A man was killed when he tried to shoot down a 125-year old Saguaro cactus. The man blasted most the way through and poked at one of the plants arms. The 500lb arm then fell crushing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
In the Sellafield nuclear power plant there is an industrial freezer packed with an expanding mountain of radioactive seagulls that were shot by snipers employed by the plant independent.co.uk/environ…
Britain's worst nuclear accident, would have been much worse, were it not for Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. Whom insisted on installing filters onto the exhaust shaft of the Windscale Nuclear Power Plant. When the accident happened the radioactive dust was reduced by 95%. bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
The story of the Chernobyl power plant didn’t end with the tragedy of 1986. There was actually a second fire that broke out on Reactor 2 in 1991, and it wasn’t until 2000 that the last operating reactor was fully shut down. nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-co…
The use of mistletoe as a Christmas decoration derives from a Norse myth. Norse god, Balder's only weakness was the mistletoe plant. On learning this Loki, the god of mischief carved arrows from the branches of plant which were used to kill Odin's son. history.co.uk/articles/ho…
Mapmakers used to plant fictitious streets in their maps, so that if a person copied their map, they could point out the replication of the fake street to prove copyright infringement. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about "Homegrown National Park," an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent's biodiversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Fungi are evolutionarily more closely related to animals than to plants, and this was not recognized until a few decades ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myc…
There is a lake in Russia nicknamed the β€œSiberian Maldives” where Russians pose for photos due to its bright turquoise colour. The lake is not that colour naturally it is turquoise due to toxic waste runoff from a local power plant and is very hazardous bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Wild orangutans use medicinal plants to sooth joint and muscle inflammation. The apes chew leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant to create a white lather, which they then rub onto their bodies. Local indigenous people also use the plant for the same purpose. scientificamerican.com/ar…
There is a monument to Nikola Tesla on the American side of Niagara Falls. The statue was a gift from Yugoslavia, and commemorates the inspiration Tesla felt from viewing the falls as he went on to be part of the team that invented the first alternating-current hydroelectric power plant. atlasobscura.com/places/n…
The rarest plant in the world is the Middlemist Red. Harvested to extinction in its native China, it now lives on only in botanical gardens in London and New Zealand. rarest.org/nature/plants
The villagers of Piplantri plants 111 trees every time a girl is born. To ensure the girls financial security, the villagers contribute Rs 21,000 and set a fixed deposit bank account, which can be used only, once she turns 18 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
The creator of the Rainforest Cafe chain first tested out the concept in his house. He decorated it with 45 birds, 9 fish tanks, and many plants. He even set up fake thunderstorms. His neighbors thought he was crazy. adweek.com/galleycat/what…
The oldest living house plant is a Eastern Cape Giant Cycad, Arriving to the Kew Gardens in 1775 and has been growing ever since kew.org/read-and-watch/ol…
Plants make up 82% of the total biomass of Earth. Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans, only 4% are wild mammals. Of all the birds on Earth, 70% are chicken and poultry, 30% are wild birds. The total biomass of the human race accounts for just 0.01% of all life on Earth. theguardian.com/environme…
With 150 billion base pairs and 40 chromosomes, the Japanese Canopy Plant is the largest known genome (the most DNA) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The "heart" shape, used to indicate love, likely originated as a depiction of the seed pod of the plant Silphium, which was used in ancient Rome as a contraceptive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A parasitic tree in Australia creates a collar around other plant roots with a blade in it to suck their juices australiangeographic.com.…
The San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants is the only zoo outside of Australia to have Platypuses. When they were sent from Australia, in 2019, it was the first time in 50 years that Platypuses had been cared for outside of Australia. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
Tomatoes come in two main varieties Determinate and Indeterminate Determinate varieties (including bush varieties) reach a certain plant height and then stop growing. ... Indeterminate varieties continue to grow and produce tomatoes all along the stems throughout the growing season. bonnieplants.com/gardenin…
Poison dart frogs are actually harmless when kept in captivity. In the wild, they only develop poison because they eat mostly ants, and the ants themselves ingest different varieties of poisonous plants. nationalgeographic.com/an…
