The value of something, like art, is in the eye of the beholder.
But can everyday objects have the potential to increase in value that are not necessarily limited edition, signed works of art?
All you need to do is to go on eBay to find out.
While you're there, you may find plenty of random items you thought were worthless at one time is going for a king's ransom today.
"What is cheap right now but will become expensive in the near future?"
The depletion of these three things sparked its own thread.
"Cork, vanilla and many fish. The sources for them are not being properly maintained and are shrinking."
"Vanilla has already more than doubled in price since 2015. There was a hurricane or something that wiped out most of the crop in Madagascar, which is where the vast majority of vanilla comes from."
"About a decade ago I bought a 16oz bottle of fancypants vanilla bean 'crush' (aka vanilla paste, basically a syrup form of vanilla extract) for a little over $20. Nowadays that same amount would run you at least $60."
"Alcohol-based extract is generally cheaper than paste, but still way more expensive than it was as little as 6 years ago."
"Many mass producers of wine have shifted to synthetic corks or twist offs. The stigma of twist offs is already few years gone unless you're drinking something with a bit more age to it."
Thoughts On Fish
"Sometimes when I eat fish I think about how it could be a scarce delicacy in the future that only rich people will get to enjoy."
"History major here: it already is, at least partly. Best example is salmon. Back in the 18th century, there are examples of house-people 'rioting' because they were sick of eating salmon at least 4 times a week. Now you'd have to be pretty rich to eat salmon nearly everyday, here in Europe."
Keeping up with the latest technology, while convenient, has a financial setback.
"Companies are lobbying hard to fight right to repair legislation that would make it so you can't actually fix your own devices or have a repair shop do it for you. It's already pretty bad with companies like Apple, Tesla, and John Deere. They design stellar products but if anything goes wrong with them you're almost always going to be told to buy a new one (apple) or to ship your heavy piece of machinery both ways for days to weeks to have it repaired when you should otherwise be able to do it yourself."
"Farmers are moving back to ancient tractors since they can fix them themselves and get parts for a reasonable price, or they're using bootleg Polish JD software to bypass the DRM in their tractors so they can actually fix these things in a timely matter. Sometimes having a $100 sensor break in your tractor can cost you upwards of $5000 with shipping, rigging, and labour. Not to mention a potentially lost harvest if it takes too long to fix."
A "Global Scale Issue"
"It's kinda a global scale issue right now. Poor people just can't afford ecological stuff."
"My dad always mentioned that he'd buy electric heating system for the house, electric car, solar panels, etc. if they were actually affordable in a lifetime. Now he's stuck using 20+ years furnace that runs on wood and and burnable trash, 20+ year car, some old tractor, and actually he got subsidies for the solar panels, so that's nice."
Some of the most basic things used in our daily lives may no longer be attainable without spending beaucoup $$.
Sucks A Bunch
"Bananas. At least, the kind of bananas we're used to now, the cavendish banana. The fusarium fungus is slowly spreading through the world's cavendish banana plantations, killing all of the plants. https://qz.com/1691363/fusarium-fungus-could-wipe-out-the-worlds-favorite-banana-again/"
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Big Brother Is Watching
"Relatively speaking, privacy."
"NordVPN: Because our servers are more trustworthy than their servers."
Simple But Necessary Indulgences
"Chocolate or coffee."
"Either that or I'll be dead when that happens."
"Sealed Nintendo games"
"Games in general really."
"Lack of game preservation by companies in recent years (Nintendo just ignoring most of its backlog with the Switch, Sony getting a massive backlash for trying to pull the plug on the PS3 PSN store, which it seems like it won't be the last time they attempt this considering they still went ahead and did that for the PSP despite the backlash), emulation still being stuck in a legal gray area that makes it easy for the sites hosting older games to be taken down, and disks/carts being destroyed due to neglect by owners, are all going to make the used game market insanely expensive."
"If you have a local retro game store in your area, make sure to support them. They're basically the only ones still making older games remotely affordable."
"They've already started to go up a huge amount, but used cars."
"90s Japanese cars are outrageous now."
The Sweet Stuff
"Honest answer, maybe honey, because of the death rate of bees."
"They already cost more than a penny, because of the copper."
"Edit: yes, pennies are mostly zinc, not copper. Got it. Why do I get all the upvotes when I say something dumb?"
I never thought cologne increased in value, but apparently, it does.
I used to shop at an apparel store called Ruehl, which was owned by Abercrombie & Fitch and catered to the post-collegiate demographic between the ages of 22 and 35.
