In 2005 scientists planted a 2000 year old Judean Date Palm seed found in Harod the Great's Palace. Its germination in 2006 revived the extinct species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
While archeologists excavated the ruins of King Herod's palace on Mt. Masada, near the Dead Sea, a 2000 year old seed was found from an extinct Date Palm species. A botanist planted the seed and it miraculously sprouted, becoming the oldest verified human-assisted seed germination in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
After the French Revolution, the government tried to institute a new Calendar based on nature, including months such as "Fog" "Germination" and "Grape Harvest" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In 2005, a preserved 2,000-year-old seed sprouted. It is the oldest verified human-assisted germination of a seed. arava.org/arava-research-…
Beatrix Potter published a scientific paper on the spore-germination of fungus which was presented to the Linnaean Society. Sadly, Potter wasn't allowed to present the paper herself or even to attend that meeting because she was a woman. awesomestories.com/flicks…
A genetically modified strain of corn called Minnesota 13 was created to germinate faster in the shorter MN summer. Because of this it also made for one of the best corns for moonshine mash. Minnesota 13 moonshine was widely popular across the USA and Canada during prohibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
It's not uncommon for tomato plants to sprout up around sweage treatment plants. The seeds can pass through the digestive tract and germinate in overflow areas. coastreporter.net/news/lo…
Binghamton University researchers have been working on a self-healing concrete that uses a specific type of fungi as a healing agent. When the fungus is mixed with concrete, it lies dormant until cracks appear, when spores germinate, grow and precipitate calcium carbonate to heal the cracks. binghamton.edu/news/story…
The inventor of the transistor, William Shockley, "donated sperm to the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank founded... ...in hopes of spreading humanity's best genes. The bank, called by the media the "Nobel Prize sperm bank", claimed to have three Nobel Prize-winners." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2007, seeds were found frozen below the permafrost. Thought to have been buried by Arctic ground squirrels around 31,500 to 32,300 years ago in the Ice Age. Out of 600,000 seeds, three embryos successfully germinated into plants. Currently the oldest confirmed viable seeds on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
A seed that was found in 32,000 year old permafrost germinated indefenseofplants.com/blo…
The "heat" in a chili (level of capsicum) protects the plant against would-be mammal predators as their digestive system destroy the seeds, whereas bird's digestive systems encourage chili seeds to germinate. Additionally, the capsicum provides protection against harmful microbes. australiangeographic.com.…
Fruit basically exists because animals like to eat it and poop the seeds thus germinating the plant and increasing it's long term survival as a species. phys.org/news/2018-10-evi…
Today I learned of Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, Texas. The caverns go as deep as 230 feet below the surface and feature only one single plant: a fern that is believed to have germinated next to a light fixture after a spore was brought in on a worker's clothes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Babies under 1 year should not eat honey. Due to spores of Clostridium botulinum germinating within the intestines, babies could get infant botulism which potentially could be fatal. babycenter.com/404_when-c…
Coconuts can travel 110 days and thousands of miles by sea and still be able to germinate ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
- NASA's Apollo 14 took tree seeds to the moon to see if they could germinate after space travel. The Moon Trees have grown normally, been given as state gifts, and some planted with Americas 1976 bicentennial. nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/plane…
Most apples are grown from grafted trees and will not come true from seed. The seeds might germinate, and they could develop into productive trees, but the fruit will not be similar to what you purchased. bhg.com/gardening/vegetab…
Today I learned of the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank that ran from 1980 to 1999. The initial focus was to make babies from the sperm of Nobel laureates, although others donated and only one Nobel laureate is known to have donated. Reportedly 229 babies were produced, none of them by the laureate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There is a product that will turn you into a tree after death. Gerard Moline developed the Bios Urn which allows people to use their ashes to germinate a seed of their choice. wondergressive.wordpress.…
Charles Darwin became interested in how vegetables crossed the oceans. In one experiment, Darwin fed seeds to a bird, shot it, and then placed the carcass in a bath rub to float. After a month, Darwin retrieved the seeds from the floating carcass and planted them. The seeds germinated. npr.org/templates/transcr…
A South African plant produces seeds that look and smell like animal dung, tricking dung beetles into burying and germinating the seeds. newyorker.com/tech/elemen…
The ancient Egyptians used the urine from a pregnant woman to germinate seeds to determine the sex of the child. If barley sprouted first, then it was to be a boy. If wheat sprouted first, then it was to be a girl. en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Say…
