Meet “Homegrown National Park,” an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent’s biodiversity

Meet the Ecologist Who Wants You to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard Fed up with invasive species and sterile landscapes, Douglas Tallamy urges Americans to go native and go natural The land is ten gently sloping acres in rural southeastern Pennsylvania, at one time mowed for hay, with a handsome farmhouse that Douglas Tallamy …

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When Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, guest starred in The Simpsons, writers were concerned he would be offended by his line, “second comes after first,” and offered an alternative- “first to take a soil sample.” However, Aldrin preferred the original line, and it remained in the script.

Deep Space Homer “Deep Space Homer” is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of American animated sitcom The Simpsons, which was first broadcast on Fox in the United States on February 24, 1994. In the episode, NASA selects Homer Simpson to participate in a spaceflight to spark public interest in space exploration and boost …

When Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, guest starred in The Simpsons, writers were concerned he would be offended by his line, “second comes after first,” and offered an alternative- “first to take a soil sample.” However, Aldrin preferred the original line, and it remained in the script. Read More »

A sly foodie convinced upper class Americans not to ever wash their salad bowls. The idea was that the dressing would cure the wooden bowl over time and make better and better salads. The real result was a rancid, smelly bowl. The practice continued for thirty years.

Stinky Salad Bowls From the 1930s through the ‘60s, Americans were convinced you had to have a certain kind of bowl to make a proper green salad: a plain, unvarnished wooden bowl which could never be washed. The idea was that the wood “cured” over the years, making ever more exquisite salads. Actually, the dressing …

A sly foodie convinced upper class Americans not to ever wash their salad bowls. The idea was that the dressing would cure the wooden bowl over time and make better and better salads. The real result was a rancid, smelly bowl. The practice continued for thirty years. Read More »

The S. Korean gov. has a program that helps pay for US Korean War vets to visit the locations where they fought 70 years ago

Korean War Vets Eligible for Free Return Tour The Republic of Korea is footing the bill for Korean War veterans and their family members to visit South Korea in thanks for their service. The Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs administers the program, which began in 1975. It pays for vets’ ground transportation, lodging …

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American chemist Alexander Shulgin personally tested hundreds of drugs, meticulously recording their effects in his lab notebooks. He is also credited with introducing MDMA to psychologists in the late 1970s.

Alexander Shulgin This article is about the scientist. For the musician, see Alexander Shulgin (musician). Alexander Theodore Shulgin (June 17, 1925 – June 2, 2014) was an American medicinal chemist, biochemist, organic chemist, pharmacologist, psychopharmacologist, and author. He is credited with introducing MDMA (“ecstasy”, “mandy” or “molly”) to psychologists in the late 1970s for psychopharmaceutical …

American chemist Alexander Shulgin personally tested hundreds of drugs, meticulously recording their effects in his lab notebooks. He is also credited with introducing MDMA to psychologists in the late 1970s. Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg once lost a game of Scrabble to a teenager on a corporate jet. This frustrated him so much that he built a computer program to find him all the word options for his letters

How Instagram changed our world It started as a photo-sharing platform, but quickly rose to become the most influential app of our generation. Now, a forensic new book reveals the struggles and eccentricities of the men behind Instagram. One day in the autumn of 2015, a small but significant change was implemented at the Instagram offices in …

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Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in US history.

1984 United States presidential election The 1984 United States presidential election was the 50th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1984. Incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic candidate. Reagan faced only token opposition in his bid for re-nomination by the Republicans, so he and Vice President George H. W. Bush were easily re-nominated. Mondale defeated activist Jesse Jackson and …

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The Bluetooth symbol is a bind-rune representing the initials of the Viking King for who it was named.

Harald Bluetooth Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson (Old Norse: Haraldr Gormsson; Danish: Harald Blåtand Gormsen, died c. 985/86) was a king of Denmark and Norway. He was the son of King Gorm the Old and of Thyra Dannebod. Harald ruled as king of Denmark from c. 958 – c. 986. Harald introduced Christianity to Denmark and consolidated his rule over most of Jutland and Zealand. Harald’s rule as king of Norway following the assassination of King Harald Greycloak of Norway was …

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Vitamin A enriched rice, developed nearly 15 years ago, could have prevented hundreds of thousands of cases of childhood blindness. It has never been used due to concerns over GMO foods.

The economic power of the Golden Rice opposition Vitamin A enriched rice (Golden Rice) is a cost-efficient solution that can substantially reduce health costs. Despite Golden Rice being available since early 2000, this rice has not been introduced in any country. Governments must perceive additional costs that overcompensate the benefits of the technology to explain …

Vitamin A enriched rice, developed nearly 15 years ago, could have prevented hundreds of thousands of cases of childhood blindness. It has never been used due to concerns over GMO foods. Read More »

Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Lehder bought himself an island in the Bahamas where he put an airstrip which controlled the drugs coming in from South America and entering the US. He became so wealthy he offered to pay Colombia’s foreign debt for amnesty.

Norman’s Cay In the late 1970s, the Lehder-Jung partnership began to diverge, due to some combination of Lehder’s megalomania and his secret scheming to secure a personal Bahamian island as an all-purpose headquarters for his operations. That island was Norman’s Cay, which at that point consisted of a marina, a yacht club, approximately 100 private homes, and an airstrip. In …

Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Lehder bought himself an island in the Bahamas where he put an airstrip which controlled the drugs coming in from South America and entering the US. He became so wealthy he offered to pay Colombia’s foreign debt for amnesty. Read More »