Today I learned about see-through wood, which is treated to become as clear as glass and is a potential alternative to regular windows. It is 5 times as insulative and 3 times as durable while also being lighter, making it perfect for cold weather structures. goodnewsnetwork.org/trans…
Johnny Cash's brother, Jack, died when he was 14 after getting mangled by a table saw after cutting wood. Johnny, who admired his brother a lot, was heartbroken. According to his sister, Johnny helped dig Jack's grave. biography.com/news/johnny…
Wood ants practice chemistry, and will synthesize an antibiotic substance using tree resin and formic acid to protect the health of their colony. It is considered to be the most advanced act of evolutionary pharmacology seen in the animal kingdom youtu.be/vt7jGGroF0Q?t=14…
The US Navy sustainably manages over 50,000 acres of forest in Indiana in order to have 150+ year old white oak trees to replace wood on the 220 year old USS Constitution. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
Today I learned of Ida Wood, who lived 24 years with her sister in a hotel room in NYC without leaving the room and any contact to the outside world smithsonianmag.com/histor…
An escaped convict was captured in Wisconsin after living for 3 years in a homemade bunker in the woods. The bunker was so sophisticated that it even had a TV, fans, and lights that were powered by pedaling a bicycle. bgr.com/2019/09/01/bunker…
The Petrified Forest National Park has a "Conscience Pile" where returned petrified wood, stolen from the park over the years, are now stored. They can't be replaced to their original locations, even if the sender includes a detailed map, because it would spoil the park's research. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Thomas Edison designed the factory that first produced Kingsford charcoal briquettes. Kingsford made charcoal briquettes to use up the scrap wood from Henry Ford's production of the Model T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
As a schoolboy, JRR Tolkien felt "bitter disappointment and disgust" that the woods did not actually march on the villain's castle and Shakespeare’s prophecy was revealed as a rhetorical trick (Macbeth). Later, Tolkien made a point of writing a story where the trees performed as advertised. tolkienestate.com/en/writ…
Southern live oak was a secret weapon of the USS Constitution, one of America's first naval vessels, that was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" after so many cannonballs bounced off her hull because live oak wood is a super dense wood. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
A new bassoon can cost anywhere from $4,000 to as much as $20,000+, making it one of the most expensive musical instruments on the market today. A wood bassoon can cost $3,000 to $9,000, depending on the brand 2mkl.poltava.ua/692xl2e5/…
; Palm Trees Withstand Hurricanes because, unlike traditional trees, are not made of wood. "Instead, you'll find a jumble of spongy tissue, scattered instead of arranged" inside a palm. theguardian.com/environme…
The clarinet is the most popular woodwind instrument in school band. Most quality clarinets are made of a special wood, called Grenadilla, which only grows in the savanna of Africa abileneisd.org/wp-content…
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 phrase, "through thick and thin" was a hunting phrase referring to different parts of a forest and originally was, "through thicket and thin wood." theidioms.com/through-thi…
Alaskan Wood Frogs would freeze their bodies in the winter. Their breathing and heart beat also stops, allowing them to survive temperatures as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Their bodies will thaw during the spring and come back to life. businessinsider.com/these…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
The first straws were made out of wood and gold. tembopaper.com/news/histo…
Construction workers at the new World Trade Center site in NYC stumbled upon the hull of an 18th century Philadelphia sloop active in colonial-era Caribbean trade. Tree-ring scientists at Columbia University found that the wood used to build the ship were felled in 1773. history.com/news/tree-rin…
Typhoon class submarines have a swimming pool and a sauna on board along with other luxury features like a full gym and wood paneled walls. technology.org/2019/01/31…
Early 1900, school slates were made from flat sheet of black slate, framed in wood, and edged with yarn wrapped with cord. Those special edges softened the noise if the hard slate clattered against a student’s wooden desk. Therefore, it is called a β€œquiet slate.” motal.org/writing-slate.h…
Softwood and hardwood trees are determined by their seed type not by their wood density. Cones vs flowers, fruits and nuts make this difference. royomartin.com/softwoods-…
Today I learned about Hair Ice. An ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine silky hair. It is mostly found between 45 to 55 degrees North in broadleaf forests and is formed due to the fungus Exidiopsis effusa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
When Jerry Garcia, former founding-member and lead-guitarist/vocalist for the Grateful Dead, was 4 years old, he lost most of his right middle finger from a wood splitting accident during a family vacation. On the Garcia family's next vacation a year later, Jerry's father drowned to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Freddie Oversteegen used to seduce SS men in Holland, take them into the woods and shoot them. history.com/news/dutch-re…
