall.

Leon Wright and his wife took home a 14.75kg lump of ambergris, found in the innards of sperm whales and used in perfumes after it has been vomited up."

6 comments:

James said...

I wish I could think of something clever to say about this, but only what the f***?!? comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

You're thinking of "A Cold Bargain" in Uncle Scrooge 17, wherein Scrooge buys a ball of the world's rarest element, bombastium, at auction for "one trillion dollars and six kitchen sinks". At one point in the story, en route to the South Pole, the ball of bombastium (about the size of a grapefruit)falls overboard and into the blowhole of a passing sperm whale.

Art Scott

Bill said...

Thanks, Art. I had a feeling you'd know which one I was thinking of.

Brent McKee said...

I suppose getting ambergris from sperm whale vomit is better than the way people used to get it - catch a sperm whale, kill it and look in the guts. Makes it more progfitable to find too.

Vince said...

Everything I know about ambergris is from one of Donald J. Sobol's "Encyclopedia Brown" stories. Then again, everything I know about anything is from an "Encyclopedia Brown" story.

Peri said...

I'm thinking that whale vomit perfume might actually be an improvement over the cheap crap a couple of women in my office douse themselves with.

Personally, if I encountered such a thing on the beach my reaction would be to say 'ew!' and give it a wide berth.