December 16, 2015

Miscellany 26

The Hidden Message on Tojo's Teeth

Hideki Tojo was the Prime Minister of Japan during World War II. After Japan surrendered, the Allies tried him for war crimes. During his trial in 1946, he requested a set of dentures so that he could speak clearly. E.J. Mallory, an American dentist, was responsible for providing dental care to the accused war criminals awaiting trial at the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. Remembering that it was Tojo who ordered the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Mallory decided mock Tojo in his own way.  [As a 1995 AP story recounted] He wrote "Remember Pearl Harbor" in Morse code on the false teeth that he made for Tojo.  It was, alas, too good a prank to keep secret. Mallory told a colleague, who told other people, and soon word reached the American news media. Mallory and another dentist knew they could get in trouble for the engraving. So they drove to the prison in the middle of the night, woke up Tojo, took his teeth, and ground the marks out.

The 25 most Florida things that happened in Florida in 2015.  Here's one: Florida Store Clerk Throws Ranch Dressing at Robber Dressed Like Darth Vader

Researchers find lettuce is 'three times worse than BACON' for emissions Carnegie Mellon University study

Researchers also measured the changes in energy use, blue water footprint, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
'Eating lettuce is over three time worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon,' said Paul Fishbeck, professor of social and decisions sciences and engineering and public policy. 'Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calorie than you would think. Eggplant, celery, and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.'

Why Dogs Spin Before They Poop

Wonder why dogs sometimes walk in circles before sleeping or going to the bathroom? Well, it has to do with hygiene and territorial instincts, but it also involves Earth's magnetic field.  Anthony explains in the video how they orient themselves to a north-south axis.

Queen personally thanks man who sent her Christmas cards for more than 50 years

According to Andrew Simes, his grandfather sent a Christmas card to Queen Elizabeth II every holiday season, from 1952 until his death in 2011. When Andrew took up the mantle of card-writing from his late grandfather that winter, he says he received an amazing response from the royal highness herself.

What was Found (and still edible) inside a 150 year-old Sunken Steamboat  -

In 1856, the Steamboat Arabia was frontier bound, loaded with supplies for 16 towns when it sank within minutes to the bottom of the Missouri river with two hundred tons of precious cargo aboard. ... Everyone on board miraculously swam to safety, except for one forgotten mule, tied to the deck.
Using a metal detector and old maps to guide the search, an amateur archaeologist began the search for the lost steamer.  Lost for 132 years, its recovery in 1988 was like finding the King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River. Remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more. ...These artifacts are now housed in a cool little museum in Kansas City called the Arabia Steamboat Museum,

where you can see amazing photos of the perfectly preserved artifacts including the still edible pickles. 

Innovative Candle Holder Makes Candle Last At Least Twice As Long

British artist and designer Benjamin Shine proved that real genius lies in simplicity. He came up with an elegant way to regenerate candles from the wax that would otherwise go to waste after they burn down. The Rekindle Candle is a candlestick holder that collects the wax of a burning candle in a container with a wick, forming a brand new candle ready to use. This innovation makes one candle last almost forever (provided you have extra wicks). The product is called Rekindle by Shine

5 Pies in One: The Turducken of Pies

Scott Neumyer baked five concentric pies. From the outside in, they are apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, and cream cheese. He sealed them inside overlapping pie crusts. After baking and eating the result, he proclaimed it "the greatest pie of all time."

 Pie Terducken
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