25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gas And Oil

Posted by , Updated on February 27, 2016

Oil is one of those things that everybody needs and very few people have. It is a dwindling resource in the grand scheme of things. And that is why you have probably heard all over the news the different stories about peak oil and about how the constant search for oil causes governments to do some pretty crazy things. Although some of these stories can be a bit conspiratorial, there is certainly truth to the fact that oil is a critical resource and governments know that. And as history can so clearly show us, wars are fought over critical resources all the time. In fact, almost every single war in history boiled down to being a conflict over resources, whether those resources were land and people or things like coastlines and sources of food. These days are no different. The world is still shaped by its pursuit of limited supplies. Don’t get us wrong though, oil is not a bad thing. Ever since the dawn of civilization people have used oil in various ways. It has played a significant role in creating the society that we have today. These are 25 things you probably didn’t know about gas and oil.

25

Thomas Midgley, a chemist, was responsible for the idea of including lead in gasoline to prevent knocking in engines. Some say this discovery is single-handedly responsible for more environmental damage than anything else in the world.

Thomas Midgley, a chemist, was responsible for the idea of including lead in gasoline to prevent knocking in engines. Some say this discovery is singlehandedly responsible for more environmental damage than anything else in the world.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
24

The price of gasoline in the US is half the price of gasoline in the EU.

The price of gasoline in the US is half the price of gasoline in the EUSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
23

During World War I, planes used Castor Oil as engine lubricant. Because of un-burnt Castor Oil coming out of the exhaust, pilots often suffered diarrhea.

During World War I, planes used Castor Oil as engine lubricant. Because of unburnt Castor Oil coming out of the exhaust, pilots often suffered diarrhea.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
22

America gets more of its oil from Canada and Mexico than it gets from the entire Middle East combined.

America gets more of its oil from Canada and Mexico than it gets from the entire Middle East combinedSource: environmentaltrends.org, Image: wikipedia
21

Statoil, a Norwegian oil company, sold one of their platforms with the following message - "Well kept 20 bedroom platform for sale. Panorama sea view and plenty of room for a helicopter."

Statoil, a Norwegian oil company, sold one of their platforms with the following message - "Well kept 20 bedroom platform for sale. Panorama sea view and plenty of room for a helicopter."Source: statoil.com, Image: wikipedia

20

In Turkmenistan, every driver gets 120 free liters of gasoline per month.

In Turkmenistan, every driver get 120 free liters of gasoline per monthSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
19

An average salary for an oil rig worker was about 100,000 USD in 2011.

An average salary for an oil rig worker was about 100,000 USD in 2011Source: money.cnn.com, Image: pixabay
18

Beverly Hills High School in California has 19 oil wells on its campus. They earn the school about 300,000 USD per year.

Beverly Hills High School in California has 19 oil wells on its campus. They earn the school about 300,000 USD per yearSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

Diesel engines are named after their inventor and not the fuel. In fact, one of the first fuels that diesel engines were designed to run on was peanut oil!

Diesel engines are named after their inventor and not the fuel. In fact, one of the first fuels that diesel engines were designed to run on was peanut oil!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
16

During the 1800s, gasoline was so worthless that refineries would just throw it away.

During the 1800s, gasoline was so worthless that refineries would just throw it awaySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
15

The United States accounts for nearly half of the world's oil consumption.

The United States accounts for nearly half of the world's oil consumptionSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
14

Russia produces nearly 1 million more barrels of oil than Saudi Arabia every day.

Russia produces nearly 1 million more barrels of oil than Saudi Arabia every daySource: bloomberg.com, Image: wikipedia
13

In 2010, a London broker named Steve Perkins got drunk and accidentally bought over 500 million USD worth of oil. He singlehandedly managed to push the global price of oil to an 8 month high.

In 2010, a London broker named Steve Perkins got drunk and accidentally bought over 500 million USD worth of oil. He singlehandedly managed to push the global price of oil to an 8 month highSource: telegraph.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
12

According to the World Health Organization, diesel fuel is more carcinogenic than cigarettes.

According to the World Health Organization, diesel fuel is more carcinogenic than cigarettesSource: nytimes, Image: pixabay
11

Norway has some of the world's highest gas prices. This is because they don't subsidize them but rather use the funds to provide free education and improve infrastructure.

Norway has some of the world's highest has prices. This is because they don't subsidize them but rather use the funds to provide free education and improve infrastructureSource: haaretz.com, Image: wikipedia
10

Even if all corn and soybean production in the US was focused at producing biofuel it would only meet about 10% of the fuel demand.

Even if all corn and soybean production in the US was focused at producing biofuel it would only meet about 10% of the fuel demandSource: wikipedia, Image: freestockphotos.biz
9

The USS Arizona has been leaking oil ever since it sank in Pearl Harbor during the attack in 1941.

The USS Arizona has been leaking oil ever since it sank in Pearl Harbor during the attack in 1941Source: pearlharborinhawaii.com, Image: wikipedia
8

Although the US spent nearly $700 billion in Iraq, all the oil contracts were taken by other nations. In what came as a surprise to many people, America was just about the only nation that didn't benefit from Iraq's oil reserves.

Although the US spent nearly $700 billion in Iraq, all the oil contracts were taken by other nations. In what came as a surprise to many people, America was just about the only nation that didn't benefit from Iraq's oil reserves.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
7

One liter of gasoline takes more than 23 tons of (long buried) plant material to produce.

1 liter of gasoline takes more than 23 tons of (long buried) plant material to produceSource: theguardian.com, Image: wikipedia
6

An oil pipeline in Ecuador has leaked more oil into the Amazon rainforest than the Exxon Valdez oil spill leaked into the water around Alaska.

An oil pipeline in Ecuador has leaked more oil into the Amazon rainforest than the Exxon Valdez oil spill leaked into the water around AlaskaSource: hubbertpeak.com, Image: wikipedia
5

Because Australia was having a problem with indigenous people sniffing gasoline to get high, they began to use Opal fuel (non-sniffable fuel) in remote areas.

Because Australia was having a problem with indigenous people sniffing gasoline to get high, they began to use Opal fuel (non-sniffable fuel) in remote areasSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

Drilling oil involves cutting a whole into the Earth and pumping air into it. Once the oil is hit it rushes to the surface and shoots into the sky.

Drilling oil involves cutting a whole into the Earth and pumping air into it. Once the oil is hit it rushes to the surface and shoots into the skySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
3

In the past 25 years there have been nearly two dozen oil spills in the US alone.

In the past 25 years there have been nearly two dozen oil spills in the US aloneSource: U.S. News & World Report, Image: wikipedia
2

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world with nearly 300 billion barrels. The US is 10th with 33 billion barrels.

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world with nearly 300 billion barrels. The US is 10th with 33 billion barrelsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
1

Oil has always been important to civilization. Ancient cultures used it to bind materials and also as a waterproofing sealant.

Oil has always been important to civilization. Ancient cultures used it to bind materials and also as a waterproofing sealantSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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