There's an apocalypse sperm bank in Colorado that is ready to go just in case we suddenly lose all of our chickens and pigs (God forbid). It contains over 700,000 samples from 18 different species.
So where does it all come from? Universities, companies and private collectors often donate semen to the NAGP. Other samples are tracked down by Blackburn and his colleagues. One woman in Broken Bow, Nebraska, had a rare breed of cattle dating back to the 1940s. “We called this farmer, asking for semen from her bulls,” Blackburn says. “She picked up the phone and said, ‘I thought you’d never call.’”
Link via Berman Institute.
I wish I had the patience and the skill to make this Jupiter cake.
When my sister asked me what I was making and I said Jupiter, she said to me, “I didn’t even know Jupiter had layers.” It’s amazing how much we can forget after learning it in primary school. So here’s a rehashing for those of you who’ve also forgotten. Our knowledge is mostly theoretical of course, but the gas giants are thought to have a core comprised mostly of rock and ice. This is surrounded by a layer liquid metallic hydrogen, and the outer layer is composed of molecular hydrogen. *cake is totally not to scale
Be sure to check out the rest of the cakes, too!
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A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them, but the truth of the matter was that wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, which were high in lead content. Because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on this particular tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning. No one made this connection between plate and poison at the time; the tomato was picked as the culprit.
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Commander Chris Hadfield of the International Space Station demonstrates how to make a peanut butter and honey sandwich in space. I love learning about space food.
Back in the 60s and 70s, Heineken had the idea of using beer bricks for construction in countries that lacked affordable building materials. It didn't pan out.
The final WOBO design came in two sizes – 350 and 500 mm versions that were meant to lay horizontally, interlock and layout in the same manner as ‘brick and mortar’ construction. One production run in 1963 yielded 100,000 bottles some of which were used to build a small shed on Mr. Heineken’s estate in Noordwijk, Netherlands. One of the construction challenges “was to find a way in which corners and openings could be made without cutting bottles,” said Mr. Habraken.
Read more: HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick heineken wobo brick – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Link via Nag on the Lake.
This Alexander McQueen dress is made out of 50,000 gummy bears. It weighs 220 pounds!
Link via PCJM.
Check out the list here. There's no way. Not for all the money in the world.
And just for fun, here's a behind-the-scenes video of Choi Min Sik preparing himself for the octopus eating scene in Oldboy (which is streaming on Netflix now, by the way). That part of the movie grossed me out more than some of the other disturbing scenes featured in the film.
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