Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
Sumo wrestlers must wear traditional dress when in public: the lower-ranked wrestlers wear only a thin cotton robe, even in winter, and wear wooden sandals; those ranked higher wear a short overcoat over their robe, and may wear straw sandals; and the highest-ranked wear quality silk robes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
Veggie straws are actually worse for you than most potato chips on the market. isitbadforyou.com/questio…
One regional police force in the UK once had helmets made from straw bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewo…
Japanese schools make children square dance to the tune of β€œTurkey in the Straw,” and call it an β€œOklahoma Mixer” mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=…
Because of the altitude at which they fly, U-2 pilots have to suck their food - provided in a toothpaste-like tube - through a straw built into their spacesuits. Because of the length of U2 missions, options include things like β€œcaffeinated apple pie” and β€œcaffeinated mac and cheese.” airman.dodlive.mil/2016/0…
Washington is the first state to allow the composting of human remains. The law allows organic reduction using wood chips & straw, or alkaline hydrolysis aka liquid cremation. Tests of donated bodies resulted in rich, odorless soil passing all federal & state safety guidelines. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Decimation (removal of a tenth) was a roman military punishment wherein a cohort of soldiers was divided into groups of ten, each of these groups was made to draw lots, and the soldier who drew the shortest straw was then clubbed to death by the other nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle Goat, a straw goat put up and burned almost every year since 1966 in GΓ€vle Sweden. One problem though: the owners hate it when people burn it down and doing so can carry a prison sentence of up to 3 months. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Hay is a crop from grass, straw is a byproduct of grain production (the stems). Hay has more nutritional value for animal feed detroitnews.com/story/lif…
The Straw Hat Riots ensued in 1922 New York when too many people were wearing their straw hats after the socially acceptable annual deadline to wear straw hats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Chiggers don't actually bite or burrow but rather drill holes into our skin and then excrete enzymes that break the skin down into a liquid mixture; then they slurp up the mixture through a hardened skin cell straw. They basically make skin frappes out of us! boyslife.org/outdoors/wil…
It's possible for hay and straw to spontaneously combust if it's too wet when stored. farmanddairy.com/top-stor…
To celebrate the end of winter children in Poland create a straw doll that represents Marzanna, goddess of death, winter, and nightmares; which they then set on fire and drown in a river to cleanse themselves of the harsh winter they've endured alansfactoryoutlet.com/ho…
Looking at the sky through a cardboard paper towel tube and through a standard drinking straw is about the same as the difference in the amount of sky seen in ordinary binoculars and a small telescope. Binoculars in astronomy are used for their wider field of view skynews.ca/choosing-binoc…
The man dancing with no shirt on and a straw hat in the music video for "Pink Houses" is Harvey Goodin, who at the time was the mayor of Austin, Indiana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Most aerosol cans have a little dot painted on the rim that, when aligned with the nozzle, help you get every last drop of the product out before you run out of propellant. There’s a curved straw inside that runs down the edge of the can and that dot lines up with the bottom of that straw. thegardenfrogboutique.com…
Today I learned about Uncombable Hair Syndrome. Usually characterized by silvery-blond or straw-colored hair that is disorderly, stands out from the scalp, and cannot be combed flat, it is thought that Albert Einstein had this genetic disorder, giving him his wild, crazy looking hairstyle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Today I learned of β€œThe Custom of the Sea,” an old tradition among sailors where in dire circumstances, such as being stranded at sea and on the verge of starvation, the remaining sailors would all draw straws and whoever drew the shortest would then be killed and eaten to ensure the survival of the others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus…
Egyptians and Sumerians invented straws 7,000 years ago to use for sipping beer. Created from natural products, the straws were used to separate sediment from beer as the beer-making process used to leave unwanted elements in the drink egypttoday.com/Article/4/…
Today I learned of the Straw Hat Riot of 1922. Angry mobs roamed NYC destroying straw hats and beating the men who wore them after the socially acceptable date of September 15th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
In a UK general election if there is a tie in votes within a constituency, the result is decided by a coin toss, drawing straws, or picking names from a hat. home.bt.com/news/uk-news/…
Every Christmas since 1966 the town of GΓ€vle, Sweden has built a giant 43ft tall Swedish Yule Goat (Julbock) made of straw. In the 53 years since the annual tradition started - despite fences, guards, and security cameras - it has been burned down/destroyed 37 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
A woman died after being impaled on a metal straw. huffpost.com/entry/woman-…
