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 '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-…
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…
Bees can sense the Electric fields of Flowers. Videos show that when the positively charged bee arrives at the negatively charged flower...pollen literally jumps from the flower to the bee. The bee may fly over to the flower but at close quarters, the flower also flies over to the bee. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
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…
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…
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…
Lupines can signal to a bee that the pollen rewards are gone or almost gone. After pollination occurs, the petals change color as a way of saying β€œno more here, try the next flower…” This re-directs the bee to a flower that needs pollination. nrcm.org/blog/first-light…
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…
The corpse flower, one of the largest and rarest flowers in the world, blooms for 24-48 hours and smells like rotting flesh. It was first discovered in Sumatra in 1878. ecowatch.com/corpse-flowe…
The Bucket Orchid flower attracts orchid bees with a scent, & traps them in their β€œbucket”, the only escape is through a space where the flower grips the bee and glues pollen packets to their back to produce more bucket orchids. britannica.com/plant/buck…
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…
When Viagra is dissolved in water with flowers in them, the flowers stay erect up to a week longer than usual. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Adding viagra to your flowers and plants will make them stand up straight. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Some flowers, like nasturtiums, can actually emit flashes of light from their leaves and flower petals during twilight and it is called the Elizabeth Linneaus Phenomenon nybg.org/blogs/science-ta…
When a bee visits a flower it transfers charge; this affects the electric field in the vicinity of the flower. A second bee can sense this and determine from a distance if the flower was recently visited. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Bees and many other pollinating creatures can detect nectar in flowers by seeing UV colors that aren't visible to the human eye. Many flowers have UV patterns, or "landing zones", which bees use to direct them to the nectar in the flower. news.ncsu.edu/2011/07/wms…
Brugmansia, a common ornamental flower, is a potent hallucinogen, and was once used in South American cultures "as a treatment for unruly children, so that they [would] be admonished directly by their ancestors in the spirit world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Honey is made from regurgitated flower nectar. The forager bee regurgitates the nectar into another bee, the processor bee, who regurgitates it to another processor bee who is nearer to the honeycomb. huffpost.com/entry/what-i…
Mad Max: Fury Road had filming moved from the Broken Hill region of NSW to Namibia after unusual rainfall caused the desert landscape to bloom with wild flowers. traveller.com.au/mad-max-…
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…
The flower in Mr. Wilson’s yard from Dennis the Menace (1993), that only blooms once every 10-20 years is real and smells like dead rotting animals. mtv.com/news/2248447/corp…
Bees can't see red. What we perceive as the colour red is seen as black by bees. However, they can see ultraviolet. UV allows them to see vein like patterns in a flower, like a map which allows them to locate the nectar treasure. earthsky.org/earth/can-be…
Flowering tea or blooming tea, was a thing. It consists of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers. These are made by binding tea leaves and flowers together into a bulb, then setting them to dry. youtu.be/4COPalSN2Zo
On 6 may 1990, over 1.2 million people from Romania and the Republic of Moldova met at the border set on Prut river, as the restrictions were temporarily lifted. The event was known as the Bridge of Flowers. Many people brought flowers to meet the relatives they haven't seen in decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
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…
Every two years the people of Brussels create a Flower Carpet with more than 500,000 flowers. thekidshouldseethis.com/p…
The foul smelling odor of feces is due to high concentrations of the compound skatole (3-methylindole). The same compound in low concentrations has a flowery smell and is found in several flowers and essential oils, including those of orange blossoms and jasmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
Mona Lisa painting has its own mailbox due to the large amount of love letters and flowers from admirers. leonardodavinci.net/the-m…
Flowers for Algernon was rejected for publication numerous times because author Daniel Keyes refused to change the ending to make it happier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Moths are a crucial pollinator of a wide range of flowers and plants. New research shows that the moths' transport networks are larger and more complex than those of daytime pollinators like bees. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The song Tomorrow from the musical Annie was originally written for a musical production of the classic novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes but then switched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
