The Crude Economy

100 uses for petroleum – and counting

Kai Ryssdal Dec 18, 2014
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The Crude Economy

100 uses for petroleum – and counting

Kai Ryssdal Dec 18, 2014
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One 42-gallon barrel of oil produces about 19.4 gallons of gas. But according to a list put out by the oil and gas firm Ranken Energy, gasoline isn’t the only thing that comes from a barrel of oil. Some highlights from the 6,000 items on the list:

  1. Ink
  2. Upholstery
  3. Bicycle Tires
  4. Dresses
  5. Motorcycle Helmet
  6. Curtains
  7. Dashboards
  8. Percolators
  9. Skis
  10. Mops
  11. Umbrellas
  12. Roofing
  13. Denture Adhesive
  14. Speakers
  15. Tennis Rackets
  16. Water Pipes
  17. Shampoo
  18. Guitar Strings
  19. Antifreeze
  20. Combs
  21. Vaporizers
  22. Heart Valves
  23. Anesthetics
  24. Cold cream
  25. Fan Belts
  26. Refrigerators
  27. Diesel fuel
  28. Floor Wax
  29. Sweaters
  30. Tires
  31. Food Preservatives
  32. Antihistamines
  33. Cortisone
  34. Dyes
  35. Life Jackets
  36. TV Cabinets
  37. Car Battery Cases
  38. Toilet Seats
  39. Linoleum
  40. Candles
  41. Hand Lotion
  42. Luggage
  43. Football Helmets
  44. Toothbrushes
  45. Balloons
  46. Crayons
  47. Pillows
  48. Artificial Turf
  49. Movie film
  50. Golf Balls
  51. Motor Oil
  52. Ballpoint Pens
  53. Boats
  54. Nail Polish
  55. Golf Bags
  56. Basketballs
  57. Purses
  58. Deodorant
  59. Panty Hose
  60. Rubbing Alcohol
  61. Insect Repellent
  62. Fertilizers
  63. Fishing Rods
  64. Ice Cube Trays
  65. Electric Blankets
  66. Fishing Boots
  67. Trash Bags
  68. Roller Skates
  69. Paint Rollers
  70. Aspirin
  71. Ice Chests
  72. Paint Brushes
  73. Sun Glasses
  74. Parachutes
  75. Artificial limbs
  76. Shaving Cream
  77. Toothpaste
  78. Bearing Grease
  79. Football Cleats
  80. Insecticides
  81. Fishing lures
  82. Perfumes
  83. Shoe Polish
  84. Transparent Tape
  85. Soap
  86. Shoes
  87. Paint
  88. Oil Filters
  89. Lipstick
  90. Dice
  91. Surf Boards
  92. Shower Curtains
  93. Safety Glasses
  94. Eyeglasses
  95. Footballs
  96. Tents
  97. Cameras
  98. Bandages
  99. Hair Curlers
  100. Ammonia

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