Friday, August 5, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Orange juice Is artificially flavoured to taste like oranges.

• DNA analysis has shown that a 38-acre, 100-ton, fungus in Michigan is a single organism. It may have been growing since the end of the last Ice Age.

• Those magic mushrooms from the sixties are back, and this time around Johns Hopkins researchers are using them to induce "long-lasting psychological growth" with no bad trips. Mellow.

• The hottest pepper in the world is the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, rated at 1, 463,000 Scoville units. By comparison, a jalapeno gets 2500-5000 Scoville units.

• The queen bee makes only one flight in her entire life, but she makes the most of it. When she’s a few days old, she goes out and messes around with as many male drones as she can before returning to her colony carrying all the sperm she’ll ever need over the course of a reproductive lifetime in which she’ll lay hundreds of thousands of eggs.

• Female drivers are far more likely to run into a car driven by another woman than a man, according to a University of Michigan study.
How about that?

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