Viagra, when dissolved in water, can help plant stems stay erect and double their lifespan. telegraph.co.uk/gardening…
A few months into the Flint Water Crisis, GM's truck assembly plant stopped using municipal tap water for production because it was corroding engine components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
A couple spent 26 years replanting a rain forest in 1991 and now it covers over 300 acres of wildlife that is home to more than 200 globally endangered species of plants and animals, including Asian elephants and Bengal tigers. boredpanda.com/wildlife-f…
While many believe that earth's oxygen comes from rainforests, tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50-80% of the oxygen on earth earthsky.org/earth/how-mu…
Today I learned about Nikolai Vavilov who, obsessed with ending famine, created the world's largest collection of plant seeds, advancing the genetic study of cultivated plants. He faced anti-Mendelian forces during the Stalin era, leading to arrest in 1940. Ironically, he died in captivity, by starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
There is a method of growing rhubarb known as "forcing" where the plant grows in complete darkness and is tended to in candlelight. It grows so quickly during this process that you can hear it grow. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
For every child born or adopted in Wales, the Welsh government will plant a native Welsh broadleaf tree. The scheme is called Plant! – the Welsh word for children. naturalresources.wales/ab…
George Fan (Designer and Creator of Plants vs Zombies) was fired by EA in 2012 for refusing to add microtransactions as he was against the idea of making Plants vs Zombies a pay to win game. bleedingcool.com/games/ea…
Tomato plants fertilized with human urine produce up to four times more fruit and had higher levels of beta-carotene & protein than traditional fertilizers. popsci.com/environment/ar…
Coca-Cola’s formula still includes extract from the coca leaf, the source plant of cocaine, the original stimulant in addition to caffeine. Imported from Peru and Bolivia, the leaves are processed by a plant in New Jersey, the only plant authorized by the US federal government to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Black tea and green tea come from the same plant. The only difference is black tea is fermented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
Today I learned about 'Botanical Sexism', a process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep streets clear of seeds & flowers, plant only male trees. The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts & as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increases which can worsen seasonal allergies. earth.com/news/botanical-…
Russian scientists managed to grow 32,000-year-old plants from seeds they found encased in ice in Siberia nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Most of the caffeine in soft drinks is actually synthetically produced in Chinese pharmaceutical plants npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster could have been even more catastrophic, but 2000 workers at the sister Fukushima II Plant succeeded in stabilizing their reactors and achieving cold shut down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
There is an Australian shrub known as the "Suicide Plant" or the Gympie Gympie plant, that's sting can last years and is so agonising that people have been known to commit suicide after touching the plant. discovery.com/nature/Suic…
Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflour, and Kohlrabi are all selectively bred varieties of the same plant. They were each developed from the wild mustard plant. businessinsider.com/brocc…
There is a more extreme form of veganism called fruitarianism where you can only eat plant parts that do not damage the plant -primarily fruits, nuts, and seeds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fru…
Today I learned of Pomato, a grafted plant that is part tomato and part potato. The resulting plant have cherry tomatoes on the vine and white potatoes in the soil, resulting in plants with double crops. Grafting can also boost natural resilience and improve biodiversity by supporting different pollinators! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
Many plant stores hot glue fake flowers onto cactus succulentplantcare.com/do…
In 800 million years, photosynthesis will no longer be possible on earth and all animals and plants will go extinct. Single celled organisms will dominate the earth once again. epic.cpacamp.com/universe…
Commerical Flight Attendants and Pilots are 4x more likely to get cancer in their lifetime, because of the time they spend flying, with a thinner atmosphere and more solar particles. They recive 3x more radiation a year than a nuclear plant employee ehjournal.biomedcentral.c…
Silphium was an extremely popular plant was used as both a spice, perfume and medicine in classical antiquity. the high demand resulted in it being harvested to extinction and thus nobody has known its taste or smell for millennia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Plant albinism exists and because of the lack of chlorophyll on their leaves they have to suck energy from the roots of neighboring plants making them essentially - vampires nationalgeographic.org/ar…
