The scientists took the words of the song It’s a Small World and translated it into a code based on the four “letters” of DNA. They then created artificial DNA strands recording different parts of the song. These DNA messages, each about 150 bases long, were inserted into bacteria such as Deinococcus radiodurans (dubbed as the world’s toughest bacterium). The latter is especially good at surviving extreme conditions, says Wong. It can tolerate high temperatures, desiccation, ultraviolet light and ionising radiation doses 1000 times higher than would be fatal to humans.(src)
This is especially interesting for me, having been filled to the brim with lectures in Bacteriology. It’s amazing how some people can even think of doing these things.
This is a common ”fact” found on a lot of trivia sites, sorry I couldn’t actually find proof to back it up. But here’s something you geeks might want to sink your teeth in to — The Coin Flip: A Fundamentally Unfair Proposition?
Luwak Coffee ($160 per pound) is made from coffee cherries that have been eaten by common palm civets, which use their keen sense of smell to select the choicest and ripest beans. The digestion process removes the flesh from the crimson Sumatran berry and the beans, supposedly sweeter as a result of having passed through the animal, are hand-collected from the jungle floor. (src)
Basically, it’s hundred-sixty-dollar civet poop! Yay!
UK’s Sarah Carmen, 24, is a 200-a-day orgasm girl who gets good, good, GOOD vibrations from almost anything. She suffers from Permanent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), which increases blood flow to the sex organs. “It started off in bed where sex sessions would last for hours and my boyfriend would be stunned at how many times I would orgasm. Then it would happen after sex. I’d be thinking about what we’d done in bed and I’d start feeling a bit flushed, then I’d become aroused and climax. In six months I was having 150 orgasms a day—and it has been as many as 200.” (src)
For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators. And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around. But, a forward-thinking farmer on Japan’s south-western island of Shikoku solved the problem. The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored. - BBC News
Apparently this is old news (my sister says she’s seen this a long time ago), but I just learned about it and it’s a swell idea. Too bad it’s thrice the price of a regular watermelon, though.