TIL about the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – a US government agency maintaining a reference catalogue of almost any item known; from peanut butter to New Jersey waste water samples. And everything is for sale.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weird-world-nist-standard-reference-materials-peanut-butter-whale-blubber-180954379/

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  1. Hey OP! I saw that same video on YouTube today. Peanut butter that’s over $1k for a jar. But what you’re paying for is the scientific data they have gained and the precise way it’s mixed. It’s not sold to be edible it’s sold to be a referance of peanut butter.

    Why buy this? For 1k$? It’s precisely made and uniform. Therefore if you have a machine line that has detectors on it for certain amounts of fat and sugars and other ingredients you test the line with this.

  2. NIST also performs some pretty important functions. They’ve played a huge part over the past few decades in the validation and standardization of cryptographic algorithms used everywhere in computers today.

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