There are fluid bearings in hydroelectric plants that have been in nearly continuous service since about 1900 and show no signs of wear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Plants can tell the difference between the shade of an inanimate object (e.g. a rock) and the shade of another plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
People have been drinking almond milk since at least the 13th century. Because nuts are permitted in fasting seasons almond milk is substituted into meals for Lent and Ramadan. Also in 2013, almond milk surpassed soy milk as the most popular plant-based milk in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alm…
North Carolina has, along with the usual 'official state' things, an official beverage, boat, carnivorous plant, dance, dog, frog, freshwater trout, marsupial, tartan, and toast. sosnc.gov/divisions/publi…
Silphium is an extinct plant that the Romans used as an aphrodesiac and contraceptive, and its seed's shape is linked with the heart symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Honey bees are able to stab through the leaves of certain plants to trigger their flowering process weeks earlier than usual. earthsky.org/earth/bumble…
Magnolia plants are so ancient that they're pollinated by beetles because they existed prior to bees appearing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Marijuana flowers are either male or female. Many marijuana plants have either only male or only female flowers, but some have both on the same plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
There’s a garden in the UK dedicated to plants that are deadly & can kill you. It’s only available to visit by booking a guided tour & people have fainted walking around due to the fumes that some plants give off. It’s classed as the most dangerous garden in the world & holds over 100 plants. alnwickgarden.com/the-gar…
A Venus flytrap can count the number of times its victims touch the hairs on its leaves. One touch does nothing, two closes the trap, three primes the trap for digestion, five triggers the production of digestive enzyme. So, victims tell the plant to start killing it and how vigorously to do so. theatlantic.com/science/a…
A fertilizer explosion at an Oppau, Germany plant in 1921 was so powerful that it destroyed all the medieval stained-glass windows of Worms cathedral, 15 km away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opp…
The Philippines built a nuclear power plant and then never used it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Air conditioning was originally created to keep moist air in a printing plant from wrinkling magazine pages. time.com/4423959/air-cond…
Pineapples are actually in a proto-carnivorous plant family called bromeliads. Water trapped in their crowns supports thriving mini-ecosystems, whose residents and their droppings are absorbed for nutrients (not energy) through their leaves, as most plants can actually do. youtu.be/ut3EviqJei8?t=25…
In WWII , scientists at the Vavilov Institute of Plant protected the seeds from the threats of cold, hungry residents of the besieged city, rats, and their own hunger. 28 of the botanists died of starvation, protecting their collection Today invaluably stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault theconversation.com/the-t…
A new microbe called a hemimastigote was found in Nova Scotia. The Hemimastix kukwesjijk is not a plant, animal, fungus, or protozoa β€” it constitutes an entirely new kingdom. quantamagazine.org/what-a…
When Led Zeppelin briefly visited India in 1972, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were largely ignored because the locals thought that they were hippies until they played at a local venue. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Poison oak and mangoes come from the same plant family scientificamerican.com/ar…
The seeds of the Abrus precatorius plant contain the toxin abrin. Abrin is fatal at just 1/75 the dose of ricin. Abrin has an LD50 of 0.56 ΞΌg/kg in mice, and Kingsbury lists a toxic dose in humans at 0.00015% body weight, or approximately 0.1 mg for a 150 lb human. One chewed seed can be fatal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
After eating garlic, its sulfur compounds are released not only in the mouth but also in the gut, from which they seep into the lungs and skin. To prevent garlic breath, plant chemicals like chlorophyll and polyphenols bind to sulfur compounds in garlic and help neutralize odor thehealthy.com/dental/get…
In 1972, hours after George Wallace was shot in an assassination attempt, Nixon rushed E. Howard Hunt to the shooter's apartment to plant campaign literature for Democrat George McGovern, hoping to sway McGovern supporters to Nixon. Hunt called it off after FBI sealed off the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
A Danish company modified a version of thale cress (plant), that changes from green to red when being near landmines, because of the nitrogen dioxide gas released from landmines. This way you can detect landmines and save lives. nature.com/articles/news0…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Marine plants, such as seaweed and algae, produce 70-80 percent of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere thesea.org/seas/does-seaw…