There’s an active Jewish cemetery completely surrounded by the GM Hamtramck assembly plant. Access is only permitted on Rosh Hashanah and the Sunday before Passover. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
The Canadian government will pay you to plant trees for a summer. It became so popular that work visas became available for foreign workers simply to plant trees. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sprouted theguardian.com/environme…
A type of sea slug called Elysia chlorotica can carry out photosynthesis. They can go without eating for nine months or more, photosynthesizing with its stolen plant-parts as it basks in the sun. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Coffee beans are not actually beans, they are actually the seed of the coffea plant and are inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Even though the coffee beans are not technically beans, they are referred to as such because of their resemblance to true beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The obrina olivewing butterfly is the only known plant or animal that is truly blue, meaning it produces a blue pigment. All other β€œblue” plants and animals are using light reflection to seem blue to our eye when they actually are a different color. bestlifeonline.com/blue-i…
A bunch of people pee in their gardens, which is actually very nutritious for plants [urea is essentially a fertilizer] huffpost.com/entry/why-yo…
, in 2009, 107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Spiderweb at Baltimore Wastewater Plant in Maryland, U.S.A. Equating to 35,000 Spiders/mΒ³. inhabitat.com/107-million…
A Massachusetts man who was rushed to hospital with a collapsed lung came home with an unusual diagnosis: a pea plant was growing in his lung. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The largest power plant by power generation in the US is also the only nuclear power plant not near a large body of water used for cooling, but instead uses wastewater from nearby cities. cronkitenews.azpbs.org/20…
Viagra, when dissolved in water, can help plant stems stay erect and double their lifespan. telegraph.co.uk/gardening…
While many believe that earth's oxygen comes from rainforests, tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50-80% of the oxygen on earth earthsky.org/earth/how-mu…
There is a method of growing rhubarb known as "forcing" where the plant grows in complete darkness and is tended to in candlelight. It grows so quickly during this process that you can hear it grow. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
The area denial weapon the caltrop/caltrap is named after a plant whose seeds are that shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
A Tomato plant in Disney's Epcot Center broke a world record in 2016 for producing over 32,000 tomatoes housebeautiful.com/lifest…
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…
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…
Mosquitos mostly feed on nectar and plant juices; feeding on blood is typically required only for females when needing produce eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
A few months into the Flint Water Crisis, GM's truck assembly plant stopped using municipal tap water for production because it was corroding engine components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
The North American Beaver’s favorite trees to eat are Aspen and Poplar. They consume a variety of tree species (and other plants) but avoid Red Maple, which can consequently be the only trees left standing at the edge of some beaver ponds link.springer.com/article…
The Batman villain, Poison Ivy, was inspired by the 1844 story, "Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story is about a scientist who's daughter becomes immune to poisons and poisonous to touch due to his experiments with toxic plants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
Mistlestoe is considered a parasitic plant that kills trees, devalues natural habitat, and can cause acute gastrointestinal problems along with diarrhea if ingested. youtube.com/watch?v=e1yzc…
A study showed that plants have the potential to store memory; a plant species that would close up when touched was repeatedly dropped. At first the plants closed on every drop but over time remained open because the drops did not harm them. They retained this memory even a month later. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Wood Wide Web, the microbe network that connects plants such as trees and fungi! sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
When the Grand Mosque of Mecca was seized by hundreds of insurgents in 1979, since Islam forbids any violence within (to the extent that plants cannot be uprooted), action couldn't be taken until a religious sanction was given and French commandos who participated had to convert to Islam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
A "Turnaround" is a scheduled event in which an entire process unit of an industrial plant is taken off stream for a scheduled period of time to perform maintenance, inspections, and testing... youtu.be/2gCk9yBBOUo
Today I learned about the Dragon Lily, a plant that can actually heat itself up to make itself more comfortable for pollinating insects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
All tea is made from the same species of plant: Camellia sinensis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…

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