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Body: In 1858, before Standard Oil was founded, lighting a home required whale oil, which cost up to $3 a gallon, putting illumination out of reach for all but the wealthiest of households. By 1885, after Standard Oil figured out how to refine kerosene, it cost just 8 cents a gallon to brighten the night.

Referenced by: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/magazine/the-case-against-google.html

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