Gaddafi had a serious obsession with Condoleezza Rice, showering her with over $200,000 in gifts and having a famous local composer write a song for her called β€œBlack Flower in the White House” cnn.com/2011/11/03/us/ric…
Flowers are physically growing with darker coloured petals nowadays due to their rapid adaptation to combat the suns radiation from the thinning ozone layer. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Saffron, the world's costliest spice by weight, has been cultivated by humans for at least 3500 years and there are no known Saffron plants in the wild. Scientists still disagree about which part of the world the plant orginated. It takes 150,000 flowers to make 1 kg of Saffron spice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
The largest flower garden in the world - nearly 18 acres containing more than 250M plants and yielding over 50M flowers - is located in Dubai. The hot desert climate requires the Dubai Miracle Garden to use over 750k liters of water per day sourced from the city's wastewater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
In 1967, pop band The Move were sued by then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson for libel. They had to pay Β£3,000 in costs and forfeit the royalties to their song Flowers in the Rain. birminghammail.co.uk/news…
It takes approximately 75000 flowers, which need to be plucked by hand, to make one pound of Saffron. This is why the spice is so expensive. britannica.com/story/why-…
During a flight of the Hindenburg over the UK a parcel was thrown overboard and found in West Yorkshire. It contained flowers, a small silver Cross, and a note requesting they be delivered to a passenger's brother's grave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. 1kg (2.2 pounds) of saffron costs over 10,000€ (~$12,000) (retail). It takes 150,000 flowers to make 1kg. aragongourmet.com/en/blog…
The agave americana (or, century plant) lives for 10 to 30 years, yet only flowers once before dying. At the end of its life, the plant sends up a laddered stalk that can reach 30 feet in height. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
According to Greek mythology, the Anemone flower was created by the tears of Aphrodite mixing with the blood of her mortal lover Adonis, who had been fatally wounded by a wild boar. It is said that the flower represents Adonis' existence; beautiful, graceful and short lived. flower-meanings.com/anemo…
Today I learned about Izecksohn's Brazilian treefrog (Xenohyla truncata), the only known frugivorous frog species. It feeds on fruit, seeds, pods, pulp flowers and arthropods. It locates the fruit and simply snaps it, swallowing it whole. They eat insects just like any other frog when fruits are unavailable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
Tomatoes are self-pollinating, meaning insects or wind aren't required. Instead they have flowers that contain both the male and female parts, so more than one plant is not needed for reproduction. The pollen falls within the flower to pollinate itself. bonnieplants.com/the-bonn…
Due to the lack of bees in Sichuan China. Human farmers are pollinating the flowers themselves. This is cheaper than buying bees and having them pollinate the flowers. globalcitizen.org/en/cont…
Bees take naps in flowers when they get tired healthyfoodhouse.com/ther…
Capers are pickled flower buds from a caper bush. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Peanuts start out as flowers above ground. They then wilt, and the remaining peg goes back into the ground and turns into a peanut. auntrubyspeanuts.com/howg…
During a flight to America the 'Hindenburg' hovered over a random English town and dropped a bouquet of flowers, then ascended and continued its journey. A note attached to the bouquet read: please deposit these flowers and cross on the grave of my dear brother, POW [in the local cemetery]" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
In 1862 someone sent Charles Darwin a flower from Madagascar that had an extremely deep crevasse were the nectar was located. He predicted that there was a moth with an extraordinarily long tongue to reach the nectar. X. morganii was discovered nearly 150 years later feeding on the flower. theguardian.com/science/l…
Over 4 years, the public have been submitting photographs and pattern counts of sunflowers to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, U.K. Royal Society Open Science reports that nearly one in five of the flowers had either non-Fibonacci spiraling patterns or were more complicated. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
In 2011, Purdue University students shattered the Guinness World Record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine ever with a 244-step juggernaut that destroys the planet several times over before restoring hope by watering and growing a flower purdue.edu/newsroom/stude…
The Aztec noble class spoke in parallelisms, repeating a phrase in two different ways, and in difrasismo, words said in metaphorical sense. Examples are "may we not die, may we not perish" and "The flower, the song" – meaning "poetry" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nah…
The beautiful orchid bees not only help pollinate specific orchids, but they actually require their corresponding orchid species to reproduce themselves, using oils from the flowers to attract mates, forming a unique symbiotic relationship. indefenseofplants.com/blo…
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-…
The poppy has been a symbol of fallen soldiers since the Napoleonic wars, when the war would turn the battlefields into barren muck; the blood-red poppy was one of the few flowers that could grow in the churned soil. bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how…
