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…
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 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 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…
There are Long-time nuclear waste warning messages to inform future humans with a simple drawing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned about long-time nuclear waste warning messages, including a "landscape of thorns whose shape suggests danger and bodily harm". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Mosquitoes pee on us. As they take in a blood meal, they urinate to dispose of the waste products. somethingaboutscience.com…
Great Britain once had a Cones Hotline for people to report rogue traffic cones. The Cones Hotline was launched in 1992 for citizens to report traffic cones on the road for no obvious reason. The policy was mocked for both being comically pointless and for being a waste of government money. independent.co.uk/news/co…
In 2000, an Australian man, after having his job application rejected, managed to hack into the local government's waste management system using a computer and radio, flooding parks, rivers, and the lawn of a hotel with raw sewage. theregister.co.uk/2001/10…
Various ideas such as radioactive cats and spiky landscapes have been proposed for the Department of Energy to deter future civilization from interfering with nuclear waste burial sites. vice.com/en_us/article/9a…
Canada is the world’s biggest waste producer per capita. usatoday.com/story/money/…
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…
If an adult human male lived to 70,he would create enough human waste to fill 4 olympic sized pools. youtube.com/watch?v=tTHMB…
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…
Switzerland has no landfills. 50% of the municipal waste is recycled, 50% is incinerated to produce electricity swissinfo.ch/eng/fact-che…
You shouldn't pre-wash dishes before putting them in the dishwasher; modern detergent is designed with enzymes that bind to food particles, so it works best against dirtier dishware. While you should remove large pieces of food, those who pre-wash dishes waste up to 6,000 gallons per year. goodhousekeeping.com/home…
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…
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 Wood Frog can go eight months without peeing. While it hibernates, it uses the urea (the main waste in urine) to protect their cells and tissues, even as the critters heart, brain and bloodstream stop. phys.org/news/2018-05-woo…
Waste warriors, a group of volunteers in India has cleaned more than 200 tonnes of plastic waste from Himalayas dailypassengerr.com/2019/…
Today I learned of HMP Peterhead, a prison that was known as β€œScotland’s Gulag; a prison of no hope”. A report in 2005 found that electricity had just been added to all the cells and human waste was still manually emptied. It closed in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_…
Janicki Omniprocessor Can Turn Human Waste Into Drinking Water gatesnotes.com/Developmen…
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…
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…
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…
Saudi Arabia's grand mufti has ruled that chess is forbidden in Islam, saying it encourages gambling and is a waste of time. theguardian.com/world/201…
In the 19th century the theory that bad smells spread disease was widely accepted, therefore the population dumped human waste and garbage into the river to minimize odor in the streets. A particularly hot summer in London, 1858 caused what became known as "The Great Stink of 1858" historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. theguardian.com/environme…
In 2017 Dr. Thatcher Cardon received $15,000 from NASA for winning the Space Poop Challenge. His prototype removes the waste from the space suit completely so astronauts don't need to take off their notoriously heavy, cumbersome, and uncomfortable space suits before going to the toilet fastcompany.com/3068263/m…
A Mayor of a small town in Maryland slipped and drowned into a 15 foot pool of human waste youtu.be/1bAubAEcTlM
A motherboard manufacturer once built a cooling fan that uses the waste heat from the CPU to run. theregister.co.uk/2008/02…
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 the β€œatomic priesthood”— an elite class of people who would protect future generations from the dangers of nuclear waste by scaring the public with veiled threats of a supernatural curse mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Fish waste excretion is crucial to the survival and growth of coral reefs, and in reefs where fishing occurs, nearly half of the key nutrients from fish waste excretion are absent from the ecosystem. phys.org/news/2016-08-big…
There was a recurring problem in Victorian times where explosions would ignite in sewers and bathrooms as a result of methane gas buildup from human waste. youtu.be/uB7hIpDCfr0
On passenger trains in many parts of the world, including many developed countries, the use of a "drop chute" or "hopper" toilet is still common, in which the waste is dropped directly onto or near the track. Signs warn: "DO NOT USE the toilet while the train is stopped at the station". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
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…
98% of Copenhagen City heating supplied by waste heat c40.org/case_studies/98-o…
A proposal was made to start an Atomic Priesthood whose devil is buried nuclear waste to keep track of semiotik.tu-berlin.de/men…
The long-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus bruijni), one of the most primitive mammals on the planet, lays eggs like a reptile. Thought extinct, it was rediscovered recently on the Cyclops Mountains of Papua New Guinea. As a monotreme, only one orifice is used for waste removal, mating and egglaying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned about Runit Island the forgotten nuclear waste paradise, a place the US conducted nuclear tests around the WW2 yle.fi/uutiset/3-10772847
The term "litterbug" was popularized by Keep America Beautiful, which was created by "beer, beer cans, bottles, soft drinks, candy, cigarettes" manufacturers to shift public debate away from radical legislation to control the amount of waste these companies were (and still are) putting out. plasticpollutioncoalition…
A 2004 American Public Health Association (APHA) resolution called for a moratorium factory farms for growing antibiotic resistance of pathogens, drinking water contamination from waste, severe respiratory problems in workers, and illnesses among people living nearby jhsph.edu/news/news-relea…
