Today I learned about the Sorites Paradox, a paradox that arises from vague predicates. If you remove a grain of sand from a heap, it is still a heap of sand. When the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Today I learned about the world's smallest motorized car. About the size of a grain of rice, it is a micro-model of a 1936 Toyota AA, and includes a body, tires, spare tire, wheels, axle, bearings, headlights, tail lights, bumpers, step, number plate and emblem. It travels at 5-6 mm per second. trussty.com/2016/05/japan…
Today I learned about an experiment that mapped 1 cubic millimeter (about the size of a grain of sand) of mouse brain by slicing it into 25000 pieces and scanning them for 3 months. The completed data set had a size of almost 2 million gigabytes. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Cereal is named for cereal grains, which in turn are named for Ceres, Roman goddess of harvests and agriculture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
In the Mughal Empire, which ruled South Asia in the 16th-18th centuries, the living standard and per-capita income were higher than in Britain (the highest in Europe); the price of grain was far lower than in Britain; and in 1600, 15% lived in urban areas - in Britain in 1700 it was only 13% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mug…
There is an estimated 10 septillion or 10^24 planets in the universe. That's 20 million x more then seconds since the big bang, or a million x the number of grains of sand in the world. youtu.be/X_afJYQ_dZI
Today I learned about the formation of sand from quartz. As magma in the Earth's crust cools, its excess silica crystallizes and forms quartz (SiO2). Over million of years, quartz grains are carried by water streams to the oceans. Most of the world's sand is made up of those quartz grains. britannica.com/video/1856…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A lot of the world's quartzite reserves form during massive tectonic events that give rise to high mountains such as Mount Everest. Continental plates collide, and the resulting compressional force crushes quartz-bearing sandstone. The remaining quartz grains recrystallize and form quartzite. eartheclipse.com/geology/…
Most shooting stars you see are incredibly small, usually being not much larger than a grain of sand. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on Earth, but more molecules in 10 average sized drops of water, than stars in the observable universe! npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Even though a Rubik's Cube has 43 billion billion configurations, more than there are grains of sand on all of Earth's beaches, no configuration is more than 20 moves away from being solved, and 99.99999% of all configurations can be solved in less than 20 moves. ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube…
NASA once raided a Denny's as part of a sting operation to bust a 75 year old woman for possessing and attempting to sell a moon rock the size of a rice grain latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
Scientists believe that younger Sand Dollars sift through sand and ingest small grains Magnetite, an iron-rich deposit found in the ocean. These Sand Dollars will then take these grains and store them in chambers inside their body to help weigh them down and keep them from floating away. kqed.org/science/1932072/…
Tukhachevskiy considered as the first military commander to use chemical weapons against its own people. It happened during "Tambov rebellion" when russian peasants resisted the forced confiscation of grain by Red Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
Grain dust can cause explosions. world-grain.com/articles/…
Color photography has existed since 1907. The "autochrome" process used millions of microscopic red, green and blue colored potato starch grains that filtered light before it reached the emulsion on a glass plate. blog.scienceandmediamuseu…
There is no corn involved in making corned beef, the 'corns' are the name for coarse grains of salt used in the curing process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
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…
- Corn silk or ovules are crucial to the growth of kernels. Each kernel has one piece of silk and when the silk is fertilized by a grain of pollen it grows. On average 1000 ovules form per ear and 400 to 600 will survive until harvested. agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/…
During Prohibition the residents of NY and New Jersey were warned about "poison booze" streaming across the border from Canada. Any potential drinkers were warned that 90% of Canadian whiskey were made from cheap grain alcohol, water and coloring substances. Illnesses and deaths ensued. syracuse.com/vintage/2018…
Granulation on the sun is visible only in excellent seeing with high power and at least a 4-inch aperture filtered telescope. Sometimes called rice grain or lemon peel, this textured appearance is due to hot gas continually boiling up to the Sun’s surface, cooling, and sinking down again skyandtelescope.org/obser…
A ban on 190-proof grain alcohol most affected violin makers, who use the product to create varnishes used in making and restoring their instruments fredericknewspost.com/mar…
NASA has satellites sensitive enough they are able to see the light produced by plants during photosynthesis. This light is called fluorescence and it showed the U.S. Midwest's "grain belt" are some of the most productive lands on Earth. nasa.gov/content/goddard/…
Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. diet.mayoclinic.org/diet/…
Corn is a grain, a vegetable and a fruit healthline.com/health/foo…