Hormel once sued Jim Henson alleging that Spa'am created a likelihood of confusion with Spam. Judge Kimba Wood wrote in her ruling, "Spam is a luncheon meat; Spa'am is the character of a wild boar in a Muppet motion picture. One might think that more need not be said." deseret.com/1995/9/23/191…
The song Over the River and Through the Wood is actually about Thanksgiving, and although we don't usually associate Thanksgiving with snow, at the time it was written, in the early 19th century, New England was going through the Little Ice Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
Barns are red due to the mixture of linseed oil, milk, lime, and ferrous oxide used on wood to resist mold and sun damage in the late 1700s mentalfloss.com/article/2…
A Latvian man evaded the Soviets in bunkers in the woods for the entirety of the 50 year Soviet occupation. He came put when the last Soviet troops left, age 70. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
Don Henley, founding member of The Eagles, founded The Walden Woods Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to the legacy of Henry David Thoreau and the preservation of Walden Woods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
When Thoreau lived β€œalone” at Walden Pond the woods around him were actually full of people, mostly former slaves and poor people who had been forced to live in the margins of society. wbur.org/radioboston/2017…
Hummingbirds eat soil and wood ash to supplement their diet of nectar with minerals. blogs.scientificamerican.…
The 'Pine Barrens' episode of The Sopranos was based on a dream director Timothy Van Patten had where Paulie and Christopher were lost in the woods. This stemmed from Tim's childhood when his father would tell him about a creature that lived in the Barrens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
The term "Slapstick Comedy" came from the a comedy style known as β€œCommedia Dell'arte” in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor, with little force needed to make a loud and comical sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Today I learned about the Wood Wide Web, the microbe network that connects plants such as trees and fungi! sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
African blackwood was accepted as the best material for oboe, clarinets, wooden flutes and piccolos. Giving the limited resources of tropical wood species for wind instruments, other substitutive tree species were used, taking into account their acoustic impedance and acoustic radiation link.springer.com/chapter…
In the USA, the annual peaks for cardiac deaths are on Christmas and New Year's Day. Among the possible reasons: delay in seeking medical attention; reduced heΠ°lthcare staff; increased emotional stress; overindulgence on food/salt/fats/alcohol; respiratory problems from wood-burning fireplaces ahajournals.org/doi/full/…
There is a mushroom called β€œChicken of the Woods.” It taste like chicken to some but to others it taste like crab or lobster. mushroom-appreciation.com…
Today I learned about Bohemian Grove, founded in 1878 - A shadowy and controversial secret club that meets in the California woods every year where at least 5 US presidents were members businessinsider.com/bohem…
After divorcing Tiger Woods, Elin Nordegren bought a home but her architect advised her to demolish the structure rather than renovate. She allowed Habitat for Humanity to salvage anything from the property. They later auctioned off items such as a 12' fountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Grant Wood was a sugar addict that put half a cup in his coffee and poured it on lettuce. With frequent dental visits he became enamored with his dentist's hand and grim face, once commenting "This is a marvelous hand". That dentist became the farmer in American Gothic and his hand a focal point mentalfloss.com/article/3…
American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood depicts a Farmer and his Daughter, not a Farmer and his Wife artic.edu/artworks/6565/a…
Today I learned about the real Iron Mike - aka Mike the Durable. He was targeted for a life insurancy scam and endured a variety of different murder attempts: copious amounts of alcohol, wood alchohol and antifreeze, sardines mixed with shrapnel and poison - and he was run over twice. He survived it all. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
DAISUGI in Japan, is the art of pruning a tree, to have many offshoots! This technique, enables foresters to harvest wood much more quickly. The shoots can either be planted (to help quickly populate a forest) or harvested. Similar techniques can be found dating back to ancient Rome. mymodernmet.com/kitayama-…
Beavers have lips behind their teeth so they can chew wood underwater www1.nyc.gov/site/wildlif…
Natalie Wood’s mother had her fortune read by a gypsy. The gypsy stated that her second child β€œwould be a great beauty, known throughout the world.” She also told Maria (Natalie’s mother) to β€œbe aware of dark water”. Natalie Wood would later die by drowning, but her death remains a mystery. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
Archaeologists discovered a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle that had traces of at least 5 psychoactive compounds including the ingredients for ayahuasca: cocaine, benzoylecgonine, harmine, bufotenine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), as well as wood tablets to grind substances and a wooden snuffing tube. gizmodo.com/1-000-year-ol…

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