There is an underground landfill fire in St. Louis that is headed towards buried radioactive waste generated by the original U.S. atomic testings - All near residential neighborhoods. atomichomefront.film/abou…
If everyone on the planet lived like an average American, it would take over 4 Earths to produce the renewable resources and absorb the wastes needed to support us. persquaremile.com/2012/08…
The Bristol Stool Scale is used to classify human feces. It's used by both doctors and medical researchers who study human waste. webmd.com/digestive-disor…
The band Novo Amor spent over 35 hours of free diving and a real sculpted whale made out of plastic waste for their music video "Birthplace" youtube.com/watch?v=FjtjX…
The entire Disney Transport bus fleet uses R50 renewable diesel fuel, obtained from used cooking oil and non-consumable food waste from the resort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
To solve the problem of communicating to humans 10,000 years from now about nuclear waste sites one solution proposed was to form an atomic priesthood like the catholic church to preserve information of locations and danger of nuclear waste using rituals and myths. semiotik.tu-berlin.de/men…
Soon after Bill Gates had gone to start Microsoft, a Harvard professor who had worked with him recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'" businessinsider.com/a-sto…
Plastic was invented in 1907. Since 1950, humanity has produced 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste; 9% of it is recycled, 12% is incinerated, 79% ends up in a landfill or in the environment. Majority of the world's plastic waste from the developed world is exported to Southeast Asia. visualcapitalist.com/mapp…
"Overfeeding" pet fish kills them due to accumulated waste from uneaten food and increased amounts of waste, which results in lethal changes in the water chemistry. petcoach.co/article/why-o…
Seattle, Washington's North Transfer Station waste collection plant has a viewing room and playground on its premises kuow.org/stories/seattles…
Toto, the Japanese toilet company, created a motorcycle that runs on waste. It has a toilet for a seat. inhabitat.com/toto-toilet…
Former Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke had a serious accident at 17. This near-death experience acted as his catharsis, driving him to make the most of his talents and not let his abilities go to waste. Later he set a world record by drinking 1.4 liters of beer in 11 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The Department of Energy will warn future humans 10,000 years from now about the presence of buried nuclear waste in New Mexico with 32 25-foot granite pillars. The pillars will be engraved with pictograms and warnings in many languages, along with buried magnets and radar reflectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
The first repository in the world designed to contain nuclear waste on an indefinite basis is being built in Onkalo, Finland, with a final depth of 520 meters and a cost of over 800 million euros. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onk…
Waste management, recycling, and environmentalism were extremely important values to Nazi Germany doi.org/10.1080/03071022.…
In the 90s Costa Rica saved a dying forest by dumping 12,000 tons of waste orange peels and pulp (1000 truckloads) princeton.edu/news/2017/0…
Ants will refuse β€œmedical” help from their colony if they know they are mortally wounded. Rather than waste the colony’s resources and energy on futile rehabilitation, the wounded ant flails its legs, forcing help to abandon them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
: The Great Stink was an event in central London in July and August 1858 during which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
It's harder to hurl garbage (or nuclear waste) into the Sun than it is to fire it out of the solar system altogether. astronomy.com/news/2016/0…
Detox Plans have no scientific basis. They are considered a waste of time and money by scientists. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/healt…
In 1991 the Department of Energy commissioned futurists to deal with nuclear waste and they imagined a society led by women where previous scientific discoveries were deemed inferior on the grounds of obvious male biases. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about Hurd’s Deep. The deepest point in the English Channel that was used as a dumping spot for years. Following WWI, it was routinely used for dumping of munitions and scuttling of ships until 1974. Between 1946 and 1973, 28,500 barrels of radioactive waste were dumped there as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
In 2001 India started building roads that hold together using polymer glues made from shredded plastic wastes. These plastic roads have developed no potholes and cracks after years of use, and they are cheaper to build. As of 2016, there are more than 21,000 miles of plastic roads. theguardian.com/sustainab…
In 1992, the city of Baltimore declared itself a nuclear free zone, banning the production of nuclear weapons, the transportation of nuclear materials, or the disposal of nuclear waste within city limits. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
In 1995, NASA astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble telescope at the darkest part of the sky for 100 hours. Critics said it was a waste of valuable time, and he'd have to resign if it came up blank. Instead it revealed over 3,000 galaxies, in an area 1/30th as wide as a full moon nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Ants will refuse β€œmedical” help from their colony if they know they are mortally wounded. Rather than waste the colony’s resources and energy on futile rehabilitation, the wounded ant flails its legs forcing help to abandon them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
The Fresno Municipal Landfill in California is designated as a National Historic Landmark due to its significance in modern disposal of waste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
PlasticBank is a charity that aims to reduce plastic waste in poor areas by paying for waste plastic to be recycled, killing two birds with one stone. plasticbank.com/
The waste from Burj Khalifa and other Dubai highrises is too much for the sewer system and must be trucked away, with trucks waiting in line for 24 hrs or more gizmodo.com/without-truck…
