Lauren Ruhland, MCPP Intern
The Monetary Density of Things
It’s a common figure of speech to say that x is worth its weight in y, where y is usually (but not always) gold. But most of us don’t buy and weigh gold very often, so how do you connect that to real life? Does “worth its weight” in pennies or $100 bills make any more sense?
We have collected here a bunch of examples for different things that represent a wide range of monetary value per unit weight, in what might make a useful calibration chart for your future idiomatic usage.
Among many other observations: whale bile (as ambergris) is more value dense than peacock feathers, but they’re both worth more per pound than human blood. Read the whole thing for fun charts and graphs!