What if the moon had never formed?
Credit: Karl Tate / Life’s Little Mysteries
Huge tides generated by the moon – which orbited much closer to Earth when it formed – washed the chemical building blocks for life from land into the oceans and helped stir up the primordial soup. Without it, life may never have arisen, or living things would have very different behavioral patterns to cope with the six-hour day and extreme climate changes that would exist on a moonless Earth. [Get the full explanation]
"Buzludha is Bulgaria’s largest ideological monument to Communism. Designed by architect Guéorguy Stoilov, more than 6000 workers were involved in its 7 year construction including 20 leading Bulgarian artists who worked for 18 months on the interior decoration. A small, universally expected donation from every citizen in the country formed a large portion of the funds required to build this impressive structure that was finally unveiled in 1981 on what was the 1300th anniversary of the foundation of the Bulgarian state.
Buried in the monument’s concrete structure, is a time capsule containing a message for future generations explaining the significance of the building.”
Kids, remember Gallium from this video? Then let’s watch this spoon stir.
This spoon made from 99.998% pure gallium metal melts at 86F/30C! Great for demonstration purposes (chemistry/physics classes). After the spoon is reduced to a liquid puddle on the bottom of the cup, the gallium can easily be made solid again to make new gallium spoons (with the DIY kit), over and over!
Rivers, mountains, and plains, fertile soil and poor, racial strains and early experiences — all tend to set a people apart and stamp them with an individuality. In addition, place them on a borderland between two diverging civilizations, and that individuality becomes more marked and complete. Thus, only, can much that is peculiar to Kentucky be explained.
Kentucky, among all the states of the Union, has long held a position of special importance and significance. Pronounced characteristics desirable and otherwise have always been associated with the Kentuckian. … As time went on, it was still the custom to think of them as being apart from the people of the other states surrounding them.
As between Indiana and Illinois, little or no difference might be noted; but, as between either of these and Kentucky, a new race would likely be conjured up. The Civil War, its causes and its results, gave additional proof that Kentuckians were not like other people.
Make a crisp grilled cheese sandwich, with good bread and not too much good cheese. Let it cool, then cut into croutons. Put them on anything, but especially tomato and basil salad. This you will do forever.
So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?” Well it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I put RSVP ‘cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like, did not RSVP. I was like totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.
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