Friday, September 02, 2016

Coffee and Provocation

Lethal Coffee
Viscous Coffee in Adelaide, Australia sells a cup of super-coffee that contains five grams of caffeine – 80 times more than a normal cup of java, and half the dose considered lethal. 

Proof Positive
A 'Beast of Dartmoor' witness didn't have a camera - so he drew a picture!

The Devil is Beating Cancer
Charles Darwin suits up with running shoes

Reconstructing the Justinian Plague
Scientists now think the Justinian Plague that once killed off 50 million people (15% of the world's population) in the 6th and 8th centuries BCE, is the same one responsible for the Black Death during the 1300s. Yes, good old Yersina pestis is to blame.  The good news is that the brown rat has largely wiped out the black rat, making epidemics less likely.

Charging Your Car at the Mall?
Electric vehicle are going to arrive with a bang and all of a sudden because battery life is about to double, price points are already acceptable, and electrical stations work well with a retail shopping model.  "The number of commercial charging stations is growing quickly in part because they’re relatively cheap — costing $3,000 to $7,500 per port, depending on whether it is new construction or a retrofit. When attached to a business, they can attract customers, and encourage them to stay longer and spend more. Hy-Vee Inc., a chain of 241 grocery stores in eight Midwestern states, installs charging stations at all its new locations; it has four chargers at each of 42 stores. Charge times for electric cars vary widely, depending on the station and car make, but it typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to get a decent charge. Conveniently, that is roughly as long as it takes to have a meal, says John Brehm, director of site planning at Hy-Vee."

The Oldest Tree in Europe
It was found in Greece, and is a little over a 1,000 years old.  In contrast, the oldest tree in the US is over 5,000 years old.

The Secret Ingredient
The secret ingredient to KFC chicken is... click here.

Keep on Trucking
Amazing Trucking Video -- Windmill blades being moved up a mountain in China.

Vets Selling Sick Delusions
More veterinarians are promoting the delusion of homeopathy.


Robert Berni said...

The oldest tree in the uk is a 5000 year old yew tree in wales. Sorry, forgot that the uk has left "Europe" and we've taken our old trees with us!

PBurns said...

Still in Europe. Just not EU.

PBurns said...

And then there's Sweden, which apparently is it Europe either?