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6 Everyday Items You Didn’t Know Were Made of Dead Animals

You will be surprised (and unnerved!) by the fact that you frequently use or encounter these items.

We all know that there are certain products made of animals, such as milk, butter, and burgers. However, there are those that we are completely unaware of – the ones we thought were merely a result of commercialized process whatsoever. To put it simply, we had no idea that they were also made of animals.

Elite Readers has compiled a list of everyday things that people thought were not made of dead animals. Some of these items, in one way or another, may actually come as a surprise. Check out the list below and let us know which one is your favorite.

#6. Tattoo Ink

Whether or not you like a tattoo, it seems common knowledge that a tattoo ink is made of something but animals. In reality, though, it contains some charred bones of – wait for it – dead animals. And believe it or not, it is the reason why it has crisp. Add to this the fact that animal fat is even being used as an ink stabilizer, with gelatin extracted from animal hooves is used as a binding agent. Surprise, surprise!

#5. Chewing Gum

Source: verywell

Ah, yes, chewing gum. Most of you will bet it is made of pure sugar or something. Actually, it is not really. Basically, a chewing gum contains a substance called lanolin which is naturally produced by the sebaceous gland in sheep’s skin. This, later on, ends up on the creature’s wool, coating the very fibers in a protective, waxy sheath. Okay, let us make it simple. Lanolin is none other than sweat. So, in a sense, chewing a gum is like chewing a sheep’s sweat.

#4. Beer, Wine, and Orange

Source: Healthline

The common thing about beer, wine, and some orange juice is this: They all contain a gelatinous substance called isinglass. The latter is pretty much made directly from a freshwater fish’s swim bladders. This is particularly used as a filter, making the finished product look clearer. This naturally gives our beer that alluring, piss-like appearance.

#3. Fabric Softener

Source: DoItYourself

Fabric softeners, alongside dryer sheets, work by coating clothes with a certain film that makes them soft to touch and fresh to smell. Apparently, these products contain a substance called tallow, and it is a fat rendered from sheep, cattle, and even horses.


And mind you, this substance continue to coat and build up in your laundry, slowly covering every area of your laundry with animal fat.

#2. Condoms

Source: Mother How

Surprisingly, most latex condoms nowadays contain what is called casein. This is a dairy protein that is commonly added to items such as toothpaste, cheese, paint, and glue. Condom manufacturers add this substance to give the rubber a raw feeling. You know, the kind of sensation that makes you feel like you are like not wearing when you actually are. Casein, however, is acquired from either cow milk or sheep guts.

#1. Money

First and foremost, this does not necessarily apply to every country in the world but still, there is a great percentage involved here. It turns out that some countries’ money now contains tallow, which, as explained above, is a rendered animal fat. The real question here is which countries have used this? There are a lot, and they are Canada, the United Kingdom, Chile, Mexico, Malaysia, and Australia, to name a few.

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How Children Are Affected When Parents Spend So Much Time on Mobile Phones

This should be a wake-up call for parents everywhere.

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As parents, we all know that excessive screen time is bad for children. In fact, a recent study even tells us that it can lead to brain damage. This should be a serious warning for all of us to ensure that our kids do not stay stuck using their mobile devices all too often.

But have you ever imagined the negative effects if the roles are reversed? Some parents are guilty of spending too much time on their phones, too, right? And how exactly are the children affected when that happens?

Well a global survey gives us the answers.

Conducted by AVG Technologies, the said survey was answered by over 6,000 children from Brazil, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States. The participants were composed of youngsters ages 8 to 13 years old.

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The Sad Story of the Filipino Slave Whose Tattooed Skin Was Displayed at Oxford

In the late 1600s, an unfortunate Filipino slave with intricate tattoos was brought to England and became known as the “Painted Prince.”

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In the late 1600s, a Filipino slave caused quite a sensation when he arrived in England. The Filipino was given the name "Prince Giolo." People also called him the "Painted Prince" because his body was adorned with intricate tattoos. However, the man didn't exactly live like royalty. In fact, he was treated like a freak and dismissed as a savage.

As it turns out, the Filipino slave wasn't really named Prince Giolo. His real name was said to be Jeoly. His journey to England wasn't by choice. He was a victim of circumstance and other people's greed.

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Comics Artist Shows Us How Vastly Different Western and Chinese Cultures Are

Hilarious and interesting at the same time. Check out #5!

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What first comes to mind when you hear about China? Some of us would likely think about the fantastic food, its famous Great Wall, or perhaps some of the not-so nice aspects of the country (such as blatant piracy of products).

Well whether you’ve been there or not, there’s no denying that Chinese culture is indeed vastly different compared with the western. We’ve all seen that in books, movies, and in the news. Or maybe you’ve even personally noticed some differences as you observed your Chinese classmates, co-workers, or neighbors.

One artist on Instagram is currently making waves online for accurately depicting the distinct cultural disparaties between China and the west.

Born and raised in Beijing, Siyu has eventually spent 10 years “traveling, studying and working abroad in the US, UK, and France.” So yes, this artist has seen and experienced what it feels like living in both sides of the world – and this served as the inspiration for an ongoing weekly online comics series called Tiny Eyes.

In a BoredPanda post, Siyu shared:

“I started ‘Tiny Eyes’ comics a year ago in the hope of sharing Chinese culture through everyday life. To me, learning about other cultures has always been a fun experience, and I want to pass this feeling to people who are curious about China.

“In lots of my comics, I compare Chinese culture to western culture. Through comparison, we realize how differently we act in front of the same situation and how we tend to think in a certain way instead of another.

“In the end, every culture is ‘weird’ in its way, but it’s also the weirdness that makes it interesting.”

Check out the comics below along with some captions from the artist:

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