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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.


Why Yakuza Gangsters Cut Off Their Pinky Fingers

Aside from their intricate full-body skin art, another distinct indication that a person may be a member of Yakuza is this – a missing pinky finger.

Aside from their intricate full-body skin art, another distinct indication that a person may be a member of Yakuza is this – a missing pinky finger. It’s an open-secret ritual of the notorious Japanese gang and we’ve seen it depicted even in pop culture, most recently in Netflix’s crime drama movie The Outsider starring Jared Leto.

The tradition, called Yubitsume, requires the amputation of a portion of the said body part as a punishment for a member’s grave wrongdoings. This is their brutal way of showing sincere apology and remorse.

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The Pretty Women Of Paris: A 19th Century Guide To The Country’s Most Famous Hookers

The guide describes the specialities of Paris’ famous prostitutes.

Kate Rochester, a book artist, was browsing through her boyfriend's library when she discovered a worn-out book, The Pretty Women of Paris, which turns out to be a directory of courtesans in the 19th century. It was first published in 1883 by the Prefecture de Police though the author remained unknown.

In the guide, the author thoroughly described the each of the courtesans' specialties and preferences. The book also listed the women's background, including the details of their hoes, the jewelry they liked to wear and even the pets they kept.

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China Looks Like a Magical Place As Cherry Blossoms Bloom to Perfection

It seems the national flower of Japan has found a new home.

When people hear or read “Cherry blossoms,” they often associate it with the spring in Japan. After all, it is one of the things that made the Land of Rising Sun a tourist destination. While this is true, China actually has its own blossoms – and it is quite magical. They are so exceptionally beautiful they could become the country’s national symbol, too. The Sleeping Giant of Asia has been flooded by an ocean packed with colorful blossoms that seem to turn the nation into a magical place.

As expected, hundreds of tourists – and even residents – from across the world are paying China a visit. They want to go to the different sites to admire all of the country’s gorgeous floral children of spring. At Kunming Zoo in Yunnan Province, for instance: The 19th Cherry Blossom Festival has already begun and is expected to last for a month. It features over 5,000 flowering cherry as well as crab-apple trees.

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