Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
Veggie straws are actually worse for you than most potato chips on the market. isitbadforyou.com/questio…
Japanese schools make children square dance to the tune of β€œTurkey in the Straw,” and call it an β€œOklahoma Mixer” mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=…
Because of the altitude at which they fly, U-2 pilots have to suck their food - provided in a toothpaste-like tube - through a straw built into their spacesuits. Because of the length of U2 missions, options include things like β€œcaffeinated apple pie” and β€œcaffeinated mac and cheese.” airman.dodlive.mil/2016/0…
Washington is the first state to allow the composting of human remains. The law allows organic reduction using wood chips & straw, or alkaline hydrolysis aka liquid cremation. Tests of donated bodies resulted in rich, odorless soil passing all federal & state safety guidelines. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Decimation (removal of a tenth) was a roman military punishment wherein a cohort of soldiers was divided into groups of ten, each of these groups was made to draw lots, and the soldier who drew the shortest straw was then clubbed to death by the other nine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
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…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle Goat, a straw goat put up and burned almost every year since 1966 in GΓ€vle Sweden. One problem though: the owners hate it when people burn it down and doing so can carry a prison sentence of up to 3 months. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The Straw Hat Riots ensued in 1922 New York when too many people were wearing their straw hats after the socially acceptable annual deadline to wear straw hats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
It's possible for hay and straw to spontaneously combust if it's too wet when stored. farmanddairy.com/top-stor…
Chiggers don't actually bite or burrow but rather drill holes into our skin and then excrete enzymes that break the skin down into a liquid mixture; then they slurp up the mixture through a hardened skin cell straw. They basically make skin frappes out of us! boyslife.org/outdoors/wil…
Looking at the sky through a cardboard paper towel tube and through a standard drinking straw is about the same as the difference in the amount of sky seen in ordinary binoculars and a small telescope. Binoculars in astronomy are used for their wider field of view skynews.ca/choosing-binoc…
The man dancing with no shirt on and a straw hat in the music video for "Pink Houses" is Harvey Goodin, who at the time was the mayor of Austin, Indiana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
To celebrate the end of winter children in Poland create a straw doll that represents Marzanna, goddess of death, winter, and nightmares; which they then set on fire and drown in a river to cleanse themselves of the harsh winter they've endured alansfactoryoutlet.com/ho…
Today I learned about Uncombable Hair Syndrome. Usually characterized by silvery-blond or straw-colored hair that is disorderly, stands out from the scalp, and cannot be combed flat, it is thought that Albert Einstein had this genetic disorder, giving him his wild, crazy looking hairstyle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Most aerosol cans have a little dot painted on the rim that, when aligned with the nozzle, help you get every last drop of the product out before you run out of propellant. There’s a curved straw inside that runs down the edge of the can and that dot lines up with the bottom of that straw. thegardenfrogboutique.com…
Egyptians and Sumerians invented straws 7,000 years ago to use for sipping beer. Created from natural products, the straws were used to separate sediment from beer as the beer-making process used to leave unwanted elements in the drink egypttoday.com/Article/4/…
Today I learned of the Straw Hat Riot of 1922. Angry mobs roamed NYC destroying straw hats and beating the men who wore them after the socially acceptable date of September 15th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned of β€œThe Custom of the Sea,” an old tradition among sailors where in dire circumstances, such as being stranded at sea and on the verge of starvation, the remaining sailors would all draw straws and whoever drew the shortest would then be killed and eaten to ensure the survival of the others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus…
In a UK general election if there is a tie in votes within a constituency, the result is decided by a coin toss, drawing straws, or picking names from a hat. home.bt.com/news/uk-news/…
Every Christmas since 1966 the town of GΓ€vle, Sweden has built a giant 43ft tall Swedish Yule Goat (Julbock) made of straw. In the 53 years since the annual tradition started - despite fences, guards, and security cameras - it has been burned down/destroyed 37 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
A woman died after being impaled on a metal straw. huffpost.com/entry/woman-…
The first weight-loss surgery was to the king of Leon, Spain during the 10th century. His morbid obesity made him lose the throne so his grandmother escorted him to Cordoba where a doctor sewed his lips shut, his food only coming from a straw. He lost half his weight and reclaimed the throne. sciencedirect.com/science…
