Who discovered oxygen?
When Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774, he answered age-old questions of why and how things burn. An Englishman by birth, Priestley was deeply involved in politics and religion, as well as science. When his vocal support for the American and French revolutions made remaining in his homeland dangerous, Priestley left England in 1794 and continued his work in America until his death.
World's most expensive lipstick
In 2007, more than one hundred years after French parfmuier Monsieur Guerlain started mucking about with bitter almonds, anise and herbal notes, the multinational that now owns the Guerlain brand released the most expensive lipstick ever made.
So what was the wieghty price tag for this rich-pouter's unguent? An eye-popping $62,000. American. And remember: that was back in 2007. This is clearly NOT the sort of lippy one drops on the loo floor after sucking back too many drinks at the Club.
So...why the crazy price tag?
In reality, the lipstick itself is nothing special —it's made from the usual suspects of beeswax (boasting a mix of 300 tasty chemical compounds) and lanolin, secreted by the glands of (ew!) sheep. This lippy is pricey because it’s hawked in an 18 karat gold case studded with 199 sparkling diamonds. Here's a sample of how the House of Guerlain whipped up a selling frenzy back in the day:
“Lipstick is simple, yet mysterious. One never really knows what she may uncover when the top is removed. This element of surprise creates curiosity and longing, which is what I hope each woman experiences when she clutches KissKiss Gold and Diamonds in the heart of her hand. It is powerful and unimaginable, unique and desired, obtainable and unobtainable at the same time,” says KissKiss co-creator Herve Van Der Straeten. (Sounding like a man with an awkward and undiagnosed paraphilia).
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