(Yes, I know it's not new. But I just had reason to look it up, and I bet there are a bunch of people who read this who have not seen it, and some are language and/or science geeks. Though I am going to go out on a limb and guess that mrissa knew about it already.)
For most of its being, mankind did not know what things are made
of, but could only guess. With the growth of worldken, we began
to learn, and today we have a beholding of stuff and work that
watching bears out, both in the workstead and in daily life.
The underlying kinds of stuff are the *firststuffs*, which link
together in sundry ways to give rise to the rest. Formerly we
knew of ninety-two firststuffs, from waterstuff, the lightest and
barest, to ymirstuff, the heaviest. Now we have made more, such
as aegirstuff and helstuff....