May 5, 2017

Miscellany #67

Total Eclipse Stamp
Using "thermochromic" ink for first time, the USPS will issue a new stamp that changes with heat from finger.


Aquaculture provides more than half of the world's seafood

About 80% of trout consumed in the U.S. comes from southern Idaho fish farms.  In Magic Valley, “The spring water is a constant 58 °F (14.4 °C) year-round, saturated in oxygen, and perfect for raising rainbow trout.”

The Last Wild Apple Forests

Granny Smiths, Fujis, and Pink Ladies can all be traced back to Kazakhstan, where apples still grow wild.

In The 1930s, People Kept Babies In Cages Suspended Out Their Windows

So, even apartment babies could get fresh air.  Believe it or not, no cage-related injuries or deaths were ever reported.


Japan’s new luxury sleeper train is the ultimate travel experience

East Japan Railway’s new luxury sleeper train, “Train Suite Shiki-shima”, providesa cruise experience with a modern Japanese taste -- sky views, bathtubs and dark wood interiors.  The top suite costs a mere $10,000 or a four-day trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido.

Below is a photo of the deluxe, but not the top, suite on the train. Below that is a cutaway of the regular suite.  More photos of the train with unimaginable luxury here.

 Suite Japan Sleeper
 Japan Train Suite

Soccer Pitch, Lofoten Islands, Norway

 Soccer Pitch Lofuten

Dancing Forest

Between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon, on the Kruglaya Dune of the Curonian Spit, there is a forest where the pine trees seem to be doing the twist.

 Dancing Forest

Dozens of trees in the Dancing Forest of Russia have trunks that are contorted into rings, spirals, and other loops and squiggles, and the reason for this mysterious malformation is not known. The trees were planted in the early 1960s to stabilize the dune sand, but the unstable sand is one explanation people posit for the trees seeming so unstable themselves. Locals call the crooked wood the Drunken Forest.

“Grand Model of Russia” in St Petersburg

It is the largest model in Russia (800 square meters) showing cities and towns, forests and seas, people and animals, roads and railways.The exposition has all key and typical objects of every Russian region. You can see different scenes from the life of the country: moving trains and cars, naval base, spaceport, a shepherd with a flock of sheep, ships at sea, etc. Here is just a small part of the models presented.

 Grand Model Russia

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