I am sure you have heard the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but what if I told you that sperm whale vomit can be worth millions of dollars, would you believe me?
Three men in the small town of Oman, in the Arabian Peninsula, found a large, waxy substance floating near their fishing boat. Instead of avoiding the mess, these men navigated their boat closer. They discovered ambergris, a substance that is part of the sperm whale’s digestive system. While it initially smells as bad as you think it would, as it ages the smell changes to something rather pleasant. The longer it ages the better it smells. So much so that it is used in high end perfumes. Their find weighed 127lbs and had a value of 3 million dollars. —Jim L. Wilson and Scott Hill
Matthew 11:16–19 (HCSB) “To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to each other: 17 We played the flute for you, but you didn’t dance; we sang a lament, but you didn’t mourn! 18 For John did not come eating or drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”