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…
The novel Finnegans Wake by James Joyce is so incomprehensible that no two plot summaries made have ever agreed with each other. Some have even said any attempt to work out the plot is impossible and a waste of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
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…
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…
Disposable diapers are the third largest individual constituent of municipal solid waste and need at least 500 years to decompose. dufferinresearch.com/imag…
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 the 2004 Chicago River Incident, where a Dave Matthew's Band Tour Bus unloaded 800 pounds of human waste onto a sightseeing boat below. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
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-…
Jellyfish have one hole for everything: they have a single "mouth" where they consume food, excrete waste, and reproduce. marinesciencetoday.com/20…
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 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…
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…
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/…
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…
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
The A4 bus in England from Bristol to Bath runs on human poop and food waste. money.cnn.com/2014/11/24/…
There is 200 Tonnes of waste on the Moon. theguardian.com/science/2…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled theguardian.com/environme…
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…
General MacArthur wanted to win the Korean War by dropping 30-50 atomic bombs on air bases, followed by sowing nuclear waste into the ground to create a permanent radioactive border to prevent future invasions from the North. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
The US had secretly buried nuclear waste in Greenland during the Cold War that neither the US nor Denmark wants to clean up now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Switzerland has no landfills. 50% of the municipal waste is recycled, 50% is incinerated to produce electricity swissinfo.ch/eng/fact-che…
Breweries in Dorset and Devon counties in England once failed to secure their waste from wildlife creating a colony of drunk seagulls. Seagulls were staggering around, losing their balance, and only vomiting seemed to help them. bbc.com/news/uk-england-4…
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…
Today I learned of incinerating toilets that are used primarily in places where plumbing is difficult or impossible to install. They use propane and electricity to burn waste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
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…
Sweat itself is odorless, but body odor can be the result when skin bacteria break down the acids in the sweat, with the bacteria waste being the reason for the smell my.clevelandclinic.org/he…
Today I learned about the Great Stink, where after years of untreated human waste and industrial runoff in the River Thames, the smell became unbearable in London during the summer of 1858. The stench finally caused local and national authorities to address the problemβ€”and also ended outbreaks of cholera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Puddle Of Mudd's cover of About A Girl was not a joke, as a response to critics Wes Scantlin states β€œToxic People Are a Waste of Time”. consequenceofsound.net/20…
Canada is the world’s biggest waste producer per capita. usatoday.com/story/money/…
From 1946-1993, RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL (medical waste-spent nuclear fuel/reactors) was DUMPED INTO THE OCEANS by 13 nations. Records are often incomplete/incorrect, and ~982,394 cubic metres of radioactive waste was dumped in all major oceans, seas around Europe and Japan, and the English Channel. youtu.be/CNV0cmKO8sM
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…
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…
In the early 1970s in Korea, elementary schools started leaving Chinese script off their curriculum. Students now begin Hanja classes in middle school, and some parents would rather their children did not waste their time with it at all. However, Hanja calligraphy remains a national pastime korea.net/NewsFocus/Colum…
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…
The Netherlands has nuclear waste facilities that double as art museums covra.nl/en/radioactive-w…
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 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…
Today I learned of Long-time Nuclear Waste Warning Messages. It's intended to deter any human intrusion in nuclear waste repositories 10000+ years in the future, and warn them in a way that's understandable to that civilization worksthatwork.com/3/messa…
There are Long-time nuclear waste warning messages to inform future humans with a simple drawing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
During the Cold War, the US built Camp Century, in Greenland - a supposed research facility under the Arctic ice that was actually part of a project to install nuclear missile sites. It was abandoned and environmental hazards including waste from its nuclear reactor are now under the ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Gutter oil is oil which has been recycled from waste oil collected from sources such as restaurant fryers, grease traps, slaughterhouse waste and fatbergs (congealed grease in sewers). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut…
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…
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. theguardian.com/environme…

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