- the city of Bogotá, Columbia employed 420 mimes to poke fun at pedestrians and drivers who didn’t follow the rules. As a result, traffic fatalities dropped by more than half, from an average of around to 1300 to about 600.
- breathing the air in Beijing has the same health risks as smoking 21 cigarettes a day.
- coffee comes from an edible fruit. The coffee cherry is sweet and tastes like watermelon, rosewater, and hibiscus all at once.
- many areas are using a beet juice and salt mixture on their roads to keep them from freezing over. The beet juice prevents roads from icing over in temperatures up to -25°C, making it more effective than using a salt brine. A beet juice mixture is also less toxic to the environment.
- a guy in Japan laid legal claim to 2.5 million acres of abandoned woodlands via adverse possession, acquired ownership by prescription, then declared independence from Japan and founded a micronation.
Wicked Wikipedia article
- The frequency of semicolons in English texts from 1500–2008
- The only Confederate warship to circumnavigate the globe and the last to fly the Confederate flag, the CSS Shenandoah was about to attack San Francisco when it learned the Civil War had already ended months before.
- Jevons’ Paradox: increasing the efficiency of resource consumption leads to more, not less, of the resource being consumed
Articulate (Reddit) article
- Does lightning striking water (lakes/ocean/etc) kill/harm fish?
- If Energy cannot be created, and the Universe IS expanding, will the energy eventually become so dispersed enough that it is essentially useless?
- If we lived in a colony on one of Jupiter’s moon, how big would Jupiter appear in our sky?
- When a human steps on an anthill, what exactly starts going on down there?
- Why, after reading this, does the the brain not recognize the second the?
- ELI5: Why do flys rub their hands together menacingly whenever they land?