Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Coffee and Provocation

Vodka in the Highlands and Humus in London
DNA research shows that the Scots of today are descended from a pastoral, nomadic people living on the Russian Steppes, who were among the first humans to make use of the wheel. Meanwhile, most Britons are direct descendants of farmers who left modern day Iraq and Syria 10,000 years ago.

Hump Day
The world’s largest population of wild camels isn’t found anywhere near Arabia – it’s in Australia, where 200,000 wild camels roam the outback.

A Weird Way to Go
Two big bulls were fighting when they got their antlers locked together and drowned. Now they are frozen in the ice near the western Alaska community of Unalakleet.

$10 Lettuce? $4 Oranges?
From Modern Farmer: "One of the great ironies in the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States is that the agricultural heartland of the country voted overwhelmingly for a candidate who pledged to deport millions of undocumented workers, a move that would undermine the agricultural workforce and ripple out in the food economy in unforeseen, but likely negative, ways."

Wrote a Song About It
The music used in the “You wouldn’t steal a car” anti-piracy advertisement was pirated.

Buy in Bulk and Save!
Scorpions venom is $39 million a gallon.

The Continuing Crisis
The first headline: Sex With Robots to Overtake Real Human Intercourse by 2050. Same source, second headline: Russian Killer Robot: A Machine That Can Detect Humans and Kill Them Within Seconds.

Time to Thin the Herd
Serbia lost more than 1,200,000 inhabitants during World War I -- 29% of its overall population and 60% of its male population.

Feeling a Bit Itchy?
No wonder. The estimated ratio of insects to humans is 200 million to one.

Thanks Prairie Mary!
A new load of sites to check as a grind through 300 a day.

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