September 11, 2015

Miscellany 20

15 Microprints Hiding in United States Currency at  Mental Floss.

Meet Ralph Lincoln,  An 11th Generation Lincoln

 Ralph-Lincoln-11Th-Generation-Lincoln

There are more than three trillion trees in the world,  about 8 times larger thatn the previous best estimate of 400 billion.  That's 420 trees for every person on the planet.    Researchers from Yale used 429,775 ground-based measurements in 55 countries collected from a variety of sources.

A big number indeed.  By comparison,  the US. government debt now stands at $18 trllion and by the end of the year will be $18.6 trillion, not including state and local debt or the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare.

Somewhere among the approximately two thousand sandstone arches that compose Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah, sits a tree.

 Arches-National-Park-Utah

Scientist: Forcing People to Work before 10 AM is Basically Torture  I agree completely

The United Slang of America.  If every state had an official word, what would it be?  Click link for interactive version and complete list

-Us State Slang

11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space at Vox.

We think of the Earth as a big place: flying around the equator on a 747 at top speed would take about 42 hours. Flying around the sun at the same speed, by contrast, would take about six months.

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