A desert bloom is a climatic phenomenon that occurs in various deserts when the unusual level of rainfall reach the seeds and bulbs that have been in a latent or dormant state and causes them to germinate and flower in early spring en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
, Russian Scientists discovered seeds 124 feet below permafros that an "Ice Age Squirrel" had buried, the seeds dated back 32,000 years old. They were successfully germinated and a year later created their own seeds. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was also an amateur mycologist. Obsessed with fungi, she was studious about their taxonomy and taught herself the proper technique for accurate botanical illustration. She even conducted her own experiments with spores she had germinated. brainpickings.org/2015/07…
Today I learned about Walther Rathenau, a Germin Minister of The Weimar Republic who was killed by radicalized German Youth after private media denounced him as an "international Jew who sullied German honour" swarthmore.edu/writing/an…
Despite their widespread prevalence, there have not been any new establishments of Aspen Seedlings in the Western USA in 10,000 years due to the climate having changed so drastically. All existing Western Aspens are those which germinated 10,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
It takes more than 2 years for a newly germinated coffee bean to make it to your cup of coffee! coffeemuseum.com/blog/201…
An 2,000 year old date palm seed was germinated and grown after it was discovered in an ancient jar in the Judean Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
There is a product that will turn you into a tree after death. Gerard Moline developed the Bios Urn which allows people to use their ashes to germinate a seed of their choice. wondergressive.com/bios-u…
In 1971, NASA took 500 seeds on a mission that orbited the moon. These "moon trees" were germinated and later planted in Brazil, Switzerland, the White House and presented to Emperor Hirohito, among others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
A seed from a Judean date palm, previously extinct for hundreds of years, was germinated in 2011 and is expected to grow fruit by 2022 ancient-origins.net/ancie…
Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa took 500 tree seeds to the Moon and back. Nearly all of them germinated upon return to Earth, and some of them are still growing today. fhsarchives.wordpress.com…
A promotional record of 'Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants' by Stevie Wonder featured seeds between the clear vinyl layers. A piece of paper coming out of the record allowed the seeds to reach water. They would germinate and grow within the record, making it the only real 'live' record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Western Juniper tree seeds have difficulty germinating on their own, but they thrive around fence lines because birds consume the berries, dissolve the seed’s tough coat, and poop out the ready-to-grow seeds while perching. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Some plants can "give a live birth" as in, the seeds can germinate while they're still hanging on the parent plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv…
The bearcat smells like hot buttered popcorn, is a keystone species since it is one of the only animals whose digestive enzymes can break down the rough outer coating of fig seeds so they can germinate, and females can decide when they want to give birth after mating. wired.com/2013/10/the-cre…
Herman Melville (Moby Dick) once wrote about Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter): "this Hawthorne has dropped germinous seeds into my soul. He expands and deepens down...and further, shoots his strong New-England roots into the hot soil of my Southern soul." people.virginia.edu/~sfr/…
In 1825, following the Haitian Revolution, France demanded Haiti pay 150 million germinal francs in reparation costs for loss of profit and of their slaves. Haiti agreed, although they defeated the French, and did not finish paying until the 1950's.
Today I learned that many animals poop out seeds, spreading them to new places that couldn't otherwise be reached by the plant they were derived from. and that poop is a ferizer for these seeds, causing them to germinate ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9…
Today I learned about the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank started by a Nobel Prize winner that only accepts sperm from people of above average intelligence or accomplishment. secure.wikimedia.org/wiki…
Certain trees are dependent on bats to germinate - allspice will not grow without first being passed through a bat's digestive system and cacao trees require bats to eat the fruit and discard the cocoa bean, since the fruit will not drop on its own! fws.gov/midwest/endangere…
Today I learned about "Moon Trees"... Trees grown from hundreds of seeds that were germinated while in orbit around the moon. The mature trees are now spread around the globe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Scientists brought back and extinct variety of date palm by germinating 2000 year old seeds from an archaeological site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
The Repository for Germinal Choice was dubbed the "Nobel prize sperm bank" for allegedly only accepting donations from Nobel Prize laureates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Lodgepole pines have seeds that only germinate after heating up in a forest fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lod…
A plant that produces DMT and is used to make eye drops only germinates from a seed ~1% of the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, which sent back images via a relay satellite. bbc.com/news/science-envi…

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