As with their Abercrombie locations, Ruehl stores – which were themed after New York's Greenwich Village – pumped the store's eponymous fragrance throughout their stores.
Their gimmick worked and I bought myself a bottle of the good stuff and was subsequently mocked by my colleagues about how I'm such a sucker for egregious marketing and wasting money on "crap."
Well, a friend of mine recently apprised me of a listing on eBay of the discontinued bottle of Ruehl cologne and asked me if I still had mine.
I do have my half-used bottle of RUEHL No.925 R-7 Men's Cologne Spray. And apparently, the "crap" I initially spent $40 on is now roughly worth $250 according to this listing my friend showed me.
So who's laughing now, huh?
Had I known it would appreciate that much in value a few years later, I seriously would have stocked up. Sigh.
Teachers are superheroes. Especially teachers of the youth. Those are the years children (students) can be particularly brutal.
So a big thank you to them. I have always wondered about the truths of a teacher, haven't y'all? Like, what do they really think about the school? Their colleagues? Their students?
Teachers must have an inside track or instinct when it comes to how a pupil will turn out. Or are they more surprised about the finished product later?
Redditor u/hogw33d was hoping teachers out there would have a chat with us by asking them to share:
Long-time elementary school teachers, which of your former students surprised you the most by their adult life outcomes or personality?
I know I've looked at a bunch of my friend's kids and thought... "You're raising a psycho!" "You're raising an idiot!" Sometimes it's just obvious. And then sometimes you're thrown a curveball. I wonder what teachers catch more of...
The Genius?School Teacher GIF by Sesame StreetGiphy
"The student whose social skills were non-existent and whose academics were equally as troubling is in college taking nuclear physics. I swear he was easily like 3 grades behind when I knew him in primary/junior grades (Canada)."
"I had a student that used to get into fights and was extremely aggressive and violent towards others, on the last day of fifth grade his last words to me and his class were "F you!" -- many years later he came back to the school I'd been teaching at and looked for me so he could give me a big hug and apologize. In his words, "I was garbage when I was here, thank you for putting up with me and I'm sorry."
"I cried like a baby - I was so proud of him."
"E: You know, teaching can sometimes be a thankless job and a lot of the things I'm really proud about are usually only shared between me and my students (they don't give out a lot of medals to teachers ya know). Anyway, thanks for your time and attention. Overwhelmed by how many people got to share one of the best moments of my career with me in this friggin' post!"
"I had a severe speech impediment in elementary school to the point where teachers would foist me off in the reading room (for kids with learning impairments and difficulty reading to get extra assistance) during class despite the fact that I was writing and reading at a very high level."
"The only person who vouched for me was my speech teacher. I met with her 3x a week during elementary school, she allowed me to stay in her classroom during lunch when they forced us to go to the playground and it was 5 degrees out, she gave me work to do over the summer so I could get to a point where I could actually say my name properly which had been my only goal."
"She encouraged me to tell my fifth grade teacher that I was reading at a higher level than he suspected, and, buoyed by her confidence in me, I did it and was moved to the highest reading group. I just told my parents this story earlier this year and they were so angry I had been ashamed to share, but grateful I had an adult vouching for me."
"I ended up 'graduating' speech in fifth grade after years of working with her and she was so proud. She had changed my life and given me the gift of speech. She believed in me when other teaching professionals simply heard me talk and assumed that it was easiest to assume I was a slow learner."
"I am now the communications director for a government official in my country. I messaged her on Facebook when I first got my job to tell her that I wouldn't be where I am without her. She remembered me (of course, she said - I wouldn't let her forget me😅) and she couldn't be more proud. She is one of my biggest online cheerleaders and I couldn't be more grateful for her work... I quite literally would not be where I am without her."
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Still true Today
"I'm not one of these great success stories but I'm back home visiting and actually ran into my 3rd grade teacher at Starbucks. I was working on my laptop (WFH but my parents WiFi is crap so I work at Starbucks when I visit). I saw her sit down and it just kept bugging me why she looked so familiar because I swear when I was in 3rd grade I thought she was at least in her 50s so she would have to be like, in her late 70s now or something like that (chalk it up to a child's memory)."
"Anyway when I noticed she was getting ready to leave I asked if she was Ms. 3rd grade and she said yes with a kind of confused tone and I explained who I was and that she had been my teacher. She was SO EXCITED to see a former student and kept thanking me for taking a chance and saying hi to her and that she wished more students would do that because she loves getting to hear about her former students lives."
"So I guess if you are on the other side of this question and you see a former teacher, don't be afraid to reach out and just say hi, explain who you are and just thank them for their role in your education. She remembered me as the little girl obsessed with acting and reading. Still true today."