A Japanese hospital has an entrance test for aspiring medical students - they must perform 3 tasks in 15 minutes using surgical instruments - make miniature paper cranes, reassemble a dead bug from parts and make miniature sushi using a single rice grain. 40 students are selected odditycentral.com/pics/ja…
The Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust is a grain reserve of commodities and cash. In 2008 the USDA sold the remaining stocks into an all cash reserve. Since it no longer holds commodities, it can respond to local food crises outside the US, but not to a global one that affects the USA itself. usaid.gov/news-informatio…
The reason recipes tell you to wash rice is so that individual grains do not stick together in the final dish foodnetwork.com/recipes/a…
Parrotfish poop makes up the majority of sand grains found on white sand beaches such as those found in Hawaii newsweek.com/where-does-s…
Bees poop, dropping yellow globs of undigested pollen grains while flying. www2.palomar.edu/users/wa…
Today I learned of Distichlis palmeri, a grain plant with a high salt tolerance. Until recently it was thought to be extinct. But a breeding program of the remaining plants has bred varieties with yields of 2 tons per hectare, and is a strong candidate to become a major global food crop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
The idiom "take with a grain of salt" dates to 25 AD and refers to an antidote to poison. To take a poison or an idea with a grain of salt means to reduce it's effectiveness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Dr. Shawn Baker, a California-based orthopedic surgeon, promotes the carnivore diet, where one eat animal products only. So, no vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, or any starches self.com/story/im-a-regis…
Humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors annually than GRAINS of wheat and rice combined realclearenergy.org/artic…
The original food pyramid given to the US govt by nutritionists was altered for the benefit of the food industry and grain growers. proteinpower.com/drmike/2…
Grain bins are built from the top down. The roof is assembled and a series of hydraulic jacks lift the roof and one ring of the bin is added. Then the jacks are attached to the newly added ring and lifted up so another ring can be assembled around the bin. Then repeated until the bin is complete youtube.com/watch?v=ywBV6…
Each year humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors than grains of rice and wheat combined realclearenergy.org/artic…
Dolly Parton's father paid for her birth with a sack of oats! She is the fourth of 12 children born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton of Sevierville, Tennessee. Her family was so poor that grain was all her father had to give the doctor who delivered her! countryliving.com/life/en…
The biggest part of the diet of everyone during the time of Jesus, from the poorest to the wealthiest, were grains, barley, wheat and legumes. About 80 percent of the people living in first-century Palestine were involved in agriculture and the Galileans of Jesus’ time were rarely overweight occatholic.com/would-you-…
WWII sailors would drink the 180-proof grain alcohol fuel used in United States Navy torpedo motors. The mixture was denatured with methanol causing sailors to go blind and later switched to Croton oil which caused painful cramps, internal bleeding and a violent emptying of the bowels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Lysenkoism advocated that rye could transform into wheat and wheat into barley, that weeds could spontaneously transmute into food grains, and that "natural cooperation" was observed in nature as opposed to "natural selection". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lys…
The northernmost Grain Silo in Canada is in northern Alberta and only 200 km from the border from the Northwest Territories. agcanada.com/daily/richar…
Today I learned about "Grain entrapment", when a person becomes submerged in grain and gets stuck, often suffocating beneath the corn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Whole grain and wheat breads are not necessarily healthier than white breads. One problem with the current definition of β€œwhole grain” is that it doesn’t account for fiberβ€”and many whole grain products on supermarket shelves contain very little. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, was deaf. She suffered from frequent earaches and even lost hearing in one of her ears when a grain of rice became lodged in it during her wedding day. She always made light of her disability, using humour to ease people. stacycordery.com/juliette…
Stoli is the first established international brand to offer gluten-free vodka. Stoli Gluten-Free, made from 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat (both gluten-free grains), is the trend among consumers but vodka has always been gluten-free in the first place foodrepublic.com/2016/03/…
That, contrary to common misconception, the order in which different types of alcohol are consumed ("Grape or grain but never the twain" and "Beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer") has no effect on intoxication or hangover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Researchers reported duplicating the glue that the sandcastle worms secrete and use to stick sand grains together underwater. They believe the glue to have applications as a biocompatible medical adhesive, for instance to repair shattered bones. For bone repair, it can replace pins and screws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phr…
Today I learned that popcorn is not the only grain or seed that pops. There are several others, most of which don't have the annoying hulls that get stuck in your teeth! bonappetit.com/test-kitch…

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