The German folklore of Frau Perchta, a witch who would roam the German countryside for 12 days leading up to Christmas, leaving silver coins to good children and cut open the bellies and replace the organs of bad children with straw and pebbles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The name strawberry is probably a corruption of "strewn berry" referencing when a strawberry plant spreads, its berries were strewn about the ground. Other sources suggest its name stems from the fact that English youth picked wild strawberries and sold them impaled on grass straws. ipm.missouri.edu/meg/2012…
The steel man argument (or steelmanning) is the opposite of the straw man argument. The idea is to find the best form of the opponent's argument to test opposing opinions. Steelmanning will make you better at arguing and improve your critical thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned about Kaihōgyō, a practice by Tendai Buddhist monks. It involves walking a 100-1000 day route around Mount Hiei, praying at sacred places, and wearing nothing but straw sandals, white robes, and a hat of woven wood. Historically, people kill themselves if they fail. Hiei is full of their graves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
Miami Beach has banned beachfront hotels from giving out plastic straws miaminewtimes.com/news/mi…
Dolphins and other marine mammals can roll their tongues into straw-like shapes, complete with zipper-like projections, to drink their mother's milk while also immersed in a liquid whalefacts.org/dolphin-mi…
Red Lobster doesn't bring straws to the tables, the waiters don't even carry them. They do this to reduce sea waste and if you need a straw for your tall daiquiri you need to ask for it usatoday.com/story/money/…
Aerosmith's Joe Perry use to keep a roadie by the side of the stage instructed to give him a toot of cocaine through a straw whenever he wandered over pretending to need technical assistance nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/a…
One Pope, Nicholas V, conducted a bizarre puppet trial of another Pope, John XXII, in which he condemned, degraded and executed a straw version of him. It even wore little robes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Canned Heat's singer died after being handed a vial of drugs by a fan. He thought it was coke and stuck a straw in it and snorted, but it turned out to be heroin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The description of blondes as being 'towheaded' comes from the light straw color of the fibers in flax en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
In France, in order to to tackle public urination ("wild peeing"), some fully exposed open-air urinals were installed. The "uritrottoirs" ("sidewalk urinals") are filled with odor-fighting straw or sawdust and they harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. unreservedmedia.com/paris…
Decades of Korean film history were chopped up to make straw hats, or dissolved to extract the silver criterion.com/current/pos…
The first drinking straw was designed to have a diameter slightly smaller than the typical lemon pip, as the inventor was tired of getting lemon seeds in his mouth when drinking lemonade. washingtonpost.com/local/…
It's a myth that elephants drink water through their trunk like a straw, they suck it part way up the trunk then pour it into their mouths independent.co.uk/voices/…
Today I learned of Formaggio di Fossa - an Italian cheese aged by burying it in pits lined with burned straw. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The difference between hay and straw is that hay has seeds in it, and straw is just stems. gardensalive.com/product/…
Spiders do not use their fangs as "straws" to suck up food after injecting venom, and instead have small mouths behind their fangs that they use to eat. infinitespider.com/how-sp…
The "broom method" was a method for detecting invisible flames. Firefighters would probe a room with a corn straw broom until it burst into flames, indicating the location of the fire. spinoff.nasa.gov/spinoff1…
While on tour with Motley Crew in 1984, Ozzy Osbourne asked Nikki Sixx for a line of cocaine. After being told there was none, Ozzy grabbed a straw, and snorted ants. Nikki confessed: β€œFrom that moment on. We knew there was always someone who was sicker and more disgusting than we were.” mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrit…
The modern straw was invented as a way to improve the mint julep cocktail. Prior to its invention, people used rye grass straws that tasted bad and frequently broke apart. blog.totalwine.com/2013/0…
Oyster mushrooms and straw can be used to clean oil spills. fungi.com/blogs/articles/…
"Monster Mash" used low-budget sound effects for the recording: the sound of a coffin opening was made by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board; the sound of a cauldron bubbling was water being bubbled through a straw, and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
Paper Straws were invented in the 1880s because Marvin Stone hated the gritty residue ryegrass straws left in his Mint Juleps. Stone made his own straw using strips of paper and a pencil. youtube.com/watch?v=-_JhE…
Today I learned about the Straw Hat Riot in NYC in 1922. People wearing a straw hat past the unofficial date of being socially acceptable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
On the first day of Lent the Greek city of Tyrnavos has a festival called "Clean Monday" in honor of Dionysus. They eat penis-shaped bread, drink through penis-shaped straws from penis-shaped cups, kiss ceramic penises, sit on a penis throne and sing dirty Greek songs about the penis. spiegel.de/international/…
An Israeli chemistry professor has invented an "anti-date rape straw" that detects date rape drugs present in a drink and alerts the victim by changing color inventors.about.com/b/201…