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"Not me, but know a guy, lovely quiet chap who lived to draw. Teacher said his work was no good. Went on to be a senior effects artist and later works for a major computer games company and can of course, draw."
See... I told you. Psycho or Idiot. Easy to pick out. Although, some of these stories turned out a genuine surprise. And thankfully they seem to be good surprises.
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"Was connected on social media with a former grade school teacher who shared a news article about a former student who got arrested for selling meth with an estimated worth of half a million dollars."
"P.s. The teacher is now a High school teacher."
"I guess my mom might count since she's worked at the elementary school I attended since 1993, but she recently told me about one of my elementary school classmates. I was actually pretty good friends with him, but I thought he was a bit slow? And apparently, he had been evaluated for learning disorders several times in early grade school."
"He apparently just started a surgery fellowship at a prestigious hospital in Philadelphia. He definitely worked very hard in grade school and middle school, and now that I look back, he definitely sought out the "smart kids" in class and tried to befriend them and see how they thought."
He Made It!
"My brother was tutored by an elementary school teacher and he was a complete mess of a student as a kid. She was helping him transition from a top prep school to public school because the preP school didn't feel he would ever amount to much in their care. She tried several methods to keep him organized and help his reading skills to no avail. She continuously checked in with his teacher (worked at the same school) to see his progress and constantly had to talk to him on behalf of the teacher. Everyone loved him, he was just an utter mess."
"We ran into her a year ago and got to tell her that he got a full ride to law school at an Ivy League school. Blew her mind, but proof that some kids thrive in different learning environment. Terrible through traditional school but when he got to college, he thrived because of breaks between classes, time to study, picked his classes which were focused then trying to cover a thousand topics in a year, and got to know his teachers. Thank goodness for my parents holding out hope all those years ha ha."
"Not me, but a kid who used to be my friend..."
"He was studios. He got good grades. Teachers loved him. He was well behaved. He wasn't bullied. He didn't bully other kids. He had a lot of friends. He wasn't popular, but he wasn't unpopular. He was definitely more popular than me though. No one had a problem with him. Since he got good grades his parents let him do whatever he wanted. They bought him whatever he wanted."
"He had the latest video games and consoles as they came out. We loved sleeping over his house because we could stay up all night, jump on the trampoline at 2 in the morning, and we didn't even have to sneak out for mischief. We could just walk out the door. Anyways, he moved in 8th grade. I was sad. A couple years back someone sends me a facebook message of a local article. This guy stabbed someone 23 times and is awaiting a murder trial. I have no clue where his life took a hard left turn, but it did clearly."
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"I've been on our PTA for a long time, does that count? There was a very skinny quiet kid who was super smart."
"The other kids picked on him quite a lot but he never stood up for himself. I always thought he would work for NASA or something as he was so smart. I saw his Linkedin a few months ago and he is now a prison officer at a maximum security prison."
Again, thank you teachers. Also, the life saying that seems to constantly resurface, probably because its the truest, fits here best. Never judge a book by its cover. No matter how weathered.
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The future is here, people! While we may not have flying cars or the cure for the common cold just yet, we are definitely living in a time where innovations that haven't existed before are now debuting. The 21st century isn't quite what people in previous generations expected it to be, but it's pretty darn cool nonetheless.
Interested in the weird and wonderful things going on in our lifetimes, Reddit user Emeister26 asked:
“What is something that sounds futuristic but is happening now?“
Science has taken us so far in the last few decades. Here are some of the best of the best examples of modern medicine.
This is revolutionary science.
“CAR T cell therapy"
"They take the t cells out of a cancer patient. They train the cells to kill the specific type of cancer that the patient has and then they put them back in. This therapy doesn't work 100 % of the time, but when it does, it does miracles."
"(it's also expensive as sh*t for now)"
That’s one way to pick up women.Come In Boston Dynamics GIF by NowThisGiphy
“Robotic prosthetic limbs. I know a guy who lost his arm from a construction accident. He now has an arm that has a fully articulated hand, and is good enough that he can even write with it, though not very well."
"He said its worth about half a million dollars, and also it has done wonders for his ability to hook up with women. I guess a lot of people are curious and that starts off the conversation."
A fun way to check your blood sugar.
“I've been a type 1 diabetic since 1982. Back when I was first diagnosed I had to pee on a stick and match the color up to colors on the vial to see approximately what my blood sugar was a couple hours ago."
"Now I have an anamatronic fish that tells me what my sugar levels are and I don't even have to prick my finger! We truly are truly living in the future."
