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The tobacco industry managed to shift blame of people falling asleep with lit cigarettes away from their products onto beds and sofas being too flammable getting the government to force flame retardants into all sorts of home products that now are linked to cancer etc.

Tobacco industry linked to proliferation of flame retardants in American homes According to the Chicago Tribune, Big Tobacco is behind the proliferation of flame retardants packed into household products. Flame retardants are a family of synthetic chemicals designed to help petroleum-based materials resist catching fire. Today, flame retardants are so ubiquitous they can be found …

The tobacco industry managed to shift blame of people falling asleep with lit cigarettes away from their products onto beds and sofas being too flammable getting the government to force flame retardants into all sorts of home products that now are linked to cancer etc. Read More »

Meet a 17 year old kid that was given an old iPhone for free, and using the “barter” section of Craigslist made 14 trades, ending with a Porsche. Along the way he traded for newer phones, computers, motorcycles, and eventually cars.

How A 17-Year-Old Craigslist-Swapped An Old Phone For A Porsche Starting with an old cell phone a friend gave him, 17-year-old Steven Ortiz of Glendora, CA, used Craigslist to trade up 14 times over two years and eventually end up with a Porsche Boxster. Here’s how he did it. Click to viewAlthough Oritz’s story isn’t …

Meet a 17 year old kid that was given an old iPhone for free, and using the “barter” section of Craigslist made 14 trades, ending with a Porsche. Along the way he traded for newer phones, computers, motorcycles, and eventually cars. Read More »

Nearly 70% of icelanders has costco membership and there’s only one costco in the country

Costco Nation: 71% of Icelanders are members of members only warehouse supermarket Icelanders appear to have welcomed the opening up of Costco with open arms: A poll by the polling firm MMR shows that 71% of Icelanders have joined the members-only warehouse supermarket. The vast majority (60%) of these intends to renew their membership. The …

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Diamonds slowly turn into graphite (the stuff you find in pencils) over time. Thus, diamonds are not really forever.

Why do diamonds last forever? Diamonds do not last forever. Diamonds degrade to graphite, because graphite is a lower-energy configuration under typical conditions. Diamond (the stuff in wedding rings) and graphite (the stuff in pencils) are both crystalline forms of pure carbon. The only difference is the way the carbon atoms are arranged and bonded …

Diamonds slowly turn into graphite (the stuff you find in pencils) over time. Thus, diamonds are not really forever. Read More »

The stick — a small tree branch — was inducted into the (U.S.) National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. Organizers called it one of the world’s oldest toys and said sticks “promote free play — the freedom to invent and discover.”

Stick The stick may be the world’s oldest toy. Animals play with sticks, and we use them to play fetch with our dogs. Children find sticks an endless source of make-believe fun. Sticks can turn into swords, magic wands, majorette batons, fishing poles, and light sabers. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity …

The stick — a small tree branch — was inducted into the (U.S.) National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. Organizers called it one of the world’s oldest toys and said sticks “promote free play — the freedom to invent and discover.” Read More »

Tobacco companies spend the most money on advertising during the month of January, when more people will be attempting to quit smoking, as New Year’s resolutions.

Nicotine marketing Part of a series on Tobacco History History of tobacco Chemistry Tobacco Tobacco smoke Biology Nicotiana (Nicotiana tabacum) Nicotine Tobacco diseases Types of tobacco Personal and social impact Health effects Prevalence of consumption Nicotine marketing Tobacco and art Tobacco and other drugs Tobacco control Religious views Tobacco politics Tobacco smoking Tobacconist Production Cultivation …

Tobacco companies spend the most money on advertising during the month of January, when more people will be attempting to quit smoking, as New Year’s resolutions. Read More »

Hasbro (the toy company behind the likes of My Little Pony and Furby) owns Death Row Records, which includes the rights to records by Tupac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg.

Hasbro Now Owns Death Row Records Because Why Not, It’s 2020 On December 30, while everyone was busy posting aggressively filtered pictures of themselves from both ends of the last decade, Hasbro Toy Company completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne), a Toronto-based multimedia company. Although the massive cash deal was presumably …

Hasbro (the toy company behind the likes of My Little Pony and Furby) owns Death Row Records, which includes the rights to records by Tupac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. Read More »

When filming the TV series “The Mandalorian” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes

The Mandalorian Enlisted the Help of Stormtrooper Group the 501st Legion After running low on Stormtrooper costumes for the two most recent episodes of The Mandalorian, team members behind the Disney+’s live-action Star Wars series enlisted the help of a local fan group. Apparently, a particular scene filmed for The Mandalorian Season 1’s closing episodes …

When filming the TV series “The Mandalorian” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes Read More »

In the 17th century, weavers in Nimes, France, accidentally made denim while trying to replicate the process of producing another popular fabric called serge. They called the new material “serge de Nimes” meaning literally “serge from Nimes.” Over time, merchants shortened the name to “denim”.

Denim: A Mythic History In our “A Buyer’s Guide to Denim” we tried to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your next pair of jeans. But, all that research and discussion has gotten us a bit nostalgic for the origins of modern day blue jeans. As usual, …

In the 17th century, weavers in Nimes, France, accidentally made denim while trying to replicate the process of producing another popular fabric called serge. They called the new material “serge de Nimes” meaning literally “serge from Nimes.” Over time, merchants shortened the name to “denim”. Read More »

900 year old African coins were found of the coast of Australia, making them the oldest foreign artefacts found on the continent, predating the Europeans by centuries.

Unravelling the mystery of Arnhem Land’s ancient African coins An AG Society-sponsored expedition set out in July 2013 to solve the mystery of 12th Century coins found in the NT. Image credit: Courtesy Powerhouse Museum MYSTERY AND MAGIC still inhabit the wild places. Few are wilder than the Northern Territory’s Wessel Islands, which arch out …

900 year old African coins were found of the coast of Australia, making them the oldest foreign artefacts found on the continent, predating the Europeans by centuries. Read More »