To film the scenes of the audience watching the "Ass Movie" in Idiocracy (2006), a theater was rented and extras were paid to watch a buttocks on the screen, which garnered genuine laughter--making Mike Judge consider his own film a waste of time. fastcompany.com/3064328/m…
There are 96 bags of human waste left behind on the Moon by the six Apollo missions that landed there. vox.com/science-and-healt…
The comb jelly β€” also known as the warty comb jelly, or sea walnut β€” has a transparent butt that only appears during defecation. The gut fuses with the epidermis when waste accumulates and forms an anal opening. Once excretion is complete, the process is reversed and the anus vanishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mne…
In 2019 just 20 polymer producers accounted for more than half of all single-use plastic waste generated globally and the top 100 accounted for 90 per cent. minderoo.org/plastic-wast…
In 1980, Monica Myers, mayor of Betterton, Maryland, died while checking her towns sewage tanks. She fell in and drowned in 15ft of human waste. videttearchive.ilstu.edu/…
Today I learned of the River Techa, a radioactive river in Russia that has had thousands of tons of nuclear waste dumped into it. 23 villages along the river have had to be evacuated, while half a million people in the region have been exposed to 20 times the radiation suffered by Chernobyl victims en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
Rivers purify themselves and sewage treatment plants use micro-organisms that naturally eat up organic waste in fast flowing streams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sew…
Today I learned about the rectoanal inhibitory reflex (RAIR), which is what provides the upper anal canal with the ability to discriminate between flatus and fecal material. It allows for voluntary flatulation without also eliminating solid waste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
For up to 15 years after WW2 the USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into ocean tampabay.com/news/militar…
Of "Rabbit Starvation" where you can waste away and even die if you're eating meat with little to no fat on it discovermagazine.com/heal…
We have left so much waste on the moon including robots, spacecraft parts, moon buggies and much more hardware. "The least charming are 96 bags for poo, urine and vomit that scientists, being scientists, are keen to get their hands on should the opportunity arise." theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color. theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned of the Cradle to Cradle system of design, where all elements used in production can either be returned to their natural environment, or reused continuously, in an essentially waste-free system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In 1966 a coal waste landslide of approximately 140,000 cubic yards engulfed a village in Wales, destroying a primary school and killing 116 children within minutes. history.com/news/elizabet…
45% of drywall in the US is made from waste from coal-burning electric plants. And that the gypsum in drywall is 100% recyclable. designedconscious.com/pla…
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…
Dairy cows accidentally eat so much metal waste that farmers feed them magnets to prevent internal organ damage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In the early 19th century the US Senate's desks were updated to make them more usable (i.e. a writing box and an extra drawer). Daniel Webster refused to update his desk, thinking it was a waste of money. The desk is still used as nobody wants to get rid of it since it belonged to Daniel Webster mentalfloss.com/article/8…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned of nuclear semiotics, a field of research focused on warning future humans of the dangers of nuclear waste sites. Suggested solutions include granite columns, breeding cats that change color around radiation, and atomic priesthoods--the use of legends to create fear around sites for generations. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Disposable diapers are the third largest individual constituent of municipal solid waste and need at least 500 years to decompose. dufferinresearch.com/imag…
In 2017, of the 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste generated by Americans, only 94.2 million tons were recycled or composted. 66% of discarded paper and cardboard was recycled, 27% of glass, and 8% of plastics. blogs.ei.columbia.edu/202…
The wood frog can hold their urine for up to 8 months. They recycle urea, the main waste of urine, to protect their cells and tissues (i.e. heart, brain, bloodstream stop, etc). This is possible due to the presence of special microbes in their guts to recycle urea. nypost.com/2018/05/02/the…
The reason monarchs moved their courts constantly was because they were forced to by filthy residences, as within days of a royal party settling in one palace or another, a stink would set in from poorly discarded food, animal waste, vermin from or attracted to unwashed bodies, and human waste. history.com/news/royal-pa…
The most expensive toilet made was by NASA. Nasa has developed a new space toilet worth $23 million. Made out of titanium, this new-age toilet known as the Universal Waste Management System, would be much smaller, lighter and comfortable to use for astronauts. indiatoday.in/amp/science…
