Did You Know – 12/26/2016


  1. Teixobactin
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 In Australia, a dog/bird experiment with potentially global significance for conservation is taking place. On a tiny island near the Victorian coastal town of Warrnambool, Maremma Sheepdogs (livestock guardian dogs) are hard at work protecting Little Penguins, the smallest of the penguin species. And not only are the birds thriving and breeding, predation losses from foxes — their chief killers — have ceased.

No penguins have been killed by foxes since the program began and the population increased from 10 to over 200.

For more interesting reading go to ‘The Bark’

 

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Poland has a ‘glow in the dark’ bicycle path that is powered by the sun. The asphalt contains synthetic particles called “luminophores,” which at night emit power captured from sunlight, creating the electric blue hue. TPA says the glow lasts up to 10 hours, according to Polish newspaper Gazeta Olsztyńska.

Source: For more in-depth information

 

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Hans Gruber from the movie Die Hard was  Alan Rickman’s very first role in a feature movie

On Alan Rickman’s first day of shooting he filmed the scene where Hans Gruber first runs into John McClane. He made a jump off the ledge about three feet high. He injured his knee when he landed and damaged some cartilage in his knee. He was told by his doctor not to put any weight on that leg and he had to use crutches for a week. For the rest of the scene where Hans Gruber is standing and talking to John McClane, Alan Rickman is standing on one leg for the entire time and has a leg brace on under his pants.

The Nakatomi tower is actually the headquarters of 20th Century Fox. The company charged itself rent for the use of the then-unfinished building.

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According to legend there was once a widowed father who was so poor he feared his daughters would never marry and would have to resort to prostitution to get by. Wanting to help St Nicholas slid down their chimney one night and saw their laundered  stockings hanging by the fire so he filled them with gold. This act of charity prevented them from becoming hookers. That is why we hang stockings at Xmas.

Read the full story

 

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BLANCHING green vegetables in Kangen Water® will preserve their vibrant green colors.

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