Today I learned about Corn Smut, a plant disease that is considered a delicacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Modern marshmallow contain sugar, gelatin and water, but none of the actual marshmallow plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
All major categories of tea, e.g. green, white, black, come from the same plant and that varieties such as Assam or Ceylon differ only because of the region in which they're grown (from which they take their name). teatulia.com/tea-101/tea-…
The Lily family of plants are extremely toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure withing 48 hours fda.gov/animal-veterinary…
The thin skin of soil that covers much of our planet's land stores more amounts of carbon than in all plants and the atmosphere combined blogs.ei.columbia.edu/201…
Phytophotodermatitis is a UV activated blistering condition that can be caused by common plants like fig trees, celery and lime trees! dermnetnz.org/topics/phyt…
Nepalese farmers create a honey called 'mad honey' which is produced by bees pollinating rhododendron plants. The honey is psychoactive and its effects can range from euphoria and lightheadedness to being similar to a full-blown acid trip. twistedfood.co.uk/this-tr…
The Poison Ivy rash itself is NOT contagious. You can only get Poison Ivy from another person if they still have the oil from the plant on them. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
Today I learned about the saffron crocus flower that is used to make the most valuable spice in the world (by weight)-- saffron. It can take 50,000–75,000 plants to produce 1 pound of saffron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Historically, the Venus Flytrap was also known by the slang term "tipitiwitchet" or "tippity twitchet", a reference to the plant's resemblance to human female genitalia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Shishi-odoshi, used in japanese gardens as part of the visual and aural design, were originally designed to scare away animals such as deer or boars from grazing on the plants nearby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The potato and tomato are both native to Peru. Though commonly associated with Eurasian culinary traditions, both plants were unknown to the eastern hemisphere until 500 years ago. andeanlodges.com/en/the-a…
Today I learned about Chartreuse, The liqueur has been made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737 according to the instructions set out in a manuscript given to them in 1605. It is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. It continues to age and improve in the bottle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There is a secure seed bank on a remote arctic island of Norway. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of different plant species in case of a global catasthrophe. It has a capacity of 4.5 million seed samples! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
In the Philippines, cutting plants of scenic value on public grounds is punishable by an imprisonment of 6 months, 1 day as minimum to 8 years as maximum. thecorpusjuris.com/legisl…
The voice actor for Scruff McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in prison after police found over 1,000 marijuana plants, guns, a grenade launcher and ammo in his home. cbsnews.com/news/mcgruff-…
Bob Marley moved near his mother's residence in Wilmington, Delaware for a short time, during which he worked as a DuPont lab assistant and on the assembly line at a Chrysler plant in nearby Newark, under the alias Donald Marley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The term "Essential" in Essential Oils does not mean indispensable or usable by the human body, as with the terms essential amino acid, but in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragranceβ€”the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
Lambs Ear (the plant) can be used medicinally for insect stings, bug bites, hemorrhoids, scrapes, and burns. It can also be a substitute for bandages and can act as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal. newlifeonahomestead.com/l…
The Shepherd's Purse plant is considered a protocarnivore. The seeds of the plant attract and kill worms, which then decay and enrich the surrounding soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Austria has a nuclear power plant that costed more than a billion euros to make which has never been turned on. This is because the government held a vote on whether to use nuclear power or not after it was made, and 50.5% voted no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwe…
Eggplants are a type of / related to Deadly Nightshade (Belladonna), as well as other plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. gardeningknowhow.com/edib…
Today I learned of Radiotrophic Fungus, originally found in Chernobyl, that utilize Melanin to turn Gamma radiation into Chemical Energy. Similar to how plants use Chlorophyll to turn sunlight into Energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Vanilla beans are seed pods that grow on an orchid plant. The vanilla orchid grows like a vine and flowers after reaching 20-30ft in length. Once the flowers bloom they only remain open a few hours, and when they're pollinated (generally by hand) the seed pods develop. orchidsmadeeasy.com/vanil…
A loofah sponge is actually a plant, and a side from growing it to use as a sponge, it is edible as well. apieceofrainbow.com/grow-…
