It’s not hard for any multi-millionaire to get everything they want since they have tons of money, right? Wrong! At least not everything. Sometimes the law plays the role of a villain to stop you from getting what you yearn for by banning them. Yes, you can still get it even if the law stops you from doing so, but that would make it illegal – and you a bad guy!
We’re not talking about weapons of mass destruction or any dangerous drugs here. It’s only right for the government to stop anyone who wants to make an ornament out of a nuclear warhead for their home. What we are talking about are simple things… simple “expensive” things that satisfy our senses at the expense of, say, the continues existence of certain species.
A primary component of the teeth and tusks of elephants and walruses, the ivory is widely used in various items and ornaments. Other animals such as crocodiles, hippopotamuses, mammoths, narwhals, and sperm whales had been sources of the rare luxury material as well.
The use of ivory was banned because it heavily contributed to the decline of Asian/African elephants and walruses. Items like chess pieces, piano keys, billiard balls, dominoes, knife handles, and chopsticks were known to be made from ivories (imagine how many elephants and walruses became toothless because of these) – until the ban on the luxury product was imposed and the substitute (plastic) was developed.
A delicacy from Sardinia, Italy, Cazu Marzu literally means “rotten cheese.” This particular kind of cheese was banned in the European Union not because bovines were endagered during the making of this product, but because it may beat the “killer asteroid” from wiping the entire human race from the face of the Earth.
Casu marzu is the end product of leaving an entire chunk of Pecorino cheese outside and allowing it not only to ferment but to become a bachelor’s pad for fly larvae as well. People not used to eating this will be surprised, as the larvae can jump as high as six inches into the air when disturbed (or perhaps to happily greet you and shout “bon apetite” before you consume it).
It was banned for the reason that it may cause parasitic infections when eating the cheese with the larvae still alive and squirming. Taking it out on the other hand makes the connoisseur feels cheated out from absorbing its aphrodisiac qualities. (As you can see, some people prefer dying over not feeling sexy!)
Caviar have been always associated with luxury and extravagance, and one of the best varieties is the Beluga Caviar. It came from the Beluga sturgeon and it is considered the most expensive caviar in the world.
Unfortunately, the Beluga sturgeon is an endagered specie. This prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the importation of Beluga Caviar in 2005 (1 for the sturgeon, 0 for the patron). One of the only legal ways to savor it is to personally visit Caviar House & Prunier U.K. and sample the Beluga caviar it produces in-house.