Thursday, March 02, 2017

Coffee and Provocation

This Sounds a Little Nuts
Prince Charles plans to sterilize foreign, invasive, and disease-carrying and gray squirrels in the UK using Nutella and a immuno-contraceptive additive called GonaCon that has been shown to be 90% effective on rats.

She Was a Nightmare on Two Legs
Frankenstein author Mary Shelley kept her dead husband’s heart and carried it with her for almost 30 years until she died in 1851. It was found in a desk drawer, a year later, wrapped in a copy of one of his final poems.

Owls are zygodactyl, which means their feet, which are designed for perching, have two forward-facing toes and two backwards-facing toes. Another common bird-foot option is anisodactyl -- three toes in front, and one in back.

A Lot of Pressure to Produce
The Triple Crown winning horse, “American Pharoah” has sex 3 times every day, and his owners charge a $200,000 fee per impregnation, generating about $30,000,000 a year annually.

Chickens by the Numbers
50 billion eggs are produced in the U.S. each year, and 8 billion chickens are consumed. In 1960, the average hen produced 160 eggs a year, but today the number is over 325 eggs a year. It takes about 4 pounds of feed to produce 12 eggs, and about 1.9 pounds of feed to get a chicken to gain a pound in weight. There is no nutritional difference between white and brown-shelled eggs.

They Promised Better
From Boing Boing: "The internet promised open markets, delivered rigged ones, then fake ones, then outright monopolies....[O]ver time, the platforms rigged their marketplaces. Ebay started selling top-ranking slots on its search results; Google went to war against search-spammers and made its algorithms totally opaque to all but the best-funded companies; Amazon starting listing its own-brand (and most profitable) items at the top of its rankings. App stores chose which business models could flourish and then picked the winners."

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