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When a 400-year rare old Japanese bonsai tree was stolen, the bonsai master gave out instructions on how the thief could care for the plant so it doesn’t die, as he felt it was his child.

Bonsai thief steals $118,000 of tiny trees from garden, including 400-year-old juniper Hong Kong (CNN)A bonsai thief has stolen seven tiny trees worth at least 13 million yen ($118,000) from a garden space in Saitama prefecture near Tokyo. The loot included a rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, a star of the bonsai world, which was due …

When a 400-year rare old Japanese bonsai tree was stolen, the bonsai master gave out instructions on how the thief could care for the plant so it doesn’t die, as he felt it was his child. Read More »

Cork flooring and wine corks are created using the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The tree isn’t cut down. The bark is harvested & begins to regenerate quickly to be harvested every 7 years. The Cork Oak isn’t harmed & is therefore a sustainable resource.

Cork oak Evergreen tree up to 26m tall. Bark deeply fissured and corky, up to 15cm thick in places. Leaves weakly lobed with a slight point at the tip, up to 4cm long. Each tree has male and female flowers (monoecious). Acorns solitary or paired and are deeply cupped by the upper scales. Pollinated by …

Cork flooring and wine corks are created using the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The tree isn’t cut down. The bark is harvested & begins to regenerate quickly to be harvested every 7 years. The Cork Oak isn’t harmed & is therefore a sustainable resource. Read More »

Robert Wang, inventor of the Instant Pot reads every review of his product. When one customer commented that it would be nice if it could make yogurt, he created a new model that could do that, then sent the reviewer the new model as a thank you. He still reads every review.

How Instant Pot became a kitchen appliance with a cult following and a best-seller on Amazon Robert Wang just wants to be the Steve Jobs of kitchen appliances. “My hero is Steve Jobs. … He’s excellent on design. He’s excellent in understanding the needs of his customers,” Wang, founder and CEO of Instant Brands, tells …

Robert Wang, inventor of the Instant Pot reads every review of his product. When one customer commented that it would be nice if it could make yogurt, he created a new model that could do that, then sent the reviewer the new model as a thank you. He still reads every review. Read More »

30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings).

How Much Time Do You Have To Escape a House Fire? It’s Much Less Than You Think. The amount of time you have to escape a house fire has greatly decreased in the past few decades: 30 years ago you had about 15 to 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today, you have about …

30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). Read More »

In Iceland people light candles for the huldufólk, hidden elves, during New Year’s Eve to help the huldufólk find a new home for the year.

Huldufólk There are four Icelandic holidays considered to have a special connection with hidden people: New Year’s Eve, Thirteenth Night (January 6), Midsummer Night and Christmas night. Elf bonfires (álfabrennur) are a common part of the holiday festivities on Twelfth Night (January 6). There are many Icelandic folktales about elves and hidden people invading Icelandic …

In Iceland people light candles for the huldufólk, hidden elves, during New Year’s Eve to help the huldufólk find a new home for the year. Read More »

Due to a strong dislike towards mixing of science and politics, Einstein said were he a young man again, he’d choose to be a plumber or a peddler, to which many plumbing companies responded by making him the honorary plumber. Also, there are many Einstein Plumbing companies in the US now.

Albert Einstein said if he could do it all again, he would be a plumber. In November 1954, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to a magazine in which he declared that, were he a young man again, he would not try to become a scientist: “I would rather choose to be a plumber or a …

Due to a strong dislike towards mixing of science and politics, Einstein said were he a young man again, he’d choose to be a plumber or a peddler, to which many plumbing companies responded by making him the honorary plumber. Also, there are many Einstein Plumbing companies in the US now. Read More »

Pre-electricity theatre spotlights produced light by directing a flame at calcium oxide (quicklime). These kinds of lights were called limelights and this is the origin of the phrase “in the limelight” to mean “at the centre of attention”.

Limelight For other uses, see Limelight (disambiguation). Diagram of a limelight burner Limelight (also known as Drummond light or calcium light) is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of quicklime (calcium oxide), which can be …

Pre-electricity theatre spotlights produced light by directing a flame at calcium oxide (quicklime). These kinds of lights were called limelights and this is the origin of the phrase “in the limelight” to mean “at the centre of attention”. Read More »

If microwaves had clear glass windows you would be exposed to the harmful microwaves they emit. The metal mesh screen over the windows have large enough holes for our eyes to see inside, but small enough to block the harmful microwaves that would otherwise be emitted.

Why Microwave Ovens Can Have See Through Windows Knoji reviews products and up-and-coming brands we think you’ll love. In certain cases, we may receive a commission from brands mentioned in our guides. Learn more. Have you ever wondered why a microwave oven can have a see-through window? “Microwaves” are radiation after all. We all know …

If microwaves had clear glass windows you would be exposed to the harmful microwaves they emit. The metal mesh screen over the windows have large enough holes for our eyes to see inside, but small enough to block the harmful microwaves that would otherwise be emitted. Read More »