A Honeybee hive must travel to at least 2,000,000 flowers to create a one pound jar of honey. That is a distance of 55,000 miles for the bees in a hive. goldenblossomhoney.com/ed…
Berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower. This means that pineapples, bananas, watermelon, pumpkins, and avocados are berries. stanfordmag.org/contents/…
In some species of Flower Wasp only males have wings. Copulation occurs in the air, with the female being carried by the male's genitalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thy…
, that only female papaya trees give fruit but they need male flowers to pollinate them. nda.agric.za/docs/papaya/…
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…
Today I learned of eccentric English aristocrat Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners [1883-1950]. A talented composer, writer and artist, Lord Berners had a clavichord in his Rolls-Royce, paper flowers in his garden, had tea with a horse and would drive around his estate in a pig mask to scare the locals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Bougainvillea flowers are not those (usually) pink parts of this beautiful plant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Callery Pear tree flowers smell like semen theawl.com/2013/04/your-s…
The Beijing 2008 Olympic torch made a peaceful procession through North Korea. Thousands of cheering people lined the 12-mile route through the capital, Pyongyang, waving pink paper flowers and small flags with the Beijing Olympics logo and chanting: "Welcome, welcome" theguardian.com/world/200…
- 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…
When a random raccoon died in Toronto, people started paying their respects to it and build a small memorial with flowers and candles, even a picture, until the city took away the raccoon corpse. boredpanda.com/dead-racco…
Englishman Dan Harris wanted to help bees struggling in urban areas such as on pavement with no flowers. So he crowdfunded "bee saviour" credit card sized feeders with 3 notches of beekeepers’ formula under a peel-off foil backing to sell for Β£4 via his not-for-profit co-op. theguardian.com/environme…
A man spent two years, planting thousands of flowers, to help bring his blind wife out of depression boredpanda.com/husband-pl…
That, depending on the species, most bamboos only flower once every 60 to 130 years - often simoultanesly worldwide, regardless of the geographic location. bamboobotanicals.ca/html/…
Mill Ends Park in Portland Oregon is the smallest park in the World. The park is a small circle 2 ft across, with a total area of 452 square inches. Intended to be the site for a light pole; When the pole failed to appear, Dick Fagan (a columnist) planted flowers and named it after his column. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 2016 a man had a nesting family of Peregrines move into his flower box in Chicago. They were removed, but came back and were protected by law, so they got to stay. audubon.org/news/peregrin…
The state flower of Maine is a pine cone maine.gov/sos/kids/about/…
Bees perform a math dance to communicate the direction and distance to flowers, pollen, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
Today I learned about the crab spider which can change colour to match the flower it waits on to ambush its prey. uksafari.com/crabspider.h…
- The "Hundred Flowers Campaign" of 1956 China, allowed and encouraged people to speak freely and openly express their opinions about the communist regime. After a year, the campaign was withdrawn the Chinese government imprisoned those who spoke critically about them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
In the UK, Mother's Day was originally a day on which Christians were encouraged to visit their β€œmother church". Now it’s akin to the US celebration and its religious roots are have been usurped by promotional campaigns encouraging children to shower their mothers with flowers, cards and gifts. independent.co.uk/life-st…
In 1774 English criminal John Rann arrived at his execution in a specially made pea-green suit adorned by a large bouquet of flowers. He cheerfully bantered with the crowd and hangman and danced a jig, before being hanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Saffron is the world's most expensive spice costing 5,000$ per kilo. 80,000 flowers are needed to produce 450g of it. It was employed as a dye for expensive textiles, a perfume by Cleopatra and even as a medicine. Nowadays, its used in cooking, adding a distinctive aroma flavor to our dishes. finedininglovers.com/arti…
Muammar Qaddafi had a crush on Condoleezza Rice. Sometimes referring to her as his β€˜African princess’, he had a Libyan composer write a song called β€˜Black Flower in the White House,’ and had a homemade scrapbook filled with photos of the former U.S. secretary of state. vanityfair.com/news/2011/…
