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Whale Vomit

Yes, that's right. That hunk of crap that looks like slabs of concrete chiseled off of a sidewalk is actually whale vomit, aka ambergris. This waxy, flammable substance that is produced inside the digestive systems of sperm whales is said to have a "fecal odor," and yet for some crazy reason, it's often used for perfumes and musks. So next time you douse on that Chanel No 5, say a thank you to Moby Dick for yacking that stuff up!

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