Gas prices are high — though not high compared to historical levels, if you factor in inflation.
But don’t tell people that. You’d deprive them of their outrage. Also, don’t tell them that (a) we are drilling and producing more oil in the U.S. than ever before, (b) oil is a global commodity and (c) the price of oil is affected more by speculators and fear than supply and demand.
Numbers can give you a peek at the truth.
However, even gas at $4.23 a gallon ($1.40 a liter in the Canada, – is cheap compared to some common liquids that you and I buy ALL THE TIME. (OK, fine, I don’t buy nail polish.)
The CBC — nearly as awesome as the BBC, except they say “eh” and “aboot” — ran the numbers.
Note: All prices are in liters and Canadian dollars, which are just like American dollars, except more expensive or whatever.
Coffee: $4 a liter.
Coffee, java, the Bean of Life.
Beer: $5 a liter.
Beer can be artistic, if you shoot it right.
Olive oil: $6 to $40 a liter.
Nail polish: $400 a liter.
Nail polish is a lot more expensive than you think.
Perfume: $1,600 a liter.
Cologne is square, yellow-ish and for men, while perfume is apparently round, pinkish and therefore for girls. So sayeth the makers of this expensive stuff. Maybe they had focus groups.
Printer ink: $1,750 a liter.
Are makers of printer ink ripping you off? Well, an entire printer often costs less than the price of laser cartridge refill things. You tell me.
Scotch: $70 to $37,000 a liter.
Scotch is far, far more expensive than gas.
Yes, that is not a misprint: $37,000 a liter for some scotch.
Note: This kind of story is what journalists call a “muffin choker,” because the reader is happily drinking coffee, eating a blueberry muffin and reading the morning paper when they come across this and choke on the muffin or snort coffee through their nose. Do we call such stories “coffee snorters”? No. Should we? Maybe, but it doesn’t roll off the tongue like “muffin choker.”
Guy – Photo by Suhyoon Cho
Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Wrote a thriller that was a finalist for some award.