Jellyfish have one hole for everything: they have a single "mouth" where they consume food, excrete waste, and reproduce. marinesciencetoday.com/20…
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 of the MT Vulcanus, a freighter ship that was converted into an incinerator ship to burn hazardous waste, including Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. The ship burned hazardous waste at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, and South Pacific from 1972 until 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT_…
In 1915 Joe Hill, the author of "Rebel Girl", was executed on a murder conviction in Utah. The evidence, used in the trial, was circumstantial, and it was thought to be a political trial. In his last letter to Bill Haywood, he was quoted "Don't waste any time mourning. Organize". encyclopedia.com/law/law-…
The Burj Khalifa high rise is not connected to the municipal sewage system and trucks wait as long as 24 hours to ship the waste water out of town. inhabitat.com/the-incredi…
Some zoos feed female polar bears glitter to differentiate which bear produced a particular poo when collecting waste from the habitat for analysis. wlwt.com/article/cincinna…
Today I learned about the Ray Cat Solution, a way to keep future generations away from dangerous nuclear waste sites. The idea was to engineer a cat that changes colour in response to radiation β€” then create a culture around this cat so that if your cat changes colour, you should move someplace else. theraycatsolution.com/#10…
Switzerland has no landfills. 50% of the municipal waste is recycled, 50% is incinerated to produce electricity swissinfo.ch/eng/fact-che…
Platypus venom causes excruciating pain that can last for months on end, which cannot be relieved with conventional painkillers. Not even morphine works against it. The venom causes victims to become nauseated, suffer from cold sweats, and can even cause muscles to waste away. slate.com/technology/2015…
Super Saiyans in Dragonball Z have blonde hair because the author didn't want his assistant to waste so much time coloring their hair black hypebeast.com/2018/3/drag…
Today I learned about John Gurdon, who was ranked last out of 250 boys in his year group in Biology and in a progress report, his teacher said that pursuing Biology for him would be a "waste of time, for him and those who have to teach him". In 2012, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
The coloured wrappings on the Christmas treat "Quality Street" chocolates are made of cellulose, are fully compostable, and have been for years. Simply put them in your food waste bin or compost heap. nestle.co.uk/en-gb/media/…
Scientists discovered a species of fungus at Chernobyl that uses the gamma radiation from the nuclear waste as a food source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Today I learned about space waste and space junk. An estimated 400,000 Earth pounds (~181,436 kg) of waste has been left on the Moon by humans, including things from wet wipes to over 70 discarded probes. 95% of objects in Earth's orbit are junk (dead satellites, nuts, bolts, tools, garbage bags, and debris). interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned about Nuclear Semiotics - the study of how to warn people 10,000+ years from now about nuclear waste, when all known languages may have disappeared en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
There's a company in the UK that takes wet coffee waste and turns it into things like coffee flavouring, and bio-fuel logs and pellets bio-bean.com/renewals/cof…
The Windscale Fire - the UK's worst nuclear accident - would have been much more severe, were it not for "Cockroft's Folly" - chimney filters installed at great expense, and labelled as a waste of time and money. bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
The A4 bus in England from Bristol to Bath runs on human poop and food waste. money.cnn.com/2014/11/24/…
Canada is the world’s biggest waste producer per capita. usatoday.com/story/money/…
Mount Everest is so inundated with waste, including 26,500 lbs of human excrement, each season that the Nepalese gov't now requires each climber to pack out 8 kg of waste when descending the mountain (human waste, empty cans/bottles, abandoned tents, etc.). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Billions of cockroaches are being farmed in China to solve urban waste, provide medicinal treatment, develop beauty products, and feed livestock. One particular company has raised over six billion and prevents their escape by surrounding them in a moat filled with fish. businessinsider.com/chine…
Freitag, a company from Switzerland, makes a wide range of bags from recycled truck tarp, car seatbelts and old bike inner tubes. This way they combat waste by recycling materials that are often thrown away. freitag.ch/en
When Victor Vescovo reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest trench in the world, he discovered a plastic bag and candy wrappers at 10,928 metres (35,849 ft.) below the surface, confirming that human-generated waste can pollute even the deepest parts of the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Since modern civilizations and languages likely won't exist 10,000 years from now, signs warning about nuclear waste (which will still be dangerous then) have to be designed to be understood by anyone, without the use of language. These tools include pictograms and hostile architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…

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