The South Korean baseball association banned players from placing a cabbage leaf under their hats during games. Except with the provision of a doctor's note in advance. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
In 2014 during a hockey game between the Nashville Predators and the Toronto Maple Leafs, a woman performing the U.S. national anthem lost her mic and the Canadian fans joined in to help her finish the Star Spangled Banner. youtube.com/watch?v=oMIYO…
In 1985, Apple patented a cellphone design, with the closed phone in the shape of the Apple logo - including the leaf on the top - and which opened up sideways at the "bite" to reveal an earpiece and a keypad jaymug.com/post/299187387…
A Leaf Blower puts out as much CO in 1 hour as a car does in over 8, as well as a DB level comparable to that of a Table Saw. dec.ny.gov/chemical/10942…
Plant cells can have very high internal pressures. Root cells can be up to 0.6 MPa (90 psi), leaf cells up to 2 MPa (300 psi), and pollen tubes up to 21 MPa (3000 psi). This allows plant cells to rapidly grow as well as to be able to break through obstructions like asphalt and concrete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In 2017 a 100kg, Royal Canadian Mint made (but privately owned) gold coin dubbed the "Big Maple Leaf” was stolen from Bode Museum in Germany. It has a face value of $1 million but by weight was worth $4 million. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
Coca-Cola’s formula still includes extract from the coca leaf, the source plant of cocaine, the original stimulant in addition to caffeine. Imported from Peru and Bolivia, the leaves are processed by a plant in New Jersey, the only plant authorized by the US federal government to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
Most cigarette tobacco is in fact "reconstituted tobacco", sheets of waste material sprayed with nicotine and other chemicals, which are then cut to look like leaf. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/cigaret…
Today I learned about the Big Maple Leaf, a set of six $1 million Canadian gold coins each weighing 100 kilograms (220 lbs). One of the coins was stolen in Berlin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Leaf blowers and other power tools emit up to 300 times more pollutants than American high performance pick-up trucks. edmunds.com/about/press/l…
In 1977, the NHL introduced a rule that required jerseys to display the players' names, but the Toronto Maple Leafs refused to follow the rule, fearing that they wouldn't sell programs at their games. The NHL threatened to fine them - so they made the letters the same colour as the jersey colour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Australian Eucalptus trees were widely planted during 1840's Gold Rush California as fast growing trees for firewood. Eucalypts have fire-driven reproduction where their leaf-oil facilitates catastrophic wildfires which decimate competition and seed their next generations growth. independent.com/2011/01/1…
, despite composing two of the most recognizable songs in US history, 'Maple Leaf Rag' and 'The Entertainer' Scott Joplin died penniless and was nearly forgotten until a revival in ragtime during the 60s sparked renewed interest, culminating with the movie 'The Sting' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The Canadian maple leaf flag has only been in use since 1965 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Joaquin Phoenix began calling himself "Leaf" as a child, having been inspired by spending time outdoors raking leaves and desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings. This became the name he used as a child actor, until he changed it back to Joaquin at age 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Zombie ants. The fungi Cordyceps infects the ants, and within 3 weeks it severs the ants' nerves, thus taking asymptomatic control. When matured, the ant is moved (at noon) to a leaf that is 25cm above the ground. A stalk erupts from the ant's head and releases spores to infect more ants. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The iconic 11-pointed maple leaf on the Canadian Flag has no historical significance. It was selected because it performed best in high-speed wind tunnel testing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 1739, Benjamin Franklin was pivotal in the commencement of American paper currency and anti-counterfeit measures. He even went as far as intentionally misspelling words and using leaf imprints to fool counterfeiters. bellevuerarecoins.com/ben…
There exists an animal that can photosynthesize called the Leaf Sheep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
The yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse (Phyllotis xanthopygus) has an elevation range of more than 20,000 feet, the world’s largest for any mammal. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of the Gympie Gympie plant, aka β€œSuicide Tree”: with a sting that feels like β€œbeing burned by acid and electrocuted” one man reportedly shot himself after using a leaf to wipe his arse. australiangeographic.com.…
Many adult Acacias form phyllodes (winged leaf stems that act as leaves) rather than true leaves, which improves water conservation in the adult plants. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
The Tragically Hip song, "Fifty Mission Cap" is credited with single handedly reviving the memory of Toronto Maple Leaf's Defenceman Bill Barilko and is so important to the team that they have a copy of hand written lyrics in the player's lounge and use the song at nearly every home game. cbc.ca/news/canada/toront…
An elixir containing cocaine from the coca leaf and caffeine from the African kola nut was marketed in Atlanta. It was sold as a brain tonic recommended as a medication for headaches, alcoholism, morphine addiction, abdominal pain, and menstrual cramps. This elixir, appropriately named Coca-Cola emedicinehealth.com/cocai…
