July 17, 2016

Miscellany 45

Brother Wolf, Welcome Back to Yellowstone

14 Canadian wolves brought into Yellowstone National Park transformed a whole ecosystem… for the good!
The effects in the park were deeper, better and more striking than expected. The whole ecosystem was transformed. Even the course of the rivers changed! How could wolves provoke such incredible changes in nature? Watch the clip and marvel.

This Simple Invention Is Helping To Solve The Water Crisis =  the Hippo Water Roller.

The Hippo isn't a re-invention of the wheel, simply a way to use the rolling motion to help people transport drinking water home far easier and in much larger quantities.

 Hippo Roller-1

Before the Hippo started changing lives people could only carry about 20 liters of water home at a time, in a bucket carried on their head no less, but the Hippo allows them to roll 90 liters home easily and quickly.

You can’t copy money on any printer because of the Eurion Constellation - It's the secret anti-counterfeit symbol.

Fooling the Nazis: How a Roman hospital invented ‘K Disease’ to save dozens of Jewish lives

The name was terrible, but the “K Disease” was not a lethal virus. It was actually the clever invention of Professor Giovanni Borromeo and a religious of the Hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, to save the lives of dozens of Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.

When the SS entered the Fatebenefratelli hospital located on the Tiber Island in Rome, medical personnel and religious explained to the Germans that behind the doors of two special wards, there were patients suffering from this terrible K Disease, some of whom were terminally ill. The officers did not dare to enter the wards.  Had they done so, they would have met with Jewish families, men in one room, women and children in another.

In recognition of this singular feat of creativity and courage, on Tuesday the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation bestowed upon the hospital — one of the oldest and most renowned facilities in the Eternal City — the prestigious recognition of “House of Life.”

England vs Great Britain vs United Kingdom Explained.  Brilliant Venn diagram

 England-Vs-Gb-Vs-Uk

Man's leg is compared to a Neapolitan ice cream after he gets sunburned TWICE

 Sunburn Neopolitan

Why are Toilets Called “Johns”?

The first actual water closet resembling today's toilet was created for Queen Elizabeth I. It was created by her godson, Sir John Harington, in 1596. Although his creation was rejected by the public at large, it is Sir John Harington we honor every time we say we have to go to "the john.”

80-Year Old Couple Finishes Marathon Hand in Hand to Celebrate 57th Anniversary

 80 Yo Couple Finish Marathon
Kay and Joe O'Regan are 80 years old and in fantastic condition--as is their marriage.  Their time in the race was 5 hours and 23 minutes. Their time in marriage has been 57 joyful years. The Today show reports:

With the finish line in sight a half mile away, Joe grabbed Kay's hand and together they completed the race, clocking in at 5 hours and 23 minutes and making them both come in first for their age group.  It may be hard to believe, but these fit octogenarians didn't get into running until the age of 49. They have their son, Sintan, now 56, to thank for that. They were living in London at the time when he complained to his parents about having to train for rugby in the rain.

"I said to him, 'You can't let a little rain stop you,' and he dared me to go out and run around the neighborhood in the rain with him," Kay told TODAY. "And here we are 30 years later still running."

Photographer Discovers 1,200 Rolls of Unprocessed Film from the 1950s

A photographer known only as Paul had snapped pictures of American life during the 1950s--fully 1,200 rolls of pictures. Then he wrapped the rolls in tin foil and athletic tape, then labelled these packages with photographic details, such as light modifiers and the cameras used. These packages were placed in cigar boxes, which were in turn packed carefully inside more tape, foil, and newspaper.

The mysterious Paul created a time capsule, then disappeared.  Levi Bettwieser is now slowly and carefully excavating the find. He calls his efforts the Rescued Film Project.

The Secret Apartments of New York Libraries

In the early to mid twentieth century, the majority of the city’s libraries had live-in superintendents. Like the superintendents who still live in many of the city’s residential buildings, these caretakers both worked and lived in the buildings for which they were responsible. This meant that for decades, behind the stacks, meals were cooked, baths and showers were taken, and bedtime stories were read. And yes, families living in the city’s libraries typically did have access to the stacks at night—an added bonus if they happened to need a new bedtime book after hours.
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Unfortunately, the days of live-in superintendents at libraries appear to be over. The last known live-in superintendent moved out of the NYPL’s Webster Branch, located at 1468 York Avenue in Yorkville, in 2006. ...

If the opportunity to work and live in a library still existed today, qualifications for prospective live-in superintendents would likely include everything from a great command of English to the ability to supervise staff to a general knowledge of electrical, plumbing, HVAC and carpentry repair. Many current live-in superintendent positions also require applicants to have a high-level of computer skills and experience working with one or more building management software programs. Finally, anyone interested in taking on the role of live-in superintendent needs to be committed to working around the clock and working year-round.

End of the pub? Classic Sodastream gadget can now instantly turn water into beer

SODASTREAM launches new Beer Bar accessory that transforms tap water into an instant home-crafted brew.  Not available yet in the U.S.

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