Vanilla comes from a flowering plant in the orchid family. It grows as a vine and flowers only bloom for one day. There is only a 1% chance of wild pollination so each flower must be hand pollinated. The fruits are 15–23 cm (6–9 in) long pods and are used to produce vanilla extract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
In Firozpur district, Punjab, everyone who applies for a firearm license must plant ten trees and provide photos of them doing so en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Juicy Fruit gum has been produced since 1893. It used be plant based (chicle plant) but has been made from sythetic rubber since the 1960s. The flavor mix is a secret but one of the main ingredients is peach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
The US Navy has 6 standard alarms for specific scenarios on a submarine. Each alarm sounds different, has immediate actions and priority- collision, diving, missile emergency, missile jettison, general, and power plant casualty. A mnemonic for the order is, "Can Dead Missile Men Get Pro-Pay?" wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarms…
American Robins and Waxwings will display intoxicated behavior after consuming certain species of fermented plants. audubon.org/news/spring-a…
A daring WWII raid by Norwegian commandos on a Nazi heavy-water plant prevented Germany from developing an atomic bomb before they were defeated theconversation.com/opera…
Potato Plants Can Form Berries Which Are Toxic cultivariable.com/potato-…
Today I learned about Impatiens glandulifera or Himalayan Balsam. We have a plant that is very common near us and grows very quickly throughout our local area along rivers. I assumed it was Japanese Knotweed, however on closer investigation it is not, but is still an invasive species brought to the UK in 1839. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Cogs exist in nature. The plant hopper uses cogs to synchronise its legs when jumping. nature.com/news/insect-le…
A study found tobacco and tomato plants emit ultrasonic "squeals" when stressed. Microphones 4" away picked up the sounds when plants had stems cut/were under-watered: an average of 15 - 25 sounds within 1 hr from cutting, and 11 - 35 sounds per hr from drought. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
There is a spider species, Bagheera kiplingi, that is mostly herbivorous, even actively avoiding confrontation with other insects while foraging for food. They sometimes rarely steal ant larvae or cannibalize during dry season, when the plant they prefer would be unavailable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
The Venus Flytrap plant is native only to the bogs of the Carolinas in the US. insidescience.org/news/in…
Lightning fertilizes plants. When lightning strikes, it rips nitrogen bonds in the atmosphere and the rains carry them into soil. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Adding viagra to your flowers and plants will make them stand up straight. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Gorillas are nearly in a constant state of flatulence (farting/gas) due to a large amount of bacteria that live in their guts. This bacteria helps break down the vegetative plant matter that comprises most of their diet. youtu.be/aHOwbc8Feu4
During WW2 an operation to destroy German heavy water plant (in captured Norway) had to delayed as a cooperative Norwegian caretaker was missing his spectacles, the bomb fuse was lit only after caretaker specs were found (as during the war, new eyeglasses were nearly impossible to obtain). businessinsider.com/this-…
Chobani began after Hamdi Ulukaya saw an ad for a Kraft yogurt plant that had closed and bought it through a small business loan. Today they operate the world's largest yogurt plant and workers have 10% ownership stake. For the first few years the 800 number on the label went straight to Hamdi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
The first virus discovered is the Tobacco mosaic virus, over 100 years ago. It causes a mosaic looking disease in tobacco plants; it can survive for years in cigars and cigarettes made from infected leaves. Wendell Stanley won the Nobel Prize in 1946 for discovering that it's made from protein. pdb101.rcsb.org/motm/109
Trees communicate with each other mainly through the use of underground networks made of fungi that grow around their roots. These networks are called mycorrhizal networks. Mycorrhizal networks connect individual plants (like trees) together into a communication network via their roots. get-green-now.com/how-do-…
95% of the world's food needs are provided by just 30 species of plants. At least 12,650 species names have been compiled as edible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
Disney World has the power to establish schools, form their own criminal justice system and construct a nuclear power plant, although they have not chosen to do that yet. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about an Alligator named Wally, who was found guarding $1.5 million worth of marijuana plants in California abc7.com/archive/8004427/
Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest Jadav Payeng turned a barren sandbar in northern India into a lush new forest ecosystem. mnn.com/earth-matters/wil…

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