"Corolla" means "little crown" in Latin, and "innermost ring of flower petals" in English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Serial killer Edmund Kemper has lent his voice to at least 100 audiobooks, including Flowers in the Attic and the novelizations of the Star Wars trilogy. vt.co/news/world/one-mind…
Bananas and Tomatoes are technically berries whilst Strawberries and Raspberries are not. This is because the technical classification of a berry is any fruit derived from a single flower with one ovary, and both raspberries and strawberries stem from flowers with more than one ovary. stanfordmag.org/contents/…
Parrots that eat poppy flowers get instant energy similar to the effect of tea or coffee for a human. Wild parrots feeding on poppies are destroying poppy crops in Madhya Pradesh, India. Opium specialist Dr. RS Chundawat said that once the birds feel the energy, they quickly become addicted. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Today I learned of the Coral Tree. Part of the genus Erythrina, Coral Trees are native to Eastern Mexico, South America, and South Africa. Their uniquely shaped flowers bloom in bright red from February to June. geog.ucsb.edu/take-a-tour…
Bees not only sleep, but also take little bee naps on flowers scienceabc.com/eyeopeners…
The Sunflowers petals are actually each singled petal flower, a sunflower is actually a cluster of hundreds of flowers and part of the family called Pseudanthium (false flower in greek). wikivisually.com/wiki/Pse…
On rare occasions, hummingbirds can get a bee impaled and stuck onto their beak ultimately starving to death. It happens when it unknowingly inserts its beak into a flower with a bee in it or pinning it against a hard surface. Otherwise they naturally would deflected off than be impaled. westernfieldornithologist…
Today I learned about Tapputi, a Babylonian perfume-maker widely considered to be the world's first chemist. A cuneiform tablet from 1200 BCE describes one of her perfumes, made from flowers, oils, balsam, myrrh, and various solvents. cosmosmagazine.com/chemis…
The orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is a beautiful white, pinkish-white, or brownish-white species of praying mantis with lobes on its legs that look like flower petals which the mantis uses to its advantage when capturing its prey. It can change color depending on environmental conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hym…
Too much exposure to sun or heat drains the flowers of their bright colors. Many flowers prefer morning sun and filtered afternoon light. Other causes of faded flower color include the fact that flowers generally fade after pollination. gardeningknowhow.com/plan…
"mad honey" is cultivated in Turkey - honey made from nectar from rhododendron flowers. Small doses cause hallucinations, large doses bring seizures and death. It is used as medicine by Turkish villagers, who drink it in milk with breakfast and believe it increases sexual potency interestingengineering.co…
An Australian bird, called the rainbow lorikeet, routinely gets drunk from spring to summer. The small birds drink the fermented crimson flower nectar from the Weeping Boer-bean tree. When intoxicated these birds make loud drunken noises which many people find bothersome. nationalgeographic.com.au…
During President Kim Il-sung’s visit to Indonesia in 1965, President Sukarno showed Kim around the Bogor Botanical Gardens when the latter was smitten by an orchid. Sukarno promptly named the flower Kimilsungia and appointed it as the symbol of the eternal friendship between the two countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
In Australia when it gets very hot, the nectar in some flowers ferments and turns into alcohol. The bees get "drunk" and are not allowed back into the hive ripleys.com/weird-news/dr…
Harvest mice love to eat pollen, they eat so much in fact, that they fall asleep inside the flowers storytrender.com/18321/fl…
Muammar Qaddafi was obsessed with Secretary of State, Condolezza Rice. During one visit he showed her a video with photos of her with various people, set to a song composed just for her called β€˜Black Flower in the White House.’ When his house was raided a scrapbook of her pictures was found. vanityfair.com/news/2011/…
Japan's most celebrated generals have been masters of Ikebana, the art of flower arranging, finding that it calmed their minds and helped them make clear decisions in the field of battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ike…
The thistle beer glass, made for heavy scotch ales, is meant to resemble the national flower of Scotland winecellarinnovations.com…
Today I learned of Korea's unique knighthood system. Originally an order of female warriors called Wonhwa, or Flower Girls, they were reformed into an all-male order after the assassination of a grand masters. They kept the name, being called Hwarang, or Flower knights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwa…
Carrots are biennial plants. In the first year, the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots then enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. During the next spring of summer, the plant bolts; this is where the plant flowers, producing seeds before it dies. Carrots are inedible then! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bie…