The first weight-loss surgery was to the king of Leon, Spain during the 10th century. His morbid obesity made him lose the throne so his grandmother escorted him to Cordoba where a doctor sewed his lips shut, his food only coming from a straw. He lost half his weight and reclaimed the throne. sciencedirect.com/science…
The German folklore of Frau Perchta, a witch who would roam the German countryside for 12 days leading up to Christmas, leaving silver coins to good children and cut open the bellies and replace the organs of bad children with straw and pebbles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The steel man argument (or steelmanning) is the opposite of the straw man argument. The idea is to find the best form of the opponent's argument to test opposing opinions. Steelmanning will make you better at arguing and improve your critical thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Miami Beach has banned beachfront hotels from giving out plastic straws miaminewtimes.com/news/mi…
The name strawberry is probably a corruption of "strewn berry" referencing when a strawberry plant spreads, its berries were strewn about the ground. Other sources suggest its name stems from the fact that English youth picked wild strawberries and sold them impaled on grass straws. ipm.missouri.edu/meg/2012…
Aerosmith's Joe Perry use to keep a roadie by the side of the stage instructed to give him a toot of cocaine through a straw whenever he wandered over pretending to need technical assistance nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/a…
Today I learned about Kaihōgyō, a practice by Tendai Buddhist monks. It involves walking a 100-1000 day route around Mount Hiei, praying at sacred places, and wearing nothing but straw sandals, white robes, and a hat of woven wood. Historically, people kill themselves if they fail. Hiei is full of their graves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
Red Lobster doesn't bring straws to the tables, the waiters don't even carry them. They do this to reduce sea waste and if you need a straw for your tall daiquiri you need to ask for it usatoday.com/story/money/…
Dolphins and other marine mammals can roll their tongues into straw-like shapes, complete with zipper-like projections, to drink their mother's milk while also immersed in a liquid whalefacts.org/dolphin-mi…
Canned Heat's singer died after being handed a vial of drugs by a fan. He thought it was coke and stuck a straw in it and snorted, but it turned out to be heroin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The first drinking straw was designed to have a diameter slightly smaller than the typical lemon pip, as the inventor was tired of getting lemon seeds in his mouth when drinking lemonade. washingtonpost.com/local/…
One Pope, Nicholas V, conducted a bizarre puppet trial of another Pope, John XXII, in which he condemned, degraded and executed a straw version of him. It even wore little robes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In France, in order to to tackle public urination ("wild peeing"), some fully exposed open-air urinals were installed. The "uritrottoirs" ("sidewalk urinals") are filled with odor-fighting straw or sawdust and they harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. unreservedmedia.com/paris…
The description of blondes as being 'towheaded' comes from the light straw color of the fibers in flax en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
Decades of Korean film history were chopped up to make straw hats, or dissolved to extract the silver criterion.com/current/pos…
It's a myth that elephants drink water through their trunk like a straw, they suck it part way up the trunk then pour it into their mouths independent.co.uk/voices/…
The "broom method" was a method for detecting invisible flames. Firefighters would probe a room with a corn straw broom until it burst into flames, indicating the location of the fire. spinoff.nasa.gov/spinoff1…
The difference between hay and straw is that hay has seeds in it, and straw is just stems. gardensalive.com/product/…
While on tour with Motley Crew in 1984, Ozzy Osbourne asked Nikki Sixx for a line of cocaine. After being told there was none, Ozzy grabbed a straw, and snorted ants. Nikki confessed: β€œFrom that moment on. We knew there was always someone who was sicker and more disgusting than we were.” mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrit…
Today I learned of Formaggio di Fossa - an Italian cheese aged by burying it in pits lined with burned straw. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
"Monster Mash" used low-budget sound effects for the recording: the sound of a coffin opening was made by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board; the sound of a cauldron bubbling was water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
Spiders do not use their fangs as "straws" to suck up food after injecting venom, and instead have small mouths behind their fangs that they use to eat. infinitespider.com/how-sp…
An Israeli chemistry professor has invented an "anti-date rape straw" that detects date rape drugs present in a drink and alerts the victim by changing color inventors.about.com/b/201…
An Anti-Date rape straw has been invented in Israel. Designed to detect date rape drugs when placed in a beverage, and to alert the victim. inventors.about.com/b/201…
The modern straw was invented as a way to improve the mint julep cocktail. Prior to its invention, people used rye grass straws that tasted bad and frequently broke apart. blog.totalwine.com/2013/0…
Oyster mushrooms and straw can be used to clean oil spills. fungi.com/blogs/articles/…

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