In May 1980, after blood tests found a significant portion of Love Canal residents suffered chromosome damage from toxic waste buried under their homes, homeowners, upset over lack of federal action, held two EPA officials hostage. This action spurred the federal Superfund program to be passed. grist.org/justice/love-ca…
Residents in Surabaya, Indonesia can pay for the bus with plastic waste instead of money. Paying with plastic will grant you with 2 hours of travel. The aim is to reduce plastic waste whilst getting more people to use public transport, thus lowering the number of cars on the road. asiancorrespondent.com/20…
Today I learned about "Aquaponics" which combines fish farming with plant farming, using water and waste from the fish to grow plants. It can require as little as 2% of the water used in standard farming methods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
In 2004 a tour bus carrying the Dave Matthews Band through Chicago drove over a bridge and dumped 800 lbs of human waste into the river below, splashing feces and urine onto tourists who were on a sightseeing cruise underneath the bridge. newsweek.com/dave-matthew…
The Somalian pirates issue a few years ago was actually caused by foreign countries illegally dumping nuclear waste in Somalia's waters, and the population fighting back. huffpost.com/entry/you-ar…
A Harvard professor who had worked with Bill Gates called him shortly after he had left to start Microsoft. The professor recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'" businessinsider.com/a-sto…
Due to a ban on feeding food scraps directly to pigs some areas of China give their food waste to billions of cockroaches which are then processed into pig feed. reuters.com/article/us-ch…
Today I learned of a top secret US Cold War project "Iceworm" to build nuclear missile sites under the Greenland ice sheet. Abandoned due to ice instability it was assumed the chemical and radioactive waste would remain under the ice forever. It's now predicted this waste will re-enter the environment in 2100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
We can learn about nuclear waste by studying ancient, naturally occurring nuclear reactors. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned of Cherophobia, which consists of a person’s fear or anxiety to activities that could make them happy, often believing something bad would occur, that happiness can make them bad people or even that looking for it is a waste of time. healthline.com/health/che…
Sunflowers can clean up radioactive waste. Certain radioactive isotopes are similar to the nutrients sunflowers normally need, so as they grow, they take up radiation out of the soil. japantoday.com/category/n…
Denmark built a waste to energy plant that is a giant ski slope (open year round) and it also includes the worlds tallest artificial climbing wall. youtube.com/watch?v=Dy7hP…
Today I learned about Geamana, an entire village submerged by the still-growing toxic waste from a copper mine boredpanda.com/geamana-vi…
In the 1800’s thousands of pigs roamed the streets of NYC, providing the only source of sanitation-eating trash/waste. Children were attacked, pigs held up traffic,carriages fell over. Pigs eventually outnumbered humans-leading to disease and political unrest between upper/lower classes. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
Birds don't urinate; all waste leaves through their butt. sciencefocus.com/nature/d…
The previously unknown glymphatic system was first described in 2012. Previously, scientists did not fully understand how the brain, which maintains its own closed ecosystem, removed waste. During sleep, a system of plumbing pumps cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) through the brain to wash away waste medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The Italian Mafia is involved in nuclear waste trafficking: they have bought nuclear power plant waste and dumped it in Somalia theguardian.com/world/200…
Sloths have been observed going out of their way to climb down into outhouses/outdoor commodes in order to feed on the human waste they find. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Between 2007-2014, U.S. consumers wasted nearly 150K tons of food per day - nearly a pound (422 grams) of food per person each day. While most people want to eat better, eating more fruit and vegetables, the study found that higher quality diets were associated with higher levels of food waste. phys.org/news/2018-04-peo…
The US once fed information to the USSR about an extremely deadly nerve gas called "GJ" that was nearly impossible to create. Although initially intended to waste Soviet resources on a wild goose chase, the project to replicate "GJ" ended up producing the now-infamous Novichok agents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Food waste and loss amounts to about $ 1 trillion annually fao.org/save-food/resourc…
Today I learned of transatomic's molten salt reactors that can use nuclear waste to create energy. They can harness the 300,000 metric tons to β€˜power the world for decades’ nationalgeographic.com/ne…
A power station/waste incinerator was recently built within 30 min of transit from Central Copenhagen with a sloped roof that doubles as a year-round artificial ski slope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
There are hundreds of microscopic mites living on human faces called Demodex, they build up their poo over time and when a Demodex dies, its body dries out and all the built-up waste degrades on your face. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
By 1880, horses in New York City deposited four million pounds of manure on city streets every day. In dry weather it would turn to fecal dust and choke pedestrians. Vacant lots were filled with the waste; these manure piles would rise up to 60 feet high. escholarship.org/uc/item/…
Keurig K-Cups generate 10 times the solid waste that would be generated from a standard drip brewer and most of that waste isn't recyclable. Co-founder John Sylvan said, "I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it.” theatlantic.com/technolog…
The "expiration dates" on most packaged foods are not legally required, rarely have any relation to food safety, and contribute to massive food waste when consumers and merchants throw out perfectly safe food. [pdf] nrdc.org/sites/default/fi…
Hexagonal Water is a marketing scam. It supposedly enhances nutrient absorption, removes metabolic wastes, and enhances cellular communication. The scam takes advantage of the consumer's limited knowledge of chemistry, physics and physiology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex…

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