Today I learned about the Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956 China, in which Mao Zedong allowed citizens to speak out their opinions on the Communist regime freely before ending the campaign within a year and imprisoning those who spoke critically of the regime en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Today I learned of an 1892 topless sword duel between the Princess of Lichtenstein and a countess who criticized her flower arrangements at a musical gala in Vienna. All participants in the duel were women, making this an "emancipated duel." io9.gizmodo.com/a-princes…
Scientists in Tel Aviv have found that soon after a bee flies past an Evening Primrose, the flower increases the sugar content of its nectar by 30%. Playing bee sounds has a similar effect, but there is no effect on the flower when other vibrations are emitted. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Indole smells like human feces at high concentrations and like flowers at low concentrations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The name of the color pink comes from a species of flower: Dianthus plumarius, or the common pink en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
The Hydrangea flower color changes based on the pH in soil. Soil with a pH of 5.5 or lower will sprout blue hydrangeas, a ph of 6.5 or higher will produce pink hydrangeas, and soil in between 5.5 and 6.5 will have purple hydrangeas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
That, like flowers, some states have official firearms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Vanilla beans come from the orchid plant and the flowers only flower for one day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Harvest Mice like crawling into flowers to eat the pollen and sometimes even fall asleep in them. mymodernmet.com/tiny-harv…
Veteran honey bees perform a complicated dance called "Waggle dance" to indicate location of new flower fields, water sources and available new nests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
There are orchids in Australia that skew the sex ratios of their pollinators by tricking male wasps into mating with their flowers... to completion indefenseofplants.com/blo…
As global temperatures rise, flowers are emitting less scent. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Saffron is the most expensive food on earth, costing ~5,000 USD per pound. It is so expensive due to the fact that it has to be harvested manually, and takes between 50,000-75,000 flowers to produce just one pound of the spice. luxury-insider.com/dining…
There is at least one dead wasp inside the figs we eat. Female Fig Wasps pollinate both male & female figs - entering through a small hole called the ostiole. They cannot lay eggs in the female fig, so only end up spreading their pollen to the internal flowers of the fig and then dying. huffpost.com/entry/what-a…
President William McKinley wore a red carnation in his lapel at all times as a good luck charm. During a public meeting in his second term, he took out the flower from his lapel and gave it to a 12-year-old girl. Minutes later, he was shot. He died a week later. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The Devil's Cigar is a fungus that strangely only exists in small area of Texas and Japan separated by 11,000 km the two populations have been separated for at least nineteen million years. It looks like a cigar, hisses, releases clouds resembling smoke, then splits open into a flower shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
"arrack" is a type of alcoholic spirit from South Asia/Indonesia fermented from the sap of coconut flowers or sugarcane. Arrack predates all "New World" spirits and is the parent of rum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arr…
Today I learned about Mill Ends Park, the world's tiniest city park. It's a circle 2 feet (0.61 m) across in the median of a street in Portland, Oregon. It was intended as the site for a light pole, but when no light pole appeared, someone planted flowers instead. It was named an official city park in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
There is actually a flower that smells like chocolate. Cosmos atrosanguineus, AKA Chocolate cosmos, is a plant from Mexico that can grow up to about 24 inches high and has a maroon-colored flower. No part of this plant is edible. thegardeningcook.com/choc…
In 1991, Charlie sheen got so convinced of a death scene in the second film of The Flower of Flesh and Blood series that he contacted the FBI suggesting it was a snuff film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snu…
There is a cactus that could fall over when fully grown because its root system is small compared to the plant itself. The plant has also never been reported to flower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eup…
The Move were sued by Harold Wilson over publicity for their song Flowers in the Rain, and the settlement was to donate all of the song's royalties to charities chosen by Harold Wilson's secretary Marcia Williams. Charities still benefit from this arrangement to this day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…

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