Amber Room. A chamber in Catherine Palace (near St Petersburg) with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Constructed in the 18th century, disappeared in WW2. It was considered an "Eighth Wonder of the World". A reconstruction was installed in the Catherine Palace between 1979 and 2003 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
The four-leaf clover symbol, usually associated with shamrocks and Irish culture, is actually depicting the common wood sorrel which isn't a species of clover at all! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxa…
Today I learned about the Costasiella kuroshimae (AKA "leaf slug" or "leaf sheep"), a species of sacoglossan sea slug that has the ability to retain the chloroplasts from the algae it feeds on and use them to photosynthesize its own energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
At the end of WW2 30,000 copies of Munro Leaf's 'The Story of Ferdinand' were given out to German children in order to encourage peace. It had previously been banned under Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Slugs have around 27,000 microscopic teeth. These teeth are known as radula and grate/scrape food particles whilst the slug’s jaw cuts off larger pieces of food- like a leaf to be rasped by the radula. nhm.org/stories/microscop…
Myrmica sabuleti, or the Myrmica Ant, is often tricked by a caterpillar species that pretends to be ant larvae. It waits on a thyme leaf until the ants spot it and carry it to their nest, where it then feeds on ant grubs for the next 10 months before emerging as a Large Blue butterfly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myr…
Today I learned of Igbo Ora, a town in Nigeria known as the β€œtwins capital of the world”. It’s in the south west part of Nigeria which has a documented 50 sets of twins born out of every 1,000 births. Locals say it is due to an okra leaf they eat. One woman says it’s responsible for her having 8 pairs of twins. reuters.com/article/us-ni…
A Shamrock is a symbol of Ireland and Irish heritage, a 4 leaf clover is not. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Babe Ruth wore chilled cabbage leafs under his baseball hat to keep cool. He’d replace them every couple of innings. biography.com/news/babe-r…
Top Gear staged breakdowns of the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster, making electric cars seem unviable. Show defenders said that it was all in fun. techland.time.com/2011/08…
Today I learned of compass plants which tend to align their leaf blades on a North-South axis. This is the optimal alignment for minimal sunlight exposure. wildflower.org/plants/res…
There’s a stinging plant called the Gympie Gympie that produces a toxin so painful it’s driven humans and animals to suicide. Described as being sprayed with hot acid whilst being electrocuted at the same time. A man was reported to have shot himself after using a leaf as toilet paper. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Grace Slick, singer of Jefferson Airplane, conspired a plot to spike Richard Nixon’s drink with 600 micrograms of LSD at a White House tea party. She was denied entry, but not before her companion hung a huge black flag with a marijuana leaf on the WH gate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned about the "Mad Hatterpillar" Uraba lugens, the gum-leaf skeletoniser, Nicknamed the mad hatterpillar because of its distinctive exoskeletal feature. Every time it sheds the head portion of its exoskeleton, stays attached creating a stack of increasingly large heads! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is actually really highly regarded compared to other silver currencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to find a flag that would represent Canada and replace the Canadian Red Ensign. Over 4,000 submissions for Canada's new flag were received from all walks of life and after consideration, the red and white maple leaf was chosen pearsoncanadaschool.com/i…
The Alaskan Wood Frog shields itself during winter with about an inch or two of leaf litter along the forest floor and allows up to 60 percent of it's body to freeze solid. It's heart stops eventually beating and survives in a semi-frozen state for weeks.... nationalgeographic.com.au…
Today I learned about the Big Maple Leaf coin. This was a set of six $1 million gold coins minted by the Royal Canadian Mint with each coin weighing 100 kilograms (220lb). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The world record for the number of collected 4 leaf clovers in one hour is 166 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Caffeine evolved independently in many plants. It's toxic in high doses to hungry insects, and caffeinated leaf litter can make soil toxic for other competing plants. Separately, pollinators receive a light "buzz" from caffeine in pollen, and are more likely to remember the flower's scent. nytimes.com/2014/09/04/sc…
... All non herbal teas (white, green, black, oolong, pu-erh, etc.) come from the same plant Camellia sinesis. Though different varietals in the plant have developed among different regions, teas from the same region only differ by oxidation and not the leaf itself. teaclass.com/lesson_0102.…
Today I learned about JAB, a Germany family company that owns many brands such as Panera Bread, Pret A Manger, Einstein Bagels, Keurig Green Mountain, Stumptown, Caribou, Mighty Leaf Tea, Intelligencia and Peets Coffee, Krispy Kreme, Dr Pepper and Jimmy Choo shoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAB…
Leaf curling spiders behave in two exceptionally remarkable ways: they use their "web" to bend leaves and form a closed shelter for their offspring, and in some species even sacrifice themselves as food for their children! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
White tea, green tea and black tea are all the same leaf, but picked at different stages. satemwa-europe.com/white-…
Today I learned about a leaf-eating moth caterpillar called Uraba lugens that keeps its old heads whenever it sheds its exoskeleton and stacks them on its head. It is referred to as "The Mad Hatterpillar." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…

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