Technology is also working wonders in the modern world. Flying cars will be here soon enough.
A little spooky, but also neat.
“A program that is able to generate almost any (!!!) photo using short text input. A San Francisco street? Done. Avocado chair? Yes, why not. A photo of buildings of Poland? YES, it can do that.
It can generate almost any stock photo you can imagine, like any any, you can add parameters, lighting, ask to specific picture in the room... It uses 12 billion of pictures and descriptions to do this. There are two downsides of course: the first one is lots of lots of computational power. The second is that the program is losing the track after few parameters. Also it can do only 100x100 pixels at the time but it will change fast.
It's called DALL-E and was premiered this year. It's an AI made by OpenAI. Terrific and amazing at the same time.”
Watch out for Carrie.Brian De Palma Horror GIF by filmeditorGiphy
“Being able to control objects with your brain. I know it's still in its infancy but the fact that we can even attempt do stuff like that is crazy."
The family business.
“I'm fourth generation of an excavating company and some of our surveying techniques now are unbelievable. When we started in the 60's you used a contraption called a theodolite and prism (a fancy level used to measure the distance and elevation change of the prism).
One of the fondest memories I'll ever hold happened two months ago shortly before my Grandpa (the founder) passed away. I showed him how to survey a 30 acre site with a drone in about 45 minutes (all automated), something that would have taken a crew well over a week in his time. I then took the data, had it processed, and showed him the prints of the site right on site with my laptop. He cried."
“There's a drone flying autonomously on Mars.”
“Funny how we always hear about the drone, but I was more impressed with the rover splitting carbon dioxide, creating about 10 minutes' worth of breathable oxygen...on Mars.”
Some of the new inventions are just plain freaky. Don’t let this intelligence become smarter than us. Please.
Beware of the twerking robot dogs.San Francisco Food GIF by KiwibotGiphy
“Robots delivering food and packages.”
“It's quite phenomenal how much certain industries have developed their robotics. You just don't see it in your everyday life, but places like Amazon and pretty much all mechanical-related businesses are developing robotics at an insane rate.
Nanotechnology is the weirdest.
“I was born in the early 80s, so practically everything. I literally own most of the sci-fi gizmos I saw on tv as a kid, or even cooler versions of it.
Virtually all medical news is mind-blowing. CRISPR/Cas9. Research into telomeres and anti-aging, nanotechnology is actually real...
Self driving cars are kinda already around but are getting better all the time.
Edit: swapped alleles for telomeres. One of those genetic words, I tell ya.”
It’s a great time to be a spy.
“The army's new night vision technology looks like a video game; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/army-s-new-night-vision-technology-makes-fighting-in-darkness-look-like-video-game-b1841506.html
Spy technology; spies can listen to conversations from a very long distance using various technologies, such as bouncing a laser off an outside window to pick up on tiny vibrations, or installing a special light bulb that flashes at certain frequencies that only a special receiver can pick up and translate into a conversation.
Credit card sized recording device that can last a whole day, these are used in espionage usually in the form of ID badges given to VIP targets, swapped out for a normal ID badge, they look and function exactly the same as a normal ID badge would work including NFC room access.”
I think the craziest technological advance I've seen in my lifetime has been the smartphone. Seriously--as a kid, I always wondered if we'd ever get an MP3 player and a phone in one. Turns out, we got that, and so much more.
Technology and medicine are being revolutionized. It makes you grateful to be living in this time--even if it's still foreign and new.
After nearly a decade of Shark Tank, I always wonder what inventions are left to be created? Well apparently, plenty. Everyone out there seems to be brimming with ideas for things that can make life more productive and a tad easier. One of us has something that we know is that billion dollar idea that can revolutionize an industry. Give me a minute...
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Temperature regulating clothing. Like, ahhh it's too cold, and the clothing gets you warm. Or later it's like ahhhh it's too warm, then the clothing automatically goes woosh woosh and you're back to normal.
The perfect snack food. I want a savory, trailmix-esque food that tastes like a regularly meal (rice bowl, beef stew, French fries, etc.) with the protein content of regular trail mix and the nutritional value of a multivitamin.
I've wanted this for years. I think that's why I eat chicken broccoli and rice so often.
Zero gravity rooms. Who doesn't wanna just go inside a room and float for fun?
They do have zero gravity rooms but the zero gravity only lasts 30 seconds at a time and costs about $5,000. Look up "vomit comet". It's a plane that flies in a sinusoidal up-and-down flight path. It's like skydiving while still inside the plane but you never reach terminal velocity because the plane dives with you.
