With the price of oil surging past $100 per barrel recently, consumers and the media in the United States have been in an uproar over the outrageous price of gasoline. In my opinion, however, they have failed to place this cost in context to other common, household liquids. Thus, I decided to perform an informal price survey.
I visited my local grocery store, where I recorded the prices and respective volumes of 22 off-the-shelf fluids. Then, after returning home, I computed the price per gallon of each item, and arranged them in ascending order by cost, as shown in Table 1.
(That’s an excerpt from the article “An Impartial Price Survey of Various Household Liquids as Compared to a Gallon of Gasoline,“by B.P. Phillips, Published in AIR 14:4.)