Softwood and hardwood trees are determined by their seed type not by their wood density. Cones vs flowers, fruits and nuts make this difference. royomartin.com/softwoods-…
At the request of Vanessa Bryant, the Staples Center cataloged all the items at the makeshift memorial fans made for Kobe and Gianna. Among the items were 1,353 basketballs, 14 banners, 25,000 candles, 5,000 letters, 500 stuffed animals. All the flowers were reused as mulch. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
There was a serial slasher in London called the London monster. He affixed sharp blades to his knees then would stab women in the butt by kneeing them. He would also put knives in flower bouquets then trick women into smelling it before stabbing them in the face. youtu.be/tN4DHMKAWPo
In the famous flower shop scene in "The Room," Tommy Wiseau didn't immediately notice the dog on the counter. According to Greg Sistero in his book The Disaster Artist, Wiseau improvised the "hi doggy" line. Wiseau later asked the flower shop owner, who was playing herself, if the dog was real. sbs.com.au/movies/article…
Viagra can double shelf life of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long as a week beyond their natural lifespan ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Saffron crocuses, the flower from which the most expensive spice by weight (saffron) is made, are all genetically identical sterile clones propagated by hand by dividing root corms. They do not occur in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
The compound which gives feces its smell, skatole, smells like flowers in small amounts meaning that roses really do smell like poo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they're most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications healthline.com/nutrition/…
Today I learned about Dianthus Plumarius, also known as the "common pink," which is a species of pink-colored flower. The origin of the flower's name is uncertain, but within two decades of its 1570 appearance, the flower's name was being used to refer to the pastel red known as "pink" in English today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Solitary Bees can pollinate exponentially more flowers than honey bees and there are many important bees that live alone not in a colony johnson.k-state.edu/lawn-…
Minesweeper's theme was so controversial in some countries that Microsoft was forced to replace the mines with flowers in some locations and rebrand it as "Flower Garden". Link instantfundas.com/2010/02…
When it gets too hot in Australia, the nectar in certain flowers will ferment and turn into alcohol. These bees get "drunk" and are not allowed back into the hive before they sober up. vice.com/en_au/article/zm…
Bees sleep- and like to take naps in flowers. Forager bees sleep for several hours a day and older bees require more sleep than youngsters. This is why you sometimes you can find bees napping in flowers with their little heads down, antennae motionless, enjoying a quick snooze. honeybeesuite.com/do-hone…
Queen Anne's Lace is a white flower that resembles a lace pattern, with a red area in the centre which represents a drop of blood, from where Queen Anne pricked herself while sewing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
When Ringo Starr temporarily left the Beatles in 1968 because he felt side-lined, his fellow Beatles sent him a telegram telling him that he was the best drummer in the world and that they loved him. He returned, and found his drumkit covered in flowers, spelling out "Welcome Back, Ringo.". ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
Bees take naps in flower buds fstoppers.com/animal/phot…
The reason it's called "the birds and the bees" is because it's a metaphor for naturally-occuring events. The "bees" part comes from bees depositing the flowers (a reference to fertilization), and the "birds" part comes from female birds laying eggs (a reference to ovulation). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about the Suicide Palm Tree, a tree 60 foot high and native to Madagascar which has a life span of around 30-50 years. Once the time comes the palm tree bursts out hundreds of flowers, taking up so many of the tree's nutrients it kills itself. grangettosnews.com/news/1…
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…
Many plant stores hot glue fake flowers onto cactus succulentplantcare.com/do…
- Bees don't buzz during an eclipse - Using tiny microphones suspended among flowers, researchers recorded the buzzing of bees during the 2017 North American eclipse. The bees were active and noisy right up to the last moments before totality. As totality hit, the bees all went silent in unison. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The term sweet-pea does not refer to a pea that is sweet, rather a sweet pea is a flower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
There is no such thing as a vegetable in biology. What we call vegetables are really just parts of plants. Asparagus is the stalk of a plant. Broccoli is the flower of a plant, etc. popula.com/2019/02/20/veg…
Joe DiMaggio was so in love with Marilyn Monroe that after her death he had flowers delivered to her grave twice a week for 20 years pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
In the 80s a British Harrier pilot got disoriented and, with less than a minute of fuel remaining, successfully landed on top of a flower shop van on the deck of a Spanish cargo ship. The ship's crew were awarded over 500,000 pounds for the safe delivery of the Harrier to the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alr…
Corn Silk, the fibers that grow on corn flowers, are each linked to a single kernel. A full corn means every fiber was pollinized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…

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