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People on Mars. Seriously it's been 50 years since we got to the moon? I want to be able to see the first humans on Mars before I die.
For the Boys....
Birth control pills for Men.
I read that the problem is actually to do with assessing the risk of side effects. In men, you're comparing the side effects to their "normal body". That means its difficult to get medication passed as easily. But in women without birth control, you are then facing all the potential life threatening complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
So the risk assessment is framed completely differently, and that's why more options for women are available.
The science is there for male contraception. And its not just some "men couldn't handle the side effects women put up with" situation. Its more complicated.
In the Air
Low emission commercial air travel.
I always find myself wishing that blimps and dirigibles were commonplace these days. It's like taking a train through the sky! I also wish train travel was common here in the US like it used to be.
A way to get away from your abusive parents without going into the crappy foster care system. Maybe just let the kids choose their own parents or rent a room like anyone else or stay in the school classroom each night.
The perfect 2000 calorie diet in frozen meal form without 200% of your DV of sodium.
I don't understand why a company hasn't made a meal plan that is actually healthy and affordable. Something like 15 dollars a day for perfect macros and micronutrients with a double protein option for lifting.
Freaking cooking. Ugh.
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The best way to get through life is to be still. Be still, be silent and listen... often. Even when we least expect it, we're being taught lessons on how to conquer life. It doesn't have to be as arduous as we make it, perhaps we would've heard that sage wisdom if we stopped moving for a moment. Advice comes in all forms and from all people. Even our enemies are teaching us, we just have to be strong enough to accept it.Redditor u/Howling-dawn wanted everyone to share all the things they've been able to learn that changed life for the better by wondering.... What's a "wise" life lesson you have learnt?
You don't have to be friends with everyone. ZakLorinator
Also don't be afraid to do what it takes to extract yourself from the situation if "being nice" only puts you in a dangerous position with somebody else. commandrix
Pen to Paper.
Write stuff down. Meetings, social engagements, doctor's appointments, shopping lists, tasks, errands you need to run tomorrow, bucket list ideas, that thing you wanna to tell your grandpa but it's midnight so you can't call him right now. All of it. aerdnadw
Wish I started this when young... it's amazing how many things you forget, including some great ideas you might come up with and other important things. Keeping up with all the details mentally in the world today is simply impossible once you're engulfed in the day to day grind. bizzybeerslugger
Don't put yourself down or spend time with those who do it for you. In other words was do not make yourself feel bad or allow others to make you feel bad about yourself. You could say that there are enough people in the world who will try and make you feel bad without you doing it to yourself as well. "Friends" that do this to you are absolutely not your friend. GOTO_GOSUB
Confidence isn't "I know they'll like me." Confidence is "I'll be ok whether they like me or not." autistic_developer
"the juice ain't worth the squeeze."
Sometimes "the juice ain't worth the squeeze." All battles can be bitter, and the sweet taste of victory isn't always a great chaser. So pick your battles wisely.
edit: The focus is actually about taking on a lot of work and not seeing good returns for what you put in. Like working your hardest to squeeze an orange, but you don't get a lot of juice or it tastes weird. The juice isn't worth the squeeze. You can apply it to arguing if you like, but the focus is on an effort you are putting in. cerberus6320
You don't always have to voice your opinion on everything. Sometimes it's just better to stay quiet. PM_garden_pics
I had a week off from Reddit/social media a while ago and once it was over I found myself thinking "this comment isn't necessary" and deleting it roughly half the time. It really made me realize how much of commenting on the internet is about wanting to be involved, rather than actually contributing something new to the discussion. HeroIsAGirlsName
Being able to buy something is not the same as being able to afford it. WatchTheBoom
Pets are another great example. Getting a pet is cheap, owning a pet is expensive. adeon
It's not about you....Giphy
People, largely, don't really care about you. Don't spend your whole life worrying what some stranger on the street is going to think about you, because chances are they won't; they'll be too busy worrying about what strangers are thinking of them.
Also, "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self." -Ernest Hemingway pm_me_n0Od
"I have cancer!"
Having a serious disease or disability does not automatically make someone a good person. Naweezy
Yeah I remember a customer at my old job who had cancer and she was the meanest person I have ever dealt with and she always pulled the "I have cancer!" Card if she didn't get what she wanted. Candy26262
It's not Personal.Giphy
Try not to take things personally, 99% of the time when someone brings you negativity or criticism they are just talking to themselves or acting out their own conflict on others. If you can hold your peace in these times, other peoples problems with you will tell you a lot more about them, than you could learn about yourself from them. madeamashup
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