Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Coffee and Provocation

The Art of the Deal
Signed 215 years ago, the Louisiana Purchase sold the U.S. government 828,000 square miles of land for $15 million. Adjusted for inflation, that's the equivalent of an area of land the size of all of continental Europe for about 60 cents an acre.

It Was Deemed a Complete Success
The South Wales Police force deployed a facial recognition technology at the June 2017 Champions League soccer final in Cardiff, and 92% of the people identified by the system as matches for suspiciousness were false positives.

Obamacare Will Do That
U.S. life span is rising rapidly.

Trapping Lionfish
Invasive lionfish are decimating the Caribbean. Species-specific traps may ease the burden.

The Future is Coming

California could become the first state to mandate solar panels on new homes.

The Science of Pooping
It takes about 12 seconds for a mammal to poop, no matter what size the animal.

Trolling Level IV
The British Embassy in Tehran is located on Bobby Sands Street.

Sweden's Meatballs are Turkish
King Charles XII of Sweden brought meatballs, coffee, and sherbet ice cream with him back to Sweden after a military campaign to Turkey in the early 18th century.

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