The oldest drinking straw in existence, was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E.. It was a gold tube inlaid with precious stones. wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinki…
The first baseball caps were made of straw, created in 1849 for the New York Knickerbockers, one of the very first organized baseball teams. exhibits.baseballhalloffa…
The modern drinking straw was developed to prevent tainting the flavor of a mint julip which happened when using a grass straw io9.gizmodo.com/5821268/t…
An Anti-Date rape straw has been invented in Israel. Designed to detect date rape drugs when placed in a beverage, and to alert the victim. inventors.about.com/b/201…
Nordic folklore has a Christmas character called "Perchta the Disemboweller", who would either give you coins for being good or would slit your belly open and fill it with oats and straw if you had been bad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Americans use and discard 500 million straws a day, an amount that would fill 125 school buses. nps.gov/commercialservice…
During the Rape of Nanking, the Japanese took several thousand wounded and sick soldiers, as well as old and feeble refugees whom they had captured, tied them up, and pushed them into a river. They then threw straw doused with kerosene into the river and burned them all to death. cnd.org/njmassacre/njm-tr…
A multiple day riot occurred in NYC in 1922 due to violent youth gangs knocking straw hats off of since you were not supposed to wear a straw hat after Sept 15. The date the riot started? Sept 13. slate.com/blogs/crime/201…
An exhibition at a 1958 international fair in Brussels, featuring native Congolese in a simulated village, was the final straw which led to their independence from Belgium. It also bore the unintentional, albeit quite accurate, moniker "human zoo". snopes.com/fact-check/hum…
The first drinking straws were made for beer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 was an eight day riot that occurred in New York City over men wearing straw hats past the unofficial date that was deemed socially acceptable, September 15th. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets with large sticks, beating those who resisted handing over their hats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
An American tourist believed that he was taking part in a completely legal goat-burning tradition when he burned down a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure made of straw. He spent 18 days in jail and was fined 100,000 SEK (11, 785 USD) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
Movie lighting departments widely use ordinary wooden spring-filled clothes pegs - called C47s in the industry - to adjust rigging on set as the lights quickly become too hot to touch. They’re also used with straws to help actors in full make up drink beverages without spoiling their look. en.wikipedia.org/clothesp…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle Goat, a giant straw goat that is often destroyed by arsonists at Christmas bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
In 1922, people rioted over whether it was okay or not to wear a straw hat past the "socially acceptable" date of September 15, in New York. The riot lasted 8 days and led to multiple arrests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The Thorny Lizard has evolved a scaly skin of fractal-like thorns upon thorns with tiny capillaries etched into them for harvesting, channeling and absorbing water. 3 lizard species on 3 different continents have evolved similar networks of "drinking straws" between their scales. More in comment bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
Curly hair is curly because the hair follicle it grows from is oval and straight hair is straight because the hair follicle it grows from is round. Straight hair is like a straw (except tinier) and curly hair is like a slightly squeezed tip of a straw. popsci.com/science/articl…
In 1922 there was an 8 day riot in NYC over men wearing straw hats outside of summer months which was considered socially unacceptable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Disney banned balloons and plastic drinking straws in their Animal Kingdom Park to protect the animals from accidental ingestion. disneyworld.disney.go.com…
New York City rioted for over a week in 1922 over when it was socially acceptable to wear a straw hat, similar incidents led to a man being killed in 1924 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
In early 1900s NYC, it was acceptable for gangs of teenagers to swipe and stomp people's straw hats if worn past Sept 15th. One day in 1922, they started early. People fought back, and 8 days of riots ensued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle goat, a giant, straw Swedish Yule Goat erected annually at Slottstorget, Sweden. In a bizarre tradition, the goat has been burned to the ground by arsonists most years since its first appearance in 1966, despite the best efforts of security and fire fighters to protect it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
"Turkey In the Straw", a song commonly played by ice cream trucks, was played by the band on the Titanic as it was sinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In 2008 Tropicana changed its logo from an orange with a straw in it to a glass of orange juice. Their sales dropped 20% in one month so they went back to the original. businessinsider.com/tropi…
To determine the quality of caviar, some fisherman will suck eggs out of a live fish with a straw to test how "ripe" they are. slate.com/articles/news_a…
