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    Re: Trivia

    Pencil - Wikipedia

    Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.

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    "When you examine the numbers, the British have a slight edge on social mobility over Americans. A child born into a family in the bottom 20th percentile of income levels has an 11.4 percent chance of making it to the top 20th percentile in the U.K.—as compared with a 7.8 percent chance in the United States. Tellingly, Americans are much more likely to overestimate social mobility in their country, even though the middle class has grown in Britain while it has shrunk in the United States. Much of Britain’s relative success on that front has been driven by traditional equalizers such as universal health care and low-cost higher education."

    Source: ForeignPolicy.com

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    "For a normal hen to lay 12 eggs they need to consume roughly four pounds of feed." (source)

    A premium, name-brand bag of layer feed costs about $17 USD for 50 pounds. So that comes to 34 cents for a pound of feed.

    So for a dozen eggs from backyard chickens, the cost in feed would be $1.36 USD.

    (It's another reason people give scraps to their chickens since feed is not exactly cheap. And in the winter, hens lay a lot less due to less sunlight and can eat more to stay warm, so the "profits" are often negative in the winter.)
    Last edited by Daniel; June 27th, 2020 at 04:44 PM.

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    New Caledonian Crows Are Even Smarter and Scarier Than We Thought

    In a paper published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers showed evidence that New Caledonian crows, which have been observed making several types of tools out of sticks, may be able to build tools from memory — even if they have only seen the tool itself and haven’t ever seen the tool being constructed. This suggests that crows can form a “mental template” of tools based on other crows’ tools and their own past tools, which would explain why New Caledonian crows’ tools could have improved over time.

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    The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk

    The average American in the 1970s drank about 30 gallons of milk a year. That’s now down to 18 gallons, according to the Department of Agriculture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk

    The average American in the 1970s drank about 30 gallons of milk a year. That’s now down to 18 gallons, according to the Department of Agriculture.
    The problem is it goes with cookies or cake or sweet breakfast cereals but people who became more health conscious quickly learned that it doesn't go well with pickles or salads.

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    Re: Trivia

    Another milk-friendly item (cake for breakfast):

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