June 23, 2017

Miscellany #72

Got Sisu? Essential Guerrilla Tactics from the Finnish Winter War

“Finland alone, in danger of death — superb, sublime Finland — shows what free men can do.” –Winston Churchill, January 1940.


First, Apocalyptic swarm of mosquitoes hits La Guardia, then a  Giant Swarm of Mysterious Bees Shuts Down Fifth Avenue

Gangs of aggressive killer whales are shaking down Alaska fishing boats for their fish

John McHenry, owner of the F/V Seymour, described orca pods near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands as being like a “motorcycle gang.” “You’d see two of them show up, and that’s the end of the trip. Pretty soon all 40 of them would be around you,” he said.
A remarkable 2006 video by the Avoidance Project captured one of the 50,000 kg whales delicately shaking fish loose from a line. After a particularly heavy assault by sperm whales, fishers are known to pull up lines in which up to 90 per cent of the catch has disappeared or been mangled.

Professor Caveman -Bill Schindler is teaching college students to live like early humans

The skills prehistoric peoples depended on seem exotic to today’s college students, who Schindler says arrive on campus each year with less and less of the sort of practical experience that he emphasizes in his class. He tells of the time he asked some students to crack eggs and separate the yolks from the whites. He returned to the kitchen 10 minutes later to find that not a single egg had been cracked. “I asked them if the problem was that nobody had ever told them how to separate the yolk from the whites, and received blank stares in return,” he recalled. “After a minute of silence, one of them said, ‘I’ve never cracked an egg.’ I was floored—how do you even make it to 19 without cracking an egg?”

Swedish inventor created his very own hovercraft - using drones bought online.

 Drones Flying Man

In the footsteps of John McPhee,  AFTER ORANGES by Wyatt Williams

Where does chocolate milk come from?

48% of Americans weren't sure, but 7% were positive that it comes from brown cows.  Previous research showed that 20% of Americans didn't know hamburgers are made from beef, that is, meat from cows.

Bananas 29 things you didn't know

4. In the Philippines, bananas are used in place of tomatoes to make the popular banana ketchup.
7. Bananas are curved because they grow upside-down towards the sun.
8. The so-called "banana tree" is not a tree at all. In fact, it is the world's largest herb.
9. Walmart sells more bananas than any other item.
10. Banana fibers can be used to purify water.
11. There are more trade restrictions on bananas than on AK-47s.
21. Bananas give off radiation.

Why is ketchup called ketchup?

---in various dialects spoken throughout Fujian and Southeast Asia in the 18th century, the name for the sauce was ke-tchup, kôechiap, or kê-tsiap, depending on the dialect. These words translate to “fish sauce.” ....By the mid-18th century, ketchup was popular in England, but referred broadly to any type of spiced sauce. Mushroom ketchup, walnut ketchup, anchovy ketchup, and oyster ketchup all became popular...

Magic without Wizards, It's a Wonderful Loaf . A charming animation of a poem written and narrated by Russ Roberts.

 Wonderful Loaf

It’s the product of our actions but no single mind’s designed it
There’s magic without wizards if you just know how to find it

Kennel Club'a Dog Photographer Of The Year Maria Davison Ramos, Portugal

 Winner Dog Photo

Watch Kevin Parry demonstrate 100 walks in 6 minutes on YouTube.

Ecstatic Experiences

The polling company Gallup has, since the 1960s, measured the frequency of mystical experiences in the United States. In 1960, only 20 per cent of the population said they’d had one or more. Now, it’s around 50 per cent. In a survey I did in 2016, 84 per cent of respondents said they’d had an experience where they went beyond their ordinary self, and felt connected to something greater than them. But 75 per cent agreed there was a taboo around such experiences....

‘I was out walking one night in busy streets of Glasgow when, with slow majesty, at a corner where the pedestrians were hurrying by and the city traffic was hurtling on its way, the air was filled with heavenly music, and an all-encompassing light, that moved in waves of luminous colour, outshone the brightness of the lighted streets. I stood still, filled with a strange peace and joy … until I found myself in the everyday world again with a strange access of gladness and of love.’
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