Ancient Egyptian beer was drank by adults and children alike. Their beer was very cloudy and thick with plenty of solids, and had to be strained with wooden siphons used as a straw cowofgold.wikispaces.com/…
In 1922 there was a three-day riot in New York City over whether men could wear straw hats after September 15 citymetric.com/horizons/1…
When actors snort fake coke on camera, they coat the inside of the straws with Vaseline so the coke sticks to the straw and doesn't go into their nose. nypost.com/2013/10/23/wha…
Raining cats and dogs happened when animals would nestle in thatched roofs, and the wet straw would make them fall off/out. phrases.org.uk/meanings/r…
An eight day riot occurred in NY city in 1922 after people wore straw hats past the unofficial date deeming it socially acceptable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Baby dolphins are able to drink their mother's milk because their tongues roll into a straw. m.insideseaworld.com/baby…
McDonald's collaborated with a bunch of aerospace engineers to create a futuristic Straw. They named it... Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal engadget.com/2017/02/15/m…
A popular Christmas decoration in the Nordics, the Yule Goat, is a tradition going back to pre-Christian days. A popular prank was to place a goat made of straw in your neighbour's house without them noticing, and the victim would then repeat the act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yul…
In GΓ€vle, Sweden, every year around Christmas they build GΓ€vlebocken, an enormous traditional straw goat. And every year, someone tries to burn it down for no reason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
Burger King sells a $200 burger that is made with Wagyu Beef, white truffles, Pata Negra ham and Crystal champagne onion straws. The burger is only sold once per week in London and proceeds from the sale goes to a London charity. thedailytruffle.com/2010/…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle goat- a giant straw goat display that has been built in the Swedish town of GΓ€vle every year since 1966 in anticipation of Christmas. It's been destroyed a total 36 of those years. It will be back this year on December 2nd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
Sam Peckinpah, the director who became famous for his experimental and graphically violent approach in movies like The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, and Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, ended his career doing music videos for Julian Lennon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
During WWII, Pacific island natives thought the misplaced cargo parachute-drops delivered to them were from their dead ancestors. So, after the war, they imitated soldiers they had seen, reenacting marches with wooden rifles and built airplanes of straw, in hopes that the airdrops would return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In Central and South America, if you buy Coca-Cola and do not give the vendor an empty glass bottle, it will be poured into a plastic bag with a straw. To prevent loss of brand recognition, Coca-Cola provides the vendors with plastic bags in the shape of its glass bottle, complete with logo. bestinpackaging.com/2012/…
The word "decimation" is derived from a practice in the Roman army where to punish units or large cohorts they were divided into groups of ten and had each soldier draw lots, the solider with the short straw was then stoned or clubbed by the remaining 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
A town in Sweden has been building giant straw goats every year for Christmas and that the goat almost always gets destroyed by arsonists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
The "Gish Gallop" is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gis…
The Montgolfiers brothers tought it was smoke instead of hot air that causes the balloons to rise, so they where fueling their balloon's burner with a combination of damp straw, old rags and rotting meat. cnn.com/WORLD/9701/orbite…
The first known straws were made by the Sumerians in 3000 B.C. and were used for drinking beer theatlantic.com/business/…
The oldest drinking straw in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E., was a gold tube inlaid with precious gems. Sumerians invented straws to better enjoy their beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
In older Scandinavian society a popular Christmas prank was to place a straw goat in a neighbour's house without them noticing; the family successfully pranked had to get rid of it in the same way! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yul…
That during the civil war soldiers couldn't tell their left foot from their right, so Sergeants would tie hay and straw to their boots and instead call out "hay-foot, straw-foot" patrickgwhalen.com/2013/0…
Scientists have invented a straw that lets you know if someone has put a date rape drug into your drink, it uses a tiny sample of your drink and mixes it with a testing solution, which causes a chemical reaction that makes the drink cloudy or colored, and a tiny red light comes on. abcnews.go.com/Health/Wom…
There was once a man in a restaurant who couldn't breathe who was saved by a quick-thinking doctor who cut his throat with a steak knife, inserted a drinking straw into the slit, and breathed into it to give him oxygen. He'd never done the operation before lvrj.com/news/on-the-fly-…
There is a giant straw goat in Sweden that has been burned down 28 times since 1966 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…

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