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2nd May '16 7:53:16 PM karstovich2
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* Even perfectly ordinary rocks can fall under this trope if there's a sudden demand for them. White Jurassic slate from Solnhofen, in Bavaria, was just a mundane construction material for roofs and floors until 1796, when lithographic printing was invented and created an insatiable market for the stuff. When printing tech marched on, Solnhofen's slate became just another rock again.

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* Even perfectly ordinary rocks can fall under this trope if there's a sudden demand for them. White Jurassic slate limestone from Solnhofen, in Bavaria, was just a relatively mundane construction material for roofs and floors (it was used for some fine carving, but only locally) until 1796, when lithographic printing was invented and created an insatiable market for the stuff. When printing tech marched on, Solnhofen's slate limestone became more or less just another rock again.again (paleontologists know it for its good supply of Late Jurassic fossils, the most famous of which is ''Archaeopteryx lithographica''--the fossil that provided the first strong evidence that birds are dinosaurs, named after the lithographic boom that led to its discovery).
20th Apr '16 2:12:13 PM Discar
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** Due to the aforementioned Soulcasting, most valuable materials are significantly cheaper than they would otherwise be. Gold and silver are rarely mentioned, and when they are it is just as minor decorations. Aluminum (infamously valuable in most societies before they discover how to refine it) does not exist naturally on the planet, so you'd think it would be even more valuable than it was in real life. But since Soulcasters can make it at a whim, it is little more than a somewhat rare curiosity.
20th Apr '16 2:05:47 PM Discar
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-->'''Nerus:''' And these watermelons... how do you get the seeds out?\\
'''General Landry:''' State secret, I'm afraid.
10th Apr '16 6:44:08 AM ReaderAt2046
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* The underworld of Theros in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has so much gold that it proves to be effectively worthless. Returned (basically zombies with no memories) fashion masks out of gold; returned merchants don't accept gold currency, favoring coins made of clay. The underworld god, Erebos, is the god of greed and wealth as well as the dead.

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* The underworld of Theros in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has so much gold that it proves to be effectively worthless. Returned (basically zombies with no memories) fashion masks out of gold; returned merchants don't accept gold currency, favoring coins made of clay.from the clay funeral masks. The underworld god, Erebos, is the god of greed and wealth as well as the dead.
7th Apr '16 7:07:58 AM 20person
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** Thanks to the new equipment modding and settlement construction systems in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'', all the junk that was VendorTrash in ''Fallout 3'' and New Vegas has now become extremely useful material. However, your companions will still grumble about your insistence on picking up every "worthless" item you find, even after they've seen you using it to make high-tech weapons or turn a small shack into a heavily armed fortress. The sole exception to this is Piper, who instead complements you for your ability to figure out a use for all of it.

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** Thanks to the new equipment modding and settlement construction systems in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', all the junk that was VendorTrash in ''Fallout 3'' and New Vegas has now become extremely useful material. However, your companions will still grumble about your insistence on picking up every "worthless" item you find, even after they've seen you using it to make high-tech weapons or turn a small shack into a heavily armed fortress. The sole exception to this is Piper, who instead complements you for your ability to figure out a use for all of it.


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*** Since Pre-War Money can be scrapped into cloth, and cloth is required to make most furniture (especially beds), you can literally create a bed made out of money.
4th Apr '16 12:27:57 PM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': While looking for more cave crystals, Gnarly finds an emerald and dismisses it as worthless because it doesn't glow. he later finds a diamond and casts it aside.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': While looking for more cave crystals, Gnarly finds an emerald and dismisses it as worthless because it doesn't glow. he He later finds a diamond and casts it aside.
10th Mar '16 1:49:02 PM ReaderAt2046
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* In FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse, gold is universally shunned after Celestia's transformation into Corona. In fact, minting gold coins is now apparently a borderline treasonous act. {{Subverted}} a bit in that it's only gold that's shunned, silver retains its value and is the basis of the new post-Corona monetary system.
9th Mar '16 12:57:43 PM Hossmeister
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* On ''MorkAndMindy'', Mork brings out two bags of Orkan currency. As Mindy starts spilling the contents of the first, Mork implores her to be "careful, the banks are closed."

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* On ''MorkAndMindy'', ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', Mork brings out two bags of Orkan currency. As Mindy starts spilling the contents of the first, Mork implores her to be "careful, the banks are closed."
6th Mar '16 9:06:33 AM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'' asteroid mining in the Empire and other core worlds has made gold worth about as much as iron is in the present day, while most mining corporations will give you iron for the cost of transporting it. Though on some undeveloped border worlds and recently contacted planets gold and platinum are still used as currency.



* Roger the alien from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' excretes [[SolidGoldPoop gold inlaid with jewels as feces]] and doesn't recognize its value on Earth.

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* Roger the alien from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' excretes [[SolidGoldPoop gold inlaid with jewels as feces]] and doesn't recognize its value on Earth. A side gag in several episodes covers one specific gold doody that gets passed around many people, usually through murder or suicide, until the apocalypse episode where Roger needs it to fuel his starship.
29th Feb '16 1:19:40 AM Omeganian
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* In ''Literature/TheSecondJungleBook'', the story "The King's Ankus" involves Mowgli coming upon a huge treasure guarded by a cobra. Unimpressed by the gems and gold in general, he takes the only thing he finds useful - a short spear with a hook, made of something really strong and light - that just happens to be covered in gold and jewels. Not long afterwards, he learns it's an ivory [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_goad ankus]] - and is immediately so disgusted by a tool used for torturing elephants he throws it away, saying he doesn't want anything with Hathi's blood on it. Later, he and Bagheera find themselves tracking it down again - as the man who found it was killed to steal it, as was the thief, etc. To prevent further deaths Mowgli gives it back to the cobra.

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* In ''Literature/TheSecondJungleBook'', the story "The King's Ankus" involves Mowgli coming upon a huge treasure guarded by a cobra. Unimpressed by the gems and gold in general, and with the cobra being without poison due to old age, he takes the only thing he finds useful - a short spear with a hook, made of something really strong and light - that just happens to be covered in gold and jewels. Not long afterwards, he learns it's an ivory [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_goad ankus]] - and is immediately so disgusted by a tool used for torturing elephants he throws it away, saying he doesn't want anything with Hathi's blood on it. Later, he and Bagheera find themselves tracking it down again - as the man who found it was killed to steal it, as was the thief, etc. To prevent further deaths Mowgli gives it back to the cobra.cobra and recommends it to find a young successor to guard the treasure.
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