Saturday, March 25, 2017

Coffee and Provocation

Not Creepy at All
There are hundreds of millions of insects living on your body and in your home.

The Real Meat Eaters in Your House and Yard
A new study has revealed that spiders eat 400 to 800 million tons of live prey a year. That's double the total weight of meat that humans consume each year.

The Pantone Color System Was Developed for Birds
An effort to describe the diversity of birds led to one of the first modern color systems.

Illiterate? Write for Free Help!
The Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate.

A Brief History of Domesticated Rabbits
It all started when the Pope (who is infallible) said they were fish.

Good to the Last Drop
An Otis elevator in New York City is celebrating its 160th year of service. Installed in the five-story E.V. Haughwout Building in SoHo, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway, it has been operating since the 23rd of March, 1857.

China to Build Massive Park to Protect Big Cats
China is planning to build a sprawling national park, 60 percent bigger than Yellowstone National Park, in order to give sanctuary to the highly-endangered Siberian tiger and Amur leopard.  We'll believe it when we see it, however.  Saving wildlife is not done with a press release!

Will This One Simple and Cheap Trick Restore Shad?
And can it be used for other fish trapped behind dams?  Maybe!

Is the U.S. at Peak Turkey?
We've never had more wild Turkey than we do today.
But the numbers keep growing. Across the U.S., the wild Turkey population is increasing by an average of 9 percent each year, according to the Breeding Bird Survey. That's a doubling time of less than 8 years!

1 comment:

Peter Apps said...

This is bad;

"The National Institute for Literacy estimates that 47% of adults (more than 200,000 individuals) in the City of Detroit are functionally illiterate, referring to the inability of an individual to use reading, speaking, writing, and computational skills in everyday life situations."

This is much, much worse;

"We also know that of the 200,000 adults who are functionally illiterate,
approximately half have a high school diploma or GED,.." because it means that the schools are graduating people who caannot read and write.

Something is broke.